I have been known to be a tech junky!! Oh yes, that is me and my husband if I am being honest! We love the latest and best technology and we are in luck with this technology happy society that we are living in!
So how many smart phones, tablets/iPads or other devices are you sporting today? I personally have an iPhone (which I Love, Love, Love) an iPad and a Macbook Pro. Can you tell I am an apple girl full and full?
So today I thought I would share with you my favorite mobile apps that I feel make my life that much easier as a food blogger! You can search these in your mobile app store and easily find them. If you have an iPhone, you can visit the iTunes app store here. If you have an Android you can shop for your apps in Google Play. I have also included the cost of each app.
My Top 16 Apps For Food Bloggers
1. Facebook Pages Manager
By now almost everyone seems to be on Facebook! Pages Manager helps admins connect with their audience and keep up with activity on multiple Pages, all in one place. I participate with several different Facebook pages so this allows me to have access to all of my pages and also my personal account when I need too.
With this app, I am notified when someone post or comments on my page. I can view my statistics with this app and also post to multiple pages.
Facebook Pages Manager is a great way to stay connected with your followers. You can connect with us on Whole Lifestyle Nutrition’s Facebook Page here.
Facebook Pages Manager Cost: FREE
Pinterest is the quickest growing social media today. If you haven’t started using Pinterest, you might want to reconsider! I received 85,000 repins from my organic strawberry post posted this past June. That is a lot of traffic for such a little post 🙂
Pinterest is a tool to find your inspiration and share it with others. Use it to collect things you love, organize and plan important projects, and more.
Pinterest allows you to create your own boards, kind of like a bulletin board and then you pin things to that board that you like. So if we follow my strawberries post that I spoke about earlier, that I have pinned on my organic gardening board. The pins then show up on a community board where others can see and repin if they choose too.
This app helps me follow and interact with my followers and allows me to pin my posts on the run! You can connect with us on Pinterest at Halle Cottis @ Whole Lifestyle Nutrition.
Pinterest Cost: FREE
Instagram is a photo sharing site that is quickly gaining popularity! I have just recently started using it and LOVE it! It’s a free, fun, and simple way to make and share gorgeous photos on your smartphones.
It has filtered effects or tilt-shift blur to transform your mobile photos. Transform your blogging photos and share them with your viewers via facebook, twitter, and many other social media sites. You can view where you took the photos on a map.
Share your photos in a simple photo stream with friends to see – and follow your friends’ photos with the click of a single button. Every day you open up Instagram, you’ll see new photos from your closest friends, and creative people from around the world. You can connect with Halle Cottis on Instagram here.
Instagram Cost: FREE
Twitter is a place where you can share your ideas (or tweets) in under 140 characters. It is a great tool to use to interact with other individuals of liked interests. Twitter is social messaging. It is a mix of blogging and instant messaging. You have the ability to follow individuals or organizations and others can follow you as well. It is a great way to get your material read by individuals specifically interested in that area.
This app is super easy to use and although there are many managing sites that can mange multiple social media on one app (TweetDeck), I find it easiest to manage tweets with the original twitter app. You can follow Halle on Twitter @HalleCottis, here.
Twitter Cost: FREE
PayPal is the company I use to process my merchandise at Whole Lifestyle Nutrition. I like the PayPal app because whenever someone purchases one of our products from our store, PayPal will alert me of payments. I can also send money to vendors with this app and request money from clients. This is a great managing tool that is easy to use and makes my life so much easier!
PayPal Cost: FREE
QuickAdsense is an app that I can track my Google AdSense income. This app allows you to track how many clicks, page CTR, CPC, page RPM and the daily average. You can track it for the current day, yesterdays, month to date, last month and by a custom selection.
This allows me to see if my ad campaigns are working. I use this app daily!
QuickAdsense Cost: $3.99
7. Fast Analytics
Fast Analytic is a premier app for viewing google analytics™ data on your mobile. You can easily track more than one websites analytics with a click of a button. Fast Analytics has an easy to read dashboard that allows you quick access to your stats. You can view this information for 1 day, 1 week, 1 month or 1 year. It also allows you to track content, traffic source and keyword reports. It also allows you to track the visitor browser, country and engagement reports.
I use this app throughout the day, everyday. I can also see which of my articles are trending and which articles my viewers enjoy best. A great app!
Fast Analytics Cost: FREE
8. Analytics Tiles Light
Analytics Tiles Light just looks so darn cool. You can customize this app to suit you style and it gives you a clutter free snapshot of your Google Analytics™ statistics. I know I have one above, but this one allows me to view everything in an easy and quick way. I am not able to view my individual post stats with this free version, so that is somewhat limiting. You can upgrade to the premium app for only $2.99 and there you will have full access to everything.
