10 Ways to Simplify Your Content Creation…

10 tools to simply and speed-up your content creation process

Does your content creation process have you working all hours of the day and night trying to create content? Are you constantly running out of topic ideas for your blog posts, articles and other content creation needs?

If either or both of these issues apply to you, then it’s time for you take a good look at your content creation process and why it isn’t working for you. Let’s take a look at ten tools that you can use to create content faster.

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Make Your Content Creation Process Blazing Fast!

Get More Keyword Ideas With Übersuggest

content creation processFinding your subject for your blog posts, articles or other content needs, is often the most difficult task. If you’re not completely sure what you want to write, then I suggest that you try Übersuggest.

Übersuggest allows you to quickly discover new keywords not available in the Google Keyword Planner. Take your keyword research to the next level with tons of keyword ideas for SEO, PPC and your next content marketing campaign.

Here’s just a few of the keywords that I get with Ubersuggest when I enter the keyword “content creation”…

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Notice that the results came back with 244 additional keywords, along with their monthly search volumes and Cost-Per-Click, or CPC. This information was gathered using their FREE  Keyword Everywhere extension for Chrome and Firefox.

Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator

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In addition to Ubersuggest, I also use Hubspot’s blog topic generator to speed-up my content creation process. Simply fill in the fields with terms (I use the keywords I found using Ubersuggest, obviously) that you’d like to write about, and the blog topic generator will come up with a week’s worth of relevant blog post titles in a matter of seconds!

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In this instance, I plugged the words ‘Content Creation’, ‘Content Creation Tools’ and ‘Content Creation Strategy’ into the blog topic generator and this is what it returned (see screenshot above). You may need to tweak the results a little to fit your topic or for grammar, but it’s a great tool to help you decide what to write about.

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Analyze Your Headline With CoSchedule

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Now that you have several headlines from which to choose from, plug them into CoChesdule’s Headline Analyzer to see how they rank for common words, uncommon words, emotional words and power words. The analyzer will also measure for the sentiment and the keywords as well.

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Any headline that comes back with a “Green Number” (i.e. 75 or B+) is considered okay to use. Anything less than green will show as either yellow or red, and are not considered okay to use for their lack of SEO and attention-grabbing ability. A score of 75 is just two-points shy of 77, or A+. Keep testing different headlines until you reach a score that you are satisfied with.

Use Site: Website URL Topic Search for Content Ideas

Okay, so far we’ve covered how to use Ubersuggest to gather related keywords to our main keyword, how to use those keywords in Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator to create potential headlines for our blog, and how to analyze our headlines for maximum impact using CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer.

Now it’s time to start creating our content…

Using Google we enter a competitor’s site, or a website that is complimentary to our own, to see what they have written (if anything) about our topic. For example purposes, we’re going to check Copyblogger’s site since it covers some of the same topics that I do. Here’s what that site search looks like in the search box:

site: copyblogger.com content creation

Here’s what our search reveals…

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As you can see, Copyblogger have written numerous articles that cover some form of content creation. An additional site search at copyblogger for ‘content creation process’ did not reveal anything – well, at least not on the first page of Google – close to my blog topic headline.

The reason I am performing this site search using my topic keyword are twofold:

  1. What have they written, if anything, about my topic of choice? and
  2. If they have written about my topic, what did they say?

Why is this important to our content creation process?

It’s important because I want to see what others have written on this topic. Also, I want to determine if I can incorporate and improve upon it in my own article (rewritten in my own language, I don’t want to be guilty of plagiarism). Plus, I also want to determine if they have NOT written anything on this topic – for obvious reasons.

Always check your competitor’s sites for content that may be associated with or the same as your own. Use this information to determine how you may improve upon it and to include things they may not have addressed.

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Stay Informed With Feedly

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In addition to using site: search in Google, Feedly is another tool that I use to stay up to date in my niche. With the demise of Google Reader, Feedly allows you to organize, read, and share all the content that matters to you in a single place.

You can monitor news about your company, your product, your craft, and your competitors by plugging in Google Alerts. Crunch through more content in less time by organizing your feeds into easy-to-read collections. Easily share stories to Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, email, and more. Schedule posts with Hootsuite or Buffer.

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In the screenshot of my Feedly account above, you’ll see in the top-left the words “Content Marketing” – this is title for the sites related to content marketing that you see listed below it. To the right, you’ll see the latest updates from those sites that I follow.

Not to be confused with the site: search function in Google, this is simply a list of sites (RSS feeds) for those blogs listed. If you look to the very bottom-left, you’ll see the word “Copywriting” – these are sites related to copywriting that I follow.

Obviously, the ability to track numerous sites in one place makes it that much easier to stay informed on topics important to you. Personally, the free account suits me just fine. However, if you want more sharing options and other nice bells and whistles, then you can upgrade to their Pro account for $5.41 a month USD.

Write Better Using the Hemingway App 

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One of my favorite writing tools is the Hemingway app. The Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear. The app highlights long, complex sentences and common errors; if you see a yellow sentence, shorten or split it.

If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic. Simply paste in something you’re working on and edit away. Or, click the Write button to compose something new.

In regards to the readability of your main content, your body copy. Sadly, here in America most people read and comprehend at about 8th Grade level. Therefore, you want to write your content as if it were for 8th Graders.

If your audience are college grads then you would want to write in their language. But for your average reader, you want to make it easier to read.

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Create Images For Your Posts Using Pablo

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Now that you’ve researched and created your written masterpiece, it’s time to add the images! No need to search the web and risk using images that are copyrighted, simply head over to Pablo (by Buffer) and search their library of 50,000+ royalty-free photos.

