Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a content production line running on your computer? Just like in a factory, your blog posts would travel along an assembly line where a machine would insert an attention-grabbing title, opening paragraph, a few sub-headings and bullet points, and finish it off with a compelling call to action. Simply push a button to create a quality article, upload to your blog, and you’re done in time to enjoy dinner with the kids.
Unfortunately, unless you’re running an auto-blog, content creation takes a bit more work than simply pushing a button. But you can learn how to blog better. You can become more prolific, more efficient, and even faster at building articles and blog posts. You might even make in to dinner.
Know Your Subject
This should be obvious, but you might be surprised at how many bloggers choose their niche simply because they think it will make them money. I’ve got news for you, if you don’t know anything about playing guitar, not only will you struggle to write good blog posts, but you’re not going to sell very many learn-to-play-guitar eBooks.
You have two choices here. You can either learn to play guitar (hey, I know a great eBook about that!), or blog about something you do know. If you’re really interested in playing guitar – beyond how you can make money with it – then I’d recommend the first. Try out the products you’re promoting, and you can help your readers learn along with you. You’ll find plenty to write about, too. But if your only interest in guitar stems from the fact that the eBook pays a 75% commission, then perhaps it’s best if you choose a different niche.
Read and Write. A Lot.
Ask a hobby blogger how they go about writing a blog post and they’ll likely say something like, “Oh, when I get inspired I sit down and write something.” Ask a professional writer about waiting for inspiration and they’ll tell you that’s the path to the poor house. Inspiration doesn’t come to you, you go to it. And how you get there is by reading and writing in your chosen subject.
Words have a way of multiplying. The more you write, the easier it becomes. And the easier it becomes, the more you write. Compose enough blog posts and articles on your given subject, and you’ll scarcely be able to pull yourself away from the keyboard. Seriously. Make writing a habit, and you’ll never run out of ideas.
Capture Ideas for Future Use
Yes, writing becomes easier with practice; but there will still be times when you sit in front of a blank monitor and wonder just what you’re going to talk about today. Fresh out of brilliant ideas? Open up your idea list and find your inspiration.
Your idea list might live in a text file on your laptop, in your email account, or even in a software application like Evernote. Use it as a place to store those snippets of conversation you overhear about your topic, questions people ask you about it, and those fantastic titles that always seem to occur just as you’re drifting off to sleep. You can even store links to other blogs or articles you want to expand upon, or that you think you can cover better. The point is to have something written down to help you get started writing even if your muse is on her coffee break.
Get Help if You Need It
We’re all human, and we all need a break from time to time. Whether you’re vacationing in the land of no Internet (lucky you) or just too busy with the day job to even think about blogging, there are plenty of ways to keep the content flowing in your absence.
If you’ve got a little money to invest, consider hiring a ghostwriter. Prices range from $5 per post to $100 or more, depending on your niche and the writer’s experience. The benefit of hiring a writer – especially if you choose someone with expertise in your subject – is that you know you’ll be providing top-quality content for your readers. The downside, of course, is the cost.
For those without a budget, there are two common ways of finding content: article directories and guest bloggers. You can search through EzineArticles.com or ArticlesBase.com, make your selections, and have them posted to your blog in no time. The drawback can be quality. You may search a long time before you find something worth publishing. A guest blogger will generally provide a higher quality post, but the process isn’t instant, and it’s not usually reliable unless you have a really popular blog.
A third option that neatly addresses the downside of ghostwriters, free reprint articles, and guest bloggers, is private label rights. PLR is content that is sold to many people, so it’s not unique. However, it’s inexpensive to buy and you are allowed – even encouraged – to rewrite it to make it fit your blog and your voice. Private label rights articles usually sell for around $1 each, so the price is definitely right, and you’re not stuck with badly written content or links out to bad neighborhoods like you might be with free posts from directories.
Niche blogging doesn’t have to take up every spare minute of your time – unless you want it to, of course. Putting some systems in place to keep the ideas and the words flowing even when you’re not inspired to write – or when you’ve got better things to do – will make content creation easier, and that will keep the traffic flowing and the affiliate links clicking.
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