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There is no doubt if you create content to some degree you probably wish to borrow other people’s content to make your job easier. Maybe you don’t even want to curate content for that reason but instead it’s a business model you want to or already do follow! Well, if you’re doing it wrong you may be putting yourself at risk so today we’re going to talk about how to curate content the right way to keep you out of hot water while still seeing the benefits you’re after.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT AN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWYER (or any other type of lawyer)

AND THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE!!!

I would suggest that you talk to an actual lawyer if you want actual legal advice- specifically a lawyer which specializes in matters of intellectual property.

One more important tid-bit I’d like to say before we get to the meat of this post.

The purpose of this post is not to encourage people to just go rip a bunch of junk from the internet and post it up in hopes of hitting it big.

I’m putting this out there for those who might wish to create a trend in their own blogs or websites and want a reliable way to seek-out content and share it in an ethical manor.

Perhaps you’ve got a fashion blog, or a blog which surrounds crypto-currency, maybe even a newsletter which revolves around Internet marketing and you want to know where to find stuff you can share to keep your readers updated with news and information. Well… this is for all of you and those like you.

Let’s get on with the show!

What is ACTUAL Content Curation?

It’s basically the act of using other people’s content for your own purposes.

Notice: I used the term curation and NOT plagiarism as these are two different things… keep that in mind and don’t forget it, or else!  😉

Who Uses Content Curation?

Pfft… who doesn’t would be a much shorter list.

  • Any NEWS syndication ever.
  • All of the usual search engines you’re used to: MSN, Yahoo, Google, AOL & etc.
  • Just about any YouTube channel that has any sort of popularity.
  • Probably something like 80-90% of the Internet as a whole is curated content.

It’s extremely rare to find anything which is original. There can only be one source of originality (in most cases) so when you see the same thing popping up all over the place there is an original source and the rest is curated. Yes, there are exceptions to this but even still, that would usually only lead to just a few original sources all pertaining to the exact same thing so the synergy is strong with this concept.

On top of the short list above you’ve also got mega-million dollar properties like The Huffington Post, Drudge-Report, Buzzfeed, Upworthy, Google-News, Yahoo-News, Bing, the list is miles & miles long!

Let’s not forget that literally ANYTHING which revolves around “trending” is curated content. Yeah… ever been on Facebook and noticed in that upper right-hand corner the current trending topics? Where do you think that stuff comes from? Facebook didn’t just pull it out of the social-media nether-realm; it’s all curated content!

Party of Three

Party of THREE

Typically there are Three Parties wherever content curation is involved and they are:

  • The Publisher- this is the copyright holder to put it simply.
  • The Curator- this would be you, basically.
  • The Audience- this is obviously anyone who would be viewing your curated content.

Why it’s important to keep these three parties in mind is because typically when content is shared by anybody who is not the copyright holder, the creator… then a conflict of interest arises when the curation method is not done right.

So what is the right way to curate content?

When you curate content the right way a mutual benefit should always be the goal in mind. On the one hand you don’t want to get yourself into legal hot water by being frivolous with your curation. On the other hand it’s just a doofus-move to rip someone’s hard work off and NOT help get them the recognition for it.

When talking about the Internet and online content then the goal should typically be traffic and visitor retention.

This means anytime you share something it is your duty to refer back to where the content originates from and give them a sort of shout-out letting people know “this is where I got this cool stuff from” and maybe encourage some of your viewers to head over to that original source if they want to see more.

Never should you ever just blindly take all the content from a single source!

 What Defines “Fair Use”?

This is what the law says about fair use:

  1. What’s the purpose of use? Is it a review, satire, educational? Is it meant for commercial or non-commercial use? Is it used in non-profit means?
  1. What is the nature of the original, copyright work?
  1. How much of the original work is used in the curated content? Is it a “fair” amount or is it obvious the curated content is plagiarizing the copyright holder?
  1. What effect is the curated content having on the copyrighted material and its holder? Is it degrading the value of the original work in any way?

