Content Creation Ideas: 3 Fast and Easy Resources

Content Creation Ideas: 3 Fast and Easy Resources

Looking for content creation ideas? Coming up with fresh ideas for new content can leave you feeling like a hamster on a wheel. You’re running and running, but staying in the same place.

I know the feeling. Not only do I create content for clients, I also create content for my blogs.

Let’s look at my current favorite content resources. They inspire me, and they may inspire you.

Upworthy: clever headlines count.

You’re busy creating content. Who has time for headlines? You, that’s who, otherwise your content won’t be read. I visit Upworthy solely for the headlines.

How about this one:

Here Are Just 3 Of The Smaller Lies SeaWorld Makes Its Employees Tell Its Guests

Or this one:

2 People Described The Same Person To A Forensic Artist And This Is What Happened

Great stuff. When I read headlines like that, they inspire me to lift my game. No matter how dull the topic, a great headline gets attention.

Keep in mind that your headline can be separate from your page title, which is developed for search engine optimization (SEO.)

Heidi Cohen always does a great job developing SEO-worthy page titles, and headlines.

Totally Delicious: discover great content ideas you can use today.

I used to be a Delicious fan and used it for years as a bookmarking website. Then Yahoo bought it, and it died.

Delicious is back. Explore the Discover option. Delicious finds links based on your interests. In Discover, click the Manage Your Subscription link, and add a keyword. You can add as many as you like. Then click the Subscribe button. You’ll now get links for that keyword in your feed.

You’re sure to find some content ideas within a minute or two.

Google News: news from everywhere, about everything.

I’m a news junkie, so I check Google News at least once a day, sometimes more often.

Just enter a keyword into the search query box, and you’ll get the latest news which mentions that keyword. You’ll notice that when you enter a keyword, Suggest gives you the option of searching News, or the Web.

At the bottom of the page, you’ll see:

Stay up to date on these results:

Create an email alert for content creation

If you wish, you can create an Alert for the keyword you entered. If you create an Alert, you’ll get fresh content ideas delivered to your email Inbox each day.

So there you have it. Three resources for content creation ideas. I’m sure you’ll find these resources as inspiring as I do. Happy hunting… :-)

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Hot Marketing Reads: November 11, 2013

Here are some great reads which caught my eye today. Discover: a brilliant way to add Slideshare to SEO content strategy; a plethora (lovely word ;-) of social media management tools; lots of great tools to get ideas for content; blog post templates; and some “rules” of content marketing.

SEO: 6 Steps for Successful Content Marketing Using SlideShare’s Secret Search Sauce (CMI).

Are you making the most of Slideshare? It’s one of the top 150 most-visited websites in the world, and you can get a share of that traffic. This article gives you an entire strategy for making the most of Slideshare.

This is something I need to do for myself, as well as for my clients. I love Haiku Deck and Bunkr. I’ll definitely be creating a couple of presentations just for Slideshare this week.

Social Media: 46 Experts Share Their Top Social Media Management Tools (BloggingWizard).

If you’ve been avoiding social media, give up the thought that you can keep your head in the sand. It’s time to front up on social. 46 social media experts share their top tools. You’re sure to find several tools which will help you to make the most of social marketing opportunities.

15 Free Tools for Instant Content Ideas (and 2 Paid Ones) (Raven)

Looking for content ideas? The content-creation To Do list never ends. Some great ideas here.

Hmmm… Play the audio file link in the first paragraph. The word I said aloud was “camera.”  What word did you think of? (It’s a lesson in how word association helps you with creating content.)

A Blog Post to Help You Write Blog Posts, plus 5 Free Blogging Templates (hubspot)

Hate writing, but need to blog anyway? Sometimes you can’t get out of it. This article teaches you how to create a How To post, step by step. There’s some templates you’ll find useful too.

Infographic: Findability – 21 New Rules of Content Marketing (Marketing Tech Blog)

I hate rules for anything, but these aren’t so much rules, as common sense advice for your content marketing. I love #16, “stop buying content from the bargain bin.”

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Blogging Without Fear: 5 Easy Forms of Content You Can Create FAST

5 Easy Forms of Content You Can Create FAST

Scared of blogging? If blogging terrifies you because you have no idea how you’ll feed the content beast, relax. It’s easier than you think. All you need is a little inspiration, and a dash of creativity.

Let’s look at five easy forms of content you can create fast, and without breaking a sweat.

1. Gimme a tip: everyone loves tip posts, so share your tips with abandon.

This is a tip post. I create them because I’m a sucker for ALL tip posts, especially if I know an area well. Curiosity drives clicks – readers want to find that single GEM amongst your tips which will help them.

2. Tips and more tips: expand on your tip posts with additional tips.

Written one tip post?

Write another one. I could write another tip post to follow this one: Another 5 Easy Forms of Content You Can Create FAST. And I could write another one after that. Tip posts are fast to create. You know what the post’s structure is; just write your tips.

Here’s the benefit of writing tips in an area: you can collect all your tips into a HUGE “everything you want to know about Topic X” tip post. An example: 101 Easy Forms of Content You Can Create FAST.

Then, I could publish the “everything” tips as an ebook. Or chop them up and create videos from them.

The tips magic needn’t stop there. You can break out each one of your tips in any post into:

  • A new blog post, expanding on just one tip – if your original post contained five tips, you could break out the post into five articles. Or more.
  • Social media snippets. You can get lots more value of each tip, sharing more insights on each tip on social media.

Think of each tip post you create as a fruit tree. You can pick lots of fruit from the trees in the orchard of your blog.

3. Keep it short, sweetie: just the facts and the takeaway.

Some of my most popular posts on my blogs are asides – 25 to 50 words on something I wanted to share quickly. These posts are wonderful, because they’re FAST.

Here’s the key to short posts: value. You need to be clear – explain what you’re sharing and why it’s important. Your short post also needs a takeaway: something the reader can try out and use right now. Alternatively, your post needs to be entertaining. If you can do both: provide information and entertainment in an aside, you’re golden.

4. Go BIG with images: a picture gets the feeling across, and helps readers remember you and your post.

Have you discovered Pinterest? Pinterest is a wonderful marketing tool, and it teaches a great lesson: ATTENTION is what counts. Images get attention, so use big, bold images to add emotion and another layer of meaning to your blog posts.

You can share your image posts on Pinterest, and Google+. Great images will spice up your content.

5. Create link posts. They’re fast to create AND they bring traffic.

As popular as asides are; link posts are just as popular. (That’s annoying sometimes. You slave over content, and then a short and simple LINK POST gets more attention. ;-))

You can post a single link with a short comment, or a collection of links.

Bonus tip (for longterm bloggers): Polish up the past. Scour your archives for great material you can update.

If you’ve been blogging for a while, you’ve got lots of wonderful content. Sadly, it’s buried. Bring it back to life. Create “one year later” or “this time last year” posts to bring attention to your hidden gems. (Add a glitzy image for even more attention…)

I shared these five content-creation strategies with some of my blogging students. The general reaction was: “I can do that!” So, if these tips work for new bloggers, they’ll work for you too. :-)
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