A good friend of mine and I were chatting and he said he wished he could do what I do - write lots of content. But his problem wasn't writing talent - he's good. Instead, he has trouble figuring out what to write. He gets stuck on the title and topic when trying to promote affiliate products.
So I thought I'd showcase some ways in the forum of how I have gotten article ideas in the past in case anyone else is having this problem because I know would-be book authors are always asking successful authors where they get their ideas, too.
1.) Spy on the product owner's meta keywords. If you go to guygetsgirls.com, which is a ClickBank product, and right click to view source code, you'll see at the top that one of his meta keywords is pick up lines.
Now you can either run with it two ways - "10 Pick Up Lines That Attract Beautiful Women" or "7 Pick Up Lines You Should NEVER Use on a Woman."
You can type pick up lines into the Google keyword tool here: https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal and see what comes up to give you article ideas. Here's a sampling of what I find, turned into article titles:
Dirty Pick Up Lines That Attract Bad Girls
Funny Pick Up Lines to Showcase Your Sense of Humor
Steer Clear of These 6 Lame Pick Up Lines
2.) Use the product owner's sales page. What I mean by this is go to the page and scan it over for the bullet points and headlines. What I see on guygetsgirl.com (I'm using this as an example because it's rated at the top of CB in its category - it's not my site) is this:
The site says: "Are you scared of the dating scene and unsure how to approach and talk to women?" So your article can be, "How to Talk to Women When You're Nervous."
The site says: "You Will NEVER Be Hurt By Rejection Again!" so your article can be, "Dealing With Your Fear of Dating Rejection."
The site says, "Discover 5 Places where you'll find the hottest dates who are receptive to your advances - sites that almost every other guy hasn't yet considered!" so your article can be, "5 Dating Sites With a Male to Female Ratio in Your Favor!"
3.) Click on the Affiliate resource page for the product and see what articles he has in the hopper for you. One of the articles this particular product has listed is, "Making A Great First Impression On Women," but you don't want to cut and paste that article because every other affiliate will be using it. Instead, turn it into something unique based on the same principle, such as, "8 First Impression Rules You Should Never Break!"
4.) Make a swipe file of article starters. Head over to EzineArticles.com and look at the phrases being used a lot. Here's what I find:
The Dos and Don'ts of...
7 Ways to....(or any number)
....Tips to Help You....
5 Crucial Factors in.....
What to Expect from....
3 Reasons Why....
Now just fill in your niche ideas before and after those phrases. Using our example, you could have:
The Dos and Don'ts of Picking Up Women Online
7 Ways to Prove You're the Alpha Male Around Women
How to Win Over Women Maintaining Your Nice Guy Image
5.) Type the keyword into Google and see what other top sites are discussing. For example, I type in the phrase dating tips and visit the top site. Here are some ideas I get from them and how I turn it into my own:
They have: Do Bad Guys Always Get the Girl?
I turn it into: Why Women Don't Always Choose a Bad Boy
They have: How to Ask Someone Out: Get the Timing Right
I turn it into: When You Hit on a Woman, Time It Right!
They have: Bald Men and Dating - The No-Hair Dilemma
I turn it into: Your Sex Appeal Isn't Defined By Your Scalp
Now what do I do with all of this brainstorming?
Write from scratch. Don't go copy the bald men and dating article and rewrite what they have. The reason? Most people have no idea how to avoid plagiarism and you walk too close to that line.
ONLY use the titles as a jumping point for you. Don't even READ the article - it'll be too tempting to profit off the work of others and these aren't PLR articles you're looking at.
Sometimes all it takes is the ability to get a title or concept going and then you soar with your own ideas and original content. Over time, you won't need to do this. You'll have it coming to you naturally.
I hope this helps!