Content Ideas Come from Relaxing

by in Inspiration

I'm a workaholic. I know it's not something I should be proud of, but it is also something that I do not deny. I can sit for 12 hours at my computer working and forget to get up at all as long as no one is distracting me. But you know that famous “Shining” quote “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy”? It's absolutely true and applies to affiliate marketing.

You can sit at your computer writing blogs posts and newsletters and interacting with people on Twitter and Facebook all day until you run out of anything truly interesting to say. At that point, you are just writing to write, not writing things you really care about or anyone wants to read. Why not take a break to do something that relaxes you and see what kind of unique content ideas flow from it. Consider these:

  • If you run to relax, write a post with a list of your favorite workout music. People are always looking for those types of recommendations. Include your iTunes or Amazon links directly to the songs.
  • If cooking relaxes you, come up with a unique recipe. Take pictures documenting your process and write a Pinterest-worthy blog post about it.
  • Are you a book reader? Do a quick review of a book you recently read and link to it from Good Reads.
  • A couple of glasses of wine are always sure to relax me. Pretty much everything I write on my Wine Club Review site comes out of my experiences with different wines or recommendations to friends.

As you can see, the content you generate when you are relaxed and creative is not only a good source for placing your affiliate links, but there are also some great ways to backlink to it very naturally.

Consider this the next time that you are struggling to write a blog post. Perhaps sitting at your desk trying hard to come up with something is actually the worst thing that you can do. Step away from the computer, do something fun for 30 minutes, and come back with a fresh perspective and new writing ideas.

What do you do to relax? How can you turn it into interesting content?

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About the Author - Tricia Meyer

Tricia Meyer is a mom, blogger, and affiliate who has worked from home since before she had her two daughters. She spends most of her time on her cash back and coupon site, Sunshine Rewards but also does some affiliate marketing consulting and builds niche sites about pop culture topics. You can follow her on twitter @sunshinetricia.

 

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Kath September 26, 2012 at 6:33 am

You can always tell when some content has been written just to update a blog or site, it is like all of the individuality has just been sucked out of it. I agree with all of these points and would add that putting in a sentence or two explaining why the subject you are writing about is interesting/important near the start of the piece can really help.

Kath@ http://www.cartridgeshop.com

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Loretta Oliver September 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

My best and most commented on blog posts are those spur of the moment posts that I write on a whim right after doing something more creative and fun – working on my cross stitch project, baking banana bread, playing ball with the kids. Those ideas that pop into your head when you’ve finally stopped thinking so hard are so valuable and so much easier to grow and expand on than any other content.

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