Here’s the thing… a lot of this stuff is open for interpretation and if you ever find yourself in the courts defending yourself over a copyright claim it will be up to a judge to decide if you were in the right or the wrong where “fair use” is concerned.

You could do everything in your power to stay within the lines, wind up in court and STILL lose a law suit. This is simply the reality of the matter so it’s important anyone reading this is aware of that fact.

Let’s Talk About Curation Best Practices

In 2010 Kimberley Isbell wrote a very interesting report on what the law has to say about aggregating NEWS online and I think it gives some valuable insight. If you want to check out the original article then you can find it right here.

Below I’m going to go over a few content curation tips for simplicity’s sake:

  • Only take as few portions from the source as is necessary to convey your point while keeping the curated portions to as minimal as possible.
  • Keep your use of content to a bare minimum from any single source. Try limiting yourself to only what is directly relevant to your readership.
  • Make your attributions obvious in all posts. Citing references is not only ethical it’s required. (unless it isn’t) for instances… YouTube has a built in curation system. If you are able to embed a video then it’s natural to assume it’s also legal and though you can refer back to YouTube or the channel holder as your source it’s already made evident by the video itself.
  • You should always link back to the source wherever possible and do it in a very obvious way.

When curating content it’s not enough to just pull something from somewhere and that’s it… Always make an effort to add to it with your own comments, images, reviews and etc.

Some Technical Best Practices

Aside from the broad ideas positioned above there are a few more specific things you should aim to do when curating content to keep in good standing:

This first technical best practice is a big one for a lot of you reading this…

  • When sharing images you should really only use thumbnails of the original which link back to the original source in some way… either by making the image it’s self a hyperlink or putting a contextual link in some visibly obvious space around the image so anyone who views it can know it’s meant to be a cited source.

One reason this is important is because of this court case Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corp where the courts ruled that using a thumbnail image was considered “fair use”.

  • Always make your links back to the original source PROMINENT, not buried somewhere that isn’t obvious to the viewer.
  • If you’re going to take a snippet from article text be sure to use as little as possible only to convey your point. You’ll need to add the rest of what you need either by your own words or pull from multiple sources- all of which will need to be cited to stay within fair-use. It’s wise to always include your own original content on top of any curated content.
  • One point of “fair use” is how much content is yours vs how much is curated. For this reason it’s wise to always be sure you add MORE of your own original content than that which has been curated. If you pull a paragraph of text then it’s a good idea to add TWO paragraphs of original content or more, just as an example.
  • Always come up with a different title than what you have curated. You should never use the same title for anything you’ve “borrowed” as this creates conflict and competition between you and the owner of the original content. It is understandable that we as independent thinkers can only come up with so many original ideas so don’t worry about having a 100% original title- only concern yourself with coming up with a title which does not completely and blatantly rip-off the source material you’ve curated.
  • Proper use of “quotations” (often called ‘Blockquotes’) is very much encouraged for making the curated portion of your articles obvious. By putting the chunks of content you’ve curated in a Blockquote and then surrounding it with original content you are making it visibly obvious that the source of that quoted material comes from someone else.

Let’s Wrap It Up

At the end of the day all the legal fog surrounding content curation is up in the air and not set in stone… it’s still to this day left open for interpretation.

That being said however, if you follow the guidelines laid out both in this post and just about anywhere you can find online which speaks on the subject you can rest assured you’ll be well when compared to those who just go about it willy-nilly.

Content curation IS ethical and practical when used properly and with good intention.

A Quick Recap For Further Understanding

The information to follow is intended for those of us who wish to create reports, blogs, or just articles in general which other’s would find “of interest” while maintaining an ethical means to do so and taking effort to “get the facts straight” for those who might wind up reading your stuff.

