Do you write your own content?

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Just wondering if people write there own content when giving there list free articles, ebooks, ect. Or do you go out and find PLR or other free GOOD content.
I know some people send messages to there list once a day, but I was thinking to my self that's a lot of content writing, to keep them on your list and active and looking forward to your next email. How exactly do you guys do it?..Send a content rich email? Or send a simple "hey how are you its Monday" And i'm not meaning your sales email. Just the other ones. Look forward to hearing what you guys have to say!
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  • Profile picture of the author tooAlive
    I honestly haven't found PLR that I find good enough for that.

    Regardless, you should still be re-writing the PLR to suit your own style if you're sending it to your list.

    I only use PLR if it's in a niche I'm not extremely experienced in, and need the base for an article I'm having trouble starting. But I'd much rather pump out original content that resort to that stuff.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    I could write a novel on this question (lol).

    To make a long story short; sometimes yes, sometimes no!

    My professors always complimented me on my writing (given I was a computer science major, I'm not sure if this is good or bad).

    I take content as I can get it. Fascinatingly enough, in the last few days I've had offers of companies to post content on some of my websites, and this one company offered me MONEY to post content on another one my websites.

    One time I was distributing an array of "Amazon Review Sites", and while I love writing, I needed about 100+ reviews written in short order. So, I outsourced it.

    Other times, I write material on my personal blog; could I look myself in the mirror if I didn't actually write the stuff on MY OWN BLOG!?!?

    So, while I enjoy writing, sometimes I take content when it is... "Offered to me" or otherwise "made available".

    Don't be ashamed to outsource content, and don't be shy to write for yourself.
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  • Profile picture of the author matthewthomas
    Originally Posted by TGforever View Post

    Just wondering if people write there own content when giving there list free articles, ebooks, ect. Or do you go out and find PLR or other free GOOD content.
    I know some people send messages to there list once a day, but I was thinking to my self that's a lot of content writing, to keep them on your list and active and looking forward to your next email. How exactly do you guys do it?..Send a content rich email? Or send a simple "hey how are you its Monday" And i'm not meaning your sales email. Just the other ones. Look forward to hearing what you guys have to say!

    I've Found that "mostly" original content on daily e-mails is a great way to keep in touch and yes I write my own content for the e-mails. It was slow in the beginning trying to write these e-mails every day but I have found that I can sit down for about 20 minutes write the content and send it off. If this is an "informal" e-mail it doesn't have to be Mozart and I find that my customers like my e-mails more when they feel like I am talking to them not just a "employee" is talking to them. I get better feed back and higher sales. I tried using an outside writer for awhile but my numbers dropped because people enjoyed reading what I had to say not just something that was thrown together for my wallets sake. I recommend writing your own content it takes time in the beginning but it gets faster and it has maintained my business and my list.
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  • Profile picture of the author Sarevok
    Regarding content for e-mail marketing: I always write the messages to my lists.

    Remember, you don't have to write a novel to your list whenever you broadcast.

    Whether or not I write the content that I'm PROMOTING with each message is something else altogether.

    Typically I try to write at least one productive post on my main blog (per week) and promote that. Everything else is typically someone elses material in one way or another. (Unless I'm promoting one of my books).

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    • Profile picture of the author brazosbelle
      I only send original content, but I would never send my list an email every day.

      I prefer to contact them only once or twice a week with exceptionally informative and instructional content. I think that they look forward to it more and don't get tired of seeing my emails.
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      • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
        I write my own content when writing to my email list - I have one writer that writes contents for my blogs a few times per week. I write the rest. I don't trust many people to write content for me, but I've been lucky in finding one person that I am very pleased with.
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      • Profile picture of the author Indecision
        Originally Posted by brazosbelle View Post

        I only send original content, but I would never send my list an email every day.

        I prefer to contact them only once or twice a week with exceptionally informative and instructional content. I think that they look forward to it more and don't get tired of seeing my emails.
        This

        If I get more than 2 emails a week from you then I am hitting the spam button. To answer your question though, I tend to find that most content writers are writing to make money (and rightly so) and not to make you money, if you want the best results then you will need to put the effort in yourself.
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    • Profile picture of the author JennySweets
      Over a year ago you sent me a pre-release copy of a training you'd written- on how to write content Quickly.

