18 Tools for Better Content Creation: Improve Your Writing with Less Effort

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I create an immense amount of content.

Currently, I post one massive blog post every weekday, plus I do guest posting. And I have other work too.

The main thing I pride myself on is creating high quality content.

In order to create a high volume of high quality content, you need to be as efficient as possible. 

I’ve shared a few of my secrets with you in the past, but today I’m going to show you a collection of great tools that will help you create better content.

If you use the right tools, you can create better content and more content and do it with ease. That’s the power of using great tools.

Download this checklist of 18 tools for better content creation.

Tools go a long way in solving the most common problems of content marketers:

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Producing enough content and creating engaging content are the two challenges that affect over 50% of B2B marketers. Similar surveys for marketers in general have found that almost half of marketers struggle with producing enough of engaging content.

In addition, 70% of marketers want to create more content this year than they did last year, which makes this problem even more significant.

Here’s the thing: Tools won’t solve everything, but they’ll get you on the right path.

Some marketers have realized that tools could really help them. Fifty-six percent of marketers use some sort of content marketing tools in their content workflow.

The problem? Only 23% of marketers are satisfied with the variety and quality of tools available to them. Most are either unimpressed (neutral at 65%) or dissatisfied.

While there is definitely room for new and improved tools to come out, there are some great content creation tools out there already. You just need to know what they are.

Luckily, I’ve done some ground work for you. The 18 tools that I’m going to show you in this article are all excellent tools.

See if any of them can eliminate some of your current content bottlenecks, and give them a shot. I promise you can find at least a couple of tools worth your time.

Tools for a great headline

A headline is usually only 5-15 words long, or less than 1% of most articles. And yet, I spend a lot of time writing about how to create better headlines for your content:

Writing great headlines is the single skill that separates okay writers from great writers, at least when it comes to content marketing.

We know that on average, eight out of 10 people will read your headline. But only two out of 10 will go on to read the article.

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If you can’t capture a reader’s attention with your headline, you’ll lose them to the thousands of other competing pieces of content that have more enticing headlines.

In addition, tests done at Upworthy found that traffic varies by up to 500% based on the headline.

Pick the right headline, and you’ll get five times as much traffic as you would have with a bad headline. Imagine if that difference affected every single article you wrote.

If you had two identical sites—one with mediocre titles and one with great titles—over time, the site with great headlines would leave the other site in the dust.

Suffice to say: the headline is crucial. That’s why I created this section specifically for tools that will help you write better headlines.

1. ContentIdeator headline generator

This headline generator can be used not only to come up with headline ideas but also content ideas.

It’s simple to use. Enter a keyword into the search bar, and press Submit. Give it a second to retrieve results, and scroll down to see a ton of headline ideas.

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There are many headline generators out there. But the reason why I like this one is because the titles it produces are actually relevant.

Look at the sample search above: all these titles are clearly SEO-related rather than randomly generated by general title-generators like most tools are.

One important thing to keep in mind – don’t copy these: To be fair, there’re a few solid headlines in most batches of results. However, if you’re using a fairly common keyword, chances are many other marketers are seeing the same titles.

You don’t want to end up using the same headline as someone else.

The more important reason why you shouldn’t copy any of these suggestions is because you can do better. Use these headlines as a starting point and inspiration, and then come up with an even better headline.

2. Emotional Marketing Headline Analyzer

How do you evaluate whether your headline is good or not?

There’re a few different ways to do so, and this tool is one of them.

It may not look fancy, but it gets the job done. Enter your potential headline into the text box, and pick a category from the dropdown menu below. Finally, press Submit:

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Once you submit your headline, a new page will load with your EMV (Emotional Marketing Value) Score:

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Your EMV score is expressed as a percentage. The maximum possible percentage is obviously 100.

My example headline from an old post scored 60% on the scale. At first, this might seem bad, but when you learn more about how this calculator works, it’s not bad.

From the author’s own explanation (included in the above picture), only top headlines score greater than 50%.

The reason why it’s hard to score high is because the tool works by analyzing your headline for the number of “EMV words” that it contains. EMV words are those typically related to emotion.

The ideal time to use this tool: What this score essentially tells you is how likely your headline is to produce an emotional response.

As you might know, most buying decisions are based on emotion.

It follows then that emotional headlines are most important for landing pages, sales pages, case studies, and reviews—any type of content that would ideally lead to a transaction.

Not all blog posts need to evoke emotion, but for the above situations, this tool is quite handy.

3. CoSchedule Headline Analyzer

This tool is very useful for critiquing headlines from a variety of different viewpoints. It’s mostly useful for blog posts but could be used for other content as well.

As you’d expect, you enter a headline into the textbox, and click “analyze now”:

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What I like about this tool is how in-depth it is.

Your result will appear on the same page just below your entry. It will start with an overall score:

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In a random example headline that I took from a past article, I scored 77.

Again, the maximum score is 100, but it’s also incredibly difficult to get near it.

The actual score that you get doesn’t matter, but the score relative to different headlines does.

What I mean by this is that if you enter in a bunch of old blog posts that score 50 on the tool, don’t aim to get 90 on your next headline, but try to get 55 or 60. Over time, as you get better at writing headlines, your score will keep creeping up.

Eventually, you won’t need the tool to tell you if you have a good headline or not.

Further down, you will see a breakdown of the words within your headline into main categories:

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Common words are self-explanatory; they include words such as “that”, “a”, “me”, etc.

It’s good to have some common words in your headline. They’re words that nearly everyone understands.

Uncommon are the opposite: they aren’t used often in everyday writing. It’s okay to have some because they often stand out and attract attention, but don’t go overboard with them because they can make your headline confusing.

