10 Tools to Help You Write Better Content
As much as we want to convince ourselves that writing high quality content about things we are passionate about is easy, that’s not always the case.
Engaging site visitors is hard.
Driving traffic to our websites is hard.
Writing is hard.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of 10 tools to help make the writing process easier. Treat it as your reference guide that you can come back to any time you are feeling stuck and need a little push in the right direction.
1. 750 Words
If you are looking to improve your overall writing quality, and don’t want to be cornered into writing seriously, give 750 words a try. Called “brain dumping”, this writing activity lets you write freestyle about anything and everything that comes to mind. All you need to do is hit 750 words. Earn points, view statistics, and even see the themes you write about and become a stronger writer in no time.
Having an editorial calendar plays a major role in how effective your writing will be. The key is to stay organized, flesh out ideas, assign tasks to the right people, and have deadlines so you publish high quality content on a consistent basis. Using Kanban style boards, Trello lets you organize your ideas into an easy to visualize display, which is bound to help you write better in the long run.
Sometimes finding the right topic to write about is enough to stall content creation. If you have a theme, keyword, or a general idea of what you want to write about, but can’t quite pinpoint an actual topic, plug your words into this topic generator and let it give you a headstart.
Similar to the Blog Topic Generator, this automatic topic generator lets you input a keyword and spits out a variety of topics to write about that come directly from Google and Bing. Divided into sections such as how, what, and why, you will have tons of blog topics to choose from instantly that are actual things people want to read about.
Grabbing the attention of site visitors is one of the most crucial steps in writing better content. After all, your content starts with a headline. And, if people aren’t interested in the headline, they are definitely not going to be interested in the rest of your post. Run your headline ideas through CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer and see where you can improve in terms of word balance and word and character counts.
Finding the right words to use in your content that are not overused, yet not overly complicated either, can be challenging. Check out the Power Thesaurus when you need a good synonym and see what other writers suggest.
Grammarly is a free online proofreading and editing tool that helps even the best of writers fine-tune their technical skills. Though you and your editors are bound to catch most errors, and mistakes are part of being human, your site visitors don’t want to see anything wrong with what you’ve written – no matter what. This tool helps you double check to make sure all your content – from blog posts to email marketing – looks good before you click ‘Publish’.
The Hemingway App is helpful for stripping out the nonsense and leaving you with the good stuff your readers will appreciate. Cut down on long-winded prose, eliminate the passive voice, and get rid of adverbs which tend to make your writing weak. With this tool you can learn to write with purpose.
People struggle with complementing their written content with stunning imagery. But, since most people are visual, it is important to refine your skills when it comes to finding high quality images to use for featured images, social media, and even within your blog posts. Check out Pixabay for thousands of royalty- free images and up your image game instantly.
SEMrush is a great online tool that helps you optimize your content for better search engine rankings. Find out what’s trending in your industry, what your competitors are up to, specific keywords that will help your SERPs, and how to better optimize your post with things like backlinks. Plus, monitor your actual Google Page Ranks and see how you improve over time.
And there you have it. A whole host of helpful tools for helping you to write better content for your website – starting now.
Syed Balkhi is the founder of WPBeginner, the largest free WordPress resource site. With over 10 years of experience, he’s the leading WordPress expert in the industry. You can learn more about Syed and his portfolio of companies by following him on his social media networks.