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Easy content creation tips for NOOBS

Discussion in 'Copywriting & Sales Persuasion' started by Ventio, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. Ventio

    Ventio Regular Member

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    Writing content comes easy to some people, others prefer to outsource it. For those looking to get into content writing or looking to save money by creating their own content, I figured I could write a brief brief guide on how to go about creating content.
    I'm not claiming to be an expert or anything, I have been writing content for some people on BHW and offline for a few years so I figured this information might be helpful to some people.

    The first piece of advice I would have is not to be scared. Some people think they suck at writing so they don't try at all. Or they write an article but think they can't write a video script. This fear just gets in your way. I have been writing content for a few years now and I still get a little anxious when a client is ready to give feedback on something I wrote. And news flash: you're going to suck at anything you just started doing. All you need is a little practice and guidance to get where you want to be.

    Start by thinking about your subject. There are many different places to get ideas for content in your niche. For example, we all know how to use Google keyword planner to looking for keywords to rank but it can also be a good source for content ideas. Most keywords start with "how to" or "where can" are great ideas for pieces of content. These keywords show you a need that people are looking to be filled; you can fill it with a piece of content on your website.

    Another great place to look for ideas are infographics. Infographics have short, summarized content along with facts. You can take these infographics, re-write them and add information to create a new piece of 100% original content. This way of looking for ideas is great because most infographics already have a ton of facts you can include in your content.

    Another place I get content ideas from is Google. You can search around in your niche and see what topics people have already written about. You can either expand on these topics or cover a new topic that you didn't see much information about. You can also look in the comment sections to see what people are saying, sometimes people comment on what they would like to see more of. This is your opportunity to capitalize on the gap.

    Another source of information is just plain research. I recently had a client give me a medical topic to write about which I knew nothing about. So I went on google and looked at a bunch of sites talking about it. After looking at about 5-6 sites I got an idea of how to talk about the subject and I was able to take the necessary information to write the article. When doing this make sure everything stays in your own words.

    Once you have your subject, next step is breaking down the sections of your content. This will depend on what you're writing. Is it a script? An article? Depending on what it is you'll need different sections. Generally you can start with these sections:

    Introduction - summarizes what the content piece will be about, talks about problem the content hopes to solve, gives brief background on the subject.

    Main point - Here you would introduce the first thing you want to talk about. If you are expressing an opinion then it is important to have examples/facts to back it up. Concrete examples & stats are also good for beefing up your content and making it more professional.
    You can have multiple main points in your content piece. Again depends on how long you're trying to make your content and what you're talking about. Usually articles cover between 2-3 main points.

    Conclusion - Summarize what you talked about and the outcome of what you talked about. For example if you wrote an article about changing a bike tire, in the conclusion you would summarize the steps needed to change a tire and the things people should have learned after reading your content.

    The last step for any piece of content is to edit your spelling and grammar. Many times this is a deal breaker on whether it is a good piece of content or not.
    Although it takes longer, you should consider writing multiple drafts of your content piece until you get the best piece of content you can write. Through each draft you write you'll be able to see areas where you can improve and areas that need expanding on.

    As I said before, some people find writing content easier than others. But if you can learn how it's a good way to save money & it is a very marketable skill to build upon. There are many offline opportunities for content writers.

    They biggest key to getting better at writing is to write write write write as much as you can. Consistency is the key to being good at anything!
     
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  2. rushuna

    rushuna Regular Member

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    It's a shame that no one has thanked this.

    If I'm writing a sales copy what I would do is provide a strong call to action in the beginning of the article or provide the information they need right away.

    It serves both type of users perfectly. The first type of user is looking for information right away while the other user who likes to read long pieces of content will be able to read the rest of the content.
     
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    OPTOP Newbie

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    If you start saving money by doing all of the things by yourself, you'd need a 72 hours day. You're alive to enjoy your life, NOT only to make and save money.
     
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    There are many spinning software for content creating. Stop wasting your time on these things. Be remember time = money.
     
  5. Ventio

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    Thanks for the comment, I appreciate it. I agree with your approach, it all depends who & what you're writing for.
    you dont need to do this, it's for people interested in writing obviously :p

    Alright. But the offline clients i have don't accept spun content

     
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    I can't believe the lazy-ass comments on this thread. :|

    1. Obviously if you're spinning content this thread isn't for you. It's for people who want to write their own content but don't know where to start.

    2. I write content for people and for myself/all of my websites. I still have time to play video games, enjoy my family, go out with friends, do my chores, cook work on my novels and scratch my butt. It's not time consuming to write your own content. It just takes a lot of practice to get the method down. But it's no different than any IM project.

    3. Don't try to piss on someone else who's trying to be helpful. Seriously, coming in here saying "zomg just spin the content who has time to write it?!" is like putting your butt up to someone's face and farting, then walking away. That's just rude.

    You don't have to agree with what OP said. If you've got lazy methods of getting your own content, go do that. But don't make it seem like OP is just wrong bc he's talking about writing his own content. He's just being helpful. Appreciate the fact that he's contributing something to this community.

    There's more than one way to get something done. Idk why people don't realize this. They're almost always in the "my way or the highway" mentality. Stop it. Just stop.

    Freaking newbs man.
     
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    taseerali99 Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    Would it be a big thing making grammar mistakes if it isn't a native language for one? I mean if the text is good in general but has some mistakes?
     
  8. Ventio

    Ventio Regular Member

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    If you're writing casually for friends or on social media its not a big deal as long as people can understand you but when people are paying for content their going to want proper grammar.

    I'm also not sure if this is a fact or not but proper grammar may pay a role in seo. I dont think english sites with atrocious grammar are able to rank but again not im not sure.

     
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    Content is bigger than just copy though. There's video and audio too. Your phone has that on it. When you have an idea about something simply capture it and then write about it. Come back to it and put it into the formula mentioned above.
     
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