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10 Best and Free Android Apps Every Blogger Should Have

Must Have Android Apps

An idea can come into blogger’s minds at any time and everywhere which he probably wants to share on internet with the readers and followers. Moreover, the blogger may want to respond to the comments or view the statistics of blog on the go. But how these tasks can bloggers perform if they are out and away from desktops? Thanks to mass technological advancement and huge innovations in the field of mobile devices, bloggers can now enjoy their blogging journey right from their Smartphone screen.

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Android; as a popular Smartphone’s operating system and with larger community of apps developers, give opportunity to bloggers and make it easy to express their self everywhere, respond to the comments, view stats and perform many blogging-related task at any time and from everywhere on the internet just with their Smartphone and some Apps installed on it.

Must Have Android Apps

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To make your blogging journey easy with your Smartphone, here we have organized a list of 10 free android apps which the bloggers must have on their Smartphones and Tablets to perform blogging related task on the go. Just install them and enjoy blogging in a smart way.

01. WordPress

In the list of top 10 apps that the bloggers must have in their Smartphones, the first one would be WordPress. WordPress is the most popular Open source CMS and blogging platform with millions of users. The WordPress Android app; developed for the bloggers who want to blog through Smartphone, is the perfect solution to keep them up with the demand of blogging. WordPress app allows the users to enjoy their blogging journey with ease, enable them to create, edit and publish the post or save as draft. It also allows the users to manage media files, moderate comments and view their analytic data with view stats. Users can also share their recent posts with WordPress app to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterst, Reddit, Tumblr and many more.

This app is compatible with both the self-hosted blog on WordPress.org and free hosted blog on WordPress.com. Download the WordPress Android app from the Google Play Store now.

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02. Blogger

Blogger app is Google Official app to access and use the features of the Google blogging platform “Blogger” right from your Smartphone screen. With an easy sign-up process, you can start blogging on Blogger, create new articles, edit existing one, add media files to your articles and publish the article from everywhere. Not just only the posting but you can view the site stats and share the post on Google+. With Blogger app you can easily manage multiple blog as it enables the user to switch between blogs. Download Blogger Android Apps now.

03. Tumblr

If you don’t want to write and share lengthy text-rich post, Tumblr is an option for you. Tumblr is a microblogging platform with which you can create short and interesting contents and publish it on your Tumblr blog. To do microblogging right from your Smartphone, Tumblr android app is the perfect solution. This app allows you to create and publish short blurbs of text such a quotes or proverbs along with pictures, music, videos and more. You can queue or schedule the post and save as draft for future. The app also allows you to interact with the readers and other bloggers by viewing and replying to their messages, following them to view their post and repost their interesting post on your own blog with a click.

Have multiple Tumblr blogs, don’t worry, the app allow you to manage multiple blogs. Download Tumblr Android App and enjoy microblogging with Tumblr.

04. Writer

On the little screen of Smartphone, writing distraction-free post with focus is not an easy job to done because of incoming notifications from other apps. To get rid of this, Writer is the solution. This app provides the bloggers a distraction free writing environment to write post within their Smartphone without fuss as in traditional word processing apps. Writer let you to convert your opinions, ideas or thoughts into text with peace of mind. You can save you work as draft and publish it on you blog later with writer. Download Writer Android App from the Google Play Store now to have a distraction-free writing environment.

05. SwiftKey Keyboard

One of major hindrance for blogger to write posts on their Smartphone is the small keyboard buttons with vulnerability of typo errors. For those who are tired of these hitches, Swift Keyboard android app is the perfect solution. This does not only comes with big keyboard keys but it auto correct your typo errors and predict the words based on your personalize prediction input or on your previous typing activities. Download SwiftKey Keyboard from Google Play Store and start typing you post with ease from now.

06. Evernote

Evernote is an easy to use free app which is very useful to save you ideas, create to-do list, write or copy text, capture images and record audio clips whenever and wherever you want. Evernote will then synchronize everything you capture or record across all of your devices to access them easily when and where you want. Download Evernote android app from Google Play here to stay organized and improve your productivity.

07. Google Drive

Smartphone not only have small screen but smaller memory too to keep all media files such as photos, audio and video clips. To have them in easy access on Cloud storage, Google Drive is the solution. This tiny app enables the bloggers to store larger media files along with text documents, spreadsheets and many others. Once stored in Google Drive, the files can access across multiple devices on the go. Download Google Drive from Google Play store to get synchronized your devices and access your files.