The last two types of words are the most important.

Power words (or phrases) are words that cause readers to take action. According to CoSchedule, most great headlines have at least one of these in them:

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Finally, there are emotional words. These are the words that are associated with—you guessed it—emotional responses.

In my opinion, there’s some overlap between power words and emotional words, but as long as you have at least a few of one type or the other, you can craft a solid headline:

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Become a better writer

If you’re like me, you were never keen on English classes in school.

But while those classes might not have been much fun, they likely taught you something about writing well.

I’m the first to admit that you don’t need to be a great writer to create great web content. My writing is far from perfect, but it clearly does what I need it to.

That being said, you should always try to be a better writer. The better you are at communicating your ideas, the more you will connect with your audience, and the better results you will get.

4. Hemingway Editor

This is a beautiful little tool that highlights common problems in weak writing.

Not only does it identify issues, but it also classifies them into different categories so you know how to fix them. Here’s an example passage that shows all the different errors. Pay special attention to the readability score in the next few pictures.

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I pasted a small passage from my Beginner’s Guide to Online Marketing into the tool.

It gets automatically graded and highlighted:

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Quite a few areas for improvement! (even though none are critical).

Look at the readability there: it’s at grade 8 level. This is fairly high for web writing. In general, you want to write as simply as possible to reach the biggest audience.

I quickly fixed those highlighted problems so that I had no more errors. Look what happened to the readability level:

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Now it’s at grade 7 level—still on the high side, but better.

In general, when you fix your mistakes and make your content more concise, your readability goes up.

If you want, you can paste your whole post into this tool. Or you can paste a part of it each time (I recommend the introduction). This way, you will get a little bit better at writing each post and eventually won’t make the same mistakes.

5. Grammarly

This is another tool you can use to learn how to write better. To start, you will need to create an account (free).

Once you create an account, you can either click New to paste your text there, or you can upload a full document:

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The main thing that Grammarly does is, shockingly, find grammar mistakes. If English isn’t your native language, this could be a very useful tool.

As you can see in the demo document below, the tool outlines grammar and spelling mistakes:

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You can click on the correction in the sidebar (in green) to apply the fix.

The one drawback with this tool is that the free plan is fairly limited. It will catch the basic mistakes, which is good, but you don’t get to see the advanced mistakes unless you upgrade to a paid account.

Great content requires research

I strongly encourage all marketers and bloggers to write posts that are data-driven.

Supporting your content with statistics and case studies will make it much more useful for your readers.

Here are a few tools that you can use to create more credible content:

6. Google with a twist

Not only is Google an incredible traffic source, but it’s also one of the best research tools out there.

There are hundreds of ways in which you can use Google for research, but I’d like to go over two in particular.

Tactic #1 – Basic search for statistics: When you write a data-driven post, there’s one thing you always need: statistics.

Luckily, Google makes it easy to find large collections of relevant statistics. Search for:

keyword + statistics

Let’s say I’m writing about content marketing. This is what my query and the results would look like:

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As long as you picked a fairly well-known keyword, you’ll likely have multiple results of useful statistics about the topic you’re writing about.

Tactic #2 – Feature an expert: Experts are an invaluable resource. You can quote them in your article to add credibility to it, and then you can reach out to them and ask them to share the post.

In addition, experts know their subject matter better than anyone else. So, when you’re trying to fill in gaps in your knowledge, their content can clear things up.

For example, if you were writing a post about content marketing, you might want to read a few posts on the topic on Quick Sprout.

You can find these posts by searching for:

site:URL + keyword

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You can then read these articles, learn a bit, and maybe find a few quotes or resources that will help make your article better.

With this particular tactic, it’s good to get specific. Don’t just type “content marketing.” Search for something more specific such as “content marketing tools” or “content marketing principles.”

7. Google Docs research tool

If you’re a fan of Google Docs, you may or may not know about the built-in research panel.

When you go to “Tools > Research” or press “Ctrl + Alt + Shift + I”, a research panel pops up on the right side of the content:

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This allows you to search any part of Google for a resource and then either quickly view it or insert a link into your article.

For example, if I just wrote “how to write better headlines” and wanted to find a good link for the phrase, I could highlight that text, bring up the research panel, take a peek at an article, and then insert a link to that article:

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Once you get good with this, you will save quite a bit of time.

8. Evernote

Evernote is an awesome tool in general, but it can also be used to create better content.

If you’re not familiar with Evernote, it’s basically a personal notebook that you can access on any of your devices. You can save content for later, make notes, make reminders, and a lot more.

While there’s a ton to Evernote, there’re a few features in particular that are great for content writing.

First, you can compose posts in Evernote. It features a simple text editor, and you can expand your writing page to full screen.

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One of the main uses for Evernote is to save a great piece of content for later. Writers can use this to save posts and pages that have great research, statistics, or ideas for posts so that they can refer to them later.

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This is better than simply bookmarking a page because you can add personal notes (e.g., “this would be a great idea for a post”) or tag anything that you save (e.g., “statistics”, “research”, etc.). You can then search your notebook for that information when you are ready to use it.

Visual content without a designer

If you’ve ever read any of my posts before, you know I love images.

Images help add value to your content as well as break up content, making it easier to read. For many reasons, visual content improves just about all user metrics (bounce rate, time on page, etc.).

Unless you’re a professional designer, you’ll need some tools to help you. I have some great ones here for you.

9. Canva

Canva is an amazing tool for “design-challenged” bloggers. It allows you to create custom images that look great and take a fraction of the time to create compared to an alternative design software.

