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    Top ways that you find content for your blog

    Content, content, content. That is what they say is needed with good blogs.

    I'd like to know how others are finding ways to develop content for your blog?

    I'll list my ideas for content development for blogging;

    1. Track and report what other blogs within my field of topic are talking about.
    2. Subscribe to Google Alerts for keywords relavant to my blog.
    3. Talk about my own personal experiences and stories.
    4. Track Technorati and see what others are talking about.
    5. Track sites like Del.icio.us or other social bookmarking sites and see what is being bookmarked within my topic.


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    Thanks for the tips. That is really true , good content is the most important needed for the site

    Quote Originally Posted by SG1 View Post
    Content, content, content. That is what they say is needed with good blogs.

    I'd like to know how others are finding ways to develop content for your blog?

    I'll list my ideas for content development for blogging;

    1. Track and report what other blogs within my field of topic are talking about.
    2. Subscribe to Google Alerts for keywords relavant to my blog.
    3. Talk about my own personal experiences and stories.
    4. Track Technorati and see what others are talking about.
    5. Track sites like Del.icio.us or other social bookmarking sites and see what is being bookmarked within my topic.

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    Here's an article I wrote a few months back on this very topic.

    Do you blog on a regular or somewhat regular basis, but sometimes have trouble coming up with topics for your blog? Here's a few helpful hints to get you going when writer's block strikes.

    1. Google is your friend

    Search Google to see what questions people have about the field you're in. Try combining one of the following phrases with a keyword related to your field of expertise.

    * How do I
    * I'm having problems
    * Is it possible to
    * I need help
    * Quick question

    For example, if a cartoonist who gave advice to other cartoonists were using this method, he might search for the following:

    "How do I" cartoonist

    or maybe...

    "I'm having problems" cartoon

    or even...

    "Quick question" "comic strip"

    Hopefully you get the idea.

    2. Sign up for a forum

    Sign up for a forum or even an email discussion group that's about the same topic your blog is about. That way you will always have a source of questions. People often drop into such forums with a question or two.

    And don't worry if others have answered it on the forum. Your blog will likely have different readers. While you shouldn't plagiarize, you can certainly use their post as a jumping off point.

    3. Read other blogs

    Read the blogs others have on topics similar to your own. And again, while you shouldn't just copy their post, you can use it to spur yourself on. You might even mention that you were inspired by their post and put a link to it. Then say where you agree and disagree with them.

    An added bonus to this is that you can email that blogger and let them know you linked to their post. They may even be willing to link back to your blog, giving you another source of readers.

    4. Ask your readers!

    This one is a no-brainer. Seek out input from those who know your readers best. Your readers! Occasionally (or frequently) ask them for topic suggestions. At the very least, make it easy for them to contact you with any questions if they already want to do so.

    These tips are simple, but can be effective if you ever hit a brick wall when trying to start your blog post of the day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SG1 View Post
    Content, content, content. That is what they say is needed with good blogs.

    I'd like to know how others are finding ways to develop content for your blog?

    I'll list my ideas for content development for blogging;

    1. Track and report what other blogs within my field of topic are talking about.
    2. Subscribe to Google Alerts for keywords relavant to my blog.
    3. Talk about my own personal experiences and stories.
    4. Track Technorati and see what others are talking about.
    5. Track sites like Del.icio.us or other social bookmarking sites and see what is being bookmarked within my topic.
    very good tips for blog , thank you

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    read more other bloggers post, find some inspiration from current trends. Or create a new totally hype link baiting unique topic (which is purely difficult)

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    The article on the questions was excellent! Thanks, also don't forget about ****.com they have loads of stories you can base on of your posts on.

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    That's a dirty word here I'm afraid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oliver Cross View Post
    The article on the questions was excellent! Thanks, also don't forget about ****.com they have loads of stories you can base on of your posts on.
    Why is that site censored out?

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    Because we had a speight of people using the site to self-promote.

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    but I'm not, I was talking about dig, but with 2 g's. It's got nothing to do with me nor will it ever had and there's loads of unbiased news and stuff on their to base your posts off.
    I have a blog on politics.
    email: oliver@olivercross.com

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    I like the idea of checking out popular forums and posting about the hot topics on your blog. This works especially well in non-computer areas where people are less likely to have their own blogs.

    Lots of other bloggers may write about the latest SEO discussion, but you may have less competition with discussions about gardening, crafts, woodworking, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Oliver Cross View Post
    but I'm not, I was talking about dig, but with 2 g's. It's got nothing to do with me nor will it ever had and there's loads of unbiased news and stuff on their to base your posts off.
    I wasn't accusing you of anything...

    There is no way we can filter the word out just when it is being used inappropriatly, so it is banned. By banning it people can't link to their articles.

    As you have discovered, there are ways to use it in a sentence if you need to.

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    I just read a lot of articles from different sources including social bookmarking sites and make my own base from those articles. You can also ask other writers to write articles/contents for you for a fee. Others may require you a link back...


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