I don’t know what’s worse… listening to Justin Bieber on repeat for an hour or reading lame blog posts. The point of creating content is to have it shared to the masses in order to grow your business and build your brand. People want to be inspired, educated, satisfied, and entertained. Creating content people can benefit from is your goal. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut producing the same boring stuff. Do you feel like you’re at your wit’s end? Try these 5 simple solutions to make your content generation easier—guaranteed.

1. HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator & Portent’s Content Idea Generator

Sometimes the hardest part of content generation is… you guessed it… generating the content! HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator can help you break through writer’s block by suggesting fun, relevant, SEO-friendly headlines to make even the pickiest reader want to open your link! Simply plug in 3 keywords you want to write about, and it will generate 5 headlines for you to choose from. Voila!

Hubspot blog topic generator

Another useful content generator is Portent’s Content Idea Generator. This one is a bit more whimsical and quirky but just as effective! Plug in the topic you want to write about, and it will generate a headline. Don’t like what it came up with? You can click the refresh button next to the input box, and it will deliver a brand new headline each time. Talk about keeping you on your toes

Portents Content Idea Generator

2. Giphy

You see ‘em… it’s hard not to notice. You know what I’m talking about—those blog posts with the perfect GIFs that make you wonder where did they find that?!

So how can you easily get your hands on epic GIFs to take your content to the next level? Giphy allows you to search thousands of animated GIFs by tags making it simple to find the perfect one to optimize your content. Add them to your blog posts, social updates, or to an email to lift your cubemate’s spirit. Mystery solved. Bonus: download the Giphy Chrome Extension for even faster access to animation nation.

giphy

3. Hemingway App

 It’s important to make your content concise, to the point, and easy to read. Appropriately coined after the great Ernest Hemingway himself, the Hemingway App is the ultimate tool to check the readability of your content. Just paste your written piece into the app, and it will analyze your writing and reveal opportunities to make it less complicated. It’s best to aim for a 10th grade reading level or lower for optimal readability. Extra features: it also identifies hard-to-read sentences, uses of passive voice, and provides a word count!

hemingway app 

4. Headline Analyzer

The real success of your content is determined by how powerful your headline is.

Take these stats from Copyblogger:

80% of people will read your headline

BUT…

Only 20% will read the rest of your post

Nothing determines click-rate more than this one liner. Building the perfect headline is a science… It needs to contain the mix of emotional and power words, be readable, and command the attention of your reader. Headline Analyzer can help you perfectly craft captivating, high-quality headlines that will drive traffic, social shares, and SEO value.

headline analyzer

headline analyzer

5. Death to the Stock Photo

It’s no secret we live in a world driven by what we see… pictures, videos, GIFs, etc… They are a necessary evil in content marketing. Plain text doesn’t cut it anymore. Content with visuals gain more attention, increase engagement, and drive more leads than those without. I mean really… no one wants to read blocks of text unless they’re reading a book (and who reads those anymore? Ew.)

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Spice up your blog posts with quality images from Death to the Stock Photo. Get a fresh batch of unique photos to your email inbox each week… for free. Use them for social media, blog posts, or add words to them using Canva.

death to the stock photo

 

If these tools didn’t motivate you to write a 1,000-word post, I don’t know what will! I can see all the ideas flooding your imagination now—bless your heart. Because writing original content boosts SEO rankings, improves traffic, and gains exposure, you need to be on top of your game. Time to go back to the drawing board and incorporate these 5 life hacks to the mix to make the most of your time, energy, and creativity. Now for the love of your readership, go write awesome content!

 

Elizabeth Dickerson

Elizabeth Dickerson is the Creative Marketing Lead at Kinetix, specializing in Graphic Design + Video Production. She uses her mad skills and desire to make an unforgettable visual impact to bring all things media, design, and video to life in the HR and Recruitment Marketing world. Want to hang? She's probably in the gym or the editing room drinking cold-brew coffee, so find her best on Twitter or LinkedIn, or email her at edickerson@kinetixhr.com.