For bloggers like you and I, quality content is extremely important. Without quality content, we’d have no readers and without readers, we’d have no blog. However, constantly having to come up with new post ideas and having to write the content, on top of everything else you have to do as a blogger, can be really overwhelming.
Outsourcing some of your blog content creation on a site like iWriter can be a really good idea, but the costs of doing so can add up pretty quickly. So in this post, I’m going to share with you 4 simple ways to create content for your blog on a shoe string budget.
Accepting Guest Posts on Your Blog
The first way to deliver quality content to your blog readers is by accepting guest posts on your blog. Basically, guest posts work like this…
- someone writes an article related to the topic of your blog
- you publish the post on your blog
- the guest poster gets a link or two back to their website
So you get free content and the guest poster gets a couple of free links pointing back to their blog, squeeze page, etc. Now if you decide to accept guest posts on your blog, make sure that you only accept good, quality content and be sure to create a guest post submission guidelines page.
Here are a couple of sites you can use to get started with accepting guest blog posts:
Adding Curated Content to Your Blog
Another quick and easy way to add really great content to your blog is by curating it. If you’re not sure what content curation is, then check out my post titled “What is Content Curation?” That post not only explains what content curation is, it was also created using curated content from around the web
Another great example of curated content is something called a link roundup. Ti Roberts does a fantastic job with her weekly link roundups as seen in this post here.
There are many tools for creating curated content out there, with CurationSoft currently being my favorite. A couple of other really popular content curation tools are Scoop.it and Paper.li.
Using Private Label Rights Content
Private label rights (PLR) content is content that you purchase where you can legally edit and publish it even to the point of including your own name as the author. Now when it comes to PLR content, there are a few pro’s and con’s.
PLR content pro’s
- PLR content allows you to be an instant expert on pretty much any topic out there
- Using PLR content makes it dead easy to come up with content for your blog
- PLR content is easy to find
- PLR content is a lot cheaper than having original content created for you
PLR content con’s
- A lot of the PLR content you’ll find out there is pure garbage (stay away from the “100,000 PLR articles for $1″ type stuff)
- Since PLR products are sold to many people, you’ll have to rewrite the content to make it unique
So if you’re going to go the PLR content route, I suggest you use only top-quality content from reliable sources such as:
What is content repurposing? It’s simply taking content which is currently in one form and converting it into another form. This is a great way to keep your content creation costs down.
For example, lets say you created an article to post on your blog. You can then take that existing article and convert it into a video to create a new piece of content at no additional cost (or for pretty cheap if you’re hiring someone to do this for you).
So even if you do pay to have an article written on a site like iWriter, you can repurpose that content into many other different forms of content for free! Here’s a really great case study on repurposing content titled “My 10-in-1 Content Creation Strategy” that you should really check out.
So there you have it… 4 simple ways to create content for your blog on a shoe string budget
How about you… what do you do to help keep your content creation costs down? Let me know in the comments section below!