Although I can’t go into many details here, I’ll show you the basics.

You can create a custom canvas (of any size) and add shapes, text, pictures, icons, etc. to it with a click of a button.

It’s also extremely easy to edit any elements you add (change color or size):

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The built-in search engine lets you find any particular pictures or shapes you’re looking for. You can add them to your canvas with one click:

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Once you get familiar with the tool, you can create attractive pictures like this one below in less than 5 minutes (for free):

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If you want to learn more about Canva, check out my guide to making custom images for your blog posts without a designer.

10. Piktochart or infogr.am for infographics

I’ve written a lot about how effective infographics are for attracting shares and links.

I typically spend about $1,000 per infographic. I understand that not everyone can afford this.

If you can’t, you have two options: hire a cheaper designer or create infographics yourself.

You won’t get the same results as I do, but it can still be worth it.

Picktochart and infogr.am are two of the most popular infographic creators, but there are many others.

They allow you to use pretty good templates and then type in custom text and sometimes upload custom images.

You’re obviously not going to get the same quality as you would with a professional designer, but you can’t beat these tools when it comes to creating a decent looking infographic quickly.

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11. Skitch or the Evernote web clipper

I already showed you the main Evernote program, but there’s more.

Both Skitch and the Evernote web clipper allow you to create beautiful annotated pictures with minimal effort.

You probably see pictures created with these programs all the time in blogs and don’t even know it—pictures like this one:

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All the text and arrows in pink were created in under 30 seconds using the web clipper.

Skitch is a program you can download on Apple products, while anyone can use the web clipper in Chrome. Both tools work almost exactly the same, but Skitch is a little more robust.

With the web clipper, you can select a full screenshot, an email, or a full page of content or select a specific part of a webpage.

After you do, the part you selected will open in a new tab, where you can annotate it using the toolbar on the right:

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12. Thinglink

Using interactive content is a great way to improve your reader engagement rate. It’s new; it’s fun; and it can be used to achieve better results with your blog.

Thinglink is a tool that allows you to create a specific type of interactive content: clickable images.

I’m not just talking about putting a link on a picture. I’m talking about putting multiple links, images, and more.

Take a look at this picture that VerticalResponse made with Thinglink:

You can hover over different parts of the picture and get a different message, depending on where you hover.

While you wouldn’t want to overdo Thinglink, it’s a fun type of content that can help you add some entertainment to certain blog posts.

13. Quickmeme

If you’ve been on the Internet much, you know what an Internet meme is. Typically, it’s a recognizable picture with large text on it that represents a certain part of Internet culture.

For example:

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If you want to learn more about memes, check out this basic guide.

I’ve seen memes creeping into more and more blog posts lately. I believe this is for a few main reasons:

  • they’re easy to make – if you use the tools I’m about to show you, you can make a new meme in a minute.
  • they’re visual – more visual content is usually a good thing. Memes are an easy way to break up text.
  • they’re personal – when you see a meme done right, it comes off as casual and conversational. Both of these are good things for blog posts. Memes are often funny and amusing.

So, how do you make a meme?

Quickmeme is probably the most well known meme-making tool, but there are many more. You can also try:

With quickmeme, click “caption a meme” on the top menu:

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Then pick an appropriate meme background. You will need to know how each meme is usually used. Refer to this subreddit for examples.

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Once you pick a background, fill in the text fields.

The tool will put the text over the image background and let you save it.

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14. Haiku Deck

Slideshows can be great additions to your blog content, but you’ll obviously need a tool to create them. You can’t just embed a PowerPoint file into your post.

Haiku Deck is a solid tool that helps you create a beautiful slideshow.

For each slide, you can pick a background image from the Haiku Deck library and then add your text.

It’s very user-friendly, fairly similar to Canva.

Here’s what the slide editor looks like:

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Once you’ve created your slideshow, you can download it as a PDF or a PowerPoint file or embed it on your website by pasting some simple HTML code.

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Write more efficiently

The final set of tools in this article will help you write more efficiently.

Tools can help you write faster but also enjoy the process more—important if you want to produce good content consistently.

15. Word2CleanHTML

Microsoft Word and Google Docs are the two most common pieces of software used to write posts.

The annoying thing is that when you paste your post into WordPress, things don’t always go according to plan.

Usually there are extra spaces that you need to spend a minute or two sorting out. That doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it adds up to a few hours over the course of a year.

This tool converts your MS Word or Google Docs text into clean HTML.

To show you what the tool does I pasted a small section of my old post (not created in WordPress) into the tool and clicked “convert”:

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Here’s what it would have looked like if I just pasted the original file right into WordPress:

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It’s ugly to say the least.

Now look at the code generated by the tool:

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Much cleaner.

Now, I can select and copy the HTML code or just click the link in the bottom right corner.

When pasting your posts into WordPress with this method, you’ll typically get much better results.

16. Rainymood

Distractions can cause your writing speed to drop by 50% or more. While the occasional noise won’t impact you much, if you live or work in a noisy area with traffic or kids around most of the time, this tool can help.

As the name implies, this tool plays a constant sound of rain.

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For me and many others, rain is a pretty soothing background noise. It obscures distracting sounds and lets you focus on your work.

Background nature sounds have been proven to improve both mood and productivity.

This is a great tool when you just need some peace and quiet.

17. Tomato timer

This tool was built to help you use the Pomodoro technique. It’s a technique that is supposed to help you work more efficiently on a consistent basis.

Here’s the gist of how the technique works:

  • You set a timer for 25 minutes
  • You work until the timer stops
  • You take a 5-minute break
    • All of that is one Pomodoro

Then, you repeat that process four times. After the fourth 30-minute period, you take a longer break.

