How do you measure good content? Examples of good content?

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People often refer to "good content".

Please share examples of good content.

How do you measure good content? Give numbers here.

How do you create "good content" from scratch, ie what follows after "Today I am going to create good content"?
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  • Profile picture of the author salegurus
    You know, i was going to give it the old "Google It" but people seem to get upset when you refer them to Google.
    So instead i will provide the link, there is really some good info and your question will be answered in full...
    https://www.google.com/search?q=What...s+good+content
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    • Profile picture of the author ToniaLysan
      In my eyes, good content needs to be interesting, original, informative and as complete as possible - although, not necessarily in that order!

      If you're going to write your own, this article (no affiliation) is a good starting point in terms of researching what to write about.

      Writing your own is always best if you have the knack, otherwise hiring a ghost-writer or using an article writing service is a great alternative.
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        • Profile picture of the author fingers4hire
          The answer is simple. Good content is content that reaches the intended target audience and compels them to do something - buy a product or service, or sign up for something.

          If your goal is to build a list, good content will get visitors to provide their email. If your goal is to get visitors to buy, good content will get them to hit the Buy Now button or complete a sale.

          If your goal is for tracking purposes, good content will get repeat visitors who come back for more.
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    • Profile picture of the author JamesBorg
      I tend to ignore what Google and Matt Cutts say, preferring to trust what the SERPS top 10 tell me for particular keywords/niches, but you ought to be able to find Google's official content checklist that was released in the aftermath of the Panda update.

      In short, educate/entertain/inspire/whatever people in a way that ten million other Web sites don't already do. Proofread your stuff. If you're trying to educate, avoid useless platitudes and vague waffling -- really get into the nuts and bolts of things.
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      • Profile picture of the author Dittmar Liebich
        Originally Posted by JamesBorg View Post

        In short, educate/entertain/inspire/whatever people in a way that ten million other Web sites don't already do.
        Do I need to tell you that this is nearly impossible, which is why probably nobody is doing it, but people still make money, so no, this is not good content.
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        • Profile picture of the author JamesBorg
          Originally Posted by Dittmar Liebich View Post

          Do I need to tell you that this is nearly impossible, which is why probably nobody is doing it, but people still make money, so no, this is not good content.
          I'd dispute that it's nearly impossible. I come across openings for good content all the time. For instance, the other day, I was pinching my nose and checking out the current state of article auto-spinners. Know what I wanted? A simple page showing how all the main article spinners auto-spin the same piece of text. Couldn't find such a page.

          And I didn't say you need good content to make money -- that's a premise you're presupposing I hold, but I don't. Hell, many have shown you can make money with rehashed garbage and empty promises. Or with simple ecommerce stores. Or with PPC campaigns that send straight to a sales page. Or with countless other things.
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    • Profile picture of the author Dittmar Liebich
      Originally Posted by salegurus View Post

      You know, i was going to give it the old "Google It" but people seem to get upset when you refer them to Google.
      So instead i will provide the link, there is really some good info and your question will be answered in full...
      https://www.google.com/search?q=What...s+good+content
      Referring to google is like saying "I have no idea".
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      • Profile picture of the author salegurus
        Originally Posted by Dittmar Liebich View Post

        Referring to google is like saying "I have no idea".
        Maybe, but look at the responses, snippets of info. When i searched Google the first link took me to a page with an in-depth analysis.
        That's why i don't get why people prefer to hang around here for hours waiting for one or two good answers when they could get volumes of info in minutes by using Google. :confused:
        Just saying...
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  • Profile picture of the author lotsofsnow
    Originally Posted by Dittmar Liebich View Post

    People often refer to "good content".

    What is "good content"?

    Can you start creating "good content" from scratch, is there a tutorial?
    That depends on the person who receives the content.

    If the person is interested in "Funny Pictures" then good content means lots of really funny pictures.

    If the person needs an answer on "where the heck is Hoboken" the good content will tell that it is a city in New Jersey and maybe show a map and a couple sentences on what that city is all about.

