Where to Find Unlimited Article Ideas

30 replies
Hi Fellow Warriors!

One of the biggest questions I get asked from our customers is how to find content ideas. It seems that starting at the computer for hours every day can kick in the 'ol writers block

But it's actually quite easy to get an unlimited number of content ideas if you know where to look.

Here's where I find hundreds of ideas for my articles, emails, and videos...

* Scoop.it - One of my favorites! Simply enter your topic into the search box and out pops hundreds of related articles. It's like a candy machine

* Topsy.com - This one is extremely powerful (especially when you know how to use it properly).

When you get to the front page click on 'Links' and then type your topic
into the search box. By default you'll be shown the most popular articles
for that particular topic over the past 7 days. But you can also select
the past 30 days or 'All Time'. Showing you which articles received the
most retweets.

This will give you a TON of awesome article and headline ideas.

AllTop.com - This site aggregates the best content from around the web. Simply select your topic and you'll be shown the best blog content from the past few weeks.

BloggerScope.com - This is an excellent site to browse IF you're in the IM market. Collects content from the best IM blogs around the web.


If you have some other cool tricks you use to find new article ideas, please share them below


Cheers,

"Kentucky" Kim
#article #article ideas #content #find #ideas #unlimited
  • Profile picture of the author john01a
    I've noticed that there's actually quite a few PLR Content Providers that have branched into providing niche/content research.

    So, instead of buying pre-written PLR content, buyers buy packs that contain keyword research, blog post title ideas, content outlines etc.

    One example of a PLR content provider that provides niche research/content outlines is Plrminimart.com
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8832447].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author agmccall
      For Ideas I do a couple of things

      #1 I go to PLR sites and look at the product/article titles and sub titles. I copy those down and use them as article starters.

      #2 I go to the local super market, convenience store, pharmacy store, etc. and go to the magazine section, Most niches are represented in one form or another in magazines and I jsut browse, sometimes all you need to do is look at the titles to get ideas.

      al
      Signature
      The Flu? Not worthy of a mention here???
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8832655].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author Kim Roach
        Excellent ideas! I'll add those to my list

        Cheers,

        Kim
        Signature
        (Blog Traffic Checklist) - How to Generate 1,000+ Visitors to EVERY New Blog Post You Create...

        12-Step Traffic Checklist


        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8833478].message }}
      • Profile picture of the author Jeffery Moss
        Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

        For Ideas I do a couple of things

        #1 I go to PLR sites and look at the product/article titles and sub titles. I copy those down and use them as article starters.

        #2 I go to the local super market, convenience store, pharmacy store, etc. and go to the magazine section, Most niches are represented in one form or another in magazines and I jsut browse, sometimes all you need to do is look at the titles to get ideas.

        al
        Many of my own blog posts are inspired (not copied from) offline magazine articles. Simply reading over the articles provides a wealth of new information and also it's easy to see gaps left by the author and fill those in with my own blog posts.
        {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8835055].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author John J M
    Thanks for the resources Kim. I will be utilizing these in the months ahead.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8833506].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Stuart Walker
    Forums to see what the hot topics were or commonly asked questions.

    Other blogs in the niche to see what their most popular were.

    Chapters from Amazon books (use the look inside feature).

    Reddit hot topics.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8834207].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    I always use the first and the last but this is the first time I heard the other 2 in the middle. Thanks
    Signature



    Moderator's Note: You're only allowed to put your own products or sites in your signature.

    Signature edited.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8834214].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Kim, that's a nice list.

      Originally Posted by agmccall View Post

      For Ideas I do a couple of things

      #2 I go to the local super market, convenience store, pharmacy store, etc. and go to the magazine section, Most niches are represented in one form or another in magazines and I just browse, sometimes all you need to do is look at the titles to get ideas.

      al
      You can do the same thing at your local library. Many of them also maintain subscriptions to article databases. Put in your keyword or topic and watch as hundreds of titles and synopses from dozens to hundreds of publications come up.

