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Archive for June, 2008

Take Me Out to the (Public Domain) Ball Game

You’ve probably noticed that I talk a lot about information content for online and offline businesses. There’s a good reason for that…you can’t have an information-based business without information! Now that’s obvious! There are other marketers that focus on list-building (need that), traffic (need that), or other strategy or “trick of the month” but without CONTENT, nothing else matters.

I personally believe that the Public Domain is definitely the place to start for YOUR infomation and content needs, especially considering just how much information is available in the Public Domain. I like to call it the One-Two (Three) punch. “One” referring to Books, “Two” referring to Magazines and “Three” referring to Images. With books, magazines and images JUST from the Public Domain, you have access to enough “stuff” to create literally millions of products. Of course, you probably only NEED to create a few.

I often receive e-mails from different ones who aren’t sure where to begin, or what niche to start with, so I’ve listed some general niches that have a lot of potential for products and have tons of content in the Public Domain. I also listed three examples for each one, knowing full well that many of the general niches have dozens or even hundreds of sub-niches. So think of this list as a starting place as you read down through it.

  • Hobbies (collections, crafts, visual arts, etc.)
  • Research (genealogy, historical, science, etc.)
  • Sports (vintage, tips and tricks, personalities, etc.)
  • Animals (pets, training, care, etc.)
  • Historic (major events, famous personalities, technology, etc.)
  • Trades (architecture, building, DIY, etc.)
  • Health and Beauty (skin care, exercise, natural products, etc.)
  • Communication (writing, linguistics, public speaking, etc.)
  • Medical (remedies, homeopathy, herbal, etc.)
  • Food (recipes, farming, nutrition, etc.)
  • Transportation (trains, planes, automobiles, etc.)
  • Bizarre (paranormal, UFOs, unexplained, etc.)
  • Literary (poems, short stories, authors, etc.)
  • Arts (dance, acting, painting, etc.)
  • Science (alternative energy, how things work, everyday science, etc.)
  • Religion (ancient texts, translations, discussions, etc.)
  • Family (pregnancy, child-raising, relationships, etc.)

Just for the sake of it (and for example), I decided to pick just one broad niche (Sports) and drill down into it as far as I could into sub-niche possibilities (please note that this is not exhaustive but will still help paint the picture I want you to see). Below is the method to my madness:

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Sports => Baseball

LEVELS: Professional => Minor League => College => High School => Little League => T-Ball

Then you have:

  • Equipment [glove styles, bats, pendants, uniforms, etc.]
  • Officiating [rules, umpires (great and notorious), etc.]
  • Baseball in Other Countries
  • Historic Teams
  • Famous Players
  • Managers / Owners
  • Parks / Fields
  • Great Plays
  • World Series
  • Scandals
  • Improving Your Game
  • Collector Stuff [stamps, baseball cards, patches, hats, programs, etc.]
  • Baseball-related Novels and Books
  • Photographing Baseball
  • Songs Related to Baseball

Within each of the items above, you can often go even deeper. Think about all the teams and players to have played the game. And consider the fact that, to create your Baseball-related products, you would have books, magazines, newspapers, ephemera, photographs, paintings, audios, films and more at your disposal. And that’s JUST Baseball.

So I hope you can see, once again, the huge benefit the Public Domain offers you for your information and content. No other source of information compares!

In “Limitless Blog Content,” I break down exactly how to find a massive amount of content for your niche or sub-niche. The content is there…waiting for you to grab it as use it. Best of all, you won’t have to worry about duplicate content. You can learn more about this fresh approach to content creation HERE: http://www.limitlessblogcontent.com.
 

Finding Public Domain Images on Wikipedia and Flickr

I’ve been finding a lot of terrific Public Domain images lately on Wikipedia.org. Not all images there are in the Public Domain…some are licensed CC or GNU…but quite a few images have been release into the Public Domain by the copyright holder. As a matter of fact, Wikipedia has become my “go-to” place when I need images for my blog posts. I talk about this in much more detail in Limitless Blog Content.