    So, good content would be that what answers the persons question or demand.
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  • Profile picture of the author troy23
    Try to engage with people.
    Post things that help in some way and give value.
    Don't just go for the hard sell, but provide lots of free content.
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  • Profile picture of the author Anne0521
    For me, a good content is original, informative, interesting and useful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by Dittmar Liebich View Post

    What is "good content"?
    Good content is content that publishers in your niche, who already have access to the traffic you want to attract, want and choose to share with their own subscribers, readers and visitors.

    That's a very simple, practical definition of "good content", but I think it's a useful one because it relates directly to how content produces income. Content that directly produces income is content that publishers in your niche, who already have access to the traffic you want to attract, want and choose to share with their own subscribers, readers and visitors.
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  • Profile picture of the author KevinChapman
    In my eyes good content is something that's well written, informative, interesting to read and original.
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  • Profile picture of the author JennySweets
    Good content is about more than making multiple posts revolving somewhat around the same topic in order to increase ones post count.
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    • Profile picture of the author fingers4hire
      Originally Posted by JennySweets View Post

      Good content is about more than making multiple posts revolving somewhat around the same topic in order to increase ones post count.
      I agree 100% with Jenny Sweets. Good content has nothing to do with the number of posts one has; it has everything to do with useful information that the niche market is interested in. If it provides no value, it's pretty much worthless and it doesn't matter how many posts you have.

      The key is useful information that will keep people coming back or that gets them to take action, if that is your goal.
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  • Profile picture of the author DTGeorge
    Originally Posted by Dittmar Liebich View Post

    People often refer to "good content".

    What is "good content"?

    Can you start creating "good content" from scratch, is there a tutorial?
    Good content is any relevant content that provides value to the readers. The value is usually in the form of providing some sort of solution or answering a question
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    • Profile picture of the author writeaway
      Originally Posted by DTGeorge View Post

      Good content is any relevant content that provides value to the readers. The value is usually in the form of providing some sort of solution or answering a question
      It could also be entertainment or emotional engagement. Let's face it-if the only definition of 'good content' is 'information,' then much of the latest crop of software-generated grammatically correct original content would be 'quality' content. I disagree. It's all about adding value to the lives of the readers.
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      • Profile picture of the author jllagu01
        Good contents provides your followers with relevant information that either educates, inspires or entertains depending on what objective you have with your site. It should also provide answers to what visitors are looking for.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    A. Entertaining.
    B. Informative.

    Write an article with a little bit of both and you will have "good" content. The trick is to learn how to write articles that engage your readers. It takes time.
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    • Profile picture of the author MissTerraK
      I imagine good content means different things to people and would depend on what the reader thinks is good content, what the writer and/or host thinks good content is as well as any of the search engines.

      So, I believe that the definition of good content would be content that does what the writer/host desired it to do. Content that performs in whatever capacity it was intended for.

      Terra
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    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      I guess I take a little different view of "good content."

      In my opinion, content can be anything from the written word (web site narrative, blog posts, reports, email copy, e-books, courses) to audio files, videos and movies, images, pod casts, music, tutorials, etc, etc.

      What makes content "good" is how it is received by the targeted prospect, client, or customer. If the content is relevant, valuable, and desired by the one receiving the content, then it's good.

      But understand this . . . "good content" can be found everywhere if you know how to search online. In my humble opinion, "good content" is not always the solution to success online.

      I think that outstanding, remarkable, and incredible is what you need to be about if you want your business to stand out and rise above the competition in your niche. "Good" is admirable but not always profitable. You should think about elevating your quality to the next level and giving your customers something incredibly remarkable!

      The best to you,

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  • Profile picture of the author UnkwnUsr
    Originally Posted by Dittmar Liebich View Post

    People often refer to "good content".

    What is "good content"?

