Fun With Wordle

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Wordle is a fun yet useful little tool that can tell you whether you’re using key words appropriately in your content.

It is described as “a toy for generating “word clouds” from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text. You can tweak your clouds with different fonts, layouts, and color schemes. The images you create with Wordle are yours to use however you like. You can print them out, or save them to the Wordle gallery to share with your friends.”

Here’s my Wordle (pictured above) that I created using text from my Strategy Session sales page. Click the image to view full size. I will use this image to represent the consulting service that I offer.

Do you want to create your own Wordle? Visit the Wordle site and click ‘Create Your Own’.

You have the option of either pasting in text or entering a URL to create your word cloud. Click ‘Go’ or ‘Submit’ and your Wordle is generated instantly.

Click ‘Randomize’ to scroll through various word cloud formats. When you find a format you like, you can customize your Wordle even further using the tool bar to change fonts, font styles, colours, number of words, direction and arranging your words alphabetically. You can even right click over words you want to eliminate from your word cloud.

From here you can ‘Print’ or ‘Save to public gallery’ but if you want to keep your Wordle to yourself for your own use, save it as screenshot.

To create a screenshot, click ‘Open in Window’ then follow these steps:

  • Press the “Print Screen” button on your keypad.

  • Open the “Paint” application (Start>Programs>Accessories>Paint).

  • Press “Ctrl” and “V” at the same time or right-click and select “Paste” to insert your copied picture.

  • Click “File” and select the “Save as” option.

  • Select the “JPEG” format and click on the “Save” button.

  • Use the “Select” tool to select your Word cloud only, then “Crop” to eliminate the unwanted areas, then “Save” to save your changes.

The words you use most display more prominently. It’s interesting to see what those words are.

How can you use your Wordle word cloud?

If you have a book, ebook or ecourse that needs a cover, create a Wordle to create an interesting image reflective of the content. Use it for your marketing to print T-Shirts, business cards, brochures or posters. Use your imagination and have fun generating images with Wordle and using them in various creative ways.

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