Fastest way to make your own ebook without having to do any hard work. This works like magic.

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Again! This is a very simple technique yet most people don't really realize this. Do you know where to find the best content for research online?

Most people would go through thousands of rehashed articles from article directories which is not very productive. So here is what one should do- Subscribe to as many newsletters from various sites as possible in your niche.

For example- If you want to write an ebook on the weight loss niche then google "Weight loss newsletters" and you will have several big sites offering free newsletters.

The more sites you subscribe to the better it would be. I have observed that newsletters contain the best content and the most effective ideas which aren't really discussed on normal websites.

Therefore if you subscribe to 100 sites...You will have 100 emails in your inbox and 100 ideas to work on with extremely high quality content to do research on.

Also different emails will give you different ideas to formulate the layout of your ebook and naming the chapters.

If you want to speed up this process further you can search for various newsletter archives and you will find a lot of gold almost instantly. Let me know what you guys think of this.
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  • Profile picture of the author BigSexy
    I think it's a very interesting idea. But I think to make a legitimate work you should heavily rewrite the source material and/or add credits to the newsletter used.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jon Alexander
    nice idea. I always thought newsletters tended to be stuff that would be published online later or had already been published online. Hey - there might be a way to automate the use of this fresh content! ;-)
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    • Profile picture of the author BigSexy
      Originally Posted by Jon Alexander View Post

      nice idea. I always thought newsletters tended to be stuff that would be published online later or had already been published online. Hey - there might be a way to automate the use of this fresh content! ;-)
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanman
    And I don't know who actually writes newsletters for some of the big sites but they have content which is not only rare but written so well that you also get an idea of what kind of style you should use.
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    • Profile picture of the author axileon
      thanks for the excellent idea... never thought of it before..

      i'm one of those that always uses articles for research...
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  • Profile picture of the author LivingCovers
    I thanked you. Nice tips. With this method, you'll
    be the guru in your chosen niche in no time.
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  • Profile picture of the author Markus Nimocks
    Very nice! Thanks for that.
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  • Profile picture of the author Colinjn
    Another good place in in Yahoo Groups. Often there are frustrated academics who give very articulate opinions on current research. About the swiping...have you ever seen Armand Morin in action? He can build basic content in 5 minutes....of course I'm assuming he goes back and does proper editing and crediting of sources. Still, he seems to be the swipe file master.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanman
      Originally Posted by Colinjn View Post

      Another good place in in Yahoo Groups. Often there are frustrated academics who give very articulate opinions on current research. About the swiping...have you ever seen Armand Morin in action? He can build basic content in 5 minutes....of course I'm assuming he goes back and does proper editing and crediting of sources. Still, he seems to be the swipe file master.
      Armand morin's method involves just copying pasting articles from article directories and making it into an ebook. Well I guess that would have quality issues as not all articles are that good.
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      • Profile picture of the author Golelen
        Try looking in books.google.com. The book previews are pure gold.
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        • Profile picture of the author ryanman
          Originally Posted by Golelen View Post

          Try looking in books.google.com. The book previews are pure gold.
          In addition to that scribd.com is a great source too.
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        • Profile picture of the author Glenn Leader
          Originally Posted by ProductCreator View Post

          I agree, this is the best place. Real books, real information.

          Newsletters and article directory articles? You've got to be kidding me.
          So.. you think that newsletters and articles don't deliver quality huh?

          I agree with you that some don't, but I've gained HUGE knowledge and
          wisdom from some newsletters. If a newsletter doesn't deliver content
          as well as sales pitches, then I unsubscribe. Simple. And as I publish
          articles that I believe deliver quality, I can hardly support your comments
          here either.

          Glenn
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          • Profile picture of the author keyaziz
            Originally Posted by Glenn Leader View Post

            So.. you think that newsletters and articles don't deliver quality huh?

            I agree with you that some don't, but I've gained HUGE knowledge and
            wisdom from some newsletters. If a newsletter doesn't deliver content
            as well as sales pitches, then I unsubscribe. Simple. And as I publish
            articles that I believe deliver quality, I can hardly support your comments
            here either.

            Glenn
            I agree with you but I would say MOST don't. I find it quite frustrating too because I know that people are getting a lot of garbage that isn't true as well.

            I think if it is a subject like weight loss I would do some proper reading on it yourself if you care about your customers. A lot of information out there is very unhealthy and just junk science. If you don't do any real reading you may think that this junk science is true yourself and just be passing it around more.

            So I think its important to have a firm knowledge base before you try to get ideas from others newsletters.
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          • Profile picture of the author Glenn Leader
            Originally Posted by ProductCreator View Post

            I hope they're better than your scripts!
            Not sure how to read that comments.. what are you saying about my scripts?
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  • Profile picture of the author AnneMarie
    It is, of course, a good idea but it will take up an awful lot of time too, reading through all the content from these 100 newsletters and then rewriting them in your own words. But great for ideas to make an outline of what you want to write yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jo Richardson
    Excellent concept. Especially considering that a lot of articles are nothing more than a compilation of pre-existing articles. This idea is definately going into my resource file.

