What do you use to write content

by brians34 26 replies
Do you just use Word or Notepad when you write content for an article or your website or do you use a program to help you keep up with word count, keyword placement, and links?
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  • Profile picture of the author stephanreek
    Originally Posted by brians34 View Post

    Do you just use Word or Notepad when you write content for an article or your website or do you use a program to help you keep up with word count, keyword placement, and links?
    I use word but I think this really depends on the person I think it doesn't really matter what you use to write the content.
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  • Profile picture of the author romesaranto
    Yes, typically you can start with word. I'm not real sure what you asking about keyword placement, and links? Do you mean when submitting to a blog or an article directory?
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  • Profile picture of the author Doctor Derp
    Byword or WriteRoom, TextEdit or Sublime Text 2
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  • Profile picture of the author Roy Carter
    Sometimes, if you write your article in Word and then try to copy and paste into the article directories or an article distribution tool, you can find that because of the weird formatting that Word uses you can end up with those annoying squiggles and unusual characters that you then have tyo go back and delete.

    For that reason I would use a text editor like Notepad.
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  • Profile picture of the author johnben1444
    I use word most often because of the word count. If there is a special need i will then transfer the content to notepad.
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  • Profile picture of the author angela99
    Originally Posted by brians34 View Post

    Do you just use Word or Notepad when you write content for an article or your website or do you use a program to help you keep up with word count, keyword placement, and links?
    I use TextMate (Mac) -- TextMate -- it's a very powerful text editor.

    Why I use it:

    * It creates text documents, which I can work with on any computer, and which will be useable years from now. I never need to worry about formats ten years from today.

    * It creates Markdown docs -- Daring Fireball: Markdown (simple text to HTML conversion). This is important, because I write for the Web.

    TextMate previews Markdown docs, but I've found that Marked -- Marked: MultiMarkdown preview, everywhere is the simplest way to do that. I just drag Markdown docs to Marked, for an instant, updating preview as I write.

    Markdown is wonderful. It's much easier to write and read than HTML when you're creating it, and it converts to HTML at a click.

    I'm not a Windows person, so I haven't tried it, but Markdown Pad -- MarkdownPad - The Markdown Editor for Windows -- does Markdown, and it's free.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers

    Angela
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    • Profile picture of the author Doctor Derp
      Originally Posted by angela99 View Post

      I use TextMate (Mac) -- TextMate -- it's a very powerful text editor.

      Why I use it:

      * It creates text documents, which I can work with on any computer, and which will be useable years from now. I never need to worry about formats ten years from today.

      * It creates Markdown docs -- Daring Fireball: Markdown (simple text to HTML conversion). This is important, because I write for the Web.

      TextMate previews Markdown docs, but I've found that Marked -- Marked: MultiMarkdown preview, everywhere is the simplest way to do that. I just drag Markdown docs to Marked, for an instant, updating preview as I write.

      Markdown is wonderful. It's much easier to write and read than HTML when you're creating it, and it converts to HTML at a click.

      I'm not a Windows person, so I haven't tried it, but Markdown Pad -- MarkdownPad - The Markdown Editor for Windows -- does Markdown, and it's free.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers

      Angela
      Markdown FTW!!

      Angela, you need to checkout Mou App!! Mou - Markdown editor for web developers, on Mac OS X

      Combine it with Marked for fun and games
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  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Parker
    I personally use Microsoft Word 2007. Fast and easy!
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  • Profile picture of the author stephenwaldo
    I use Web Content Studio (non aff. link) to write anything that I know will be published online...It makes SEO+LSI super duper easy. If I'm writing for my own or a clients website, I use it because it automatically scrapes the web for LSI keywords for your primary keyword phrase, it displays word count and keyword usage as you write, and on top of that it includes a research assistant, article templates, and html source code for what you write.

    Look at me...I sound like a salesman! But really and truly I just love the product.

    Otherwise, if I'm writing an e-book or an e-mail series, generally I will just defer to Open Office...It's free and better than Word! Well, that's probably debateable, but in my opinion anyways.

    I also use X Mind to create mind-maps for big projects or to outline a content-plan for a website.
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  • Profile picture of the author eibhlin
    I use Libre Office, which is a more robust version of Open Office, but it's also free. However, I usually save one copy of whatever-it-is as plain text when I'm writing for the Internet, because it reduces (doesn't eliminate) all the weird characters that don't copy well to a web format.

    Lately, I've also been using the free voice-recognition software that comes with Windows 7. That will write to Notepad or Wordpad. I can accomplish a lot more with that software, and -- for me, anyway -- it's been at least 95% accurate, straight out of the box.

    I agree with the idea of not writing with specific keywords, density, etc., in mind. Let the words flow naturally. When I do that, LSI kicks in on its own. It's not forced.

    After I've written my article, I might check keywords to see if I should include any others. That's mostly so people who need my article can find it. I don't pay much attention to keyword density, and -- in light of changes in Google's views about "too perfect" SEO -- I think it's smart to write for your readers, not for SEO.
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  • Profile picture of the author freehosting2012
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    I use OpenOffice
    Respect opensource.
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    • Profile picture of the author JEasy
      Mostly Word with a little Notepad sprinkled in here and there. I've been thinking about using Open Office lately.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Maybe I should just go looking for my tar pit now, but some of my best stuff first see the light of day via notepad.

    Not Notepad, the computer utility.

    Notepad, covered with pencil smudges which form letters and words. The yellow legal pad.

    For some reason, I seem to be more creative with pen/pencil and paper.

    For moving content online, I use Open Office a lot lately.
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    Word and occasionally Open Office, Writer. I don't use anything to keep up with keyword count because keywords have little or nothing to do with writing.
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  • Profile picture of the author clickcentive
    Microsoft word here. Or I pay someone to write articles for me
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  • Profile picture of the author IMHunter
    I mostly use Microsoft Word but I have started to use Open Office too.
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    • Profile picture of the author jimmymc
      I use word because I can't spell worth a damn anymore... and notepad++ good for markup and JS and PHP.

      OO is pretty good also.

      For print and kindle books I use Pageplus x6 for now but I think x7 is coming soon.
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    I like Word- notepad is just too basic- no spelling or grammar check, word count, etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elluminati
    Lately, I've been using my phone a lot. I seem to get the best ideas when I'm out and about instead of sitting in front of my laptop ready to work. So, I'll open my email, type and save. Eventually I copy and paste it to Word.
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  • Profile picture of the author Runner900
    Yep, word for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Microsoft Word. I have a nice toolbar that keeps track of my word count.
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