  1. Never share more than 50% of an original source. This includes text, images, video, anything at all. The less you use in your curation attempts the better off you’ll be if ever you need to defend yourself on a copyright claim in the courts should you ever need to. The chances of this are extremely low.
  1. When curating images it’s a best practice to only use thumbnails which do not include the ENTIRE source image but rather only a portion. This of course does not need apply if the image is in fact free for use without restriction. Sites like Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, & ESPECIALLY Google-Images do NOT exclusively own any rights to the vast majority of content which is posted to them.
  1. Try to add equal or more parts of original content to your posts as what was curated. So if you’ve taken a paragraph from some source then add at least one additional paragraph of your own. The more original content the better.
  1. Always pull from multiple sources when a single source won’t provide enough content and cite all sources used in a clear and precise manor to avoid any ambiguity in who the copyright owner is.
  1. It’s always a good idea to use royalty free content where possible… a list to find such content is below.

Places you can find royalty free images for use are:

(Note that the copyright of all content on the sources below are not guaranteed so always make any attempt to first track down potential copyright infringements and proceed to cite sources as necessary or pick another piece of content which IS royalty free instead)

Let me show you how to find free images to use on Google Images the ‘right way’.

First, go to Google.com and search for something you want an image of.

Royalty Free Images

Next, click on “Images” near the top, then click the “Search tools” link near the top of the page. Once you do that you’ll see a new row of options slide down and in that row you’ll see “Usage rights” as depicted below. Click on “Usage rights” and choose the option which says either:

  • Labeled for reuse with modification (if you intend to modify the image accordingly)
  • Labeled for reuse (these are the royalty free images, no modifications needed)

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Very Important Note About “Free” Images on Google

Just because it’s listed under the free section of Google’s image search does not necessarily mean that it IS free. Keep this in mind when using these pictures. Again, it’s advised to do your research and at least try to seek out an original source and if you happen to discover the image isn’t royalty free or labeled as a creative-commons of some sort then you’d do well to use a different image or follow the curation rule and make it a thumbnail instead which leads back to the source.

Content curating is a very lucrative business practice which is used by the vast majority of marketers today but it’s just one tool in their utility belt. The formula to success is found in both understanding of the business model and implementing it the right way… both of which you will be taught by joining the Powerhouse Affiliate’s premium member’s site. Head on over there right away and check it out by following this link.

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How to Create a Website for Affiliate Marketing in 5 Easy Steps

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If you’re creating your first affiliate marketing website, then this guide on how to create a website for affiliate marketing will help you in the task through simple steps.

Building affiliate websites doesn’t have to be difficult. You can easily create your own website for affiliate marketing, if you know a few simple things about the setup process. Setting up an affiliate marketing website for posting content and promotions is simple and can be done without the help of professional developers.

In this article, we will discuss all the steps required to make an affiliate website.

What to Know Before Starting Affiliate Marketing

Before you start affiliate marketing, you should know a bit about how affiliate marketing works. 

You can learn about the best practices for affiliate marketing through any affiliate marketing course that can simply explain the concepts, tricks and tips for affiliate marketing.

How much does it cost for building affiliate marketing websites?

Building a website for affiliate marketing requires a small amount of money. You will have to spend a small amount on the Domain name and Web Hosting for your website. This cost can be anywhere from $3/month to $ 15/month or more. Remember to get a good hosting service for your website. I will cover how to buy a Domain name and Web Hosting later in this article.

How to create a website for affiliate marketing with little cost

Using the following steps on how to make an affiliate website, you can easily create a successful affiliate earning platform for yourself.

Quick jump to any step on how to make an affiliate marketing website:

Step 1: Choose an Affiliate Program

Step 2: Choose a Few Products to Promote on Your Affiliate Website

Step 3: Get Affiliate product links from your Affiliate program

Step 4: Create a website for affiliate marketing with little cost

Step 5: Create Compelling Content or Blog Posts Around Your Affiliate Products

These steps illustrate various image examples to show you how things look in real while setting up an affiliate website.

Here are the steps to ‘how to build an affiliate marketing website’:

Step 1: Choose an Affiliate Program

Choose an affiliate program that you’d like to work with. There are various amazing affiliate programs out there to choose from. Here’s a guide on how to choose an affiliate program that’ll work for you.

There are various affiliate marketing programs out there. Pick one that has the kind of products that you’d like to promote through your website, that offers a good commission plan, and that has flexible payment options.