 I was experimenting with search terms on Google to see how easy (or hard) it would be to gain quick access to the Wikipedia Public Domain images through Google. Here was one keyword string I used to gain some interesting results. You should try it:

 “hereby release it into the public domain” wikipedia

 All the images on my “Does Your Dog Do This” blog are from Wikipedia and nearly all of them are from the Public Domain.

Another fun trick for “scaring” up Public Domain images is to go to Flickr.com and do a search for “Public Domain.” Last I checked it produced over 19,000 results. Here is another cool Flickr trick: Go to Flickr’s Advanced Search (http://www.flickr.com/search/advanced/) and scroll down to the bottom. You’ll see a couple check boxes for Creative Commons. Check both “Only search within Creative Commons-licensed photos” and (this is the key!) “Find content to use commercially”. Then scroll back up to the top and type in whatever keyword you’re searching for. Every result returned can be used commercially (that means to make money from). Very cool. Oh, and BTW…expect a LOT of results!

Got Content?

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=> Blogs are a BIG deal. <=

If you don’t have one (or several), you’re missing out on  one of the smartest online business strategies that exists online today. Here’s why. With your own blog(s), you can:

=> Create passive streams of income through affiliate sales, Adsense, banner ads and more (which means more money)

=> Establish yourself as an expert (which increases credibility)

=> Get your website indexed quickly by Google (which means more traffic)

=> Manage and update your websites quickly (which saves time and effort)

=> Interact with your customers and subscribers (which increases loyalty)

=> Quickly post content from a variety of sources, including video (which provides flexibility)

=> Benefit from the power of the Social Bookmarking and Networking Sites (which means even more traffic)

=> And a lot more…

The challenge is (and this may be what’s been stopping you) that you need CONTENT for these blogs. If you’re a prolific
writer on multiple topics…content is NOT an issue. However, chances are that you’re not a prolific writer.

Of course, you COULD purchase a bunch of PLR articles for your niche blog…God knows everyone seems to be selling
them. But you see, that’s part of the problem. How many OTHER people will be posting the SAME articles? Google HATES duplicate content!

Ghosterwriters are an option. Let’s see…one post a day times thirty days a month times $10 an article…well…maybe not. Of course, if you have DEEP pockets of cash, this might be the way to go (BTW…I have some great swamp land in Florida…lots of opportunities…wink).

This exact problem stopped me in my tracks for creating niche blogs. There are some great affiliate products out there I wanted to promote as well as finally making some cash from Adsense…but the content was always an issue. Then I had an epiphany! I made a discovery that changed everything.

NOW, I have more content than I’ll EVER be able to use for my niche blogs. It’s proven content written by leaders in their fields of expertise. Plus, the content costs just pennies for dozens of articles! And here is the best part…I can use the content for my blogs, for articles, for product creation and more without worrying about competition and I look like the EXPERT! Let me give you an example of just how effective this content is: One of my newest niche blogs (you’ll learn all about it in the ebook) is a little over a week old. I have over twenty pages already indexed by Google and one of the posts
I made this morning was indexed in under a minute (you read that correctly)! When is the last time you had a webpage indexed by Google in less than 60 seconds?

You can learn more about this powerful new content model, called “Limitless Blog Content” at the address below and start your OWN money-making niche blogs today!

http://www.limitlessblogcontent.com

Space Travel from the Public Domain

UFO’s…don’t know what you think about them. I’m a huge fan! But then, I saw a lot of crazy stuff as a kid. Always thought it would be cool to build one…now I CAN, thanks to the Public Domain and the U.S. Patent Office. Cool!

