As I’m writing this post, I’m currently taking on a writing challenge. It’s a holiday so I’m taking a whole afternoon in front of my laptop for this. The challenge is to write four blog posts in one afternoon with one hour of writing for each article. I just finished writing my first article, which is over 1,300 words with 46 second to spare. I’m pretty proud because last time I check an article over 1,000 words usually take me over an hour. Now it is taking me less. And at the end of this post, I will be sharing with you how I did–how long it took and what’s the word count. So wish me luck.
If you don’t think that isn’t writing blog posts like a boss, I don’t know what is. Well, maybe there are better. I like to think that everything can be improved, including my writing skills. If you are having trouble writing a long post or just a post for your blog at all then you are in luck. I’m going to share with you the tools that I have been using to write blog posts like a boss. These tools are simple and mostly free on the internet.
I don’t know how many times, I’ve said it already, but blogging is all about content. A blog is never a blog without its content. That’s why content marketers work best with blogs. Bloggers are the new breed of marketers. Your content defines how well you know your industry, and your business. Your content as a blogger serves as the convincing words for your audience to convert into buying customers or clients. So if you want to be a blogger whether you like it or not, you have to know how to write a blog post.
So here are the tools I’ve been using that helps me to write blog posts like a boss. And you should be using them, too.
The very first thing you need to do is to pick a topic that’s within your niche. But choosing a topic alone doesn’t always work well with content marketing so you have to know what topics and keywords are currently hot and searchable on the net. A lot of bloggers use professional tools that are a little too expensive for me to figure that out. It may be worth it because of the powerful analytics built in with these tools, but for me, getting that information doesn’t need to be too technical or to have too much details, at least for now. I only follow one search engine that can tell me that if that topic is hot in it, it’s probably also that hot on other engines. That’s Google. Google is the search engine that provides the biggest traffic to all websites and blogs, so I only need to listen to it. Google has Google Trends that can show you what topics and keywords are searchable. You can first search a main keyword, like Marketing or Blogging, and it will show you a six to seven year trend on how well the keyword is doing when it comes to the volume of searches. It will also show you the regions or countries where the word is hot for searches. And it will also provide longer keywords by their performance. For example, under the keyword Marketing, the best performing combination keywords for it is Marketing Online. You can also view all of the keywords to see their performances over the span of six to seven years.
Google Trends is a tool that you can use to decide whether a topic is actually worth writing. If you are going to write over a thousand word blog post, you might as well write one that is going to increase your organic search traffic so you won’t be wasting your efforts.
You’re probably already using this. It is by far the best offline tool to use when you’re writing a blog post. If you are using notepad, I have no idea how you’re doing it. Microsoft Word is not exactly free. If you still don’t have a Microsoft Office installed on your computer, then you can visit their website to check out their plans. You can avail their products for student, or for business. If you’re only going to use it to write a blog post, then you can avail their cheapest package, which is for students. If you’re going to use it for more technical activities, then you might also want to check out the package for business. You can also buy an installer of the student package for one time, instead of a plan that you have to pay every month. But you can only avail this for just one computer.
I was in college when I first heard of the word cloud computing. That was five or so years ago. At the time, I didn’t understand what it was and how it worked. Now, I’ve seen how much it has evolved. We can do so much on the internet now, and I’m loving it. Cloud computing is the use of the internet to store, process, and manage files. Google Docs is an example of doing this practice. If Microsoft Document, allows you to write offline, Google Docs allows you to write and edit articles online. And to compete even better, Google Docs have an app that allows you to edit and write articles offline then upload or save them once you get back online. I’d have to say that I’m writing more often on Google Docs now than I am on Word. Because it’s a tool that I can access anywhere and anytime. I can now write on my computer, my tablet, or my phone and they would all be in sync with all the changes when I’m online. Google Docs is currently the most powerful writing tool I’m using to write my blog posts. I’m even using it the free version right now to write this article.
I write over 1,000 words articles not just because I like, too, but because it’s a great way of showing my audience that I know what I’m talking about. The more detailed I can get on a topic, the more I show my knowledge of it and the longer the post gets. It’s also great for SEO as Google is more attracted to longer posts because the longer an article gets, the better the quality. Microsoft Word has the ability to count how many words you’ve written on your post, but I like to use Word Counter because of its extra features. It not only counts the number of words and characters but it gives you details on keyword density. It also gives you reading time and reading level. It’s a tool that can provide more details than just the word count. The best thing about it is that it’s free.
I’m not using this tool that much because I have to be honest with you, I rarely proofread my my articles. But I just thought you’d be interested to use it. Hemingway is a tool that can help you proofread your work without actually reading the whole thing. Just like word counter, it provide details of your post like the word count, character count, readability and more. But this tool’s best feature, I believe is that it scans and detects sentences in your article that are hard to read, phrases that are complicated and more. And this allows you to improve your work to have better results for your readers. You should try it out and let me know what you think.
These are the tools that I’ve always been using to write my blog posts. Are you already using these, too?
As promised, I’ll be showing you my results for this blog post writing challenge. Excluding the results, this article is 1,307 words, and my writing time is 54.24 mins. I’m quite proud. What do you think?