NeuronWriter Review 2023: How Good Is This AI SEO Tool?
Welcome to our NeuronWriter review
In this post, we’ll be telling you everything you need to know about NeuronWriter, and exploring whether or not it can really help you to rank your website content.
We’ll try out all its features and put its AI writing capabilities to the test. Plus, we’ll discuss the pros and cons, pricing, and more.
Ready? Let’s get started
What is NeuronWriter?
NeuronWriter is an AI-powered SEO writing and content optimization tool. It’s designed to help you write and optimize your website content fast so that you stand a better chance of ranking on search engines like Google.
Unlike some other AI content writing tools, NeuronWriter is mostly geared towards website content, i.e. blog posts and landing pages. And as such, its user interface is designed around a typical blog article writing workflow.
The idea is that you choose a search query you want to rank for, and NeuronWriter will perform an in-depth SERP analysis for that query to provide you with insights, SEO tips, and NLP suggestions to help you create content that ranks.
Then, you can write the content in NeuronWriter’s advanced content editor.
And to help speed up the traditional content creation process, you can use the GPT-3-powered AI writer to automatically generate headers, questions, and even full paragraphs.
And that’s only the beginning. There’s much more you can do with NeuronWriter, but we’ll explore all that as we get into the features.
What features does NeuronWriter offer?
The main features NeuronWriter offers that you need to know about are:
- Advanced content editor
- Outline builder
- AI writer
- Text paraphraser/expander
- AI content templates
- Optimization suggestions & SEO scoring
- Internal link suggestions
- Content ideas & planning
- Content management & team collaboration tools
- Plagiarism checker
- Google SERP analysis & competitor research
- WordPress & GSC integration
We’ll explore all of these features next and give you a first-hand look at how they work as we try out the platform.
When you first sign up for NeuronWriter, the first thing you’ll need to do is set up your project.
To do so, click Create new project. Then, on the next window, you have the option of linking your project to a specific domain.
After that, you’ll be brought to the project dashboard:
NeuronWriter has been designed with a specific workflow in mind. And the first step in that workflow is to add the keyword you want to create content for to the content writer
To add your first target keyword, select New Query from the project dashboard.
Then, enter the primary keyword you want to create content/rank for, and hit Start. If you want, you can also click Advanced settings to add any additional keywords you want to target in the same piece of content.
Once you’ve done that, it’ll be added to the content writer table in your project dashboard, as shown below:
At a glance, you can see the Content competition score for the target keyword in the table (the lower this score is, the easier it’ll be to rank for) as well as the writer you’ve assigned it to, the expected delivery date, word count of the article, etc.
You can then click any target query/keyword in the table to access all of NeuronWriter’s features. Let’s start with the content editor.
NeuronWriter has its own built-in content editor which you can use to write SEO optimized content.
To access the editor, you’ll first need to add/select your target search query in the content writer, then navigate to the content editor tab by clicking the feather icon.
NeuronWriter will then show you a list of the top-ranked pages in Google for the target search query and ask you to select the ones you want to use for guideline generation.
The competitors you select here will affect the optimization suggestions provided inside the content editor, so take a quick look over the options and select pages that most closely match the kind of content you want to produce.
Then, click Next and you’ll be brought to the content editor.
There’s a lot to break down here, but let’s start with the basics.
The main window is where you’ll write and edit your content. It works like any other text editor: Just type words onto the page and then format them using the toolbar. From the toolbar, you can change heading tags, text alignment, and weight, import images, add tables, etc.
You can also switch over to the <meta> tab to add your meta description and title.
Underneath the text boxes, you’ll see a few suggestions for key terms to include based on what your top SERP competitors are using in their metadata, which comes in useful.
Now we’ve covered the basics, let’s take a look at some of the other powerful features available in the content editor.
NeuronWriter’s Create first draft feature utilizes the power of AI to help you craft an article outline in under a minute.
Here’s how to use it.
First, click the green icon in the top-right corner of the content editor, and NeuronWriter will open up a new window where you can build your content outline.
On the right-hand side of this window, you’ll see a bunch of AI-suggested headers and questions to use in your content. These have been pulled from the SERPs (search engine results pages) for your target search query, and from forums like Reddit and Quora.