08. Hootsuit

Hootsuit is not just an app but it more like social media management tool which will helps you to access and manage your multiple social media accounts in one place. With this free app, you can update your status to Facebook, upload photos, Tweet on twitter, receive notification +1 interesting pots and send messages to all your followers on the social networking sites. you can even view the stats of your social media profile and pages. Download Hootsuit now and stay active on all social media sites at once.

09. Disqus

Disqus is one of the popular commenting systems offers community feature where commentators keep engaged in discussion. Disqus is integrated into blogs by many bloggers as it is easy to moderate comments with and it helps fight spamming. With Disqus Android app, bloggers can moderates and reply to comments, mark spam and deletes comments from their Smartphone on the go.

Note: Disqus is No longer available at Google Play Store. See here

10. Photo Editor

Some time bloggers want to add effects, text or water marks to pictures they want to upload to their post. These tasks seem difficult to do on Smartphone but Photo Editor makes it easy for bloggers. With Android Photo Editor App, bloggers can edit, resize and crop photo to custom size, add finishing effect or text to it and upload the photo to blog or attach with blog post on the go. Download Photo Editor from Google Play Store now to add effects, text or finishing your pictures before uploading to blog.

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WordPress Vs. Blogger: A Comprehensive Comparison

Blogger vs WordPress: A comprehensive Comparison

Blogger vs WordPress: A comprehensive Comparison

Blogger vs WordPress

Thinking about starting a blog for the first time? You may confuse, as I were, to choose the blogging platform among the existing big name, I mean Blogger and WordPress.

Although there are many other names emerges as blogging platform such as TypePad, LiveJournal, Tumbler but the main competitors in the contest are Google owned Blogger and Open Source WordPress.

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Every blogger has the same concern regarding choosing the blogging platform in the beginning but with time, you may learn with experience the pros and cons, the advantages and disadvantages, the limitation and liberation of both, the WordPress and Blogger. Here I want to share my experience and a brief comparison between the two giants as I have been used the both well known blogging platforms. Comparison is made on the following aspects of Blogging as these features count most.

  1. Control over the Blog
  2. Search Engine Optimization Friendliness
  3. Functionalities and Plugins
  4. Security
  5. Look and Feel
  6. Storage and other specification
  7. Ease of Use
  8. Customization
  9. Monetization
  10. Community
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10 Things I Love About Blogger

10 things I Love about Blogger

Selection of suitable platform to start blogging is always a great challenge for beginners as they are novice in blogging and get confused with which platform to choose among the existing big names. In fact, Beginners usually chooses Google hosted blogging platform “Blogger” to make entry into the market and get started their journey of blogging as it is easy to use and free hosted (the hosting seems always a big deal for beginner). I myself started my blogging experience with the internet giant Google’s free hosted Blogging platform “Blogger” as I didn’t much familiar with the hosting, c panels, Bandwidth and other irritating technical terms like theses and these words hinder me to start blogging for a long time.

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But when I start my blogging journey with Blogger, I got in love with the platform and fond it the best platform for beginner. Although there are too many reasons to choose Blogger as blogging platform but here I want to share the features of Blogger which I loved most and you should too. Just check it out

1. Easy to start with

So what if you don’t have any knowledge about coding, any idea of programming languages like PHP, HTML, CSS and of web hosting. Thanks to Bloggers, you can just start your blog with your own personal skills like content writing ability, story writhing, photography skill, presentation skills or anything else you’re master in. Leave the rest upon the Google to take care of.

Starting a blog with Blogger is just a few clicks and bingo. Blogger lets you choose from its preexisting themes and templates to customize your blog in the best way that fit your needs.

2. Easy to use

Blogger platform is not just easy to start with, but it is easy to use and manage throughout the journey of blogging too. Blogger comes with a simple user friendly interface and it takes easy steps to publish a post. It rarely required any special technical skills to get your job done. These features make the Blogger a right decision for newbies to start blogging.

3. Easy to Monetize

For most of us, blogging is just a hobby or a way to promote their business, but what bad if you can get extra $$$ with what you published and share on blogger. Yes you can and perhaps many blogger make a decent amount of money with their blogs.

