How Do You Come Up With New & Fresh Content Consistently?

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Hello everyone, I would like to ask this amazing community a question.

What do you do to come up with new and fresh content on a consistent basis? Where do you get your ideas and how do you get them? When you feel blank or have no ideas at all, what can we do to get out of that situation?

Looking forward to hearing your answers.
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  • Profile picture of the author nicolas simpson
    Doing a lot of reading on the topic that you are interested in or the niche that your blog is in then go ahead and start writing articles.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
      Originally Posted by nicolas simpson View Post

      Doing a lot of reading on the topic that you are interested in or the niche that your blog is in then go ahead and start writing articles.
      Reading is definitely powerful! Always have a book. It's important that we constantly expose ourselves to new content and ideas if we're blogging and writing.

      Thanks for your answer Nicolas!
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan2525
    Originally Posted by TheZafraGroup View Post

    Hello everyone, I would like to ask this amazing community a question.

    What do you do to come up with new and fresh content on a consistent basis? Where do you get your ideas and how do you get them? When you feel blank or have no ideas at all, what can we do to get out of that situation?

    Looking forward to hearing your answers.
    Here is my secret and the secret used by all TOP internet marketers:

    Read Books.

    Books on your chosen subject IE: Business, Sales and Marketing.
    Make notes and put the information in your own words on your
    website.

    This helps you absorb the information better and is making you
    in to an authority both in your head and on your websites.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
      Originally Posted by Nathan2525 View Post

      Here is my secret and the secret used by all TOP internet marketers:

      Read Books.

      Books on your chosen subject IE: Business, Sales and Marketing.
      Make notes and put the information in your own words on your
      website.

      This helps you absorb the information better and is making you
      in to an authority both in your head and on your websites.
      Hey Nathan,

      Love your answer buddy! I totally agree with you with reading books. I do that consistently and yes, my ideas start to flow after reading sometimes a few pages and sometimes the first sentence. Books are definitely powerful. Another good way is to read other blogs as well.

      Thanks for your answer!
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  • Profile picture of the author nicholasb
    I do it by just being active in my niche, opting in to all my "competitors" lists reading their blog posts, hanging out in forums, then I just address my opinion on whatever problems I see people are having or are looking for.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
      Originally Posted by nicholasb View Post

      I do it by just being active in my niche, opting in to all my "competitors" lists reading their blog posts, hanging out in forums, then I just address my opinion on whatever problems I see people are having or are looking for.
      Hey Nicholas,

      That's a great tip there. Being active is important. We need to be updated with info and know whatever is going on. Being active, is the best way to do this. Reading blog posts, opting-in and hanging out in forums is a great technique.

      Thanks for your answer!
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    • Profile picture of the author Rick88
      Originally Posted by nicholasb View Post

      I do it by just being active in my niche, opting in to all my "competitors" lists reading their blog posts, hanging out in forums, then I just address my opinion on whatever problems I see people are having or are looking for.

      I do this as well. You can also use magazines and books as a few have already mentioned.

      It think another one is to check around for Q&A on your niche topics. This can lead to product creation if you are into that. It can still give you topics to post on.
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  • Profile picture of the author seopert
    I have another question, related to the answer of nathan, if someone hates reading books then :p any advice for that?
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    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by seopert View Post

      I have another question, related to the answer of nathan, if someone hates reading books then :p any advice for that?
      You could look for audio versions of books that catch your interest. Or you could just cowboy up and read...
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    • Profile picture of the author Alex Barboza
      Originally Posted by seopert View Post

      I have another question, related to the answer of nathan, if someone hates reading books then :p any advice for that?
      If you don't do enough reading you will have a very difficult time trying to write something.
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    • Profile picture of the author angela99
      Originally Posted by seopert View Post

      I have another question, related to the answer of nathan, if someone hates reading books then :p any advice for that?
      Short answer: get over it. Start reading books. :-)

      If you're an Internet marketer, you should be reading Seth Godin's books, and his blog, for starters.

      To create fresh content consistently, you must be active. You need to become an expert in your topic.

      Starting out as a beginner is fine. Just write about your experiences, as a beginner.

      If you're taking action, you won't be a beginner for long, and if you keep taking action, you'll become an expert eventually -- as long as you read the experts.

      You need to read the experts, to fuel your own insights.

      I can't imagine working in any area, without reading... And there's no way to become an expert in an area without knowing what the top thinkers in an area are doing and thinking.

      If you're serious about IM, read books.

      Angela
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      • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
        I'm creating content for 4 blogs, several articles, youtube videos and ongoing infoproduct development each and every day...

