** Here I will talk about how I create content for my blogs. Work in progress **
When I started my journey on niche websites and affiliate marketing the part with writing content was the one that scared me the most.
For all my niche websites I wrote 1 single post. 1 post from hundreds or articles. It took me 1 week to produce a 2000 words piece of content.
So that’s why I decided that I will not write the content for my blogs but I will hire writers to do it instead. It was faster and probably better.
You may wander if for Niche Sites Guide I order content or I write it myself.
I created NSG because I wanted to get rid of the fear of writing and get out of my comfort zone.
In this article, I will tell you how to build content for your niche website by using content writing platforms.
Hire Writers and Use Content Writing Platforms
Basically, I do like this:
- Set the Budget – At the beginning of the month, I check my budget and I decide how much I will spend on content.
- Ordering Pace – I have a spreadsheet tool (called #OrderingPaceNumber or #OPN) that will show me how much content I can order in total for that month and also per day. But about this in later articles.
- Order Content – I already have my keywords in the #ContentManagement sheet. I will start ordering content.
- To WordPress – I get the content I ordered (usually in 1-3 days) and I put it in WordPress (raw, unformatted).
- Pictures – I search for pictures, prepare them and upload them to WordPress.
- Format and Publish – I format and publish the articles.
- Repeat – I repeat steps 3 to 6 until the #OPN is 100%.
I get my content from HireWriters, iWriter, only one writer from Fiverr and a couple of direct writers.
I have an instruction template that I give to my writers and they should deliver a piece of content according to my instructions.
** Instruction template
Most of the time it happens to get back good content but sometimes it’s not acordingly to the instructions.
It took me sometime to order content and filter out those writers that I don’t like how they write.
I shoot for good enough is good enough. For some content good enough must be outstanding. For other content, good enough is reasonably good content. It all depends on the potential of the article and its purpose. Jon from Fat Stacks
**When you get the content back make a gif with task complete
Make a WIP Post and Save It as a Draft
Each time I’m getting a new article back from my writers I copy and paste it as a draft in WordPress. I mark the title of the article with a [WIP] tag and I click Save as Draft.
Something like this: [WIP] Why do cats like beds so much? (**image here)
It is important to keep tracking on everything I do so in the #ContentManagement I also mark with YES the task Content to WP (Content to WordPress).
You may ask why not also format it and publish it. Usually I like to work on each separate task in batches.
For example: I will order 10 articles, I will search pictures for 10 articles (or for all available in #ContentManagement tool), I format and publish 10 articles in a working session.
For the pictures I use some simple methods. Basically I transformed this in a task that I work on it in batches.
Tools: I use for this task Preview from OSX. You can use some programs in Windows, something like Irfanview or Paint.net (**links here)
1. I search for a relevant picture for my article. Example: If I have the title: Why do cats like beds so much? Probably I would search for an image with a cat in a bed (**put an example image here) I prefer to search pictures in landscape mode.
2. I name the picture with the name of the article. I do like this so I can search them fast in WordPress.
3. I duplicate the pictures and I put a tag to the end of the name. Something like -large and -thumbnail.
4. I select all the -large pictures and open them and resize them so they be 800 pixels horizontally. The -thumbnail pictures are resized to 400 pixels.
5. I use a tool called ImageOptim (** links and images also for Window) to compress my images.
6. Upload them to WordPress.
Question: What format do you think is the best to have your pictures on your website: PNG or JPG? Leave a comment bellow.
Format and Publish
This task is a fun one.
Now I take one by one the articles marked with [WIP] and arrange them to look good and check them for errors like grammar mistakes.
TIP: As a helper I use Grammarly extension that will spot most of the mistakes. You can check the resource page to learn more about Grammarly. (**a pictures with an email from Grammarly)
I remove the [WIP] tag and I clean the URL a little bit if necessary.
Next I add the -large image at the beginning of the article and the -thumbnail as the feature image.
After this I try to format the text a little bit with H2, H3, H4 headings, I try to bold some text. Usually the writers will put headings in the article and other types of formatting. I like to go over each article and make the text to be nice to read.
TIP: Try not to have a “wall of text” that is hard to follow. Split your text into short paragraphs. Test your articles on a mobile phone.
In the end I select the right category and it’s done.
I hit Publish.
- Direct writers
- What Content Types I UsePillar PostsWhat makes a good pillar postResponse PostsWhat makes a good response postMoney PostsWhat makes a good money post
- Write The Content Yourself
How long a blog article should be?
- Pillar Post – 4000 words
- Money Post – 4000 words
- Response Post – 1000 – 1500 words