You can choose from top affiliate marketing programs like Powerhouse Affiliate Program (our very own), Amazon Associates, eBay, Bluehost, and CJ Affiliates.

Step 2: Choose a Few Products to Promote on Your Affiliate Website

From your affiliate marketing program, choose a few products that you wish to promote on your website. For example, I have an education technology website, where I promote Edtech toys and games. 

All the content you write and the designs you create will focus around these products. Therefore, either choose a product you know about or are willing to research about.

Also, different products have different commission rates. Choose the products that can get you good returns. It should either have a high commission rate or the potential for high volume sales.

Affiliate marketers sell all sorts of things like web hosting services, online courses, gadgets, fashion products, workout products, and adventure sports merchandise.

Step 3: Get Affiliate product links from your Affiliate programs

Wondering, ‘How to create an affiliate link for my website?’

You will easily find your affiliate links on affiliate program platforms. These links contain reference to your unique affiliate ID. 

Here are a samples of an affiliate link on Amazon Associates:

How to create a website for affiliate marketing with affiliate links

Whenever you need to promote your affiliate products, use these affiliate link ONLY. This helps the Affiliate program track the clicks and sales that come through your website. You will get commissions on sales made only if the users purchase after clicking on your affiliate links.

Tip: Make an Excel or Google Spreadsheet for the products and their affiliate link. This will make it easier for you to find their links to add in your website’s blogs.

Step 4: Create a website for affiliate marketing with little cost

Wondering ‘how to setup an affiliate marketing website?’

In the following subsections, I will show you how to setup an affiliate marketing website with WordPress. WordPress affiliate website builder is free to use. It’s one of the largest website builders in the world. 

This affiliate website builder exercise will help you set up your affiliate business in no time.

4.a. Choose a Domain Name

The first thing to do when you are setting up an affiliate marketing website is to choose a domain name. 

How to create an affiliate website domain? Here’s how you do it.

Your Domain name is your website’s address. For example, this website’s domain name is www.powerhouseaffiliate.com. This helps your users find you on the internet.

There are various domain name registrars out there. You can choose any registrar to purchase a domain name at a low price.

It’s not complicated! You can easily select a domain name on Bluehost (Get Your Free Domain), nameCheap and other such website.

4.b. Host Your Website

Your Web Host is the web server you rent to host your website on the internet. This helps your users see your website on the internet. There are a dime a dozen web hosts out there. If you are creating your first affiliate marketing website, then I suggest that you choose a basic service with a good web host.

Ensure that your web host allows easy WordPress installation, so that you can just choose a template and create a website in minutes. Also check that your web host offers good customer service and has an easy-to-use user panel.

Some of the web hosts like Bluehost are popular and cheap. You can read about Bluehost services below:

To secure your web server, you can add an SSL certificate to your hosting, to encrypt the communication between web browsers and web servers, so that your users can safely use your website.

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4.c. Create a WordPress Website | How to make an affiliate website for free

Once you have booked a domain name and purchased web hosting services, then all you need to do is go to your web hosting platform and click on WordPress Installation. WordPress is a great free affiliate website builder. 

When you click on WordPress Installation from your web host service, it will prompt you to choose a WordPress Template. 

After choosing a website template, you can just start working on your website’s pages and posts. WordPress makes it easy to build your own affiliate website.

I recommend that you spend some time knowing the following three things about your WordPress Website:

i) Know Your Dashboard

Spend some time knowing all the features and tools available to you on a WordPress Website. This will help you carry out all website maintenance related tasks easily.

ii) Set up General Information About your website

From the dashboard, go to Settings > General and set the Site Title, Tag Line, WordPress Address, Site Address, and Email Address.

The Site address should be ideally set in https://www.domainname.com/ format. 

iii) Try adding a page to the website

Website Pages are static pages or permanent fixtures of your website. Their names can be displayed in the Top navigation of your website.

Set up pages like About Us, Privacy Policy, and Terms and Conditions.

iv) Learn to Add Posts to the website

Use Posts section to add blogs to the website. Your blog page will be a dynamic page, so as you add more blog posts to your website, they will show on your Blog Post page. 