      The results? Well maybe I don't go as quickly as I could but the basic method has led to some badass content that has kept a couple sites above water with PANDA and PENGUIN updates despite things like above the fold adsense widgets.

      Thanks for that

      Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

      After 3-4 failed attempts at outsourcing writing, I finally gave up and launched my own writing company. Now I write all of my own content, and content for a lot of others.

      At first, it was hard as hell to write a 500 word post. I'd read through 20-30 articles, Google News, and anything else that I could find in order to make sure that I knew what I was talking about. That small 500 word post would take me 90-120 minutes at the minimum.

      Fast forward 14 months, and here's what I am able to do now: I sat down last night, did a quick Google search for a couple of bullet points, wrote 650-700 words in about 10 minutes, then spent another 10 cutting and editing for typos. (The client only wanted 500 words, so I chopped some of what I'd written.)

      Writing is like using chopsticks: the more you do it, the easier it is.

      -- j
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    • Profile picture of the author JasonRH
      Originally Posted by JaRyCu View Post

      At first, it was hard as hell to write a 500 word post. I'd read through 20-30 articles, Google News, and anything else that I could find in order to make sure that I knew what I was talking about. That small 500 word post would take me 90-120 minutes at the minimum.

      -- j
      I've been writing professionally for years and I STILL do this sometimes. The research is definitely more time consuming than the writing itself, unless it is a topic I know well. I don't feel like five minutes skimming a couple sources is sufficient enough to write intelligently about something.

      Even if I'm doing a 400-word SEO article for a mere dollar or two (projects which I avoid these days!) I like to spend enough time to make sure I know what I'm writing about.
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  • Profile picture of the author zourkas
    Hello TG!! Personally I interact with my subscribers and I give them valuable information related to my niche !! Now this information is via emails and I concentrate on providing value cause people nowadays are smarter and they do not buy anything from something automated!! It is a relashionship century for me !! ...I have created the content by myself but there are many people who buy PLR valuable articles!!

    Thank you,
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    • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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      I always write all my own content.

      Without my doing that, it wouldn't quite so easily be able to serve the primary purpose for which I'm sending content to all my subscribers: the maintenance of my entire continuity process designed to produce the highest possible open-rate, interest-rate, attention-rate and fulfilment of the subscriber expectations set by my opt-in process: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post6123982

      I don't suggest, of course, that any/all of this can't be outsourced, but not very easily, not without some trial and error, doubtless not without quite some expense, and perhaps not without requiring a greater "outsourcing skill-set" than I really have: the reality is that outsourcing reliably and successfully isn't always such an easy thing to do.
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      • Profile picture of the author fin
        I have so far, but I'm starting to accept guest posts.

        I would never let someone write content and put my name to it. No way.
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      • Profile picture of the author Claude Whitacre
        Always my own content. But here is why;
        The only value in your list is the relationship you build with them. You simply cannot build that with PLR content. Even having someone else write your e-mails is not the same.

        And why would you farm it out? It may be the single most profitable activity you do.

        But, I admit that I may rewrite something I wrote a year ago, to get something out. But it's still me. It still reads like me. It still talks about something they really want to know. Can PLR content do that? Is PLR content up with current events? (Maybe the single best excuse to send an e-mail)

        Every day may be too often, But maybe not. I get two e-mails a day from a guy that sells information on how to strengthen your grip. I'm not kidding. Every day for the last two years (about), this guy has found something new to talk about....about how to strengthen your grip.

        And guess what? About once or twice a year...I buy something from this guy.
        His emails look fresh, topical, informative, and they are quick reads.

        Send an e-mail every day? Sure. Send an 800 word e-mail every day? No.

        See this post? It took me less than 5 minutes to write, was original, and made a point. No need to be longer than that.

        Wow! I just read What are the essential things to know about list building? By Alexa. Maybe the most concentrated information on what to avoid and what to do I've ever read.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    I wrote my own content before but not anymore now. I have writers around me to handle even my personal article needs...
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    I NEVER use content I have not written myself. It is as simple as that.
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  • I learned many years ago that the most powerful thing in the world when it comes to marketing is the written word.

    You can be broke, up against killer competition, or just down right suck at marketing but if you can write solid copy, you will always have an edge.