    Take care.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanman
      Originally Posted by Jo Richardson View Post

      Excellent concept. Especially considering that a lot of articles are nothing more than a compilation of pre-existing articles. This idea is definately going into my resource file.

      Take care.
      Thanks a lot. I am glad you like it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charann Miller
    I think you should use it as a springboard to write your own stuff. It's easy to write when you have lots of ideas which I can see this technique being very useful for.
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  • Profile picture of the author IMChick
    Spammer in the thread--please report the post above asking for a yahoo messenger contact.

    My problem is that all of those millions of emails and newsletters in my in-box just sit there because the project and it's sources get so overwhelming in a few short weeks. I do like the idea of sourcing from physical book previews, though.

    Does anyone have any good methods they use or have ideas how to sift through it all without going nuts?
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    • Originally Posted by IMChick View Post

      Spammer in the thread--please report the post above asking for a yahoo messenger contact.

      My problem is that all of those millions of emails and newsletters in my in-box just sit there because the project and it's sources get so overwhelming in a few short weeks. I do like the idea of sourcing from physical book previews, though.

      Does anyone have any good methods they use or have ideas how to sift through it all without going nuts?
      Why not create a different email account per niche. Use those email addresses only for opting into newsletters in that niche. Do not use them or publish them anywhere else.

      That way, you still get your newsletters, but if times turns against you and you check your email two weeks later, the only emails will be newsletters in that niche.

      I suspect after two weeks of using this method in any given niche, you would have enough info to sit down and create a product in one day.
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      • Profile picture of the author GlenHopkins
        Here's another easy way to create an ebook that you know will sell...

        1. Survey your list and ask them what their top 3 questions are about a specific topic (related to what you normally discuss with your readers.)

        2. Compile a list of the top 10 questions asked.

        3. Use those top 10 questions as the chapters for your book

        4. Record your self answering each question in detail. Or interview an expert in the area and ask him or her the questions.

        5. Get the recording transcribed. ($50. - $80.)

        6. Edit the transcripts and mold them into a readable format.

        7. Get a cover page created. ($50. - $100.)

        ...presto, you now have a book that cost you only $100 - $200 to create that you KNOW your readers will be interested in purchasing.

        Hope that helps.
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        • Profile picture of the author ryanman
          Originally Posted by GlenHopkins View Post

          Here's another easy way to create an ebook that you know will sell...

          1. Survey your list and ask them what their top 3 questions are about a specific topic (related to what you normally discuss with your readers.)

          2. Compile a list of the top 10 questions asked.

          3. Use those top 10 questions as the chapters for your book

          4. Record your self answering each question in detail. Or interview an expert in the area and ask him or her the questions.

          5. Get the recording transcribed. ($50. - $80.)

          6. Edit the transcripts and mold them into a readable format.

          7. Get a cover page created. ($50. - $100.)

          ...presto, you now have a book that cost you only $100 - $200 to create that you KNOW your readers will be interested in purchasing.

          Hope that helps.
          Here is an easier way...Just go to yahoo answers and get loads of questions on your niche.
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        • Profile picture of the author philbowman
          Nice step by step approach to quality product. Like it.
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          • Profile picture of the author Kay King
            I don't know why this thread got bumped - or why the double answer above.

            I am concerned about some of the answers and ideas thrown about in a few posts. It's one thing to use emails for ideas on subjects or angles to write on but I'm seeing far too much CRAP masquerading as "articles", "reports", "guides", and "ebooks" these days.

            To write an article by only looking at articles others have written is regurgitation, not writing. There are REAL sources of information online to use for researching your subject.

            I tried to find some niche articles at EZA yesterday to add to a site (with proper author credit of course) - and could not find a single one that I would use. Poor grammar, worse spelling, trite phrases - and no real info or facts in any one of them.

            I agree that you can gain ideas and angles from GOOD newsletter content but fear some will interpret the OP as saying you can use that content for an ebook - good luck with that one.

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            • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
              Originally Posted by Kay King View Post

              I don't know why this thread got bumped - or why the double answer above.

              I am concerned about some of the answers and ideas thrown about in a few posts. It's one thing to use emails for ideas on subjects or angles to write on but I'm seeing far too much CRAP masquerading as "articles", "reports", "guides", and "ebooks" these days.

              To write an article by only looking at articles others have written is regurgitation, not writing. There are REAL sources of information online to use for researching your subject.

              I tried to find some niche articles at EZA yesterday to add to a site (with proper author credit of course) - and could not find a single one that I would use. Poor grammar, worse spelling, trite phrases - and no real info or facts in any one of them.

              I agree that you can gain ideas and angles from GOOD newsletter content but fear some will interpret the OP as saying you can use that content for an ebook - good luck with that one.

              kay
              Hi Kay,
              That was my point way back when this thread first started.. Many take it as they should just take and copy someone elses content and use it..

