Creating outstanding content is becoming more and more competitive. In today’s guest post, freelance writer Kenneth Waldman shares tools that make it easier. Do you use a content writing resource that should be on this list? Share in the comments below and help us all learn. – Elena Verlee
Nobody ever said writing was easy. Or rather, someone might have said it, but I’m willing to bet big money that whoever did was not a writer. Writing is a complex balancing act of time management, seeking inspiration, and ultimately finding a way to make your words inspire others and make them feel how you feel. This is no small feat.
If you’re trying to find ways to infuse new life into your writing, let this list of be your guide. Here, you will find a complete range of tools to make your writing stronger. It includes a wide variety of helpful resources, from websites that will help you come up with brilliant ideas, to tools that will help structure your writing, and even help with the final editing and proofreading. If it takes a village to raise a child, then running a successful writing business can stand a little help as well.
Let’s get started!
All Top is a one stop shopping website for getting inspired. Browse topics by category or search for something specific. What’s really unique about Alltop is that it further divides the content by the original website that posted it. So you can either look for articles about copy writing for blogs, or you can read all the content from the website Copyblogger.com. Alltop is free for anyone to use.
Let’s face it. You’re not writing constantly. You’re also out and about living your life. You’re talking to friends and surfing the Internet on your phone. But what happens when you find an inspirational article that you want to remember for when you do sit down to write? You use Pocket! Pocket stores articles, photos, videos, and pages in one easy to navigate location, all at no cost. I love Pocket because I am constantly checking my phone between work, emails, and commuting. I’ll get halfway through an article and have to put the phone down. I used to forget about those articles and then wish I could find them again. Now, I can read everything at the end of the day.
Use MindNode once you have an idea, but you’re not quite sure how to flesh it out. MindNode makes mind mapping simple and logical, so you get the best content possible. MindNode is especially useful if you’re working in a group or collaborating with a partner. The mapping features make it easy to brainstorm and share your “mind map” with other users. The one drawback is that it’s only available on Apple products.
Once you have an inspiring idea and a basic format, use CoSchedule to test out your possible headlines. The algorithm will generate a score between 1-100. The higher the score, the better received your headline will be! The website is not only free, but a lot of fun! If you have some free time, just try to see the best title you can come up with. Instead of settling for an 85%, see if you can get a 90% or higher!
Similar to CoSchedule, the EMV Analyzer gives your headline an “Emotional Marketing Value,” for your headline. In other words, it tells you if people will care about your article. The nerd in me loves this website because it breaks down which words are “emotional.” So, an added benefit is that learning the “power” words inadvertently improves my writing as a whole.
ThingLink will make you article more aesthetically pleasing. You can use the website to add clickable icons to any image you choose. For instance, a travel blogger could take a map of their city and add icons over all of the important restaurants and local hot spots. It makes the entire process of reading more interactive.
PlaceIt lets allows you to upload any images you’d like, and insert them into your article as high-quality photos. Depending on the size of photo, you might have to pay a small fee. Small photos are free! The best thing about Placeit is that the website works on EVERY device. You can even use it on a Kindle or a Smartwatch.
If you’re planning to post your article to Twitter (and you should), Tweriod will tell you the best time of day to post it in order to reach the most people. The tool is free and will analyze up to 1,000 of your followers. The reason Tweriod is so important is that it will maximize the impact of your article at no cost and almost no effort to you. It’s completely foolish to not sign up for Tweriod.
UberSuggest is basically a modern thesaurus, but it comes up with keyword ideas for the body of your article. If you know you want to write about dogs, for instance, UberSuggest might suggest writing about “dogs and chocolate,” or “dogs that don’t shed.”
Quora is a database of questions and answers, all submitted by users. It’s a fantastic place for writers to learn what their readers are interested in, and to get new content ideas. You can take advantage of the opportunity presented by Quora by thoughtfully answering questions related to your writing topics. The answer will link back to your website and draw more people to your page.
Easily send your article to your email list without all the hassle. Mail Chimp is free if you have less than 2,000 subscribers and send less than 12,000 emails each month. After that, plans start at $700/month.
So, you’ve written your article. Now is the time to make it flawless. The proofreading and editing services available through Essay Mama will evaluate your spelling, grammar, word usage, punctuation, etc. They’ll make sure everything is clear, and nothing is left sounding too vague.
The final step involved in creating a spectacular piece of writing is to know that it is 100% original. Plag Tracker will run a full plagiarism scan on your document, identify any instances of plagiarism, and rewrite the content to make it original.
Hopefully, you found some helpful resources. Use one or use them all! Whether you’re looking for ideas, trying to find a way to express and organize your thoughts, or trying to reach the perfect audience, you now have some great tools to help you along the way. Enjoy!
Kenneth Waldman is a freelance writer, copy editor, and content creator. You can get in touch with him on Linkedin.
Elena is founder of a technology PR agency that works with startups to billion-dollar companies. She is passionate about helping marketers and small business owners with practical publicity strategies, which she's also using for her own bling flip flop company.
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