Our Koala review profiles the pros and cons of this generative AI tool for creatives.
You want to publish content on your website but can’t afford to hire a freelance writer. You also don’t have the time to research, write, and edit multiple blog posts per week. What do you do? Introducing Koala. Koala is a generative AI, similar to OpenAI, specializing in long-form content.
It allows you to generate 2000-word articles within seconds. You can proofread your article several times and publish it on your website. Let’s dig a little deeper into how you can use Koala to write quickly and easily. I’ll also talk about my experience with Koala, some pros and cons, and how it compares to the competition.
Koala writer enables bloggers to generate thousands of words of content quickly and easily. It also crawls the web for real-time results and can add contextual links to posts. It's easy to use too.
What Is Koala?
Koala is an AI writing platform that specializes in long-form content. I’ve been using and testing it for several months, and its long-form articles are some of the best in the business.
For example, I was testing OpenAI a while back and asked it to produce an article about stability running shoes. The piece was readable, but it was mainly high-level fluff. It never dived deep into individual topics and sounded like something a high schooler would write.
Compare the above output to what Koala wrote. Koala’s piece is much longer, around 1700 words, and although it does contain fluff, it is far more relevant than OpenAI’s results. The AI-generated article described specific features to look for when shopping for stability running shoes. It also included some tips that even I, an avid runner, didn’t know about.
Although not perfect, it’s far better than what other AI writers can achieve. You’ll still need to edit your article for errors and fluff, but it drastically reduces the time needed to create long-form content.
Quick disclaimer: We don’t publish AI content on Become a Writer Today. Instead, we employ a team of freelance writers. However, AI can help writers with research and figuring how what topics an article should cover.
AI will just regurgitate content that’s already on the web, and while this can generate some traffic, it isn’t a sustainable long-term content strategy. However, I am experimenting with and using AI content for a few smaller, newer websites that I own to see how much traffic AI articles can produce on their own.
I started using Koala immediately after it was released and bought the lifetime deal. Unfortunately, Koala doesn’t offer this lifetime option anymore, but you can still choose between nine pricing plans:
- $9 a month for 15,000 words
- $25 a month for 45,000 words
- $49 a month for 100,000 words
- $99 a month for 250,000 words
- $179 a month for 500,000 words
- $350 a month for 1,000,000 words
- $750 a month for 2,500,000 words
- $1,250 a month for 5,000,000 words
- $2,000 a month for 10,000,000 words
All these plans offer the same features, such as ChatGPT 4 and ChatGPT 3.5, bulk writing modes, and real-time search results integration. The only difference is the number of words you can produce.
Quick side note: When generating an output, Koala will give you a choice between ChatGPT 4 and ChatGPT 3.5. ChatGPT 4 is more accurate and useful, but it uses five times more words than ChatGPT 3.5.
Who Is Koala For?
After using Koala to produce content for smaller websites that I own, I found that it can benefit the lives of:
- Business owners on a budget
- Affiliate marketers
While OpenAI is a one-size-fits-all AI writer, Koala is designed around the needs of bloggers. It specializes in writing detailed, long-form content. The results are of higher quality than articles generated by many comparable AI tools. There isn’t as much fluff, and it dives deep into different subtopics.
OpenAI is a bit more surface-level, almost like a high school essay. I normally find myself adding 1000 to 1500 words to the existing content since it always leaves my readers with unanswered questions.
Business Owners On A Budget
Koala AI can also benefit the lives of business owners on a budget because you can produce 15,000 words for $9. Finding a freelance writer willing to write 15,000 words for $9 is almost impossible.
Again, the quality of the content is good, but it isn’t something that’s going to blow you away. This is why I wouldn’t recommend relying on this AI application for too long. Consider hiring an industry expert writer to create in-depth content as soon as you can afford it.
A writer can give your audience original and personal insights that an AI can’t. AI will regurgitate content already on the web, which isn’t a good strategy if you want to stand out and become an industry-leading, authority website.
Koala is a good option if you’re an affiliate or content marketer or want to drive some quick traffic to your website without hiring a writer. For only a few dollars each month, you can produce dozens of informational articles which only require minimal editing.
However, if you’re writing bottom-of-the-funnel content like product reviews and case studies, I’d stray away from Koala as the outputs are quite salesy. It tries to sell the product or service in question the entire article. So affiliate marketers should still add personal impressions and photographs demonstrating credibility.
How Does Koala Work?
If you want to use Koala, head to Koala.sh and sign up for a free account. Once you’ve logged in, Koala will take you to KoalaChat, where you can prompt an AI bot.
You can type in anything like “Write an article about the future of NFTs,” and the AI will produce an output. In the top-left-hand corner, you’ll find an alternative dashboard called KoalaWriter, where you can customize outputs a little more.