    Can you start creating "good content" from scratch, is there a tutorial?
    Good content is content that many people enjoy looking at, reading, watching...etc. If you look at what is popular on social media and in hot searches you'll find out how stupid the average person really is today. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author carlamae
    Good content is like telling a great story that engages and excites people. You need to romance your reader into wanting more and create such an intrigue that you become the authority on your topic. That is why I refuse to use plr on my website, it's too risky. You also have to be transparent and inject your personality into the content. Approach each article as a story and start with an outline to stay on track and get all the points in that you had wanted to get across. All the best to you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Tenzho
    Good content is content that humans would love to read about and would ask for more!
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  • Profile picture of the author fletchmonster
    Good content is content that offers immediate value to your target audience. It adds to the discussion, meaning it should reflect your UNIQUE perspective.

    Good content should be presented in the format(s) that your audience finds most engaging whether that be blog posts, infographics, Slideshare decks, videos, e-books or ALL OF THE ABOVE.

    The best way to get started with good content is to create a "how-to" blog or video that outlines a solution to a problem your audience has. For example, if you are a web designer, you could list 10 simple steps to setting up your WordPeres site or blog. A personal trainer could list a "6-Step diet and strength routine to cut your body fat in half in 4 weeks". Its better to create 1-3 pieces of awesome content and spend the rest of your time promoting them than it is to churn weak and boring blog posts.

    Take your content and "recycle" it, turning a blog into a quick video, slideshare presentation or infographic, and syndicate this content across all these platform-specific channels.

    Once you create this content, use it as a traffic magnet for new subscribers. Share the content on forums, social sites and industry websites. Promote this content using PPC, Facebook, etc.. do this again and again, measuring the results and building your list.

    Hope this helps!

    Aaron
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  • Profile picture of the author AlphaWarrior
    Good content is like beauty - it is in the eye of the beholder!

    Google cannot tell what is good or bad content. Therefore, focus on your readers. Provide content that will interest them and cause them to come to your site.

    If you are willing to share your content in order to attract more viewers, then do what Alexa says: write "content that publishers in your niche, who already have access to the traffic you want to attract, want and choose to share with their own subscribers, readers and visitors".
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    Good content is something so valuable to read that people will search for it! BOOM!
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  • Profile picture of the author Chetr
    I like many of the ideas above: "good" content should entertain, educate, inspire. Each piece of content should have a singular focus--perferably something that can be summed up in one short, clean sentence. Your content should follow some basic "proven" article writing structures, including an attention grabbing headline, "scannable" sub-heads, and bullet points for readability.

    My own spin on this, lately, is to discover the questions your audience is ALREADY asking about the subject...in places like Yahoo Answers, and Google, so that your titles and subjects have an actual search volume associated with it....and is more likely to bring you "long-term targeted traffic."

    If you are going to do IM it's worth your while to learn how to write good blog posts, and articles, as well as other kinds of content--infographics, videos, audios, etc.

    Hope this helps. Feel free to PM me if you need any more help or clarification.

    Chetr
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  • Profile picture of the author buysellbrowse
    Good content is like a good book. You'll instinctively know when you read it. Unfortunately, computers are dumb, therefore it still takes a human to judge what good content is.
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  • Profile picture of the author mohsinmallik
    Search Engines and people may have different views of Good content. But you must be writing content for people not for search engines I think. If you are doing so, a good content is something which people will find useful, catchy, interesting. Also, they will share it freely among themselves.

    Sometimes crappy, spun contents can be good content to search engines because they are not human and they mark each content according to a certain algo.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dittmar Liebich
    Please be more practical. Meaning don't talk about "good content for your niche", share examples of good content. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Rosmer
    Good content is obviously subjective but here's my personal view based on what I want to see when I'm looking for content:

    1. I want it to be unique I hate seeing the same article all over

    2. I want it to be in depth, one of my biggest complaints is content will be too surface level and thus lacks practicality

    3. I want it to be valid, I read far too much content that hasn't been thoroughly validated
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  • Profile picture of the author Dittmar Liebich
    Originally Posted by Michael Rosmer View Post

    Good content is obviously subjective
    That's what I think. My point is that by saying that you have to have good content they are saying


    N O T H I N G.

    It's a stupid platitude nobody seems to notice.
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