We’ve written a lot of articles featuring solutions, tricks, and resources to design websites. However, content is king, and we need to treat it accordingly. Hence, we start publishing articles to help you create engaging content from time to time. This first post is about the tools we use to create engaging content.
Investing so much in website design and falling short in terms of content is silly. The following tools are useful helpers for content creators. Sadly, none of them replaces research, imagination, and effective content production.
Without any further ado, here are the tools we endorse and use to create quality content.
Did you know that five times more people read just a title than read the entire blog post? Nowadays, you don’t have any choice but to come up with interesting titles. Headlines convince people to spend a few minutes reading your content. It’s not fair, but it’s what people have done for many years.
CoSchedule developed a cool headline analyzer, and everyone can use it for free. Just type in your title, and you get a complete analysis and a rating. Then, refine your titles until you get the best rating possible. It takes some time to find the best title, but your blog will certainly attract more eyes with an engaging title. Here is how I refined the title of this post.
I have used the RescueTime Chrome extension for two years, and I must confess that it has saved me plenty of time. It shows how productive you are and the time you spend online. You will probably be disappointed by how much time you spend on Facebook and Twitter.
In just a few months, Rescue Time has made me more productive; I constantly checked the stats, and step by step, I have wasted less time. As a result, I have more time for content production and family!
Disclaimer: We aren’t affiliated with Rescue Time. It has just helped me become more productive. I believe that similar apps would have the same impact on my workflow, so feel free to choose your favorite tool for saving time.
While Rescue Time helps with your overall workflow, Hemingway App is strictly for writing. The app aims to help people write correct and digestible texts by highlighting passive voice, long sentences, and extensive use of adverbs. At the same time, it’s a distraction-free writing environment, so Hemingway App increases your productivity. Use the web app or buy the desktop application.
Grammarly is the most famous writing assistant. If you aren’t an English native, then a writing assistant is mandatory. It does a lot of cool things to your text, such as fix typos, suggest better alternatives for words and expressions, set the tone and style, check the clarity, and provide an overall score.
The free version certainly deserves your attention, while any premium subscription genuinely helps you craft mistake-free and engaging content. Many marketers, bloggers, and content creators recommend using Grammarly to avoid grammar mistakes.
Your written content should be clear, simple, and concise. Complicated expressions, elevated words, and long phrases kill readers’ interest. Finding the proper words isn’t always as simple as you may think. If you aren’t an English native, then it’s even more complicated.
Power Thesaurus is a precious helper because it shows the meaning of a word and its synonyms and antonyms. All this information is backed by relevant examples. Use Power Thesaurus confidently to learn new expressions and avoid repeating words.
If you want to be a good writer, then you have to be an exceptional reader. You won’t be able to come up with something new and exciting if you don’t read. Still, we don’t always have the time to read, and an app that saves resources to read later is golden.
Pocket has completely satisfied us. It’s simple to use and unobtrusive, and the browser extension is awesome. Just hit the Save to Pocket button to save your favorite link.
You can craft the most interesting content when you are in a good mood. Pressure, tight deadlines, harsh debates with coworkers, and chat requests impact productivity. Rescue Time provides a bird’s eye overview of your efficiency, but it doesn’t include solutions for getting the most from your time.
A Soft Murmur is a tool that you will love or hate. This tool recreates the sounds of rain, thunder, waves, wind, fire, birds, crickets, coffee shops, singing bowls, and white noise. You can mix the sounds to create an enjoyable atmosphere. Indeed, you can’t use it for content production, but A Soft Murmur can put you in a state of peace so that you can work more effectively.
Producing content isn’t the same as writing. Content refers to not only text but also images, videos, and infographics. Canva is the content creators’ favorite tool for crafting cool visuals. It packages plenty of templates for every project you need: Facebook ads, cover and post images, Pinterest pins, blog banners, invitations, posters, tickets, brochures, email headers, infographics, resumes, and more. It’s simple to use, and the free version is enough to create some stunning designs.
You won’t have to pay for this tool until the end of 2020, but you can make a donation to help the team polish the product. Ilys is an unconventional tool aimed at encouraging content creators to write more words. The core idea is to force people to write a particular number of words without editing the text. It sounds strange at first, but bloggers, marketers, and content creators know how much time they waste by editing text again and again. It’s more effective to write the text and edit it when you’re done.
This tool is invaluable for content writers who share their screens, record their actions, or create gif files. It works miracles for showing how to use a product or teach people. Instead of writing a plain procedure, a short video is more relevant and convenient to the users. The free version lacks cool features, but it’s sufficient to make a complete idea about this tool.
Over to You
We hope that listing our favorite tools to create more engaging content will interest you. Your input is the most valorous – please let us know if you need more articles like this one. Clients and readers are the most important for us, so your feedback is decisive.