There is an exhaustive amount of online content. To stand apart from your competitor, to gain an advantage, you need to spend hours on creating well-polished content.
To write well-polished content, you need to master the dull parts of the writing process. In this post, I will share 8 relatively unknown tools that will help you do just that and up your content game.
There are a couple of good content research tools. Buzzsumo is one of them. You can use it to find the most popular posts based on a keyword. This will allow you to scrap ideas that will potentially be of interest to your audience.
Ubersuggest is another. Using AdWords Keyword Planner and Google Suggest, it expands a seed keyowrd. This will help you find article idea that will interest your audience.
But sometimes you need something more. Something that will let you spy on your competitors. That’s where Cyfe comes in. It combines data from different sources and lets you track what your competitor publishes.
Among many other features, it also lets you track social media mentions, followers, their demographics, etc.
To maximize the impact of your content, you need to stay ahead of the curb. Google Alerts will help you do that. You can use it to get notifications on any subject whenever something interesting comes up on that subject.
To get notifications, go to Google Alert page & type in the keyword of your industry. Then click “Show Options” and choose how often you will like notifications. You can choose between “As-it-happens”, “At most once a day”, “At most once a week”. You can also choose language, region, sources, etc.
As much as we try not to, now and then all of us use cliches in our writing. Too many cliches make content boring. Cliche Finder will help you identify the cliches in your writing.
After you write something, paste the copy in Cliche Finder’s text field click on “Find Cliches”. It will highlight all the often-used phrases in your writing. Replace them and make your writing a little better.
As we all know, the work is far from over after hitting the publish button. You need to pay attention to what readers are thinking. SentiOne will help you track the mention of your brand or any other keywords on social media.
SentiOne has many unique features. It lets you exclude any keywords from your tracker. It also lets you filter results according to positive, negative, or neutral sentiment of the comments.
Repeating words too much break the flow of the writing. If you are repeating words too much, you need to replace them. One Look Reverse Dictionary (OLRD) help you come up with synonyms.
How is OLRD different from a thesaurus? It lets you search for words by their definition. So it takes less time than a standard thesaurus app. Type in any definition you can think of on OLRD. It will return tons of possibilities.
There is no shortage of analytics tools that will show you tons of sleek visualized data. But one problem with most analytics tools is that it takes time to find the right piece of data that can help you achieve a specific goal. Oribi makes it easier.
Oribi is an analytics platform that will show you the data that matters most to you. It can be any piece of data. Oribi has a very clean interface. To make everything easier, you can also prioritize the most important data by adding them to “top events”.
Draft is a fantastic alternative to Google Docs. It has a very clean interface that helps to reduce distractions but still allows collaboration with other writers.
One of the unique features of Draft is it allows you to save drafts and continue working. If you save multiple drafts, you can compare them side by side.
You can also use it to track the number of words you write each day. If you fail to meet your daily word count, you can make it send email reminders.
To set your writing apart, you need to write forgo jargon and write clearly. Write short sentences and smaller paragraphs. This will make your writing easier to read and all your visitor to scan the webpage.
Hemingway Editor helps you write clearly. It tests your writing for readability and provides improvement suggestions. It will tell you if your sentences are too long, whether you have sentences in passive voice, if you’re using too many adverbs, etc.
One thing you have to keep in mind while you’re using it: “Readability” differs based on your target market. So you don’t have to do everything it tells you to do. Just use it to keep your writing simple and easy to read.
Do you use any writing tools that I should know about? Let me know in the comments.