        Some tips I use:

        1. Surveys and polls built into every blog and website page - collecting questions, comments, etc... from your visitors gives you tons of ideas for content

        2. Social networking - I now find lots of great content ideas on Twitter, Facebook as well as forums related to my niche markets

        3. Google News - I have pre-set searches delivered each day on new news around my different niches, these give me ideas for content or sometimes are worthy of directly relaying to my market

        4. My blogs - if you really try to engage your blog readers in conversation, they will not only create a ton of content for you (by making comments), but they will also give you ideas as they generate their content

        5. Multi-purpose your content. I like to leverage things like a 20-minute telephone interview, transcribed turns into a small report or longer article, which can then be referred to by a blog, spawn an idea for a press release and be posted about on social networking - that is ALL content.

        Hope those ideas help

        Jeff
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    • Profile picture of the author john1818
      Originally Posted by seopert View Post

      I have another question, related to the answer of nathan, if someone hates reading books then :p any advice for that?
      Hating books isn't a good thing to do. Books are man's greatest teacher. It has a hell lot of patience and gives you some pretty cool advice.

      Reading sometime doesn't hurt. It's the easiest way to learn.

      If you're too lazy to do something as simple as reading, then what else can you do? I hope you get what I mean.

      Regards,

      John
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    • Profile picture of the author Leunamme
      Originally Posted by seopert View Post

      I have another question, related to the answer of nathan, if someone hates reading books then :p any advice for that?
      I'm a real book lover myself, so I have no problem reading. If you hate the act of flipping pages and reading written words, I suggest you get an audio book. You can play it while going for a morning jog, driving to the dry cleaners or whenever there's a lull in your day.
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  • Profile picture of the author amritrr
    Do research on the internet on that topic and then write based on your findings. Alternatively, assign a content writer to write on your behalf.
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  • Profile picture of the author videobyemail
    I was actually going to come on here and ask the same question.

    I know that article writing is very important and that happens to be my weak spot.

    I realized fter reading the post in this thread that I have een learning and am starting to get a few more ideas on writing and now i realize itis due to my reading more about my niche.

    Thanks for sharing

    P.S. For video by email and video conferencing - should i read only about them or should i go read video marketing articles?

    thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author LarryC
    This isn't the most original idea in the world, but get Google alerts related to your niche. This can suggest some new ideas for topics that haven't been circulating for years already. For example, anything related to health/fitness/nutrition, you can get information on new studies, treatments, etc. Of course, then you still have to create the content!
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    • Profile picture of the author Mellony
      Originally Posted by LarryC View Post

      This isn't the most original idea in the world, but get Google alerts related to your niche. This can suggest some new ideas for topics that haven't been circulating for years already. For example, anything related to health/fitness/nutrition, you can get information on new studies, treatments, etc. Of course, then you still have to create the content!
      Thanks for sharing - great idea !
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
    Originally Posted by fredlee View Post

    I have a little daughter. Every night, she usually reads her books to me, and I read those to her. Is it better than nothing?
    In this context, it depends. Do the books you and your daughter read to each other have anything to do with the topic/niche for which you want to create content?

    Even if your reading sessions with your daughter don't ever put a nickel in your pocket, the memories you create are priceless. I'm past the half-century mark, and I still recall those times with great fondness...
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  • Profile picture of the author iuditg
    I think it's really important to stay updated in today's world. I read a lot and I try to grasp knowledge from various things going around me. Those things really help to come up with more unique contents constantly
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  • Profile picture of the author Shaun OReilly
    Originally Posted by TheZafraGroup View Post

    What do you do to come up with new and fresh content on a consistent basis? Where do you get your ideas and how do you get them?
    I frequently interact with prospects and customers in
    my market to find out what their problems are and the
    solutions they're looking for.

    This interactivity provides a pretty good stream of ideas
    and I note my article ideas in a Notepad file too.
    Originally Posted by TheZafraGroup View Post

    When you feel blank or have no ideas at all, what can we do to get out of that situation?
    Here's a useful tip on how to NEVER have a 'blank' moment...

    After writing for a while, you'll find that there are times
    when you're on a roll and ideas come freely. Instead of
    just writing one article that day, write a couple and
    store the spare ones for later.

    Then when you're struggling for ideas, dip into the spare
    reserve to save the day.

    Dedicated to mutual success,

    Shaun
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  • Profile picture of the author investasap
    Originally Posted by TheZafraGroup View Post

    Hello everyone, I would like to ask this amazing community a question.

    What do you do to come up with new and fresh content on a consistent basis? Where do you get your ideas and how do you get them? When you feel blank or have no ideas at all, what can we do to get out of that situation?

