Take Advantage of Everything Google Has To Offer: Google Tools for Website & Blog Owners
If you are new to the website and blog game you might not have heard of your new best friend. Yes that is right you need to become best friends with Google and everything it has to offer. Here is a list of all of Google’s great features and programs that can help you succeed as a blogger. To take advantage of all these tools you will need to have a Gmail account so go ahead and get signed up if you’re not already.
8 Great Google Tools for Bloggers
Google Plus: Google Plus is a great feature for bloggers. It’s Google’s take on a social network site that’s built for personal and business. I think that it is more user-friendly for business than Facebook because it was originally designed to take the place of Google Places for Business. It is a great place to build your networks and share you content to all your friends. It is a must have for any blogger, even if you choose not to be active with the social network you will need it to set up Google Authorship.
Google Webmaster Tools: This tool will be your go to place for information about your site map, crawling errors, and index reports on your post & pages within your site. Webmaster tools gives you the ability to upload a site map of your blog to help get indexed by Google and help appear on the first page of search engine results. I will also recommend taking advantage of Bing Webmaster Tools as well. Same concept but for Bing and Yahoo.
Google Adsense: This tool allows you to get paid! If you have searched the web I am sure you have seen tons of Adsense ads. This program allows you to add Adsense ads to your site and make commissions every time someone clicks on the ad. The ads are generated from Google, all you have to do is add the html code to your website. This program is intertwined with the Google Adwords because the advertisers that pay for ads on Adwords show up on sites that have Adsense ads.
Google Adwords: This tools allows you to place ads on websites and search engine results.The ads are pay-per-click which means you only pay for each click not impressions. Like mentioned above this program coincides with Adsense. This program is great for anyone looking to draw more traffic to their site under specific keywords.
Google Alerts: This program lets you get email alerts from Google on new articles in your particular niche. For example if your niche was concert tickets you could set up a Google alert for “new concerts scheduled”. You can set alerts to daily, weekly, or monthly. Depending on the time frame you select, Google will email you new search results that have to do with the keywords you entered.
Google Analytics: This tool is a tracking system. Once Analytics is set up on your website, it will track traffic to your site. It tracks visit, new visitors, returning visitors, page views, average duration of site visit, bounce rate, and much more. It also shows you how visitors got to your site, whether it be by direct link, social networks, or Google search.
Google Drive: Is an online document creator. It offers the same things as Microsoft office you can create word, excel spreadsheets, power points, and a few other things. Biggest thing with Google Drive is you can get access to all your files on any computer. I always copy and paste all my posts to Google Drive to have a safe place to keep them.
YouTube: A lot of people do not know that Google actually owns YouTube. YouTube is a great place for business to market themselves. It is also a great place to put any tutorials or informative videos you have on your site. You can link back to your website or blog and YouTube videos rank high within Google Searches.
There it is, some great tools that Google offers for bloggers. Best thing about it is you only need one account. Once you have 1 Google account you can sign into these tools using it. I would recommend taking advantage of all of these tools. They can all help you succeed as a blogger and will help you create a successful online business.
Let me know if you have any questions setting up any of these tools and if there are tools you use that are not included in this list, I would love to hear about them. Comment Below!