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17 amazing tools every content writer needs to know


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Journal writers, professional bloggers, business owners who are just getting started in content marketing, or just long time content writers. We all could use some writing tools to help us make our jobs easier. Becoming a better content writer doesn’t just depend on your talent, how fast you canchurn out content and your knowledge on SEO, you also need to make smart choices to optimize what you're doing. Check out these 17 amazing tools for optimizing content writers every step of the way:

 

  • Before you start

  1. Google Trends

    Even the most obscure blogger out there wants to be read, otherwise they’d just have a journal. While jumping into every trend is not the best approach to content writing, you do want to be aware of trends. They can be specially helpful when dealing with a writer’s block, they  will not cure it, but they can at least give you an idea of where you should be going.

  2. Hipsum
    Blogging Tools

    Ok this is Lorem Ipsum with hipster jargon. Don’t see the use for that? Try it out! It gives you a bunch of hipster talk that can help you out when your inspiration decided it was time for the two of you to take a break but then started dating your brother.

  3. Hubspot’s Topic Generator

    Hubspot’s tool is pretty straightforward, they ask you for a couple of nouns and give you some sample headlines. But before you go crazy think about this for a moment: You are not the only person using Hubspot at any given moment. In fact, you might not even be the only one using the exact combination of words you’re using to get a title. 

    With that in mind, know that whatever results you get need to be tweaked and made into your own for a better result. Hubpot’s Topic Generator is a great tool for inspiration during your content writing process but it’s no substitute for real creativity.

  4. Soovle

    The way this works is it asks you to submit a term and tells you what kind of searches people are likely to be doing on that specific topic on several search engines. The way it looks while doing it is pretty cool too. It kind of Beautiful Minds the hell out of your term.

  5. Content Marketing’s periodic table

    Chris Lake over at Econsultancy created a periodic table of content marketing. “What?!” I hear you say across the world wide web. You’ll have to head over to check it out. I will tell you, though, that it’s a neat tool to have if you tend to have trouble organizing your process or thinking ahead once you get an idea.

 

 

  • For when you’re ready

  1. Potent’s title maker

    Ok so what’s a title maker doing in this section if you’re ready to start? Face it, sometimes you have the idea, did the research, chose the keywords and the words are still not coming out. Going to a title maker like Potent’s can at least give you a direction of where do you want to go with your piece. All you have to do is write your topic on the box and they’ll give you an exemplary title and some good pointers.

  2. Unsuck it

    Know what makes a piece sound like it was written by a fake marketing guru? An overuse of business jargon. Unsuck it let’s you get back into the real world and reminds you not to be a douche because you are talking to actual human beings that when you say “Content is King”, you might as well be saying “carrots and peas” while randomly pulling words out of a thesaurus.


    Honestly learning how to convey your message without falling back on buzzwords is mandatory if you’re interested in becoming a better content writer. The entire tool is written in an amazingly enjoyable tone. Unless you’re a douche, if that’s the case, you won’t like it. But then again, we don’t know what you’re doing here either. Go bother some poor soul on Tinder.


    TinderI’m kidding, we know Tinder users don’t have souls.


  3. Focus Writer

    It’s right there on the name. When you’re writing, you want to be as focused as possible. With push notifications and loud coworkers and your bff trying to reach you through all your social media platforms, and that really awesome new Buzzfeed article, and hey, what’s that odd kid from High School up to nowadays? When’s the new Gilgomore Girls out again? I’ll just check it out real quick. I didn’t really sleep well last night, I’ll be back in five, just gonna get some coffee.


    You get the idea. There are at least a thousand different distractions ready to attack at any given minute. If you write for a living, a business blog or just for your own brand, that’s a problem. You don’t want to take 10 hours on a 400 words blog that can be done in about a second.


    FocusWriter was designed to give you a distraction free writing environment right in your computer. There’s not much you can do about office buzz, though, unless...


  4. Rainy Mood

    Grab your headphones and listen to rain. Sometimes when you’re writing even music can be distracting so this rainy soundtrack is perfect for those writers that need complete silence or just a monotonous sound.


  5. A Soft Murmur 

    On that same note, check out A Soft Murmur. Is based on the same concept, but a little more customizable. You could choose which sounds you’d like to hear, from coffee shop banter, to tv static, or just some sort waves. Just don’t use those options as an excuse to spend even more time away from your assignment.


  6. Hell
    Ok so it’s actually call The Most Dangerous App in the world, but it feels like hell for any writer that’s not insanely fast. If you stop writing for just a few seconds, the app automatically erases everything you’ve written up until that point.


    If you’re the kind of writer who sits down and stops every 3 minutes to fact check before finishing up, then consider giving it a try if only to kick the bad habit.

 

  • For when you’re done. 
  1. Coschedule - Headline analyzer.

    I use CoSchedule on an hourly basis. Probably even more times that I use Google. All wild claims aside, if you’re serious about your content writing tools, you should bookmark this headline analyzer right now.


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    You input whatever headline you’re thinking of and Co Schedule gives you a breakdown of it and grades it. You get to see how many “power” “emotional” “Uncommon” and “Common” words you used, what type of headline you wrote, and whether is too long or wordy. You can even input several headline options and see how they stack up against one another.


  2. Title Capitalization.

    There’s no reason to be hung up over which words you need to capitalize on your headline. Stop procrastinating, go to Title Capitalization and start writing your next article.


  3. Duplicate Content Checker.

    Search engines don’t care if you have duplicate content because you purposely decided to copy or just forgot that awesome sentence you came up with is not actually yours. That’s why checking for duplicate content shouldn’t feel like an exercise in distrust but an easy way to see if you should start using synonyms and stop trying to imitate your favorite writer.

  4. Cliché Finder.

    Blogging ToolsAs overused as a tip of the iceberg metaphor

    For when is the third time this week you’ve written “Content is King”, or “X is the new black” in just the 2 initial paragraphs of your thought piece. A cliché finder highlights all the clichés you’re using  and while it won’t solve them for you, at least you’ll be aware that it’s time to start getting your inspiration from a little more diverse pool.


  5. Hemingway App.

    This one’s been thoroughly praised by every content writer and editor I’ve ever talked to. They all love it. It promises to analyze your writing on a syntactic level, telling you how many difficult (if any) sentences you have on your writing, uses of the passive word, amount of adverbs you’ve used and shows you whether a sentence has an easier construction alternative.


    Here’s the thing, though: I’ve never been able to use it. I try to pasting a text and getting the analysis and it just never happens. Some weird formatting problem happens with the website and then I’m never able to see the highlighted sentences.


  6. Readability score.

    When writing content for web is important to know your writing is understandable and readable. Save for when you’re writing a dissertation on Barb on some strange subreddit.


    Readability score analyzes your input according to the Flesch-Kincaid scale, which basically tells you if you’re writing can be understood by people 12 and over, and so on. Or whether you are writing for people with PhDs and surprising IQs.

 

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Now go ahead! Go write till you’re done!

 

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