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May 27, 2015

15 Free Tools That Make Content Creation Easier

Internet content creation is a massive industry, for obvious reasons, and now there are tools out there to help you more easily create that content. The problem is, you have to create and build original content, while maintaining a reasonable level of quality that still appeals to your target audience. Find the right tools for the job, and the whole process becomes a lot easier and more efficient.

Writing and Editing Tools

1. Copyscape

This is a piece of software that will tell you if the content you just purchased is indexed on a search engine. If it is already on a search engine, then you may have problems if you want to post it online because the search engines will consider it duplicate content. There are plenty of times when your original content may appear to be duplicated, such as if you enter a lot of quotes. With this tool, you will be able to see if your content “appears” or “is” plagiarized/duplicate content.

2. Essay Mama

At, you have the option of allowing other people to do your work for you, or the option of using its tools. For example, if you are writing an academic piece, you can use its citation generator. It has a large team of writers specializing in numerous different subjects. The writers have a range of qualifications, which means you have a large pool of talent to choose from. Essay Mama can handle most subjects and can create content at a pace and deadline that suits you.

3. Paper Rater

This is a very good tool if you are looking to fix errors in your work. It is built to rate your work to see how it fairs as a whole, but like all rating tools it is severely flawed. What is “not” severely flawed is its error checking capacity. It will point out your grammatical and spelling errors and offer suggestions if you have made errors. It is more customizable than most tools because you can select options that suit the purpose of your work. On the whole, as a spelling and grammar checker, it is a fine tool that you can use completely online if you wish.

Design Tools

4. Dafont

This is a tool that allows you to pick a font. Your computer and/or your content only has a limited number of fonts. For most people, their current selection of fonts is enough. If you feel you need more, maybe for marketing or promotional appeal, then you can use this tool. You can pick from the fonts and then install them onto your computer or into your content. The tool gives simple instructions on how you may install the fonts.

5. PicMonkey

As the name suggests, this is a tool that allows you to fix up and alter your pictures. It is an image-altering tool that offers the basics and then moves on to add its own features. There are a lot of image altering tools on the Internet, but this one has been around for a while so it deserves a little respect. You can use templates and there are plenty of artistic effects you can use within the tool.

6. Canva

This design tool is primarily used by people to create attractive covers or blog images. This software is very easy to use. You do not have to have any experience creating or designing to use it. It does most of the hard work for you — it is just up to you to pick what you want.

7. Google Fonts

Google gives away a great many tools and services for free where other companies charge for them. It has more than 600 font families that you can choose from. The fonts are already packaged so they are easy to install, and there are so many to choose from that you need never pay for a font again. We should be thankful Google gives away so many services and tools because the alternative would be paying for them.

8. Stupeflix

Add in and mix up videos, images, music, sound effects and voiceovers. Some of the functions you will have to do outside of the tool and then insert them in, but the same is true for most online video creators. The key selling point for this tool is the fact it is easy to use and can be used to create very informative pieces of work while also using images — and it is often difficult trying to keep a users’ attention with images on a video.

9. Wideo

Create video online with this tool. You must sign up to use this service or, buy a subscription if you want to make a video longer than forty-five minutes. You can try the tool for free initially, but the goal is to have you purchase a subscription and they are not shy about ramming the idea down your throat. Create content that you use to promote your services, or create it to sell the services of your boss.


Design and build infographics with this tool. This tool has some very powerful chart creation functions that you can use to build charts that look good on infographics. Since there are a lot of Web masters and publishers who like infographics, it is always a good idea to have a tool or two that can help you produce them.

Screenshot Tools

11. Jing

With this tool, you can take snapshots of the screen and share them via social media. The tool, which allows you to download a snapshot, makes taking screenshots very easy because you do not have to open up a paint file to paste the screenshot on. You can present your screenshots and/or post them to social media as per your own needs.

12. Awesome Screenshot

Maybe this tool over promotes itself a little with its name, but it is not a bad screenshot taker. You can take your shorts and store them online, or send them to your work friends, colleagues or boss. It is fairly easy to use, it is quick, efficient and doesn’t require an overly complex user setup.

13. Monosnap

You can take screenshots and download them with this screenshot tool. You can also add items to your shots. For example, you can annotate areas or point things out. You can highlight areas and change what is shown to fit the content you are creating. You can highlight by pointing something out, or you can highlight by making the rest of the screen blurred or dull. You may also store your screenshots on the Monosnap cloud service too.

Organizing Tools

14. Thinglink

This allows you to organize your work once it is posted online. For example, if you are trying to see how well people are interacting with your work, then you can use this tool to create the links and then see how often they are being clicked on via the analytics functions available.

15. Mindnode

This is a mind-mapping tool that allows you to get your ideas down without worrying about how they connect. You can bunch up your ideas and then link them together. For example, you may have several themes and each theme has several ideas. You could link the ideas based on what resources are needed, or based on what timeframe you have to see the ideas through.


Jessica Millis, or just Jess. She is a writer, freelance editor and even a memoir ghostwriter ( shh! ), in some way. Also Jessica works at an online writing agency as a writing consultant. Connect with her through Twitter and Google+.