Is Your Content From Personal Experience?

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Hey,

I was thinking about the content I'm currently writing daily for a dating product.

I've been interested in pickup and dating for about 4 years now and so I have a decent amount of knowledge on interesting topics to discuss.

However, I'm no expert and after a while I'd run out of stuff to talk about (Baring in mind I'm doing daily write ups).

So I was thinking, what do you do if you have very limited knowledge?

There's obviously no way all the people making money from the health niche are frigging full time doctors

Are they simply finding content through the web/books/videos etc and then jotting down the main points?

I'd be interested to know how you get your content when you're not an expert in that field.

Or do you simply stick to fields you know inside out?

Thanks Joe
#content #experience #personal
  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    If you have limited knowledge, learn about the knowledge that you dont know about, and create the product and marketing materials. No need to be Mr. Humanitarian.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeff Gilbert
    Most people that work in the IM industry at one point knew nothing about the niche that made them successful. They found a niche that made money and they became experts in that field. So, if you know nothing about your field right now, but it's making you money, then learn all you can about it.

    You should use Eben Pagan as your inspiration. Here's a guy that started out as a real estate agent. He started writing books in the dating field. He became one of the most successful early internet marketing gurus, later on branching out into other fields.

    Originally Posted by BenArfa View Post

    Hey,

    I was thinking about the content I'm currently writing daily for a dating product.

    I've been interested in pickup and dating for about 4 years now and so I have a decent amount of knowledge on interesting topics to discuss.

    However, I'm no expert and after a while I'd run out of stuff to talk about (Baring in mind I'm doing daily write ups).

    So I was thinking, what do you do if you have very limited knowledge?

    There's obviously no way all the people making money from the health niche are frigging full time doctors

    Are they simply finding content through the web/books/videos etc and then jotting down the main points?

    I'd be interested to know how you get your content when you're not an expert in that field.

    Or do you simply stick to fields you know inside out?

    Thanks Joe
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    • Profile picture of the author Jeff Schuman
      Join a relevant forum for the niche you are creating content on and get ideas from it. I do that all of the time with the Warrior Forum here. The most active threads are the ones that people are interested in and make for good article and videos ideas.
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      • Profile picture of the author abubah
        Dude, it's okay, you're totally fine. You don't have to know everything in your niche. There's always places online or offline that you can go to research on new topics and brainstorm new ideas. I'm pretty sure that's how most IMs do it anyway.
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      • Profile picture of the author Jeffery Moss
        Originally Posted by Jeff Schuman View Post

        Join a relevant forum for the niche you are creating content on and get ideas from it. I do that all of the time with the Warrior Forum here. The most active threads are the ones that people are interested in and make for good article and videos ideas.
        Especially in the relationship and dating forums, there are likely to be thousands of discussions from the love lorn about how to fix damaged or broken relationships as well as people giving advice. And, you could literally pick any random thread starter and let that be the title of your article. Of course, you will want to add your own content, but that content could just as easily be inspired by the answers given in the discussion.
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  • Profile picture of the author 1ebooks
    40 or so years experience in biz

    my KNOWLEDGE is all I write about personally

    I still got a pick up book on the drawing board

    I've dated a bunch of teen pornstars over the years

    haha

    how to pick up teen porn stars

    I figure all the pics of me in real life with them will be testimonial enough to sell a bunch of the books

    with 40+ years experience 'dating'

    I can honestly say it all boils down to

    women (for the most part) are like moths

    Money is like a flame

    Moths flock to the flame

    AMEN
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  • Profile picture of the author Leon Zykos
    Hii,

    Nobody is born an expert in anything else and God does not anoint you as an expert in anythings. There are many people that are experts but not necessarily having the credentials that make them experts in the beginning. Is more of like an experience kinda of thing.

    Hope that helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author JCorp
    Much of my content is from my own experiences and knowledge. HOWEVER, content doesn't just have to be about your personal stories or experiences.

    As long as your content sets you apart from everyone else and adds value to their life someway, somehow, then you're good.

    This value doesn't have to be the kind of value that many people think about like long drawn out blog posts, or technical write ups, etc.

    It can be 1 sentence... and that 1 sentence could be something that makes someone laugh, or think about their situation, etc.

    ANYTHING can be written about and brought back to your niche at the end... just takes a bit of creative thinking.
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  • Profile picture of the author BenArfa
    The problem with taking content from people on forums is a lot of the people posting are people who like to start giving advice before they've even taken action.

    For e.g. I'm a newbie to IM but it would very easy for me to post on another thread saying 'Yeah, if you do x,y and z that will work.'

    So it's probably best to figure out who are the most respected posters first.

    Joe
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  • Profile picture of the author littledan
    You don't have to be an expert in any niche to write about them, just don't try and pretend you are an expert. You can include your own experiences in your writing, if you have enough. You can also become a kind of a commenter or curator by adding thoughts and opinions to other peoples work (not stealing it).

