Post Other People's Content on Your Blog: 5 Benefits

You should never copy content from other blogs or websites. However, there are several benefits of posting other people's content on your blog. Sounds strange? This article will show you how to tap into this aspect of writing without stealing other people's work and without offending them. This article will show you how to post other people's content on your blog to help them (and you) reach more readers and enrich both your sites. Using other people's content could not only add life to your blog, it can help you promote them, your own content and your brand. I want to make it clear that this post is definitely not about copying and pasting other people's hard work on your site.

you too can tap into these blogging tricks to help yourself and other bloggers

Post other people's content and create your own signature edit
Although you are not the owner of the content you post from other sites, you do still own that particular “edit” of online content. Most of the time, you combine your own personal content with relevant or interesting things from other locations and then credit that source. Doing this can actually enhance your personal blog posts because you have outside points of view to reference.

Method: collect points of view from other bloggers on a particular subject. Link to them, and add your own remarks and opinions.

Post other people's content on your blog to build relationships
The great thing about sharing other bloggers’ content is that you then begin to form an association with that blog. When you post you provide a link back to source their blog or website, so you will automatically be doing them a favor. Sharing content that you think is great or content that is very specific to a particular niche can really help build connections online and bring you more users.

Method: once your post is complete, contact the bloggers you've referenced and tell them you've done so. Say something nice about their work because you admire them and let the relationship build naturally. They may even return the favour.

Post other people's content on your blog to cut down on your  content production
Post other people’s content on your blog once in awhile when you need to focus your energy elsewhere. It can save you time and effort while still maintaining your traffic flow and giving your users a constant output. 

Method: be careful not to copy other people's content and use it as your own. This is totally wrong. However, when you use small parts of others' content (with appropriate links) you can create several great articles with sound information from people who know their stuff. If you need more ideas for blog posts, here's a great article. 

Post other people's content on your blog to make yourself relevant
The best way to get people to notice your brand is to edge your way into the inner circles of that niche. So, if you have something to say or a unique point of view, feel free to make your presence known. Do round-ups and recaps. Promote awesome content and ideas, and you will make yourself relevant within your user base.

See what Google says on the topic, How To Blog

Post other people's content on your blog to get attention
Pay attention to what’s going on in social media to see if your content could apply to anything that is currently trending. This is a bit of a 24/7 job, so you may want to create some Google and Twitter alerts. But try to draw attention to yourself by re-posting or stating thoughts about popular topics, hopefully creating some buzz along the way.

This is a guest post by Kimberly Wilson. Kimberly is from accredited online colleges. She writes on topics including career, education, student life, college life, home improvement, time management etc.

Conclusion; (by Anne). This post was written by Kimberly Wilson. The italicized portions and the introduction were written by myself. If you like 'Post other people's content on your blog' please share it on your social networking sites. What other ways to you use other people's content on your blog and how do you think this helps you and them to gain a wider readership?


Icy BC February 11, 2012 at 12:14 PM  

Great information, and good to know!

Diane February 28, 2012 at 11:52 AM  

What you are focusing on is something similar that I once heard about called "riffing" where you take the points of a person's blog post and you write your own opinion while also linking back to them and quoting from their post.

Its a great way to write and get attention from other bloggers if they okay your trackbacks. If you manage to get a couple of well known bloggers to okay it then it helps even more because it brings traffic your way.

I like your way of doing it though because you add the blog post but you mix it in with your own comments.

Might try that myself :)

Anne Lyken-Garner February 28, 2012 at 4:05 PM  

Let me know how it works for you, Diane.

Rada Francis June 4, 2012 at 3:38 AM  

Very interesting. I've seen people doing this, but I was never sure about the rules on sharing other people's content. Thanks :)

Anne Lyken-Garner June 4, 2012 at 8:54 AM  

Not a problem. Glad I could help. Please share the post if you find it useful.

James Cruise October 23, 2012 at 12:06 AM  

Thank you for this article. I wanted a way to keep my blog fresher, but wasn't sure how to do it. I think this will keep it interesting and relevant.

Anne's a published author, freelance writer and experienced editor. She's just signed her second publishing contract this year with 2 separate publishing houses. You can hire her or see her available books in the side panel on the right.
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