      Another way to kickstart the imagination is a variation on the "Drunkard's Walk". Start with a generic page about your topic, like a Wikipedia entry or the Yahoo directory (not search). Then randomly follow links for a number of hops, say 5. Scan the page for ideas. Note them, and take another 5 hops, and repeat. Following random links (that appear at least minimally related to the topic can lead you to resources and ideas you wouldn't have found following a more linear process.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8834984].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Steve B
      Another source of ideas I use is the "Dummies" books. They have published close to 2,000 separate titles through John Wiley & Sons.

      I begin at their topical index page.

      As you drill down in your subject area of interest, you will find both "featured" and "most popular" articles that can give you ideas.

      But don't overlook the books themselves. Look at the table of contents of the Dummies books. They will give you tons of specific ideas for articles and blog posts.

      The Dummies franchise has been quite successful. One of the reasons, in my opinion, is due to their extensive research into what topics people want to learn about at home on their own . . . which just happens to be the same types of things that marketers can use to their advantage in their promotions.

      The very best to all of you in 2014!

      Steve
      Signature

      Steve Browne, online business strategies, tips, guidance, and resources
      SteveBrowneDirect

      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8835011].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author RikkyBoss
    My best method to find content ideas is by making questions, even inside a well-written article, I still can make some questions.
    Simply being skeptic, make some questions, and google for that questions, I'll find a lot of articles and usually they are different each other. I just need to find the "red line" and write about it.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8835021].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author BradCarroll
    If you're on any physical direct mail lists, those can be pretty inspiring (and can put you ahead of the online pack sometimes, too).

    And really just staying in touch with your niche in every way possible, especially with magazines as mentioned above, Google alerts for news, blogs, videos etc. in your niche, and hanging around members of your niche both the online and the offline world, should all keep you full of more ideas than you're able to use!
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8835278].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Kurt
    Go to Amazon's magazine section and find magazines in your niche:
    Amazon.com Magazines: Discount Magazine Subscriptions

    Check if these magazines have a website and check them out for ideas by doing a google for the magazine name.

    Enter the website into a site like www.Quantcast.com and check to see if the demographics are avaiable for the magazine/site. This will help you write to your audience.

    Also, search books on Amazon and look at the Table of Contents.

    For some quick research, I like to use this LSI tool:
    Latent Semantic Indexing
    Signature
    Discover the fastest and easiest ways to create your own valuable products.
    Tons of FREE Public Domain content you can use to make your own content, PLR, digital and POD products.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8835656].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author JohnMcCabe
      Originally Posted by Kurt View Post

      Go to Amazon's magazine section and find magazines in your niche:
      Amazon.com Magazines: Discount Magazine Subscriptions

      Check if these magazines have a website and check them out for ideas by doing a google for the magazine name.

      Enter the website into a site like www.Quantcast.com and check to see if the demographics are available for the magazine/site. This will help you write to your audience.
      That brought back an idea I forgot to add to my other post.

      When you are on the magazine's website, hunt around a bit to see if they publish an editorial calendar. It's often part of the media kit for advertisers; sometimes you'll find it with the author guidelines.

      Not only will you get ideas that are hot now, you can see that publisher's best guess at what will be hot in their niche months into the future. That gives you plenty of time to craft killer content that draws both eyeballs and links/shares/etc.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8835800].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author jvjoe
    I also use Ezinearticle.com and niche forums to get ideas
    on what to write in my articles. I use niche forums a lot because
    I will be able tailor my article towards the readers needs.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8835849].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author jessiewriter
    Myself, I'm not visual in many aspects (I prefer lists to icons in my computer menus) but Pinterest, Tumblr, and Polyvore (my favorite social media sites) are also my favorite sources of inspiration outside of the sources already mentioned in this thread.
    Signature

    ~ Jessie Haynes
    Erotica Author
    Caffeine Headaches: Author Blog

    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8836032].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Kim Roach
    Thanks for the excellent additions everyone!

