Say you have an excellent idea to write upon. But do you think only writing skills are enough to make it noticeable when there are 4 million blogs getting published on the Internet everyday? Chances of getting lost is very high. Don’t you agree?
Then, what makes you win the battle?
Creating, publishing and promoting are three different stages of a content life-cycle. And, for each stage you need to pick up some innovative ways to ensure your audience receives an elite content.
Trust me, You can not do it on your own. There are some advanced tools to help you with your blogging efforts.
Text editors or Word processors can only help you to generate words on the blank page but curating a valuable content that gets reads is kind of a hard nut. However, the task can become simpler if you have got the right blogging tools in your arsenal.
Whether you are a beginner in using writing softwares or a pro trying the best writing tools in the market, the article is worth your attention.
Here is a list of some essential online writing tools which can help you to generate attention grabbing content.
Lucky you 😛
But before moving ahead, we need to discuss what sort of help does a writer need from his software.
What should you check in blogging tools for writers?
Your tools do not need to invent the wheel. They are just there refining your content. So, don’t go frenzy over an extensive list of technical specifications and features. Because those features will seldom matter if you do not use them. Just choose a software that suits your writing style.
Here, I have classified the necessary attributes of the software in three categories:-
Who doesn’t love an easy to use software? Even though every writing software is specialized for creative writing, writers will feel much relaxed if their software is effortless.
Advanced Features to edit your work
Editing is a very necessary process of content generation, and there is a huge difference between ‘being grammatically incorrect’ and your articles “being ready” to be published. Word processors can correct you when you are grammatically incorrect, but only a writing software can notify you about the use of recurring phrases, over-description, and passive verbs.
When it comes to creative writing, you need to have a astute outlook at your articles, or you may lose your readers.
Some Additional Features
These additional features will depend upon your writing style as not every feature is made for you. These features may include a word thesaurus, a twist generator or a character creator may be. Again, don’t get confused over features. Be aware of your requirements and then choose one.
When you know what needs to considered, let’s have a look at some tools according to various categories every writer falls in:-
Blog Title Generator tools
Hubspot’s blog topic generator
This blog title generator from Hubspot is very efficient. You just need to provide it three keywords (even one can work too). Depending upon your inputs, this free tool helps you to find topics you can start to write upon. So if you are struggling with the content ideas (As I suppose many of you are), Hubspot’s blog topic generator is the right tool for you.
TweakYourBiz Title Generator
Just like the above line from the text box says “just enter your topic and go”, using this tool is insanely easy. The title generator also breaks your given ideas into various categories such as ‘problems,’ ‘motivation’ and ‘how to’s.’ Tweak Your Biz Title Generator is definitely worth a try.
Portent’s Content Idea Generator
This great tool on my favorite list is very easy to use. You just need to enter your idea and Portent’s Content Idea Generator will provide you with a great title for your post. And if you don’t like the title, refresh your subject, and it will give you a different title instantly.
Content research tools
Google keyword planner
Google keyword planner is a valuable chunk from the Google AdWords program. The tool is completely free and is used to figure out and discuss keywords to develop a actionable SEO and pay per click strategy. Just type a keyword in the search bar and check the competition for your keywords along with other related keyword phrases. Moreover, you can find out things like:-
- Analyze ideas about keywords which are related to your product category, landing page or specific phrases. Entering a seed keyword, selecting a product category or entering URL of a landing page will populate a list of keywords. It will also give you a look at trend data and search volume.
- Estimate the average search volume per month for a particular period. You just need to enter existing keywords. It will help to load new search volume related to keywords.
- You can also multiply your list of keywords through keyword multiplier. It populates all possible keyword combinations from different keyword phrases.
- Forecasting tools available in the planner will help you get forecast about clicks. Hence, you can use it for predicting future searches for keywords.
Although the tool starts with a $99 pro plan per month, you can quickly catch industry-wise content using broad keywords at Buzzsumo. Filters like guest posts, videos, and infographics are available in the tool.
