098: Content Ideas: How to Never Run Out of Ideas for WordPress Blog Posts and iTunes Podcast Episodes Ever Again

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Quote of the Day: "You cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “yes'." -- Stephen Colbert

Thought of the Day: Is internet marketing a scam? Yes, if you believe that going in. Classic fear of success, self sabotage, self-fulfulling prophecy

Nine Rules of Content Creation

  1. Questions Must Be Answered: so if you're stuck, answer a series of questions (asked TO you by one single imaginary person) that lead to the end
  2. Solution: Fix a real problem that the marketplace is asking about, and lead to a call-to-action if possible
  3. WWHW: Why, What, How-To, What-If (the basis for any start-to-finish piece of content)
  4. One-Take Content: write (or talk in video) the way you would in everyday conversation (no "fancy talk")
  5. Mindmap: rearrange to figure out the categories, hierarchy, and sequence of what you're explaining
  6. Notes: Have bullet points in front of you to keep yourself on track, don't leave things out, and unpack in the correct order, but don't script anything
  7. Content Muscle: the more you put out blog posts, podcasts, webinars, and videos... the easier they become
  8. Content Piggy Bank: instead of living paycheck-to-paycheck, record more than you need and schedule it out
  9. Demo or Magic Trick: show what you're building towards, explain what you're about to show, show that thing, and show it again

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