A while back, I applied for the affiliate program of one of John Ledger’s lesser writing programs, only to discover, shortly after that, that the program was extremely out-dated, and not functioning properly.
Well, I was still on his affiliate mailing list, and though I usually unsubscribe from those things, pretty quickly, I was pleasantly surprised when he announced that he was coming out with a new piece of writing software, in the cloud.
TextSuite is basically the upgraded child of at least a couple of his other, more outdated, research and writing tools.
This platform doesn’t focus on gimmicks, or tricks, so there is no need for proxies, for the purpose of scraping, or anything like that.
This is in the cloud, finally, so you can use it anywhere, and you don’t have to deal with the issues that are common to localized software.
The approach is very simple, it’s all about manual article research, and writing.
So, this is definitely a tool, and not some kind of push-button, “give me magic content” sort of system.
There are five article options in the back-end of any project:
- Research Article
- Rewrite Article
- Spin Article
- Template Article
- Formatted Article
I’m gonna cover each one, just like I did in my video.
So, bear with me in this TextSuite Review and Comparison, because if you use content in your marketing strategy, there is definitely something worth considering, here.
TextSuite Research Article Feature
The Research Module features three windows, which each include a variety of tools for getting information, and then writing about it in an organized fashion.
The left-most window encompasses half of the overall view, and focuses on Keyword Research and Google Trends.
The Keyword Research includes search volume, and CPC metrics, for any country of your choice.
You may also add any term to the top-right window, and include any writing on that term in your overall workflow.
The Top-Right Window is where you do your writing, organization, and also where you can input your Keywords for the actual Research Mechanism.
The Research Tool pulls from either Web, News, or PLR Content, and then serves up to ten different selections, on that topic, in the bottom-right window.
The reason that this feature can be so useful is that you have just about everything you need in one viewable area.
You could organize three different browser windows, and do this yourself, with a much larger range of flexibility for Keywords and Research.
There would be drawbacks, however, in the organization of your writing, as well as the ability to store it in one place, to be used with other tools in the TextSuite project management system.
Still, given the pros and cons of this feature, I question it’s necessity, and whether or not it would really make my workflow more efficient, by comparison.
TextSuite Rewrite Article Feature
This is one of the more interesting TextSuite Features.
When you plug an article into this tool, it separates the sentences, and places a text field beneath each phrase.
You then have the opportunity to rewrite the entire article, one sentence at a time.
This is one of the more useful features of TextSuite, but it is very limited to a certain writing approach.
A VA could use this tool, for example, to create original content, very quickly, from a seed article.
It comes down to a correlation between the time you want to invest, versus the money you want to spend.
You could save a lot of money, with a tool like this, but you will still have to invest the time, in order to get the result you want.
The iNeedArticles writing staff has an Article Rewriting option that costs slightly less than a penny per word, so I question which is a better option.
TextSuite Spin Article Feature
This feature was a very bad move for TextSuite.
See, when you tell someone that there is a spinning tool in your platform, they assume they are getting access to something that can spin articles.
Not so, with TextSuite.
This is a MANUAL Spinner, and it is more along the lines of an Article Versioning tool, or something designed for Sentence Threading.
The technology incorporated into this feature should have been included in the Rewrite Articles section.
To me, it seems like this was included to give the suite a more robust appearance.
I don’t find this feature useful, by comparison.
It’s a disappointment.
TextSuite Template Article Feature
Don’t be deceived by fanciful wording.
This is simply PLR content.
You pull a piece of PLR from the database, and have the ability to edit it.
That’s it, and that is nothing proprietary.
TextSuite Formatted Article Feature
Have you ever seen a text box before?
Get ready, because this is exactly like every other text field you’ve seen before! 😉
Seriously, though, what’s the point of this?
As far as I can tell, you can do writing in this field, and save it to your library, then edit it using other modules.
That’s basically all you can do with this feature.
Kind of pointless.
What is Special About TextSuite?
Recapping this whole thing, we’ve got a Research Interface, an Article Rewriter, and a bunch of short PLR Content.
Those three things are at the core of every single significant feature included in TextSuite.
When we break down the proprietary nature, of everything included, the only thing that is remotely unique is the Article Rewriter.
The Research Feature is cool, but anyone can do the exact same thing with three browser windows, or dual monitors.
The PLR isn’t that big of a deal, either, because there are hoards of sources for PLR Content, and based on the samples I saw, it’s mostly short articles, anyways.
If there is anything else that stands out, for this platform, it would easily have to be the organizational infrastructure, and the Post to WordPress Feature.
