Evernote – How to do Content Writing the EASY Way

How to do Content WritingI have frequently puzzled over how to do content writing in an efficient manner. Introducing Evernote to my workflow procedures has ended my puzzlement and provided a robust solution. Evernote is a phenomenal resource that has organized my blogging life and enabled enormous efficiencies. I can now work on several posts simultaneously with measurable time savings.

I would like to share my Evernote experience with you in hopes that you too may benefit from this program. We all work in different ways, but there are similarities regarding desired results. At the very least, this may give you some useful ideas.

What is Evernote?

Evernote is a freemium software application that, quite simply, allows you to store anything and everything that you might find of interest, to read or use later. I use Evernote for Windows, but it’s available on multiple platforms and devices including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones.

Think of it as a digital repository where you can store and organize all of your notes in folders (called notebooks). Evernote is cloud-based which means you can sync data between your desktop and phone creating even greater flexibility. Your “notes” can include text, photos, graphic images, clippings from web articles, scanned documents and other digital components.

Evernote Benefits for Bloggers

Evernote’s been around for several years. But even if you’re very familiar with the product, you may not have Evernote Iconconsidered the value from the perspective of organizing your blog content. I’ve seen a huge boost in productivity, and I think you will too.

Many bloggers struggle with the need to stay on schedule and produce quality content on a consistent basis. An organized approach is essential to success in this effort. Evernote is an indispensable tool and my solution to this issue.

Here’s How I Use Evernote

The blogs on my website are currently organized into the following seven categories:

  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Blogging Tips & Resources
  • Keyword Research
  • Making Money Online
  • Passive Income
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Website Design

I have between one and four blogs in each of these respective categories. Furthermore, I plan to focus future blogs around these seven topical areas. So, my first step involved creating notebooks with these category titles. I am now able to add notes to each of the established notebooks.

As I write future articles, each article will revolve around a main keyword. Use of keywords is essential for search engine optimization. My approach has been to invest time performing keyword research and identifying at least three appropriate keywords for each of my seven focus areas. I then created notes for each anticipated article using my keyword as the working title of the post. As a result, I now have 21 future posts “in the pipeline”.

My Most Prized Notebook

This notebook is titled Resources for My Blog. I encounter several outstanding new resources every day. The list is now a mind-blowing compilation of inspiring blogs, must-read books, reviews of powerful WordPress plug-ins, and free app sites.

I have compiled some of these resources while personally browsing the Net. Fellow members of Wealthy Affiliate, the online community in which I participate, have shared others. Many are intriguing but as yet unexplored.  But I digress…

The Data Gathering Phase

Every blogger spends a tremendous amount of time researching topics of interest to their target market or niche. I am certainly no exception. In fact, this aspect of blogging is uniquely satisfying. I can shamelessly indulge my passion for reading and learning new things. The beauty of Evernote is that I now have an excellent way to capture the most interesting facts learned for subsequent sharing with my readers.

When I glean an interesting fact, I type (or paste) that piece of data into the most relevant note. If I find the perfect graphic image, I store that image in the note where it will best fit (always being mindful of copyright requirements). As I stumble across articles with especially helpful content, I clip those web pages and add them to a note for future reference. The result is a wealth of information available to craft my next post from. One of my “notes” will grab my attention, I’ll get an inspiration and an article will begin to form.

Content Writing Ideas

Before Evernote

Before Evernote, my handwritten notes were disorganized and somewhat chaotic. Yes, some would be in a spiral notebook and reasonably accessible but more often than not they were scattered. I’d jot thoughts on scraps of paper, post-its and in the margins of books.

This practice made staying on a consistent posting schedule far more challenging than it needed to be. Staring at a computer screen wondering “what am I going to write about this week” was stressful. I now feel like I’ve conquered that problem and it’s very liberating.

Watch the video below for a nice overview of the advantages and features of Evernote.

Final Steps

Evernote has a nice text editor very similar to MicroSoft Word that I use to create my draft. I then like to copy my draft into Grammarly for a little polishing before transferring my finished post into WordPress for publishing. These resources all complement each other nicely.

