When you're creating blog posts, sometimes you need help.
Sometimes, you need something that'll show you your grammar mistakes right on the spot. Sometimes, you need something to show you how to craft headlines and titles. Sometimes, you just need help.
Does this sound like you?
Worry no more.
In this post, we're going to take a look at 9 tools that will help you create content like never before.
If you thought you were a decent content creator, these resources will make you even better. If you think you flat out suck at creating, these tools will turn you into a content machine. 😉
So let's get started.
The Best Content Creation Tools
#1. CoSchedule's Headline Analyzer
Headlines are the very first thing an internet browser sees on social media and in the search engine results pages before they ultimately make the decision to click or keep scrolling.
If you're not an experienced writer or copywriter, your headlines are likely not up to "click-worthy standards".
The Headline Analyzer from CoSchedule can help you turn that around.
Simply start by entering your headline into the box, hit enter, and the tool will give you a score out of 100.
It'll also give you suggestions on how to improve your headline.
That's how it helps you.
The tool is 100% free. There's no need to worry about hidden charges or anything like that. So, enjoy!
#2. Hemingway Editor
The Hemingway Editor is an online application for writing content.
The reason it's on this list is because it grades your content using factors like your word choice, readability, tone of voice, and more.
When I started my first blog, I was a horrible writer. I wasn't very good at the English language.
But now, with the help of Hemingway, I got a lot better.
So, if you'd like to up your writing game, this could be your ultimate resource.
Like Hemingway, Grammarly helps you become better at writing. But this tool and browser extension focuses a lot more on your spelling and grammar.
It also gives suggestions on some of your choice of words.
If I were you, I would install their browser extension. Right now, in fact. It'll help you when you write on any text editor on your browser. Whether it's on WordPress, social media, anywhere.
Here's the download page.
#4. HubSpot's Blog Ideas Generator
When you're low on ideas for blog posts, it can be frustrating. HubSpot's Blog Ideas Generator helps with that.
The online tool has a database of hundreds of headline formulas. These formulas are filled in with the 3 keywords you enter on its front page. (look at the image above)
If you take a look at the screenshot below, you'll find 5 suggestions.
They're pretty generic. But they could become decent blog posts.
With that said, the headlines the tool gives you can also be used as inspiration.
#5. Pixabay + Others
Images within our content are essential. Without them, our blog posts would seem so naked.
Pixabay has a database of hundreds of thousands of images. And they're all free. Some may ask you for contribution, meaning a link back to their site, but that's cool. It's still free.
There are dozens of other sites, too, that offer a ton of free images. There's StockSnap, Pexels, and Unsplash to name a few.
You can find more on this list by the Snappa blog.
Like I said...
A blog post without at least one or two images make them look sort of naked. There's more to it than that.
There have been studies that have proved people are more engaged to content when there's a nice image within it.
Blog posts even get shared a lot more than ones without decent imagery. They also get 94% more views, according to a source.
Canva is a tool that can 10x your image creation game. It's probably the easiest to use out of all image editing software. And it's online-based. Meaning you won't have to download any software.
But yeah, it's so easy you can create 10 high-quality images in 10 seconds.
If you saw our featured image (top), it was created using Canva. I actually created all our featured images in one day. Only took me about 5 minutes to create 50. Seriously. It's easy.
And it's free. So you better have this in your main bookmarks.
Screenshots are essential when it comes to creating website and blog content. They help us visual our words.
There are 2 screen capture tools we recommend. These are both free and easy to use. They provide all the basic and essential features.
i. Skitch by Evernote
This was designed for the Mac users. At the time of writing this, I don't think it's available to anyone else.
With that said, if you have a Mac, this is highly recommended. Ever since I switched to Mac, Skitch has been my go-to screenshot tool.
ii. Jing by Techsmith
Jing works for any computer. It's the free version of Techsmith's premium screen capture tool, Snagit.
But it's basically got everything you need.
Snappa is very similar to Canva. It has dozens of templates for social media posts, headers, and more.
If you want to watch a quick video walkthrough, check this out:
#9. Tomato Timer
Have you heard of the Pomodoro Technique? It's something that is designed to make you more productive. Work hard for 25 minutes, take a quick break for 5, rinse and repeat.
I've tried it a couple times. The intervals really do help with productivity. And the TomatoTimer tool will help with that.
Wrapping it up
High-quality blog posts sometimes need more than just text. In fact, today's content need to be the best it can possibly be if it wants to attract legitimate visitors.
That's why you'll need some of the content creation tools we looked at above.
So before you go, make sure you have some of them bookmarked.
If you have any questions or comments about this post, you can reach us in the comments section below.