    If you can get access to an expert or someone who has had experience in your niche you could interview them, much the same as a television interviewer would do with a chat show guest. This can be recorded and reproduced as a written article, or even a video or audio recording.
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    • Profile picture of the author BenArfa
      Originally Posted by littledan View Post

      You don't have to be an expert in any niche to write about them, just don't try and pretend you are an expert. You can include your own experiences in your writing, if you have enough. You can also become a kind of a commenter or curator by adding thoughts and opinions to other peoples work (not stealing it).

      If you can get access to an expert or someone who has had experience in your niche you could interview them, much the same as a television interviewer would do with a chat show guest. This can be recorded and reproduced as a written article, or even a video or audio recording.
      If you're not pretending to be an expert surely that will look weak to the reader?

      And how would you phrase your content if it's taken from someone else's idea?

      I'm confused as to how people in the health niche can learn that.

      You can read all the books in the world but it doesn't give you any experience in that field.

      What about dating?

      Unless you've spent years going out, taking action and learning you can't be an expert.

      I can totally understand people writing about 'Making money' because everyone on the forum is passionate about that.

      If you've been learning for 5 years you would have a lot of stuff to talk about.

      The other 2 I can't see how.

      Joe
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  • Profile picture of the author MattBrighton
    Personal experience will always help you write on a topic, else you're just writing blind for a topic or niche. If you're reading from other content online and rewording what you've read =- sometimes that information turns out a bit like chinese whispers. So what was originally personally written by someone gets rehashed and rehashed and the quality dips a bit.

    As a graphic designer, when I take on projects - the mindset is through the research on a big project, become an 'expert' almost on the industry / company you're working for
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    • Profile picture of the author BenArfa
      Originally Posted by MattBrighton View Post

      Personal experience will always help you write on a topic, else you're just writing blind for a topic or niche. If you're reading from other content online and rewording what you've read =- sometimes that information turns out a bit like chinese whispers. So what was originally personally written by someone gets rehashed and rehashed and the quality dips a bit.

      As a graphic designer, when I take on projects - the mindset is through the research on a big project, become an 'expert' almost on the industry / company you're working for
      I honestly can't see any other option than becoming an expert.

      The frustrating part of that is I'm dying to start taking action and building an online business.

      But, if it means spending a year learning a niche then I'm probably best off doing so.

      Joe
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Singletary
    I'll throw in my two cents about health topics. I think that much of the health information you can buy online is total junk and I think it's written by unscrupulous people who would sell their own mother for a paycheck.

    They not only don't have experience but some just copy and paste other people's content, put it through a spinner, and sell whatever rehashed and perhaps dangerous junk that comes out. All the while they don't care who they are potentially hurting as long as they get their check.

    This goes for health information for sale, information put on an AdSense site, affiliate marketing, CPA offers, or any other money making efforts that plays with people's lives.

    Look at a legitimate website like WebMD.com. ALL of their original information is written by a physician or reviewed by one.

    Learning a health topic for a year may be better than what many people do but as you mention, you have to be careful of your sources.

    In my opinion, it's probably best for most people to avoid most health topics unless they truly are an expert (not just a forum reader for a year types), they get the information reviewed by an expert, or if it's based solely on things they personally have tried. Best yet would be if all 3 conditions in place.

    Mark

    PS Malcolm Gladwell is an example of a well respected (real world/big companies) and very successful author that is NOT an expert on the things he writes about.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    Originally Posted by BenArfa View Post

    Hey,

    I was thinking about the content I'm currently writing daily for a dating product.

    I've been interested in pickup and dating for about 4 years now and so I have a decent amount of knowledge on interesting topics to discuss.

    However, I'm no expert and after a while I'd run out of stuff to talk about (Baring in mind I'm doing daily write ups).

    So I was thinking, what do you do if you have very limited knowledge?

    There's obviously no way all the people making money from the health niche are frigging full time doctors

    Are they simply finding content through the web/books/videos etc and then jotting down the main points?

    I'd be interested to know how you get your content when you're not an expert in that field.

    Or do you simply stick to fields you know inside out?

    Thanks Joe
    The best articles are the ones that are based on personal experience. So in order to write killer dating articles, you'll have to hit the streets, and get involved in the dating scene. Then write about your experiences.
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  • Profile picture of the author laurencewins
    Google and research is the way to go if you need extra knowledge for the topics you know and for topics you know nothing about. I have written a lot about topics I know (health) and about topics I don't know and I find it's not difficult as long as you know how to do your research properly.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trey Morgan
    An alternative to reading books and studying would be to go out and get some experience.

    You say that you're in the pickup and dating field, which is great, because you can literally go out right now and get some experience that you can write about. Or you can reflect on some of your past experiences with pickup and dating and write about those.

    Your experiences will set you apart from the other dating experts because your experiences will not be exactly the same as another person's experience.
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  • Profile picture of the author Richard Kennedy
    If you don't know your market as well as you'd like, learn quickly. Would you buy from somebody or see them as an authority if you thought they didn't know more about the topic than you?
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