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Finding Old Magazines Off the Beaten Path

If you plan to use content from Public Domain magazines for your niche projects, you’ll need to find actual physical issues of the magazines related to your niche. Because of some of my own projects in-process, I’ve been extremely motivated to find the best sources for old magazines without having to pay “collector” prices for them. Would you like to know where I’m buying MY magazines from? Thought you might. Below are a few websites I’ve been using or plan to use for finding those Public Domain magazine gems.

http://www.ebay.com – I almost always start here, and make sure you don’t overlook the eBay Stores. Most of my purchases actually come from the Stores and NOT the regular auctions (hint).

http://www.abebooks.com – My second stop. I’ve found some great buys here, especially magazines in bulk. If you can find the offers, bulk is the way to go. You can get your per-issue costs down to pennies.

http://www.pastpaper.com/ – This is a fairly new site (to me) that offers a lot of magazines, and their prices aren’t bad either, depending on what you’re looking for. I plan to investigate further because they offer a huge selection.

http://www.trussel.com/books/magdeal.htm – The website offers a collection of 91 magazine dealers, some with websites, some not. Definitely worth checking out.

For detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to verify magazine copyrights, go here: Public Domain Magazine Secrets.

Digest It a Little…

It’s no secret that there are huge amounts…unimaginable amounts…of great content available in the Public Domain. You literally have free access to the genius of some of the greatest writers, entertainers, inventors and artists to have ever lived. In the rush to “find the next gem” or “create the next product,” however, we often miss one of the key benefits of the Public Domain…the actual information. We create our products, articles or blog posts to get our “wonderful” info out to the masses, but never take the time to actually digest any of it ourselves. There are many books from the Public Domain that have honestly changed my life in some way, or made it richer. So it’s not just about “making a buck”…it’s about becoming. Becoming the better person, the better husband, the better craftsman, etc. AND helping others to become the same!

I recently found a great book on Salemanship in the Public Domain…I’m offering it to you here today as a gift (since it’s likely you were unaware of it util now). The book is in raw text form so you can edit it or use it however you like to create a new product, blog posts, whatever. But, before you start the ‘ole “product creation” machine, do yourself a favor and READ the book. It’s full of gems. You’ll be a better person (and salesman or marketer) for it.

You can download the book HERE!

 Tony

Is There Any Value to Old Newspapers?

I haven’t spent much time talking about newspapers from the Public Domain, but the topic has been on my mind for a week or two (after spending significant amounts of time digging through Ancestry.com archives for family genealogy information). Ancestry.com definitely wins the title as the company making the most money from Public Domain content. (Dover Publications is most likely second). What’s interesting to me is that a lot (certainly not all) of their content comes from newspapers, but also from books, journals, census records and more. What’s more, Ancestry.com is using newspapers for just one niche…genealogy. What other uses of old newspapers could be a potential goldmine for you?

When most people think of newspapers, they think “old news,” meaning that the newspapers no longer have value. Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. I remember spending hours at the Atlantic County Historical Society searching through old newspaper records for references to my wife’s Great-Grandmother. To me (and my wife), old newspapers became extremely valuable, especially when we found information on the person I was searching for.

Newspapers chronicle the daily happenings of a town, city, region or nation. They provide a snapshot of where we’ve been and a glimpse toward where we may be headed. Ultimately, it doesn’t matter that Bob Smith bagged an 8-point buck on the first day of deer season in 1957, unless Bob was your Father and he’s no longer with us. It doesn’t matter who won the title match of a boxing event 50 years ago unless you’re a fan of the sport. Who cares about some old advice column in a paper read by your Grandmother, unless YOU are facing the same problem today.

The truth is, the past is ALWAYS there to remind us of who we were and who we could become again unless things change. And it reminds us of the “good ‘ole days” that always seem fond to remember when we think back. Because of these reasons and others that are equally important, “old” newspapers will ALWAYS be a great source for products, limited only by the imagination of the individual creating them. If that creative individual is you, allow me to point you in the direction of a LOT of source material for your next newspaper-based project. Go have some fun!
 