    Looking forward to hearing your answers.
    Just search google for your niche im sure you will get plenty of ideas,rewrite topics you find
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    There are two places I go if I'm struggling for content.

    1. Niche forums. I already post in these forums for traffic and I'm seeing a lot of the same questions time after time. If people are asking these questions, it means they want answers so you have a great blog post idea right there.

    2. Yahoo Answers. Same thing, people asking questions. The key is to find out what people want to know and tell them.

    Reading books and blogs does help a lot and I am always sure to do that and I get a lot of inspiration from it, but by finding out what people want to know you can be sure you are giving your readers what they want.
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  • Profile picture of the author John Redlinger
    I get a lot of ideas from the article writing services
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  • Profile picture of the author monister
    i got ideas sometimes from newsletters and articles related to that niche.to make easier i use google alerts to manage things
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Webb
    I use Google Keywords Tool.

    I create content that meets the direct needs of searchers, you'll never run out of ideas from that
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    • Profile picture of the author Calum88
      I agree with everyone who suggested reading!

      Read everything you can-books,blogs,newspapers etc

      If I get really stuck I sometimes unchain myself from the keyboard and go for a long walk or just do something else. Ideas soon start to flow again!

      Hope that helps a bit!
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    I see many people having a BIG focus on content. While this is true, some things need to be said:

    Your site/blog does not need content on a daily base, you dont need to flood a website with dozens, if not hundreds per articles per week "to rank in google".

    I see many people seriously thinking like that, but i simply cannot confirm this. If your site gets, say, one GOOD article each week..this is already pretty good as long as there is constant something going on the site.

    QUALITY over QUANTITY!

    Some niches simply don't yield dozens or hundreds of articles - how should that work? I can have a site about yeast infection or hair removal or whatever niche...at some point the articles REALLY can get redundant

    Please also know that sites with only "some pages" can rank well in Google. You can have a site with 10 sub pages..and NOT need a constant update on content, depending on niche and what site it is, of course.

    So..get away from the idea you need to "force" a zillion of articles on your site...especially if there is a danger that the quality of the content could suffer. Then rather less articles, but better ones.
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  • Profile picture of the author AmandaT
    Very true. At the start I like to post about 3 articles a week. Later I will post 1-2 good blog entries a week. I also do guest posting though, so I end up writing a lot of articles for extra exposure.
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  • Profile picture of the author dreadpiraterobby
    i have other people do it for me
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  • Profile picture of the author EugeneA
    I don't know if this has already been said, but...

    If you go to enzine articles, I believe there's a section that says "suggested titles"? (something like that)

    Take a look at the suggestions and come up with some topics.
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  • Profile picture of the author Raydal
    You can't give out if you are not taking in. But don't limit yourself to just your own
    field. Read and observe from other fields because you would get lessons that you
    can apply to your niche.

    And remember that old things can be presented in a new way. There's really nothing
    new under the sun. You'll be surprised on the "new" ideas you can get from old
    places.

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  • Profile picture of the author Carol_A
    I like Shaun's answer - as I have never centered a blog post around a "keyword" only, but use it as a way to provide solutions to my readers' problems.

    I also devote a certain part of my day to reading/studying to keep up with the trends.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeanne Lovely
    I do a little bit of all the suggestions above, I write some, I hire ghostwriters and I sen some dictated articles to ODesk to be transcribed.

    It is not easy to create good quality content on a regular basis, so these methods work great for me.
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      • Originally Posted by Marianne Gonne View Post

        Very interesting!

        Forgive a potentially ignorant question, though: If the post has been indexed already, is there a risk of Google penalization for trying to re-index the same post on the same site?
        No, because the post isn't actually posted again. Only the date is changed. That makes it appear as if it were the most recent post.

        It's ingenious.

        I like this plugin because it gives me a chance to revise the article and optimize it, especially if I was in a hurry when I originally posted it.

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        • Here's the other thing that keeps my blog fresh: I write mostly about people. I'm never short on ideas.

          That's something you can do to juice up your writing: tell anecdotes about people. Got a friend who tried IM but just can't get the hang of it? Tell his story and make him someone people can relate to. Don't fake it, though.

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          • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
            Originally Posted by fluffythewondercat View Post

            Here's the other thing that keeps my blog fresh: I write mostly about people. I'm never short on ideas.

            That's something you can do to juice up your writing: tell anecdotes about people. Got a friend who tried IM but just can't get the hang of it? Tell his story and make him someone people can relate to. Don't fake it, though.

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            That is a great strategy there. Writing about other people, what they've been through and what they do, is a great way to get a consistent flow of ideas. Honesty is definitely important here tho.

