How to Generate Unlimited Article Ideas – InfoBarrel Earnings Challenge, Part 2

light bulbLast 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 Pen & Paperwant 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 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.

That’s all!

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!

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31 Responses to “How to Generate Unlimited Article Ideas – InfoBarrel Earnings Challenge, Part 2”

  1. It’s great to see another installment of your Info Barrel series, Eric….It reminds me that there is still hope in the world when a transparent, morally, and ethically upstanding revenue share website is FINALLY beginning to gain some attention in cyberspace. I hope this momentum keeps going….driving Info Barrel forward until it emerges as a PR7/8 site or more….


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks, Howie, I appreciate the comment. I’m glad to be a part of the “InfoBarrel movement.” I agree with you that it’s going to emerge as a very strong player in the article website market.


    Gary David | Build Your List Fast Reply:

    Hey Eric,

    I also like those revenue sharing website because you are getting paid for your skills and efforts as long as you provide quality content. Will wait for this site to become more popular.

    Kind regards,



    Eric G. Reply:

    Very true, David. Don’t wait too long – I have a feeling those who get in on it early will be the ones most rewarded once Info Barrel becomes more popular!

    Howie Reply:

    There is a bit of a ‘paradox’ here, Eric/Gary…

    By that I mean, the site is essentially being ‘built’ right now by the collective hard work of a few. This means that, while Info Barrel is young, those who contribute now are being offered a tremendous opportunity to really grasp and apply SEO principles…..

    Unlike at a more established website, writers at Info Barrel don’t quite have the convenience of submitting an article, and having it immediately rank high of the back of a site that has huge pre-established search engine authority already. Those who write for other more popular sites are essentially conditioned to the point where they don’t HAVE to do a ton of research/SEO work, and their articles will almost immediately rank high. The kicker here is, and the major gap (and opportunity with Info Barrel), is that ALOT of writers have submitted ALOT of crap content to well established sites, and have had those articles rank really quickly….

    De-throning those articles shouldn’t be overly difficult because, one of the major reasons they rank so highly is because of the website’s pre-established search engine authority.

    I would use this time, with a massively growing PR4 site like Info Barrel, to REALLY hone in your skills and become accustomed to producing high quality content while the site is young. The other part of the ‘paradox’ is that, many see where Info Barrel is headed because of it’s introduction of some very revolutionary principles and offerings to the industry (transparency, generous revenue share, etc…)…..those who get in early won’t necessarily earn ALOT right away, however, the paradox is that those who get in early will have more time for their articles to mature and, when Info Barrel is a PR7/8 website it is THOSE people who will be earning $1,000-$2,000-$3,000/month…

    Think of it as being akin to a killer stock. If you get in early, realize the trends, and begin investing yourself, you MAY not earn alot right away, however, with time and increased search engine authority, your passive income will become more and more consistent and grow substantially….

    There are other reasons why I believe Info Barrel will earn alot of writers ALOT of money….in fact, I think the top writers there will earn multiples of what the top writers earn at places like Suite101, and even eHow and HubPages…..

    …When Info Barrel qualifies for a Premium Adsense Account, on top of the up to 90% revenue share, writers earnings will EXPLODE….

    (Sorry for such a long comment, Eric)

    Howie Reply:

    So…while many are sitting on the side lines “waiting for the site to becoming popular”, others are pushing, like crazy, to secure the titles that WILL be in hot demand when this is a PR7 site. While a handful of people have laughed at me, I’m pushing out article after article right now….

    They are going to be PURE GOLD when this site is a PR7 website. Just watch 😉

    To sit back and watch, at this point in time, will be very unwise and nonprudent, and, I truly believe that you will regret that decision….We are all adults though, so I wish you the best….

  2. I just started with Info Barrel about a month ago and have never looked back. I’m with Howie, with Info Barrel’s transparancy, management style and skyrocketing growth I think they are destined for great things. Info Barrel becoming a PR7/8 site is not a question – it’s just a matter of time!


    Eric G. Reply:

    I absolutely agree, Kevin. Hopefully we’ll all be looking back a year from now, thoroughly pleased with the decision to write articles for Info Barrel.


  3. Some great ideas.

    Another good source is “google trends” and “google suggest”.


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Justin, those are definitely some great places to come up with more ideas.


  4. Thanks for all these great ideas that will help inspire me when it comes time to write for my blog.

    I have heard successful (and funny) comedians interviewed say they have just become ‘a tuned’ to EVERYTHING around them that others would most likely miss and that is how they get their great material.


    Eric G. Reply:

    Great, I hope you’ll be able to put some of these ideas to good use! I imagine good comedians are some of the best at taking their “normal” surroundings and spinning them into funny and creative material. Writing is much of the same, even if it doesn’t make you laugh. :)


  5. I disagree with you entirely. If you aren’t writing an article to build a backlink to a money page or targeting a term that will make you money then you are wasting your time.

    If you cannot think of anything atleast do a search on google keyword tool or spyfu and write in a niche that pays more than a $1 for a click.


    Eric G. Reply:

    Hey Josh, sorry to hear that you disagree with me (though there’s nothing wrong with that). It really all depends on what your goal is with your article writing. Some people enjoy writing articles and are happy to take whatever residual income comes with the ad clicks – they aren’t doing it to build backlinks.

