Websites for Writers and Content for Creators — Write With Style #2
If you haven’t read the first half of this article, click here and find out which software and websites for writers I’ve been using to help start my journey.
In part two, there’s plenty more fun and games to be had. But it’s important to remember not to get too far ahead of ourselves, so I’ve tried to keep it simple. So let’s carry on finding some more useful tools that will help you to write with style.
Ubersuggest — Competitor Analysis for Keywords and SEO
SEO, for those unaware, is Search Engine Optimization. It’s also your best friend and worst enemy at the same time.
If you’ve worked for any clients or content mills up to this point, you’ll understand that you might have the knowledge and the writing skills, but the difference between good and bad SEO is the equivalent of eating fast-food or cooking a healthy, nutritious meal.
Bad SEO is easy to do. You just write 1000 words about anything, run it through Grammarly, so it looks readable, and leave it there. This is where most bloggers go wrong.
But in doing so, you haven’t thought about how the website or blog looks. Nor what the reader actually wants. That’s where companies like Ubersuggest come in and help you find the right keywords.
My focus on Ubersuggest as a newcomer is simple. It’s easy to use, doesn’t bombard you with too much information, and you can analyze the competition. From here, you can see what they are doing right. And what keywords they are targeting. At the time of writing, UberSuggest does a life-time plan which equates to 10 months. That’s an offer not to be sniffed at.
Now find yourself 100 topics. Read the whole article though before you go out and find some keywords. It’ll help!
Yoast — SEO for WordPress
If you’ve been through the software in part one and have decided that writing content online is for you, then SEO is your next go-to learning curve. It’s probably the biggest thing that will shake up your writing, so like Grammarly, it’s better to get in there early and learn the basics early on. Otherwise, you’ll be changing your entire writing style too late.
There are plenty of SEO tools available, but a great free starting point is Yoast.
Yoast is installed directly onto your WordPress page as a plugin. You’ll get used to talking about plugins pretty quickly. A bit like apps for your website, hundreds will help you. Yoast is a great place to start.
It scans through your website and looks for areas to improve your content. Where Grammarly looks more at the text itself, Yoast deals with the SEO side we mentioned before.
You’ll get constructive advice on how readable the writing is, how many times your keywords appear and if they appear in the right places. You can also fill in all those details for Google. You know, the ones when you do a search, and it tells you a snippet about the website? Meta descriptions they are called. Yoast helps you with that.
It’s a must-have in your arsenal of websites, especially as a writer using WordPress.
Capitalize My Title — Awesome Titles Written With Style
Capitalize My Title is a website you may already be using to write articles for other people. It allows you to type your title in, and it will capitalize it appropriately. What I especially like about this site though is its hidden gem.
In the hundreds of articles I have read this month while doing my research, nowhere have I heard this page mentioned. It is brilliant.
The analyzer acts similar to Yoast, but while Yoast will help you rank higher in the search, this analyzer will keep your readers on your pages for longer. I especially like its sentiment feature, which is, in my opinion, the best way to keep your readers engaged and reading your articles for longer.
You’ve probably noticed this is one of the few only-free websites for writers I’ve included. And that’s because it does the job so well, there isn’t really an alternative worth paying out for unless it comes included in an all-in-one package with other services.
Canva — Making Websites for Writers Look Stunning
At this point, you should by now have a pretty dull looking blog, and probably don’t have a logo either.
Canva will solve all that for you. Plus, there are thousands of templates for social media too, so when you get to telling everyone how fantastic your writing is, you can use filters, gifs and all sorts to make your content stand out from the rest.
The branded content is primarily useful, as it allows you to create a blog banner, customized pictures, other cool designs. The list of what you can do with Canva really is endless.
There is a free trial of the premium version, and like most other paid websites for writers you’ll find, it’s cheaper to pay annually, but if money is tight, it’s a small price for an attention-grabbing website people will want to read.
SEOptimer — Free Website SEO Auditing
I should stress this whole SEO thing can get a little confusing. I know I struggled at first!
SEOptimer is a free tool that allows you to audit your own website for any issues that will damage your Google rankings and thus, SEO.
For example, you can see in the photo below where the company website needs a little work. I already knew my SEO would need work, as I’ve only optimized my home page so far. And at time of writing, I have no shares on social media, but I do have accounts linked.
But performance surprised me, and the technical details told me that my server response is lagging, so I need to look into that, as well as some formatting I’m using in WordPress.
All the issues I’ve sorted in this way to date have been by quickly Googling the answer and self-learning. It’s important not to rely on help too much!
Are Websites for Writers Worth Paying For?
It depends on what your time means to you. For me, it’s balancing how many hours worth of work it costs, vs how many hours it will save me.
$130 — Grammarly Premium (annual) = 5000 words / 10 hours. Helps me make a regular income and work twice as fast. 100% purchased.
$1 (monthly) — Godaddy WordPress + domain = 500 words / 1 hour. Do note the price will go up in the second year. Other plans offer more, and It’s not exactly a huge loss if you upgrade to a more complete package afterwards. Purchased.
$5 (monthly) — Google Workspace = 2500 words / 5 hours. This one is personal taste. For me, yes. But it’s up to you. There’s a reason so many writers use Google Docs for free though, so it’s worth looking into either way.
$130 (annual) — Canva = 5000 words / 10 hours. Whether you are terrible or good at art, you’ll find this useful as it has a ton of customization options. Either way, purchased.
All SEO tools = Not purchased. For one website, I would recommend Yoast Premium at $100, but for anything else, I’m holding off until I’m earning a regular income.
So there you have it. Free websites for writers are vital for any budding writer who is starting from nothing. But there are some that your first paycheck should go straight onto, to help your next paycheck grow. Keep reading for more inspirational content!