              Personally I think this thread should just have been removed due to the title which is misleading for one and due to others misunderstanding the point of the post to begin with..

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          • Profile picture of the author Matt Hoey
            Originally Posted by philbowman View Post

            Nice step by step approach to quality product. Like it.
            Are you serious? Would you buy these type of crap ebooks that claim you'll earn like $50,000 "this month" and believe it will actually help you?

            Jesus Christ....
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      • Profile picture of the author lifestyleplus77
        You have made a very valid point here about targeting the right crowd for your ebook. You make it sound like a no-brainer.

        Very helpful thanks for the ideas.

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      • Profile picture of the author Glenn Leader
        Originally Posted by shkad14 View Post

        Why not create a different email account per niche. Use those email addresses only for opting into newsletters in that niche. Do not use them or publish them anywhere else.

        That way, you still get your newsletters, but if times turns against you and you check your email two weeks later, the only emails will be newsletters in that niche.

        I suspect after two weeks of using this method in any given niche, you would have enough info to sit down and create a product in one day.
        Good Idea. You can take that even further by using Gmail etc. That way
        you don't clog your system up with crap, and you can organize your emails
        into groups or folders.

        Glenn
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  • Profile picture of the author Steven Fullman
    Whatever happened to writing quality, original material?

    No slight on the OP, but Jeez...copy the crap out of
    someone else's hard work?

    Sounds lame to me.
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    • Profile picture of the author jmendez
      Originally Posted by ProductCreator View Post

      Nearly all information is rehashed. 99% at least. Few people have truly original ideas and not often either.
      Amen! That's why PLR articles and ebooks are so popular. Edit them a bit and you got your own product.
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    • Profile picture of the author teesee150
      Excellent Idea. Never thought of checking out newsletter for information for article writing. Shows what thinking out of the box can really do.
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    • Profile picture of the author Glenn Leader
      Originally Posted by Steven Fullman View Post

      Whatever happened to writing quality, original material?

      No slight on the OP, but Jeez...copy the crap out of
      someone else's hard work?

      Sounds lame to me.
      I've forgotten where this quote comes from...

      "There is nothing New Under the Sun".

      Well.. not unless you're the creator of a new niche or technique.
      But even, you never know if somebody has been doing something
      for years, but never published.

      Glenn
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanman
      Originally Posted by Steven Fullman View Post

      Whatever happened to writing quality, original material?

      No slight on the OP, but Jeez...copy the crap out of
      someone else's hard work?

      Sounds lame to me.
      I meant get ideas as newsletters tend to have the best quality content.
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  • Profile picture of the author BizBooks
    I have also found that you can outsource an ebook to different writers by hiring article writers to do the chapter topic as an article niche...

    you have 5 writers each write two chapters, book, you can have a draft book in 24 hours you can fine tune.
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  • Damn you! This is actually one my biggest ebook writing secrets...

    If you know very little about a niche I recommend finding the 'gurus' and joining their newsletters. Within weeks you will literally be an expert yourself, it's such a great place to find quality content.

    I wouldn't recommend copying them word for word though, instead use it as a tool to become more knowledgable about a niche.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanman
      Originally Posted by George Montagu Brown View Post

      Damn you! This is actually one my biggest ebook writing secrets...

      If you know very little about a niche I recommend finding the 'gurus' and joining their newsletters. Within weeks you will literally be an expert yourself, it's such a great place to find quality content.

      I wouldn't recommend copying them word for word though, instead use it as a tool to become more knowledgable about a niche.
      Exactly...When you subscribe to the right kind of newsletters you will definitely find gold.
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  • Profile picture of the author sylviad
    The optimum word here is "quality". So many newsletters offer junk - bad information that you cannot trust and shouldn't. If you really want to use this method, seek out only those who have proven their knowledge on the subject - like professionals in that particular business. For weight loss, look for real health sites and weight loss specialists, not just someone dabbling in the subject and offering affiliate products.

    You have to be able to trust the information, and you just can't if you don't know the person's affiliations with reputable firms and organizations, or established consulting firms, etc.

    You can't even trust Wikipedia, which is an excellent source for background ideas. Just make sure the authors know what they're talking about.

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  • Profile picture of the author manzilla911
    E-books are as easy as 123 cash $!

    In my opinion the smartest way to do this would be to write outline and outsource the rest to work to a ghostwriter. If you can be making money from this e-book want not reinvest into it and get back your Time. After all money is infinite and can never get that time. I myself would like to spend that time with my children and not slaving away at something that might work so leverage time for money. Good luck

    One good idea of what you want your e-book to be

    two come up with the outline

    Three outsourced the writing to a ghostwriter.

    I know I know what if you get a bad writer with the key is if you get a bad writer move on an till you find the one that just blows the lid off the top and provides you with fantastic material and do not let this writer disappear make sure you stay in contact with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author teazers4
    It's a great idea, I've done it myself. I have also signed up to successful marketers newsletters just to get their emails and use their selling style tricks as well.

