6 Content Tools and Services for Bloggers

There are no shortage of tools and services for bloggers and content publishers. Here's few notable offerings exhibited at New Media Expos (formerly BlogWorld):

Overblog, a blogging platform that centralizes your social content; Readz, a magazine publishing platform for tablets, Manage WP, a dashboard for managing multiple WordPress sites; Markerly, a tool for tracking social sharing; Cemmerce, a tool that converts product mentions in your content into add links; and DotMe, a domain extension being marketing for bloggers and personal websites.

Overblog

Overblog

Overblog is a tool to centralize, curate and organize content from across the different platforms on the internet. People post content to  Facebook Twitter, Instgram, YouTube, etc, because that's where the people are. But in doing so they are fragmenting online identitities. Overblog is a blogging platform that helps to bring all your content back into one place so you can have a cohesive identity.  Facebook posts are copied over to the platform and YouTube videos get embedded into your blog in real time. If you want, when you take a picture on Instagram, it's added to blog in realtime as well. The platform started in Europe as a classic blogging platform in 2004. Last year they relaunched and revamped it all the social aggregation functionality. With 35 Million unique users in Europe, they hope to do the same in the US. The Platform is free to use Over-Blog.com

Readz

Readz

Readz is a publishing platform focused on Tablet publishing, designed to provide an immersive reading experience. It's comparable to WordPress in that they use themes and templates, but they use them with a focus on more of a "lean backwards experience" for reading on tablets. They have customers who use it for brochures, newsletters, blogging, B2B magazines and more. It's a cloud based service, that is designed to be "easy enough for your mom to use." It's a contained environment that reads like a magazine but behaves like an app and includes videos. However it's not distributed by app stores. Being HTML 5, it can be distributed directly with a simple web link.

Readz takes away the burden of publishing for all different tablets. They take care of all the technical issues so you can focus on the content and design. There are a number of predesigned themes that you can brand yourself without any coding. But if you want to go beyond that, Readz can work with you to design your own templates. You don't need any technical skills, just design experience. It starts with a free account. Readz.com

Manage WP

Manage WP

Manage WP is a service that connects many seperate wordpress installations into one unified dashboard. The value-add is time savings, particularly if you manage a large number of blogs. So if you need to run bulk updates –of plugins, themess or WordPress core– across 20 sites, you can do that with the click of one button. Otherwise you would have to log into each site individually and manually repeat each update sequence.  There are other value added functions, such as backups, installations, clonings of sites and adding content across multiple sites at the same time. They also offer uptime monitoring, SEO monitoring and more. Basic plans start at $4/month  ManageWP.com

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