The Very Best Blogging and Writing Tools for Creating Content
The very best blogging and writing tools for creating content are designed to make your life easier, simpler, more convenient, and ultimately to convert your readers into subscribers to your blog or site.
In my last post I extolled the fact that I had a GPS program in the rental car I had to drive from one airport to the other while in London.
That navigational tool was a huge time saver and stress reducer, especially as I was driving in a completely unfamiliar place, at night, and on the opposite side of the road from what I am accustomed to.
Likewise, when you're unfamiliar with how to set up a blog, a website, or the ins and outs of content creation and platforms, having some tools at your disposal to make your job a lot easier can save a lot of time and significantly reduce your stress so you can get on with the task of creating great content.
In this post, I'm going to share the actual content building platform that I use for this site and the benefits I receive from using it.
The Thrive Content Builder
I've tried so many different WordPress based themes and content building systems that I couldn't tell you the number I've gone through.
Then, late last year I was introduced to Thrive Themes by another blogger in another private Facebook group I belonged to at the time.
And am I ever happy that he introduced me to this content building system that has single-handedly and significantly improved my content creation, SEO, and site design capabilities.
In my opinion, the Thrive Themes Content Builder has no real competitor, at least at the present time. And in this post I'll explain why I personally feel this way.
Thrive's Content Builder Is Real WYSIWYG
When I'm creating content, like this piece I'm doing at the moment, I am doing so right on the same screen that you're reading from. This is truly WYSIWYG or "what you see is what you get."
Check out the screen shot below of part of this post as I'm actually building the content. I'm typing on the actual screen that you're reading. How cool is that?
And that's the kind of content builder I had wished to have for a long, long time. And that's what the team at Thrive Themes have created.
I don't need to type on one screen, then click view to see what it's going to look at on another screen.
I don't need to drag boxes and boarders around, then check to see if what I've created actually looks anything like what I want it to, only to find out that it doesn't look like I want it to look. Everything I do with this content building platform is right on the live screen.
And I love that. It saves me so much time and is so easy to use that it makes me giddy. And there isn't too much that can make me giddy.
But this content builder offers a lot more, and I do mean a lot more, than simply WYSIWYG content building capability.
Plugins, Landing Pages, Opt-in Forms and Call To Action Buttons
This is where the Thrive Themes Content Builder really starts to thoroughly beat all other content building platforms.
Although you can use any WordPress plugins you'd like to use with this content builder, the team at Thrive Themes have designed their own unique plugins to make your content creation and site optimisation tasks a lot easier.
Do you need a landing page for your site? No problem. At present, with this content builder you have instant access to 137 different landing page templates to choose from and you can edit these templates to suit your design requirements.
"I have never found designing a landing page as easy as this."
The quote share button right above this sentence? It's built right into the content builder's "Simple Content Elements," which you work with on the right side of the page as you're building your post. No need for an extra plugin.
How about opt-in forms, call to action buttons and plugins?
The Thrive Themes Content Builder comes with everything you need, designed by the Thrive Themes team specifically for this builder and with the goal of speed, convenience and ease-of-use.
Adding Images and Video To Your Posts
This builder has you covered in both areas. Adding images is a piece of cake, and I get to add them right on the actual screen that you're reading so that, I'll repeat it again, it's truly WYSIWYG. So easy, fast, convenient and simple to use.
How about adding a video? No problem. The one below literally took me 15 seconds or less to add. And you can choose from 14 different styles. I chose the grey monitor for this one. It's super easy, will save you so much time, really makes your blog look great, and really helps to connect with your audience and build your authority and trust with them.
By the way, watch this video, which I made back on March 1st of this year (2016) for some inspiration.
More and more content building elements and lots of training too!
There are simply way too many content building elements that you can add to your posts and pages with the content builder from Thrive Themes for me to mention here.
And the Thrive team is continually designing and adding new elements to the builder so you can do anything you need to do, whether you're setting up an online store to sell physical or digital products.
Need credit card icons? You're covered!
Social share buttons? Covered!
Styled list? Covered!
A countdown timer for your landing pages? Covered!
I'm pretty sure you get the picture by now.
But there's more.
This team also provides you with great training videos and articles to help you understand the most important aspects of site design, which are all focused on converting your readers into subscribers.
And last, but not least, there are the Thrive Themes to choose from. The one I'm currently using is the Minus theme, which is a fairly minimalistic one.
I'd highly recommend you check them out at Thrive Themes. Take some time to watch the video there and try out the content builder if you'd like to do so.
Please note that this is a premium service and in full disclosure I am enrolled in their affiliate program. However, I never recommend anything I do not personally use and I do use and highly recommend the Thrive Themes WordPress Themes and Plugins.
In my next post, I'm going to introduce the method that I use to stay 100 percent focused and undistracted when I'm writing and creating content. I know you'll find it as practical and helpful as I do.