Thanks to the built-in feature of blog monetizing in blogger, you can easily monetize your blog effortlessly with Google owned Adsense which is, by far, one of the most favorite and most profitable ads network. Since both the Blogger and Adsense are owned by Google, it is easy with Blogger platform to get monetize your blog as they both have good compatibility with one another. All you need is a reputable blog with quality content and some traffic and you done

Bonus: Managing ads on your blog and post in Blogger is easy too and you will have full controls over the ads.

4. Easy to Customize (HTML/CSS)

Although blogger comes with hundreds of built-in templates and widgets, but sometime it may not satisfy your need and you may want to customize your blog that fulfill your requirements. Not a big issue, with just having a basic knowledge of Markup and styling languages, I mean HTML and CSS, you can shape your blog and add functionality to it by your own way.

The blogger compatibility with HTML and CSS is one of the most lovable features the bloggers loves. These languages are easy enough to learn without any special training or classes and you can learn it easily through online learning site and tutorials.

5. Free Hosting with 100% up server

Although Google provide free domain (yourname.blogspot.com) but I personally (and most of other blogger) don’t like as it look massive and not SEO friendly. The feature which I love most is the Blogger free web hosting service, so to start blogging, you could only buy your own domain name (if you want) which is still quite cheap ($10/yr) and don’t have to be panic for hosting (which is quite expansive) as the Blogger is Google-hosted blogging platform provide you a sufficient disk space and unlimited bandwidth all for free.

But remember, it is not only the matter of cost rather it is important for your blog to stay alive and active 24/7. Google has most excellent servers, provides you 100% uptime servers (even the best hosting companies will not guarantee you 100%) to keep your blog alive 24/7.

Bonus: Unlike other free hosted blogging platforms (which will publish their ads on your site), your blog on blogger will remain ads-free means no advertisement from the company.

6. Hack Proof Security

Security of websites and blogs always remain great concerns for web designer, developers and bloggers. On an average, more than 30,000 websites and blogs hack daily create a hug economical impact on the bloggers as they spent a lot of money on site security. Hackers often attempt to hack or crack the site or blog for their own profit or for fun.

But for those who are on Blogger platform, security doesn’t matter as Google provide them the most secure and hack-proof (till yet) servers for their blogs which is impossible to crash or hack. Using Google’s Blogger, you don’t need to worry about lose of your data, information and efforts and you don’t need to be worry about security and backups of your blog.

7. Thousands of free in built templates and widgets

Blog widgets or the gadgets allow you to add useful functionalities, cool features, customization and lots of more to your blog, even if you don’t familiar with HTML and CSS to do it manually. Tempests, on the other hand, give your site a professional look and theme adds an eye catching design to your blog.

These widgets, templates and themes are usually made by professional programmers and web designers using Programming, scripting and styling languages like JavaScript, AJAX, CSS and HTML etc and you have to pay for these widgets and templates to use them on your blog.

Fortunately, Blogger is come with thousands of free useful widgets, themes and templates to add functionality, cool features and elegant design to your blog to fulfill your requirements. These templates and widgets are easily modifiable too according to your needs.

Blogger also has a huge community of professionals who create lots of gadgets and templates daily which you can use for free too, if the preexisting code snippets are not enough.

8. High pagerank and easy Page indexing

Speed does matter in term of Pagerank, whereas pagerank is the key indicator of blog reputation while page index, on the other hand, is an important blog SEO friendliness indicator. Due to its simple interface, design and the property of Google, Blogger ranks high in Search engine giant Google, its page indexed quickly and load too fast in browser (just in a blink) which yields a high page rank to the blog.

9. Unlimited blogs

Blogger allow you to generate as many blogs as you want with just one account, and of course, you can access and manage all of your blogs through one dashboard. With this great feature you can run and manage more than one blogs on different topics or niches to satisfy your blogging needs.
Note:  Although Blogger allow you to create 100 blogs per account but it is still beyond the limit.

10. Keep it secret

 Blogs are often made to express and share your ideas with other, thus by default, they are public and everyone can see what you post on it, but thanks to Blogger, you can keep you blog secret. You can make your blog private or can share it with people you want so only you and the people you allow can have access over the blog content.

 Blogger allow you to keep your work, data or material secret so you can use your blog as your personal diary, notebook, image album, video gallery or contact directory. Go to Setting and Permission Tab and under Blog reader heading, select the reader you want to see your blog content. It could be only you or a list of your friends (by adding their emails). This is the main distinguish feature Google has in Blogger make it different from other blogger platform.

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