Following on from Part Two in the series, we take another look at some more great tips to help you create even better content, not to mention some great resources we believe everyone should be utilising.
1. Read the Comments and Get into the Conversation!
It can be your own blog or it can be someone else’s, it doesn’t really matter! Sometimes the comments on articles are more interesting and powerful than the articles themselves. They give you a feel for what your audience is thinking, often serving up insightful points on the most resounding elements of the article.
Just by reading the comments themselves, you can sometimes come up with numerous ideas for content. Feel free to get involved in the conversation which has taken part within the comments section on these blog posts. The author will be happy to see intelligent discussion taking place and other commenters will be interested in your opinion too.
It is important to make genuine comments and ask questions that are relevant to the discussion. If you follow these simple guidelines you will naturally come across content to write about on your blog.
2. Use Reader Services – Digg is my Personal Favourite
If you set up a reader service, it can be a fantastic way to serve yourself when it comes to finding content to blog about. My personal favourite is Digg, but there are many other available.
Pick one and spend time setting it up with a proper folder or list structure. The folders should be based on the topics that you are interested in, following blogs and websites within these niches.
The reader service chronologically lists blogs published and you can click on interesting articles to read more. This is the this is an excellent way to consume a large volume of quality content, because you are only viewing articles from blogs you subscribe to, to find content is that will inspire you.
3. Use Forums – Yes Forums Still Exist!
This may sound like an old-fashioned tip, but a lot of people still use forums on a daily basis. My forum of choice is Quora, you can search key terms or questions related to the type of content you want to write about.
It may not be a traditional forum, but their ambition to provide the “Best Answer to Any Question” does provide great content to work with. The website will serve you with a list of questions that have been asked in that area, and more importantly the answers that is being provided.
You can even ask questions on certain types of content that you were considering writing about. If the question is a good one somebody is going to answer it.
4. Read the Table of Contents for Free in Amazon Books
There are millions of books for sale on Amazon. All of these publications have one thing in common, you are allowed to read a snippet of the book which generally contains the book’s Table of Contents.
Search the relevant key terms and niche authority figures within Amazon. Select the most interesting titles provided in the results section. Click on the preview button and read through the Table of Contents.
This will give you the chapters listed and should provide some insight on different angles to create content. One big advantage of this is that although you are being inspired to write blogs based on the Table of Contents, the author’s idea’s and opinions are not provided. This makes it easier for you to write your own view, without getting influenced too much.
List each of the chapters or keywords that you think are relevant and could be used to create content for your blog. And as we mentioned earlier in the post, start brain storming the content.
5. Accept Guest bloggers
This is more of a long-term solution, rather than a quick fix. However, it can be very useful. As we enter an age were social proof is just as important, if not more than SEO. There are more and more bloggers appearing as guests within other businesses within their niche.
If you provide content on a regular basis, which you should be doing, then having a guest blogger can help you. It does not necessarily have to be the one person, you can accept articles from many different bloggers.
The content created for your website is generally of a high quality because the blogger is looking to get your audience to check out their own content. Along with building their own profile and reputation.
LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS POST:
- Digg An Excellent Reader Service
- Quora “The Best Answer to Any Question” Great Platform to ask & answer questions on everything imaginable. Use it as a source of content inspiration.
- Amazon Bookstore Chapter Preview allows you to view the chapter listing. This can be a great source of inspiration.
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