            Thanks for your comment!
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  • Profile picture of the author tom865
    Another idea is to create a mindmap from a brainstorming session. I recommend mindmeister or mindjet. Have the topic of your blog as your central idea and create new main topics on that central topic. Just create a main topic as it comes to mind. Then make subtopics on each main topic. Go out and get inspiration from blogs and ebooks and classify all your ideas into the subtopics. This should supply you with inspiration for blog posts for quite a while to come.
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  • Profile picture of the author dagaul101
    It's always a good idea to have a vested interest in your niche, so getting updated content will be a doodle
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  • Profile picture of the author user name 666
    You can educate yourself with material on the internet that is free and relevant.

    EDU - YouTube is a good place to go.
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  • Profile picture of the author celente
    OK im gunna let my secret out.

    Go to the high traffic forums in your niche. They are killer...its people helping others with the same interest. Just like this forum. I would say its the best way to learn and get fresh ideas for content each and every week.

    Keeps the juices flowing too I think which is important if you want people to follow you.
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  • Profile picture of the author JennyBizz
    Another easy way to create content for your site is to start out with some PLR or article starters. This can be very helpful in getting your blog posts started. You can add to them or just use them as a jumping off point.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
    Wow! I'm amazed with all the answers I've gotten for this post. All the answers you've shared have been a great help to me and I'm sure to a lot of people out there! I didn't get to respond to all the answers but it doesn't mean I didn't read them. Thank you to all who answered!
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  • Profile picture of the author SheridanMelrose
    You could try leveraging other writers too (guest bloggers). There's a site that helps connect bloggers at myblogguest(dot)com
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    • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
      Originally Posted by SheridanMelrose View Post

      You could try leveraging other writers too (guest bloggers). There's a site that helps connect bloggers at myblogguest(dot)com
      Yes! That's one thing that I am definitely looking to get into. Guest blogging is a great way to get more posts and traffic. Thanks for your answer!
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Franklin
    Don't overlook your local library! Yeah, I know people treat it like a public wifi place but there's so many good resources there.

    You will find not only great books but many times great audios from various CD and library databases..

    A great hidden gem that people overlook is the newspaper section. There, you will find some of the major newspapers from across the country and sometimes around the world! The major newspapers tend to have great articles focusing on interviews with major players in almost every field you can imagine. So be sure to utilize the newspaper search as well!
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    • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
      Originally Posted by Michael Franklin View Post

      Don't overlook your local library! Yeah, I know people treat it like a public wifi place but there's so many good resources there.

      You will find not only great books but many times great audios from various CD and library databases..

      A great hidden gem that people overlook is the newspaper section. There, you will find some of the major newspapers from across the country and sometimes around the world! The major newspapers tend to have great articles focusing on interviews with major players in almost every field you can imagine. So be sure to utilize the newspaper search as well!
      Hey Michael!

      There you go. Great answer buddy. One thing most of us today forget is the offline world. We seem to get caught up into the online world we also forget that there are tons of ideas around us. The local library is definitely a great idea! Newspapers, magazines and any other reading material is a great source of info and ideas.

      Thank you very much for your answer!
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    • Profile picture of the author Azarna
      In my experience people who don't read can not write well.

      Studies have shown time and time again that the most successful writers are also voracious readers - this is how they have learnt what works and what doesn't. Most of us don't spend hours learning the rules of grammar by heart (which is why learning a second language is so hard to do that way), we learn them by reading what others have written. Over and over.

      Presumably you want other people to read your articles - and yet you don't like reading yourself? Heh.

      Thinking of what to write about has never really been an issue. I am interested in a lot of subjects so helpfully have a lot of things I read about and learn about. I like to jump from one thing to another too, I guess I have a short attention span or something.

      When I get a block whilst writing an article I just close that for now, and write about something else for a while. Or go play something REALLY loud on my sax, that helps :-) (oh, and chocolate helps too, but any woman will tell you that, it helps everything)
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      • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
        Originally Posted by Azarna View Post

        In my experience people who don't read can not write well.

        Studies have shown time and time again that the most successful writers are also voracious readers - this is how they have learnt what works and what doesn't. Most of us don't spend hours learning the rules of grammar by heart (which is why learning a second language is so hard to do that way), we learn them by reading what others have written. Over and over.

        Presumably you want other people to read your articles - and yet you don't like reading yourself? Heh.

        Thinking of what to write about has never really been an issue. I am interested in a lot of subjects so helpfully have a lot of things I read about and learn about. I like to jump from one thing to another too, I guess I have a short attention span or something.

        When I get a block whilst writing an article I just close that for now, and write about something else for a while. Or go play something REALLY loud on my sax, that helps :-) (oh, and chocolate helps too, but any woman will tell you that, it helps everything)
        Hey Azarna,

        You have a great point there. And yes, I do believe that people who don't read are not very good writers. Love the tips and insights you've shared.

