Top WordPress Plugins to Help You Write Better Content
Every blogger who wants to grow their site needs to write content consistently.
There are countless WordPress plugins that can help you develop this habit in no time.
In this article, you will discover the top WordPress plugins that you need to use to write better content and build a large audience.
What to Look for in a Writing Plugin
Before you pick a writing plugin, you need to make sure you’re selecting the right one for your needs. Not all plugins are alike and some will work better for you than others.
When looking for a plugin for writing content, make sure to check the one that lets you manage any of the following tasks.
First and foremost, a writing plugin must help you write great content. On its own, this may seem like overkill because the writing editor is quite minimalistic in nature. It’s hard to imagine there could be anything that could distract you from your writing.
But many plugins end up in the toolbar or around the editor screen, making it easier to get distracted. If you’re one of those bloggers who like to install dozens of plugins, you may end up with a mess that gets in the way of your writing.
So first and foremost, any plugin you install must help you write better content.
Grammar & Readability
The ability to put ideas together through writing is the most basic skill any blogger must-have. Add to this the passion to write and you are in a good starting position to make a career out of your writing.
But behind every good piece of content, there’s grammar—the rules that define your writing structure. While some grammar rules can be broken every now and then, you make too many grammar mistakes your readers won’t enjoy the piece. They will feel that something off, and that will be your grammar.
A good writing plugin should let you find and fix these mistakes so you can publish every piece and feel safe your readers will enjoy the piece.
Similarly, you must make your content easy to read. Grammar on its own doesn’t translate into readability. (If you have ever read a research paper, you will probably know what I mean.) You want your content to be grammatically correct and easy to read.
That’s why the writing plugins you choose should come with some sort of readability score, like the Flesch-Kincaid, which tells you how easy it is for the reader based on the length of your sentences, the use of words, and other factors.
A lack of grammar mistakes and a good readability score will guarantee that your readers will enjoy your content without any problems.
Just as your content needs to be grammatically correct and easy to read, you need to proofread your content before publishing it.
You wouldn’t believe how many parts of a piece I change after I write it. When you write something, you may think it is “good enough” for you, but on a second look, the sentences that looked good before don’t sound right later.
The writing plugins you use must assist you in this process and make it easier for you to improve your content.
Your content isn’t an island. Every piece you publish should be focused on driving traffic so your site can grow every time you hit the “Publish” button.
Search Engine Optimization, or SEO in short, should be one of the first and most important promotional channels you should consider. It will help you drive organic—i.e., free—traffic in hoards. It does take time to see results, but when they do, you will thank yourself for having spent the time working on it.
To optimize your content for SEO, you want to use a plugin that optimizes your article for a keyword. That way, the Google bot will understand what your piece is about and will rank it for the terms you optimize it for.
Besides SEO, you should also think about other marketing channels to promote your content on. Email marketing is one of them.
Unlike SEO, email marketing allows you to build an audience as if it was in a bottle—you “own” the traffic and so you control how much (or little) of it you get. To do that, you need an email list.
To build an email list, you need to offer something to your readers so they sign up for your email list. Whether you use lead magnets or some other type of content, every piece should have some type of free offer embedded in an opt-in form, like this pop-up I show in one of my pieces.
At first, you can write and publish every piece you write as you go. But eventually, you want to develop an editorial plan that organizes your efforts.
This editorial plan will break down every step of the writing process—such as researching, outlining, writing, editing, and so on—helping you become much more efficient and effective at writing.
A writing plugin that organizes and plans your editorial process will transform your blog into a content machine that won’t stop growing.
When you are a team of one, there’s no collaboration needed. But once your blog starts to grow, you will need to work with others. Writers, editors, designers, marketers, and many others will become part of your blogging machine. And to collaborate in an organized manner, you will need a plugin.
A plugin that lets you collaborate with other team members should let you see who’s in charge of every task, it should improve the default account permissions—e.g., admin, editor, etc.—and it should make it easy to work with others so every cog in the machine is well-oiled.
What Are the Top 10 WordPress Writing Plugins?
The next 10 writing plugins will help you with one or more of the tasks mentioned above. All are free, although some do offer premium plans, and easy to use.
If there’s one writing plugin any blogger should use, I’d say Yoast SEO is the one. Ever since I started writing online over eight years ago, Yoast SEO has been the plugin that has followed me in every project.
With Yoast SEO, you can get a clear picture of your keyword optimization. All you have to do is add your desired keyword and the plugin will tell you how well optimized your page is. You will also get a readability score which will tell you if your page is easy to read.
There are many more advanced technical SEO aspects that this plugin covers, making your site easier to rank in the search engines. If organic traffic is what you want, Yoast SEO is the plugin to use.
- Easy-to-use on-site optimization panel with both basic and advanced suggestions.