To Sum Up

I’ve found Evernote to be a fantastic solution for how to do content writing in an easy and highly organized fashion. Maybe this solution will work well for you also?

Join the Conversation

Have you tried Evernote? If so, will you consider sharing your experiences with this tool in the comment section below? If you haven’t used it yet, is it something you might consider?

Please feel free to share this information with friends and colleagues who might find it useful.

To your success!

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26 Comments on “Evernote – How to do Content Writing the EASY Way”

  1. Hi Linda, WOW! I loved your article on Evernote! I have been using Evernote for about a year now, but I have to say before reading this article I had never even considered using it for creating my website content (man, do I feel silly…LOL).

    I hope you don’t mind me stealing your ideas about creating Notebooks and the Titles for each as this falls into line with what I am currently working on. Thank you for waking me up to even more and productive uses for Evernote.

    I especially liked the video because, again, I learned some things I can do that I had no idea about by watching it. Great Post! Thanks.

    1. Hi Glenn,

      Please do steal the ideas. That’s exactly why I wrote the post 🙂 I hope your experience with Evernote is every bit as good as mine has been. Thanks for your comments and good luck with this fab blogging tool!

  2. I am very interested in this product and I have never heard of it before finding your website!
    I can see that this would be a huge tool for someone who needs to manage several blogs at once like I do.
    I was going to ask if it was compatible with WordPress and Grammerly but you already answered that question.
    Sometimes I miss the obvious but I did not see a link to get the product?

    Shawn>>

    1. Hi Shawn,

      There’s a link to the Evernote website in the paragraph entitled What is Evernote. It’s a fremium product so different packages are available. I use the free version and have so far found that to be more than adequate for my purposes. I hope it works out well for you. Thanks for commenting!

  3. Hi,

    First off, your website is clean and easy to navigate. Two, I love your post on evernote.

    Evernote is exactly what I am looking for in a content based software. Yiou explained the software thoroughly and included images and video. Nicely done!

    I will be trying the content writer to see if it fits my needs. It sounds like it will.

    Thanks so much for sharing. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

    Cheers,
    Tim

    1. Hi Tim,

      I appreciate the kind words about my site. I truly believe you will find Evernote to be an excellent fit. I hope you’ll stop back and let me know your experiences. Thanks very much for your comments!

  4. hey I am also an affiliate marketer and see the use of evernote. It’s true when you say staying organized and trying to keep track of key info for your content can be tough and sometimes stuff gets lost in the mess. I’m going to have to try evernote to help me stay organized and to boost my productivity. Thanks for the heads up with this post!

    1. Hi Brandon,

      “Sometimes stuff gets lost in the mess.” Yes, that’s an excellent way to describe it 🙂 It sounds like you’re having a similar experience to my own before I adopted Evernote. I hope it will be a good choice for you as well. I would love to hear about your experiences. Thanks for your comments and for visiting my site.

  5. Hey Linda,

    I’ve heard a lot of good things about Evernote but I never actually tried it until I read your article here. Its very interesting to use and I use it on my iPad to write while I’m away from my computer.

    Brilliant idea writing about Evernote, I’ve always been curious on how it works so that I may write about it on my blog too but you’re way ahead already. Awesome read, keep up the good work!

    1. Hi Riaz,

      I’m glad to hear you were encouraged to try Evernote. You’ve pointed out a great feature here. The ability to use it on your iPad and then sync data back up. Thanks very much for your comments and good luck with your blog!

  6. Wow I actually was wondering a few days back how do I use this evernote app which is just lying in my phone, you have really put down all the important features of the evernote and I must say that it is pretty impressive.

    I really like this post since it is so informative and half of us have no idea on how exactly and effectively to use the evernote.

    1. Hi Shrey,

      I have to agree with you. The features of Evernote really are quite impressive. I’m very glad to read you found the post informative. Thanks for your comments and for visiting my site.

  7. o-oh this sounds like something I need! I have a variety of note books at hand but it does become a bit of a jumble! I guess it’s just a matter of spending the time to familiarize yourself with the program until it’s easy.

    Do you find it works for clearing your mind at night by jotting down into Evernote? I mean, I do that in a note book while I’m still sitting up in bed. Be interested in your thoughts concerning it.

