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77 Free Content Marketing and Writing Tools [Updated 17 March]

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This will be the year of content marketing; for the startups, at least.
 
Every business is busy building products that solve problems. But, is it the only thing that they need? Making it a success requires careful content distribution plans driven by unique values and focus on customer issues. If you aren’t sure how marketing content pieces will help, Content Marketing Tips For Startups will help you.
 
Luckily, generating and promoting content has become a lot easier in the last few years. There are so many tools that help even the non-marketers put their word out and win. Here is our list of tools that your business should be using.

Content Marketing Ideas

1. Buzzsumo: Find out what content gets the maximum numbers of shares. Create content on similar topics. 
 
2. Quora: Not sure what your audience will like to read? Open Quora, select your industry and find out questions they are asking. This will help you create engaging posts.

 

3. Portent: Pick up any random words and get ideas on topics to write about. Portent makes it possible.

 

4. Hubspot Topic Generator: Hubspot has a similar headline generator for inspiration.

 

5. Keyword Planner: Take Google’s help when you are trying to write on most searched phrases.

 

6. Twitter Trending: A definitive meter for popular/trending stories.

 

7. Competitors’ Blog: Who’s your biggest competitor? Are they industry leader? Look at their style of content marketing and use some of the ideas.

 

8. Alltop: Most popular stories across the web.

 

9. Analytics: Running short of ideas? Look in your own workshop and find out what has fetched you traffic in the past.

10. Few others: Reddit, Google Plus Trending & Mashable

Content Writing

11. Zenpen: Is it difficult for you to sit and write without distractions? Open this website and close everything else. 

 

12. Hemingway App: It helps make writing concise and free of fluff. Simply paste your content in the app and make it better based on suggestions.

 

13. Readability Test: Find out how easy is it to read your content here.

 

14. Headline Emotional Value: This simple test tells you the tone of a headline. Try it.

 

15. Medium: Hailed as the future of reading, Medium keeps you aware on what others are writing about.

 

16. Trello: Track content calendar, deliverables and everything else at one place.

 

17. Liberio: Write content, upload, publish eBook. It’s is that simple with Liberio from Google.

 

18. StoryWars: The art of storytelling is for everyone now. Start working on one right away.

 

19. Grammarly: Move over Microsoft Word green and red underlines. Grammarly turbo charges your grammar control.

 

20. Wunderlist: Keep your content strategy in sync with life with this one.
 

Content Images

 
21. Pixabay: Free of copyright images. You can download and modify images, illustration, and vector graphics.

 

22. Pixlr: The simplest way to create and edit images for your blog.

 

23. Kraken: Optimize images to make them load faster.

 

24. Infogram: Create beautiful infographs, presentations, and reports. 

 

25. Recite This: Make any quote a visually appealing one with this tool.

 

26. Meme Gen: Memes are a big part of content strategy for startups. Get your hands on good ones here.
 

Content Distribution

 
27. Hootsuite: The one platform to rule them all. Hootsuite controls all your social media accounts.

 

28. Buffer Free: Similar tool for social media scheduling and distribution.

 

29. Medium: Create your own publication at Medium. Their newsletter goes out to a million readers.

 

30. LinkedIn Publishing: Another giant of the content marketing network.

 

31. Google Plus: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are a no-brainer. Sharing on G+ fetches you love from Google.

 

31. MailChimp: Planning on a mass emailer? MailChimp allows uploading 2k contacts and up to 12k emails a month for free. 

 

32. Contacts Bar: Collect email addresses of people visiting your website with this one.

 

33. Contact Form 7 for WordPress:Similar tool.

 

34. Hello Bar: Similar email collection bar.

 

35.SumoMe Starter Pack: Floater bars for social media shares and email collection.

 

36. Add This: Add shareable boxes to your site to get more social media traction.

 

37. Disqus: Do away with your old comment box and make way for Disqus. The best way to build comment community.

 

38. Reddit: Discussions on content.

 

39. Quora: Answer with your content link.

 

40. Bitly: Create and share shortened URLs.   

 

41. Klout: One of the better content marketing tools for startups in 2017. Find out if someone is an influencer on social media. Ask them to share your content.

 

42. Share Count: Track how is your blog content performing over social media.

 

43. PR Web: Send out your press releases for free.

 

44. Later: One of the few apps to schedule Instagram posts. It’s a must-have resource for B2C content strategy.

 

45. SlideShare: Create slides of your content and distribute here.
 

Content Strategy ROI

46. Google Analytics: Create trend charts to find out the best performing content marketing strategy. 
 
47.Lead Capture: Keep a tab of number of leads generated with your CRM or Analytics goals.

 

48. Open Site Explorer: Number of backlinks for your website.

 

49. Buzzsumo: Top performing content pieces for your blog. 
 
Miscellaneous Free Content Marketing and Writing Tools
 
50. Logaster: Create free logo for your brand online.
 
51. Withoomph: Another logo creator.
 
52. Hipster: Another.
 
53. Strikingly: Make mobile optimized websites.
 
54. Naminum: Find the perfect name for your project or business.
 
55. Impossibility: Generate better domain names.
 
56. Lean Domain: Similar tool.
 
57. Dropbox: Free cloud space.
 
58. Social Rank: Analyze followers.
 
59. Hash Tag: Find everything about a hashtag.
 
60. Ahrefs: Increase search traffic and get complete backlink analysis for your website.
 
61. SEO Site Checkup: Find your SEO grade.
 
62. Alexa: Amazon’s powerful marketing and SEO tool.
 
63. Search Engine Page Ranking: Where do you rank for a keyword?
 
64. Open Link Profiler: Backlink profiling.
 
65. Keyword Tool: An alternative to Google’s Keyword Planner.
 
66. Broken Link Checker: Find 404s with Ninja.
 
67. Page Speed: Ensure that your website is mobile friendly and loads quickly.

 

Bonus 10 Added This Week (17 March):

68. Social Locker: Taking money for content is ‘asking too much’. How about visitors paying you with a social share? Use Social Locker.

 

69. Hello Bar: Generate an email list with the sticky Hello Bar.

 

70. Spruce: Optimize images for Twitter posting in seconds.

 

71. Riffle: Free social profile of any user on Twitter. Great for prospecting.

 

72. Tally: Engage users through polls. Create them here.

 

73. Material Palette: Ensure that your website typography and font compliments the material palette.

 

74. Adaptive Background: Color extractor.

 

75. Type Genius: Pick font setup to compliment your blog theme.

 

76. FontFaceNinaje: Find what font a website uses in seconds

 

77. StartupDigest: Weekly tips that don’t suck.

Ishan Mathur

Ishan is a published author, blogger, content and growth marketer. He's the guy behind SnapWryt and Copy Chronicles communities.

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