You can click the add button next to any of these content ideas to add them to your draft layout, then rearrange and reword them as needed.
As you pull headers into the outline, NeuronWriter will auto-populate each section with some notes. The notes include key terms to add as well as a link to competitor articles that cover the same section to help you with research.
Once you’re done building your outline, you can copy it to the editor in one click, or save it as a template to use again later.
Once you’ve added your outline to the content editor, you can use NeuronWriter’s powerful AI writer to automatically write each section.
Simply hover over the section you want to write and click generate.
On the next window, select how many words you want NeuronWriter to produce, and add any terms/bullet points you want it to cover as needed.
You can also set your preferred Creativity level (very low – very high) and Quality level (high quality or lower quality).
Then, click Generate again and let NeuronWriter work its magic. It’ll come back with completely original, AI-generated content, which you can import to the editor in one click (or click Generate again if you’re not happy with it).
To test the AI writer out, we had it generate 400-words of text for a section with the header ‘What are the benefits of a home gym?’, and here’s what it came back with:
Overall, the quality is fairly good given that it was written by software.
The formatting is a bit basic (it probably should have split the output into multiple paragraphs or bullet points, rather than a single paragraph). And an experienced content writer could probably do a lot better, but it’s a start.
And remember: AI writers like this aren’t supposed to produce ready-to-publish content. They’re more of a workflow tool to help you speed up your content writing process.
The idea is that this gets some words on the page to help you get started, and you can edit it and expand on it as needed to polish it up until it’s ready for publishing.
Expand & Paraphrase tools
Aside from generating content from scratch, NeuronWriter can also rephrase and expand on existing content.
All you have to do is highlight the text you want to change in the content editor, then click Expand! or Rephrase.
We tested out the paraphrasing tool by asking Neuronwriter to rephrase the highlighted paragraph pictured above.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of the output before and after clicking Rephrase:
As you can see, it worked pretty well. The rephrased paragraph reads better than the original—it’s snappier and more concise. And NeuronWriter didn’t just change a few words to synonyms; it completely changed the whole sentence structure.
Aside from blog articles, NeuronWriter can also be used to write all sorts of other marketing copy and content. All you have to do is choose the right template.
To browse NeuronWriter’s AI templates, open up the content editor and click AI-Writing from the toolbar.
There are over 10 templates to choose. They include:
- Expand text
- Rephrase text
- Article topic ideas
- Article outline
- Article intro
- Product description
- Category description
We don’t have time to try out all these templates in one review but to give you a general idea of how they work, let’s take a look at the email template.
After choosing a template, you’ll be prompted to enter some instructions for the AI writer to work with.
For email content, you just need to choose a tone of voice and set a maximum word count for the output. Optionally, you can also add some bullet point instructions outlining the things you want to cover in the content. Then, click Generate.
For our test, we selected an Informal tone of voice and asked NeuronWriter to write a generic thank you email for people who read StartupBonsai.
And this is what it came up with:
Again, it’s not too bad, but it isn’t perfect either.
The tone is fine, and it certainly reads like a thank-you email.
And NeuronWriter even had the smart idea of promoting specific posts in the email (we didn’t tell it to do that). But the problem is, the posts it suggested aren’t actually things we’ve published, so I’m not sure where it got them from!
Still, this is a strong foundation to work from. And with a little editing, I’d probably be happy to send an email like this out.
NeuronWriter doubles up as both an AI writer and an SEO optimization tool.
On the right-hand side of the content editor, you’ll see an optimization pane with AI-generated suggestions that can help you to rank for your target keyword.
At the top, you’ll see a Content score widget, which tells you how well-optimized your content currently is for search on a scale of 1-100. Next to that, you can see your top competitor’s score—this is a good benchmark to aim for if you’re trying to outrank the competition.
Below the score widget, on the Content terms tab, you’ll see a ton of NLP terms. These are words and phrases that NeuronWriter suggests you should include in your article, based on its SERP analysis.
The same terms appear frequently in other top-ranking articles, so the idea is that adding them to yours will boost your topical authority and make your article more likely to rank. The more you add, the higher your content score will be.
