How I got hundreds of ideas for content writing ... and how you can do it too

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Do you need to generate many content articles for your blog ... email list ... plr articles ... ?

Regardless of whether you're going to create written content for your internet site or even if you act as a new freelance article author, you will need ideas for content.

The best way to get ideas for content .. is to scout the forums in your related niche. It's not only a way for people to interact, but also for you to determine their problems and how to solve them as well!

You have to be on the lookout intended for people who are always asking questions about similar problems. These kind of questions are the target market that you should really be focusing on.

Get into their shoes ... Find out what they're thinking ... See what solutions benefit them the most.

You can then create many articles solving different aspects of the problem, or even make your own product and start advertising it to the target market.
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  • Great strategy, thanks! Sometimes coming up with the topic of an article is the hardest part. (believe me, I know, I write every day for myself and for clients).

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  • Profile picture of the author NicoleBeckett
    Great advice! After all, great content is supposed to solve people's problems and answer their questions. The threads on a forum will tell you exactly what people are wondering about/worried about!

    I'm also going to add a tip to yours -- check your inbox, too. Especially as you become more of an established expert in your niche, people will email you with questions and problems. If one person is taking the time to contact you about something, you can bet that there are more who have the same question/problem but didn't bother to email you!
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    • Profile picture of the author bdpop
      Originally Posted by NicoleBeckett View Post

      Great advice! After all, great content is supposed to solve people's problems and answer their questions. The threads on a forum will tell you exactly what people are wondering about/worried about!

      I'm also going to add a tip to yours -- check your inbox, too. Especially as you become more of an established expert in your niche, people will email you with questions and problems. If one person is taking the time to contact you about something, you can bet that there are more who have the same question/problem but didn't bother to email you!
      I recently found a personal message via skype from someone who followed up on a post I left in a thread. I am now regularly checking all inboxes (even the ones I don't use a whole lot).
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      • Profile picture of the author Erquilon
        Another great way of getting lots of ideas for new articles is to just ask people. Ask your e-mail list, clients, fans, etc if they got any questions/problems they would like to have answered/solved. You'll be surprised by the number of new ideas for articles you can get this way
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  • Profile picture of the author Dain
    I have done the same.

    I use an excel spreadsheet and then scour the forums looking for popular threads and then create content based on those threads.

    I put the thread idea into my spread sheet and keep track that way.

    An added boost:

    Take the thread and then create a "Top 5 or Top 10" article based on the thread.

    Top lists always do really well.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mark Hess
    Just a tip:

    Since Google removed the "discussion" search filter a few months back which looked through forums, groups, and Q&A sites based on your search terms.

    You can now go here to search through discussions: https://www.google.com/?tbm=dsc

    Then, if you use Google Chrome, click on the "search tools" button above the results, and select "any time" a dropdown box will appear and you can go through custom date ranges like past month, week, day, or year.

    There's also a filter for type of sites by clicking on "all discussions" a box will appear to specify forums or Q&A sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author eddieone
    I would add that consuming media within the genre you want to write in is helpful. I always get inspiration from similar media and even topic ideas.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    Yes forums are a rich source of information of questions newbies need answering. Look at WF - the same old questions get asked day in, day out.

    Where I used to find questions people needed answering in my own niches was to look in my Google Analytics referal keywords for long tail phrases containing which|why|what|where|how... sadly it's harder to do this in a (not provided) world.
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  • Profile picture of the author meta-blogger
    you can also use google in many other ways for research, my favorites are:

    1. site:warriorforum.com funnel - this will find all of the pages with the word funnel that google knows about that are in warrior forum, you can also use quotes if you want exact phrases liek this site:warriorforum.com "marketing funnel"

    2. go to google.com and click over to image search and then enter:

    site:kiteboarding.com - this will show you all the images google has indexed for this site only

    3. site:kiteboarding.com this will show you how many pages of kiteboarding.com only google has in it's index - i often use this search when a site doesn't have an affiliate link you can use it as is, or like this - site:kiteboarding.com affiliates


    Want 171,000 article ideas from this forum? No problem, Google...

    site:warriorforum.com "how do i"
    site:warriorforum.com "how to"
    site:warriorforum.com "I hate"
    site:warriorforum.com "* sucks"

    ...and so on. I like to go to twitter sometimes and search for "i just bought" or "i love" to see what people just bought and what they love
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  • Profile picture of the author tonio79
    Good tips there - always need new stimulation on getting ideas for products and creating articles and videos.

    There is so much out there and fun to be had by getting creating.

    Keep up the good work!
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