Sources of Inspiration for Article Topics and Blog Posts

Written by geordiejimb

Topics: Internet Marketing

Ezine Articles Expert AuthorIs it possible to get stuck for new article ideas, or blog posts?

Finding topics to write about relevant to building my Internet Marketing Business has never been an issue.

For me, the issue isn’t not having topics to write about, it’s choosing what the next topic will be from an almost overwhelming list of topics I want to write about.

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Where do I take inspiration for new articles from?

From the Things I Know, Things I’ve Read, Things I’ve Watched, Things I’ve Done, Places I’ve Been, and Obstacles I’ve encountered, the list of sources of inspiration for new Article Topics (and Blog Post ideas) is almost endless.

Read on…

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Books – Without a doubt, one of my favorite places for inspiration, but that’s probably because I’m a voracious reader.  Self Development and Time Management books are a favorite of mine, but I also read a lot to my kids, and the questions kids come up with have inspired ideas for articles too.

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Table of Contents – Whatever niche you are in, chances are someone has written a book about it.  Not only will the content of the book give ideas, but even faster than that you can scan the Table of Contents for the book and voila, a whole list of relevant article topics.

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Articles – Browsing article directories can give you new ideas for topics to write about; look at what’s popular – sometimes reading an article will spark idea to add to that article, or incite an opinion of your own.  All are valid ideas for your own article.

Top 50 Article Directories By Traffic, Pagerank

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Blog Posts – If you are anything like me, you probably follow a few blogs, maybes some friends, maybes some ‘big names’ in your niche if there are any.

Quite often one of them will publish a post that just inspires an article – they might teach or show me something new, their blog itself might be so good it’s worth a review article too.

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Q&A Websites – Yahoo Answers is a good example of a website where people go to post questions and answers.  Whether you actually join in and answer them on the site itself, browsing the sort of questions people are asking is a good source of article ideas.

Here are some other Q&A websites to check out:

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Forums – Where else can you find people needing help, asking questions, looking for answers, engaging in extended discussions?

Forums are a great place to find ideas for article topics – start answering some of those questions, solving problems, offering solutions.

Find popular, and trending, topics and write an article giving your opinion, or ideas.

Big-Boards is a good place to find niche forums, and you can always search trusty old Google by entering [your search term] + forum” like this:

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Press Release – Press releases are a good way of keeping up with what is happening in your industry or niche, and a wonderful source of ideas for article topics.

Check out these Press Release Websites (Note: some of these are paid services to submit Press Releases, but all are free to browse and read them):

Or just search for Press Release websites through your local friendly search engine of choice.

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Training Course Materials – have you bought or attended a course of some sort?  Most likely you got reading materials too.  Even if you didn’t learn anything from the course, no doubt there is information there that other people don’t know, right?

Take a topic and write an article – you’ll probably find there’s enough subject matter for several articles.

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Trending Topics – From Twitter to Google, EBay to Amazon, there are many places to look at trending topics, if a topic makes it onto a trending list on sites like these you know it has to be massively popular.

There are countless other websites offering trends, go spend some time browsing some of them, subscribe to them and watch the ideas flow right to you.

1. Twitter Trends: You can see the trending topics on Twitter right from your account, and there are a number of good / interesting websites adding to that – my current favorite is probably TrendsMap, just because it’s kinda cool.

2. Google: Although losing ground to a popular social media network right now, Google still controls a massive portion of the search traffic on the Internet – so where better to find what people are looking for?

Google offers these two useful tools (quotes taken from Google):

  • Google Trends: Reflects what keywords people are searching for on a daily basis’.
  • Google Insights: ‘… you can compare search volume patterns across specific regions, categories, time frames and properties.’

3. Ebay Pulse:  ‘a daily snapshot of current trends, hot picks, and cool stuff on eBay’.

4. Amazon Best Seller List:  The most popular selling items, by category, on Amazon.

5. Current Blogs:  Subscribe to popular blogs and watch what they are posting.  For Internet Marketing, sites like Mashable.com are on the ball when it comes to the latest happenings, and an obvious source of fresh inspiration for your next article topic.

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Reviews –Reviews can be a source of ideas for writing your own articles, but writing your own is an even better source.  Think about this, it doesn’t matter if you loved something, or hated it, or were even indifferent – writing an honest review of something makes for an excellent article idea.

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News – Be it local, national, or international news – especially in your market or niche – the news can offer a multitude of stories and ideas to inspire an article topic.  Subscribe to a good current service, and watch the ideas flow past you.

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Webinars – I’ve lost count of how many webinars I’ve attended for training and presentations in the last year, and I leave almost everyone of them with several pages of notes.  I learn something new, or a new way of looking at something I already knew, on almost every webinar I attend, and without any doubt I could write an article about every new thing I learn, every new viewpoint.

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Video – Video is the new medium of choice on the Internet for quick training tips – everything from how to add an opt-in box to your blog to signing up for Social Bookmarking services, copywriting tips to getting quality high Page Rank backlinks for your site – everyone of which can easily be made into a 400 word article.

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Productivity Tips – What have you tried that’s helped with your personal or team productivity rates?  To-Do Lists, Not-To-Do Lists, Top 5 Lists, Big Rocks, and Important versus Urgent; whatever you’ve tried, write about it.  Did it work? Didn’t it work?  When did it work?  Why did it work?

One of the best resources for productivity and time management techniques I’ve come across is The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People by Dr Stephen R. Covey.

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Mindset Advice – A lot of people get into Internet Marketing and just aren’t ready mentally for what it takes to succeed – Dedication, Perseverance, Self-Belief, Humility, and many other mindset traits.  A lot of those people spend a lot of time searching for help, and looking for answers.