Next to the Content terms tab in the side pane of the content editor, you’ll see two more tabs: Ideas and YT.
Under the Ideas tab, you’ll see a bunch of suggested H1s, H2s, and H3s pulled from your top search competitors’ pages. Plus, NeuronWriter also suggests questions to answer based on People Always Ask and Google Suggest.
On the YT tab, click Get YouTube Ideas, and NeuronWriter will pull in links to all the top-ranked videos related to your target search query.
You can click on any one of these videos to open it up on YouTube for research.
Once you’ve finished writing your article, you can use the built-in plagiarism checker to make sure it doesn’t contain any duplicate/plagiarized content. This is always worth doing when you’re working with AI as you don’t want to land a Google penalty.
To use the plagiarism checker, click the Check for plagiarism button (the small blue document icon with the magnifying glass) from the content editor toolbar. It can take a few minutes to complete.
Once it’s done, it’ll let you know what percentage of the content you’ve written is unique. And if any similar sentences are found elsewhere, it’ll tell you where so you can check the source yourself and change your content as needed.
NeuronWriter integrates with WordPress, so you can publish the content you write in the NeuronWriter app straight to your CMS in one click, without having to copy-paste.
To do so, just click the WordPress icon in the content editor toolbar
Aside from exporting content to WordPress, you can also import content from WP to the content editor. This comes in really useful when you’re auditing your site and want to improve the SEO of your existing pages or just refresh the content.
Aside from its content editor and AI writing capabilities, NeuronWriter also stands out for its outstanding competitor research and SERP analysis features.
First, add or select a target search query from your project dashboard. Then, click the pie chart icon labeled TOP analysis to open up the SERP report.
Here, you can see all sorts of in-depth insights about the pages ranking in Google for the target keyword.
Lots of other AI writing tools can perform SERP analysis, but none of them give you as much detail as NeuronWriter.
It goes beyond the basics to tell you things like the DA and PA (Moz authority metrics) of every page that’s already ranking, so you can assess the strength of the competition.
Plus, it tells you the content score, content length, and external links pointing to every page
If you click the Competitors – structure tab of the report, you’ll be able to see a detailed breakdown of the content of each page, with a list of all the H-tags, schema markup, meta descriptions, etc.
Elsewhere in the report, you can view even more insights about things like SERP features, related keywords, content terms, and more.
Internal link suggestions
NeuronWriter can also generate internal link ideas for your content.
This is useful from an SEO standpoint, as your internal linking structure helps Google to better understand how to read your site and has a big impact on your ranking potential.
To get started, select your target search query from the content dashboard, then click the chain icon > Generate internal link ideas.
NeuronWriter will then bring up some suggestions for other pages on your site to link to in your content based on how similar they are to the target keyword.
Next content ideas
To use NeuronWriter’s AI to generate ideas for future articles, select one of your previous target search queries and click the Next content ideas icon at the top of the page. Then, click Find new ideas.
NeuronWriter will come back with a dozen or so ideas for your next article, complete with a target keyword, additional keywords, competitor data, etc.
If you see an idea you like, click +content plan. You can access your content plan at any time and view/write/manage all your ideas by clicking the Plan button in the top navigation bar
Content management tools
NeuronWriter even comes with a built-in content calendar to help you plan and manage your content marketing strategy.
You can access it from the Manage tab in the top navigation bar.
Tasks in your calendar are color coded so you can see at a glance which pieces of content have been planned, optimized, and marked as done.
If you’re the project manager, you can also click the Team tab to manage your team members.
One last feature to mention is NeuronWriter’s Google Search Console integration.
You can click the plug icon in the top navigation bar to connect your GSC account and configure access settings.
Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to view Search Console data from within NeuronWriter. So you can quickly see the keywords you’re ranking for, traffic data, organic ranking positions, cannibalization, etc.
You can then use these insights to inform your content strategy.
How much does NeuronWriter cost?
NeuronWriter costs between €19 and €97 per month, depending on which plan you sign up for.
There are five monthly subscription plans to choose from: Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond. Each plan has different maximum usage limits and features.