    And I'm not about to put that power in someone else's hands. Unless they are a better writer than me, which I haven't found many
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  • Profile picture of the author travlinguy
    I'm with Alexa and Laurence on this. This is going to sound a little snooty but with very few exceptions I wouldn't want any content other than my own. No one is going to write about the stuff I'm doing better than I am.

    That's not actually true and I know it. But for now, I'm sticking with my own word salad.
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  • Profile picture of the author KKM017
    You should always write your own content for one very important reason:

    Readers can tell when you don't write something yourself, and it turns them off!

    You can try to hide the fact that you didn't directly write something but, just as if someone short of a professional impressionist imitated someone you've known for years, people will know. And when they find out, they will be angry that you didn't put in the effort to write it yourself.

    The better thing to do would be to suffer through this and write everything yourself. Doing so will help you to learn how to write more efficiently. Eventually, you'll be able to write quality material without a second thought
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  • Profile picture of the author Demetrius
    Different people have got different viewpoints. Some people does not really like to write articles that is why they outsource their articles and get their articles written in different ways.

    Some people does not like this system and write their own contents. I personally like to write contents myself for my website.
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  • Profile picture of the author JennySweets
    I write my own.

    Let me qualify that actually.

    Up until now I have written my own be it for giveaways or blog content.

    I plan on hiring a great writer who can translate my notes. I can write really well but it's just part of the job, not the part I love best.

    However email content is all written by me. I've used one swipe ever, and it's because it just Worked.
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  • Profile picture of the author textbroker
    I write our newsletters, social media, and some of our blog posts. Since we sell content writing, it makes sense for us to use our own writers to show how talented they are. We've mostly used our writers for blog posts, but we also use them for research, idea generation and summaries of current topics. I use my writers when the content is not proprietary or time-sensitive. In other words, if I'm announcing our newest product update, I write it myself because I understand it best. If it has to be done same-day, I write it myself. Otherwise, it's a coin toss as to whether I write or "outsource."
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  • Profile picture of the author infomaniacs
    I started off writing my own posts for my blog, but don't have time to do that anymore.
    I now use good quality and relevant articles from articles directories, and also get a lot of guest posters which keeps my blog fresh.
    As for ebooks etc, I use PLR.

    Works for me
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I create my own content. It's incredibly easy to do. I use plain text in my autoresponder, and on my site and blog.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Alan
    I write my own. Whenever I have hired writers in the past they seem well practiced in expanding a couple of sentences on a subject they know nothing about into several hundred words about nothing. If I can see right through it I am sure most people reading it could as well. That is what Google is working on detecting writing that isn't very deep. So to avoid disappointment I just write my own stuff.


    Originally Posted by TGforever View Post

    Just wondering if people write there own content when giving there list free articles, ebooks, ect. Or do you go out and find PLR or other free GOOD content.
    I know some people send messages to there list once a day, but I was thinking to my self that's a lot of content writing, to keep them on your list and active and looking forward to your next email. How exactly do you guys do it?..Send a content rich email? Or send a simple "hey how are you its Monday" And i'm not meaning your sales email. Just the other ones. Look forward to hearing what you guys have to say!
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  • Profile picture of the author locke815
    Originally Posted by TGforever View Post

    Just wondering if people write there own content when giving there list free articles, ebooks, ect. Or do you go out and find PLR or other free GOOD content.
    I know some people send messages to there list once a day, but I was thinking to my self that's a lot of content writing, to keep them on your list and active and looking forward to your next email. How exactly do you guys do it?..Send a content rich email? Or send a simple "hey how are you its Monday" And i'm not meaning your sales email. Just the other ones. Look forward to hearing what you guys have to say!
    Yes, I do write my own content.
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  • Profile picture of the author theteach
    It also depends on the purpose of your writing.

    For example, for my books that I wrote, they are of course, my own content. Besides my own books that I wrote, I have used public domain materail combined with my own content. As for backlink articles, I used plr material and add in my own.

