|by trigatch4 on April 2nd, 2009|
I use Google Reader religiously. You should, too. If you’re looking for content to write than perhaps my system will help you depending on your web strategy. Personally, most of my “big” sites are information based sites with blogs and forum communities. How do I stay on top of the news?
I make a folder for each site in Google Reader and drop in a TON of relevant RSS feeds. Every day there are hundreds of stories. I look over the titles, open tabs for the most interesting ones and select stuff to cover and share with my readers and members. It’s a really easy and organized way to continually offer value on your site.
I can’t help but notice that my “Build&Earn” folder is constantly stacked with articles starting with Top 7 Ways to XYZ, Top 3 Reasons You XYZ, and other lists like this. I understand that these types of lists are marketable and continue to get front page diggs but in my opinion, lists are being whored out so much that they have reached a level of super-saturation I would rather not deal with. Nine out of Ten times I won’t open an article with a Top # list because I know it is some marketers idiotic attempt to spoon feed me garbage hoping that I’ll link to them or digg them.
It is lame. It really is. So for all of you affiliate marketers publishing list after stupid list on your blogs… please stop. You’re pushing me to the point of not wanting to subscribe to your blog any more because half the posts are garbage lists you’ve manufactured as lame linkbait attempts. In the spirit of this post I’ve created my own list:
Top 5 Reasons I Hate Your Blog
- You are a list whore – see above
- Every post is a paid review
- You regurgitate commonly known info – see #1
- You provide no original value – see #3
- Because you don’t post often enough – see B&E
Good luck, bro.