I’ve recently been looking for a solution to all of the writing and organizing that I’ve been doing. I write articles for Associated Content and a couple of other internet article directories, plus I run two of my own websites and my blog. Quite honestly, it’s impossible to keep up with all of the files that I’ve got, and I couldn’t find a way to organize anything.
Until last weekend that is.
I bought a piece of software called Article Architect, and I’ve been exploring all the different things that it does, as well as writing articles with it (including this one) all week long. The verdict? This is some really amazing stuff for anyone who is writing articles or creating their own content based website.
Basically, it works like this: you create projects for your articles, which effectively organizes them by topic and category. Then you can do keyword research on Google and Overture to get some ideas for articles, and to gauge how profitable your article will be. You can save these keywords to the project (categories) by dragging and dropping. You can then use the software’s word processor to write articles and do keyword analysis on all of the keywords you’ve chosen. It has a sliding monitor that will tell you when you’ve put in too many or too few of a single keyword.
Once your article is written, there is a submission wizard that can help you submit your articles to some free article directories, or you can export your articles either as a text file or as an HTML file. Use the text files for uploading to Associated Content or Squidoo, and use the HTML file for your own websites. There are templates that you can edit, so if you are writing articles for your own website, you can easily add new content with just a couple of clicks.
Article Architect also has some research capabilities. You can use the drag and drop functionality to save website addresses and even large blocks of text which you can use for writing complex articles. The software will self-cite all of the references you use, so that when you’re writing, you can easily track where your information came from.
There are a lot of facets of this software that I absolutely love, but there are two lagging issues that I have noticed.
First is the spell checker. It is awful, there’s no way around it. The spell check doesn’t recognize abbreviations or words with appostrophes (don’t, doesn’t, and aren’t all come up as incorrect). Then there’s the suggestion tool, which is abysmal (I wrote an article about a restaurant in Graystown, and the spellchecker suggested “ratatouille” for “Graystown,” no joke). If you use a web browser like Mozilla, however, you can spellcheck your documents when you submit them to the directories, as spellcheck is built in to that software.
The second issue that I have is the article submitter. Why it won’t work with Associated Content is beyond me. But really, once you export your articles, it is a simple cut and paste process from then on.
I highly suggest buying this software if you write articles regularly. For only $50, it does all the work of a word processor, article submitter, and keyword analyzer in one. It is a nice easy way to organize everything and make sure that your articles are as search-engine friendly as they can be. To buy the software, or read other reveiws, check out the supplemental resources box below.