    However, I'm definately for re-writing to ensure your personal style is in the piece of work you're doing. This way your list will trust you by knowing the consistancies in your work.

    Neil
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  • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
    I see alot of bad ideas on this thread for the simple reason the OP did not specify that you should use this content to "LEARN" from and then write your "OWN" content from what you learned.

    Many are assuming that they should just take and rewrite the content. This is not proper, it is unethical, it is inmoral, and it is illegal (some may argue with that but frankly I do not care).

    You need to write your "OWN UNIQUE CONTENT", if you can not write your own content or pay someone else to write it then you are in the wrong business.. It's that simple...

    I would also like to point out the title of this thread "This works like Magic" This is the kind of thing that misleads newbies and the reason why so many fail and giveup. They really think it will work like magic when infact it will not..

    1. Sub to 100 newsletters you will get 300 emails
    2. You will spend countless hours going through the junk
    3. The time you spent with all that junk you could have done proper research in 1/3 the time with no junk emails at all

    Sorry not trying to burst the OP's thread but the fact is I see many misleading post, many that took the message wrong, and many that will think it will work like magic..

    I will agree with Steve Fullman above ... Well Said Steve..

    James
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  • Profile picture of the author Glenn Leader
    Originally Posted by Michael Frisom View Post

    Hello friends:
    I am very aware about E-books; unfortunately y didnĀ“t got good money return with my first publications. Now I made it only for academically purposes.
    Michael Frisom
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    Michael,

    Can you do us a favour please? Increase the size of your font. It looks like you're whispering

    What was to topic of your first book?

    Glenn
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  • Profile picture of the author Glenn Leader
    I've just reread the OP. At no point did he suggest you plagiarise somebodies work. He simply points out that you can get a great deal of research done using his method, and then write an ebook in your own words.

    Glenn
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanman
      Originally Posted by Glenn Leader View Post

      I've just reread the OP. At no point did he suggest you plagiarise somebodies work. He simply points out that you can get a great deal of research done using his method, and then write an ebook in your own words.

      Glenn
      Yes...This is what I always meant...Guess people got the wrong idea here. Thanks a lot.
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    • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
      Originally Posted by Glenn Leader View Post

      I've just reread the OP. At no point did he suggest you plagiarise somebodies work. He simply points out that you can get a great deal of research done using his method, and then write an ebook in your own words.

      Glenn
      Glenn,
      You are right, the OP did not say to do it.. But -- the OP did not suggest not to do it either. This is where the problem is as many will just assume what the OP means and run with it. The post as you can see are proof of that.

      State exactly what you mean when making such a post and then nobody gets the wrong idea. Use no hype (such as a migic wand or button) in your post along with posting exactly what you mean and you will have many that will not be mislead into thinking something else.

      James
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      • Profile picture of the author Glenn Leader
        Originally Posted by TheRichJerksNet View Post

        Glenn,
        You are right, the OP did not say to do it.. But -- the OP did not suggest not to do it either. This is where the problem is as many will just assume what the OP means and run with it. The post as you can see are proof of that.

        State exactly what you mean when making such a post and then nobody gets the wrong idea. Use no hype (such as a migic wand or button) in your post along with posting exactly what you mean and you will have many that will not be mislead into thinking something else.

        James
        Aww come on James, you know better than that.

        That's a ridiculous statement! If we had to cover every eventuality of our forum posts, not only will they be too long, but in many cases, the posts will never get made in the first place. If people can't be bothered to read the post properly, or interpret something that was never said, then there is nothing you can do about it.

        I don't look for what people don't say, I try to understand what they DO say. If they have something to say of value to me, I contribute, and if they don't, I move on.

        Glenn
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        • Profile picture of the author TheRichJerksNet
          Originally Posted by Glenn Leader View Post

          Aww come on James, you know better than that.

          That's a ridiculous statement! If we had to cover every eventuality of our forum posts, not only will they be too long, but in many cases, the posts will never get made in the first place. If people can't be bothered to read the post properly, or interpret something that was never said, then there is nothing you can do about it.

          I don't look for what people don't say, I try to understand what they DO say. If they have something to say of value to me, I contribute, and if they don't, I move on.

          Glenn
          Glenn,
          That is you though ... Read the replies many have taken it as taking the information and just rewrite it some. This is why it is important to be exact on what you are saying when you are talking about such subjects as this.

          Many newbies do not know the difference and as such those that do knwo must teach those that do not. Do not just assume everybody reads the same or understands the same.

          The OP posted an idea some agree with it and some not, which is perfectly fine. Some also took the idea as to copy what they get and create articles, this is wrong and this is not the idea you want to give people.

          It is just a simple line "Do not copy others works, learn from what you get and create your own" ... See that was simple to type and only took a few seconds.

          James
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      • Profile picture of the author philbowman
        Interesting way to do research and gain knowledge. Then re-format and
        re-write to project your own style.
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  • Profile picture of the author macfromfla
    Thank you I have been trying to find info re: ebooks. You were very helpful.
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  • Profile picture of the author trakshun
    Great idea on getting some research done quickly. Although I agree that subject matter should involve your own work.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mangozoom
    I guess we are talking about recycling.

