Create Your Word Cloud in 4 Simple Steps

What Is a Word Cloud?

A word cloud is a visual representation of how frequently words appear within a text. Words that are mentioned often appear larger than those that are mentioned less frequently. 

Using a word cloud tool to analyze survey data, online reviews, emails, social media interactions, and more, helps you gain highly visual and simple insights at a glance. 

For example, you can use a word cloud to discover topics that your customers mention most often in a set of reviews, or highlight the most recurring words in tweets mentioning your brand.

Now, let us show you the simple steps you need to do to create your own word cloud and the online resources available to do so.

How to Create a Word Cloud with MonkeyLearn

Online word cloud generators enable you to create tag clouds with ease. However, some tools are more intuitive and accurate than others. 

MonkeyLearn, for example, created an AI-powered word cloud tool with a simple user interface, allowing you to gain accurate insights quickly and easily.

Equipped with advanced algorithms that automatically detect collocations (words that often go together), reduce words to their root form (a process known as stemming), and determine which words are most relevant, MonkeyLearn’s word cloud creator is a great text analysis starter tool.

Learn how to use it in four simple steps or watch our video tutorial:

1. Upload Your Data

Choose your text source and upload it to the Word Cloud Generator by pasting text, or uploading a document. Click on ‘Generate Cloud’.

2. Generate Word Cloud

In a matter of seconds, you will see your word cloud. Notice words that have been grouped together, for example ‘task management platform’ and ‘awesome free program’.

3. Customize

Tweak and modify your word cloud with different formatting tools. You can edit original text, choose a theme, change colors and font, and set a limit to the number of words you want to appear in your word cloud.

4. Download

Download your word cloud as a high-def .SVG or .PNG image, and download your raw data (frequency and relevance scores) in a .CSV file.

Other Word Cloud Generators

A list of some of the most popular word cloud tools online:

TagCrowd

Founded in 2006, TagCrowd is a straightforward tool that offers several options for tailoring word clouds, including language, word limits, and similar word groupings.

You can save your word clouds in HTML and embed it on your website, print it, or convert it to a PDF.

Wordclouds.com

Wordclouds allows you to paste text, upload a document, or enter a URL.

You can choose custom shapes, themes, colors, and fonts, and edit word lists, size, and word spacing. Also, you can create clickable word clouds that link to relevant information.

WordItOut

WordItOut is an easy-to-use tool that transforms your text into word clouds in a matter of seconds. 

You can set a minimum word length, filter punctuation, and more. In terms of formatting, you can choose from various fonts, colors, and layouts, and vary word size based on frequency, rank, a randomized setting, etc.

Jason Davies

The Jason Davies Word Cloud Generator focuses on layout algorithms, and you can choose from an archimedean or rectangular layout. You can also edit the angle of your word cloud and change fonts, size, color, and more.

To use it, paste your text data, click on ‘Go’ and download your word cloud as an .SVG image.

WordArt

Rebranded from Tagul to WordArt in 2017, this is a very intuitive word cloud creator with a series of fun and artistic shapes to choose from. 

WordArt also offers a comprehensive set of customization tools, allowing you to change font, size, color, theme, angle, layout, style, and more. In addition, you can create word clouds that are clickable and animated. Download the final word cloud in .PNG, .JPEG, .SVG, .PDF, HTML, and more.

Wordle

Self-proclaimed as a “toy for generating word clouds,” Wordle is one of the most popular tools due to its straightforward interface and easy controls. While it does have a web version, the site’s Java technology is no longer supported by most browsers. We recommend downloading the desktop solution, which is available for both Windows and Mac.

Wordle offers you a comprehensive suite of editing options enabling you to tweak font, layout, color, etc. Ultimately, as Johnathan Feinberg – creator of Wordle – puts it, “Wordle is in the business of drawing pictures of words, each having some weight, which determines its size.”

ABCYa

Created in 2004 by teachers, and designed for children, ABCYa is a platform that offers different educational tools and games, including a word cloud creator. Paste the text into the simple interface, and click ‘Create’ to generate a word cloud.

ABCYa offers pictorial customization buttons for word limit, layout, color, and font. There’s also an easy-access menu that gives you the option to edit, save, or print your word cloud.

Final Thoughts

It’s easy to get started with word clouds with the help of online tools like MonkeyLearn. 

Keep in mind that word clouds should be used as a starting point for doing text analysis. They provide quick insights at a glance but won’t help you make key decisions about your business. 

For more advanced text analysis tools that provide you deeper insights, sign up to MonkeyLearn and find out how you can start making data-based decisions.

Rachel Wolff

Rachel Wolff

BA in journalism and French from Sheffield University. Interested in human-machine collaboration and Google's ever-changing algorithms.

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