        Thanks for your answer!
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      • Profile picture of the author Elizabeth Fee
        Not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but in addition to reading books, other articles on the Internet, etc, sometimes finding and engaging in conversation through forums (such as this particular thread) can spark a topic that you can then expand upon. If you comment on blogs, or answer questions in Yahoo! Answers, figure out a way to expand on your answer and turn that into an article or post.

        Another important thing I do when I feel like I've hit a wall... take a break! Walk away and do something else for a little while. Sometimes when you get back to it with a fresh mind and renewed energy, the ideas start pouring in.
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        • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
          Originally Posted by feetwins View Post

          Not sure if this has been mentioned yet, but in addition to reading books, other articles on the Internet, etc, sometimes finding and engaging in conversation through forums (such as this particular thread) can spark a topic that you can then expand upon. If you comment on blogs, or answer questions in Yahoo! Answers, figure out a way to expand on your answer and turn that into an article or post.

          Another important thing I do when I feel like I've hit a wall... take a break! Walk away and do something else for a little while. Sometimes when you get back to it with a fresh mind and renewed energy, the ideas start pouring in.
          Hey great answer there. Reading is definitely the most important thing to do. Yes, forums is a great source! I've gotten tons of amazing ideas when I started this thread. A lot of amazing people shared tons of ideas and methods on how to come up with new content.

          Yes, we all deserve breaks every once in a while. I do agree with what you've mentioned.

          Thanks for your answer!
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  • Profile picture of the author ClarkKent
    There are 3 key places I go to for article ideas
    1) Google Alerts
    Get emails and reports of where articles pop-up for keyworks you're interested in.

    2) Google Reader
    Bookmark your favorite writers and sift through everything on the commute to work.

    3) Public Library
    I usually look up the books on Amazon or my local bookstore, call into my library and get them to hold it from me.
    There's a wealth of information online, some of the best content is often available in print format only.

    I recommend learning to speed read as well.
    There's a lot of junk out there and a little quality content.
    To sift through it all is a skill in itself.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
      Originally Posted by ClarkKent View Post

      There are 3 key places I go to for article ideas
      1) Google Alerts
      Get emails and reports of where articles pop-up for keyworks you're interested in.

      2) Google Reader
      Bookmark your favorite writers and sift through everything on the commute to work.

      3) Public Library
      I usually look up the books on Amazon or my local bookstore, call into my library and get them to hold it from me.
      There's a wealth of information online, some of the best content is often available in print format only.

      I recommend learning to speed read as well.
      There's a lot of junk out there and a little quality content.
      To sift through it all is a skill in itself.
      Hey Clark,

      Thanks for your answer. I do agree with your tips. Another good thing about Google reader is you will have a list of blogs to comment on as well. So you can learn something new, get new ideas and generate traffic to your blog as well.

      Thanks for your answer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dracilla Dalton
    I think you have to have a foundation of curiosity and authentic interest in the world. Read books, magazines, talk to people, etc. I go to a lot of garage sales just to get out of the house. People tell me the most interesting, curious things. For instance, I met a woman at her garage sale who for years has been buying and selling African Violets. There is an entire world out there of African Violet collectors. Talk about an untapped niche!!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author WebPen
    I watch YouTube for hours until my brain dies.

    When it comes back to life, it has a lot of new content ready to unleash upon the world.

    It's like- zombie content.
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    • Keep a notebook or note cards with at all times. Jot down things you see or think about during the day. When you sit down to write you will have a bunch of ideas.
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      • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
        Originally Posted by Joe Ditzel View Post

        Keep a notebook or note cards with at all times. Jot down things you see or think about during the day. When you sit down to write you will have a bunch of ideas.
        Hey Joe,

        Great idea and tip there. It's always good to write our thoughts down. Thanks for your answer!
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  • Profile picture of the author Brandon Bell
    The easiest way to create fresh content is to supply a need. If you see a number of people looking for answers on a certain subject, you should create content that gives them all the answers they need.

    This is essentially what takes place on the Warrior Forum, which is why it's always filled with new content.

    "Where can you find people who need answers?" Forums, Blogs, Yahoo! Answers, etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
      Originally Posted by Brandon Bell View Post

      The easiest way to create fresh content is to supply a need. If you see a number of people looking for answers on a certain subject, you should create content that gives them all the answers they need.

      This is essentially what takes place on the Warrior Forum, which is why it's always filled with new content.

      "Where can you find people who need answers?" Forums, Blogs, Yahoo! Answers, etc.
      Hey Brandon,

      I love your answer. Provide value and solutions and we could help a lot of people who are in need of an answer and a solution. That is definitely a good tip to share to us.