    Personally I would have to have a complete re-write to make sure it was 100% mine

    But the concept is good

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  • Profile picture of the author bluet
    Originally Posted by ryanman View Post

    where to find the best content for research...

    contain the best content and the most effective ideas...

    with extremely high quality content to do research on...

    will give you different ideas to formulate...
    In defense of the OP, contrary to some veterans here suggesting, implying, psychic predictions, etc., LOL all the quoted statements, to me, suggest that this would be a good source for ideas and research info. And logic leads me to believe this is another potentially useful tool.
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  • Profile picture of the author richpeck
    I just find a problem, create a picture of what the perfect solution for them would be and then make it for them...
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  • Profile picture of the author bingbang
    Superb advice on this thread.
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  • Profile picture of the author Simon74
    What I do is buying Master Resale Rights eBook from eBay for very little money, let say 2-300 eBooks for $4-5 and then pick a niche and then adding more content to this niche making the eBook more appealing,complete and unique. Has worked for me really well.
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  • Profile picture of the author markdsullivan
    wow, nice technique thanks for the info!
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  • Profile picture of the author Corena
    If you are using newsletters for doing research it is a great idea. Like the research coming to you and not you searching for the research. Many ghost writers use this technique to keep up on the lastest trends but...

    Beware of spreading misinformation. You will find that just like all the forwards that scopes.com researches and explains as false.. they seem plausible and if you go no farther then the one referrence you could be helping spread falsehoods.

    I suggest "researching" your research once you are done with your ebook. Just go over the big points and double check with .gov .edu type sites.. and a quick visit to the library never hurts. (Yes libraries still exist)

    Personally I would rather take a little time to make sure I am not being an idiot then take the time to apologize for being one.
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  • Profile picture of the author jimfurr
    Hi Folks,

    I use seperate email addresses for my "junk" email that I subscribe to.
    I look at the Subject lines to filter it, or to just get good headline ideas.

    Ideas from others is how we learn, it is not immoral, or anything like that.
    Did you use Books in school that you learned from?
    Did you re-invent the ABC's to get your message
    out without "copying" someone else?

    Com'on let's get real, our subconscious mind picks up ideas
    from everywhere that we think are our own ideas!

    Let's get past the "copy-cat" mentality.
    As long as you re-state an idea, in
    your own words, you will be doing
    very well for yourself online!!



    Jim ><>

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  • Profile picture of the author yaz8888
    Good idea..I will keep in mind
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanman
    A lot of people said most newsletters are junk...I would say you are not subscribing to the right ones. Just try to focus on authority sites and you will always get great content.
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  • Profile picture of the author ogthnog
    I really like this idea. Thanks for the tip
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  • Profile picture of the author James Campbell
    Is it just me or is there a lot of one-liner crap posts going on in this thread?

    It is rather hard to irritate me, but I am starting to get irritated.

    Your methods for looking up topics to write about are good methods, just remember they are only topics and you should always do your own well documented research when you create any written work.

    CYA (Cover Your A**)

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    • Profile picture of the author jacktackett
      Originally Posted by jamesc32 View Post

      Is it just me or is there a lot of one-liner crap posts going on in this thread?

      It is rather hard to irritate me, but I am starting to get irritated.

      Your methods for looking up topics to write about are good methods, just remember they are only topics and you should always do your own well documented research when you create any written work.

      CYA (Cover Your A**)

      - James
      James,
      I couldn't agree with you more - I'll comment after providing my $0.02 on the OP

      There's an old expression in writing that goes ( :-) I'm hesitant to use in , but note its smiley captioned for the humor impaired :-) )

      Copying from one person is called plagerism, copying from several is called research.
      also - Plagiarism is illegal, paraphrasing is not.

      Please note - I am not suggesting copying others work as your own is ok - IT IS NOT OK.

      But if you are not an expert in your field - reading/watching/interviewing other for research, and then putting in your thoughts/emotions/take on the matter is very much what a writer does. And a good writer will cite his reference material. If you don't know how to do that - grab a copy of Strunk's and White's The Elements of Style.

      In fact you as a writer you should have a dictionary, a thesaurus, and this style manual at your fingertips - and they should be dogged eared and tattered from constant use.

      Or for you younger folks I'm guessing their online equivalents should be in your bookmarks or favorites....

      Next, you need to be careful of copyrights with PLR material - there have been several threads here about that, but if someone can't prove they have the legal right to provide the material - you're taking a risk. And the only legal proof is a certification from a governing body of copyright (The US Copyright office here in the United States).

      If you have someone write material for you - have them sign a contract. For two reasons:

      1. To legally assign the copyright to you and away from them. This is called a Work for Hire arrangement. IANAL, but would suspect emails are not as legally binding as a contract. Remember, the person who creates a work is the copyright holder - and only they can convey their rights to others.