You can decide the URL structure for your blogs in Settings > Permalinks.

And this is how you build an affiliate website. Now that you know how to create a website for affiliate marketing, I will tell you how to make that website effective in earning you commissions.

Step 5: Create Compelling Content or Blog Posts Around Your Affiliate Products

Create an affiliate marketing website that is impactful with good content. Content is the key to running a successful affiliate marketing business.

You need to write blog posts, create videos and infographics to deliver value to customers and motivate them to purchase your affiliate products.

Make affiliate website content your priority!

5.a. Write posts that are engaging and well-structured

The next thing to do is to create Affiliate Website content that is well-written and structured. Create good quality content, so that your users are motivated to return to read your blogs often. Add headings and subheadings to your posts, write short and clear sentences, and include useful information for users. Write product reviews, user guides, top product list, and so on.

5.b. Add Your Affiliate Product Links to Your Website Content and Calls to Action

In every blog post you write, include the affiliate links for your products. Include clear and motivating Calls to Action. This will ensure that users click on calls to action, which have your affiliate links, and purchase the products. This step is essential for you to earn commission through your affiliate activities.

5.c. Interlink Your Website Well

Always remember to interlink your website well. Link related blogs to each other. Always mention 2-4 other blogs in each blog. This will help reduce your website’s Bounce rate, and hence improve your ranking on search engines.

How to make an affiliate website successful? Promote Your Affiliate Marketing Website

Once you have created an affiliate website and started creating engaging content on a regular basis, you need to start marketing your website and blog posts to draw traffic to them. 

Setting up an affiliate marketing website brings fruits only after people start visiting your website and click on affiliate links to purchase products.

More traffic will convert to more sales and hence more commission. If you’re wondering how to make an affiliate website successful, refer to the following points.

Optimize Your Blog Posts for Search Engines

The first thing to do is find the right keywords for your website and blogs. Include those keywords on your website and in your posts. This will inform Google about the relevance of your content to the users searching for those keywords. Include your keywords in the Meta tags and content of your website. Interlink your website well to reduce Bounce rate. Create relevant and traffic-driving backlinks for your website.

Promote on Social Media

Another important promotion method is to post about your content on social media. Create a subscriber base on social media. Regularly post on social media, and promote your posts through organic sharing and paid Ads. Optimize your campaigns over time to get the maximum ROI.

Create an Email Marketing List

Email marketing goes a long way in building a strong base of loyal customers. Build an email marketing list, and send relevant content from time to that email list, so that the subscribers are motivated to positively engage with your marketing messages and content sent through emails. Add proper CTAs to your emails to get traffic to your website and sell affiliate products.

Run CPA campaigns

The last, and the most important way to promote your affiliate website and products is to run CPA campaigns. Take proper CPA marketing training to create campaigns that get you relevant traffic that is interested in purchasing the products that you are promoting through your posts. Optimize your CPA campaigns over time to get the best ROI.

Conclusion

Build affiliate websites that are relevant to your audience and product niche. Buy a domain name, and use good hosting services for your website. Use affiliate marketing website builder from WordPress to make your work easy.

After setting up an affiliate website, post relevant content that speaks to your customers and encourages them to purchase after clicking on your affiliate marketing links.

Building an affiliate website is worth it if it gets relevant user traffic who is willing to purchase. Nurture your audience through relevant email, social media and CPA campaigns.

Start an affiliate website promotion campaign that speak to your audience. Tweak your campaigns from time to time to get the best ROI.

We hope that this post on how to create a website for affiliate marketing helps you kickstart your affiliate business with ease.

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Top 5 Internet Marketing Gurus of the World (and they have something to say)

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If you want to become a good online marketer, you have to learn from the best internet marketing gurus.  Of course, this means finding a mentor or guide who will teach you the secrets of online marketing.

Thankfully, there are several top internet marketers in the world who share their career secrets online through websites, books, and online podcasts.