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The Tomato Timer tool is very simple. At the top, you can choose from three options, depending on where you are at: your work period (Pomodoro), short break, or long break.

Based on what you choose, the timer will change. You can start and stop it as you like.

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If you’re a fan of this technique, this tool is quite handy.

If you’re intrigued by the Pomodoro technique and would like to learn more, refer to this ultimate guide.

18. Scrivener

Many professional writers use Scrivener. It was created because basic text programs weren’t meeting the writers’ needs.

Although originally designed for Mac, this tool is also available for Windows.

Scrivener is mainly used by writers other than bloggers: novelists, screenplay writers, technical writers, lawyers, and more. However, I think it’s a legitimate option for bloggers as well, especially for those that take writing seriously and spend a lot of time creating long, in-depth content.

The tool is divided into multiple sections. You can easily open different files (which may be part of the same project).

You can also make edits and notes in a “rough draft” window, while previewing the final result on the right:

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A word of warning: Scrivener is a powerful writing tool, which means that it has quite a steep learning curve.

Expect to spend some time learning about all the features of the tool, which will save you time in the long run and help you write better content.

You can certainly create great content without Scrivener, but it is an alternative to Word or Google Docs if you find that they aren’t enough for you.

Conclusion

Creating the best content possible for your readers should always be your top priority.

But to produce a sufficient amount of high quality content on a regular basis, you need help.

I’ve given you 18 tools in this article that can be used to strengthen any weak points of your content creation process. You don’t need to try them all at once, but give one or two tools that you find the most intriguing a try.

These are some of the best tools I’ve tried or come across. But there are others.

If I’ve missed any content creation tools that you love, please let me know what they are by leaving a comment below.

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Comments

  1. Neil, It is a fresh post with fresh Ideas.No doubt headlines have a great impact to get good clicks.
    After writing headline of the content, the main task should be to write best about the article & give value to your reader.
    You also mentioned that article should be error free, which is great.You mentioned Grammarly tool as a suggestion.I recently write an article on that http://shouterbuzz.com/proofread-your-blog-articles-using-grammarly/ hope people will get an Idea how to use it 🙂

    Thanks Neil bro. It is a fresh content 😉

    • Deepak , glad all the tips and tricks helped out. It’s important to present your content much like you would a thesis you are providing for a college course. Presentation matters!

      • Amel Mehenaoui | @amelm :

        Hi Neil, This is a very useful post indeed. I inderstand that presentation matter and I can say from reading your posts that you do follow a certain layout based on the different type of post you write.

        My question to you is: what is your writting process exactely?

        What I mean is…practicaly, how do you schedule your researching, writing, proofreading and editing your post. In pther words: how much time you allow to each task and which one you outsource etc. to produce one post a day.

        If you do have some articles that answer my question than please share them in your response.

        Thanks for publishing such great posts.

    • I subscribed to cont forest pro version. However, it does not support my market which is appliances.

      Headline Analyzer by Co-schedule seems to be working well for me. High score of 75%

      Hey Neil…. I can’t take my eyes off your posts.

      Thanks

  2. Before reading the full article something got my attention – infogr.am

    Gonna try immediately

    Thank Neil 🙂

  3. very nice , thank you for post
    there are many usefull and interesting article , i like it >.

  4. Truly amazing info. Thank you so much

  5. Aboriginal Singles :

    Neil once again you did great job. I am reading and enjoying coffee.

  6. It is absolutely insane how useful most of your content is…publishing gamechanging stuff on a regular basis.

    I’m sure you have already heard this from many people but I truly appreciate the amount of time and effort you put into helping us. You’ve saved me, and many others, hundreds of hours in research and work.

    JJ

  7. Zanifesto (http://Zanifesto.com) is a great infographic maker as well. The free plan offers tons more features than Piktochart and the paid version is less expensive as well.

  8. great tools ! Neil.
    evernote is my perfect blogging partner. l clip your guides to evernote to read them anytime .
    PS: stay tuned with my blog http://www.techgyd.net
    to know more about evernote.
    PPS: Thanks for giving me idea for my next post

  9. Excellent Post! I will definitely be using many of these tools.

    Thank you.

  10. Thank you Neil,

    Super list of usefulness.

    I have actually heard of, and use, some of these tools so I feel a little more worthy to be a follower.

    I shall also keep this post to investigate those tools that I am not familiar with.

    Thank you again. Nice weekend.

  11. Right post at the right time Neil.

    I have been working on launching my blog and the listed tools will definitely help me.

    Noticed that ContentIdeator location is changed and it can be found at http://www.contentforest.com/ideator

  12. Wow Neil..

    Lots of good information here, thanks for sharing..Good content is a must for your readers, I always struggle with a great headline. I also Love images & have forgotten about canva.

    Great post, Thanks..

  13. Hi Neil,
    great post as usual!
    Since I used the Tomato Timer you suggest in this post, my writing has really improved in quantity, due to a higher concentration. I use it also for researching first and editing after, so the quality has improved as well. I can really say that T.T. changed my working life.
    And before sending this comment I used Grammarly, so I can stop asking english friends to correct my texts. Hope not to have made mistakes 😉 Ciao!

    • Anna, sounds good — especially the grammar !

      Thanks for sharing and let me know if you need help with anything else.

