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Posted by on May 17, 2009

First, today is my 12th wedding anniversary, so I give my wife a shout out for that, even though she never reads this blog. Oh well,…

Second, I came across this blog post on Copyblogger via someone on Twitter. It’s called 49 Creative Ways You Can Profit From Content Marketing, and I found it interesting enough that I wanted to comment on it here. Hey, that’s one way to find ideas for blog posts, right?


I tried to figure out how to write about this one without copying any of the things on that site, but I also didn’t want to go through 49 different points and answer each one specifically. So, I thought I’d just pick and choose which ones I thought were the most interesting to comment on; I hope you go to the post and read the entire thing for yourself afterwards, though.

Point #3 is interesting: “Write a special report or white paper that addresses a thorny problem in an interesting way.” It slightly touches on my post about writing for others in that it still means you have to come up with an idea on what to write about, and then decide if you can put together enough words to reach your objective. White papers are interesting because they have no real length that they have to be, but it seems that most of them are at least more than four pages, so you’re not just tossing a few paragraphs together and moving on with business. Still, it’s a pretty good idea if you can first figure out what’s bothering a lot of people, then solve it. If you can’t come up with lots of words, at least you have a blog post.

I’ve been thinking about point #8, “Build a membership web site that is a profitable business in and of itself, for awhile now. Mainly for my business blog, as it pertains to older newsletters I’ve written that my newer subscribers have never seen, and thus have never seen any of the previous newsletters. It’s the only real content of which I have lots of, can always add more to, including audio and video at some point.

Number 11, “Build a Facebook page (separate from your personal profile) that gives you another platform for interaction with your customers“, is something I thought about for a minute, then decided to discard. Most of those types of pages are known as “fan” pages, and they’re created by the person who wants people to be fans of theirs. Just just seems, well, narcissistic to me, so I just can’t do it. Now, if someone wants to take up the mantle and create one for me,…

Number 12, “Compile your best 100 blog posts into a physical book. It worked for Godin, and it can work for you“, is intriguing, because I’ve thought about doing this with some of my old newsletters, and if I go back through some of my blog posts on my business blog, I think they might make a nice little book, as Godin’s books are usually quite short. All about creating products, right?

How many times have Pater and I preached #23, “Your comments on other peopleā€™s blogs are content. Treat them that way. Be original, relevant and interesting?” The last time I wrote about it was just over a month ago, in my post Top Three Do’s And Don’ts.

And, of course, this one, #34. “Review everything. Books, blogs, newsletters, tools, physical products, information products“, is a cornerstone of this blog, although more geared towards internet stuff than the others.

Take a look at the other post to see which things you feel are more important than what I’ve posted here.

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Congratulations on your anniversary! šŸ™‚

I kind of look at the Facebook fan pages as a way to separate your personal account from your brand or business. So if someone wants to join me on Facebook, but isn’t interested in my personal stuff, they can join the fan page instead. I have a few fans on the page so far that are not friends to my personal account, so I think it’s working.

~ Kristi

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May 18th, 2009 | 5:00 PM

Hi Kristi; thanks! As for the fan page thing, I might be viewing it incorrectly; it’s just hard to get my mind thinking differently about it right now.

May 18th, 2009 | 7:24 PM

Long as they’re not leaving fluff, right Dennis? One of my pet peeves, as you know. lol

May 18th, 2009 | 7:25 PM
The Almost Millionaire:

12 years is AWESOME buddy! Very happy for ya. I will celebrate 10 years in July. It is good to have a partner in crime!!!

May 18th, 2009 | 9:25 PM

Yes it is, Brandon; thanks!

May 18th, 2009 | 9:59 PM

Congratulations on you anniversary Mitch. Well done on reaching 12 years mate. As for #23, man no matter how many times we tell them they just do not seem to listen do they?

I usually delete the short comments unless they are a reply to a previous comment and part of a conversation. A bit harsh, I know, but I am a hard task master.

I’m in facebook, Myspace, Friendfeed but don’t really utilize them much. Don’t see myself changing anytime soon either.

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May 18th, 2009 | 9:55 PM

No, they don’t listen, but we’ll probably keep telling them until they do.

I’ve been deleting some short posts lately, but that’s because I see what they’re posting on and I know they’re spam, and not really being written by anyone.

And thanks for the good wishes; I appreciate it.

May 18th, 2009 | 10:02 PM

Congratulations on your wedding anniversary! Thanks for the article on content marketing online!

May 19th, 2009 | 2:57 AM

No problem, Mark; thanks for the congrats.

May 19th, 2009 | 9:20 AM

Congrats on 12 years, I thought my 10 was a big deal. Haha.

I keep telling myself I am going to add a FB account for each of my business’s in order to separate the personal from the business. I just have not gotten around to it yet, mainly because it will be something else that needs to be monitored in addition to the 30+ things for each business we normally monitor on a daily basis. Becomes redundant sometimes, it is however still an excellent idea.

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May 20th, 2009 | 8:43 AM

Thanks for the congrats, John. Facebook can at least give you some press, I suppose, but I’ll admit that I use it mainly for the link and the couple of games I enjoy. You’re right, having to maintain multiple accounts, and each one has to have a different email address except for the groups and fan pages, could get a bit hectic.

May 20th, 2009 | 11:37 AM
computer problems:

Congrates on 12 !!!! I dunno whether I will be blogging till my wedding

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May 21st, 2009 | 6:13 AM

Bish, I assume it depends on when you’re getting married. I didn’t start until I was more than halfway through mine; I’m not sure she’d have married me if she’d known. šŸ™‚

May 21st, 2009 | 8:58 AM