Finding Content is EASY!
Subject Line: TWM’s Release – #13: Finding Content is EASY!
CONTENTS IN THIS ISSUE:
1. Editor’s Remarks
2. How to Start Your Own Ezine – Part V
a) Fabulous Articles on Ezine Content
b) Where to Find Content
c) Save Room For the Big Rocks
3. What’s New at The Write Market
4. Get Your Ad in TWM’s Release!
5. Administrative Information
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This month we are going to give you several places to find ezine content! Also, a great way to get publicity for your site or your ezine is to write articles and to submit them to places where people are looking for content. So this issue is packed with resources for you to use when you really need an article for your newsletter on “10 ways to reuse fingernail clippings,” or if you want to find a perfect place to publish that article you just wrote called, “The ups and downs of rollercoaster maintenance.”
Next month we will continue our ezine discussion with more articles in our series “How to Start Your Own Ezine.”
P.S. our article “Save Room for The Big Rocks” is not related to ezine content – it’s a little piece I received through email and I just loved it so much, I wanted to share it with everyone.
FIVE FABULOUS ARTICLES ON EZINE CONTENT
So many great articles have been written lately on ezine content. Rather than try and avoid plagiarism and repeat what they’ve already said – I’ve posted several articles to our website. Here are some quick links to them:
1. 12 High Readership Content Ideas! by Larry Dotson: 12 “types” of content that you can use for your ezine. http://www.thewritemarket.com/articles/dotson3.htm
2. Has Your Ezine Passed It’s Sell-By Date? by Marie Williams: How to focus your content on your readers – give them what they need. http://www.thewritemarket.com/articles/williams2.htm
3. How To Promote Your Business By Providing Specialized Information by Bob Leduc: Several really great ideas on different aspects of article content. http://www.thewritemarket.com/articles/leduc2.htm
4. Free Publicity for Online and Brick & Mortar Entrepreneurs by Michael Werner: Excellent resources for authors – places to get your articles in circulation. (Some of these resources are great for publishers, as well.) http://www.thewritemarket.com/articles/werner1.htm
5. Posting Your Work on the Internet: Watch Your Rights! by Nicole Bishop: Exactly as the title puts it – you need to watch your copyrights when you are distributing your writing around the internet – the article gives you some insight into how you may protect your writing. http://www.thewritemarket.com/articles/bishop1.htm
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WHERE TO FIND CONTENT
by Renee Kennedy
First things first – finding content is not difficult, as long as you know your topic. Some of the above articles address topics that your ezine can cover. Once you know the topic, finding articles is relatively simple.
Here are a few ways to find content:
1. If you happen to be perusing a site and you find an article that you think your readers would like, just send the webmaster a quick note and ask if you may “borrow” the article for your ezine. Say that the copyright will remain in the author’s possession and that you will also give the author a “resource box”. A resource box is a “plug” for the author or for the author’s website or newsletter.
Seldom has an author refused to allow me to publish a previously written article in our newsletter or even on our website. (It has happened twice, so it is good to ask permission first.)
2. Usually, authors will go out of their way for you – they may even write an article on a specific topic for you – it’s amazing. If you find an author that you like and they seem to be knowledgeable on a topic that you’d like to address in your newsletter – then ask them if they will write an article for you. Why do authors do this? Because they get a free plug. And they can use the article in the future for their own newsletter or for their website or for other newsletters.
3. Subscribe to email lists that send free content or deal with content.
http://www.e-zinez.com/ – there are several free content lists here – you may sign up for the ones that interest you.
4. Visit websites that offer free content, you can also submit articles to most of these sources. (In a future article, we will discuss how distributing articles that you’ve written can increase your subscribers.)
http://www.ezinearticles.com – The largest collection of free articles I’ve ever seen.
http://certificate.net/ – free articles on a variety of topics.
http://www.zinos.com/ – a variety of topics.
http://www.ideamarketers.com/ – Submit articles and also find content.
WARNING #1 – the 4 ways to find content above are great – but realize that these articles are usually going to be used again and again. If you can get a hold of an article before anyone else – that is fantastic! But if you’re the 5th or 6th newsletter to grab up an article – it’s not so fantastic.
People want original content. It is my feeling that you must write some of it yourself. Original content is one key to keeping subscribers.
WARNING #2: If you find some free content on one of these free content sites – you might do yourself a favor by asking the author’s permission to use the article. Even though the site may offer it to you – it’s only polite to ask before using it – unless it specifically says, “this article is free for distribution, you don’t need to ask permission,” or something similar.
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SAVE ROOM FOR THE BIG ROCKS
One day, an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students, and to drive home a point, used an illustration those students will never forget.
As he stood in front of high-powered overachievers, he said, “Okay, time for a quiz.” Then he pulled out a one gallon, wide mouthed Mason jar and set it on the table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them in the jar. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside, he asked, “Is the jar full?’
Everyone in the class replied “Yes”. Then he said. “Really?” He reached under the table and pulled out a bucket of gravel. Then he dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of gravel to work themselves into the space between the big rocks.
Then he asked the group once more “Is the jar full?” By this time the group was catching on to him. “Probably not,” one of them answered. “Good!” he replied.
He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it went into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Once more he asked the question, “Is the jar full?” “No!” the class shouted. Once again, he said, “Good.” Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began pouring it in until the jar was full to the brim.
Then he looked at the class and asked: “What is the point of this illustration?”
One eager student raised his hand and said, “The point is, no matter how full your schedule is, if you really try hard, you can always fit some more things in.”
“No”, the speaker replied, “That is not the point.
The truth this illustration teaches us is: If you don’t put the big rocks in first, you’ll never get them all in at all. What are the Big Rocks in your life? Your children, your loved ones, your education, your dreams, a worthy cause, doing things you love, your health, your significant other? Remember to put those Big Rocks in first, or you’ll never get to them at all. If you sweat the little stuff (the gravel, sand), then you’ll fill your life with little things to worry about that don’t really matter, and you’ll never have the time to spend on the big, important things (the big rocks).”
So, tonight or in the morning, when you are reflecting on this story, ask yourself this question:
What are the Big Rocks in my life? Then put those in your jar first.
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