  14. Hello, Rainymood Tool is going to help me a lot because It was hard focus on writing when your home is enabled with tv sounds and background noise.. Thanks.. 🙂 And Really awesome article .. In your all article I learn everyday something new, Its like I am a blogger and becoming Better day n day after reading your article, I have tried reading many other blog site but nowhere is good article as quicksprout or your personal blogsite (x both are great.. You are a Genius 🙂 Thanks.. WIll wait for awesome articles from you.. thanks again..

  15. Nice Post, best collection list of content tools. Thanks for sharing

  16. A question rises in my mind while reading you different posts related to SEO.

    We are learning Seo from you. From whom you learn SEO ?

  17. What a great article..thank you very much for the info about all these sites. I liked the rainymood(dot)com most, really cool site.

  18. Neil,

    Thanks for another useful post. I really appreciate your work. CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer is a great tool.

    Tim

  19. When I saw the heading of this post I was a little bit sceptical, I was like “18 tools that will make my writing become a lot of work”, but I just found out that was wrong.

    I would given myself a hot slap if I had failed to read this post. Thanks for the wonderful info. I found a lot of useful tools. I never knew creating graphics especially memos can be this easy.

    The post is a tool itself so I’m saving the page for later use.

  20. Rajkaran Singh :

    Hi Neil
    This is a very useful list. I am definitely going to try the new list of resources for creating headlines. Presently I use content idea generator at Portent.com plus I have downloaded a couple of e-books on headline hacks. For infographics I use Canva.
    I like “Google with a twist.”

  21. Thanks Neil for this wonderful article. I am personally using Canva and will definitely use the other tools suggested.
    Thanks again.

  22. Thank you so much for this post Neil. It is timely. These tools will make blogging easy for me. Thank you.

  23. This post is so ridiculously helpful! I found at least five different sites that I’ve never used before, and am excited to try out – like the Google Docs tip. Thanks for the post! 🙂

  24. Hi Neil, are some of those tools working in Brazilian_Portuguese? How deal with it? We write to an America latina Marketing.
    Tks a lot, very good stuff here.
    Luiz

  25. Great tools indeed, thanks for sharing.

  26. Christine J Randall :

    Thanks for the terrific roundup of useful tools.

  27. Wonderful piece. I am going to follow these tips for improve my old contents too.

  28. Tyronne Ratcliff :

    Amazing post Neil. Thanks for delivering the value!

  29. I like to take a break during the day and do a quick meditation while listening to the sound of rain, so thanks for that link!
    Here’s the one I listen too: http://specials.centerpointe.com/demo/no-voiceover/#demo/?source=centerpointe_list&medium=autoresponder_email&campaign=streaming_demo&term=better_health&content=message_1_img

  30. One word awesome, can’t put price on it. Your knowledge and ideas are way too good.

    I liked the thinglink idea. Worth it.

    Thanks for sharing.

  31. venkatesh khajjidoni :

    Hey Neil’

    Great list of tools. I’m using Evernote,Coschedule headline analyser, and Skitch that are very useful for any writer. I’ll try other tools that you mentioned in this post. As a obedient student of you, i can tell that all your posts are evergreen.

    Thank you very much Neil.

  32. Amit Kothiyal :

    Neil Sir, one more awesome posts. Hats off to you for your incredible and knowledgeable posts. If anyone follow your tricks, surely he will be become a great digital marketer…. 🙂 Thank you for knowledge sharing…

  33. Heyya.,What a great article..thank you very much for the info about all these sites.,ts like I am a blogger and becoming Better day n day after reading your article, I have tried reading many other blog site but nowhere is good article as quicksprout,I’m sure you have already heard this from many people but I truly appreciate the amount of time and effort you put into helping us. You’ve saved me, and many others, hundreds of hours in research and work. 🙂

  34. Neil you are a powerhouse of creating useful content…. Honestly where do you find the time. You help me so much in my marketing career and you are one of the few people that I look forward to getting an email from.

    In my daily writing practices I try to create content as good as yours and if I’m honest it’s not yet as good as yours. But I have become a better writer and you have motivated me to take a copy writing and SEO course. And of course I take action and put into practice what you teach.

    Well done and thank you.

  35. From roots to fruits, you have beautifully covered every point useful for content writing with their tools. Some of these I had not even heard before & I’m definitely going to try them.

    Thank you Neil for such an AMAZING information.

  36. isaac guerrero :

    Loved Grammarly app thanks

  37. Hi Neil

    Very informative and helpful post. thanks for the ContentIdeator its really cool one 🙂

    Thank You

  38. Have read many blogs related to content writing tools, but I found this article full of advanced and useful for content writing. Great sharing 🙂

  39. Great and informative article Neil. I really enjoyed ‘dollar’ as an emotional word in third headline.

  40. Hey Neil, awesome post. Some really great resources here, we have printed this as a checklist for future blog posts.

    One question, how would you go about writing for topics which you don’t have a passion about? I work for an online furniture store, we need to create blog articles yet I don’t have a great understanding about furniture or design so it becomes a difficult job. Would you suggest to outsource the content to companies such as Contently or Great Content? This way it can be expensive but will bring better results?

  41. You were clearly so dedicated to let you do. I speak from anywhere anyways say we greatly appreciate you.
    Another cool tool for editing images and for design is picmonkey.com. They have the free version and a pretty reasonable pro version. The free one has tons of features and obviously the pro one is even better.

  42. Oh yeah, if you use voice to text check it before you push send. Blushing

  43. Hi Neil,
    Very useful post for me a non native writer. Just wondering how you got the energy to always write a great post once a week. Thanks.

  44. Hi, thank you for this great post Neil.

    I discovered at least 5 tools that I didn’t know and that will increase my content, so cool.

