Struggling to come up with some brilliant and potentially viral content for your website or blog? Not sure how to go about generating and executing on ideas without bringing in the heavy hitters (i.e. expensive experts)? No problem.
Here are 5 amazing and cheap-ass ideas that you can use to create content that will set the Internet on fire – and if done right – give your domain a huge SEO boost. Best of all, they won’t break the bank.
Let me be clear. This is for cheap-ass entrepreneurs like me. Not for broke entrepreneurs with no money at all.
So if you’re willing to part with a few bucks on some affordable ideas, let’s get started.
1. Pizza, Beer, and the “Yes and…” Game
If you’ve exhausted your list of potential ideas, why not get some of your colleagues and friends involved. Blast off an email to 20 of your friends inviting them to a pizza and beer party with a fun twist. It’s called the “yes and…” game.
If you’ve ever seen improv comedy, you know how hilarious it can be. It also tends to take some of the most unpredictable turns. Why? Because of one rule:
No matter what twist the plot takes, you have to go with it.
It works like this. Let’s say your friend suggests an idea that is completely ridiculous, you can’t reply with a negative comment poopooing the idea. You have to reply “Yes, and….”
“Let’s close the office for a month.”
“Yes, and let’s travel the world interviewing strangers and taking photos of everything weird or strange.”
“Let’s buy 1000 pizzas and send them to Google headquarters.”
“Yes, and we’ll include 1000 brainteasers printed on the pizza boxes.”
For the mere cost of a couple cases of beer and 2 or 3 large pizzas, you should be to come up with 100 crazy ideas in less than a couple hours. If you can’t, buy another case of beer.
What kind of things would you do for $5? It turns out that a lot of people would do all sorts of weird things. If you haven’t already, check out fiverr.com.
I’ve used fiverr.com to come up with catchy titles for eBooks, funny poems, and short video scripts. These little $5 investments may not be the source of life-altering goodness, but they will certainly start the juices flowing if you’re feeling a little stumped.
Here are some of the funny and weird things people will do:
- I will make a video of my Bunny eating your message for $5
- I will dance to an entire song of your choice in a hot dog costumer for $5
- I will make you feel better about losing your job for $5
- I will give you existentialist philosophic advice for $5
- I will write you a funny poem on any topic for $5
How can you say no to some of these offers??? Give it a try. You’ll spend more money on a haircut.
3. Xtranormal Videos
Have you ever tried to create viral video content. It’s not easy and it can cost a lot of money. Good quality video production can cost thousands of dollars, especially if you outsource to a production company.
There’s a cheap-ass alternative to production companies: Xtranormal.com. Their tag line says it all:
“If you can type, you can make videos!”
From your pizza and beer night (idea #1 above) or for $5 from a script writer on fiverr.com (idea #2 above), you can bang out a pretty funny 30 to 90 second script on any topic. Take that script, plug it into Xtranormal.com, and you’ve got yourself a funny video that you can spread to the world.
You’ve probably already seen some of these videos. You just didn’t know how easy they were to create.
Here’s a funny one about SEO.
What have I missed? Add your cheap-ass content generating ideas in the comments below.