      Thank you for your answer!
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  • Profile picture of the author supershoesclub
    ok, the best ideas for the new content creation is to join more forums and more blog communities.YOu know we will check different topics everyday in the forums.so it would be a new idea for you if you read more new forum posts and join more blog communities to get some new ideas.
    of course, read stories and newspaper will be useful too.
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  • Profile picture of the author tlrix
    I hire writers... When one writer has written 30 articles on a subject I hire a new one to write about the same thing... this keeps the content slightly different ...
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  • Profile picture of the author Raimundas M
    Originally Posted by TheZafraGroup View Post

    Hello everyone, I would like to ask this amazing community a question.

    What do you do to come up with new and fresh content on a consistent basis? Where do you get your ideas and how do you get them? When you feel blank or have no ideas at all, what can we do to get out of that situation?

    Looking forward to hearing your answers.
    I usually look at the google analytics and what keywords visitors typed to reach my site. Best way to gather ideas for your new articles.

    Plus, you now know what your target audience are looking for and you just give that to them by writing article on those specific keywords. It's Win-win for you and your visitors.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
      Originally Posted by Raimundas M View Post

      I usually look at the google analytics and what keywords visitors typed to reach my site. Best way to gather ideas for your new articles.

      Plus, you now know what your target audience are looking for and you just give that to them by writing article on those specific keywords. It's Win-win for you and your visitors.
      Hey Raimundas,

      Yes, that's a great strategy. Sometimes simple keywords can give us an idea for a whole post or article. Thanks for sharing this. There's one good plugin I use that's great for wordpress bloggers. It's called Lj Long Tail Seo. It's a plugin that updates and shows keywords on how people came to your site and what article they ended up on. Great plugin for interlinking as well.

      Thanks for your answer!
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      • Profile picture of the author Raimundas M
        Originally Posted by TheZafraGroup View Post

        Hey Raimundas,

        Yes, that's a great strategy. Sometimes simple keywords can give us an idea for a whole post or article. Thanks for sharing this. There's one good plugin I use that's great for wordpress bloggers. It's called Lj Long Tail Seo. It's a plugin that updates and shows keywords on how people came to your site and what article they ended up on. Great plugin for interlinking as well.

        Thanks for your answer!
        Hey, no problem.

        Yea, I use similar plugin for all my sites. I use Searchterms-Tagging-2.1.52. Awesome stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Kethansri
    Outsource. Fiverr is a good place but I have found great and cheap writers at elance itself.
    For dupe content I use my own tool, check my signature.
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    • Profile picture of the author slingingshot15
      you can also go on amazon and search for books in your niche...

      usually there is a section called look inside and here you can see the table of contents of the book as well as certain parts of the book....

      you can read 2 to 3 chapters of more somtimes...

      excellent way to get material
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    Wow , Thanks guys for sharing .
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  • Profile picture of the author TopKat22
    I get my ideas from all over. Discussions with people of what they are having troubles with, facebook, forums.

    If there is a problem, it is being discussed and if I have a solution, I write about it.
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  • Profile picture of the author 3bagsfull
    1. I am affiliate marketer and I read every newsletter my affiliate company sends me (clickbank has one that is often interesting) - It can generate ideas. I may not be ready to write about it, so I make a quick draft post in WP so I can handle it later.

    2. I use google alerts - I have the feed in my igoogle portal (rss reader) and when I open my computer every day there is new info in the subjects I am interested in. I can star the important ones or build a quick draft post in wp and have it there when I can't think of anything to write
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  • Profile picture of the author unclepennybags
    Do what I do.

    1) Research.

    2) Read this blog religiously.
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  • Profile picture of the author savvybizbuilder
    I write articles base on my experience, I consistently active on joining an business event where I can gain some ideas for my blog post. Recently, I just attend the Blogalicious Conference. It is is the largest blogging conference celebrating diversity in social media.
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  • Profile picture of the author plongmire
    Originally Posted by TheZafraGroup View Post

    Hello everyone, I would like to ask this amazing community a question.

    What do you do to come up with new and fresh content on a consistent basis? Where do you get your ideas and how do you get them? When you feel blank or have no ideas at all, what can we do to get out of that situation?

    Looking forward to hearing your answers.
    Everywhere...life...past experiences...books...and even tv.

    For example with TV I recently wrote an article "What The Sons Of Anarchy Teach Us About Internet Marketing"

    I also like to walk through the magazine rack when grocery shopping and see what the headlines are, what kind of mags are still out there...

    I also like reading Bio's on those who have gone before us, learn about the history of when they were alive and how they succeeded in their life.