Analytics Tiles App is the upgrade and it allows a clean & clever tile layout: one tile = one report, and you can arrange them how you choose. It is clutter free, easy and intuitive. You can put the tiles that matter to you up front so you don’t have to spend time digging through tons of unwanted content. You can also manage more than one websites analytics with this app.
Analytics Tiles Light Cost: FREE
Analytics Tiles App Cost: $2.99
I’m not sure what I ever did without Skype! Skype has become a huge part of my business! Most people think of Skype as ways to talk to people via video conferencing but it does a heck of a lot more than that! The Skype app allows you to IM (instant message), make long distance video phone calls for free, and also allows you to file share. You do need to be connected to a 3G or WiFi connection to use Skype.
If you don’t have unlimited texting on your phone, then this is a great app to have. You can IM for free! LOVE this app!
image credit via Skype
Skype Cost: FREE
WordPress app allows me to write post, edit post, and answer comments and much much more! I can’t tell you how many times I have used this app! It is a great way to manage your site on the go!
You can write your post in simple text and you do not have to write the post in the html mode. You can attach videos, pictures and links to anything you want.
When I travel on quick trips and don’t want to lug my laptop around, I can simply write my post with this app.
WordPress Cost: FREE
11. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition (or Your Own Website)
Did you know you can make your own website into an app for free? In reality, it is just your website that you can quickly access, but if you are like me, I am always on my site so this little app is quite handy.
To do this, simply pull up the website that you want as an app. Now click on the square box with in arrow in it located at the bottom, middle of the screen at the bottom of the image below (see image below). A window will come up and you click on the button that says “Add to Home Screen”. You then are taken to one more screen where you are able to name the icon what you would like. My website name is to long, so I shortened mine to WLN. Click on the blue “Add” button at the top right of the screen. That is it! You now have your own app!
Website App Cost: FREE
Love, Love, Love this app. Oh did I say I love this app?? 🙂 I know but it is that helpful of an app! This app allows you to to organize and save information that you want to have access to later. It easily stores it for you so that you can view it on any of your electronic devices. You create different notebooks to store your information in so you can quickly access that information easily. It has an incredible search function too!
I specifically use Evernote when I am doing research for a post. If I am using 3 resources for a one post, I will add the post as a new notebook and then put all of my research websites, clipping and other information in the notebook so I can quickly access it when I am ready to write the post. You can also tag your information.
Evernote Cost: FREE
Are you a feed junkie? I am quickly becoming one! I have so many favorite websites that I like to follow that it is hard to keep up. The Feeddler RSS app allows me to read all of my feeds that I have subscribed to from my mobile devices.
You need to sign up with a web based news reader or your reader of choice. It is really easy to do and is FREE! This is a great way to read all your favorite websites post all in one spot. You can sign up for Whole Lifestyle Nutrition’s Feed here.
Feeddler RSS Cost: FREE
If you haven’t checked out ZipList on my website, then you need to head on over and check it out! Save recipes from all over the web in one spot. Plan weekly meals. Organize grocery trips. Save money. ZipList is an amazing company that allows you to do it all!
If you look at our recipes on our site, you will notice that you can save all of the recipes to your own personal recipe box and/or shopping list. We have been using zipList for quite awhile now and we have gotten such positive feedback from our viewers who absolutely love how easy and simple it is to use.
This mobile app syncs with your web version automatically. It has some great added features that are displayed in the short video below.
ZipList Cost: FREE
15. Camera + (iPhones only)
Oh my is this app a good one! Camera + is an app that is a step up from the regular iPhone camera because it allows you to edit and add filters, borders, and many other cool features.
We all know that it can sometimes be difficult to take a desirable picture with your phone. Sure, they have come a LONG way, but sometimes you need to tweak the photo a bit to make it into that WOW photo. This app allows you to do that. You can edit a picture by scenes, adjust the picture to the left or right or flip it around, you can crop the picture, add some filters or special effects and last but not least, you can add a border (with or without text) if you desire. A great handy tool to use when you are out and about and don’t have your DSLR camera handy!
Camera+ (iPhone Only) Cost: $.99
So this app is amazing to me! I shoot a lot of videos. iMovie allows me to shoot a movie (that looks great!) and then put it into movie format with music, text and also has some great editing capabilities. Making a movie has never been so easy!
Before I had this app, I would pull out the tripod, set up my video camera, shoot the video and then upload it to my computer. I then would have to edit it, add music and upload it to youtube. A short video would easily take my a day to make and post.
With this app, I now can shoot a movie, edit it, add music and/or a voice over and upload it to youtube all with this one device. My last video I shot took me less than half hour from start to finish! I see more videos coming your way in the near future on Whole Lifestyle Nutrition! 😀