Writing a blog is a great way of keeping yourself and your readers up to date with things that are going on in your chosen area of interest or niche. However in order to compete with rankings and hit your traffic targets, you need to blog on a regular basis. Depending on who you talk to and what you read, the frequency needs to be daily, every other day, weekly, monthly etc. It’s true to say the more the better.
Coming up with interesting and relevant information this frequently can at times be a struggle, but if you want to be known and respected in your chosen niche it is important to do it and to do it right. By doing it right, I mean providing ongoing value. Common advice on how to find content includes reading other blogs within your niche, looking at the questions and topics being discussed in the comments boxes, and reading emails from other bloggers’ mailing lists, and using this information to create content. Whilst this is good advice and can be very helpful in finding some ideas, I wanted to suggest some alternative things that you can try.
So, check out the follow 5 ideas about where you can go to find up to date and valuable information to use to create content for your blog during those times everything else fails you.
Tweetchat is similar to the chat rooms that used to be so popular before the days of Facebook, Twitter and Google+. It is a great arena for finding out what people are talking about and sharing in relation to different topics and subjects. It is a Twitter service and uses the hashtag to determine the topic of conversation. If you are struggling to think of something to write about for your blog, you can go along to Tweetchat and chose a hashtag that relates to the niche your blog is in. You simply do this by putting your chosen hashtag into their search function. You will then be presented with the chats that are happening for this hashtag. Here you will find lots of information to get your creative juices flowing. For example I put the hashtag goal setting into their search function. A long and active stream came up which included some sessions going on on periscope (see to the right). These periscope sessions provided me with ample information to put together a blog post.
Quora is a questions and answers site that can provide you with a wealth of information, fact, figures, stories, advice etc etc, on more or less any topic you require. It is free to join and you can choose specific areas of interest to follow, which can be tweaked at any time. You can search the archives of questions already asked and answered or you can pose a new question yourself if you can not find the answer you are looking for. The most excellent thing about Quora is that they allow you to use the information on their site as long you link it back to the original page from where you got it.
One of the best ways to get followers to your blog, and a good ranking on Google is to provide quality information that is useful, helpful and valuable to your readers. Now depending what niche you are in, it is quite likely that you compete with lots of other blogs and sites that are also trying to provide the same sort of information. Rather that seeing that as a negative, you can use Content Curation to make it work in your favor. Content Curation is basically going through all the information available to you and sorting it out into an easy to digest format, accessible in one place. Whether you extract the information and rewrite it in your words, or you signpost your readers to the articles you have found, you will be providing them with the information they are looking for. This will let them know that your blog is a good place to come to to get information in the future. For more information and a great podcast about Content Curation visit this site.
Use other people
There are 2 different ways of doing this, and it will really depend on how successful your blog is as to which method you use. If your blog is still quite new and getting itself established, then you can use a freelance writer. If you decide to go down this path there are few things to consider. Unless you know someone personally, this will cost money and you generally get what you pay for, so do your research. With freelance writers you can agree with them before hand whether you will credit the piece of writing to them, or they will act as a ghost writer and you will take credit for the work. The benefits of crediting the writer with the work is their authority – if they are a popular and well respected writer. The benefit of crediting yourself with the work is the authority it can give you.
If your blog is a bit more established you can ask other bloggers in your niche to come and do a guest post. This does not usually cost any money as they the benefit to the guest blogger is the exposure to a new audience, links back to their website and the opportunity to grow their own authority. The benefit to you is to have an authority writer adding quality content to your site.
Use PLR articles
PLR stands for Private Label Rights. They are basically articles and eBooks which have a special licence so that you can resell or use the information and pass it off as your own. There are lots of website out there which provide vast amounts of information with PLR licensing. These articles and eBooks can be a great source of information to use as a basis for creating content. There are some places where you can get PLR products for free, but most you will have to pay for. As always you get what you pay for. Whilst this can be a great way of creating content, there are a few things you need to consider;
- The information in these products is not unique. Some products may have limited the amount of times they are sold, others may not. It is up to you to find out this information. It is always advisable to tweak the content you have bought and add your own style to it to make it more original.
- Always check the license rules so you know exactly what you are and are not allowed to do with the information. Different licenses have different user rights and you need to know what this means.
- Always read through and check the quality of the work. As mentioned you get what you pay for and some articles can have very bad grammar and spelling and the actual content can be very repetitive. Read through and make sure you are happy with what is written and how it is written – especially if you are passing the work off as your own.
So here are 5 different ideas of thinks you can do to help get over that content drought an keep your blog over flowing with quality and value! Please let me know if you have found this helpful using the comment box below. Also if you have any tricks or methods that you use to create content and add value, I would love to hear about it.
Bye for now 🙂