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The ways I get filler content

Discussion in 'Blogging' started by patriotnews, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. patriotnews

    patriotnews Senior Member

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    I often see people asking about content for their sites and where to get filler articles, or spun articles, so I figured I would share out my method for filler articles.

    First let's talk about what filler content is to me: filler content is content I put on my site that isn't written to target a keyword, rather it is on my site to build relevance overall and provide value to my visitors.
    While building up my authority websites(which I don't seem an authority until others do, no matter the amount of articles on it), I try to put up 2 keyword focused pieces of content a month, but to keep the site growing and active, I'll also upload 2-3 pieces of filler content a month.

    Other ways I use filler content: inter-linking to build relevance.
    EXAMPLE: say my site is about home improvement: and I put up a great article, well monetized with affiliate offers about "10 roofing options that save money", I might put up filler like "Asphalt Shingles: all you need to know" and somewhere in context link out to the "10 options" article.

    So, how do I generate my filler articles?

    1st filler content method:
    PLR + Ezine(other other source)
    I will take 2-3(avg) PLR articles all related, so say using the above example of asphalt shingles; "pros/cons of asphalt shingles", "asphalt shingles classic roofing"(general info), "repairing storm damaged shingles". I then manually spin them on the word level for around 40-50% unique rating.
    Then I'll snag an ezine article, "how to pick best asphalt shingles" and maybe another one, "care for shingles in winter and summer". I then spin these articles for 40-50% unique rating.
    I'll then take the intro paragraph(s) from the general info article, add a transition statement, then slowly mix in the best bits of the other articles, then add a transition closing statement(if needed) and add the closing paragraph from the general info article.
    Grab a couple images, from pixabay or somewhere else and run them through canva(with all the same filter/size settings) and add those.
    I'll search out an Infographic and add that at the end of the article.
    I'll toss a YouTube video in the middle of the article.
    I'll find 1-4 non-competitor sites for links and add them to my article, after my internal link.
    This gives me a 1,500-2,400 word article, with a video, good images, and an Infographic.
    Note: I try to use no more than 50% of each article and try not to just post large chunks from a single article, so it really mashes it all together. To the point I get 10% matches on articles.
    Time: Usually takes me 30-45 minutes.



    2nd method for filler content:
    Infographic discuss and review

    I'll search out a big infographic, hopefully 10-20 points.
    I'll Google each point, making sure no one else has done this. If no exact matches, I'll snag a decent related link, and continue this for each point.
    Then post each point of the infographic, along with an excerpt from the related articles found while searching, approx 100 words, and link out(open in new window).
    With a 10 point infographic, I now have around 1,000 words of content, linking out and offering useful information. Visitor friendly stuff right here.
    Time: with googling, takes me 15-30 minutes.

    3rd method filler content:
    Internal round-trip

    Gather up several of your quality articles(say 10 of them), related but not overlapping from your site:
    "Winter-proof your water pipes"
    "Cut heating costs this winter"
    "How to install weatherstripping"
    "How to insulate your garage"
    Now I write up a quick article like "Tips to prep for winter". Do a nice little intro, real general about how important it is to prep your home for winter; then write a little summary for each article and link out to them.
    If done right, you have 10+ good internal links, in a 1,500+ word article.
    This filler content is also good for building backlinks to, I try to do one of these every 3 months, at least.
    Time: with googling and such, takes about 30-45minutes.

    4th method for filler content
    Buy or scrape expired domain content

    I don't scrape, so I buy from @bossofthebosses and @littlewebdragon both have given me good content.
    I then gather a few images, usually from pixabay and run them through canva to give them a uniform look/size/filter.
    Put them up, with links peppered in when possible either internally or to non-comp sites.
    Time: once you get your article, takes me 5-10minutes per.

    5th method for filler content
    Video review

    Search up a nice video, "How-to" and the sort are great, especially if you can get the excerpt.
    Post the video, now post a bit of the excerpt(100-200 words) and discuss it a bit.
    EXAMPLE: the video says "use 3/8th bolts to fasten the flux capacitor to the main frame time vortex calculator" I generally agree this is the best way to get to 3.3 gigawatts of power, but if needed, you can substitute a 9mm hex bolt and not notice much of a difference.
    Do this a few different times, make sure it is relevant and actually something that can be changed, don't tell them to inline mount a second flux capacitor to double the gigawatts if that may just result in a bad sequel. Only do this if you k ow a little something.
    Do this for a video and you end up with good visitor content.
    Time: once I find the video and except, this takes 10-15minutes.

    6th method for filler content
    Competitor Content Curation

    Yes, I use direct competitor content. Pick a keyword, say "DIY llama pen". It is a keyword I am not going to focus on, but maybe it might interest my readers. So I google the keyword and find 3-5 great articles, then I find on various social media platforms(Facebook, Google+, etc..) where they have shared this content and snag those direct links. If I can't find a social media post, I'll snag the article links and just make the post full of unlinked attributes.
    I then write a quicky intro about the subject. Then I post excerpts from the different articles, maybe the first couple steps of how to build the llama pen and then link out "Read More" to the social media post, and just keep doing that.
    I'll pepper in a few sentences and observations of my own, then wrap it up with my own quicky written close.
    Time: this takes me 15-20 minutes.

