I’m constantly amazed at how marketers seem to think free content and paid content are two entirely different things.
That fact is, your most successful blog posts and newsletter articles can make you more money than many of the products you’ve promoted.
The key is to pay attention to how your content is received.
Look back at your posts from the past year and see which ones gained the most attention. Which ones did people comment on and forward to others the most?
A little 200-word article that gets great feedback is trying to tell you that you’ve struck gold. You might choose to expand that article into a full-blown product and sell it or use it as a lead magnet.
Take your most successful free reports and turn them into paid coaching programs.
Answer a customer’s question and then send that answer out to your list and see what happens. Do you get a lot of response? Bam! There’s another product waiting to be made.
The point is to monitor the reception you receive on every piece of content you create, whether they’re posts, recordings, videos, launches, emails, reports or whatever. If you’re not sure how something is being received, ask your readers what they thought of it.
Take the most popular topics and expand them or repurpose them into something else. You don’t have to continually come up with new ideas. Instead, figure out which ideas are working and then get most out of those.
You can also purposely float your idea for a new product by creating a mini-version of it as a post and then seeing how people respond.
Do you have 10 ideas for products? Create 10 posts, see which one is the most popular and start working on that product right away.
Why is it when we want to be at our most creative and innovative, we resort to using the most worn-out cliché at our disposal?
“We need to think outside the box on this one!”
First of all, that ‘box’ is there for a reason. It gives us boundaries and guidelines on what we want to accomplish.
For example, if say I want you to write an article on new ways small businesses can use social media, I’ve just given you a ‘box’.
But if I tell you to get to work but give you no idea what to do, you’re going to be totally and utterly lost.
Second, if we want to be more creative, let’s start by abolishing the “think outside the box” phrase and make a pact, just between you and me. From this point forward, if you or I say or write ‘th*nk o*ts*d* th* b*x’, we owe $5 to our favorite charity payable immediately.
Now then, what can we say when we want to express our desire to think differently, get off the beaten track, search for an innovative approach, break new ground and take an imaginative leap?
Seriously, I’m asking you for your help on this one. Even the phrases I used in the previous paragraph sound worn out and tired.
I did have one thought, but if you’re a Star Wars fan then you might not like it.
For whatever reason, people seem to either gravitate towards Star Wars or Star Trek. I’m told Star Wars is for dreamers and Star Trek is for science geeks. This might be wrong, but I can see some truth to it.
Here’s what I do know: In the very first Star Trek series during the opening credits, we hear Captain Kirk saying…
“Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its 5-year mission: To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before.”
What do you think?
Can we boldly go where no one has gone before?
It sure beats the heck out of thinking outside some stupid, cliché box.
Whoops! That’s $5 I owe… now where did I put that wallet ??
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