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7 Free Tools That Content Writers Should Use

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by Jason Wolfe, Oct 16, 2013.

  1. Jason Wolfe

    Jason Wolfe Junior Member

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    On top of creativity, content writers also need tools to maintain high quality standards in every piece that they write. So I thought I’d share with you these seven free tools that every content writer (whether a professional blogger, ghostwriter, or someone simply writing for the love of it) should use:


    1. Google Trends
    Category: Research

    Google Trends helps you gain excellent insights on your topic or subject matter, particularly if there has been a high volume of web surfers who have searched about such information.

    Google Trends is available for international (English) and regional searches.

    2. Google News
    Category: Research

    Google News aggregates the most up-to-the-minute newsworthy people, events, and places from all over the world.

    Like Google Trends, Google News is useful to content writers as a source of reliable, timely, and authoritative information that can be the basis of various kinds of content.

    Google News is also available for international (English) and regional searches.

    3. After the Deadline
    Category: Spelling, Style, and Grammar Checker

    After the Deadline is a language tool that checks content for compliance with spelling, style, and grammar standards based on the Plain English style. Plain English aims to make content highly readable by simplifying complex sentences and identifying instances of Passive Voice usage, as well as the use of bias, clichés, or redundancy.
    Checking of the content is contextual, and explanations of the suggested corrections are given.

    This tool is available on Wordpress, and as a downloadable plug-in for different platforms. A web interface is available at http://www.polishmywriting.com for those who want online access instead of a download.

    4. Keyword Density Analyzer
    Category: SEO

    Keyword Density Analyzer lets you check your website content or your raw content for the frequency of usage of your keywords. This tool is very useful to make sure that you are not keyword-spamming.

    A list of Stop Words is built-in to the tool.

    To analyze raw content, copy-paste it into the analysis box. Remember to select “Plain Text” on the menu tabs before hitting “Submit,” or you will get errors.

    5. Readability Calculator
    Category: Style and Readability

    This tool can check both raw content and live content.

    After checking against the Coleman Liau Index, Flesch Kincaid Grade Level, ARI (Automated Readability Index), and SMOG (Simple Measure of Gobbledygook), the tool shows detailed statistics about your content regarding style and readability.

    The tool also gives exhaustive suggestions for improving the checked content.

    6. Copyscape Category: Anti-Plagiarism and/or Anti-Duplicate Content

    Copyscape is the mother of all online tools that promote originality and fresh content on the web. The free version checks existing websites, while the premium version can check raw content. Premium requires a sign-up. Current cost per check is 5 cents.

    Plagium is a good alternative to Copyscape. It can check raw content for free, but only allows 25,000 characters per check. You can split your content into sections to be able to check it fully.

    The Plagiarism Checker is another useful alternative. Developed by a student of the University of Maryland, this tool has a free and premium version. The premium version is subscription-based (currently USD 8 per month for 50 uses, 25 cents after), but is reputed to be more strict in checking than the free version.

    7. Scribble
    Category: Productivity

    Scribble, self-advertised as “stickies on steroids,” is a Chrome browser application that lives up to its slogan. This tool allows you to copy paste or write notes on virtual stickies that you can save offline for easy retrieval. You can also attach notifications to each note that you create, perfect for increasing the efficiency of content writers who are forgetful about assignments and schedules.
     
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  2. MMBlack

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    Great info, Jason. Thanks for the useful post! I use Google Trends, Google News, Keyword Density Analyzer and Copyscape on a regular basis, but I'm not familiar with the other 3 on this list. I'm currently in love with 8 Minute Article Writer, which is a 5-year-old free tool but it is so-o-o handy. EditMinion is kind of cool, too.
     
  3. Jason Wolfe

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    Thanks man. 8 Minute Article Writer and EditMinion look interesting, thanks for sharing it. I should get my hands on those soon!
     
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    Thanks OP for this thread. You got some stuff here I hadn't thought about.
     
  5. Jason Wolfe

    Jason Wolfe Junior Member

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    Thank you! I'm always happy to help and share info.
     
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    Nice one, OP. Thanks
     
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    thanks for the tools.. i have been writing articles but only after this post i have idea about Google Trends and Google News.. i will use them while creating my next article.
     
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    Great tools to work with. Hope you will add more here.
     
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    Great share, I could really use 3 - 6
     
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    I use google news and trends all the time. I do feel that these tools are very helpful for content writers.