How to Create a Content Development System (and Never Run Out of Ideas Again)

Tiny Course Empire Podcast
How to Create a Content Development System (and Never Run Out of Ideas Again)

Build brand awareness.

Develop stronger relationships with your customers.

Stand out in a crowded marketplace.

Earn a better return on your investment.

Those are just a few of the reasons small businesses (especially the bootstrapping kind like you and I run) prioritize content marketing over other strategies. Even if you have the cash flow to invest in ads, you’ll likely find that organic traffic through content marketing offers a more sustainable plan.

Even as the wearer of a multitude of hats, I consider content creation to be my most important job. I spend the better part of each day writing, whether it’s emails, podcast episodes, course content, or answering questions in the Six-Figure Systems member area.

I’ve always known how important content is, but I used to worry about running out of ideas. Maybe you can relate? I’ve discovered something magical, though.

The more I create, the more ideas I have.

But you know me. I still like to have a system. It just makes everything easier and more efficient.

In this episode of the Tiny Course Empire Podcast, I’m taking you behind the scenes of my content development system and showing you how I find an endless supply of ideas, keep track of them, plan my calendar for more effective marketing, and basically, never run out of things to say.

Prefer a transcript? Here you go!

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Content creator mindset traps to watch out for
  • Three tools every content creator needs (they’re all free)
  • How to use Google to find all the content ideas you’ll ever need
  • Why your community needs to hear from you (even if you think you have nothing new to add)
  • How to discover what your ideal clients are asking (so you can answer in your blog posts, podcast, and video content)

Resources mentioned:

  • Six-Figure Systems is my monthly program where we study content creation, product development, email marketing, and everything else a small business owner needs to succeed online.
  • Stupid Simple SEO is hands down the best keyword research training I’ve ever taken, and it will teach you to use your keywords to attract free traffic from Google and other search engines as well.
  • Email Marketing Heroes is a favorite new podcast focused on—you guessed it—email marketing.
  • Evernote is a digital filing cabinet that stores and organizes any type of digital file you want to save.
  • Google Keep lets you track your thoughts right in your Google account.
  • A Bullet Journal is the perfect choice for you if you prefer an analog tool for keeping track of your ideas.
  • Obsidian is a free app that uses plain text files in interesting and unique ways.
  • Google Calendar is my tool of choice for time blocking and promotion planning.
  • Airtable is where I plan and track all of my content, including this podcast, my email, and my infrequent blog posts.
  • Trello is a great option for keeping track of ideas and planning your content as well.
  • In episode 37 of this podcast, I talked about How to Use Time Blocking to Get Stuff Done.
  • Alexis says:

    I use Google as my main source of ideas. But I also have recently started using Google search console and Quora.

    • Cindy says:

      Oooh, both great tips! I haven’t had a lot of luck with Quora, but that’s probably because I haven’t spent enough time there to really get to know it.

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