Free Newspaper Archives
 
Chronicling America
http://www.loc.gov/chroniclingamerica/home.html
 
Cyndi’s List Newspapers
http://www.cyndislist.com/newspapr.htm
 
Google News Archive Search
http://news.google.com/archivesearch
 
Historical Newspapers and Indexes
http://www.researchguides.net/newspapers.htm
 
Small Town Papers
http://www.smalltownpapers.com/index.htm
 
U.S. News Archives on the Web
http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/internet/archives.html
 
Library of Congress Special Collections
http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/ammemser.html
 
LibriVox Historical Newspaper Archive
http://librivox.org/historical-newspaper-articles-volume-1/
 
WikiNews
http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Category:Public_domain_articles

Paper of Record
http://www.paperofrecord.com/

 
 
Paid Newspaper Archives
 
News Library
http://www.newslibrary.com
 
Newspaper Archive
http://www.newspaperarchive.com/
  
 
 
 
 

Blogging on Crack

Blogging is a “must-do” part of your online business, and if you haven’t started your own blog(s) yet, you’re REALLY missing the boat. Google loves blogs and so does your customers. They provide the perfect opportunity to:

  • Get indexed quickly by Google
  • Manage and update your websites quickly
  • Interact with your customers and subscribers
  • Establish yourself as an expert
  • And a lot more…

One of the challenges that many people face is what to write for their blog. They’re intimidated by the notion of needing to produce fresh content on an ongoing, daily basis. Perhaps you’re struggling with this issue. I know I did at first, but then I discovered a solution to finding content for my niche blogs that has changed all that. That solution is magazines in the Public Domain!

Magazines are the perfect solution for blog content for several significant reasons:

There is a nearly limitless supply of the content. Just like books, any pre-1964 magazine whose copyright was not renewed in the 28th year is now in the Public Domain. That amounts to millions of magazine issues that are now available for you to use for content however you see fit!

It’s proven content. Magazine articles from Public Domain magazines have already been published. That means that they have already been through the edit process, the proofing process and the publishing process. They’ve proven their value, which makes them a much better source for content than some obscure ghostwriter or PLR content.

It’s free. Because the magazines are in the Public Domain, you can do whatever you want with it. The only cost you’ll ever have is the cost for purchasing the actual magazines, which you can usually find for next to nothing.

It comes in bite-sized chunks. Unlike books, magazine articles are the perfect size for blog posts, ranging from a few, short paragraphs to just a few pages. That means the content is focused and concise…perfect qualities for blog posts.

It’s fresh content. Even though the magazine content is 45+ years old, it’s still fresh because almost no one in our generation has seen or read it. Plus, unlike the Public Domain book initiatives, there are no major initiatives in place to scan and upload huge amounts of magazine and periodical content. That means that, as a resource, it’s virtually untapped, because most people are lazy…if they can’t find the content quickly online, they will not even consider using it.

For additional information on how to find and use Public Domain magazines, how to verify copyrights, the best places to pick-up magazines for nearly any niche inexpensively and more, make sure you check out =>Public Domain Magazine Secrets (www.publicdomainmagazinesecrets.com).

Public Domain Magazines Online

Over the past few months, I’ve spent a lot of time talking about magazines in the Public Domain, and for good reason…they offer a lot of terrific content for you to use for product and blog creation. While a lot of my focus has been on finding magazines offline (using online sources like eBay, Abebooks, etc.), there are also a few online sources you should know about. But I’ll warn you…you may lose significant amounts of time doing research because there is a  ton of information on these sites…grin.

Below are five of the best sources for finding periodicals (serials, journals, magazines & newspapers) online. A quick note here…not everything presented on these pages is in the Public Domain, so be sure you read the copyright and license agreements on each page:

Google Books
(http://books.google.com)

Resources for Research: Periodicals
(http://home.earthlink.net/~ellengarvey/rsapresource1.html)

News and Periodical Resources on the Web
http://www.loc.gov/rr/news/lists.html

Online Books Page: Serials
http://digital.library.upenn.edu/books/serials.html

Catalog of U.S. Government Publications
http://catalog.gpo.gov

And BTW…if you haven’t claimed your copy of “Public Domain Magazine Secrets” yet, you’re missing out on a HUGE, off-the-radar amount of content just waiting for you. With what I share in this breakthrough package will redefine how you create products, build blogs and produce niche content. You’ll also save a TON of time and money for finding fresh content for your niche products and blogs…and the best part is that almost no one is using this PROVEN content…YET. Be one of the first to take advantage of it. I’ll show you how!

http://www.publicdomainmagazinesecrets.com

 Tony Laidig

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