- Readability analysis to make your content easier to read and enjoy.
- Snippet preview to see how your article will look on the search engines.
Editorial Calendar is a plugin that organizes your entire work in one place. Inside the calendar, you will be able to see when you will publish each post, when you should have them ready for, and change the dates as you deem necessary.
Just drag and drop your posts to change their dates. Click on them and you will be able to edit them right in the spot. With Editorial Calendar, you will be able to organize your publishing efforts and bring clarity to your business.
- Schedule your articles and see when they will be published.
- Drag and drop to change your post dates.
- Edit post titles, contents, and times without leaving the menu.
SEMrush SEO Writing Assistant is the plugin from the industry-leading software company SEMrush. Unlike its premium SaaS tool, SEO Writing Assistant helps you check your posts’ on-site optimization for free.
Besides the SEO benefits, this plugin checks for plagiarism and tone of voice. If you work with other writers, then these two features are worth gold.
- Get a content quality check based on its readability, text length, and target keywords used.
- Make your content easier to read with a Flesch-Kincaid analysis.
- Get keyword recommendations based on their volume and difficulty.
The WProofreader plugin is an automatic spelling and grammar checker. Not only you get your content proofread, but you also get it done in multiple languages, including German, Spanish, and Italian.
You can choose between getting your content proofread as you write it or all at once in a separate pop-up window. Whatever the case, you can find and fix every grammar mistake on the spot without having to worry about your writing quality.
- Check your spelling in every post.
- Correct every grammar mistake before publishing to guarantee your editorial standards.
- Get automatic proofreading in half a dozen languages.
Just Writing is a plugin that lets you get rid of every distraction on your screen in just one click. If you have more buttons in your toolbar than you need but that you don’t want to get rid of, then this plugin will come handy.
The name of this plugin says it all: get in front of your computer, open your blog post draft, and just write. If you need a specific button, add it with one of the predefined commands.
- Get rid of all the distracting screen buttons in one click.
- Use commands to add toolbar elements as you please without getting all the buttons at once.
- Hide the word count and the editor mode bar.
Publish to Schedule is a plugin that allows you to organize your publishing schedule in one place. This plugin comes particularly handy if you publish many posts per day or per week. If you want to avoid getting more than one post per day, or if you want more posts published in one day but not another, this plugin will make it really easy to do.
Just configure the days of the week to publish, the number of posts to publish per day, and their time interval. Then, the plugin will automatically schedule your posts for these days with no more than the number you specified.
- Schedule the time and date of your publishing dates in one click.
- Schedule the number of posts you want to publish per day of the week.
- Get a small calendar notification above the “Publish to Schedule” button to know which dates are available to publish each post.
Copyright Spoof is a plugin that stops people from stealing your content. If you have ever copied and pasted content from one site, this plugin would forbid you to do so.
Each time someone will try to copy your content, they will get a copyright notice that proves your ownership, protects your copyright and your content. To prove your copyright claims, you can get a digitally signed and time-stamped certificate for each post.
- Forbid competitors to steal and use your content.
- Get a copyright certificate for each post.
- Add a copyright badge at the bottom of every post.
Edit Flow allows you to collaborate with your writing team inside your admin page. Get a look of your content calendar, see who’s responsible for each part of your publishing schedule, and manage the permissions appropriately.
Unlike the default user permissions, Edit Flow lets you create custom user groups based on their function. You can also communicate within each post with other members.
- Get a look at your publishing schedule in one place.
- Check the work each member of your team is doing.
- Collaborate freely with other members of your company.
Blog2Social is a plugin that automatically shares new posts in your favorite social networks. You can cross-promote each post in different sites and schedule your messages upfront.
This plugin even finds the best time to publish each message for each network so you can get the maximum exposure in each one. You can also add personal comments, hashtags, handles, emojis, and even add an image or animated GIF in each post.
- Share your posts on 14 different networks.
- Repost old posts.
- Edit your posts’ markup to re-publishing them on Medium.
OptinMonster is one of the top companies for list building. Their WordPress plugin allows you to create half a dozen different types of campaigns to offer your free content to your readers and get them to subscribe to your email list.
This tool will not just make your blog a place to publish your content, but one where you can actually build an audience around. It can seem quite complex if you’re not experienced at digital marketing, but if you use it right, you will be able to grow your email list fast.
- Use exit-intent technology to catch those visitors who want to leave your site and get them to become email subscribers.
- Split-test campaigns to increase your conversion rates.
- Integrate your blog to over a dozen email marketing providers, including Mailchimp, AWeber, Drip, and ConvertKit, among others.
Start Writing Better Content
Developing a site with incredible content that makes readers go back over and over takes time and effort. These 10 writing plugins will make it easier for you to not just create magnetic content your audience won’t resist, but to build an audience around your blog.