    There is also a tool that you know for sure but your readers maybe don’t: Klynt.net
    It works a little like Thinglink, but more powerful in my opinion, cause it’s allow you to build not only images, but full e-books or slides.

    Sophie

  45. Thanks Neil! Some of these tools I hadn’t heard of before, here’s using them to work whilst I work on my next draft for http://dogwithblog.in Thanks again!

  46. Kawshik, glad I could help. Let me know how it works.

    • Hi Neil,

      Contentforest.com, really good for headlines ideas on Trendy Headlines.
      Coschedule.com, awesome. It works technically based on the Word Balance.
      Aminstitute.com (Emotional Marketing Headline Analyzer), would make sense if we can select niche category (e.g. Automotive > car rental).
      Hemingway Editor, does not makes sense to me.
      Grammarly, good, through I used it before.

      I’d like to say Thanks again for introducing such type of useful tools.

  47. Rohit Uttamchandani :

    Excellent post with a lot of awesome tools in there. Loved Thinglink in particular. A really useful alternative to the Tomato Timer, which I use a lot, is the Simple Pomodoro Chrome extension.

  48. Hi Neil,

    Thanks man. The Google Docs research panel will be so useful for inserting links.

    Your blog has become my most important text book. I take notes and come back to the same posts regularly, as if I’m doing homework!

    I know headline generators are useful for coming up with blog posts ideas, but what else do you recommend. I know reddit can be useful for “buzzfeed” style posts, like you’ve mentioned before.

    Anything else you recommend?

    Baig

  49. Karol Kopa?ko :

    Hey Neil, Thanks for that list! Have your tried adding some quizzes to your posts? They may be the best way to engage readers (while generating leads) and make an article more interesting. I work for a company that has created online creator: https://4screens.net/engageform
    Feel free to give it a try 🙂

  50. Neil I cant believe your sharing awesome techniques everyday. Thanks for helping us improve ourselves.

  51. Hi Neil,
    Just want to ask you a queation that how much time do you require to write such a long blog post including content research, image or infographic creation, content creation etc.

  52. It was by far the most enjoyable and useful blog I read. Thank you for all the valuable resources Neil 🙂

  53. Hi Neil,

    This is a very interesting topic. I adore inbound marketing. Here is my simple to follow strategy if you want to succeed in any business and this is what I believe Neil does very well 😀

    1) Collect your customers’ feedback/questions
    2) Answer the questions in a blog post form – Keep SEO in mind when writing the content, and use some of the amazing tools mentioned in this post 🙂
    3) Share your blog post on social media, email list, etc
    4) Promote the content your website visitors via paid channels (remarketing smarty)
    5) Create a pop-up or widget for your blog visitor to opt-in (visible simple form). I like also to giveaway some good content – checklists always work great for me.
    6) Nurture the opt-in traffic with sale emails that tell a story. Subscribe to Perry Marshall email newsletter to learn about his amazing story-telling style…
    7) Create custom audience lists for Facebook and GDN ads…Then fire your ads to sell your products.

    If you think that the above strategy is too much to do then do the following to lose:

    1) Create a landing page
    2) Run your ads
    3) Finally, pray for short-term success….

    Thanks again, Neil!
    Diana

  54. Just found this one:
    http://customerdevlabs.com/2013/03/05/test-company-domain-name-with-mturk-survey-data/

    Brilliant imho.

    I was not familiar with Mechanical Turk or nsurvey. Using both of them and the procedure they recommend appears to be a great domain test.

  55. I’ve been using grammarly for quite some time and it proves to be useful in removing grammatical mistakes. Thanks for sharing hemingway editor which is the tool I’m looking for and will definitely gives me writing quality a new level.

    Thanks for sharing this great post Neil!!

  56. Thanks for that epic list Neil.

    There’s a few tools you mentioned I haven’t heard of. As someone who regularly composes posts in google docs, Word2CleanHTML will be really helpful. The google docs research panel looks really cool too, I’m going to try that right now.

  57. Hi Neil,
    Great article as always. You’re posts are always so practical.
    I enjoyed reading it and discovered many new tools.
    I’m particularly impressed with the Piktochart and infogr.am infographic tools, definitely gonna try those.
    Also Emotional Marketing Headline Analyzer was something new for me and it’s indeed very useful thing to use.

  58. I agree with you Neil Bro. All the steps you have mentioned in this article are essential for every blogger. Currently I am working on some sports blogs and what you suggest for me.

  59. Wow! Thanks Neil,

    I think I’m one person who spent the longest time reading your posts.

    Great stuff, my fave!

  60. Theodore Nwangene :

    Always producing useful contents Neil,
    Seriously, i love you for one thing….. You always like to carry everyone along and that is really so good of you. I know many people are already making use of these tools but most of them won’t want to share them with their readers.

    These are really awesome tools indeed which can perform wonders for a writer if used very well.

    The one that really blew me away is the Google Doc research tool, that tool is incredible judging by how you described it here. I started doing most of my writing with Google Doc recently because of its ease of accessibility. I don’t like carrying flash drive all the time but with Google Doc, i can view my writings from anywhere.

    Until now, i never knew that it has such a lovely feature…. Thanks Neil for this, its now Google Doc all the way :).

    I will check out the other tools you mentioned here as well, i know they will really be very handy.

    Gonna share the post at once.

    You’re posts are simply so irresistible

    • Theodore, thanks for all the positive feedback and support. I look forward to hearing much much more from you.

      • Theodore Nwangene :

        Thanks for the kind words Neil, i also look forward to reading more of your awesome posts.

        Do enjoy the remaining of your week.

