Writing social media posts and video titles used to be a pain! Think about the time you spend scrolling through fonts, worrying about a typo on your post, and then figuring out what to even write in the first place. Writesonic are among some of the many new AI writers coming onto the market and promising to make this process much faster and easier! But are they any good? Let’s find out!
What is Writesonic?
Writesonic is an AI writing platform that just launched at the start of 2021 by serial app maker Sam, who was also behind such creations as Magic Email and Zesture.
Writesonic’s tagline reads “Write Better Marketing Copy, Effortlessly”. What does this mean? This means that you input content guidelines and get high-quality marketing copy back within minutes (or possibly even seconds!)
What kind of marketing copy can Writesonic write?
Writesonic can write marketing copy for websites, blog posts, landing pages, social media posts, email campaigns and more! More recently, Writesonic also gave you the opportunity to use their platform for long form content such as blog posts. You can see the full list at the time of writing in the image below:
How Much is Writesonic?
At the time of writing, Writesonic is free to use for up to 10 content credits. This trial account doesn’t require a credit card either, which is good to see. Most of the competition requires a credit card on file to test out their platform.
After testing Writesonic out if you decide to sign up you will be paying $29 a month for the base plan, which gives you 75 credits a month. All the way up to $99 a month for unlimited credits. Even with unlimited credit accounts, you will still have a limit on some features such as blog posts. As is often the case, you can get a slight discount on this if you are willing to pay for an annual membership.
Note that at the time of writing they were offering quite a heavy discount on their plans, that’s why you can see the prices I mentioned above crossed out and replaced by cheaper alternatives. As Writesonic is still new, you can expect more discounts to grow their customer base.
How Good is Writesonic’s Text Generation?
As text generation is at the heart of these products, I feel this is the number one thing to look at first. So let’s do a simple test using one of the key Writesonic content creation tools- article intros. This is a great way for people to quickly get a paragraph to start off their blog post, something these tools are used for heavily.
Please note: for any text generation test, I am going with the first output that the AI writer gives me with no intervention from me (the human). Just to be clear!
For this test I am going to test them against one of the ‘big boys’ Copy.AI (I did a review on them too!!). For today’s blog intro we are going to ask the AI writers to write something for a blog post titled ‘AI Writing Software is Everywhere, should Freelance Writers be Worried?’
Interestingly, Writesonic only asked me for literally the Blog title and no other supporting information. This is what they came up with from that. I got five blog intro examples, in the interest of not making this article super long I will just post the first two below. You might be able to view the full list of ideas with THIS link though.
Artificial intelligence has been around for a while and is now transforming everything from healthcare to transportation. And of course, the world of freelance writing. At first glance, it may seem like AI has the potential to steal all of our jobs. But for writers, it’s more complicated. Here are three things you need to know before you start worrying about AI.Writesonic 1st generation
The AI writing software trend is sweeping the world. I’ve been a freelance writer for over 20 years, and I’ve seen a lot of changes in the industry. But this one makes me nervous. The software is incredible. It’s accurate, it’s fast, and it’s cheap. It can even produce entire books from scratch. But what does this mean for freelancers? I have a few ideas, but I’m interested to hear what you think. Should freelance writers be worried about AI-powered software?Writesonic 2nd generation
Below are the readability scores for this text:
Flesch Reading Ease score: 78.3 (text scale)
Flesch Reading Ease scored your text: fairly easy to read.
Gunning Fog: 7.4 (text scale)
Gunning Fog scored your text: fairly easy to read.
Now lets get onto Copy.AI, who asked me for a short blurb to explain my article as well as the title. This is what they generated.
AI writing software has been developing for a long time now, but in the last few years, it has become super advanced. Microsoft and Google added AI technology into their speech recognition apps, and Apple’s Siri is powered by natural language processing. So clearly AI has infiltrated many forms of digital media. But what does this mean for freelance writers? Will they soon be replaced by a machine? Or will AI help them produce better content?Copy.AI 1st generation
Freelance writers of the world unite! The robots are here to replace you. Did I scare you? If so, your reaction wasn’t that different from when people saw artificial intelligence (AI) for the first time. In truth, AI writing software has already crept onto our shores in ways most people don’t even notice. But it doesn’t mean it won’t affect you, unless you take action now. In fact, AI writing software is already being used by many companies in the UK and all over the world. Luckily for you, there are things that you can do to stay ahead of the curve and keep your job safe.Copy.AI 2nd generation
These are the readability scores I got for this text below:
Flesch Reading Ease score: 74.8 (text scale)
Flesch Reading Ease scored your text: fairly easy to read.
