Thursday, October 11, 2012

5 Ways to Save Money on [Item]s

This is a template for a guest post on a blog. Read at your own risk.

1. Buy a Less Expensive [Item]

[Item]s can be very expensive. But, if you look around, you can find less expensive [item]s that are just as good. If you keep buying the expensive version, you could end up needing the services of [embedded link to credit-counseling business].

2. Don’t Buy So Many [Item]s

Try to extend the life of your [item] by taking care of it. If you can’t do this you could end up needing to see [embedded link to payday loan company].

3. Look for a Used [Item]

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4. Another Ridiculously Obvious Suggestion

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5. Insultingly Simple Idea

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This guest post was brought to you by [link to more examples of this wonderful author’s work].

10 comments:

  1. Dare I ask... Was this inspired by a particular blog post?

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  2. Excellent post about [generic topic] your [appropriate adverb] writing style is [SEO adjective] enjoyable.

    I still think writing a lisp program that spews out advice posts and seeing how popular we could make it would make for a lot of fun.

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  3. @Patrick: I don't want to place the blame on just the most recent such post I've seen. Sadly, I've endured so many posts that follow this pattern that I think we need a service to filter them out the way that we now filter out spam.

    @Big Cajun Man: I believe you that these posts could be automated. Hopefully, filtering them out can be automated as well.

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  4. Formulas are wonderful ... and they work. If I were looking for [this], I'd be drawn to this post. I'm actually looking for [that] but I still read it.

    Writers also play around with headlines: 5 Ways To Waste Money on [Item]. Here you hope the reader knows enough to do the opposite :)

    There are also posts which contradict conventional wisdom for the sake of contradicting conventional wisdom.

    PS I didn't see any affiliate links. Opportunities to monetize are getting lost.

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  5. @Spud: Tks. It took me several minutes to write :-)

    @Promod: You're right that when the sole goal is to generate words rather than make a meaningful point, there are many formulas that work. I'm sure I'm missing many opportunities to monetize. That's life.

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  6. Sadly, this post does not yet rank for 'ways to save money'. Perhaps you should submit it to some article directories to help move it up in the SERPs?

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  7. @Robb: I had to look up SERP. I thought this post was pretty rank.

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  8. Awesome.

    I guess I'll wait a few days to post my "5 favourite ways to save money"....or any other list post :)

    I give you enough blog content as it is!

    Fun stuff Michael,
    Mark

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  9. I've read a lot of books that must use a similar template. A sort of fill-in-the-blank fiction. Thanks for the laugh!9dmiciua

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