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14 Simple Ways To Get Awesome Ideas For Your Content Marketing

Content marketing is continuing to play an increasingly important part in marketing your business effectively.

There’s only one small problem. You need to have a steady and consistent supply of content for it to work… and how can you come up with enough content marketing ideas to keep that flow going?

What content can you continue to create that will attract the right traffic for your business, and bring new leads and customers through your door?

That’s where this article comes in, and it’s actually far simpler than you might believe.

Here are fourteen awesome ways to keep ideas flowing into your content marketing funnel, and allow you to build an increasing level of online visibility and traffic for your business in the months and years ahead.

1. Keyword research

Did you know sites like eHow.com have built much of their success on keyword research? Their content is largely created on what their research tells them people are looking for online. You can simply employ the same strategy.

2. Quora

Quora has a huge amount of potential for idea generation. It contains queries on a ton of different topics – simply find your niche, and look through the queries to discover what people are trying to find out about.

3. Customer Questions

Your own customer support is an invaluable source of ideas, because you hear straight from the horse’s mouth what information your customers and prospects are looking for.

4. Blog Comments

Similar to the above, comments on your blog enable you to listen directly to your marketplace, and you can then create content to respond to those needs.

5. Other Blogs In Your Niche

By reading other blogs within your niche, you can get some great ideas for your own posts, and gain further inspiration from the comments they receive. For example, you might be able to flesh out a topic they briefly touched on in their post, or approach it from a new angle.

6. Twitter

Search Twitter and discover what’s happening in your own niche. As well as comments you’ll see links to a lot of other content that could help inspire your own.

7. Hot Topics

What are the main topics of conversation in your industry right now, from your customer’s point of view? What are their primary concerns, right now?

8. How-To Tutorials

How-to type content remains very popular, and providing such content is a great way in which you can immediately gain authority and trust with someone. You’ll also find people get referred to your tutorial from others who have benefited from your advice.

9. Items in the News

What’s in the news right now that affects customers in your niche? Alternatively, how could you adapt and apply key news stories to your business? Tapping into the conversation already in your customer’s mind can be a powerful way to capture their attention and reach audiences who haven’t come across you before.

10. Previous Content

Content you have created before can easily form the basis of new content. For example, you can approach it from a different angle, or use a different media. A blog post written previously can form the basis of a video on YouTube. Topics briefly touched on before can be expanded into completely new content items.

11. List-From Content

This article is a list-form article – content formed on the basis of creating a list about something. What lists could you create of relevance for your own potential customers?

12. Stay Alert!

Train your brain to take advantage of new ideas as they arise. Opportunities for new content are all around you! Start carrying a notebook and pen around with you, or use your smartphone. Jot down new ideas whenever they arise… your brain will get used to it, and supply you with increasing numbers of ideas to pick from.

13. Interview Someone

Who is well known and familiar to your customers, and who has relevance to your business (or how can you make what they do relevant)? You’ll be surprised at how willing most people are to be interviewed. Just make a list of questions, and record the conversation… use Skype or a Google Hangout.

14. Interview Yourself!

Either ask someone to interview you, or interview yourself. This gives a great opportunity to display your expertise, gain credibility with your audience, and reach new audiences you wouldn’t otherwise reach. For example, someone interviewing you could make the interview available to their own list.

So there you have it… 14 simple ways to get an everlasting supply of awesome ideas for your content marketing.

50 Sure-Fire Ways To Become A Better Blogger

If you love ridiculously long lists on how to become a better blogger, then you’ll be thrilled with what I have to share with you inside this article.

Let’s dive into the delicious details, shall we?

1) Always write your headline first

2) Don’t be a boring blogger

3) Become a creator of creativity

4) Be the blogger who break the news-as well as blogs about it

5) Focus on your content on your readers (and off yourself) by avoiding “I”, “Me” and “My” statements

6) Respond to your visitor’s comments

7) Add to the conversation in the comment sections on other blogs

8) Captivate your readers thoughts with action verbs like “berserk”, “sizzling”, and “jaw-dropping”

9) Write every day, not necessarily post everyday (unless you possess an inhuman ability to create daily killer content like Ben Settle)

10) Publish content on industry leaders

11) Blog about small bloggers

12) Blog about big bloggers

13) Craft compelling head-turning headlines

14) Link to other bloggers best content

15) Read authority blogs in (or out of) your market

16) Link to your own killer content

17) Retweet other bloggers content

18) Join a Syndication Tribe

19) Become a “Zen-like Master” of keyword research

20) Join a mastermind group

21) Share other bloggers best stuff on Facebook

22) Be interesting, engaging, and compelling

23) Read the Ultimate Guide to Twitter Marketing (The most comprehensive blog post on twitter resources)

24) Publish a post about all the plugins you use

25) Be bold and blog about your past failures

26) Even better, blog about your success

27) Showcase case studies from some of your successful marketing campaigns

28) Pump out a post about where your been, where you are going, and how your crowd can get their too

29) Make a bold prediction, and the blog about the results

30) Create blog post using the list format

31) Open your blog post with a bang, using, “if, then” statements (see first paragraph for example)

32) Gain fame and fortune by becoming a guest blogger

33) Keep a swipe file of great blog headlines for inspiration (seek legal counsel before using anyone else’s stuff)

34) Consistently create new content for your readers

35) Blog about marketing tools you use and can ethically recommend

36) Write blog posts worthy of reading, linking to, and syndicating

37) Create the type of content your readers find valuable, not what you find valuable

38) Inspire with stories to effectively illustrate your points

39) Read books religiously that inspires, motivates, and empowers

40) Write posts that seduce your readers from headline to call to action

41) It ain’t thanksgiving, so don’t keyword stuff your posts

42) Write for your readers not the search engines

43) Blog about stuff that entertains, enlightens, inspires, or educates

44) Write awesome content that wows your readers

45) Keep a pen and a pad in arms reach at all times to jot down blogging ideas

46) Bookmark killer blog posts worthy of emulation

47) Be a daily reader of Copyblogger

48) Write to your target audience, not to everybody in your market, if you find this hard get in touch http://donnareillycontent.com/

49) Become a student of SEO Copywriting

50) Listen, read, and watch motivational, influential, and thought leaders anywhere you can find them

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51) Write blog posts that stirs up your readers imagination with phrases like: “Picture this”, “just imagine”, “have you ever wondered”, or “remember when you”

Following some or all of these tips will give you a jumpstart into building the blog that attracts more links, subscribers, higher ranking inside the search engines.