Question for the article writers

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So, picture this:

You have a few blogs that you regularly post on. These blogs are for specific niches.

One day, you see a story on the news which sparks your interest, so you decide to write an article about it. Problem is, the topic isn't fit for any of your niche blogs!

So where would you post it?

Squidoo, or somewhere else?
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  • Profile picture of the author writeaway
    I'd find a creative angle so it is relevant to my niche and I'd submit it to a relevant blog for a guest post back link.
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    • Profile picture of the author Taniwha
      Originally Posted by writeaway View Post

      I'd find a creative angle so it is relevant to my niche and I'd submit it to a relevant blog for a guest post back link.
      But what would the backlink be of? The article written will have nothing to do with any of your sites.

      Unless, instead of a backlink to a site, you could add a direct affiliate link (when appropriate), which you hope the publication owner doesn't mess with.
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      • Profile picture of the author writeaway
        Originally Posted by Taniwha View Post

        But what would the backlink be of? The article written will have nothing to do with any of your sites.

        Unless, instead of a backlink to a site, you could add a direct affiliate link (when appropriate), which you hope the publication owner doesn't mess with.
        It's all about creativity. If you're a writer worth your salt, you'll find an angle. That's the beauty of writing-it's all about finding thematic connections and using humor, wit, or an unconventional spin on things to add life to your text.
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    Nope, I won't bother myself writing about it. This is one of the major problems of IMers. Jumping from one topic to another accomplishes nothing at the end of the day. Another thing is, news can be forgotten in no time so I'll still concentrate with my niche for a long term success.
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  • Profile picture of the author Taniwha
    Adie, thanks for the reply.

    My goal isn't to jump from topic to topic, willy nilly. What I meant is that sometimes you just get an urge to write a single article which has nothing to do with your current niches. The article could possibly be accompanied by a relevant affiliate offer.
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    • Profile picture of the author Adie
      Originally Posted by Taniwha View Post

      Adie, thanks for the reply.

      My goal isn't to jump from topic to topic, willy nilly. What I meant is that sometimes you just get an urge to write a single article which has nothing to do with your current niches. The article could possibly be accompanied by a relevant affiliate offer.
      I Understand. The problem is, once you started deviating from your original plan, you'll lose focus and will do again when you see something unique.. Anyway, it depends on controlling everything. Let your emotions not carried away by that.
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    • Profile picture of the author tpw
      Originally Posted by Taniwha View Post

      Adie, thanks for the reply.

      My goal isn't to jump from topic to topic, willy nilly. What I meant is that sometimes you just get an urge to write a single article which has nothing to do with your current niches. The article could possibly be accompanied by a relevant affiliate offer.

      Create a new blog where you will post offers related to that story.
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  • Profile picture of the author darkoltree
    Oh nice, I was always wondering what would the experienced IM-ers do about it. Now I get my answer
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  • Profile picture of the author Taniwha
    I totally agree, and I've fallen victim to straying from the track, several times.

    The rare articles I write, which aren't part of my "main business plan" will be written in my spare time. Mostly for the fact that it's enjoying, and partly because the extra residual income doesn't hurt either (even if it's only $20 for the whole life of the article).
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Taniwha View Post

    One day, you see a story on the news which sparks your interest, so you decide to write an article about it. Problem is, the topic isn't fit for any of your niche blogs!
    Yes indeed ... as the saying goes: "It only happens all the time".

    Originally Posted by Taniwha View Post

    So where would you post it?
    Two suggestions ...

    (i) Have a big, "compound blog" which contains syndicated copies of everything you've published elsewhere as well as some stuff that "doesn't fit in anywhere else" (obviously doesn't work if you're using different pen-names and trying to keep niches separate!);

    (ii) Have a smaller blog just for the "other stuff" that doesn't fit in anywhere else. I'm full of good intentions not yet put into practice: I have a blog specifically for "the stuff not on my other sites" and I haven't actually used it yet. :rolleyes:

    Originally Posted by Taniwha View Post

    Squidoo, or somewhere else?
    Not for me. There aren't any circumstances under which I'm giving my content to Squidoo. I can't see any upside there, for these reasons.

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author curationsoft
    you can post your article on blospot, it is free anyway so you will have nothing to worry about.
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  • Profile picture of the author myob
    Originally Posted by Taniwha View Post

    One day, you see a story on the news which sparks your interest, so you decide to write an article about it. Problem is, the topic isn't fit for any of your niche blogs!

    So where would you post it?
    This actually does happen to me quite frequently. If the news story can be monetized with multiple affiliate products, consider this an urgent time to begin exploring a new niche. With a breaking news story, there is perhaps a limited time window before competitors seize the opportunity. As a marketing method, this is nothing new; there will be lots of others doing the same thing.

    Consider syndicating your article to relevant online/offline publications, with a link back to a content-rich landing page. Note that for maximum syndication and results, you should never promote a product in your article. The idea is to drive traffic direct to your marketing site/blog and process these warm prospects through a funnel system.
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  • Profile picture of the author Elvis Michael
    Find a way to make the story relevant to your existing blog. It's not always possible, but it's often very doable. Tell what you learned in the form of a story/anecdote:

    "The other day I stumbled upon an interesting thing. You see, blah blah blah...

    ... Anyway, the moral of the story is this: (and here is where you connect it to your niche, somehow.)"
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    I would avoiding writing about it unless the topic is related to one of my blogs. Right now I only have one blog that I use as a online journal - not really niche specific. But I prefer to keep my posts at least somewhat related.

    If I really think that the new topic is worth writing an article about I will write one with a creative angle and post it - maybe submit it to some article directories as well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rose Anderson
    You can always post it on Constant Content. If it's an easy article to write and doesn't take much of your time then why not? It won't make you rich, but having extra money pop into your paypal account is always nice.

    Rose
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  • Profile picture of the author JeanneLynn
    Why not make a personal blog for these occasions where you give your opinion on a wide range of topics?
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  • Profile picture of the author Lyanna
    Have you been doing google plus? Read up on authorship if you haven't. If you have G+ then you can simply post/share it on your G+ stream.
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonBennet
    If I am not able to link it to any of my blogs, I will just ignore it and use the time to create content that is relevant. Doing too many things get you distracted from your main work. Just my 2 cents.
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