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16 Free Tools That Make Content Creation Way Easier

16 Free Tools That Make Content Creation Way Easier
Creating content isn't always a walk in the park. (In fact, it can sometimes feel more like a sprint in a swamp.) While other parts of business and marketing are becoming increasingly automated, content creation is still a very manual job. Automation hasn't yet replaced what we do (thank goodness). That being said, there are plenty of tools out there to make creating content much easier. Click here to download our full collection of content creation templates for blog posts, ebooks, infographics, and more. Below, you'll find a list of 28 fantastic tools and resources to help you research, write, edit, and design content more easily. Let's get started. 28 Free Tools & Resources to Make Content Creation Easier For Researchers 1) Google Drive Research Tool Google recently added a tool to Drive that allows you to conduct Google searches without ever leaving your Drive window. 2) Site:search This is a handy Google hack I use every day. 3) Google Webmaster Tools Doing SEO and keyword research?

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10 Link Building Strategies for Small Businesses Not every website is the same, thus not every website’s link building strategy should be the same. To come up with your strategy you can study the link profiles of major competitors that established themselves in the niche before you did. Below is a sample backlink analysis from a WooRank Website Project that shows backlink information in the form of a page URL, page title and linking anchor text. Sample Backlink Analysis in a WooRank Website Project The following are some legitimate link building strategies that have been tried and tested for small businesses: 1.

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Writing iTunes App Store Descriptions When Naim Cesur, developer of the iKamasutra app, contacted me about doing some copywriting I was thrilled. It’s not every day that I am able to involve my girlfriend in “copywriting research.” After a good stretch, however, it was clear that Naim had an issue typical of all mobile developers: how do you write App Store descriptions? Today’s App Store descriptions are not only the marketplace version of an eHarmony profile, they serve as the basis of user reviews and press articles; often they serve as the only user manual a customer will ever read. Your App Store Descriptions shouldn't read like creepy online dating profiles.

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