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3 Genius Yet Simple Tools To Create Blogs In Minutes

Blogging is one of the most powerful things you can do for your Vacation Rental Marketing. But just like anything that generates money…it comes with its challenges.

The biggest challenge of blogging is the time that it takes to create quality content.

69% of content marketers feel a lack of time is their greatest challenge.

So, today I’m sharing with you blogging tools that I use to reduce the amount of time that it takes to produce content.

In fact, I’m using that tool right now to write this blog (and I use the term ‘write’ loosely 🙂 )

Mostly everyone will have access to this tool and it’s likely either in your hand right now or in your pocket.

If you haven’t yet figured it out, I’m talking about your smart phone!

In conversations with some of my clients, they’ve told me they only really use their phone for making phone calls. Do you know anyone like that? Is that you?

If you’re going to be an entrepreneur in 2016 you’ve got to take full advantage of the tools you have available, especially your smart phone and all the apps that are out there.

The best thing about apps is most of them are free, like the ones I’m sharing today.

Think of a smart phone as a vacation rental marketers assistant. That’s why it’s a good idea to have the latest tech here,  one with ample memory to handle all the apps you’ll eventually install.

As shown in this video, my smart phone is taking diction and doing the writing for me.

I personally use Android, but I know a tool like the one I’m using in the video is available with nearly every mobile device.

It’s called Voice to Text. 

You may have used it before but have you thought about using Voice to Text to help you write blogs for you as part of your vacation rental content marketing strategy?

I’ve included a short video to demonstrate how easily this tool can be used for blogging right from your Google Drive. 

Google Drive provides a safe place for you to store your content. Nothing is worse than losing content that you have poured yourself into, that has happened to me, especially while writing on the go.

Google does a good job of saving my drafts. Drive has many tools you can utilize for your content writing. Its sort of like Microsoft Office for Google but one big difference, it’s free.

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I suggest using the voice to text to get your ideas out, then you can proof and edit them to make them better. If you notice in the video I did not go back to fix the errors.

Wait until you get all of your ideas out, then go back and adjust the text.

There will be mistakes but identifying them are very easy, especially with the editor that I will be sharing in the next related video.

This process of creating blogs for your website marketing will significantly reduce the strain of your vacation rental’s content marketing plan and allow you to post blogs more frequently.

You’ll wanna speed up the output of your blogs and content as much as possible because with every blog that you post, it’s another opportunity for your property to be seen by potential guests.

While it was a little more difficult for me to record the video, mess with the phone and talk all at the same time, think how easy it will be for you.

It’s as easy as you talking to someone and telling them about that great restaurant near your rental or your favorite attraction in the area.

Whenever you have an idea to write about, open up a Google Doc like I did in the video and speak it into your phone. You can then later, go back to your Google Drive and finish the drafts when you feel inspired again.

Truthfully I’m on the computer more than I would like to be, how about you?

This blogging hack gives me a break away from the big glaring screen of my desktop computer. It’s nice to sit or lie down while still being productive.

If you’ve put off blogging, here is a short video with some motivation about why you need to be blogging for your vacation rentals.

And if you don’t have a vacation rental website or you have a website that doesn’t have a blogging platform within the website itself, you need to get started there first.

Another way you can use this tool on the go is to answer your inquires.

Since it has spell check built into it, it sometimes makes it easier but again you will still likely have to make edits. I still think that beats using my fat fingers to write on the smart phone’s tiny keyboard.

What do you think? Is this blogging hack useful?

Also check out this post on another super intuitive app. It’s the fast and furious way of answering vacation rental inquiries.

I’ll be sharing more apps like these that do a number of different jobs to help your vacation rental marketing and business so stay tuned!

Please leave your comments below and let me know what you thought about this tip.

And if you need help, please feel free to reach out to me personally and I’ll do everything I can to help.

Your Vacation Rental Expert,

Jay William

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  • Is there anyone who has been using this as a strategy? Curios to know. Once you see it, it seems like it would be common sense but suprisingly, people I’ve shared this with experience a bit of an aha moment when seeing it.

    What do you think of this as a blogging cheat?

    • Josh

      Blogging is tiring! Anything to get some help in that area.You never can have enough content it feels like. my issue is I do not always have time to write blogs but I think I can squeeze time to talk rather than type. Feels like it would be easier. I am going to try this Jay I appreciate the sharing of your tips with us.

  • Kingston

    I never thought about using it for marketing.
    for me this is easier than typing or writing. I can talk better than I can write, all of a sudden blogging seems a littles less intimidating

    great hack

  • Marie

    I didn’t even know this existed!! This is really helpful Jay. I’m going to give it a shot and I’ll let you know how it goes!! 🙂

    • Great Marie, glad you’re gonna give it a try for blogging!

      As you practice with it, you’ll get good at blogging with this.

      Share with us how it goes.

  • Jay, Simply genius. Perhaps, this will be The Cozy Moose Team year for blogging. Creativity not always at a computer. Have tons of little notes for blog posts just sitting in a file. Looks like they just might come alive now.

    Looking forward to know how to keep them within word count. Super Duper… 🙂

    • Super Heather! I hope so…

      Blogging is one of those areas owners know they should be working on but they don’t. I’m hoping this will make blogging less intimidating. As a tip when starting this, write down a few questions that travelers often ask then record yourself answering the questions. That should help to relieve the blogging paralysis. I’ll be posting a short post on word count very soon

      • Had old blog , merged to new site – Question??? When you edit an old post, do you leave date alone or change date. If change date then does that create a 404 if date included in original post?
        What do you suggest? Thanks for your reply.

        • Hi Heather I missed this comment, sorry. For me Heather I learned not to use dates on blog posts because people may think the information is old or no longer relevant, when it likely is. Hope that helps

          • if site set up with permalinks with date, your stuck Otherwise a 404 if no date.

            If WP set to format date default and you can change date and it will auto redirect? ‘
            Will it show as duplicate when change post date and index twice?

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