6 Free Highly Useful Tools on the Internet Every Writer Needs

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” -Steve Martin

In recent years, there has been an exponential increase in professional writers and self-made entrepreneurs on the internet.

It has become incredibly popular for baby boomers to establish personal business ventures or writing projects during their retirements. With a wealth of platforms for networking, sharing information, and business promotion, the competition to stand out among many others is becoming increasingly steep. Here are some resources for writers and marketing professionals to ensure their content is of the highest caliber:

1) For editing: Grammarly

This program is incredibly helpful for proof-editing material. The best feature of Grammarly is that it works as an extension to your web browser, so it follows you to WordPress, Facebook, Linkedin, and Gmail. There’s nothing worse than having otherwise original and captivating content ruined by poor grammar or typing mistakes.

2) For graphics: BeFunky

The best way to bring attention to your articles and links is to have attractive visuals! BeFunky offers several different templates for blog titles, infographics, social media headers, and much more. The site is incredibly easy to use, and is linked up with Pixabay, so you don’t have to worry about hunting for free photos on the internet.

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3)For productivity: SelfControl 

With so many enticing distractions on the internet, getting through a productive workday requires a handsome amount of discipline. For those of you who need a little extra help, this program blocks a list of websites (of your choice) for any length of time ranging from one minute to 24 hours. Or, if you’re really bold, it has the function of only allowing you to a specific list of sites. Warning: there is no way to disable a block once you set it. Even deleting the application won’t unblock the site until the timer is up.

4) For research: TeddyCan

While I might be a tiny bit biased, it’s for a good reason. One of the key elements for producing exceptional writing is creating authentic content. For blogs that feature health, nutruitional or medical guidance, offering unique advice is incredibly difficult. Mainstream search engines function by spewing out the most relevant, popular information. Teddycan’s long-tail research engine pulls data from all over the internet, which gives you access to extremely valuable web content.

5) For networking management: Buffer

It won’t matter how fabulous your posts are, if you aren’t publishing them at the right times. Buffer is a very useful tool for scheduling and spacing out your posts on all of your social media sites. That way, you can feel assured that you are showcasing your content during the busiest traffic hours, and that you aren’t flooding your stream all at once.

6) For fundraising: TeddyCanPay

For those of you planning to launch a campaign, TeddyCan has another great service available. Their research engine is equipped with a point-based reward system, which adds up quite quickly for internet users that are active as bloggers. TeddyCanPay makes promoting your fundraiser exceptionally easy, and it also encourages others to donate their points at no cost to them. Talk about a win-win!