If you don’t find what you’re looking for among their 50,000+ royalty free images, you can upload your own. Add text, logos and other things you want to improve your images, too.

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Download your images to use in your posts, or hit the share buttons and share them to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and others. Did I mention that Pablo is free?

Share Your Content Using Buffer

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Now that your content is complete, it’s time to promote it and start driving traffic to your site!

I’ve mentioned Buffer several times now in this post, but have not yet elaborated on it. Buffer is an app that shares your content at the best possible times throughout the day so that your followers and fans see your updates more often.

You can use can either schedule your posts at days and times that you set, or pick a preset schedule defined by Buffer designed to increase exposure and shares.

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On the screenshot of my buffer admin panel above, you’ll see (well, partially) on the left some of my accounts where I am sharing my content. These shares are from RSS feeds that I have bookmarked in Buffer from websites that are congruent (complimentary) to my own. I also schedule my posts, both new and older, using Buffer.

Along the top you’ll see the analytics tab, the schedule tab and the settings tab. This is where you check your content stats (re-shares, likes, etc), update your schedule settings (days, times, etc) and your personal settings (link shortening, etc).

What I like most about Buffer, is that it is simple to use and the admin panel is wide and easy to navigate. Their free plan will do just fine for many people. However, if you need more features and accounts to share to, then their “Awesome Plan” is ridiculously affordable at only $10.00 USD each month.

On the Individual (free) Plan, you can connect one profile for each social account. (So, one Twitter, one Facebook, one Google+ and one LinkedIn). You can also store up to 10 posts for each profile at any given time.

With the Awesome plan ($10/month or $102/year), you also get:

  • Up to 10 social profiles (as opposed to just one of each). So, you could manage multiple accounts (like multiple company Twitter accounts or personal ones along with professional ones.)
  • Up to 100 Posts in your Buffer (as opposed to only storing 10 at a time). This means you can add posts pretty much as far ahead as you would like to.
  • Varied schedules. With the Individual Plan you can choose days and times but not different times for different days. So, I can have my posts go out at 3 PM and 5 PM, Monday and Wednesday. On the paid plan, you can have 3 go out every Monday, 2 on Tuesday, 6 on Friday, etc. All at whatever times you set.
  • 15 RSS Feed per connected profile. You’re able to connect up to fifteen feeds for each of your connected profiles.

As you can see, it’s well worth the measly $10 a month for all that you get in return from Buffer.

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Simplify Your Content Creation Process Using WP Blog Rocket and Content Firestorm

Of all the tools that I use for my content creation process, perhaps my two favorites are WP Blog Rocket and Content Firestorm.

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WP Blog Rocket allows you to harness the hidden power of “Click Magnets” and dramatically boost your traffic. It will also boost your rankings, increase engagement and automatically optimize conversions.

I’ve used WP Blog Rocket since it first came out and my personal results have been nothing short of amazing. Instead of me babbling on about it, watch the video and see for yourself what WP Blog Rocket can do for you…

Put the same the power of top sites like Huffington Post, Fox News, CNN and other Viral Sites (like Upworthy) to work for you. Get WP Blog Rocket NOW!

Set Your Content Creation Process on Fire With Content Firestorm

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The companion to WP Blog Rocket is Content Firestorm. Without a doubt, Content Firestorm is the fastest way to create high-quality content that engages and converts in just minutes. Not hours or even days!

  • Find content in any niche in a few clicks
  • Generate awesome content ideas in seconds
  • Leverage engaging content for your site
  • Dramatically increase reader engagement
  • Save time and money!

Watch the video below to see what you can do with Content Firestorm

Quite impressive, is it not?

With the power of “Click Magnets” and awesome engaging content, your content creation process will become one less thing you have to worry about. Combined with WP BlogRocket, Content Firestorm creates an unstoppable content marketing machine that leaves your competitors wondering how you do it.

Another thing I like about Content Firestorm is Pixabay. You know how difficult it is to find high-quality images that you can use in your content, with Pixabay you’ll never have to worry about images again. You’ll gain access to over 520,000 high-quality stock photos to enhance your content … FREE!

As you can probably tell, I am sold on WP Blog Rocket and Content Firestorm.  I think you will be too – Get WP Blog Rocket and Content Firestorm

Final Thoughts

We’ve covered a tremendous amount of information regarding your content creation process. We’ve covered how to get the best keywords using Ubersuggest, how to use these keywords to find blog titles using Hubspot’s Blog Title Generator, how to analyze and maximize those blog headlines using CoSchedule’s Blog Headline Analyzer.

Next, we covered how to use the “site: website URL topic name” in Google to find articles and blog posts written by our competitors or sites that are complimentary to our own site. And then we spoke about how to stay informed of the happenings in our niche market using Feedly.

We learned how to use the Hemingway App to help us write more succinct, readable and user-friendly content. We also covered how to use Pablo to create high-quality images for your content

Now that you’ve learned how to speed up your content creation process and have created great content, we discussed using Buffer to schedule your posts in order to increase exposure and drive more traffic to your site. Lastly, we discussed how to use the “One-Two Punch” of WP Blog Rocket and Content Firestorm to take your content creation process to an entirely new level.

These are the tools that I use every day to keep my content creation process running like a well-oiled machine. Using these tools I am able to pump out content on demand and without wasting time, money, and effort.

What used to take me hours or even days to create, now takes me an hour or less. It may take you a little longer at first, but once you get into the rhythm you’ll begin to see your time spent creating content start to decrease.

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did creating it. If you did, let us know by sharing it with others and by leaving me a comment.

God bless,

James

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