Image editing tools
It is my most favorite tool for graphics generation. This easy to use tool helps you to create engaging graphics that can get shared easily. Moreover, Canva has a massive database of templates which keeps on growing regularly. Sign in for free, pick your favorite layouts for multiple social profiles and craft your masterpiece right away. The drag-drop feature in canva with an extensive list of professional designs (mostly free or cost you just an ace) will provide you outstanding graphics.
If you want to present your technical content in a fun way, use Infogr.am. Infographics are a great way to attract readers to your posts. So, Sign in and get your data loaded into your favorite theme and boom. Well, you may not be able to customize much with the tool like Canva, and you don’t get a blank option in Infogr.am but it may be a lifesaver tool when you want to create a detailed infographic.
Animated Gifs is the latest trend in the marketing. One of the most sought GIF maker Giphy is here to make insanely rocking GIFs. This tool will help you to create a happier GIF making experience. You can make and share GIFs easily and simultaneously in Giphy. Get a video from Vine, Vimeo or Youtube and select your portion from the video which you want to convert into a GIF. The option for adding captions is also available in Giphy.
You can also turn a group of images into a GIF or edit an existing GIF on a website. In a nutshell, if you are a GIF fan (we all love GIFs), you will love this tool.
Bonus tip: Here is a detailed guide on how one can use Gifs in marketing strategy. Read it Here!
Readability test tools
Readability score of your article helps you to know how well your readers understand your post. Because senseless information and too much complex language is not useful. That’s the reason I have included these blogging tools here. Below are two of my favorite readability checkers to check your readability score.
The Readability Test Tool
You can use this online readability test tool to check your article’s readability score. You can insert your piece of writing through an URL, text or you can add a link to the source material. However, there is also another form to introduce your articles which are a browser bookmarklet form. The readability indicators are Automated Readability Index, Coleman Liau Index, Gunning Fog Score, Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level, and Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease.
This user-friendly tool expertly examines your article for a perfect readability score. You can import your piece of writing through text or URL at Readable.com. Other amazing features of the tool include integration with your Slack app or Dropbox. It also has features like readability alerts or keyword density alerts (premium users only). These features can be helpful when you need to get alerts related to less search engine friendliness of your website or high readability scores for your site content.
Readable.com is a free tool when you use it occasionally. To move to advanced features, you can select any of its premium plans.
Some Other useful blogging tools for beginners
When it comes to blogging tools for beginners, Grammarly definitely shows up. Grammarly is an effective tool which can improve your language skills. It can find typo errors and grammatically incorrect sentences. Just enter your text in the Grammarly web app and the Grammarly editor will proofread your blog post.
Grammarly is free but there is a premium version available for this app. It is available in three plans- monthly, quarterly and annually.
Copyscape- The Free Plagiarism Checker
Plagiarism checker is an essential tool for writers and no other name could come to my mind other than Copyscape. Copyscape is free and can be used to check whether your content has any duplicacy. Enter the URL of your post and get results about your article.
Some Apps for writers (Mobile and Desktop)
So, if you are more convenient using apps than desktop browsers, here are some goodies in this list on online writing tools for your more productive blogging.
Hemingway App work wonders when it comes to rectifying your content. It increases clarity in your writing. Thought, it was introduced as a web app, later it evolved as one of the best desktop apps for writers. The app edits your content, comes with distraction free mode feature, exports PDFs and does much more.
Evernote is a free tool that can be your best friend when you like to store media, information or ideas. Devices can easily integrate with the content stored in Evernote which make materials more accessible. You can share your content on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter or just your content’s URL to clipboard.
Tomighty Pomodoro timer
Tomighty is my personal favorite Pomodoro timer. It is a small desktop app which can help you stay productive during your working hours. The free app uses Pomodoro technique to keep you focused throughout the day while allowing you to relax properly at regular intervals.
As you have gained a lot of information, now it’s your turn to practice with these free blogging tools. Use some of them you find exciting and spread the word with others. From searching engaging topics to generating and sharing high quality contents, these writing tools can help you secretly build your article.
Do you think these are the best writing tools that can mold your story? Which is your personal favorite from the league? Please add up your comments and suggestions below.