  61. Teyjah McAren :

    It doesn’t look like grammarly works with Apple type documents. You have to convert them first to.doc

    As for Hemingway, unfortunately does not seem to exist in App store. Bummer! Must be a PC thing.

  62. Lindsay Schuster :

    Thank you so much for these Neil! There are so many of these that are new to me, so I cannot wait to start using them (especially because I am now trying to get into the groove of blogging). This is hands down probably one of the most epic blog posts I’ve ever read 🙂

  63. Hi Neil

    I’m also a blogger and I learnt lots of things about SEO from your daily blog posts. I’m your big fan. Your today’s article about content creation tools are fantastic and I’m thinking why I didn’t find these tools till now.

    Thank you so much for your hard work.

  64. Prakash Chandra :

    Thank you so much for the tools and tips you provide us, Neil. I eagerly wait for your updates and follow them with zeal. Thanks again for the freebies you deliver.

  65. Saulo Segurado :

    Awesome post, Neil!

    Thanks for sharing all these super helpful tools.

    Att.,

    Saulo Segurado
    Founder, Autzon.com & Digital Strategist, SauloSegurado.com

  66. You are so smart and creative person, you have always intelligent ideas. Thanks for share it with us. Even some of them can work only for some cases not all kind of websites.

  67. I like the first tool the most. Its true that a headline can make users leave or stay to read the rest of the post. I never knew you can get so many ideas just by analyzing headlines. I am not a professional writer, I am more technically orientated but this will help me allot with my articles.

  68. Unfortunately I have basic knowledge of SEO. I have been constantly working in my blog for a year and keep changing niches but no result whatsoever. But when I started reading about SEO, I came to know that I don’t know even 1% of SEO that is why I am not getting traffic in my blog. I will follow quicksprout. Thank you for creating such great SEO learning resource for bloggers.

  69. Those are some very useful information about tools for marketing your content. I will surely use some of them for my website.

    Thanks

  70. Thanks Neil, for a wonderful post. I’ve been playing around for a few hours with the headline tools suggested and I’m really starting to enjoy composing headlines!

  71. Great post Neil! I will definitely use some of these ideas. I like using Shareist to create content. It’s an outstanding tool.

  72. Hi Neil,

    Thank you so much for this comprehensive and detailed posts on how to create great content that gives value to readers. I’m a subscriber and I read every new blog posts you made. I really admire that you give out helpful content for writers like me. I personally apply this guide and knowledge when I’m creating content for http://foundersguide.com. Again, thank you so much and keep up the good work! Bless you!

  73. Great post Neil. I regularly read your posts and following your tips for my blog http://www.jagruk.in. My blog is in Hindi language so it would be great if you can compile a list of tools that helps in creating Hindi content. Although some of the tools mentioned above are useful but not all. This will help a lot of users running blogs/sites in Hindi. Thanks a lot.

  74. Awesome article. This is a great list of tools to improve the writing skills with less effort. Can’t wait to try some of these tools.

    Neil, thank you so much for contributing these tools.

  75. Hi Neil,

    Awesome article as always.

    Hi just wanted to know if you do use Scrivener.

    Personally, I think it’s awesome for my editorial calendar, for curation/research, and to write drafts. But I’m not really satisfied with its formatting and export features (even using MultiMarkdown)…

    What do you think about it? Is there something I’m missing with scrivener?

    Thanks a lot.

  76. Justin Murphy :

    Awesome blog, Neil!

    I’ve been using the Pomodoro technique for the last 3 days and I’ve been so much more productive!

    Quick note, however. Tomato-timer.com is a broken link. I’ve been using e.ggtimer.com in the meantime which has been really useful.

    Thanks!

  77. Thanks for sharing this content. I do believe that ones content will improve with practice and exposure to the many forms of write-ups. The availability of tools will likewise make it easier to enhance ones skill.

  78. Really awesome post..!!! great tools you have shared here

  79. Some pretty awesome tools we are going to use to get better seo woof!

  80. Priscrilla Cook :

    Such a valuable information. just wanted to praise your ebook, advanced linkbuilding techniques. Learned and enjoyed a lot.

  81. Neil;
    I created my website http://fotografiamais.com.br 3 months ago, and it’s been so hard to get readers by organic search.
    But now that I’m reading quick sprout posts I’m sure I’ll attract more visitors to my website.
    Unfortunately I depend on facebook to attract them so far.

    • Rafael, I am sure you will — let me know if you need help along the way.

      • Neil;

        I read your post “How To Easily Analyze Your Competitor’s Keywords”, and I realized that in my case I am using a lots of keywords that have a score under 3.5.

        Even if I’m using those kewwords under 3.5, it’s been hard to me to reach the first page on Google, and I don’t know what else I need to do …

        How could you help me with this situation?

  82. Robin Jennings :

    Evernote is a fantastic tool, but I never thought of using it in the way you have- many thanks.

  83. Hello Neil Sir,

    You have shared a nice article with us. I have already used Grammerly. After reading your article I have just used Coschedule and Hemingway Editor. These tools are really great. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks & regards,

    Moumita Ghosh

  84. I tried the content ideator and it has blown me away. I had this block where I cannot think anymore about things to write. When I entered the keywords at content ideator, I was blown away. Now I have about 20 articles waiting to be written. Thanks for the awesome share Neil! This will surely help the site I created over at mydoctronix.com
    Cheers!

  85. Marketing Sweet :

    Thanks for providing some great toold in improving effiiciency when it comes to content creation. The most useful tool for me is Canva as it allows for simple but effective design.

