A few of my secret websites to help freelance writers and bloggers!

*This is a sponsored post for Budget Direct

Ever stuck for something to write or blog about?

Maybe you are a freelancer with a deadline looming, a content writer looking for ideas for your ghost blogging gig or a travel blogger wanting to know the cost of flights to London.

If you visit the ACCC site you can find out what products have been recalled and other juicy morsels of information news broadcasters can’t be fugged telling you.

Trust me, this site is an untapped gold mine of blog fodder!

Did you also know you can read a press release from any Federal, NSW or Queensland government minister – you can access all their lies precious words for free in just seconds.

X-Files used to be one of my favourite shows, mainly for Fox, aka David Duchovny  (shut up) Image source

X-Files used to be one of my favourite shows, mainly for Fox, aka David Duchovny (shut up) Image source

There’s a truckload of inspiration at your fingertips – you just have to know where to look. I’m going to share my handy-dandy go-to websites with you, they’re all free and packed with current, factual and interesting information.

Here’s nine websites I’ve used and referenced for various writing gigs:

Raising Children Network – This is a great resource for parenting newborns to teens and there’s activities to keep kids entertained.

Bullying. No Way! – this government-funded site is great tool for parents and teachers, it also has age appropriate advice for children who are being bullied.

Cancer Council Australia – sobering but important facts and figures as well as news on important fundraising events.

Royal Life Saving – stats on drowning deaths, invaluable info on swim and survive programs, pool fence safety requirements and fun online games for kids.

Cost of Living IndexΒ – a handy resource to compare how much we pay to live where we do. I was spewing surprised to learn that utility prices in the Brisbane area are noticeably higher than in Sydney or Melbourne. BOO!

Study Assist – helps tertiary students (and parents) learn what financial help they can get from the government.

Choice – The people’s watchdog and one of my all-time favourite sites! It investigates and compares products, services and delivers honest reports on which is better and why!

Archicentre – Building design and inspection experts. This is a niche area but I’ve used pressers from this site to write about renovations, the building industry and sustainable living.

Deakin University & University of Western Sydney – these universities are always smashing out research findings and they’re usually current and often controversial. I lap these suckers up (geek much).

I could go on but I don’t want to reveal all my sources πŸ˜‰ Happy writing everyone!

Do you have any to add to the list?
Are there other subjects you’d like info or details on – just let me know.
Where do you get your inspiration from?

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* I was paid to include two of these websites in my post. However, what I have said about them are my own opinions, and as you know no one tells me what to say!



  1. I think I might have a look at the ‘cost of living’ site – might pick up some useful info there.
    Most of the time life in general or our travels are my blog content – always looking for another twist on things tho’

  2. Nice one Em. Love this info. Will take a look at some of these sites. Thanks for sharing x

  3. Thanks so much for sharing these websites Em!

  4. Ripper! Thanks for doing all the hard work for me πŸ™‚

  5. Very handy, thanks! Will be having a poke around these for sure.

  6. This is great. I have to say, my problem is the other way- I have 10 brilliant ideas but not the motivation to write them, because they require me to be serious and actually process some thoughts…hmmm. At the moment I don’t seem to be able to write anything (4 articles planned since Monday and still 4 waiting to be written!)

  7. Oh weird, we both mention the X-Files in our posts yesterday. Mulder Mind-Meld perhaps? Kx

  8. Awesome resources Emily, thank you. xx

  9. Those are some good tips for sources…way better than Wikipedia I suppose!

    By the way, I got hooked on o X-Files for Mulder too…love him!!! πŸ™‚

  10. Ooo thanks for sharing the links. I want to check out some of them like Choice and Cost of Living Index. Interesting stuff!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  11. Great advice. I find myself at several of those sites quite regularly for the day job! πŸ™‚

  12. Oh, thanks for sharing your sources! I love the giving nature of our community, instead of keeping all the good information all to yourself, you’re willing to share and help x

  13. Oh, had never heard of study assist – great tip – thank you… I love uni websites too… secret urge to get back to uni there. Good list… I like some American ones eg Nutrition Data – food nerd.

  14. Thanks for sharing. I’d love to do some freelance writing but at the moment I predominantly write for me and a company I blog for – and they’re a website design and development company, so I do have to spend some time googling stuff to decipher what they’re wanting!


  15. What a great list! Thanks for sharing!

    Although my main problem is getting time to myself to actually form a thought to write. lol

  16. Thank you for sharing, you are too lovely xx I think you’ve pretty well covered all the top sites to check out!

  17. Good on you for being so generous with your resources Em. And I’m such a Fox fan too! x

  18. Thanks for sharing! Pinning this for future reference πŸ™‚
    PS- I love Choice too! I am a paying member, and look up absolutely everything before I buy.

  19. Awesome resources, thanks Em x

  20. There’s some on your list that I’m not familiar with. Will be worth a look see. Love Raising Children Network.

  21. Oh, that’s super helpful. Thanks for revealing your secrets!

  22. I always love new, fresh ideas. Thanks Emily!

  23. Great list! I LOVE choice – plenty of excellent fodder in that site and now I’m going to have to head straight over the the ACCC – I haven’t looked up that site since Uni, thanks for the reminder. Mel πŸ™‚

  24. I would love to get into more factual writing and start some paid freelance work but it’s just finding the time. Would love some tips on how to get into that space, if you are able to share some of your experiences there? BTW thanks for sharing some of your sources Em!

  25. Oh thank you. I have just been wondering how to help my daughter deal with the bully friend… gee they start young! Off to check out ‘Bullying. No Way.’ Thanks!

  26. Fantastic resources Em! I use lots of government pages in my paid writing too for information. It’s a good place to start x

  27. Great tips!!! Love your writing style xx

  28. Ill definitely check these sites out… most of my inspiration comes from whatever chaos is going on in my life so someones elses chaos might be refreshing ha ha. Thanks for linking up chick. Hope you are having a fabulous weekend xx

  29. Ohh! Thanks for the study assist one, our eldest has had to defer uni this might help when we get back on track with that.

  30. Thank you Emily – I will unashamedly look at each of these resources and see what they offer. My quest to enter the paid realms of the writers world is just beginning for me so all of this is most helpful. FHG. πŸ™‚

  31. These are great resources. I use the politicians websites in the lead up to an election but I had never though to use them for blog fodder!

  32. Great sites, Em! Love Choice but definitely will delve into the uni sites and Cost of Living Index! You are such the geek! πŸ™‚ x

  33. Wow, thanks for sharing some of your secrets with us! Will be sure to check them out πŸ™‚

  34. You are a gem, thanks for some new sites I wasn’t aware of. I often look up the Health Weeks, UN observances, Google Trends and google adwords. Science Daily is often a good starter too x

  35. What a great list for inspirational ideas. My favourite is ACCC, I shall be tapping into that one.

    Thanks Emily

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