Blog publishing tools can make your blogging a little easier when you have a burst of inspiration or want to quickly update your readers.Â Some can also help you in your social marketing efforts.Â It can be quite time consuming for a blogger to study the plethora of tools that exist.Â But as your girl the, “Dali Blogger,” who is passionate about finding cool new blogging tools to keep you productive, I’ll let you in on my favorite free blog publishing and editing tools to get your content out there effectively and efficiently.
Below are 2 free blog publishing tools that can help you whether you are a new blogger or more advanced blogger and are integrating social media in your web marketing.
Blog Publishing Tool #1: ScribeFire: Blog Editor and Publisher
With Scribefire’s blog editor you can easily start blog article drafts at the click of one icon.Â It has a pretty intuitive and friendly interface.Â The word processor opens up at the bottom of your screen or in a new window.Â You can easily upload related YouTube videos at the easy of a click and conduct a quick search.
A view of Scribefire’s word processing interface below.
You have a few tabs on the left, one of which is the green share button. Â From there, you can bookmark your postÂ on delicious as well as share Digg, StumbleUpon and some other social bookmarking sites.Â Additionally, you can share your post as soon as you are done via Facebook.
On the right of the snapshot above you’ll see:
- The blogs you have added to Scribefire
- Draft blog entries
- A list of your blog’s categories
- Options.Â From here you can decide when to publish and what tags to use as well as link to any non WordPress sites and enable some ping services, which will notify the search engines of new content on your blog.Â For a cool thorough list of ping servers read Cenay’s Giant List of Ping Servers article.
This super cool blog editing tool also has a cool preview tab where you can see how the post would look published on your blog.
Scribefire also integrates with the Zemanta plugin, a plugin that easily allows you to add value on your blog, by providing related content you can link to at the click of a mouse button to increase your value for your readers and provide quality linking sources to help build your SEO and authority.
Blogging Tool #2: Qumana Blog Editor and Publisher
Qumana has most of all the same options as ScribeFire, except that Qumana’s interface is a little more user friendly and accessible (all options in one screenshot).
A View of the Qumana Blog Editing Interface
You can categorize your blog posts with the categories on your blog as you can with ScribeFire.
The sweet thing about this tool is that it will import the content on your blog.Â It does have a separate “blog manager” screen where you can search for content on your blog via keyword – although it seems limited.Â I did a search for one of the top posts here, and I didn’t get all my posts to appear.Â Nevertheless, it seems super handy when referencing back to related content on your blog to build your on page SEO and contribute to a user friendly experience on your blog.Â Afterall, the more pleasurable your visitor’s experience is, the longer they stay on your site.Â And the longer they stay on your site, the likelier it is you will convert that visitor into a regular reader and possibly customer!
A View of the Qumana Blog Manager:
Another neat feature for the more code savvy blogger is the “one touch” source view, which is better than Scribefire’s.Â Scribefire does not show your post in code in its entirety.
Qumanta is a bit more intuitive to use than ScribeFire, but I think, overall, Scribefire definitely is a better tool, especially for business bloggers who are more involved with social bookmarking and networking on Facebook.Â (Although, these tools don’t matter much if you are using a third party application on Facebook to feed your blog content to your Facebook updates).
Limitations to Using Scribefire and Qumana
The cons to using these blog publishing editors mainly lies with its SEO limitations.Â These blogging tools do not give you customization abilities when it comes to SEO.
You have to go back into WordPress and create your blog description, excerpt, and insert the keywords you are using in the appropriate SEO Plugin(s) you are using.
Also, with Scribefire you can’t login to WordPress from a different computer and see your blog post in your WordPress Dashboard as a draft.Â You have to publish (or schedule the post to publish) from Scribefire first and make modifications from the WordPress Dashboard later.
Another limitation is working with images.Â Unless you know some html to pretty up the images and add alt tags and such, you can miss out on some aesthetic and SEO benefits here.Â However, if you don’t know html, you could use one of our favorite blogging tools – Zemana – to help with getting cool images for your blog articles.
What other blogging tools would you like to learn more about?Â Which tools are you using now?
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