How do you get contents for your article?

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Hi!

As I am not able to outsource article writing yet, I'm writing on my own.

My question is how do you get contents for your article for a niche that you are unfamiliar with?

More newbie questions will come in future from me.

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author digigo
    do research on that particular topic.. ask questions.. and if the question can not be answered by search engines.. you know you have something you can write about and others care about..
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    • Profile picture of the author savvywriter
      Originally Posted by digigo View Post

      do research on that particular topic.. ask questions.. and if the question can not be answered by search engines.. you know you have something you can write about and others care about..
      Yes. this is very true. I also have tried this and found it very easy when you used to it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
    I use all types of sources and have become a master of the synonym. Actually, I read a source and put it in my own words along with my own thoughts, tips, etc.. It used to take a while but over time I have got it down to a very quick routine.

    I use Wiki, EZA, other content from Google source, etc..
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  • Profile picture of the author Bev Clement
    Don't assume everything you read online is correct especially when many article writers just grab a few articles to get bullet points to create their articles.

    Let's say you want to write on cancer, and a specific type of cancer. Go to the authority sites. Health sites which are recognized in various countries to find the information.

    We were once asked to write on beer, and we went directly to the authority sites on the subject ... the breweries.

    Using logic you can see which type of site is seen as an authority, and then you can research the subject.
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    • Profile picture of the author Marhelper
      Originally Posted by Bev Clement View Post

      Don't assume everything you read online is correct especially when many article writers just grab a few articles to get bullet points to create their articles.

      Let's say you want to write on cancer, and a specific type of cancer. Go to the authority sites. Health sites which are recognized in various countries to find the information.

      We were once asked to write on beer, and we went directly to the authority sites on the subject ... the breweries.

      Using logic you can see which type of site is seen as an authority, and then you can research the subject.
      I totally agree, especially with medically related niches.
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      • Profile picture of the author Elle Holder
        And before your write anything after checking your sources, learn how to use your research material without plagiarizing it.

        You'll have to let the info sit for a bit, mull it over in your mind, put it in your own words and then write it.
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        • Profile picture of the author bethrobinson
          I type in the search terms I know and read the top 10 or 20 results, keeping electronic notes as I go. Not quotes. Notes in my own words to avoid plagiarizing.

          Then I cut and paste to reorganize the information into logical groupings, thinking a little about hooks and stories I can tell in the meantime.

          Then I start writing my first drafts. I sometimes need to do more research at this point, as I find gaps in my knowledge. Here's also where I find out if I have too much information to fit in one article or not enough.

          Then I look at the approach I took and see if I can take another one as well.

          Then I finish writing the batch.

          Of course, there's always the rewrite the PLR option, which I also take, but that didn't sound like the question you were asking.
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          • Profile picture of the author bizfox
            What the above poster said. Research and read as much as you can about the subject then write about it in your own style.
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          • Profile picture of the author Justinkase
            Originally Posted by bethrobinson View Post


            Of course, there's always the rewrite the PLR option, which I also take, but that didn't sound like the question you were asking.
            Yeah, I generally start with a PLR article, then once I start changing it up a bit, it generally takes on a life of it's own and boom all of a sudden I have a totally original article. PLR is just a great way to get started, it will also teach you about the niche. by the time you get though 10 or so you know what your talking about and can write your own content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sparhawke
    I do interviews with well known figures in the worlds that I inhabit, if there is a well known character in that niche then simply approach them and ask if they would be willing to do an interview with you. They will likely link to your interview on your site and drive traffic as well.

    They can only say no, but there more recognisable your name and reputation the more luck you will have.

    Obviously Bill Gates will have misgivings about a middle of the morning (4am) interview on a Croatian cable show with no viewers, but he would be willing to go on Larry King. (and appear as a cameo on Frasier)

    Simply be polite, respectful and try your luck

    Here is the general format you can use, but be aware I had already been in talks with a senior member so my request was already primed:

    Hi there, I am Sparhawke of Sals Realm, a former forum admin and current forum mod...we would love to do an interview with you sometime for mutual benefit. I have spoken to Randydrew/Abby ingame and we both agree it could help us greatly

    (I will post a link to a picture of the mask doing his patented "Sch'mokin!!" image in my siggy to prove I am indeed who I say I am)

    Of course we have to be utterly impartial but I hope this will be an opportunity for both of us to get our points across and allow you to answer your critics and maybe gain new fans as we gain new readers, please consider our offer and accept our thanks for allowing us this rare opportunity

    We at Sals Realm eagerly await your reply
    And his reply:

    Hi, Mr J Rune here

    I agree that an interview would be mutually beneficial and I would appreciate the opportunity to answer any questions Sals Realm might have for me. It will be good to give RS players more detailed information on how our clan works and perhaps how we are different to other merchanting clans. I won't be avoiding any questions at all so feel free to ask whatever you like

    I look forward to the interview!

