The Best of the (Year)

This is a great post to write around the holiday season. They really help get those affiliate clicks and sales. Some ideas are:

The best family friendly Wii games of (insert year)
Top 10 home exercise programs of (year)
10 most affordable and useful software for (year)
Our most popular posts of the year

The best thing about this type of lists, you can make it a tradition and repeat year after year and make a name for yourself as the home of the annual top WYZ widgets. You get the idea. Go ahead – write and schedule it now so you don't have to rush during the holidays. Make sure you use your affiliate links and remember those disclosures.

Year End Review

Here'a another awesome post that works better during the year end. Throughout the year, we create so much blog content and unfortunately, some of them get overlooked or buried but they are pretty timeless or something you think would benefit your readers to have a second look. This also gives you a chance to introduce content to your newer readers who may not have seen it before.

Dig them up. Do a year end review of your most important, most popular, most commented, more tweeted, most controversial etc posts of the year.

Fill In The Blanks

Find or create some fun sentences then ask readers to fill in the blank or complete the sentence. This is a fun and indirect way to get them talking instead of an outright question. For example,

  • Food is to me what ____ is to children
  • If I had $1000 to invest in my business I would ___
  • Our family regularly ___ at the dinner table

When Was The Last Time…

This is a great topic idea, consider these twists and blog about them. When was the last time you…

  • Cleaned your home office desk?
  • Called your mom or someone dear to you but hardly call?
  • Bought your wife flowers?
  • Hugged your kids?
  • Exercised for at least 1 hour?
  • Cleaned your computer files?
  • Went a full day without gadgets or computers?
  • Read a book? Not an ebook 😉

You could also turn this around and ask your readers when was they last time they…?

A Year Later

This may be a good one if you can remember to keep it up. Got the idea from a set of photographs I saw. It was of a family of four, taken every single year at the same day over a period of something like 14 years. It was naturally pretty amazing and interesting to see how both parents and children changed over the years.

So… what could you do with that? If you blog about health of weight loss, this is a good one to do. A picture every year of yourself or your students if you coach people.

In business, you may want to share about how much your business progressed, what are the high points and low points.

In just about any niche market you could do like a yearly round up. Remember, it need not be your experiences. It could be your clients/customers.

50 People 1 Question

This idea is inspired by this wonderful video Fifty people, one question. Actually, I've seen many bloggers do something similar on Twitter of course, the creator of that video really took it further. Still, you can always do something similar. Shoot an email to 25 (or whatever number) of people, ask them just one thought provoking question and post their answers.

Twists you can use:
Ask your Twitter friends
Ask people influential in your niche – this takes a bit more preparation but could be a nice traffic magnet.
Ask those who've come out on top of trying situations against all odds
Ask the kids
Ask the seniors
Ask men
Ask women

Look To The Future

An opposite of another idea we published. Blog about what you think you'll be doing or be in 5 or 10 years. What are your goals, what are you doing today to achieve that goal?

Ask your readers the same question.

Go Back In Time

Write about what you were doing this time 1, 2, 3 – 10 years ago. Add relevant points especially pertaining to your blog topic. If you are a fitness enthusiast now, were you exercising and eating healthy then? If not what were you doing? How did that make you feel? How do you feel now looking back? Are you happier?

Ask your readers what they were doing at that same time.

Promoting Your Blog With Video Marketing

This is a downloadable video resource broken into 6 easy to follow and relatively short video instructions you can watch in one sitting. It shows you how you can use videos to promote an affiliate product, your blog or build your list. All of which is very helpful when you're looking to make your blogging efforts profitable.

The videos show you how to do all these using free tools including free content that you don't have to create yourself. Just record it into a video format – this by the way is a great way to re-purpose your articles or even blog posts. Lessons include:

  1. Overview
  2. Market Research
  3. Creating Content
  4. Recording Videos
  5. Uploading Videos
  6. Promotion

Click to download the entire video package (please be patient video downloads are large)

If you need free PLR for content, we've compiled this list to help you cut down on searching.

April 2011: Blogging Systems

This month we are venturing into something that's been on our minds a lot. We're really excited about sharing it because we have benefited so much from it – and we are just getting started. It is all about setting up a blogging system.

You see, for us, our blogs are an integral part of our business. We need it because if fuels our traffic, it allows us to showcase our expertise, as well as give us a way to start a dialog on topics people need help on. At the same time, we don't want the blog to use up all our time either. That would not be good. Even on blogs that exist to make money from affiliate marketing and ads, we want it to be as hands off as possible.

Yet… doesn't it all seem a little like rowing a boat upstream? After all, by its very nature, blogs are labor intensive. That's when we decided we need to buckle down and start systematizing things.

I share the why's and details of what we call mini work hubs in this month's project. While this project is less hands on than the last month's we would also like to challenge you to begin creating at least ONE mini work hub this month and see how freeing it can be. Use the resources below to help you understand then implement it.

Download the Blogging Systems MP3
*This file is not zipped – it is in raw MP3. The best way to download it is to right click and Save As or Save Link As on Firefox.

Download the Mini Work Hub PDF

Questions, thoughts and ideas? Post them below and if you already have a system going please do share your workflow. We are all teachers (hmmm… last month's project has influenced me) and students. Don't be shy.