In terms of the organizational aspect of things, the ability to access and sort all of your articles, in the same interface as your research tools, is a pretty cool deal.
I can see myself using the Article Rewriting Feature on Client content, but again, I also question if that’s even worth the time, when I can just order articles, or do Curation.
I chose not to cover the Post to WordPress Feature, because I don’t think it is even worth mentioning.
Wordpress already comes loaded with the ability to schedule your posts, so why not just paste the post, there, and set scheduling?
The only exception, I can think of, would be if you had more than a hundred sites you were managing.
In that case, it would be more convenient to manage all of your content from one place, but that also reminds me of other WordPress posting plugins.
So, that is definitely a more legitimate feature, for power users, but again, does it justify the price tag?
Should you be paying a yearly fee for something like that?
Is TextSuite Worth it?
Compared to the price, and the other options on market?
No, it’s definitely not worth it, with those things in mind.
The launch price is $100/yr, and the standard price is $200/yr.
Frankly, these prices are for John Ledger, and NOT for his customers.
This is a product that should have a one-time fee of less than $50.
Perpetually paying, for something like this, is a total rip-off, especially because it will probably never be updated again.
The only exception would be if you are at a place where you are making enough cash to comfortably spend what you need to spend in order to get better tools.
On the other hand, why subscribe to something that isn’t gonna totally reshape the way you do something?
Google Docs is free, and in the cloud, so why does anyone need to spend money, every month, to get the same features?
TextSuite Compared to Grammarly
I have done a pretty decent amount of research, in the past, on writing tools and other content shortcuts.
It’s an industry that is ripe for the taking, and not many companies, out there, are really taking advantage of the opportunity to do something awesome in this space.
Out of everything I have ever tested, Grammarly is still one of the top dogs on the block.
It won’t help you in the actual writing process, but it can help you when it comes to the editing part of your content writing.
It also comes loaded with a plagiarism detector, and it even provides tips on how to properly cite sources, if you’re caught with unoriginal content.
You can even hire a proofreader for about $0.02 per word, from directly within their platform.
The angle, with a tool like this, is either with a speed writing technique, or with a cheap source of paid articles.
You won’t get original content from Grammarly, but you can make your cheap seed articles readable, and significantly less spammy.
This is a much more scalable option, overall.
It costs less than $150/yr, which is not too far from what TextSuite costs.
TextSuite Compared to iNeedArticles
These are two products and services from the same camp, but I think that one of them clearly outshines the other.
I have spent a fair amount on iNeedArticles, already, and can confidently testify that it is a solid choice for your content needs.
For the price that one might pay for TextSuite, you can turn right around, and spend that on iNeedArticles for ten to twenty pieces of quality content.
You will spend more money, overtime, but you will also NOT be spending all of your time tinkering with articles, as much.
Once you have your seed articles, you can either run them through Grammarly, or hire someone on Fiverr or Upwork to do proofreading for $0.005 per word, for one thousand words.
You will definitely spend more money on your seed articles, but you will also save yourself a HUGE amount of time, in the long run.
TextSuite Compared to Manual Content Curation
Even though Content Curation is NOT in short supply, it’s not something we hear much about in the independent market.
You might look at TextSuite as a helpful tool for Content Curation, but the Research Feature is so limited that it becomes inconvenient compared to simply using your web browser, and writing directly in WordPress, or Google Docs.
With that in mind, one might view TextSuite as a platform with a lot of potential, but it clearly is not ready, and I don’t see its owners making significant updates anytime soon.
In the Content Curation department there are A LOT MORE heavy hitters on the market, and based on what I’ve seen, I don’t think there is any way for TextSuite to Compete, unless it’s on price point.
Rather than constantly looking for gimmicks and shortcuts, I have found that the basic tools, on the market, are often the most powerful.
Consider these three steps to everything you do in your business:
Create Leverage using Digital Infrastructure, Other Peoples Time, and your Money.
Each time you Create Leverage, always calculate your potential loss, versus your potential profit margin.
If you use common sense, you will be profitable in whatever you do.
When it comes to content, keep your costs low, and try to ensure a basic level of quality.
There is a threshold of diminishing returns on everything you do in life.
When it comes to content, you can waste A LOT of time crafting something that isn’t necessarily going to bring in much value.
There are thousands of sites, and posts, out there that are very high quality, and yet never brought in the kind of traction they were looking for.
Yes, this is a numbers game, but that doesn’t mean it’s a game of chance.
Follow some of the tips, in this guide, and you be able to get the kind of content you need for a low price, and most importantly, you will be able to scale and automate the process, as well.