So how do you get free content for your blog? You know how it is…you build a website, start writing content for that product you researched, put up a dozen posts and then…boom! You’ve ran out of ideas or you’re just plain bored with the niche.
The niche seemed like a good idea at the time and you thought it would be a decent money-maker, but wow…it’s so friken’ boring!
Do you really want to spend more time writing about it? Straining your brain to come up with new details? Losing the will to live?
I know I do.
So, you have to find a way of getting free content for your blog that doesn’t need you to sit there dreaming up new stuff that simply leads to procrastination.
Now, this method may be looked upon as a bit sneaky or even a bit black hat way to get free content for your blog, but when you’re struggling with affiliate marketing, all is fair in love and war!
The Truly Simple Method
Is it looked upon as ‘stolen’ content? Hmm, I don’t think it is.
This is what I do.
I use the Way Back Machine, Ezine Articles, and a free Plagiarism checker.
“Whoa, back up there fella…Ezine Articles?”
Yup, and I’ll explain why. Here are the tools to use when finding out how to get free content for your blog.
Say I’ve built a blog around the Insomnia niche. I looked at the search volumes and it’s a goer. But after writing 5 or 6 articles or posts, I’m already stuck on ideas and, even worse, bored with the whole subject.
All I need to do is to make a blog post once or twice a week of around 500-1000 words to keep the momentum going. The very thought sends shivers down my spine!
So, instead, I spend around 20 minutes finding a ‘dead’ article and then inject life back into it by posting it onto my niche website. This will be quality and free content for my blog.
How To Get Free Content For Your Blog
You may be thinking that Ezine Articles are still indexed and I’ll get flagged for duplicate content and, at the same time, enraging the owners of said content.
Well. I’m not using the actual article, I’m looking for websites that have been once alive and kicking, but are now as dead as a doornail.
Let me explain.
I go over to Ezine Articles and start the process by searching for my example keyword ‘Insomnia’
Clicking search will bring up around 22,000 articles all relating to my keyword. Now, I scroll down to the very bottom of the page and choose the ‘oldest first’ option.
The quest here is to go into these oldie articles and find the writer’s website at the bottom of the articles. (Writers always put a link to their own website at the end…it was the done thing back in the day and was a great authority link…no so these days!) The link should be dead, as in, not clickable, but the text for the website is still there.
Not all the articles will be about Insomnia so you will have to search the titles for relevant tones, such as:
When you find an article that looks good, click on it and scroll to the bottom of the article to see if it’s ‘un-linked’ to the writer’s website. In this case, it does.
Copy the URL into Notepad and remove the article source that Ezine always puts on the end of the link, just leaving the URL. Copy the URL and paste it into the Way Back Machine.
You will then see a page that tells you if the website is still likely to be alive or not. In this case, it looks dead in the water, but I’ll check by clicking on the entry for 2008.
On the Way To Free Content!
Hey Presto! There seems to be content on this website, but I need to take it a step further to see if the actual content is not still out on the web doing business.
I will now copy and paste a certain chunk of text and paste it into a Free Plagiarism Checker to see if the content is unique or not. If it’s not, then try another article from the website, or go back to Ezine Articles and choose another article from the thousands already on there.
Head over to the free plagiarism tool that will hopefully confirm that you have an article that can be used for free content on your blog. Just paste in the text and fill out the Captcha.
The Plagiarism Checker will now go to work and sniff out the web to see if the article is unique.
And as you can see, it’s 94% unique with just one line that may be duplicated.
That’s good enough for me.
The website we found here has more content too, which is a bonus. I checked 8 other articles here and all of them came up unique, with 7 of them being 100% so.
Here I’ve found 8 posts I can put on my website and will cover the next month of maintaining momentum for that blog.
It may not be perfect, but it’s a lot more interesting than sitting there writing about something you find as interesting as watching paint dry.
Isn’t This Method Black Hat or Pilfering?
Is it stealing? Is it unethical? No, I don’t think so. The content is dead, we are just reviving it and putting it back into use. Someone took time to research a subject and write about it. Such a shame to leave it to rot. Why not re-use it?
In a couple of weeks, you may have a renewed interest in your niche and will find it easier to write a post about it. But when that dread of writing a post every week just to keep your blog alive hits you like a big black cloud, this method of using the Way Back Machine can come to your rescue.
Really, this method is the tip of the iceberg. In future posts, I’ll show you how to get free content for your blog when you want to earn a few dollars with Clickbank. You can build a whole website and promote affiliate offers all day long using this simple, but effective, method.
Well, its a way of getting content, but can be time consuming. But it should take a lot less brain power and if you’re not interested in the subject you’re researching, it can save you going insane!