Is The Free INK SEO Writing Assistant Your Next Big Thing?

The Ink SEO writing assistant review and road test

What is the INK SEO writing assistant? I asked the same question when I took my first look at this new program.

The best answer I can find is this. Imagine Grammarly, Hemingway app, Semrush SEO writing assistant tool, and Yoast SEO all wrapped in one program.

Add the fact that it is a free writing program, and you can understand why it grabbed my attention.

Because of these factors, it didn’t take me long to decide to give it a try to see how this new content editor performed.

INK SEO writing assistant review

There are lots of AI writing assistants available for writers. But most of them only work well if you pay for a premium subscription.

On top of that, most of them are typically spelling, grammar, and tone checkers with an online editor and Chrome extension.

But INK takes a different approach.

It is a free program you can download and install on your computer and is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

The big benefit is that you can save all your work on your PC or Mac because it is a genuine program.

You can import and export your documents in many useful ways.

For my road test, I wrote and checked this review using the INK editor and SEO checking tools and found it easy to use.

 

Ink free writing assistant

How does it work as a writing checker?

INK uses artificial intelligence (AI) and natural language processing to analyze your text.

For any writing style or form, it works similar to Grammarly or Prowritingaid.

The distraction-free editor is as good as any I have used, and the checking tools are quite rapid.

You can write directly into the editor or import files from a URL, HTML file, or a text file.

I also found that you can copy and paste from Word or Google Docs.

The program highlights spelling and grammar suggestions, overuse of adverbs, hard to read sentences, and passive voice.

It calculates your readability grade and your use of headings and sections.

For most writers, you should feel confident using the program. It can do a decent check of your writing and find the most common errors.

It’s easy to navigate the writing pane, and all the suggested improvements are simple to find and understand.

 

SEO tools for content creators

Bloggers and web content article writers need to optimize their content so that it’s SEO friendly.

Search engine rankings depend on the quality of a text.

But also on how well a text is structured with meta titles, image alt texts, and keyword use.

The program scans in real-time to check all of these elements.

It scans your competition’s content for your selected keyword and grades your article accordingly.

If you use Yoast SEO or Semrush, all of these tools will be familiar to you. It is similar to the Semrush SEO writing assistant but, of course, without the high cost of a Semrush account.

For WordPress users, there is also a plugin that works with both the classic and Gutenberg editor.

 

Working with the INK program

In my road test, I imported a few of my existing articles to get started. All of them loaded accurately, and the scanning process took only a few seconds to complete.

Even though I use the premium versions of Grammarly and Semrush for my keyword research, INK found quite a few improvements I could make.

It found a few difficult to read sentences that Grammarly missed, and also that my image alt tags were far too short.

As I checked, I also noticed that if I add images in the program, it can compress and resize them. It was a surprise bonus to find.

As for ease of use, or user experience, it took me half an hour or so to get used to the context panes.

But once I clicked around for a while, it was actually quite intuitive.

The right panel is the most important because it is where you find all the suggestions, improvements, and checks.

INK optimize panel and overall score

In the Optimize section, Word tasks are grammar, spelling, and writing improvements.

Document tasks are SEO suggestions and improvements.

Your overall score is a combination of the two optimize elements.

The word task panel looks at all the writing and grammar elements.

INK word tasks panel

 

The document panel examines all your SEO elements.

It analyzes your target keywords and your metadata fields. With the free version, you can check one keyword phrase at a time. But I found it easy to change the keyword and the scan starts again.

The only caution I would suggest is that the recommended number of exact keyword usages in your text seems a little too high. I would go easy here because it could lead you to keyword stuffing.

INK document tasks panel

 

There is another panel to manage and improve images.

Image optimize panel

 

The left side panel is for all your file functions.

INK left file panel

All of these panels can be closed when you are writing, and you will only see your writing editor.

 

Is the INK writing assistant the next big thing?

All I can say is that it certainly does a lot and works extremely well for a free SEO writing assistant. Far better than many others I have tried.

I know there is a premium version coming soon, and I’m sure it will have many more bells and whistles.

But at present, the tools and checks that come with the free version are certainly going to help a lot of writers.

I think it is much better than the free Grammarly browser extension.

As for SEO, it currently works with only one keyword phrase.

Obviously, a paid version will include more. But for most writers, I think one main keyword is enough to help optimize articles for SEO. But you can change the keyword and scan again.

Can it replace and combine Grammarly, Yoast, Semrush, and Hemingway into one free program?

Well, not 100%, especially if you currently pay for premium subscriptions like me. But it goes a long way towards the possibility.

I haven’t had a chance to try the WordPress plugin as yet, but when I do, I’ll make sure I update this article.

 

Summary

From what I have seen so far, I’ll be interested in the development of the INK writing assistant.

Depending on the premium version’s price, it could be a viable and hopefully more economical solution than Grammarly and Semrush.

But for the moment, I think it is a most worthwhile app for content writers to try. See what you think.

You can download the program from Ink For All. You then need to register, and you can see if it works for you and your writing needs.

There is one last bonus from INK. There is a bundle of seventeen free online writing tools on its site that you can use.

Note: I have no affiliation with INK, so this review is totally independent.

Derek Haines

A Cambridge CELTA English teacher and author with a passion for writing and all forms of publishing. My days are spent teaching English and writing, as well as testing and taming new technology.

4 thoughts on “Is The Free INK SEO Writing Assistant Your Next Big Thing?

  • November 6, 2020 at 1:04 pm
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    One thing that this includes, and I wonder why it’s important – the 300 words per section. Not strictly relevant to your post, which is an excellent introduction to INK. But do you know why 300 words is a magic number? It plays hell with my book reviews and short fiction on the blog :)

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    • November 6, 2020 at 1:11 pm
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      I’m not sure why 300 words between headings is a rule, Jemima. I did a little research, but I couldn’t find a definitive answer. However, I know that most of the SEO content tools I use usually suggest this limit. Perhaps it is mostly about ease of reading on a screen by creating space.

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  • November 5, 2020 at 4:50 pm
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    Thanks for the review. These writing/editing programs are getting better. Someday the will overtake human editors, but today is not that day. I have tested Grammarly and Ginger, both miss things I find and they find things I miss. So it’s a wash, in some ways.
    I wish you had buttons for sharing your post around. I would have done that.

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    • November 5, 2020 at 7:15 pm
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      Thanks for your comment, Mark. Yes, these writing programs are improving. But you’re right, they do miss errors. That’s why I always use at least two to check. As for sharing buttons, I removed them some time ago because they really can slow down a site. Most browsers now have a sharing option, which is just as easy.

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