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Tips for writing about a subject I'm not overly familiar with

Discussion in 'Copywriting & Sales Persuasion' started by RyanUK, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. RyanUK

    RyanUK Newbie

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    I'm starting a niche site and this will be my first step into IM, hopefully the first of many.

    I'm writing about a subject that I obviously don't have too much knowledge on, I can't write from the top of my head and I can't afford to hire writers to do it either. I'm going to need to write 30-50 articles over the next couple of weeks maybe months.

    Any tips on writing with those sorts of restrictions in mind?

    Should I go and put somebody else's articles into my own words or should I spend a lot of time reading and developing a knowledge on the topic then write naturally?

    Any general tips would be helpful

    Thanks :)
     
  2. neverquitting

    neverquitting Regular Member

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    I've gotta ask, why are you making your first step in a niche where you're not already somewhat knowledgeable? You're just making things that much harder for yourself and you're less likely to enjoy things. I figure your easiest bet is to rewrite others' work, though that generally leaves a bad taste in my mouth (I'd hate it if someone did that to me). At minimum, if you're going with that approach, try the skyscraper method where you take the "leading" article on a subject, rework it, then *add* more content to make it even better. That way you're not reinventing the wheel, but you are adding new value.
     
  3. RyanUK

    RyanUK Newbie

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    Ok thanks, the skyscraper method sounds good.

    And finding a good niche is hard, I can't imagine being able to find one where I'm going to have knowledge on the subject and make a profit
     
  4. AquaticGamer

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    You can do some research on the niche itself read up on other competitors articles and try to write up your own. Over time once you gain enough knowledge on that niche you could probably start writing some fresh articles of your own.
     
  5. living2xl

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    Yes, you can rewrite any other's articles into your own words to write articles easily.
    But always confirm that the article that you rewrite is unique or not. Make it unique, it'll be good and reliable.
     
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    is that true about skycraper writer. How you can be a good writer.
     
  7. george9065

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    I would personally spend a few hours going over material in your niche. Then come up with a list of titles that you will write about (your ideas will come from keywords research and other peoples articles). Once this is done you can go ahead and start writing - keep other similar articles open so you do not get stuck.
     
  8. anne29

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    You can always find something to read in Google. Get to know your niche first. There are a lot of resources you can find in Google.
     
  9. CallmeReaz

    CallmeReaz Junior Member

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    This is the best comment on this thread.

    It's way, way easier to earn cash and churn out the content when you know everything about your subject. Far harder when you're not 100% into it.
     
  10. CityCowboy

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    If it's your first step in the IM Niche, and you can't write at least 10 articles by yourself then you're obviously not interested in that niche, However if you're just stuck on ideas, you can look for what people want in your niche, what really bothers them., what problems are they having. this way you can easily provide solutions to their problems using your blog articles,

    To get rid of writers block and get inspiration, you can search for blogs about your niche and see what type of articles they publish, or simply search google or youtube for inspiration.

    Hope that helps :)
     
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    Agree with the rest of the people here. I'm very lucky to have landed in the niche I am in because it is small and I am extremely knowledgeable about it. My next niche I am starting to develop an actual interest for and will be devouring information about the topic before I even think about starting a website around it.

    This is a fast track to failure, unless you're building a bunch of churn and burn sites purely for clicks... which can work, but I'd rather build stable income streams.
     
  12. LosAngeles1

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    Best bet is to start with a niche that you are comofrtable with; however if you see incredible potential in lets stay an untapped niche that you are unfamiliar with then the only thing you can do is RESEARCH until your eyes start to hurt.
     
  13. patriotnews

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    If am writing in a niche I am unfamiliar with(like my current project), I use the skyscraper method with a twist.
    I take the top page 1 article, I then take the top page 2 article and mash them together manually. I then run the mashed article through a manual spinner, edit it for grammar afterwards, then find a PLR article that has relevant bullet points and spin that a little and add it to the article.
    You end up with a giant article, that offers a bunch of good content, and is highly relevant.

    If I want a smaller filler article, I use these methods:
    - find a relevant niche YouTube video that isn't transcribed, and run it while running a speak-to-text program. Edit the article a bit, maybe run a quick spin, and bam, quick filler article.
    - find 2 relevant niche YouTube videos(hopefully offering differing advice, views, or tactics) and post them with a little summary of each, then briefly talk about how the same issue/procedure/idea can have differing views. Great filler article that keeps people on the site watching videos AND shows authority on the topic.
     
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    Spun content is total garbage. If you are doing a quick churn and burn site that you don't really plan to make much money off, then sure chug a bunch of words into an automated program and get crap out of it. But if you want to create a lasting business, take the time to research your content and output QUALITY.

    What I like to do is open a web browser on one side of my screen, and a word document on the other side. Alternately, microsoft onenote is also a great program. As you browse around and research your content, start taking bulletpoint notes in your word processor. Once you have spent a few hours researching, you'll have a couple pages of good notes that you can use as a foundation for your articles AND you will have a basic understanding of your niche to help you write from the top of your head.
     
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    I'm not really interested in the niche, but I committed to the project and wanted to finish. Got it done.
     
  16. terebi

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    You only need to know the main keywords associated with a topic to get a really good understanding of it. It won't be deep knowledge, but it is like having a map, with all the interesting topics and keywords laid out for you.

    I want to invite you to try seocloudcontent.com (for free).

    It will do the analysis for you & I think its great for people that don't know a niche.

    You just type in your article title, then it spits out list of keywords and article topics for you.
    If you don't know what a topic/keyword means it will also show you the research for it.

    With that you can see very quickly what keywords are important for your article and how keywords are related to each other in the niche.
    You can even discover new ideas like this...

    Can you do this by hand? Of course... Its just a matter of opening the top 10+ pages on Google and noting down repetitive keywords/topics.
     
  17. toxic08

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    I always use skyscrapper method but I'm writing it like it was originally from me. I have site related to game developing and don't even touch any software related to them (except RPGmaker LOL).

    I also read a lot of top blogs and ebooks and rewrite them with my own writing tone. I've been doing it for 9 months and some influencers in my niche starting to contacting me to write content for them and try their software and SaaS but I always turn them down because I really don't know anything about it.

    But I think I'm starting to like it and once my site can support itself I will try to get my hands dirty and try some.
     
  18. blackwhite678

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    If you know other language, not just english, do translating to English. I do this.

    Another method, beside skyscrapper, from books, magazine (ones that not online), scan it, than rewrite it. My brother use this method
     
  19. Malcolm Max

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    OP I've written tons of articles where I've never even heard of the topic before. Just spend some time trying to find as much information is you could. It doesn't take long. Write down some points you want to elaborate then you will see it becomes quite easy :)