How to Generate Unlimited Article Ideas – InfoBarrel Earnings Challenge, Part 2
Last week, I introduced my InfoBarrel earnings challenge in a post about how to make $2,000 per month writing articles for InfoBarrel. The most daunting part of the challenge is having to write three articles per day. Assuming you have the time to do it each day, how can you be sure you won’t run out of ideas? Each article represents future residual income, so it’s important that you have a strong base of ideas to keep your writing going on a continuous basis.
In this article, I’m going to discuss exactly how to find unlimited ideas for articles, so that you can successfully build your InfoBarrel passive income stream.
Here are the ideas!
1) Look at article ideas InfoBarrel presents to you. Currently, InfoBarrel has a list of 191 article ideas. Some of these are great, others are not. The bottom line is, if you absolutely could not think of anything to write about, you always have this list of specific article ideas AND titles to refer to.
2) Review a commercial product you own. Look around you. What computer do you currently surf the internet with? What TV do you watch every night before you go to sleep? What are the various kitchen appliances you use? You could review nearly every commercial product in your house and probably come up with at least 20 articles. Commercial products, especially electronics and appliances, make for excellent review articles because people are constantly searching for reviews of these on search engines. While it will probably help your search engine ranking to write about specific models, try to be general if possible (strike a balance between the two). In other words, “Apple iPod Features” is probably better than “Apple 30GB iPod Features.” After all, who is going to be searching for the 30GB model years from now? You want specific titles, but you also want them to be relevant for as long as possible (so that you can reap the passive income benefits in the future).
3) Review a commercial product you don’t own. Before you run me down like an angry mob, let me explain. When done properly, you can provide reviews of products you don’t own. I don’t suggest writing false information, but it’s very easy to read reviews online and create a “consensus review” covering what you’ve read. For example, let’s say you want to write about a new Samsung LED TV that you don’t currently own. Do your research, find out how “most people” feel, and write about it. Instead of using phrases in your review like, “Based on my experience…” you can write about how “People generally like this TV, because…” This should open up a whole new world of reviews you can write.
4) Review books that you’ve read. I’m only suggesting this separate from the other reviews because book reviews are very popular. If you’re a book lover, chances are you own or have read dozens or perhaps hundreds of books throughout your life. Write about them.
5) Write about your favorite vacation spots. Describe what you liked about them, what you didn’t like about them, and specific things that people must do when they visit the location.
6) Write about how to [insert almost any task or process]. “How to” articles are extremely popular, because most people turn to the internet today when they want to learn about how to do something. You can first focus on the things you already know how to do, but feel free to branch out and do some research. Don’t know how plant a garden? Read about it, become educated, and then show others how to do it (with your own personal spin, of course).
7) Discuss your favorite TV shows. Review them, criticize them, or do a “best of” post. For example, if you love NBC’s “The Office,” write a post about the “Top 10 Office Episodes.”
8 ) Write a TV character profile. Somewhat related to #7, write about TV characters you like. If you’re a fan of 24, write about the things Jack Bauer can do (which is everything, of course).
9) Write about your profession. People love to read about various professions as they make decisions for college and beyond. Write about your life as a lawyer or doctor. Write about the challenges of being a freelance writer.
10) Write about your job. This is subtly different from #9. An example of this might be something like an article titled “Working at Wal-Mart” or “Managing a Starbucks Franchise.” Write about the ins and outs of your specific job with a specific company.
11) Give advice and tips. This is similar to the “how to” approach, except it may be less structured. “How to Plant a Tomato Tree” implies a structured set of steps, but “Top Tips for Growing Large Tomatos” is less structured and gives you more flexibility.
12) Take a general category and break it down into sub-categories. For each sub-category, break it down into as many components or topics as possible. You’ll find that from one general category, you can come up with hundreds or even thousands of article ideas. Credit for this idea goes to Lauren Nelson – go read her article about how you can easily generate over 2,000 article ideas.
13) Use StumbleUpon to browse random websites. Something here will probably trigger an article idea.
14) Think about what you did yesterday, and turn it into an article. Yes, even the most mundane tasks can be turned into interesting articles. Did you go grocery shopping yesterday? Okay, how about an article titled, “Shopping at Jewel is a Nightmare” ? Or what about, “The Best Way to Walk Your Dog.” Or maybe even, “Great New Music to Download.” These are just examples off the top of my head – if you give it some thought, I’m sure you can turn your daily mundane tasks into articles.
15) Browse another article site like Hubpages or Squidoo. Absolutely do not copy an article. However, use other articles as a springboard for your article. If someone wrote a boring article about “Deep Sea Fishing in Florida” maybe it will prompt you to write about “The BEST Places to Deep Sea Fish.” You can also write about the same exact topic, but just be sure to rewrite it in your own words, and include your own thoughts and perspective.
16) Open up an old textbook and write about something you learned in school. For me, as an accounting graduate, I might go back and write about “How to Account for Selling Stock” or “Tax Breaks for Freelancers.”
17) Open up an encylopedia, close your eyes, and write about the first thing you see on a random page.
18) Ask a friend or family member. Because they know you and your personality, they are great sources of article ideas. A simple question – “What should I write about?” – will usually prompt a very useable answer.
19) Write a piece about each of your hobbies. This could be written in any number of formats (“how-to” would probably be the most popular). The great thing about these kind of articles is that they are easy to write. They cover topics you already know a lot about and you enjoy them (since they’re your hobbies). If you like fishing, write about “Why Fishing is Great.” If you like to play guitar, write about “How to Play Guitar Like a Rockstar.”
20) Browse Q&A websites like Yahoo! Answers. Read about what people are asking – see what the popular questions are (Yahoo! Answers has a tab on the main page that says “Popular”). Some of the best articles are ones that answer questions. This is a great way to find writing ideas because they are constantly popping up every minute. Bonus: Sign up for a Yahoo! Answers account and actually answer questions while also providing a link to your Info Barrel article. This is a great way to build backlinks AND generate traffic to your article. For example, if someone asks, “What’s Better, Coke or Pepsi?”, you can write an article about this. Your response on Yahoo! might say “Most people seem to like Pepsi more, but you check out this article [link] to really learn more about which soft drink is most popular, and why.”
21) “Look Inside” books on Amazon.com and read the Table of Contents. Each book with the “look inside” feature will show the table of contents, and this is golden information for article ideas. For example, if I look at the table of contents for the book The Encyclopedia of the Dog, I immediately see a ton of chapter titles that would make good articles. They include: “Dogs in Sports,” “Choosing a Dog,” “Dog Behavioral Problems,” and many more. From this book’s table of contents alone, I could probably come up with 15-20 article ideas.
I hope all of these ideas help you come up with some great articles to write. If you have more to add to this list, please share them in the comments. I bet there are a lot I haven’t even thought of! Also, if you haven’t yet started writing on InfoBarrel, but you’d like to, sign up here!
Stay tuned for Part 3, where I will explain ways to boost traffic to your articles. Be sure to subscribe to my RSS feed so that you don’t miss these articles once I publish them.
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