5 Mobile Tools For a More Successful Blog
Both blogging and mobile devices have been gone through a rapid revolution, exploding in popularity within recent years so it’s no wonder that the two are moving closer and closer together. The blogosphere, while predominantly desktop/laptop weighted, has broken into mobile devices. According to Paul Chaney, a long-time contributing editor for Practical Ecommerce, people are wanting to blog on their smartphones and other mobile devices and, consequently, a number of tools have been developed to help them do exactly that.
Mobile Blogging Tools
Blogging platforms are offering apps and tools for those looking to blog on the go directly from their phone. The tools take advantage of email and text functions since lack of a traditional keyboard can be a hindrance to normal posting methods used on desktops. Being able to blog via mobile devices is an added layer of convenience, and according to OpenMarket, it is especially vitals given that a number of customer service call centers are embracing SMS and MMS as communication channels. Since blogging has become and increasingly visual medium, bloggers looking to contact service centers will find the opportunity to send queries with photos, screenshots, and similar items extremely useful. This shift also opens up a number of channels for marketing and bloggers can take advantage of any promotions offered, quickly integrating them via their phone. Here’s a look at just a few of the mobile blogging tools available.
This popular blog system is widely popular in the small business sector and includes a number of ways to blog on the go. Users can publish content quickly, sell products/services or join the affiliate program, create fully customized designs, and incorporate Google Analytics. Typepad provides support for widely used mobile platforms including iPhone, Palm 0S 5, Windows Mobile 5 & 6, Symbian Series 60, and most other mobile devices.
Though it is widely used as a mobile commerce platform, Mobify if also a free tool for mobile blogging. The Modify Studio lets bloggers use a web-based GUI (graphic user interface) tool that can select content from text, image, and video. It also offers the ability to integrate existing content management done via desktop and automatically mirror it via the mobile device. The platform is easy to install, flexible, and runs fast.
One of the biggest blogging platforms out there, the mobile version allows blogging to be done via SMS and email. The platform supports any device that can use texts and emails and it’s free of charge. Setting up Blogger Mobile is simple and users only have to send a single text message to register and after that posts can be made via text.
Another one of the most widely used platforms, WordPress is also available for use with mobile devices ranging from the iPhone to Android. According to the platform’s website, users have the ability to write posts, upload photos, edit pages, and manage comments all via their mobile device as well as receive notifications, view stats, and a myriad of other useful things.
This app is designed specifically to take advantage of the iPad interface and touch functionality. Photos and videos can be added to blog posts through drop and drag directly into the interface. It allows for the usage of media from Flickr, Picasa, or Google Image Search. Blogsy also supports the popular platforms WordPress, Blogger, and Posterous so bloggers can still use their preferred platform.