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Where Can I Learn How To Create Great Web Content?

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Where Can I Learn How To Create Great Web Content?

I've always struggled with creating Web content and usually ended up outsourcing all my content creation needs but I'm fed up with this strategy and I want to learn how to create great Web content myself. But I just don't know how! Can you please recommend the best books or products on creating great Web content? Or just let me know where you learned to create great content.

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cecille.l
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You can check out CopyBlogger.com. They have tutorials and lessons on how to write content for websites. I think they offer paid courses too.

There are a lot of tutorials online too. You can Google them using keywords like " create content for website "

Hope that helps. Have a good day!
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Go back to Affilo Blueprint Step 2. It gives you ideas on how to get free contents.
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Rewriting is a good way to start creating your own content. I suggest you pick 3 good and similar content then combine the phrases and paragraphs from these 3 sources. You do not have to use all the paragraphs in all these articles. Just pick the ones that you think is good and suitable for your content. Once you are done, you can then rewrite the content that you have gathered and combined. Do not rewrite the article per word. It will help if you rewrite the sentences. Just get the thought and use your own words to explain it.
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I'm reading a book now, it is called 'Everybody Writes' - really inspiring and useful thing, highly recommended!
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Here are some random resources:

DaFont.com (Stylish Word Fonts)

IconArchive.com (Icon Archive)

SitePoint.com (Learn Web Design & Development)
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It is very important to know the pros and cons of your product or service before writing content. Your content and product are indeed related. Web visitors also would like to understand every possible detail about your product.
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I think you can start by reading other peoples sites, find some in your niche and read them, see how they are written, see how they flow then do it your self and see how it looks. Read it over and over, as you do this you will always get better. My first big site I had over 20 pages to start and I didn't want to farm out anything, I took months to write my articles and when I was finished with the 20th page I went back and started reading page one, when I was finished with page one I said to myself ( I can't believe I wrote this crap ).

You will get better with time but one thing to think about and I have read this before, don't wright at too high a level, try not to write above a 10th grade level because people don't want to feel stupid if they don't understand a word or what you are talking about. Of course if you are writing something about engineering or something in the medical field then you have to wright up but normally make it read well and flow well.

I often write my best articles after researching and reading other peoples articles, I will often read 6 or 7 articles combine there styles of writing and re write there articles using my own wording which is what most of us do.
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I often write my best articles after researching and reading other peoples articles, I will often read 6 or 7 articles combine there styles of writing and re write there articles using my own wording which is what most of us do.


I do the same thing. I get as much information on my topic then write the article.

I think a lot of us get intimidated with the idea of putting our thoughts down. I still struggle with getting started. The key is to just write. It's like that Nike ad: Just do it.

Complete the article. Then go over it, and if it doesn't seem good enough, then you can re-write it, which is much easier than starting from scratch.

Don't be afraid to make mistakes. There's always time to review your article before you hit the "publish " button.
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+1 for Copyblogger. They have great free eBooks on writing--copywriting, blogging, etc.

The basics--sentence structure, composition, unneeded words, etc., check out http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

If you want a book, check out "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White; this is also highly recommended by some prolific writers. I have a copy.

The last two resources are similar, I think. You can use them with formal and technical writing.

But if you really want to learn how to write darn good, check out this ultimate guide written by Brian Clark of Copyblogger:
http://www.copyblogger.com/become-a-better-writer/
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elyfields wrote:+1 for Copyblogger. They have great free eBooks on writing--copywriting, blogging, etc.

The basics--sentence structure, composition, unneeded words, etc., check out http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

If you want a book, check out "The Elements of Style" by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White; this is also highly recommended by some prolific writers. I have a copy.

The last two resources are similar, I think. You can use them with formal and technical writing.

But if you really want to learn how to write darn good, check out this ultimate guide written by Brian Clark of Copyblogger:
http://www.copyblogger.com/become-a-better-writer/


The word "write" or a version of it is mentioned in every line. So...

At the end of the day, it just comes down to just getting it done. As someone else posted here, you can always do a revision--but you can't do a revision unless you have written something to revise.
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vivianr330 wrote:The word "write" or a version of it is mentioned in every line. So...

At the end of the day, it just comes down to just getting it done. As someone else posted here, you can always do a revision--but you can't do a revision unless you have written something to revise.

I was quite thinking about writing, but it was the coffee's fault, really!

Yup, "just getting it done," what the Brian Clark thing above is basically saying :)
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A lot of the folks here have focused on how to WRITE great content, but keep in mind that it's not always the WRITING that matters.

1) You need to create stuff that your audience is actually interested in. You need to crawl inside their heads and really think about what their problems are and what sort of stuff they like.

2) Not all content is written. You could have a really great infographic. You could create some fantastic tool. You could make a template people can use. The most important thing is that it's something your audience is interested in.

3) Presentation matters. It doesn't matter if your content is great, if it's really hard to read, or looks really long and boring, or doesn't look professional, or whatever.

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A useful exercise is to look at your competitors, look at their content, and think whether there's any way that YOU could make an even better version.

* Is their stuff hard to read? Make yours easy to read.
* Is theirs boring? Make yours interesting.
* Do they not have any nice pictures or graphics? Make sure yours has those.
* Does theirs answer the question well? Make sure yours answers the question even better.

And if there's no way on earth you can make anything as awesome as what they've made? Is the top 10 search results in Google absolutely brimming with awesomeness that you really can't beat?

Then maybe try a different keyword. The easiest way to the top is to be the best. If you can't be the best... find somewhere where you CAN be the best :)
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elyfields wrote:
vivianr330 wrote:The word "write" or a version of it is mentioned in every line. So...

At the end of the day, it just comes down to just getting it done. As someone else posted here, you can always do a revision--but you can't do a revision unless you have written something to revise.

I was quite thinking about writing, but it was the coffee's fault, really!

Yup, "just getting it done," what the Brian Clark thing above is basically saying :)


Exactly! It's always helpful to restate the obvious :) just in case we miss it, lol.
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