    Regards,
    Mr J Rune
    Obviously it could be different for you, or completely non-existant but what have you got to lose simply by contacting someone?
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    • Profile picture of the author jacob_S
      You can try the search engines, but you will get an overwhelming amount of info that may or may not be accurate. You can try ezinearticles and other article sites (look up on google) and type in your niche and gather different useful info from them and then put it in your own words and thoughts. Authority sites like Wikipedia and other Wiki's are usually pretty good info. Hope I helped you.
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  • Profile picture of the author JMPruitt
    there are a lot of great suggestions here. another source is the local library. find books by the top authors in the field. it is always great to add a quote or two from a recognized expert, then expand by adding your own take.

    Research should always be taken from multiple sources. You do not want to get accused of stealing someone elses ideas. If you do not know your niche, learn about it. if you cannot write even a few articles on the subject, then you need to study even more. Honestly, the people I see targeting niches that they do not know anything about outsource all the writing.

    Your best bet is to pick a niche you know something about, make it succeed, and then move on to another project later, once you have the money to outsource.
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  • Profile picture of the author kendrickyi
    Usually the people who read articles are those with a problem or a question in mind. Some may ask questions like "How do I get rid of acne" or "How can I train my dog".

    Here's a real example. I have a really bad sore throat / throat infection. I'm aware that onions and garlics have medicinal value so I did a search on Google like "garlic sore throat" and I got a whole list of results. Most of them were articles on home remedies for sore throat and throat infection.

    So before you write an article, think of a need, and when you're writing it, make sure you meet the need.

    That's my 2 cents.
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  • Profile picture of the author fredjr1978
    When I write about a niche that I am not sure about, I usually go to article directories and try to search articles that were already written on my niche and take notes. You never want to copy the article, rather take notes so you can write from your own thoughts and knowledge that you have built. Some would say that this takes more time, but if you study articles that are read the most, you have a high chance of writing articles that people will want to read and possibly even post on there websites! Thats the gold mind!..

    Good luck to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author juzanobo
    You can also get resources offline (newpaper, magazines, etc.) not only from the internet alone.
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  • Profile picture of the author rapidscc
    Hi Kitty,

    One of the best resources I managed to get my hands on is
    Google Reader. You can get RSS feeds from all websites
    around the web. The good thing about it is that they already
    provide a grouping of topics.

    So for example you want to write about Internet marketing...
    just select the provided rss feeds for it that I think is arranged or
    put together by Google's staff.

    You can even see what the top editors are reading..their favorite
    RSS will also be there..

    I haven't used Google reader for about a month now..but when I
    was using it, it proved to be a very valuable resource..

    You won't have to go through all the searching and wotnot.
    everything is presented there, ready for you consumption..

    I think I've heard of one guru who recommends it to his
    customers as resource for immediate info product creation..

    I just can't recall the guru...

    All the best,
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  • Profile picture of the author Kitty Kiki
    Thank you..

    I think for a niche that I am not familiar with starting with a PLR article is a good idea..I will jot down the ideas and write it with my style.
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  • Profile picture of the author cragar
    Kitty,
    It does ot matter the niche you choose. Go to e-zine articles and look over the TOP READ articles in the niche you have chosen. Make a swipe file with those<get at least 6 but not much more>DO NOT OVERWHELM yourself here.
    Decide on a title using the best of the swipe articles content.SAY: top 5 tips for ...blah blah!
    Look at the keywords and decide yours. Name the title using your keyword. Create a summary doing the same.Use the keyword in your first sentence.
    Do the writing after you have taken out the best of the content and wrapped it up in your words.
    Always continue learning. REMEMBER THE MOST IMPORTANT ITEM. To get the reader to click on your money link in the resource box. Do you know how to do that?
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    • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
      Everyone is giving you great advice. I use many of their ideas when researching articles for clients.

      One thing which I think is important. Read information from 3 or 4 reliable sources. Take notes of items of interest.

      Then here's the important thing. Write from what you learned, don't keep staring back at the articles. It's very easy to start copying someone else's material if you keep looking at it.

      I write on such a wide variety of topics for other people. Sometimes it is challenging, because I know nothing about the subject before starting. These articles take longer to write.

      When I know a subject well. It is easy. You just write from your heart and knowledge.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kitty Kiki
    Thanks for your help

    May God bless you all!!
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