While content machine three is excellent at finding its own articles and blog posts, there are some areas that, for various technical reasons it does not scrape from. These are right for individual users to go and manually collect their own written content to make the end result as unique as possible.
Quick video showing how user content is added to Kontent Machine
There are three general areas that could be considered.
Type in the keyword, and a quality required for the news that you want the application to fetch, and within seconds you’ll be presented with possibly hundreds of new stories. All of which can be cut and pasted into notepad files.
RSS and News Feed Aggregators
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/News_aggregator provides a handy list of these. Trying Bloglines for instance will give you a mot more variety. Again type in the topic and away you go.
These two sources alone provide you with so much content to add to your Kontent Machine campaigns, that for all but the smallest of niches you are never likely to run out. However, consider this third alternative
Cheap Outsourced Content
Iwriter (yes this is an affiliate link I use them all the time)
Provide writing services from real human authors. And they are cheap!
$3 per 500 words for articles that are copyscape checked before they are presented to you, and that you can see and vet BEFORE you decide to pay for them.
The whole article is displayed as an image to prevent you copy and pasting it. Read through it, if it looks poor quality or badly written you can reject it and another author will write it for you. This is standard, and costs no extra.
Again, these articles can be placed into notepad “.txt” files and used in your Kontent Machine campaigns.
The fourth bonus, final source of course is…
Write A Little Content Yourself
Just sitting down and writing 15 or 230 opening paragraphs might take an hour or so, but add some great variation and uniqueness to your Kontent Machine campaigns.
The first three options above should take you no more than 15 minutes once you have identified the sites and sources you want to use. IN fact for many, 15 minutes work loading, cutting and pasting to notepad files might last your content marketing efforts for several weeks.
The final option, if you use something like speech to text, might take an hour or two once a week. If you write by hand and are a “two fingered typist” it might take half a day, but is still a great addition if you are “time rich and cash poor” like many of us are at the beginning of our IM careers.
Adding Your Own Content
Create a new campaign. In the main campaign settings at the top of the next screen…
ensure content source is set to “Built-In + Local Files”
When you came to “Build Content” or “Build & Export” an input screen will appear from the right as shown below…
Drag and drop the “.txt” files into the white space as shown in the video on this page.
I find that 1 article of 500 words is best thought of as equalling 1% of the total. So if you add 10 articles then setting the slider to 90% online and 10% files (i.e mostly to the right in the “Mix Ration” slider shown above) works fine.
Adding 20 articles sources from elsewhere is the sweet spot for me.
Let me know what works for you!