11 Hot Content Creation Resources To Inspire And Motivate You

Looking for content creation resources? Creating fresh content every week is demanding. It’s easy to get stale, and run out of ideas. Here are some resources you may not have considered.

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Content creation is demanding. You need resources and inspiration. Let’s look at 11 resources. For more help, check out “Web Content Creator: Dominate the Web”. It’s a complete package in content creation.

1. WHAT’S NEW?

INVESTIGATE NEWS SOURCES.

Check out your favorite newspapers and magazines, online and offline. You may be able to piggyback your content onto a hot news story.

2. EXPLORE IMAGE LIBRARIES.

YOUR CREATIVE RIGHT BRAIN THINKS IN IMAGES.

Your creative right brain thinks in images. Kickstart your creativity by visiting your favorite stock image libraries, or online art galleries. Choose an image, and brainstorm content, by relating the image to your topic.

3. ASK QUESTIONS.

WHO, WHAT, WHY, WHEN AND HOW…

Questions demand answers. Write a series of “who” questions, then a series of “what” questions, and so on. You’ll soon have more content ideas than you can use.

4. BROWSE PINTEREST.

CHECK OUT THE MOST POPULAR PINS.

Press the Explore icon on Pinterest, or use the search query field. Pinterest is an amazing resource. Remember #3 – ask questions.

5. EXPLORE REDDIT AND QUORA.

DISCOVER WHAT’S HOT AND WHAT PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW.

Something’s always happening on these sites. Resist the temptation to browse: set yourself a time limit, and make lists of content ideas.

6. READ A BOOK.

EXPLORE AMAZON AND GOOGLE BOOKS.

Books are the ultimate sources. Explore your home library, your local libraries, and Amazon and Google Books.

7. WHO’S READING YOUR CONTENT?

THINK ABOUT WHAT INTERESTS THE PEOPLE WHO READ YOUR CONTENT.

We all have many interests. Think about how you could tap into social culture. What movies are people watching? What sports events are in the news? If you’ve got an opinion on a hot movie, share it.

8. TURN OLD CONTENT INTO NEW CONTENT.

UPDATE OLDER BLOG POSTS.

We tend to forget that older content is still content. Update older blog posts. If you interviewed someone a year ago, interview them again.

9. CURATE CONTENT.

YOURS, AND OTHERS’.

Hunt for great content, and share it. Explore social media sites. Don’t forget your content: add it to your content mix.

10. YOU MAY QUOTE ME.

SHARE WISDOM.

We all need a daily boost of motivation and inspiration. Share the wisdom of the wise, and inspire your audience. Quotations abound online; jot down your own favorites from your reading.

11. GOOGLE TRENDS.

WHAT’S TRENDING?

What’s hot? Google has Google Trends, which show you what people are searching for now, and what they searched for in the past. Check out trending topics on Twitter, Google+ and other networks for inspiration too.

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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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Business Blogging in 60 Minutes a Week 3: Outline and Collect

Outline and collect

One of the most useful books I’ve ever read is A Writer’s Time: Making the Time to Write, by Kenneth Atchity. I read it years ago, and commend it to you. Although I haven’t read it in decades, here’s what stuck with me — Atchity points out that starting a project is difficult. You’re fighting against inertia. Once you’ve got a project moving, it proceeds quickly.

If you can avoid this “starting” time in your blogging, you’ll be able to create a powerful business blog in under sixty minutes each week.

The easiest way to fight this natural inertia is by scheduling some “collection and outline” time.

Batch-create starting points for your blog posts: weekly, or monthly

Schedule 20 minutes each week, to outline your blog posts, and collect resources for them.

Your resources might include:

* Images;

* Facts and figures;

* Quotes from customers;

* Marketing materials for inspiration.

Once you’ve collected your resources, make a list of topics you want to cover on the blog. Keep the list somewhere you’ll find it easy, so you can add to it when you get an idea. I keep my blogs’ topics lists in Simplenote.

Your next step is to do some keyword research. Use your favorite tool. My current favorite is Keyword Eye.

Keyword Tool

As you can see in the image above, Keyword Eye gives you a word cloud of keyword terms related to your topic. I used the term “website design” and ended up with the image above.

Next, brainstorm blog post titles. Don’t agonize over this, you can always change them later.

Add several points you want to make in each post underneath the title. If the post will be a photo, just make a note: “need ten office photos’. (Why ten? Any number will do, but always take more photos than you’ll need.)

If you’re using a WordPress blog, you can use the Editorial Calendar plugin, to create draft posts. Most blogging platforms will create draft posts for you, so check the Help files of your platform if you’re not sure how to do this.

All done. Your blog posts are almost ready.

On another day, complete a post or two, and schedule their publication time and date on the blog.

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Mind Map User? Great Resource

I’m a huge mind mapping fan. I used maps every day, for everything. If you use mind maps too, you may be interested in a great resource — Biggerplate.

The site’s new to me. I discovered that Biggerplate integration is included in the latest version of Curio, so I had to check it out.

With over 400,000 mind maps on the site, you’re sure to find something you can use. I discovered a Story Template for fiction, that’s excellent.

Here are the site’s top ten mindmaps. They’ll give you a feel for the kinds of maps on the site.

Created a great map and want to share? Upload your mind maps for others.