Gini Dietrich

Two Tools for Bloggers

By: Gini Dietrich | April 3, 2011 | 
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Isn’t it fun being a blogger? You’re always trying to keep up with the latest and greatest without (in most cases) spending any money. People are talking apps and tablets and eReading and you’ve just figured out WordPress and how to optimize each blog post.

But I’m here to help! Without spending any money building an app or creating a new version of your blog for the tablet, there are two new tools you  definitely need to check out!

Your Blog On Kindle

The first is a super, super easy way to publish your blog for the Kindle. Yes, publish your blog for the Kindle.

Here is how you do it:

  1. Go to Kindle Publishing and set up an account.
  2. Log in and add a blog.
  3. Enter your bank information (just need account number and routing number, which you can find on a check) because they’re going to pay you every time someone subscribes!
  4. Fill in all of the necessary information, including the blog name, the RSS feed, and a description.
  5. Click publish

Seriously. That’s all you have to do. It takes 48-72 hours for them to approve the blog and decide the price (that’s not up to you). So check back in a few days to be sure you were published. Then you can add an Amazon Kindle logo to your blog so your readers know you’re offering them an even easier way to read your content.

Thanks to Brankica Underwood for the awesome tip! You can subscribe to Live Your Love on your Kindle by clicking here. And subscribe to Spin Sucks by clicking here! They give you a 14 day free trial so, if you decide you don’t want it on your Kindle, no harm, no foul.

Your Blog Like Flipboard

OnSwipe is the other tool. It’s “insanely easy tablet publishing.”  What it does is allows you to create an experience of your blog on people’s tablets.

Have you experienced Flipboard? It’s like that. It allows your readers to flip through the pages, and share them, directly from their tablet. The nice thing about it is you don’t have to have an app or spend a gazillion dollars. In fact, it costs nothing. All you have to do is install the plugin.

Go to your admin in WordPress, click on “add new” in your plugin directory, type in OnSwipe, install it, and activate it. That’s it.

While, it’s not quite there yet (they’re still in beta), eventually your content will be more than the articles you publish. It’ll be your tweets, videos, Instagrams, and more. Do you hear that Julio Varela?! You can publish your Instagrams!

So there you have it. A 30 minute (if that) project for a Sunday afternoon. I’d love to hear if you did one or both and where we can find your information, once it’s all approved and active!

About Gini Dietrich


Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, the lead blogger at Spin Sucks, and the host of Spin Sucks the podcast. She also is co-author of Marketing in the Round, co-host of Inside PR, and co-host of The Agency Leadership podcast.

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