Here’s a quick overview of each of them:
The Bronze plan costs €19/month and comes with all the basic features like the content editor, AI writer, internal linking, email support, etc. It’s capped at 2 projects and 25 content analyses, and comes with 15,000 AI credits per month (15k-75k words depending on the quality).
The Silver plan costs €37/month and comes with everything in Bronze plus the content plan feature, schema data explorer, and email and chat support. It’s capped at 5 projects and 50 content analyses and comes with 30,000 AI credits per month (30k – 150k words).
The Gold plan costs €57/month and comes with everything in Silver and unlocks all available features, including plagiarism checks, content sharing, GSC integration, and content management tools. It’s capped at 10 projects, 75 content analyses, and 75 plagiarism checks. And it comes with 45,000 AI credits per month (45k – 225k words).
The Platinum plan costs €77/month and comes with everything in gold but has higher usage limits. It’s capped at 25 projects, 100 content analyses, 100 plagiarism checks, and 60,000 AI credits per month (60k-300k words).
The Diamond plan is the highest-tier plan and costs €97/month. It comes with all features and the highest possible usage caps: 50 projects, 150 content analyses, 150 plagiarism checks, and 75,000 AI credits per month (75k – 375k words).
There’s also a free trial available that you can use to test NeuronWriter out before you buy.
NeuronWriter pros and cons
Here’s a recap of what we think are some of NeuronWriter’s biggest strengths and weaknesses.
- Excellent research tools. NeuronWriter’s SERP analysis and competitor research capabilities are better than most. It gives you a ton of insights into your top competitors for any search query, which can help you to better plan your articles.
- Nice UI and workflow. NeuronWriter has a novel user interface that I really liked. It keeps your workflow super simple: You just add a target search query, open up the content editor, generate your content, edit, optimize, and publish.
- Great content editor. I also really liked NeuronWriter’s content editor. It has a fresh, clean layout and gives you everything you need, including optimization suggestions, a meta description editor, one-click WordPress publishing, etc.
- Good AI output quality. The quality of NeuronWriter’s AI-generated content isn’t the best we’ve seen, but it’s not the worst either. Like most AI writers, it needs heavy editing before it’s ready to publish, but it definitely helps to speed up the content writing workflow.
- Limited AI templates. Honestly, I was a little underwhelmed with the number of AI templates NeuronWriter offers. Most AI writers offer dozens of templates to cover a wider variety of different types of content, whereas NeuronWriter is pretty much limited to articles, emails, and descriptions.
- Occasional sluggish performance. One of the most frustrating things I found about using NeuronWriter is that at certain times of day, it took forever for things to load. There were times I was waiting for over a minute after clicking a tool or report for it to open up in the app, making it almost unusable.
Not sure if NeuronWriter is the right choice for you? Check out these alternatives:
Surfer SEO is our top-recommended content writing tool for SEO. Our writers at Startup Bonsai use it to optimize all their written content with key term suggestions and SEO scoring, and it works a treat!
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Frase is an all-in-one AI writer and content marketing toolkit with a broad feature set. It has a wider variety of AI templates than NeuronWriter and comes with a powerful content editor, outline builder, SEO scoring, and more.
Scalenut is an organic marketing platform powered by AI. Like NeuronWriter, it can help you to plan, create, and optimize SEO content like blog posts in a fraction of the time.
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Final thoughts on NeuronWriter
That concludes our NeuronWriter review.
Overall, NeuronWriter is definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for an AI-powered writing tool to help you to create blog articles fast.
Its neat user interface, one-click WordPress import/exports, powerful SERP analysis tools, and SEO optimization tips are just some of the features that make it a fantastic choice for bloggers and content writers.
But while it’s great for blog posts, it’s not so hot when it comes to other types of marketing content. Its selection of AI writing templates is limited, and there are no templates for things like PPC ad copy or Instagram captions.
So if you’re focusing on PPC/SMM rather than SEO, you might be better off looking elsewhere. But given that the AI writer is a bolt-on to their content creation & optimization toolset, this may not be a deal-breaker for you.
If you’re still on the fence, we’d suggest signing up for a free trial to try it out for yourself. Click the button below to sign up.
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