      2. As part of the contract, make sure they assert they are the creators and have the right to give the rights to you. And that they did not plagiarize material, and that if it turns out they did, that they to be held accountable and pay all claims against you.

      Get a lawyer to write one for you or find one you can use (NOT plagiarize, see its gets kinda tedious to keep saying not to do something that common sense should tell you is wrong anyway, ugh...)

      And if you do create a book - spend the 35$ (in the US) to get it properly protected and register your copyright. See:

      U.S. Copyright Office - Online Services (eCO: Electronic Copyright Office)

      Hope this helps...

      Now, to all the one liners
      WTF people? What are you contributing here by this crap? From your post counts I'm going to just say its ignorance - no problem with that - but you need to learn. Please provide some feedback or help with your posts. If you just want to say "Great Post", then just click the thanks button. Does the same thing, but doesn't degrade the signal to noise ratio in the thread. And if you're doing it for other reasons - like inflating your post count - someone is going to ding you with that little infraction button.

      I was sooooo tempted to that myself, but hey - figured I give the following folks the benefit of a doubt and lean to you just not knowing any better.
      Folks who didn't get ding'd today are:
      obthno8
      yaz8888
      rayandlisaJ
      mr3army
      philbowman
      alancol
      Take heed folks - participate - don't pollute, or the infractions will start to pile up.

      And its not just one line posts we're complaining about here. Take a look at the one liners from JameSchramko and Richpeck, both one/two line, but they provided actionable information in that one line of information.

      So - if all you want to do is say "great post", hit the thanks button. otherwise, be quite. Or better yet - give us a detailed reply.

      peace,
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      • Profile picture of the author ryanman
        Originally Posted by jacktackett View Post

        James,


        There's an old expression in writing that goes ( :-) I'm hesitant to use in , but note its smiley captioned for the humor impaired :-) )

        Copying from one person is called plagerism, copying from several is called research.
        also - Plagiarism is illegal, paraphrasing is not.

        Please note - I am not suggesting copying others work as your own is ok - IT IS NOT OK.
        Couldn't have been said better. This is perfectly spot on.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brad Spencer
    Originally Posted by ryanman View Post

    Again! This is a very simple technique yet most people don't really realize this. Do you know where to find the best content for research online?

    Most people would go through thousands of rehashed articles from article directories which is not very productive. So here is what one should do- Subscribe to as many newsletters from various sites as possible in your niche.

    For example- If you want to write an ebook on the weight loss niche then google "Weight loss newsletters" and you will have several big sites offering free newsletters.

    The more sites you subscribe to the better it would be. I have observed that newsletters contain the best content and the most effective ideas which aren't really discussed on normal websites.

    Therefore if you subscribe to 100 sites...You will have 100 emails in your inbox and 100 ideas to work on with extremely high quality content to do research on.

    Also different emails will give you different ideas to formulate the layout of your ebook and naming the chapters.

    If you want to speed up this process further you can search for various newsletter archives and you will find a lot of gold almost instantly. Let me know what you guys think of this.

    This is a good idea to get a scope of the marketplace. However, you still have to research the information.

    I'd say that if you notice a topic being covered in a lot of newsletters then it's a worthy ebook topic.

    Oh...and if you write an ebook based on newsletters...contact the publisher to see if they'll put an ad into their newsletter for your ebook

    Just some ideas,

    Brad Spencer
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  • Profile picture of the author lavaleekathy
    A great idea ryanman! What you say is true for sure, you can gain heaps of resources for articles and ebooks through subscriptions to other web pages newsletters! Top post, and thank you very much!
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanman
      Originally Posted by James Schramko View Post

      This is a great resource...But is it really that easy to get an interview? Or is it a lengthy process?
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      • Profile picture of the author James Schramko
        Originally Posted by ryanman View Post

        This is a great resource...But is it really that easy to get an interview? Or is it a lengthy process?
        It sure is. I've been doing interviews for ages because it's the easiest way to get quality, original content that provides value for your audience.

        The interviewee gets extra fame and publicity so they are more than happy to oblige. The reason many interviews don't get done is because no-one ever asks in the first place.

        If you become an expert on something, providing interviews is a super cool way to bring in brand new prospects. It truly is win, win, win.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Hoey
    I despise this kind of thing. Not because you're taking other peoples work, but because you flood the market with this crap and then when people like me who have put hard work into a book have to try and tell people it's not just more crap.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sheila
    I like the ideas here. I think I like the "combo" approach best : gather information and find out what questions the market wants answered through newsletters, yahoo answers, books.google, scribd, etc. - once you have a list of topics/questions, go to expertclick.com and interview some experts (or interview some other experts in your market) - BINGO! - instant credibility AND you'll have asked the questions your audience wants answered, so you should have a killer product that your market will be happy to buy! . . . and, if you've played your cards right, your interviewee will be glad to promote to their list/customers as well . . . another win.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanman
    Guys...Once again let me make it absolutely clear that I am not referring to copying someone's newsletter content. I mentioned it just to point out a great resource for research.