    While it’s nice to target high paying keywords, you’ll be hard pressed to find a way to do this with EVERY article that you write. There’s a place for all topics, even low paying ones. We all know that “insurance” or “credit cards” are topics that contain higher paying keywords (i.e. Google will pay you more for clicks), but many of these keywords are SUPER competitive. You might see zero traffic for keywords on articles that get you $1 per click, but have tons of traffic to articles based on less competitive keywords, paying $.20 per click.

    Some people would also prefer to write about topics interesting to them (regardless of keyword value) because the articles are quick and enjoyable to write. It might take me an hour to write about auto insurance because I don’t know a whole lot about that subject (and need to research it). On the other hand, I could write about fishing in Canada because it’s something I enjoy and could probably write 400 words in about 15 minutes. Even for these “lower value” topics, you can still do your usual keyword research and SEO work to put your article in a position to receive decent traffic.

    I appreciate the criticism, and hopefully you can understand my point of view.

    Thanks for the comment!


    Josh Reply:

    I understand what your saying completely. All I’m saying, and I think you would agree with me, that writing articles about tv shows you aren’t going to reach your $2000/month goal very quickly.

    In my experience targeted articles, and I have a few of them for backlinks, have 1/10 the CTR and I rarely get clicks work more than 5 cents.

    If all you want is to write, then this is great advice, and there’s nothing wrong with just wanting to write.


    Eric G. Reply:

    I think we’re on the same page – I completely agree that writing only about low value topics like TV shows is the fast track to low earnings.

    I still think there’s a place for them, just as there’s a place for a low ROI (yet safe) investment in an investor’s diversified portfolio.

    One thing to keep in mind is that at InfoBarrel, AdSense ads aren’t the only source of revenue (although they represent the largest %). There are also Amazon ads, which I think might perform better for TV show or book reviews, because people might then be looking for a place (like Amazon) to purchase the DVD box set or book. As I’ve mentioned before, Amazon ads are all about getting people onto – from there, you earn a commission on ANYTHING purchased within 24 hours.

    I would say for every 3 or 4 articles I write, 1 is a “quick and fun” article that I write about something I know and enjoy. I still optimize the title and content for SEO purposes, but the article is written without regard to potential earnings per click. For the rest of them, I generally try to stick with either topics that have higher click values, or topics that might lend themselves to people looking for more information (where they might click on a link in my bio to a Clickbank product).

  6. Thanks Eric!

    The tip that especially works for me is your last one about looking inside the table of contents in books on Amazon. It has led me to a lot of different ideas that I can reference when I get writer’s block.


    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem! Glad I was able to help you out.


  7. Very interesting post about Info Barrel. I’m going to check it out.

    I built an info page on Squidoo and within a couple weeks, my page got on the first page of Google for the keyword.

    However, the page actually doesn’t make any money from Squidoo. The info page actually has links to my main webpage and the goal is to drive traffic there that way because the main webpage isn’t ranking…yet.

    Definitely going to give Info Barrel a shot.


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Tim. I’m glad to hear that you’re going to give Info Barrel a try. While I think Squidoo pages currently outrank Info Barrel pages on Google (when comparing apples to apples), I think Squidoo earnings are a lot more difficult to come by.

    If you’re looking for quicker earnings and probably a higher potential for future earnings, I really think Info Barrel beats Squidoo, and that’s given the fact that Squidoo has more search engine “power” than Info Barrel does. I’m guessing as Info Barrel grows and becomes more valuable in the eyes of Google, Info Barrel writers’ earnings will increase correspondingly.

    I do think Squidoo is excellent for building backlinks to other sites, however.


  8. Hey Eric,
    I must say you’ve convinced me to take up the InfoBarrel challenge. It’ll be a great place to test my writing chops learn the ins and outs of SEO. I think the challenge of writing three articles a day will be greatly rewarded as InfoBarrel becomes popular in games page rank as you and other commenters have noted.


    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s awesome, Andrew, it’s nice to see someone taking the challenge along with me. I’d love it if, when I give my updates, you could post in the comments about how you’re doing as well – I think it’s motivating to read about others conquering the same challenges. Also, I agree this challenge will really help you learn more about SEO. For me, the key is really about getting your title right.

    If you’re bored, come on over to the InfoBarrel forum – there are a lot of helpful discussions there, and the InfoBarrel community is great.


    Andrew Walton Reply:

    I will definitely do that. I agree, having community support will go a long way, especially on those days where you want to do anything but write a third article.

    See you in the forums.


  9. Hey Eric,

    Love the tips for topic ideas, especially the one where you suggest to break down a general niche into subtopics. That tip alone can generate hundreds of article ideas.

    Another suggestion is to use Google Adwords to search for related topics. So, if you have an article already written about general dog care, you can search for that keyword phrase in Google Adwords to find even more terms to go along with your previous article.

    I just did a quick search for “dog care,” and it came up with dog care services, dog care games, overnight dog care, dog care coupons, dog boarding, doggie daycare, and a whole host of related potential articles.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the Google Adwords suggestion – that’s a great one for sure!


  10. One easy way to generate article ideas is just to do a comparison. The classic example is Blogger vs WordPress.

    It’s a great template because if you just look around you’ll see things in the same category that you know well and the article will just write itself.
    Matt recently posted… Yola blog indexed by Google quicker than Weeblys


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the tip, Matt!


  11. Great tips. I have found inspiration for new article topics by reviewing my online purchases then writing about the research I did before selecting those particular items.
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  12. Hi Eric, just joined Info barrel upon your recommendation…thanks. On my way to posting my first article. Looking foward to checking out the forum for more ideas and advice..cheers


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, William. Best of luck to you!


  13. Nice ideas, I am now ready to start my next article :)


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