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An Excellent Source Of Blog Content Ideas

Many bloggers have difficulties creating valuable blog content, or for that matter any content at all. This usually happens at about the 6 week mark after the blog is started. At first, the adrenalin kicks in, new ideas flow left and right but after a while blogging becomes almost like a chore. The blog content ideas begin to dry out and it becomes more an more difficult to continue with the task of blogging.

Does that sound familiar? Do you find yourself sometimes scrambling for blog content ideas and losing your creative momentum? Well, it’s not just you. This malaise afflicts roughly 60% or more bloggers. And to be honest, most of us suffer from it from time to time.

But it does not have to be like that. There are so many sources you can draw blog content ideas from. All you have to do is to use some of your imagination and creativity.

Over next couple of weeks I will be sharing with you ideas on where you can get content for your blogs. Although the first one is not a novel idea not too many people use it. If you have not thought about it yet, you’ll be surprised how easy it is.

Use Webinars As A Source Of Blog Content Ideas

I’ve had this content creation idea for some time and I practiced it often “on paper” but I just never applied it to my blog. (I’ll explain later why it always remained only on paper).

Most internet marketers, including myself, spend a lot of times listening to valuable webinars, often given by experts in a particular field. Although most of these webinars lead to product offers, it has become commonplace that the first part of the presentation offers the listener great educational value. They are designed this way as a payback to the audience for giving the marketers an opportunity to introduce them to a product they are promoting.

In my opinion, this is a very fair exchange. If at the end of the hour or an hour and a half I feel the product would be of service to me I may make a purchase. If I feel I would not benefit from the product, I still win because in exchange for my time I received valuable and educational information.

An Easy Way To Create Blog Content From Webinars

I bet you that when you went to school you took notes when your teacher or professor was presenting material to you. Then you went home, reviewed the material and maybe even supplemented it from your textbook.

The situation here is not much different, except that you do not have a supplementary textbook. Usually you have a recording within 24 – 48 hours. Unfortunately, this is where the problem lies.

Most people never re-listen to the webinars, or right away look at the notes they took. I guarantee you, that if you are like most people in a few days you will remember almost nothing you’ve learned. This is not because we are dumb. It is because we, internet marketers and bloggers, go through so much material daily that our brains have a hard time to remember everything. What we are not dealing with right away is filed away somewhere in our brainy-space, not often to be found again.

The Steps I Follow To Get Blog Content Ideas From Webinars


First, let me give you a bit of a background on how I started it. In the summer I run an offline seasonal store and I am there 6 days per week. Off the store I have an office with my computer and I do my online work when I have no customers. A lot of the webinars were during  my “working” hours and I hated to wait for the recordings. So I decided to capture the webinars with Snaggit (my inexpensive, easy to use video recoding software,which works like a charm, by the way).

There was a bonus to this decision. First, I did not have to worry about copious notes and could concentrate fully on the presentation and secondly,  the recording was at my disposal any time as soon as the webinar was over.

I found myself re-watching the parts that made an impact on me and I felt that my readers would also benefit from the knowledge I gained. I began to prepare potential blog post(s) “on paper”.  Unfortunately, most of this valuable knowledge I gained remained “on paper” filed or misfiled in some nook of my office. I just got busy with other stuff.

How I Do Use Webinar Ideas For Blog Content Now

After I “lost” many of the ideas I revised my actions. Now,  after the webinar, I save the recording but I do not remove it from my browser. It is there to remind me that I have to deal with it right away. As soon as I have a moment I return to the parts of the webinar that captured my imagination. I take notes right into my WordPress blog. I choose “New Post” and make a note where the video file will be stored.  Then, I tentatively title the post to remind me of the topic of the webinar.

There, behind the scenes, my blog is one heck of a wonderful source of ideas for my blog content.

It sounds like a lot of work. But in the long run it is not. One webinar can be a source of many different ideas. With a little bit of research to add to these ideas, your blog will flourish. The beauty of this technique is that our online community is bursting out with presentations in many niches. They provide us with fresh and current ideas anytime we want to get some ideas. I bet you that your email inbox, even now, is full of webinar invitations. In my opinion, these presentations are underused treasures.

The nice thing is that the ideas from one webinar can serve a number of different posts all of which you can write the same day (while all the information is fresh in your mind) and schedule for posting on different days.

Before I end this post, I just want to stress (I am sure you know that already), the presentations, just like books are proprietary material. You have to treat them like that. Use them as a source blog content ideas only and do not plagiarize. That would not be cool.

Well, what do you think? Please leave me some feedback.


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0 Responses to An Excellent Source Of Blog Content Ideas

  1. Mario November 21, 2013 at 6:45 pm #

    I fell in love with this article. I have been debating on the webinar aspect for extra promotion. I attend so many I feel its time to expand and learn along the way. Repurposing content in this manner seems like the way to go, and it helps personalize your site. Thanks.