    Finally, and most importantly, articles on my own site are definitely my own. I think that's the consensus here. Original content and your own 'voice' are paramount when it comes to your own site.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author masterpeez4py
    Originally Posted by TGforever View Post

    Just wondering if people write there own content when giving there list free articles, ebooks, ect. Or do you go out and find PLR or other free GOOD content.
    I know some people send messages to there list once a day, but I was thinking to my self that's a lot of content writing, to keep them on your list and active and looking forward to your next email. How exactly do you guys do it?..Send a content rich email? Or send a simple "hey how are you its Monday" And i'm not meaning your sales email. Just the other ones. Look forward to hearing what you guys have to say!
    'Their' and not 'There' Am I missing something here?
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    • Profile picture of the author fin
      Originally Posted by masterpeez4py View Post

      'Their' and not 'There' Am I missing something here?
      A comma or full-stop.
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  • Although I do outsource a lot of keyword-based content for silly SEO purposes, I do purposely write my own articles and blog posts and send e-mails to my list that are purposely done by me. I want my affiliates to know that I'm in the trenches with them and to prove to them that the work I'm teaching them to do - works lol.

    With a bit of practice, writing does come flowing pretty easily and naturally if you know what you want to say.
    Sometimes I do get lazy and just do a video, then blast it to my list with a few short words on what they will get out of it.
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  • Profile picture of the author mikoeyal
    I love to pay for content its easier for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author uniquecontent
    No one can express your thought better than you do So writing your own content is much better idea.
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  • Profile picture of the author aw4248
    i write my content
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Humble
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    Always write your own content if you know about it and can write content that is high enough quality. I've found that PLRs are often useless because of how poor they are.
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  • Profile picture of the author ruki
    I always write my own, it may be a drag but people get used to and expect your own style.

    It is a good way to build a brand
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  • Profile picture of the author MatthewWoodward
    For money sites I always write my own content.

    For tier 1 and below I outsource the writing and spinning.
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  • Profile picture of the author Miguelito203
    Originally Posted by TGforever View Post

    Just wondering if people write there own content when giving there list free articles, ebooks, ect. Or do you go out and find PLR or other free GOOD content.
    I know some people send messages to there list once a day, but I was thinking to my self that's a lot of content writing, to keep them on your list and active and looking forward to your next email. How exactly do you guys do it?..Send a content rich email? Or send a simple "hey how are you its Monday" And i'm not meaning your sales email. Just the other ones. Look forward to hearing what you guys have to say!
    I write all my own stuff, including my e-mail swipes. I've never used an pre-made e-mail swipe before. I've been told that I'm a good write, but all I do is write for my audience. I'm not the kind of guy that's into hype and all that mess.

    Joey
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  • Profile picture of the author Socialbakers
    I think that writing your own content is always a better solution than trying to outsource it. The reason is simple. Only you know what exactly you want to write, or what content you want to have in the article and exactly for what reason you want that content to have on your site.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elle Davies
    It's a case of putting faith in someone else's writing skills! I write myself, so when I need to promote services/post blogs/create articles etc I will do my own stuff - I don't want to pay someone to write when I know I can do it myself.

    Having said that, if you're busy and working hard on other stuff - outsource your work!

    Then you have the joy of finding someone to outsource your work to...But let's not get started on that topic!
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  • Profile picture of the author JuanDP86
    If its for niche websites = Hire someone to Spin Already written Articles
    Personal Profitable Website = Hire a Professional or Do it yourself
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    If you are writing for your personal blog it is best to write the content yourself. However, if you have a handful of niche websites I recommend hiring writers for the content.
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  • Profile picture of the author David James
    I write my own for anything I put my name to.

    Anything else is outsourced.
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    • Profile picture of the author getin2learn
      I don't get into mind-blowing discussion about whether content that goes out to my opt-in list should be self-written, or outsourced, or PLR, or whatever.

      For me, the most important guideline is to send such information that is useful to my readers, and effectively answers my lists' question: "What's in it for me?"

      People don't give a damn about who has wrote the content. They are only interested in themselves, and how useful and interesting to THEM is the content I am sending.

      Of course, I may have better control over what I'm putting into my messages if I write them on my own, but to the other side this is totally irrelevant who controls what and how the message was born. If it's boring and not solving or at least talking about what bothers the other side, it couldn't be less important who created the content.
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  • Profile picture of the author K Mec
    For Emails writing it own... For articles : Nop..because I am auto blogger....
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  • Profile picture of the author contentwriting360
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    Yes, we write on our content for one primary reason: we provide content writing services. We have an access to our writers. We know who is specializing on this or that topic.
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