  86. Hey Neil! Nice list. To add another one, check out AtomicWriter (https://www.atomicreach.com). It’s a writing tool that edits content based on your audience’s knowledge level. It analyzes everything from your title and sentence complexity to paragraph density and emotion. It saves time in editing and lets you write clearly for your audience!

  87. Hi Neil,
    I was thinking to start a finance and business blog where all kind of solution given to solve problems. but the only problem was how I was gonna update myself with current digital marketing and seo. as of now I have time to follow many blogs and forums to keep my self updates. but by watching this I am confident just to following your blog is enough so good n truly helpful a lot. as in future their are not lot time to keep following lots of blogs n forums. Thanks a lot Neil. Keep it up you always amaze me with your do well written articles.

  88. It is very important that along with content, good website and its graphics attracts audience to visit the website.

  89. I love it thank you very much

  90. As a Content writer I’m glad I came across this. I too understand the difficulty in coming up with a compelling title for my blog posts. For some reason it seems to be the hardest part.

    There are some really great software available out there that I never even heard of. I am particularly interested in Scrivener. It looks like a very useful tool and I can’t wait to try it.

    Thanks for sharing

  91. Hi Neil,
    Great information as always! We’re just getting started with Infographics so your review of the tools came at the perfect time. We’re testing out Piktochart and created the our first one in under an hour. It was a lot easier than expected. Let me know what you think
    http://sourcetech411.com/2015/09/8-steps-to-success-creating-hardware-infographic/

    Thanks again for all the great material and looking forward to your next post ….

    • I like it — it’s simple and to the point. Have you start distributing it? I didn’t see a share counter — that can really push the needle sometimes.

  92. Hello Neil,

    Very detailed list. I am using Evernote, Canva, Grammarly and few more. Can you suggest some great tools for Video creations too? I guess now Videos are also part of Content creation.

  93. Great collection here Neil, thanks for sharing with us. I only knew about Canva and Pickochart before – but now I know more. Thanks again Neil

  94. Good article Neil. Really enjoyed reading. There is potentially one big omission on your content products list: GatherContent, which helps you organise, plan and produce your content all in one place. Check it out: https://gathercontent.com All feedback much appreciated.

    • Adam, looks like a great resource for creating websites on the fly — thanks for sharing. I am sure the readers will find it helpful.

  95. This list is really huge! Thank you, Neil, for the great research you did.

    I’ve tried to use different editors but Hemingway is something new for me. Sounds fantastic!
    What I like the most about this article is that I can use these tools both in daily life and professional area. You mentioned a few grammar checking tools and I thought that you will probably find this service useful: https://unplag.com/ . I use it for checking my students’ essays for plagiarism but it is also good for content writers.

    I like the way you write, especially that you attach print screens of each tool. Thanks again.

    • Leona, glad you found it helpful.

      Hemingway really is great and has provided a lot of value over the years. I’ll definitely check out your plugin — thanks for the share!

  96. Wow, great list, there’s a bunch of tools I havent tested, thx for sharing them. Time to play with all these new tools 🙂

  97. Anuradha Chawla :

    Hello Neil

    Ultimate list of tools indeed! Thank you for this! I think Canva is a hot number here which is also something i used. Some of these content creation tools are quite new to me. I will check it out for sure! What are your favourite tools from all of these , Neil?

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  99. Parag Pathare :

    Dear Neil, though i am an IT guy, content writing is not my forte and i am now taking baby steps towards them – your article certainly cut shorts my journey of new learning. Am delighted to say this “Neil bhai – tamaro article bau saras che…’ zillion thanks bro.

    Btw, are u anywhere near mumbai? Would like to engage your services for my ‘Smart Suburbs’ initiative – a crazy idea i am trying to monetize 🙂

    Best wishes,parag

    • I’m in the United States Parag, usually between Seattle and LA. Good for you on taking small steps forward to do something you couldn’t do before. Keep me posted on your progress 🙂

  100. Thank you Neil,

    This is one of the best article which I have seen last couple of months. I am very happy to read your information related these sites.

  101. Hello!
    Neli Patel
    i was trying to write content for my website but i am unable to write properly can you suggest me how to write content for my website.
    My website is about Cabs, Taxi, Airport Cabs and Car Rental Service and Guide me what to write description

  102. ?????? ?????? ??? ? ??? IranMCT :

    I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. Thanks for posting it..

  103. A very informative article , it helped me in clearing my doubts about best and appropriate tools for content writing .Such articles are really rare as few bloggers understand this deep science of content writing so well .
    Bloggers like you help hundreds of new and budding bloggers like me to understand things and move ahead .Thank you very much for this useful article.

  104. Hi Neil,
    Thanks for writing this awesome post. Grammarly is an awesome tool for non native writer. Picmonkey is another cool tool for creating and designing images.

  105. Digital Marketer - Pravin :

    Hi Nail,

    Grate article for content creation, some of, I am using it really awesome tools. The tools are very unique.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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  107. Thanks a lot, This resolved my concern to create content. It is very important for internet marketers to have the knowledge how to create content.

  108. Hi Neil,
    Thank you for collecting such a great list of tools. Also thanks for all the screenshots and comments, I really enjoyed reading your post.
    Hemingway, Evernote, and Grammarly are my favorite (and probably best-known), but will definitely try the rest of list. I also use plagiarism checker tools along with grammar checkers for content editing (the one I use is https://noplag.com/), because originality is a big deal for SEO today. What do you think about this kind of tools?
    Thank you for sharing amazing stuff again!

  109. Hi, Neil Patel,

    Those tools for better content are amazing. Since after google panda update, only content is a King. Right now, I am writing content for my new site, these tools will surely help me.

    Thanks

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