Why use content writing tools?
I am always tired. Very very tired. It doesn´t matter how many cups of coffee I drink; I continue to be exhausted. While the obvious solution to my sleep deprivation would be to sleep, having a newborn baby does not give me that luxury. So I persevere. There are days when I cannot write. With a crying baby and a partner often on an online conference call at home, being alone is a foreign concept. However, despite these obstacles, I have found some great tools that can aid any content writer in making life a little bit easier.
5 useful content writing tools.
Grammarly can help in finding the small details in a document. Grammarly allows users to ´set your goals´ that provide tailored writing suggestions. These goals consider the audience, formality, domain, tone, and intent. It also helps fine-tune a text and may aid in rephrasing grammar, passive and active voice, and more!
As a content writer, I often need to read a lot of information. These may include news items, blog posts, research papers, or books. It can be time-consuming. To help me go through these numerous materials, I often use the Google Chrome toolbar Read & Write. This extension assists with the text-to-speech function of words, paragraphs, and whole documents. In addition, it also has:
a. Text and picture dictionaries.
b. Speech-to-text abilities.
c. Word prediction.
d. Highlights from texts.
e. Turns documents into audio files.
f. Convert PDF files to Word.
g. Removes ads.
I am currently using the free version that only provides text-to-speech and has helped me significantly.
Once in a while, I struggle to find new topics to write about. To help solve that problem, I sometimes turn to HubSpot Blog Ideas Generator. This page provides a search bar where you can write any noun and press enter. The free generator suggests weekly blog post ideas worth up to 250 new suggestions!
This WordPress plugin helps improve the SEO of a post by:
a. Finding and adding high-performing keywords.
b. Optimize existing keywords.
c. Check readability.
d. Provide suggestions of internal links.
e. Help tailor titles, images, and descriptions.
Moreover, it can also aid in rephrasing sentences and indicate passive voices in a blog post draft. While this tool slightly overlaps with Grammarly´s functions, Yoast SEO is particularly suited to elevate search engine optimization.
After two years of working as a freelance content writer and blogger, I feel fairly comfortable in what I do. However, despite that, I continue to second guess on writing the best headline for a post. A good headline attracts more visitors to a website and boosts Google search engine results. Coschedule Headline Analyzer has helped me reduce my time spent in writing the perfect title.
The rapid growth of digital tools.
Some of the tools mentioned above overlap so choose the tools that best represent your goals and vision (if at all!). I mostly use Grammarly and Read & Write but occassionally dabble with HubSpot Blog Ideas Generator and Coaschedule´s Headline Analyzer. Yoast SEO is only available for premium WordPress users and which I am not. However, after having a great experience working with the product in the past, I would recommend it to anyone who is keen to optmize the search engine of your posts.
These days we can find an umpteen number of digital tools that can lessen the burden for content writers. With some exploration on the web, you can find the tools that could best facilitate your freelance business.