Guest Post by Alice Seba
Content rules the internet. And while video and audio content are certainly a force to be reckoned with, print content still rules the bandwidth. As an online business owner, that means one thing – writing content. However, writing tons of content can take tons of time, right? Well, it doesn’t have to.
Here are five easy tips to help you write more content.
#1 Plan it. This may seem like an oversimplified solution. However, you can write significantly faster when you know what you’re writing about and why. Spend an hour a month or even ten minutes a week and plan your content. What are you going to write? What purpose does it serve?
Consider going as far in your content plan to outline the article with a few key points you want to cover in the content.
#2 Seek user generated content. Your online interactions are a fantastic way to find and create more content. One interaction on a social networking site can turn into several article or blog post ideas. You can also use email questions that are sent to you or forum postings and interactions you have. If you’re going to use the content verbatim, make sure you ask permission from all involved parties.
#3 Schedule time. Creating content often falls to the bottom of a to do list. You’ll be able to get much more content writing accomplished if you put it on your schedule. Find a time of the week that works best for you and devote an hour or two to writing your week’s content. Then you can publish it, schedule it and be done for the week.
#4 Repurpose. You probably have a ton of content already created, right? You have reports, ebooks, blog posts, and articles. Repurposing your content to create fresh content is a great way to write content fast and it’s good for the budget.
#5 Track your ideas. Content ideas come to us at the strangest of times. Maybe you’re on the treadmill, waiting at the dentist or in the fast food drive through. Create some sort of method to capture these ideas when they come to you.
Chances are your phone or mobile device has a note taking function or a recording device. Or you can use a good old fashioned notebook and pen. The point is to keep it with you so you can capture those great ideas, and free moments, to write more content.
Bonus tip – use your resources. In addition to keyword research, simply reading about your industry and networking with others can help you generate more content ideas. More ideas equals more content.
Writing more content doesn’t have to be difficult. Plan it, schedule it, and be ready for when those great content ideas strike.
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Leslie Truex is an ideaphoric writer, speaker, entrepreneur, social worker and mom trying to do it all from the comfort of her home. Since 1998, she's been helping others create careers they love by providing work-at-home information and resources through Work-At-Home Success.
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