Before the AI starts writing, choose between ChatGPT 3.5 and ChatGPT 4. Next, decide if you want Koala to write a blog post or an Amazon product roundup. You can also add other pieces of information, such as:
- Target keywords
- Tone of voice
- Extra title prompt
- Extra content prompt
- Extra introduction prompt
You’ll find two toggles below: “Use Real-Time Search Results” and “Use Outline Editor.” If you select the real-time search results option, Koala will pull links from other articles, so you don’t have to copy and paste external links. However, I suggest double-checking these links however, because you don’t want to link to a competitor.
With the outline editor, Koala will first present you with an outline that you can tweak before it goes ahead and writes the full article.
It takes a few seconds for Koala to write your blog post. From here, I like to paste Koala’s work into Grammarly’s plagiarism checker and Orginiality.ai and remove any flagged content so I don’t receive Google penalties.
Apart from the AI writer, my favorite Koala feature is its bulk mode. This mode lets you generate several articles at once. So you can give Koala a bunch of keywords you want to rank for and let the AI write your articles. This takes several minutes, so in the meantime, feel free to complete other tasks.
In addition to writing long-form blog posts, Koala can also write Amazon roundups. This is perfect if you own a website and earn money through affiliate links. Koala will write a roundup and add everything, including pictures, affiliate links, and call-to-actions.
It works like this: Select “Amazon Product Roundup” when Koala asks for an article type, enter your primary keyword, and Amazon Associates ID, and Koala will present you with a roundup.
Here’s an example of me asking Koala to write a roundup of office decor items that’ll help boost my audience’s work productivity. You’ll notice it includes pictures. However, best check these are suitable for commercial use.
Flexible AI Writing
I’ve mainly discussed how Koala helps bloggers create long-form content. While this is where its main power lies, Koala can also write email newsletters, Facebook Ads, landing pages, and other forms of copy. This is good news because you can use Koala for all your content creation needs. You won’t have to switch between different AI platforms.
Areas For Improvement
Like all AI writers, Koala isn’t perfect. Here are a few sticking points that caught my eye:
- The quality of content can still improve
- It doesn’t have a mobile app
The Quality Of Content Can Still Improve
The biggest issue with Koala is that although it produces some of the best AI articles, it still needs to be improved. Koala writes articles by taking content from the first page of Google and reworking it so it doesn’t get flagged by a plagiarism checker. Like any AI tool, it doesn’t generate new ideas. While this type of content can generate traffic, you don’t want to base your entire content marketing strategy around it because your blog won’t offer audiences anything unique. Use the results as a starting point, and don’t forget to cite your sources.
It Doesn’t Have A Mobile App
If you like getting some work done while you’re on the go, on the bus or waiting for your kids at school, you’ll be disappointed to know that Koala doesn’t have a mobile app. Instead, you’ll have to use the web app, which is clunky on mobile. Meanwhile, ChatGPT recently released one for iOS.
Koala Review Criteria
When I was researching and testing Koala to see if it’s a good option for writers and businesses owners, I used this set of criteria:
Ease of use: I first noticed how easy the Koala dashboard was to use. All I needed to do was enter a few pieces of information, and the AI gave me an output.
Accuracy: The quality of work was another factor I considered. I compared Koala’s work to OpenAI and other AI platforms and tracked the average time it took me to edit each post.
Affordability: AI writers are targeted toward business owners who don’t have the budgets to hire teams of writers and content marketers, so they shouldn’t break the bank. This is why I also considered the monthly price of Koala.
Additional features: The last thing I looked at was any extra features that Koala offered besides the AI writer and how these features can make our lives easier.
Why You Can Trust Me
I’ve been in the freelance writing industry for around five years, writing email copy, articles, and social media posts. I’m always testing the latest applications to provide honest and detailed reviews.
I’ve tested writing assistants, SEO optimization platforms, and keyword research tools, you name it! With the recent spike in the popularity of AI writing tools, I’m currently signing up for and testing several AI platforms like Jasper, Koala, OpenAI, and CopyAI to see which is best.
Koala Review: The Bottom Line
Koala is an AI writer that’s tailored around the needs of bloggers. It produces some of the best long-form content of any AI tool, and I found that after a few rounds of proofreading, the articles are usually ready to publish.
However, Koala and other AI writing platforms have their drawbacks. Since it scans the internet and says the same things other websites say, it can be hard for you to stand out as an industry expert. However, it’s still a good short-term option if you’re looking to generate quick traffic. In short, Koala is worth it if you’re a blogger, affiliate marketer, or business owner looking to publish long-form content quickly and without much effort.
- Bulk writer allows you to generate multiple articles at once
- Works with WordPress, Google Docs, Microsoft Word, and Google Sheets
- Generates Amazon product roundups
- Includes real-time search results
- Supports ChatGPT 4
- The quality of outputs can still improve
- No mobile app
- Expensive if creating content at scale