    Technically speaking...No one is really that original unless they came up with the idea themselves. Even greats such as tony robbins, eben pagan, jim rohn and other self-help guru's have their material based on age old concepts invented by someone else.

    I have read so many self-help books and have realized that a lot of them are based on the teachings of the bible. Now this does not mean they have plagiarized the bible. But they sure have referred to it as a great source for research.

    Ham burgers always existed but mc donalds made it extremely popular by adding their own touch to it with smart marketing. Now the owner of mc donalds didn't really invent the ham burger but he sure did use the recipe and added something of his own to make it unique.

    And now looking at internet marketing there were concepts invented by a few right at the beginning of this game and yes those concepts were original ideas but now almost everyone out there is using the same concepts with their own unique touch or twist.

    In fact none of us here would be making money if we were not using these online money making tricks invented by someone else.

    So I would say you can have a truck, car or a bike...They all run on wheels. The fact remains no matter what the body might look like...All these machines need wheels to run on. So the foundation is the same more or less.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Hoey
    We've all made a hamburger before, we've all experienced it.

    Have you made $50,000?

    McDonalds didn't take the burger and call it a hotdog, they simply sell hamburgers. It's not unique, it's a crap burger, McDonalds became affiliated with the burger.

    Would you hire a teacher who has never taught before?

    Would you read a learner drivers book without ever driving and teach someone to drive?

    Would McDonalds teach a 5 Star restaurant how to cook a new 5 star recipe?

    Would you buy a book that the author has claimed to have made $50,000 with the technique this year but it's just some rehashed junk he found on the net?

    I can safely say a lot more people WOULD be making money if there was less of this crap and more quality products.
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    • Profile picture of the author ryanman
      Originally Posted by Matt Hoey View Post

      We've all made a hamburger before, we've all experienced it.

      Have you made $50,000?

      McDonalds didn't take the burger and call it a hotdog, they simply sell hamburgers. It's not unique, it's a crap burger, McDonalds became affiliated with the burger.
      If it's crap...Why is it so popular? So you mean to say a multi billion dollar company can be build on crap?


      Would you buy a book that the author has claimed to have made $50,000 with the technique this year but it's just some rehashed junk he found on the net?
      Nope! But I am not just referring to only internet marketing. Check out some niche newsletters.
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      • Profile picture of the author Matt Hoey
        Originally Posted by ryanman View Post

        If it's crap...Why is it so popular? So you mean to say a multi billion dollar company can be build on crap?


        Nope! But I am not just referring to only internet marketing. Check out some niche newsletters.
        A burger is a burger, what you're doing is trying to sell mutton as lamb.
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        • Profile picture of the author sladezer0
          Lots of good discussions in this thread!

          In my opinion, getting ideas from newsletters, books, articles, other people, etc. to use in the pursuit of creating something unique is a worthwhile endevaour. Even if this is taking pre-existing content, putting your own spin on it, and re-marketing it. Never plagairize though unless giving proper credit - just an author's ethical code.
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          • Profile picture of the author Matt Hoey
            Originally Posted by sladezer0 View Post

            Lots of good discussions in this thread!

            In my opinion, getting ideas from newsletters, books, articles, other people, etc. to use in the pursuit of creating something unique is a worthwhile endevaour. Even if this is taking pre-existing content, putting your own spin on it, and re-marketing it. Never plagairize though unless giving proper credit - just an author's ethical code.
            My point is, 90% of people "adding their own spin" are people who are still trying to make money online.
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  • Profile picture of the author keithdougherty
    I think you have a good foundation, but as others have said you would have to formulate the book into your own words. But is a great way to have the research come directly to you.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joel Gray
    Many autoresponder newsletters are made up of PLR content, you do not have the worries of using PLR content on a live site due to the optin required. So take care and make sure that the content is changed enough to be considered original content before using.

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  • Profile picture of the author MIB Mastermind
    Something so simple yet so brilliant, one of them ''why did I not think of that'' moments. I agree with most in doing research from these newsletters and rewriting it in your own words obviously, it may take some time sure but you could have a really content rich product from all the knowledge you will have gained which in turn could make you alot of $$$'s.

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    Wow this is a good thread!
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    • Profile picture of the author Charles E. White
      As James (TheRichJerk) and Kay has said...do not just copy the contents of a newsletter and add it, for one thing many newsletters are copyrighted.

      I think the original idea of this was a good one then somewhere it strayed off a little and some people got the wrong idea what the original poster was suggesting.
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  • Profile picture of the author abelacts
    Outsourcing is the best way for lazy people like me :-) I can't imagine having to read all these newsletters in the mailbox.

    But if you want to write your own, another way to do research is Amazon. Pick up a few bestsellers in your niche and read the preview content (ie: scanned pages). Most printed books have better quality than online content (sad but true), I must say.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kay King
      Even if this is taking pre-existing content, putting your own spin on it, and re-marketing it. Never plagairize though unless giving proper credit - just an author's ethical code.
      Except - you can't just use copy even if you give credit, unless you are copying an entire article from a directory or have gotten permission from the author. I'm sure you understand that - but I think others might not.