    I listen to my kids and see what they are talking about, what they are watching, and what their friends are talking about...

    One of the best places is to look through this forum and see what questions are being asked, then if you are in a marketing niche solve those problems in articles. or video...or ???

    I think John came out with a new product which is free for now called jiffy articles , it is to designed to break writers block...still in beta testing so he is allowing people to use it for free...if you want my affiliate link let me know

    But you can also go to Marketing Blogs - Power 150 - Advertising Age it is a listing of the most popular or spoken about blogs in the social media world. It is a great list to go through to see what others are writing about...
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  • Profile picture of the author Lilach
    I look at competitor's sites, what they're writing about. I also ask my subscribers what they'd like to see more of.

    I try and write my blog for my readers rather than for me if that makes sense. I'm always researching what are the latest trends in my industry and check which are my highest searches and write accordingly.

    At the moment I'm trying to blog everyday so it's a challenge coming up with fresh quality content every day... luckily I haven't hit the wall yet!
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  • Profile picture of the author Phillip McGough
    I say read books on the subject, join as many list as you can to get ideas, and there is always outsourcing
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  • Profile picture of the author gm777
    My method for bringing new fresh creative ideas:
    1) Ask yourself a question, what you want to do. It's like during brainstorming, but...
    2) Forget about it for some time, go relax, play a game, watch a movie, etc...
    3) Sometimes return to your question, just remind yourself about it.

    Practice it.
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  • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
    Wow! You guys are awesome. Thanks for all of the tips and insights on the question I've posted. You guys have helped me and I'm sure a lot of other people as well.

    Thanks to everyone for their contributions.
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  • Profile picture of the author Val Wilson
    Jonathan Leger has a new article writing template tool Article Templates That Work! @ JiffyArticles.com
    I have used it myself & it does make writing articles a lot easier, and is good for overcoming writer's block. It is in BETA testing, so for now it is still free, and worth checking out.
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  • Profile picture of the author MrLinkBuilder
    Outsource your content. If you want to create a unique content you have to map and know what you want to talk about before creating a content/article. Even PLR's articles has good content but you just need to reword it (not spin it).
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  • Profile picture of the author JamieSEO
    Originally Posted by TheZafraGroup View Post

    Hello everyone, I would like to ask this amazing community a question.

    What do you do to come up with new and fresh content on a consistent basis? Where do you get your ideas and how do you get them? When you feel blank or have no ideas at all, what can we do to get out of that situation?

    Looking forward to hearing your answers.
    For me it's Top 10 Lists.

    I'll run through a Top 10 list in my head - eg. for the life insurance niche "The Top 10 Weirdest Ways to Die", "Top 10 Most Bizarre Coffins", etc.

    Sometimes I Google "Top 10" "keyword/topic" and I can always find something that jumps out and kicks my evil muse in the behind

    And when all else fails I use Random Word Generators to get a weird/whacky starting point eg. I just used Random Word Generator (Plus) and got the word "Abstract". If my niche is party themes I would then write a piece like "5 Abstract Themes for Your Party".
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    • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
      Originally Posted by JamieSEO View Post

      For me it's Top 10 Lists.

      I'll run through a Top 10 list in my head - eg. for the life insurance niche "The Top 10 Weirdest Ways to Die", "Top 10 Most Bizarre Coffins", etc.

      Sometimes I Google "Top 10" "keyword/topic" and I can always find something that jumps out and kicks my evil muse in the behind

      And when all else fails I use Random Word Generators to get a weird/whacky starting point eg. I just used Random Word Generator (Plus) and got the word "Abstract". If my niche is party themes I would then write a piece like "5 Abstract Themes for Your Party".
      Hey Jamie,

      Thanks for your answer. Yes, writing content that involves lists or bullet points are pretty easy to do. Most of my content that was actually a HIT which means tons of shares, comments and likes, are content that involves lists and bullet points. It's easy to create and read. Pretty cool strategy.

      Thanks again!
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  • Profile picture of the author Yadira Barbosa
    I read tons of books, reports (you can really find golden nuggets on little reports), and I set several alerts on Google Alerts for my main keywords.

    The secret is to read and article, if you really like then write about the same topic but with you own words. Never read more than once a post, just get the essentials and write about it, I figure I will explain the content to my daughter and she knows nothing about it.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
      Originally Posted by Yadira Barbosa View Post

      I read tons of books, reports (you can really find golden nuggets on little reports), and I set several alerts on Google Alerts for my main keywords.

