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Top 5 Ways To Source Content For Your Blog

Posted by on 10th Dec 2007 | 5 comments

Blogging is not that easy and you have to continuously keep coming up with new ideas to write about. There may be times when you may not have any ideas to write about which we bloggers term as bloggers block. If you are suffering from bloggers block you should read about the tips to get out of it.

Coming back to the point ideas are not always easy to come by and having a steady source of information helps you to easily build up on newer ideas. Today we will look at the the top 5 ways to source content for your blog which will help you in keeping you creative juices flowing.

Bookmarking Sites

Many users tend to bookmark interesting sites and articles. You may find lots of new and interesting information that has been bookmarked by others. Bookmarking is also a never ending process and you will find lots and lots of resources from these sites. You can use these bookmarking sites to leverage information for your own blog.

Here is a simple way on keeping abreast of the latest news from Del.icio.us.

  • Login to your Del.icio.us account.
  • Go to the subscriptions page start adding tags that you want to gather information about. For example "utilities".
  • Once you have finished adding tags that go to http://del.icio.us/subscriptions/(username) replace (username) with your username.
  • At the bottom of the page check for the RSS button for the current page usually it is http://del.icio.us/rss/subscriptions/(username) replace (username) with your username.
  • Add the RSS feed to your personal feed reader.

Once you have done that you can regularly check for resources in the RSS feeds, believe me you can get at least 5-10 ideas everyday from this source. You can also follow other bookmarking sites so that you are never short of ideas.

Here is a list of bookmarking sites you can use to gather information from

Social Networking Sites

Social networking is an extension to blogging and many users religiously use the social networking sites. Due to the high user penetration there are bound to be interesting ideas you can land up on.

Sites like Digg, Reddit, SlashDot and TechMeme provide you with a multitude of information and like bookmarking sites much of the information can be translated into new ideas.

Talking about gathering information you can always subscribe to the upcoming news section in the social networking sites. Many a times you will land up with a gem of an idea which you can blog about.

Here are few social bookmarking feeds you should have in your feed reader

Information Alerts

Getting alerted about information is one of the best resources for gathering information. In this case you get regular emails about the information you are looking for. I generally subscribe to daily emails for certain keywords using Google Alerts. You can also use Live Alerts to get your regular does of information. Yahoo also provides you with a alerting service.

That said I prefer to use Google Alerts as it is the best and most relevant and best of all you do not need to have a account with Google to use their alerts. Here are the instructions to start using Google Alerts.

  • Figure out the keywords you want to get alerted about.
  • Select the type of alerts you want to receive.
  • Select How Often you want to receive the alerts.
  • If you are using a email id other than Gmail to receive alerts you will have to authenticate your email account to receive alerts.

If you want a detailed instruction on receiving Google Alerts you can head to my post on my blog to Get Alerts for your targeted keywords.

Press Releases

Press releases from major players definitely find their places into many blogs. The best way to get information about new and upcoming products is to subscribe to the official blogs from the top players in your niche.

I definitely get my post ideas from these press releases which help not only help me to keep in touch with new things that are happening but also allow me to use the services and post my opinions about them.

Top Bloggers

One thing that I kept for last is getting information from Top Bloggers in you niche. The reason is that many people do not take this source of information seriously. There is no hard and fast rule to say that you are replicating information.

If you find the information from top bloggers interesting you can definitely write a post in your own words about it. Every blog have their own readers and it is not necessary that what is written by a top blogger may eventually be read by your own readers.

I started experimenting on writing posts based on what top bloggers say in my niche and my readers definitely liked it. One thing though never copy or replicate their content, take inspiration from it and write in your own words.

Summarizing

To close it all I want to tell you that whichever source you pick always link back to the original article. I have seen many people replicating content but never linking back to the original source. The immediate action I take is to unsubcribe from such feeds. There is no real obligation in doing that but it is really a good practice to link back to original sources. Someone has spent time in writing an article and they deserve the link back. Imagine someone doing it to you :-).

I use various other sources to get information from and am always looking to add to it. I would love to hear about the sources you use to get your information from. Nothing better than learning from you. The comments form is below so start telling me about it. You can also use the same comment form to tell me your views about this article, brickbats and love all is welcome.


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5 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by Lucy Lastic on 10th Dec 2007

    Most of my favourite blogs don't really do anything to spark my blogging voice, because I'm in agreement with much of what they say. A lot of the time, it's only when I read something that makes me think 'You ARE kidding!' that it gets my fingers hitting the keyboard. I'm not really much of a replicator anyway, and to be honest, it sends me to sleep a bit when everyone else starts at it and all the titles in the feed reader seem to be a variation on the same thing.

    Thinking about it, this IS one of my favourite blogs, so it's unlikely to inspire me – dunno why I bother coming here really ;)

  • Posted by Kevin on 10th Dec 2007

    Very good post :)

    I still think that StumbleUpon is one of the best ways to find good articles and ideas for a post.

  • Posted by Keith Dsouza on 10th Dec 2007

    Oops I missed SU completely and yes I think that it is also a very good source for sourcing content.

  • Posted by Armen on 10th Dec 2007

    These are legitimate, and the easiest ways to source 'content', but not the best way to source 'original content'.

    If you want to actually have an interesting, quality blog, read books! If your inspiration is online, you're only saying the same old stuff.

  • Posted by Mohammed on 24th Jan 2008

    I'm agree with you man,and also people can enter to shvoong ,to have ideas…