60+ Content Ideas and Development Tools you Must be Using

Following is a list of tools I have curated over the years. Through these tools you can get tons of content ideas. You can create every possible type of content from graphics, illustrations, slide show to applications and videos.

Note: For a list of SEO Tools, check out the SEO Toolbox and Link  Building Toolbox

Content ideas/research tools

  1. 30 resources to find the data you need
  2. Archive – rebuild contents which no longer exist on the web.
  3. Archive-it  – web archiving services for libraries.
  4. Barners and Nobels Auto Suggest – get an idea of what people like to read/buy
  5. Boing Boing
  6. Buzz Feed
  7. Clip Blast– allows you to find professional video on topics discussed by news stations, newspapers, podcasting, and commercials. Top sources include CNN, ESPN, E, Sundance, BBC etc
  8. Content Strategy Generator Tool – tool to find successful contents in your niche.
  9. Common Craft – It is a large library of educational videos and presentations.
  10. Creative Common Search – tool to find contents you can use for commercial purpose.
  11. Digg
  12. Google Keyword Planner – provide valuable content ideas for targeted keywords.
  13. Google Public Data
  14. Google Advanced Book Search –  can help you find entire books published online that might be available to download via PDF (when in the public domain).
  15. Google Scholar Advanced Search – tool to find articles, theses, books, abstracts, court opinions or other information provided by academic publishers, professional societies and university.
  16. Google Webmaster Tool – can provide lot of content ideas once you analyze the search queries.
  17. Listverse
  18. Open Site Explorer – find the most linked-to contents on competitors’ websites and create even better version.
  19. Quora – good tool to find most frequently asked questions in a industry and developing contents around them.
  20. Scribd– great tool to find content ideas/topics
  21. Slideshare – another great tool to find content ideas and topics
  22. TechRepublic – It is the largest directory of free technical IT white papers, web casts and case studies.
  23. Top Tenz
  24. World Government Data

Websites to find free images

  1. 53 free image sources for your blog
  2. Clker
  3. Deviant Art – Use the search query on Google: ”This work is licensed under a Creative Commons” site:deviantart.com
  4. Flickr – website to find and use free images.
  5. From Old Books
  6. Foter
  7. Getty Images
  8. Microsoft Images
  9. Open Clip Art
  10. Photo Everywhere
  11. Pixabay
  12. SCX
  13. Unrestricted Stock
  14. U.S. Government Photos and Images
  15. Wikimedia Commons has over 12 million files in their database of freely usable images, sound bites, and videos. Use the search box or browse by categories for different types of media.

Content development tools

  1. 2000 free Photoshop brushes
  2. Bickham Script Pro – good tool to get your text in formal script typeface based on the lettering of 18th century
  3. Booklet – a jQuery plugin for displaying images and more in a book format with a turning page effect.
  4. CSS3 GeneratorCSS 3.0 Maker – tools to generate CSS Code.
  5. Devdude – Generates CSS based buttons and text fields.
  6. Font Gallery – download fonts for free.
  7. jQuery Letterings – This awesome little jQuery plugin creates eye catching fonts, typical called web typography!
  8. jQuery Scroll Slider – grab someones attention when they are reaching the end of a web page, essentially to keep them from closing it.
  9. Go Animate – tool to create videos for free
  10. HTML and CSS Table Border Style Wizard – Use this wizard to experiment with table border styles and generate style source code.
  11. Infogram App – free tool to create charts
  12. KnowYourMeme
  13. Listamatic – take a simple list and use different Cascading Style Sheets to create radically different list options
  14. Meme Generator
  15. Note Pad Plus Plus – best programming text editor for windows.
  16. Online Photo Editor
  17. Online Word to PDF Converter
  18. PasteHTML – tool to test HTML, CSS and Javascript Online
  19. SEOGadget Content Strategy Generator Tool
  20. Shutter Stock – you can purchase images from here. Buy monthly subscription and download up to 25 images/day.
  21. Slide Deck – Free Slide Show Software
  22. Speech Pad – This tool is used to record, transcribe and share an audio.
  23. Storify– tool used to create social stories. like create a story from twitter stream.
  24. Storybird – tool to create stories from images
  25. Top 10 List
  26. Ultimate collection of photoshop Custom shapes
  27. WhatTheFont – Seen a font in use and want to know what it is

Major content creation service providers

  1. 99Designs.com– For outsourcing graphics work (logo design, web design, icon design, word-press design)
  2. Amazon Mechanical Turk
  3. Crowd Content – provides content development services
  4. Elance
  5. Leveraging Mechanical Turk, oDesk, ELance & Craigslist for SEO
  6. Upwork – For outsourcing any type of work (web development, application development etc)
  7. People Per Hour
  8. RentACoder – Get a coder to develop an application for your website.
  9. Student Gems – Use freelance graduates and students for one-off jobs & projects
  10. Text Broker – provides content development service at cheap price.


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