      The secret is to read and article, if you really like then write about the same topic but with you own words. Never read more than once a post, just get the essentials and write about it, I figure I will explain the content to my daughter and she knows nothing about it.
      Hey Yadira,

      Once again, reading is the important ingredient here. It's our responsibility to feed ourselves with new information and grow as an individual. Reading articles and blog posts is a great way for content. Very important we write it in our own words tho.

      Thanks for your answer!
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  • Profile picture of the author grandstar
    Originally Posted by TheZafraGroup View Post

    Hello everyone, I would like to ask this amazing community a question.

    What do you do to come up with new and fresh content on a consistent basis? Where do you get your ideas and how do you get them? When you feel blank or have no ideas at all, what can we do to get out of that situation?

    Looking forward to hearing your answers.
    Well, I read PLR material to get ideas on what to write. I am not talking here about rewriting the PLR material. i simply use it to get ideas on what to write. Since there are tons of PLR on various niches, it can be helpful
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  • Profile picture of the author stephenwaldo
    There are three ways I come up with really good content ideas:

    Related Niche Forums - Great for seeing what people in your market are actually talking about...Usually a single thread has several content ideas.

    Keyword Optimizer Pro - It's a free little tool that's in beta right now that scrapes Google related searches. I'm not affiliated with it, but I do use it frequently for new, longtail content ideas.

    The Bible - This one might have some people scratching their heads, but believe it or not I always find myself with lots of new ideas after a good Bible readin'. Great piece of literature (and life guidance, but we don't talk about that here).

    Hope that helps,
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  • Profile picture of the author profitmaster7
    I'm just going to chime in with what some of the others have said: read and research your niche. If you read forums, you'll find out what people are asking and can develop content that relates to the solutions. Stay abreast of current events, especially any studies or scientific reports that come out on your niche.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimAtkinson
    I created a method I teach a lot to my mastermind students called the..

    "L.I.T. Formula - Ignite Your Business (TM)"

    Learn - find content and consume information
    Implement - take action and implement what you learn
    Teach - take all data and experience from your implementation and teach others

    it's not so much finding the content that is so important but what you do with it after you find something cool..

    There are 2 kinds of experts..

    Result makers - Expert by taking action and seeing results
    Reporters - Interview other experts on the topic therefore becoming the expert themselves on the topic

    This is the core of Information Marketing..

    No matter how find the information as long you
    follow the LIT formula you will become the expert
    and see great success
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    • Profile picture of the author TheZafraGroup
      Originally Posted by TimAtkinson View Post

      I created a method I teach a lot to my mastermind students called the..

      "L.I.T. Formula - Ignite Your Business (TM)"

      Learn - find content and consume information
      Implement - take action and implement what you learn
      Teach - take all data and experience from your implementation and teach others

      it's not so much finding the content that is so important but what you do with it after you find something cool..

      There are 2 kinds of experts..

      Result makers - Expert by taking action and seeing results
      Reporters - Interview other experts on the topic therefore becoming the expert themselves on the topic

      This is the core of Information Marketing..

      No matter how find the information as long you
      follow the LIT formula you will become the expert
      and see great success
      Hey Tim,

      I love that formula of yours! It's important to learn. Knowing is not enough so we must implement and teach others to do the same. Also love the 2 types of experts that you have pointed out. That is very true.

      Thanks for your answer! Just loved it!
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  • Profile picture of the author jerry25
    I like reading, surfing forums and blogs.

    All the book stores in my area are closing down, but I liked to go to the magazine section and look at books on particular niches. The featured articles are great and looking at the classified ads in the back of magazines sparks good ideas as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author Gayla
      There are several methods I have bookmarked for easy access...

      1. Alltop - Alltop, all the top stories

      2. Regator - Regator - Curated Blog Search and Discovery

      Both of these are curated blog directories

      3. Yahoo Answers

      4. Google Keywords Tool

      5. Google Insights (my newest favorite)

      6. Amazon - I search out books within the topic I am wanting to write about and explore the "Search inside this book" for sample pages they have available for viewing. Many times I find inspiration in the index alone. I also find it helpful to check out the comments left by customers.

      7. Niche forums

      8. Google Reader - I have mine organized by my own niches to make it easier to stay focused.
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  • Profile picture of the author smoor2012
    I think I will agree completely with Nathan2525 on this. Several people expressed this in their replies, but I think he expressed it best. We all would have to take the time to read, both offline and online, take notes, and put them together in our own words. Do this along with some of your own personal experiences. I think the ideas for your content will be spread out over several days. I think we all have to learn to keep a pen and some sort of paper handy to make a quick note when an idea hits. This is the approach I am trying to take as well. I don't think you can rush it and do it well.

    Maybe this helps in some way.

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    Trends from a few sites, and then my real-time analytics system generates keywords for me
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