Recently I posted a query on my Facebook page asking what plugins bloggers felt were essential to make their blogging easier, more effective and more fun. Several people mentioned Scribe, the brainchild of Brian Clark of Copyblogger fame.
I have a monthly subscription to Scribe and I confess, I haven't used it much, only because it's not top of mind, not because it's not a fantastic tool. I was grateful that several people reminded me that I need to back on track.
I also get a lot of questions about search engine optimization (SEO) and how to find and use keywords. I'm the first to admit that I'm not an SEO expert. Optimizing your content for keywords is as much a science as an art. It's possible to adequately optimize your blog posts with your natural writing style and focusing on a central theme in your post.
But wouldn't be nice to have a tool that will help you optimize your content?
If you use Wordpress, you can install Scribe as a plugin. If, like me, you use TypePad, you can use the web-based version of Scribe.
To quote the Scribe website:
Scribe is a search engine optimization software service that analyzes the content of web pages, blog posts, online press releases, or any other web content ... all at the click of a button.
Next, Scribe reports back and tells you how to tweak your content to get better search engine rankings and more traffic, all while maintaining quality reader-focused copy.
Click here to grab your free SEO copywriting report. [An excellent report by Brian Clark]
Scribe is simple to use. Type or paste your content into the form, add a title and description, then click the "Analyze Content" button. You get a score and detailed report about your keywords, suggested keywords and tips to improve your content so it is better optimized for the search engines. [Here's a video demo you can check out.]
The analysis takes the complexity and mystery out of optimizing your content. You can edit your content quickly and then publish.
I received an email last week announcing even more cool features coming soon: a keyword research tool and a link-building tool. All your SEO tools in one place. Now, I use Wordtracker's free tool, but in the future I can do it all from Scribe so it will be an even faster process to find the right keywords and strategic internal and external links for my posts.
I do want to be clear. This is fee-based service. Monthly fees range from $17 to $97 based on the number of pages and sites you want to optimize on a monthly basis. Of course you can do this on your own. For me, though, it's faster to have a tool do it for me and the results are much better.
If you're already using Scribe, what's your experience been? Are you getting more traffic? Better conversions? More subscribers? I'd love to know how it's working for you.
Note: I'm an affiliate for Scribe and earn a small commission if you subscribe through my link.
P.S. I ran this post through the Scribe tool and got 100%! Forgot to mention, too, that you get a list of suggested tags for your post. No more guesswork!