There are a few top online marketing gurus who have made an impression worldwide and are literally considered the ‘Steve Jobs’ of the online marketing world. These top online marketers have created a legacy for the newbies of online marketing.

We have our personal favorites, as well, and we’ve listed our top five online marketing gurus (in no particular order) that you should learn from as well.

We have also mentioned top online marketing gurus’ companies, books, courses, etc. where you can learn from. These top internet marketers in the world have not only created a deep source of income for themselves, but they have fortunately also charted out the path for the rest of us to follow.

Here’re our list of top internet marketing gurus to follow. Web marketing experts like these allow beginners to start online marketing on the right trajectory.

Online Marketing Guru, #1 – Gary Hamel

Online Marketing Guru Gary Hamel

Gary Hamel currently writes the Wall Street Journal but he can be considered as one of the most impressive online marketing gurus of the century. The influential strategist is also a visiting professor at the London Business School and he is a force to be watched carefully. Take a quick look at his website or read a few of his publications to understand just how the quirky genius works. This sales and marketing guru has definitely made a mark in the world and hence has rightly made place in this Internet Marketing Gurus list.

Internet Marketing Guru, #2 – Darren Rowse

Internet marketing guru Darren Rowse

Even newbies to the internet marketing world know that Darren Rowse is one of the best internet marketers. Rowse set up a personal blog in 2002 but he quickly managed to hit the big time due to his impressive thinking. The guru marketer’s personal blog was quickly followed by other blogs that were closely followed by readers. However, it was not until ProBlogger that Rowse actually hit the top line. The blog provides advice for bloggers and website owners and also offers an impressive job board for fellow bloggers.

Web Marketing Expert, #3 – Pat Flynn

web marketing expert Pat Flynn

This down-to-earth marketer is one of the most closely followed geniuses online. According to last records, the marketing guru easily generates more than $50,000 in revenue through blogging. His Smart Passive Income podcast also has more than 200,000 downloads and is a followed by double that amount. For novices, his top online marketing blog offers a wealth of tips that can be invaluable in setting up a successful online internet marketing campaign.

Internet Marketing Coach, #4 – Neil Patel

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Neil Patel is one of the best internet marketing gurus. He has clients like Amazon and Viacom and it definitely pays to listen to what he is saying. At present, the budding genius runs QuickSprouts that is followed by industry experts, marketers, and entrepreneurs as well. Check out his SEO and expert internet marketing tips that can literally make a 20% difference to your website. Patel is also quick to catch emerging websites, trends and tools and he was the first to point out popular brands like KissMetrics and CrazyEgg.

Online Marketing Expert, #5 – John Chow

online marketing expert John Chow

This well-know affiliate and internet marketing guru teaches people how to make money online and he does it quite well. Most of his secrets are available online at Amazon through his book ‘Make Money Online: Roadmap Of A Dot Com Mogul.’ Marketing authors like him are game changers for newbies.

This concludes our Top Affiliate Marketing Gurus list. We hope you find this list of digital and email marketing coaches useful.

Of course, you might have your personal top internet marketing coaches and experts that you follow to learn about internet marketing. If you have, do write in to us by leaving a comment below. We would love to expand our list of internet marketing experts to help as many affiliate marketers as possible.

Tell us why these online marketing experts and their concepts are your personal favorites and what you’ve learned from them and help other fledgling marketers expand their skills as well.

Leave a comment below if you have specific questions about any of the digital marketing industry leaders and top marketing gurus.

Stay tuned to learn more about affiliate marketing.

You can also take affiliate marketing training from us at powerhouseaffiliate.com to learn more about online marketing, like many successful internet marketers do.

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How To Find Blog Ideas That Make Money

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You’re in a scramble and can’t come up with anymore blog ideas that make money. Perhaps you’re just getting started with blogging and you need to brainstorm a ton of ideas related to things you know nothing about, or maybe you just want to jump into your niche head-first and swim around for what your target audience is actually interested. These places we’re about to hand over to you are going to be an excellent collection of resources and start your blogging business, let’s get started.

