Guest post by Elizabeth Cutten
I love writing articles on the side. But there are times – even with my own websites – that I experience writer’s block. In the writing community, we know that this is rather common. If you’ve experienced writer’s block , then you know how hard it can be to come up with good ideas.
Well, to make things easier for you, I wanted to show you how to think through some ideas for your next article. Trust me, it really isn’t as hard as you think. By following these tips, you should come up with thousands of ideas!
- Head to big name websites – One of my absolute favorites is heading to bigger websites such as About.com. I search for the topic that I’m interested in writing about. Then I look at the most popular articles written about that topic. Just by doing this, I’m able to come up with at least 30-50 ideas.
- EzineArticles is amazing – Just like About.com, EzineArticles.com is great because it gives you a lot of information right up front. For example, you can look at the most viewed articles, as well as the most published ones. This is important because you will discover what people are actually reading today!
- Yahoo! Answers – People have questions for just about everything. Use Yahoo Answers to search for your topic and look through the questions that people are asking. This can spin off into a great article, or even a fantastic FAQ. If you see the same question asked often, it is probably a hot topic!
- Google AdWords – If you’re not familiar with this tool, you can check it out here. Just input a keyword that you’re interested in and watch the results! You can generate a ton of ideas and at the same time, determine how popular that topic is based on monthly search results. This is great way to drive traffic to your site, while acquiring endless ideas on just about any topic.
- Simply brainstorm – Carry around a notepad with you at all times. You’ll be amazed at how many times you’ll have a good idea that you might later forget. Another technique that I use is to take a piece of paper and branch off ideas into sub-topics. For example, supposing you want to write about shoes. You can branch off ‘shoes’ into different types of shoes e.g. basketball shoes. From there, you can further branch that into “Michael Jordan shoes’ and so forth.
I promise you, if you follow these tips you will come up with many different ideas. The Internet spews out hundreds of thousands of articles each day. You don’t have to copy what other people are writing. However, you may use their ideas, spin them around, and produce an article a million times better!
This post is provided by Elizabeth Cutten. Elizabeth helps run a business credit card / blog called Find Bizcards helping business owners from around the world with tips, tricks and more!