Every blogger will tell you that he or she has a collection of excellent tools that help them create outstanding content. Even more important, these tools are so good and easy to use that they save bloggers significant amounts of time in their content creation efforts.
It’s not a surprise that awesome content attracts more readers and boosts your blogging success. The simple rule is this: To produce the best materials you need to use the best tools.
Nevertheless, some bloggers remind me of Gollum with his “precious” – they don’t want to share their tools with others! I’m no Gollum, so I’m happy to recommend the tools I use on a daily basis to create high-impact blog content.
Meet my best-tools-ever: The shortlist
- kapost is a content planner. How can you blog without planning your content? You can visualize everything you need to do for your blog, create a calendar with assignments to be done, set deadlines, and set up automatic notifications. If you have a team of content writers, you can share your schedules with them as well.
- Blog Post Headline Analyzer by CoSchedule assists bloggers in creating high-quality headlines that help attract more readers. Your headlines are evaluated for character and word count, structure, grammar, readability analysis, and Google search preview. A cool bonus is defining the type of your headline and getting a helpful headline tip.
- Ready to write like Ernest Hemingway did? Meet Hemingway Editor. The writer used short words, simple sentence structures, and clear descriptions, so even many years later readers can easily identify his very recognizable writing style. Based on Hemingway’s writing style, this online editor highlights everything that’s hard to read, sentences with passive voice, too many adverbs, and other common errors writers make. You can leave your writing as it is or simplify it if your readers prefer simple texts.
- Soovle is a little hard to describe. It’s kind of a search engine of search engines. When you conduct a Soovle search, it draws the best results from 15 different search engines. Users can customize it by selecting which search engines they want Soovle to use. Given how it works, it’s very useful a keyword research tool.
- Google Trends is a very useful thing. You select a category and country, and then see what’s popular now and what will attract readers. Google Trends tool is perfect if you’re looking for ideas to blog about.
- LITTLE BIRD is focused on the social activity of people in your networks. Briefly speaking, the LITTLE BIRD platform analyzes profiles of users and identifies influencers among them. In a report you’ll see exactly who pays attention to your blog so you can further improve communication with these opinion leaders (of course if they are opinion leaders).
- As a blog writer, the thing you must take care of is your content originality. Unplag is a plagiarism detection tool that will quickly reveal if your content is too similar to anything already out there. And of course you can also find out if your own original writing has been misappropriated by others as well.
- Besides written content, you obviously need visual content too. infogr.am gives access to numerous templates that serve as a basis for your own infographic. You can easily add charts, images, texts, icons and other things to create superb infographics.
- One more tool for visual content is Canva. A number of design options are here for you: Social media images, presentations, posters, Facebook covers, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter post images, and so on. When creating an image, users can select grids, frames, shapes, lines, charts, and icons for better visualization of their ideas. These templates drastically save you time, and creating new visual content can take mere minutes.
- Word Counter is a fairly simple tool to show bloggers the word and character count of their pieces. The tool also defines the top ten keywords in your material and shows a percentage of keyword density.
- Evernote Sticky Notes is another simple tool, though it’s extremely handy. Basically, this is the digital version of paper sticky notes and are saved on your desktop. If you need to quickly note anything, there’s nothing better than this. It’ll take you only a few seconds to open Evernote Sticky Notes and start writing.
With tools like these, your blogging life can be more efficient and more effective. Why not give them a try today? There’s not time like the present to up your game.