    • Dita Irvine December 6, 2013 at 9:16 am #

      Hi Mario,

      So many of us attend webinars all the time. As most webinars have become pretty high quality, it would be a shame not to share what we learn with our readers. It is a win win situation for the blogger and also for the reader. After all, we have our blogs to provide our readers with good tips and helpful suggestions and many webinars are a perfect tool for learning what is new. So why keep it just to ourselves and not to share with our audience.

      Take care

  2. Jane November 7, 2013 at 12:05 am #

    Great idea Dita and very effective one too 🙂 We use other blog posts as inspiration and as idea sources. So why not use the powerpoint presentations from the Webinars? And I love Snaggit. Although I have not personally tried it yet, I’ve heard positive stuff about it and have checked out and found it to be useful.

    Thanks for sharing!
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    • Dita Irvine November 13, 2013 at 4:41 pm #

      Hi Jane,

      sorry to respond to you this late, but for some strange reason some of the comments are sent to my spam box. I don’t know why yours was as you have been here before. I know Adrienne had this issue a while back.

      I am not very technical and making videos was a weak point for me. I finally gave in and I found Snaggit such user friendly tool I wanted to get Camtasia and was ready to dish out the money for it (it is expensive) but I just found it so complicated. I know one day I may give in and take the time to learn it. Snaggit, from the same company is really easy to use so it is suitable for a nontechie person.
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  3. Adrienne November 6, 2013 at 10:54 pm #

    Hey Dita,

    Ah, I did a post on this very subject recently. 22 ways to create compelling content and I actually got the idea from another blogger.

    I was on a webinar just the other night and my post tomorrow is about what I learned. I also listened to an interview the other day and some of what he shared sparked another post so those two ways are great ways to get ideas.

    I use to screen shoot webinars too when I couldn’t be on them or I had something else going at the time and they weren’t going to be sharing a replay. Sometimes they were so long I’d lose the recording but I did the best I could.

    Can’t wait to see what else you’ll be sharing so I’ll look forward to that.

    Hope you’re enjoying your week.


    • Dita Irvine November 7, 2013 at 1:01 am #

      Hi Adrienne,

      I love when you come on the blog here and make a comment. I believe you and I think very much alike. I think we both are living and breathing blogging. I find there are so many topics to blog about and I have some other ideas already lined up. There is way too much material to take advantage of. Tomorrow morning I scheduled a post that simply describes one of my experiences from couple of days ago. We often have do things that may be problematic and that may frustrate us. I think that we should always talk about solutions to our problems (related to blogging, of course) as surely, there will be at least reader who will find our solutions helpful. I guess that is the purpose of blogging.
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  4. Sandy Halliday November 6, 2013 at 5:41 pm #

    Hi Dita,

    I too have often had the idea of writing a blog post with some of the tips I learnt on webinars but I don’t think I have ever got around to writing one. I did write a blog post once about an internet marketing workshop I went to.

    I didn’t know that you could capture audio output with Snagit. I will have to look into that. Perhaps that would save me taking all the notes I usually take if the information is new to me.

    I often get ideas and have included information from health MP3 recordings for my detox blog posts. I have to remember most of the points though as I tend to burn them on to a CD and listen to them while I’m driving or I just do not get the time.

    If I need additional information about the latest research on a subject I can then look it up online.

    The problem with the webinars is that there are so many people doing them that you could be on several every evening. Well worth it if you can get something from them though.

    Looking forward to hearing more ideas for where to get ideas for content from.

    Sandy Halliday recently posted…Camilla’s 7 Day Detox DietMy Profile

    • Dita Irvine November 7, 2013 at 1:10 am #

      Hi Sandy,

      I was not sure until I tried it one day and it worked like a charm. I have it set up on fixed at 1280 x720 and that sufficient to capture all th webinars, the very odd itm I need to move the screen a bit. I have captured videos well over an hour. Then I save them and rewatch a particular segment I want.

      The problem with writing tips from the webinar, it has to be done right away. I have so many “intentions” stored away and it is only when I made a decision to process them right away, I have been successful. The beauty of this method is that one webinar may give you several different ideas for posts. All you need to do,jot those down straight into your post drafts, set a day for writing and write all of them at once, when all is fresh in your mind and then schedule them for posting.

      I have been scheduling a lot lately and I find that I have more time to do other as important things as posting to my blog.

      Take care

  5. Barry McKillip November 6, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

    Hey Dita

    Using webinars for getting content for your blog is a great idea.As many as I attend I should of seen this myself.Great post thanks.


    • Dita Irvine November 7, 2013 at 1:11 am #

      If you are like me Barry, we likely could write books (lol)