Over the years blog content has evolved from boring plain page content to more picturesque and appealing to the eye of the reader. Many bloggers include awesome images that speak the words. And that brings me to today’s topic of another useful source for blog content.
Specifically, I am talking about quotes. I love them because often they express a thought that can be interpreted and applied to a blog in many ways. The interesting thing is that many of the same quotes can work well in different niches.
How To Use Quotes As A Source Of Blog Content
Let’s, for example look at a simple quote by Winston Churchill: Never, Never, Never Give Up. Whether you are blogging about losing weight, improving someones life as a life coach, helping bloggers to become better bloggers, giving up is never a choice if one wants to succeed. One can write so much about that topic.
Once you find the quote that suits your blog, you can be as creative as you want to be with the idea. You can simply expand the quote into a topic that will inspire your readers. Or you can collect a bunch of similar topic quotes that are relevant to your site and offer them to your readers as an inspiration and motivation. You can simply present them in a point form as a list, or you can dissect each quote and provide your own opinion on what the quote means.
The presentation of a quote post varies. Some people love images and I am one of them. I like to create quotes in an image format and present the idea to my readers that way. There are many image modifying tools online. Because I don’t have Photoshop and even if I had I just don’t have the time it would take learn the ins and outs of this complicated system, I strictly rely on free tools and one inexpensive tool I purchased long time ago, but without which I would be lost when it comes to “creating” my images.
With respect to images, I heavily rely on public domain images. When that fails I purchase my images. The prices to purchase images went up quite a lot. The one company which still has reasonable prices is Fotolia. There I typically pay just slightly over a dollar per image.
Examples Of Quotes As Blog Content Ideas
So let’s go back to Winston Churchill’s quote. I used this quote for two different niches. The first image (Image 1.) relates better to Blogging Spree site and the second, being a bit brighter and livelier, I thought is better suited for a site in a weight loss niche.
Image 1. Never Give Up For Blogging Spree Site
This quote on Blogging Spree could easily be used to inspire readers to persist and focus at the task at hand. Many, internet marketers and bloggers, especially the newer ones, begin a project with a lot of enthusiasm but soon find their focus shifting to greener grasses on the other side. You and I know that there is no such thing. Giving up and losing focus only leads to failure of your business. When you expand this quote you can touch on many areas of internet marketing and give the reader an inspiration and a guidance on how to achieve success.
Image 2. Never Give Up For A Weight Loss Niche Site
The message of this quote is aimed at people who are trying to lose weight. Most people who diet never succeed because either the diet is unreasonable or the dieter is not motivated enough. In a weight loss article you can use this quote to motivate your readers. But in addition to motivation you can talk about perseverance and you can even go a step further and provide suggestions on how to overcome cravings and so on. The field is so wide.
As you can see the quote and the set up of the quote is the same (I modified the quote slightly to get the effect). All I had to do is change the background image and change my “watermarks” to point to the appropriate site. The images are public domain images and if they were not I would include the artist’s info on the image as well.
Once you have the image set up on your blog, you can write as much about the quote and the image as you wish. I find that when I use a really good image, it helps me talk about the subject. Believe it or not, the image itself sometimes spurs my imagination.
The images took me less than an hour to create (total for both of them) with XHeaderPro. The beauty of the system of creating these images is that I can re-purpose them. They can be used for Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Tumbler and so much more. So essentially with one quote, especially if you create an image you can cover many bases. And, with the need to be involved in social media this is a blessing in disguise.
Before I will end this post I would like to give you a few references for quotes. But if they don’t cover your needs all you have to do is search in Google search and in the search box say something like: quotes for goal setting, quotes for weight loss, quotes for inspiration and so on.
The other place I look for inspiration is Google images (check Google search for google images – the link does not “stick”…). This does not mean to swipe the images but to get ideas. There are thousands of ideas and one can spend hours searching. It is pretty overwhelming. The best way to search for quote blog content ideas on Google images is to enter your “keyword quotes” or “keyword memes”.
In this post I am not going to give you references for the free tools to create images or my sources of free images. I have so much information on those topics, that I will need to write a separate post on the subject. I’ll let you know as soon as it is released.
Hope you enjoyed this post and see how easily quotes can be another useful source for blog content. I know your readers will appreciate it and so will your social media fans. In addition, when you include a “watermark” that points to your site in the image, sharing of the image will also spread the word about your blog. And, if your image will go viral on social media, imagine the effect… More importantly, your image creations cannot be easily altered so if anyone wants to use your image they have to use it with your blog’s name in it. How sweet is that?
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