      James - I knew what you were saying so was trying to get this back on track.

      The hamburger is a pretty good comparison to me.

      You could wait in McDonald's drive thru for a tasteless burger that may be lukewarm .

      Or you could sit in comfortable chair at a friend's house and eat a quarter pound burger of ground sirloin cooked on a grill with fresh lettuce, home grown tomatoes and cheddar cheese on a bakery bun.

      Now - let me give you my research resource - the library! Most marketers don't think of going to the library but with current magazines and newspapers and all those books it's a great place for researching and writing.

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  • Profile picture of the author knowmyrole
    I guess there should be some research done before rehashing content. More like a wiki process..., Rehashing is nice as long as you are adding to the content and quality.

    Improved information is always welcome.
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    • Profile picture of the author MaskedMarketer
      I thought signing up to newletters was IM 101?

      Its good for ideas, research, and current news, but wouldn't base an entire ebook on it.

      Originally Posted by ryanman View Post

      If it's crap...Why is it so popular? So you mean to say a multi billion dollar company can be build on crap?
      YES, a Multi Billion Dollar company can be build on CRAP FOOD!

      McDonalds may not be BETTER than a burger at a resturant, but its FASTER and CHEAPER (normally). Thats part of marketing 101.

      Dominos did the same thing. There Pizza was crap when they first came out, but because of the quickness (30 mins or free) they were able to dominate the Pizza niche.


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      Now - let me give you my research resource - the library! Most marketers don't think of going to the library but with current magazines and newspapers and all those books it's a great place for researching and writing.
      Def agree Kay. Have people forgotten book stores/libraries came before the internet?

      Unless some info marketer/reseachers can't get to a library or a book store (i prefer B&N) - they need to become aware of the invaluable resources availabe there.

      Most (if not all) niches in the book stores are proven or else they wouldn't be there. The easiest way to find a niche is to go the book store/library and look at books and magazines. It costs money to publish a real world magazine and book, so take advantage of it.

      And the "Dummies" books (about 20 niches and over 350 titles) wouldn't be on book shelves if there werent a market for them (hint).
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  • Profile picture of the author Jack Duncan
    Here's a Twist:

    Many people who send out email newsletters in Non-Internet Marketing niches never think to put their newsletter online as content. Some of the time that makes sense, because of what the email is about...a sale, deadline, ect...

    However, lots of the content is essentially educational and therefore perfect for posting on the Internet.

    Here's how to monetize it:

    Step 1: Setup a fresh Gmail account for your niche.

    Step 2: Do a search in Google for "topic" newsletter or "topic" email news

    Step 3: Let the newsletter's pile up in that Gmail account.

    Step 4: After you have a few dozen of them, open them up and take a few sentences, highlight them, and do an exact search in Google for those phrases. I.E. "the quick brown fox jumped over the blue moon"

    This is going to quickly tell you if the newsletter publisher is putting there content online to be indexed by Google.

    Step 5: Take the newsletter's that HAVE NOT been indexed, and contact the author and ask them if they would mind you putting them on your website, provided you give them a link back to their site...DON'T SPAM THEM...actually send them a nice email and compliment them on their content. (Be honest, actually read some of the newsletters and make sure the person does provide good content!)

    Step 6: Setup a Wordpress Blog and enable the Email to Post feature.

    Step 7: Take those that said YES, and signup for the newsletter again, BUT use the Wordpress Email to Post email address as the signup address...and for the First Name, choose something generic. I.E. "Cat Lover"

    Step 8: Make sure to have the new posts come in DRAFT mode...so you can put the link you promised at the end of the newsletter, fix any formatting issues (HTML vs. Text) and also put links to your own products and offers within the body itself. Then you need to setup a publish date so the articles trickle in.

    That's it...you'd be amazed how many people just don't take the time to put their newsletter content online to be indexed.

    Time to make some money,
    Jack Duncan

    P.S. Make sure to save the emails from the authors in the event someone new takes over the business...keep an email trail.
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  • Profile picture of the author SDG-Nick
    Don't agree with ripping content from other sites, if you write content that is your own and you have researched the niche properly then you can relate better to the people who are purchasing your product which means you can offer better support by Phone/Emails/Forums. I spent 6 months writing my dieting guide and the hard work pays off when your customers are happy.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurelwachtel
    Great suggestion! It certainly makes a good alternative to PLR products for sure and helps you generate new and exciting ideas all at the same time. Multi sources will help eliminate duplicate content as well and encourage you to do your own research methods as well, thank you for your post!
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  • Profile picture of the author gerrihabib
    Great idea, and it would certainly save you time in the long run for sure. But I think to make it work legitimately you would want to heavily rewrite your sources and make it your own to a certain extent, and eliminate any direct references! Good post!
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