Last week, I put together a list of 4 cool plugins that make blogging easier and better. Due to overwhelming positive feedback and popular demand, I compiled a new list of 5 sources that are very useful to bloggers. Some of them are also really cool.
1. Voicebunny – fast and professional voiceovers
Do your readers prefer listening to podcasts than reading a text? Then this tool is perfect for you. A new startup Voicebunny makes it easy to get voiceovers in minutes from a pool of 100,000 voice talents. And this is not only for texts in English; more than 50 languages are supported. Connecting to the VoiceBunny API turns blogs into podcasts automatically and in just minutes after it’s posted.
2. Wildfire – social media monitor
Wildfire is a startup focused on creating interactive promotions on social sites. Last year, they launched Social Media Monitor, a tool that tracks and compares how brands are performing on Facebook and Twitter. Wildfire allows bloggers to create their own branded interactive campaigns — including contests, giveaways, incentive-based surveys and sweepstakes — and to simultaneously publish them in multiple social networks and on their websites.
3. EuroTermBank – EU terminology assistant
The EuroTermBank is a very helpful tool especially for European bloggers. If you want to check the correct term, consult the EuroTermBank. It is a project that focuses on harmonization and consolidation of terminology work in new EU member states. It’s basically a useful centralized online terminology bank for languages of new EU member countries interlinked to other terminology banks and resources.
4. Windows Live Writer – desktop blog application
Windows Live is a set of free services including Hotmail and Messenger. It also includes Windows Live Writer that lets you publish to many blog services, including Windows Live, WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad and many more. It can even help you set up a blog. With Writer you can compose your blog entries offline and publish at a later date.
5. Google Blog Search – use it till it lasts
Would you like to know if your blog is getting any attention on Google? Google provides a service called Google Blog Search. It will allow you to put your blog URL into its search engine. Every time someone shows your material on their site you get a backlink. The backlink does two things for you. It may get people to your site but just as important it tells Google that people have an interest in your site. When Google sees that your site starts to move up in the search engine rankings. However, it is scheduled to be shut down on May 26, 2014. Use it before it’s gone!