    Some other sites that I browse for article ideas include:

    AffBuzz.com
    AffDaily.com
    Inbound.org
    And Custom Twitter Lists

    - Kim
    Signature
    (Blog Traffic Checklist) - How to Generate 1,000+ Visitors to EVERY New Blog Post You Create...

    12-Step Traffic Checklist


    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8838245].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    Sometimes I follow article templates, I linked to an article I wrote that listed a few good ones but I guess it got deleted. Oh well, sometimes I also write articles based on the keywords people use to find my website.

    For example, someone found my website with the keyphrase "does freelance writing increase your iq" and that was the topic of my next article.

    But thanks for the links, I will check them out now.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8838288].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author Kim Roach
      Great idea Timothy!

      LOVE it

      - Kim
      Signature
      (Blog Traffic Checklist) - How to Generate 1,000+ Visitors to EVERY New Blog Post You Create...

      12-Step Traffic Checklist


      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8838290].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author CollegeCEO
    Cool tips here. I've actually never heard of any of those sites. I'm definitely going to be using Scoop.it from now on. It's pretty awesome.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8838318].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Lightlysalted
    Just visited scoop.it. Great site, full of excellent article title ideas. Thanks loads
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8838348].message }}
    • Profile picture of the author mom2childs
      Thanks for the list. I appreciate it.
      I haven't started writing PLR yet, but I find topics based on forums threads that people start. I belong to several mom blog forums and I spend a few minutes each day checking out the new threads and the questions that are asked or the products they're talking about.
      {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8841482].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author wrcato2
    Love the idea's here. I'll be checking many of them out.
    One of my favorite ways to write content that people want to read is look at the best sellers at click bank. I find the top products in my niche and look no further than the bullets points. I start with the bullet that pulls me in and makes me want more.

    Then I do a search and find what I am looking for and write content on that one bullet. Rewrite the bullet and use it as an excerpt for the post.
    I love piggy backing
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8841566].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author shrikantsoftwin
    I normally get some content ideas from ezine articles or go articles. My best alternative is google. just search with the key phrase and i get numerous related articles
    Signature
    Software Development Company Belgaum experts in Developing Custom Software & Mobile Application,
    http://softwinitsolutions.co.in/soft...lgaum-goa.html
    Also providing expert & effective Internet Marketing & SEO Services in Belgaum at affordable cost. - http://softwinitsolutions.co.in/internet-marketing-in-belgaum-goa.html
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8841909].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author mohsinmallik
    Niche forums and Yahoo answer are also very good places to find ideas for writing articles. You will be able to find out problems people facing and you can answer those through your writings.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8842248].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author igorGriffiths
    Visit many of the question sites, like yahoo answers, Quora etc visit the groups relevant to your niche then swipe the questions and answers that sound interesting.

    After this work the answers to prove they are valid then create articles explaining how to solve the problem raised in the question with your now proven solution.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8842265].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Kim Roach
    I love Quora!!

    Thanks for adding that one Igor

    - Kim
    Signature
    (Blog Traffic Checklist) - How to Generate 1,000+ Visitors to EVERY New Blog Post You Create...

    12-Step Traffic Checklist


    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8843198].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author AmberS
    Thank you for the list! I have a long list of Facebook pages I 'like' that are related to my niche. They post several times per day and always give me ideas for new articles.
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8844274].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Trujillo
    Cool tips Kim,

    Some of the ways one can get ideas is think of there past experiences and past problems and show others how they can solve there problems. Show people based on experience.

    Matt
    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8844539].message }}
  • Profile picture of the author Kim Roach
    Very true Matt!!

    Here's another cool tool I like to use to get content ideas + great headlines:

    Content Idea Generator
    Signature
    (Blog Traffic Checklist) - How to Generate 1,000+ Visitors to EVERY New Blog Post You Create...

    12-Step Traffic Checklist


    {{ DiscussionBoard.errors[8849027].message }}

Trending Topics