5 Essential Tools for Writing Great Content
Are you ready to write some great content for your business’s blog or popular publications in your industry? If so, then there are a few tools you will want to consider to aid you in the process. In this post, we’re going to look at six essential tools for writing great content.
The first tool you should look into is Feedly. It’s free to use and will allow you to easily subscribe to the best sources of inspiration for your industry. These sources could include respected industry publications, your competitors, or both.
The goal is to stay on top of the latest news in your industry. This will ensure that you are writing about the things that your audience cares about, getting a chance to jump in on trending topics, and making sure that you aren’t missing anything that your competitors are sharing.
When you subscribe to the right blogs and news sources, Feedly will be your best source of content inspiration. The more you read (even if it is just the headlines), the better content you will write.
If coming up with inspiration for your writing is not your problem, but finding time to write them is, then Trello can help. Use it to create lists of your best content ideas. When you are ready to write it, just move the card from an idea column to a completed column.
A better idea if you have colleagues is to invite them to your Trello board and ask them to submit their topic ideas. Even if they don’t want to write them, they can share them with you so you can write them.
The next tool to have handy when writing content is a headline generator. There are many of them: HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator, Content Forest’s Content Ideator, Portent’s Content Title Maker, ImpactBnd Blog Title Generator, and WebPageFX Blog Topic Generator are just a few.
You simply enter a keyword or phrase that you want to write about, and the generators come up with some specific titles for your blog posts. These are usually titles based on proven formulas for search and social media success.
If you already have a great headline for your post, you can also use headline analyzer tools like this one from CoSchedule to make sure they are good ones for traffic, social shares, and search engine rankings.
If you tend to link to resources in your content, Google Docs is a good word process to choose. Because it’s tied directly to Google, all you have to do is highlight the name, word, or phrase you want to link to and click the Link icon at the top of your document (or press CTRL+K) and Google will search for the best link.
It even works for those random statistics that you have stuck in your head, but can’t remember the source. Just type them in, highlight them, and CTRL+K to find the best (or most popular) source.
If you don’t have an editor to proof your writing, don’t just rely on your word processor. Copy and paste your document in Grammar.ly instead. Grammar.ly will find spelling and grammar mistakes that Microsoft Word and Google Documents miss.
You can set Grammar.ly to check your document based on the type of writing you are doing, from general academic to technical documentation. The business category also includes article / blog post as an option.
With the right set of tools, you will be able to come up with great topic ideas, amazing headlines, the best resources, and polished content for your business and other publications in your industry. If you’re struggling to write, be sure to give these tools a try so you can stop getting stuck and start writing.