What Tools Do You Use to Manage Your Content Creation Process

We use a lot of WordPress plugins to help manage our content creation process, everything from password protect this page or post, to selecting the proper category. We also use Yoast for our SEO keyword optimization and all the other important on-site factors that improve SEO rankings. Tags  are important too and we use a lot of WordPress tags such as keywords and meta descriptions.

Our favorite tools have been included in this book for a reason – we find that they help our content creation process run quickly and smoothly, and we want to share them with you! Many of these tools are free or have discounted versions available for educators. In some cases, there are Premium versions of the same tool which offer bonus features or unlimited access.

SEMrush Topic Research Tool

Content ideas example

Topic research is one of the most effective ways to quickly come up with ideas to explore further and to inspire your content plan. The SEMrush topic research tool makes it a quick and easy process to come up with a whole host of potential ideas around your core topic in just minutes.

Just enter a subtopic and see related articles and questions being asked in real-time. 

Cost: From $99.95 per month (but this includes an entire sweet of content, SEO, PPC, and social media tools)

SEMrush Marketing Calendar

Marketing Calendar screenshot

Once you have identified the content that you want to create, you need to map out a solid editorial calendar and stick to it.

Planning a content strategy around a calendar will help you be accountable and take the steps needed to regularly drive growth. It is a great way to motivate you to keep on top of a regular publishing schedule, and the SEMrush Marketing Calendar is the perfect tool to help you to do this.

Cost: From $99.95 per month 

SparkToro

Sparktoro

SparkToro positions itself as a way to “Instantly discover what your audience reads, watches, listens to, and follows.” When it comes to planning your content strategy, it is absolutely imperative that you know who you are targeting and what their interests are.

The more you can create your content around your target market’s needs and wants, the better success you will enjoy, and this tool crawls tens of millions of social and web profiles to share the insights you need on your audience.

Cost: From FREE for 10 searches per month to $225 per month for 500 searches

Google Trends

Google Trends example

Google Trends can help you to understand the popularity of a search term or topic amongst Google searchers (which, let’s face it, is the majority of web users).

Enter a query and see how interest has trended over time and use this insight to create content around topics that are quickly gaining traction (gaining a competitive advantage by being the first to jump on a trend) or, similarly, identify those that are likely losing interest. 

Cost: FREE

AlsoAsked.com

Also Asked example

Google is regularly referred to as an answer engine, and this means that we need to be considering the questions that are being asked by searchers.

And one of the most effective tools that you can use to help you to find the questions that you need to be optimizing your website for is AlsoAsked.com, a free tool that returns the “People Also Asked” data, giving you an insight into longtail searches and, importantly, defines the relationship between topics and questions.

Cost: FREE

Answer the Public

Answer The Public

As we have already discussed, you should be optimizing for questions as part of your SEO strategy, and the more insight you have access to, the better responses you can give to the different questions that are being asked.

While AlsoAsked.com shows results from PAA, Answer the Public returns results from Suggest data, showing combinations of auto-complete searches. 

Use the two tools together to supercharge your insights and research.

Cost: FREE

 ProofHub — All-in-one project management software

When working on clients’ projects, every team requires a tool that can help them collaborate efficiently and in an organized manner.

ProofHub is an all-in-one software that takes care of your project management needs effortlessly. You can easily manage your tasks in a single place, and your entire team can access their projects without any hassle.

Typically, content marketers find it very hard to juggle multiple content project management tools all at once. Precious time and effort are wasted trying to figure out how each tool works, and the scattered data across all platforms makes it difficult to find an integrated approach to content management.

ProofHub offers users everything under a single roof. Users can easily avail tools for Chat/messaging, note-taking, task management, reporting, proofing, time tracking, and more. With so many features on board, the platform doesn’t compromise on ease-of-use. The simple and no-fuss interface makes it easy to use the features to their full potential, and in the long-run, it also makes on-boarding a much simpler process. The tool also offers integrations with Google Drive, OneDrive, Outlook, Dropbox, and more.

As an all-in-one software, ProofHub offers its services to users at a very reasonable rate of $89 per month. The Ultimate Control Plan can help you address all your content management needs in a cost-effective and simplified manner.

“Manage projects better and make them a success. Try ProofHub!”

 Narrato — Get quality content, fast

There’s no doubt that putting out high-quality content on a regular basis can become quite taxing, considering how time and labor intensive it is. Most businesses and agencies require external help to get the sheer volume of content done in time.

Narrato.io is a content ordering platform where you can access top quality content from expert freelance writers. The platform makes use of a smart algorithm to precisely pair your content requirements to the most suitable writer, be it for a blog, article, or website copy.

Narrato offers a quick turnaround time of just 24–48 hours for each job picked by a matched writer. You can also request the writer to make any necessary additions and revisions, and accept the project only when it meets your requirements. Content originality is also taken care of by the built-in plagiarism checker. The readability and content quality improvement assistant in their editor helps the writers create high quality content that is also easy to comprehend and read, resulting in more engagement from the content readers. The free image suggestion tool on Narrato makes it very easy for you to find no-attribution required images for your content.

Narrato is very reasonably priced and offers great discounts on larger orders. When you sign up for the service, you can get your first article pretty much free of cost!

Conclusion

So, you’re a blogger who’s looking to move from a free platform like Blogger or WordPress.com to a self-hosted platform that gives you a lot more freedom…We’ve been there & we completely understand your frustrations!

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