Write Your Blogging Ideas Down

We’ll start here just for the simple fact that you might not know anything about the topic you’re researching. If that’s the case then you can’t really search that brain of yours for very much information and you may as well skip over this step.

However, if you do know the subject well enough to at least formulate ideas for further research then write them down! Hit Google searching for different keywords and discover the suggested, related search terms and write those down also. You have options here and they are all extremely low tech and simple.

Feedly.com

The Feedly website is basically a searchable hub or database of many different blogs all in one place. You can perform searches using a number of different filters and dig down to the best of the best in your own related niche and markets.

Find out what’s working best for your competition by discovering their popularity points and this can not only be done for different blogs but you can even see which particular articles are working the best on various websites, that’s a powerful thing.

AnswerThePublic.com

This tool called AnswerThePublic can probably do the bulk of your idea-searching for you, all you need is a keyword that’s closely related to any niche you want, search for it and then this thing will come back with so many possibilities it could very well make your eyes spin in your head.

It’ll bring back related searchterms, alternative search terms, terms which are broken up into logical search-based categories and way more than I can list here. There are both pro features and free features and the option to use either one is totally up to you and your requirements from the tool. You won’t get any search volume data but there is another site called SearchVolume which you can plug any of the keywords found into and get your results that way.

Reddit

Welcome to the front page of the Internet, Reddit.com. I don’t think this website requires any real introduction for most of us but in case you’re not yet familiar think of Reddit as an info hub that millions upon millions of folks visit daily. It’s broken up into different sections called “subreddits” and more subreddits are constantly being created and populated by interested readers.

Using it is easy, just search for a keyword then look around the page for all the possible, clickable links. Some will lead you to content while others will lead you even deeper down the rabbit hole. Some subreddits will require you to subscribe to them in order to view their content, if you don’t want to do this then just move on to another subreddit which is related… there are practically an endless amount of them out there.

Pinterest

Here’s another big brand in the game, Pinterest and it’s a great resource for finding ideas you may not find anywhere else. Depending on the niche you’re involved with you could discover Pinterest to be a potential goldmine of blog ideas that make money.

Pinterest is a very media-heavy site which is full of beautiful images for just about any topic you can think of. The site operates on a principal known as ‘pins’ which are what you will be browsing through. These pins contain just a little blurb of information about whatever the pinner wants and often times a link pointing back to some website they want you to visit. It’s possible to use Pinterest to also get traffic back to your blog if you can put in the additional work but that method of traffic is far outside the scope of this article.

YouTube

You probably already know what YouTube is, if you don’t then please click the link just given to you and take a look… you’re welcome.

Known as the largest video sharing website on the planet, there’s no shortage of ideas you can mine for on this platform. With it’s suggested video feature you’re going to have a constant stream of more ideas to browse through. With the added bonus of these all being videos, if you’re producing written content it’s a great way to hunt for ideas to then convert from one medium (video) and turn it into another (written) thus giving you a fresh spin from what’s already out there.

Buzzsumo

The BuzzSumo website is a pretty well known ‘secret’ for finding killer content to draw inspiration from. Much like with Feedly.com which was covered earlier, you can search for content that’s already proven to perform well. You’ve got different filters to work with and you can discover signals from all the main social sites across the board in an effort to only see the best and top performing content out there for your chosen search range.

This is a premium service which offers a slew of helpful tools and if you were to use nothing else but this and good old fashioned Google tools such as the search and keyword tools you’d have everything you need to go pretty far.

The Simple Conclusion

Coming up with ideas on a consistent basis is difficult. There are so many tools and resources for you to pull from and they’re all just laying around, waiting for you to pick them. We even have resources of our own inside the members area of our website, PowerhouseAffiliate.com

It takes some time, sure. It also takes a bit of ‘getting used to’ the process of hunting for new ideas and topics to cover for your content but after only a few hours with this stuff you might find yourself getting very quick and efficient with the entire process. It’s the whole concept that “content is king” which drives the success of many blogs and websites so finding what people want to read and what they’re actually looking for is always going to be a vital step in the entire process.

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