What have you learned that’s helped your mindset?

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Problems You Have Overcome – Unless you are the only person never to have hit a stumbling block in building your Internet Marketing Business, you will have plenty of ideas for article topics based on the struggles you faced and what you did to get past them.

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Work Experience – Sometimes the skills we learned at work are very relevant to making money online – maybe you managed a team, or spent your time researching on the Internet.  Perhaps you were required to write, or worked in a marketing department.

These skills make us experts in certain areas, and as experts we have topics we can discuss, and help share the knowledge we have.

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Personal Experience – Do you have a family?  Then you know how tricky scheduling resources can be.  Have you traveled around the world much?  Then you can probably speak to essential preparations that need to be made.

Are you a member, or even a leader, of a social group?  Does your Faith help sustain you in dark times?  What you have experienced in your personal life offers endless article topics that will be useful to others embarked on the same journey we are.

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Hobbies – If you are building an Internet Marketing Business, it’s a good bet your hobbies form part of the business, or are the reason why this business model appeals to you – to give you the time and freedom to pursue your hobbies more.

Whatever the case is, you probably know a good deal about your hobbies, and that gives you topics for writing articles.

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Live Events – Quite possibly the ultimate source of inspiration for article topics is from attending live events.

Anything from a day to a week of training, presentations, networking, brainstorming, and socializing with like minded people  on relevant topics – you’ll come home with mountains of notes, hand-outs, giveaways, friendships, and new ideas for article topics.

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Training Courses – Whether it be a live event, a video training series, or even a good old book course, think of all the new skills you learned, and the topics that were covered – how many things did you learn on the course?

If you learned something, there will be others out there looking to learn it too, so write an article and share what you learned, in your own words.

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Attended a Workshop – Hands on events tend to give you more practical experience, and expose you to more like-minded people to discuss and network with.  You can write articles on the lessons you learned, the experiments you did, the people you met, the Workshop itself, and any of the presenters.

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Seminars – Typically, a seminar involves one or more experts giving a presentation and asking the participants to discuss and debate the topics on hand.  Much like a live event, or workshop, you are being exposed to new ideas, and new discussions on old or familiar topics – all of which make great ideas for article topics.

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Team Questions – This one stems more from my time in Network Marketing than Internet Marketing, but the same principle applies anywhere that a group of people band together to help each other out.

Listen to the questions the team asks, if your team has a question, what are the odds of other people out there having the same question?  Not only pretty high, but people lap up problem solution articles.

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Surveys & Polls – You can look at the types of polls on any number of websites, and you probably receive the occasional poll from a mailing list or blog you subscribe too.  If people are going to the trouble of creating a poll, there is typically a need for it, and that means people interested in the subject of the poll.

Even better is creating your own polls – you can ask what topics people need help with, what struggles they have faced, what they thought of a certain email you sent, or ask if they have tried a piece of software.  The number of questions you can make into a poll is endless, and regardless of what the results are, you have the foundation for at least one article (the poll itself).

There are many free Survey & Poll builder websites online such as Survey Monkey and Survey Gizmo (which also offers a WordPress Plugin).   If these don’t cover your needs, you can try this WP-Polls WordPress plugin.

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How to Do [topic] – Think about every question you’ve ever wonder ‘how do I do…’, every question you’ve looked up on Google, asked your Facebook fans, asked your upline, asked your downline, friends, at events, and maybe even your family.

Think about all those tasks you do all the time and perhaps take for granted – there will be newcomers and beginners who need to know how to do those tasks too.  People love problem solutions, and how-to articles are perfect for this.

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What Drives You? – What inspires you?  What motivates you?  What distracts you, and how do you overcome that?  Think of all the myriad of topics around the reasons you are doing what you do, where you want to go, what inspires you to keep going no matter how daunting the task might seem – personal inspiration and motivation stories and tips are another great source of article topics.

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Social Media – Do you use Social Media?  FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube… the list goes on.  Each item in this list can be an article topic in their own right, you can talk about the various benefits each platform offers, how to use them to best effect to generate traffic, generate leads, make money, build relationships, cross market, and integrate together.

Social Media is a huge deal these days, you need to be using it in your Internet Marketing Business, and you need to be writing about it too.

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Things you use/have used – Think of all the software you’ve tried, Websites you’ve visited, Services you’ve tried, Software you’ve trialed – some of these you may still use, others you will have tried and found them lacking something, or were too sophisticated for your particular needs – whatever it is, if you have tried it you can write an article about it.  Good, Bad, or Indifferent, people like to hear what other people thought of something before they try it.

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Conversations – Do you ever discuss your business with anyone?  Could be your friends, your family, or your spouse?  I do, and just the act of having a conversation, explaining what I am trying to do, what I am doing, or what I’ve done often gives me a fresh idea of a topic to write about, an idea that needs explanation.

After all, if I have to explain a concept to someone, chances are others don’t know or fully understand the concept either, so let’s help educate them.

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New Features – No doubt you belong to a social media site, or use some software on your computer, or a service through a website – whichever applies to you, chances are these things periodically upgrade.

When they do, check out the new feature(s), and write articles about what the new feature is, how it works, or what you thought of it – that’s three new article topics every time something upgrades.

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Where do you draw inspiration from?

This list is by no means exhaustive, but i think it covers most of the ways i ‘look’ for ideas when i need one.  I expect i’ll add to this post as i discover new sources of inspiration, so please bookmark this post and watch for updates.

Where do you draw inspiration from for your article topics and blog topics?  Let me know in the comments below, if you have something good i might just add it to the list above!

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