Gunning Fog: 8.7 (text scale)
Gunning Fog scored your text: fairly easy to read.
What Do I Like about WriteSonic?
I put Writesonic up against one of the titans of the AI writing segment Copy.AI and they stood up very well indeed. I felt as if the Writesonic generations were shorter but slightly better focused than what we got out of Copy.AI. And the readability scores were slightly better from Writesonic too, which is vital for any text you want to put out there on the internet 🙂
For such a new service it is great to see that Writesonic has already dialled in their writing algorithms well and are generating some great and very useable content. Amazingly, they are doing this will less input from humans as other tools may require (as we saw from the test above). This is great for busy people!
Actually, doing this comparison with Copy.AI in the text generation test portion reminded me how truly awful their user interface is. Some buttons didn’t work and the text output screen is ugly and cramped as hell! No such issues with Writesonic, who have come up with a simple and elegant user interface. Everything is clear and easy to use and, more importantly, everything worked as expected!!
Writesonic allow you to organise your text generations by projects too, which makes it very convenient.
Writesonic give you a shareable link to any of the content that you generate on their platform, as you could see above when I shared the full list of outputs from the text generation test. This is a great feature that will be great if you are trying to quickly collaborate with others in your team or show some content ideas to your clients. I have tried a lot of other AI content platforms and have never seen them offering something like this. Usually they just let you export the text. Great original idea there, Writesonic!
Long Form Content Attempt
Long form content in the current batch of AI writing tools is a bit like a unique unicorn, if a service has it they seem to like to hide it away somehow. Copy.AI doesn’t even have long form content, and Conversion.AI are hiding it behind their highest paid plans.
So it’s great to see that Writesonic are offering the long form content option, even with their lower plans. And I like the way that Writesonic go about it. They are basically piecing together the different smaller tools into one solution. A wizard will walk you through the process, taking you through the blog post title generation, asking you to type a short intro and select one of the suggested blog outlines. At each step you have several choices to choose from, and I always found at lease one that I liked.
Each time I went through this process, I got a blog article out around the 600-800 word mark. This is the perfect starting point for a human to go in and finish it up!
Of course, the generated articles are not 100% perfect, but they are up there with some of the best in the current crop of AI writing tools available. In my recent AI Writer Review, the Writesonic blog posts stood up very well against a tool that is specifically designed to make longer form blog posts! So they are doing a great job honing this feature.
What Don’t I Like about Writesonic?
Too Credits Based
Although not as bad as some platforms, I am still not best pleased with Writesonic’s focus on content generation credits. As I have said many times before, the AI generation game is a very new one and a lot of the algorithms are far from perfect. This will lead to users needing to play around with multiple generations to get something they are happy with. It doesn’t matter which platform you are on; they are all like this. However, when you have a credit based system, this ‘playing around’ is discouraged. When you do, your credit balance will be drained quickly.
Linked to the above point, Writesonic also has limits on some of their text generation tools, even for ‘unlimited plans’. Most of these restrictions are on creating long form content, which I suppose is fair enough as they don’t want people spamming the internet with articles or using up a large chunk of their processing power over-generating such an intensive process.
However, why are the blog ideas, blog intros and blog outline tools also lumped into these limits on unlimited plans? Seems unnecessary to me. And what you are left with are highly confusing and complex pricing plans. Many people will read the ‘unlimited’ tag on the plan and not even realize some aspects are limited. Not cool!
Should You Subscribe to Writesonic?
When all is said and done, Writesonic have made an excellent product here that is amongst some of the best I have used (including some of the supposed ‘big dogs’ such as Copy.AI and Conversion.AI). Within such a fledgling industry, they have done an amazing job to get up and running so quickly! They have clearly stayed away from the hype train that some others have reveled in and instead quietly worked away on a quality product in the background 🙂
They are not perfect, and the plan confusion and credit system can grate at times, but overall these are not enough to take over the many good points Writesonic has.
The inclusion of long form content generation is a massive one when compared to other AI tools, although my own personal favorite for this right now is ShortlyAI. In fact, what I have been doing recently is using Writesonic to make an initial blog post and then refining and adding to it using ShortlyAI. To me, this is the perfect match of both applications.
If you want to find out more about Writesonic, you can click HERE to go over to their official website and see for yourself.