Sharpen Your Writing Skills: 6 Free Tools to Help You Write Better Blog Posts

Sharpen Your Writing Skills: 6 Free Tools to Help You Write Better Blog Posts

As a writer, your salary may depend on the number of articles you can get published, as well as the the number of words in your articles.

To make the most money possible, you need to establish a process that will allow you to write as many high-quality articles or blog posts as possible.

But sometimes it’s not feasible to churn out articles on a consistent basis. There are times when you feel like writing all day, while there are days when you can’t even muster a single word.

As a result, you might find yourself struggling to make a living because you rely only on inspiration and natural momentum to complete your writing tasks.

You need to remember writing is a discipline. Without a reliable process to practice your writing skills, you will not be the successful freelance writer that you aspire to become.

These six free tools can be a part of your own perfect system that helps you write more effectively — and helps you spend less time doing it.

1. Soovle

If you’re a content writer, you need to determine the best keywords for your content. Choosing keywords can be a long-winded process, but you can simplify it by using Soovle.

This online tool lets you find most-searched phrases from popular search engines and even includes Amazon and Wikipedia to find the most common phrase that relates to your topic.

Use the keyword phrase that appears on all Soovle’s aggregated sites so you can optimize your content and boost it to the top of these search results.

2. Hubspot Content Idea Generator

Finding it difficult to come up with a title for your content? Hubspot Content Idea Generator will create one for you.

This tool lets you brainstorm headlines for your blog posts using a target keyword or phrase (perhaps the SEO-friendly keyword you discovered through Soolve!). After submitting at least one keyword phrase out of three available fields, the generator will return five interesting titles.

If you’re not satisfied with the results, you can try again for another batch of title suggestions. Repeat the process until you find the most appropriate headline for you.

3. CoSchedule Headline Analyzer

Crafting an effective headline is an art — you need to choose deliberately to invoke the intellect and emotions of your readers.

While the title suggestions from Hubspot may be interesting, they may not be enough to compel your target audience to click when they read the headline in search results or on social media.

Enter the CoSchedule Headline Analyzer.

The tool refers to different factors to compute an aggregate score of your title. Ideally, your title must possess common, uncommon, emotional, and powerful words to achieve a high score. CoSchedule recommends using headlines with a score of 70 or higher.

Test a few different headline options to see which has the highest score. You might be surprised!

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4. Noisli

Distractions are productivity thieves. It’s difficult to focus on writing online where sites like Facebook and YouTube are just a click away from the resources you actually need to consult.

It’s next to impossible to build writing momentum when distractions just around the virtual corner.

Noisli aims to help people focus on work by playing different sounds sure to calm your nerves and inspire you to write. You can mix different sounds, from falling rain to the whirling of a fan, so you can achieve the perfect sound of productivity for you. You might find it boosts your energy better than your go-to playlist.

Noisli also offers a minimalist text editor so you can write your content there without distracting buttons and links.

5. Grammarly

It’s important to review your work for errors before submitting to editors. But small mistakes always seem to slip through the cracks, don’t they?

Human error increases the chance your article will get sent back for edits, and lowers your chances of even getting published on many sites. Editing articles you’ve already written takes away from your writing momentum.

Enlist Grammarly to check your grammar, spelling, and sentence structures before you submit your work. The Premium version of the tool lets you look up better word suggestions, check for plagiarism and more.

But, the free version is great for checking your article for simple mistakes you might miss while you’re working.

6. Hemingway

There’s no single perfect method for writing an article or blog post. But if you want more people to read your work, it can help to make sure it’s easy to understand.

Hemingway helps you remove the clutter in your posts by identifying sentences and phrases that are difficult to understand. The tool also computes a readability score of your article. The lower the grade level, the easier it is for readers to understand what you’re trying to say.

What other tools help you write more — and more quickly? Share them in the comments!

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  • Sristi Malik says:

    i can relate to this, i have experience it many times when i keep up blogging for consistent days i ran out of ideas and i feel that i have written about everything and there is nothing left to write about. Your tool will surely help me never run of ideas again.

  • Alena Sham says:

    I’m usually in a hurry too, however in those circumstances when I did have the time, it made a big difference to come back later and reread.

  • Jeff says:

    I have gained a lot of insights from this article. In fact, I am going to bookmark it.

  • Thanks a ton Christopher

  • Mauritius says:

    In our modern world we are seeing the tough competition between writers. It is important to be up on all tendencies for those who want to prosper in writing sphere. The headline makes a first impression. I also like CoSchedule Headline Analyze – it seems a perfect tool. Logically, the next fundamental component of a great written work is its quality. The qualitative content is the original content. Nowadays, the reader is fed up with the identical ideas and similar content. So to catch the reader’s attention writers can use one more useful tool – online plagiarism checker Unplag which aims to help people at creating original works and avoid plagiarism.

  • john berger says:

    Hi there , while I,m sure all the info in these pages are good for most, with me, it,s all about finding the best and easiest program to write my novel. I am very pc iliterate and have no idea where to start, what the best program is and how to set it up, and perhaps you will be able to assist me to make a start that I am yearing to begin. thanks

  • Aleta Kay says:

    Thank you so much for sharing these helpful tools. I have looked at each website and am looking forward to enhancing my own writing with them.

    Aleta Kay, author

  • Moshe Chayon says:

    Awesome tips. I’m glad I ran into your blog so early, these tools seems like it will make my job a lot easier.

  • Sandip Roy says:

    Good points – thanks. Didnt know about Soovle. Could you do a detailed post about using Soovle like a pro?

  • I’ve used some of these tools and planning to try Hemingway.

    Thanks for sharing these tools, Christopher! Feels good to see a fellow Filipino here. Proud of you!

    Keep on writing and I hope we can stop tapping on our keyboard—one time—and grab a cup of Barako. 🙂

  • Shaozhi says:

    I use Trello for brainstorming. I’m a visual person so it helps a lot when I can see all the “cards” on the same board. BTW, the first tool is Soovle (not Soolve).

    • Lisa Rowan says:

      Thanks for catching that!
      You must be way better at managing Trello boards than I am…I just get lost! (But I still keep working at it.)
      Thanks for reading,
      Lisa Rowan

    • My bad! Thanks for pointing out the misspelled tool.

      I also use Trello to manage my different writing projects and brainstorm ideas for the articles and posts with my co-writers. I left it out from the list because I wanted to focus on tools that I use to write and finish the content as fast as possible. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t use it for writing your posts if it works well for you!

  • Freya Liston says:

    I use Grammarly to find all my grammar errors and then prowritingaid to help with stylistic errors. I used to use Hemingway but then someone recommended prowritingaid as an alternative. They are similar apps but prowritingaid goes WAY deeper. It’s not quite as pretty but it’s much more effective.

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