Isn't converting popular blogs to video a fast-track to success?

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I read that utilizing video for IM is a quicker way to build an audience.

So I'm wondering if it's possible to take existing popular blogs/sites with large content and just make a video version of their content (not word-for-word of course, I'm not advocating plagiarism).

Would this work or not? Why/why not?
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    It could work. Many people do this. It's by no means a guarantee for success. Why not give it a try and see if it works for you?
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    Sure, there are plenty of people who prefer video to text, so it might be an excellent way of separating yourself.

    That said, there is far more to this industry than "Build it and they will come", so creating something great and actually turning it into something successful are two entirely different things.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Originally Posted by LifeDrawnBadly View Post

    I read that utilizing video for IM is a quicker way to build an audience.

    So I'm wondering if it's possible to take existing popular blogs/sites with large content and just make a video version of their content (not word-for-word of course, I'm not advocating plagiarism).

    Would this work or not? Why/why not?
    You can use other sites for research, just like you would for text content. One of the things I like to do is use "list" sites as inspiration for videos. "Top 5 this...". "Top 10 that"...etc.

    IMO a vastly under-used resource is converting PLR content to video. With a lot of PLR people post it to their sites so there's issues with duplicate content, but far fewer people take the time to make videos from the PLR content. And there's also plenty of public domain content that can be used to create videos.

    But I wouldn't call any of the above as a "fast track". You'll still need to work to promote and market your videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author amit drabu
    Absolutely!!
    Internet users are consuming information in the form of videos, more than ever.
    Videos are without a doubt, more engaging and carry more potential to attract more people to your content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ronish Baxter
    Videos attract more people because it is an easy source. People who don't like to read It is best option for them. Secondly, videos take less time than reading a blog, so people prefer videos.
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  • Profile picture of the author MeelisM
    Sorry to say this, but there is no fast-track to success.

    Just pick a way to turn traffic into money and start doing it.

    In this case, if you are interested in turning blogs into videos, go ahead and do it.

    If it interests you and you manage to monetize the traffic, then keep on doing it.

    There's no fast track. Enjoy the journey
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  • It is a good way because it helps to simplify or summarize the content and make them easy to understand. Furthermore, you effort will also save people a lot of time if they were to consume the content by reading word by word.
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  • Profile picture of the author BradYoung04
    As above, fast track to success is a bit over the top, but as a way to get extra mileage from your existing content, video is absolutely must have.

    Check out Lumen5 for a simple tool with enough free options for a starting point. In turns text into video/slide-shows quickly and with some very straightforward tools for refining. It's a bit primitive in places, but it sounds like you're in it for speed.

    Once you'be got your video, add it to your site, YouTube, Vimeo, all your social and *push it*. That's where you'll start to see the value.
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    • Profile picture of the author LifeDrawnBadly
      Originally Posted by BradYoung04 View Post

      As above, fast track to success is a bit over the top, but as a way to get extra mileage from your existing content, video is absolutely must have.

      Check out Lumen5 for a simple tool with enough free options for a starting point. In turns text into video/slide-shows quickly and with some very straightforward tools for refining. It's a bit primitive in places, but it sounds like you're in it for speed.

      Once you'be got your video, add it to your site, YouTube, Vimeo, all your social and *push it*. That's where you'll start to see the value.
      Thanks for the tool tip!

      So let's say I were to go the video AND blog route. Wouldn't it be possible to basically use the transcript from my video to write the content of the blog (assuming I've placed the keywords/headings/etc properly)? That way I could streamline the process faster.
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  • Profile picture of the author mmlux
    You would still need permission from the blog owner to make videos out of their posts and publish them, right?
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  • Profile picture of the author digital55
    I wouldn't call it fast track to success.

    You will still need to drive traffic to your videos.

    It will help you reach more people though and can be good for your visitors who would prefer to watch a video rather than read a blog post.
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  • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
    Putting the word, 'blog' and the term, 'fast track to success,' in the same sentence is certainly humorous - if nothing else!
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  • Profile picture of the author savidge4
    Successful or not, it would not be a waste of time. And an added - you could double down and convert the video to audio only creating a podcast. So for a little added work you could have 2x the content and depending on where you parked the podcasts have 3 4 and 5x the points of distribution.

    Diversifying the media in which you share your message is always good, but thinking of how to increase the platforms in which your content sits and is accessible from is really where the game is won.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    I added some YouTube videos to my site back in February.


    Some of them are actually doing quite well. But again it all comes down to effective keyword research.


    I'm way off the point where I could monetise my videos though.
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  • Profile picture of the author lee_dsp
    I'd definitely agree with you on the benefits of video and using popular blog posts to research your content is a smart strategy. You'll still have to consider promotion, however, since there will be considerable competition in this space as well. But I'd definitely say go for it as far as your plan to utilize top blogs for research. Just be mindful that you don't cross the line into plagiarism.
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