    Oh… and thanks for sharing as this was a very helpful post.

    1. Hi Marilyn,

      Yes, I know what you mean. I get ideas late at night or while doing lots of other things. Fortunately, I always have my phone with me. I’m able to use it to jot ideas down in Evernote before they get away from me. It works well. If you give it a try, I’ll think you’ll like it as well. Of course, you can still use the notebook and then type the notes into Evernote later if that’s easier. I’ve done both. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  8. Hi Linda. I haven’t tried Evernote yet, but I’m considering doing so. In fact I just checked it out and saw that it was free to sign up. So I did.

    I just have to figure out next how it works. I have everything on Wordpad on my laptop right now. All my articles title ideas for my website and a few outlines. I will try this thing out.

    1. Hi Guy,

      I’m excited to read you’re going to take the plunge. I know you won’t regret it. Evernote is infinitely more flexible and powerful than Wordpad. I currently use the free version also. At some point, perhaps I’ll upgrade to one of the paid versions, but right now I don’t feel any pressure to do so. I wish you luck and I hope you’ll stop back to tell me how things went for you. Thanks for joining in on the conversation!

  9. As I have just started creating a blog I found this post quite insightful and useful. When I am writing posts I open up a number of Internet resources. I then pick out what I want from these into my own words and use the WordPress editor. I will then spend time going over what I have written and refine it until I am ready to publish.

    This package looks particularly useful though as you can save these pages for future reference. I will have to look at this product more and see whether I can take this approach. Thank you for this post.

    1. Hi Owain,

      I think you will find Evernote to be extremely useful for gathering and organizing all of your reference materials for your blog in one location. I’ve found it to be an enormous time-saver. I hope you’ll stop back and let me know how it works for you. I wish you the best of luck with your new blog. Thanks for your comments!

  10. Wow, thank you so much for that. You know exactly what I’ve been going through being completely overwhelmed with trying to keep up with all the data for my niche which spills over from one subject to the next. I never realized how Evernote worked but I’m sure going to try it now.

    1. Hi Ashley,
      Evernote really is a fabulous organizational tool. It’s made a huge difference for me and I love it! I hope it works out well for you as well. Thanks so much for your comments!

  11. I love using Evernote to organize my research content. It gets a little hectic trying to find my research material through browser bookmarks. Evernote makes things a lot easier with their format.

    1. It sounds like we’ve had similar experiences with Evernote. Achieving efficiencies is so critical to the success of any online business. I feel that Evernote is an excellent tool for accomplishing that goal. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Hi, Linda

    Thank you for informing me about the Evernote program. I like to improve my skills for blogging. I find your website very helpful for me.

    Amir

    1. Hi Amir,
      My pleasure. My goal is to help as many people as possible to achieve their dream of working and earning money online. One of the best ways I feel I can accomplish that goal is by sharing all the tips I gather along the way. Evernote is one of my favorite blogging tools because it makes organizing post content so much easier and more efficient. You have to love it!

  13. Wow, this article Evernote – How to do Content Writing the EASY Way is what I have been searching for!

    I am now using MS Word to store my writings. However, it is not very convenient as it is not easy to use while I am using my iPhone and Macbook. With Evernote, I can easily store and manage my writings anywhere. I can write it while I am on the bus and finish it while I am using Macbook at home.

    Its interface is super easy to surf and use. It is much better than MS Word. I would recommend everyone to try it.

    Then, how would you compare it with Google Keep? Please kindly advise. Thanks.

    1. Hi Christine,

      Google Keep is a good program that is very easy to use and has a number of features that are comparable with Evernote’s features.. Various reviews I’ve read suggest that it may have a shorter learning curve for new users and may be the better choice when it comes to ease of updating notes from different devices. But where Evernote excels is in it’s ability to capture Web content. It’s very easy to clip entire web pages and add them to your notes. Google Keep does not have that ability. You’re pretty much limited to capturing links and URLs rather than an entire blog post. For that reason, I continue to prefer and recommend Evernote.

      I hope that helps. Thanks for visiting my site and joining the conversation!

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