    So I hope this post helps you in putting together some filler content for your site, specifically stuff that isn't just fluff but stuff visitors might find helpful, stuff to build some site relevance and give you a few good spots to build some nice backlinks to.

    In a good day, I'll crank out 3-4 months worth of filler content for a site, leaving me plenty of time for other site related work, while my filler content slowly drips out. I usually keep at it until I have 6 months of filler scheduled, then reload it up when I get down to 4 months.

    A few things about the sites I build to try to address any questions before they come up:
    • I don't silo my sites, I always feel constrained by a silo, so when I am working on a long-term project site, I link to an internal article when it adds to the readers experience.
    • When I am working on an authority site project, I don't niche down, instead I plan it out broad, and just allow it to grow. So if I am starting a site, I will leave it broad, like "Home Improvement" or "Green energy". This helps me to just provide content and flow where needed.
    • I don't single source any monetization on a site, I might have Amazon on one page, affiliate offers on another, and AdSense on another page. So I am not limited, and have some form of advertising on every page, and don't have to shoe horn in a monetization method for a filler article.
    • When building an authority site, I no-follow all external links and open them in a different window, so I am never caring if I link out like a madman, as long as it builds upon my users experience/knowledge.
     
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  2. darkziosj

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    Thank you for your ideas
     
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    I use bigcontentsearch, which has over 100,000 PLR articles and ebooks. Just type in your keyword and it returns hundreds of related PLR articles. You can integrate it with spinrewriter and spin the articles and get and embedd relevant youtube videos, so much easier and quicker
     
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  4. patriotnews

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    And you feel comfortable putting that up on your money site?

    Nice site recommendation, I'll have to check them out. I have a library of over 2million plr articles and ebooks personally, so I usually don't go looking.
     
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    I use them as a base, I always end up with unique articles. I have over 1 million plr articles myself, so I always have content for clients if needed. I use big content search for speed.
     
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    What do you mean you use that as a base? Like you then write your own stuff to add to it? Just trying to figure out your process.
     
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    I use them as a starting point and add more, rewrite, take out bits etc. I use spinrewriter to find youtube vids also, it just speeds it up
     
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    I didn't know that about spinrewriter, I mean I got it down pretty quick, but good info for others.

    Ok, so after spinning a PLR article, you manually write up more content, or just clean it up, maybe some bullet points, write-up a little bit of the intro/end?
    I've done that, but personally isn't my thing.
    Good add though.
     
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    Thanks @patriotnews, that is a very helpful. Personally I copscape my PLR articles, rewrite where needed to make unique, combine a couple to get over 1000 words, add images, relevant video if appropriate and interlink with money pages.
     
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    Yes and I always make unique images using pixabay and youzign, that way my blog images are optimized and unique to me
     
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    So, you get a PLR article, run it through copyscape then change only the parts it registers as duplicate? So you manually rewrite?
    When you combine articles, do you just write a transition sentence/paragraph and paste on the next, or do you mesh the together?

    I will routinely cycle through all the methods I listed, so my sites have a good mix of filler, because I firmly believe(my personal belief here), that filler content is good for bringing visitors back.
     
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    Correct, most of the time you just need to restructure the sentence/paragraph but often you can add improvements.

    A bit of both, some lend themselves well to joining together, they have obviously been written for 400-500 market so often I find articles that naturally progress from one another, so simple transition join works. Other times, I will take sections of one article and use across several others as they are all talking about shingles in general.

    Personally, I prefer to create content that has value to the user and more and more I am simply creating informational articles with no other advertising but internal links through to complimentary money pages on the site. These seem to be the most popular for me at the moment.

    Other content I create for Google to generate authority status. Still good quality if anyone read it but what I would class as tier 2 on my money sites.

    I also use this method for my PBN's instead of writing content from scratch.

    I like the suggestions in this thread though and will be looking to see how I can implement more of them. If I can create quality content as quickly as possible, I would be very happy.
     
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    Very interesting topic, thank you and all responders for improving my knowledge bout fillin content this way :)
     
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    A stupid question, you said you do not make silos, and you have filler content for 4 months ... How many visits uniques per day average can give you this work?

    ofcourse will depent on the KW traffic, but a roughly estimate? .

    My point is, how well this will be indexed by search engines .
     
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    Right now I'm at about 100 visits a day average.

    No issues indexing in Google, after certain milestones of content I notice Google shows more love by indexing faster. I have 1 site currently at about 300 posts, all indexed and 1 at only 70 posts, all indexed.

    Keep in mind, this isn't my only content either. I also purchase custom written content and sometimes write my own, to target specific keywords, especially right now, that content focuses on low comp/low search keywords.
    The filler content is specifically done to provide my site with filler content, stuff that keeps my site active and build relevancy.
    Look at a site like BHG.com they have mountains of content, they are recognized as an authority in their subject, that is where filler content comes in, especially when working to build an authority site in a niche rated at 90 KC.
     
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    Many thanks for the tips. Really useful and time efficient.

    PJ
     
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    Great post. Useful information that really can help!
     
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    Really an awesome strategy, it will help to increase the authority of that site with more filler content. Do you have any reports to show your results?
     
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    Found your post informational and helpful. Thanks for the spoon feeding.