use almost anything to inspire your next blog
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ANYTHING TO INSPIRE
YOUR NEXT BLOG POST
BY RYAN SULLIVAN
CREATE STELLAR POST IDEAS
An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of
being called an idea at all.
SOLVE A PROBLEM
INVOKE AN EMOTION
MAKE A POINT
YOU KNOW THAT PART OF HOMEWORK
THAT NOBODY REALLY LIKES
Getting lost in research is a real possibility. The tools
and information that follows is meant to help you
generate great post ideas that you can then write about.
Once you have gathered a good group of ideas step
away and get writing!
Please dont make us plan an intervention.
GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND
Use it to start with a very generic idea that can stem into very
specific highly searched topics.
GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND
Google Keyword Research Tool
Using the Google keyword tool wont only help you find out how your post will do on search engines, it can help you
come up with even MORE ideas and will let you get inside the
heads of what people are searching and want to know about.
GOOGLE IS STILL YOUR FRIEND
Use Social Search to See If Your Friends
Are Talking About Your Blog Post Idea
You can quote your friends and give them credit.
Share their link as a resource in your post (great for community)
Check and see if your idea has been beaten to death recently
MORE PLACES TO GET
Stumbleupon Buzz most viewed content http://stumbleupon.com/discover/toprated
Delicious Popular Page - top bookmarked content http://www.delicious.com/popular
Yahoo Answers A community of people asking ?s http://answers.yahoo.com/
Google Hot Trends Whats popular right now? http://www.google.com/trends/hottrends
Print Magazines Great examples of headlines RANDOM FACT: The headline in the top left corner of the last 12 issues of Cosmopolitan are all sex related.
BECAUSE ASKING PEOPLE WHAT THEY
WANT USUALLY GIVES YOU A BETTER
IDEA OF WHAT THEY WANT
Simply asking people What Should I Write About? can
make you come across as unsure of yourself or wishy
washy. Ask in confidence and phrase the question
carefully. What would you like to see me write about
more? might be a better way to phrase the question.
Ask followers what theyd like you to write about.
Bounce a potential blog idea off of people to see if theres any level of interest.
Ask a specific question and use peoples replies to the question as content for your blog post.
Do a twitter search on your topic to see what everyone else is talking about and then put your own spin on it.
The Yahoo Answers for professionals
Experts in many fields willing to share their time and expertise
Ask specific questions to get specific answers. What are some highly recommended programs for people looking to lose over 100 pounds?
Community can upvote/downvote replies (weeds out trolls).
Many times youll get replies from actual founders of programs. Great additions to any blog post.
Using Google Docs you can set up a free form that you can
post on your blog to ask users what they want to learn more
about from you.
Keep it anonymous (dont require name or email)
You may get a few trolls, just ignore them
Increases probability that people will engage
Use the feedback you get!
IF GLEE HAS TAUGHT US ANYTHING, ITS THAT PUTTING TWO UNEXPECTED THINGS
TOGETHER CAN HAVE AN AWESOME RESULT
COMBINE TWO RANDOM THINGS
EVERYTHING IS A
POTENTIAL BLOG POST
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Look at the intensity and the fire in his eyes. This bomber is
clearly not a man who messes
around. His middle name is
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name is Made of. Following his lead well be assured to take our next workout to
another level. Go hard or go home is the resounding message from this master
COMBINE OLD POSTS
INTO A RESOURCE POST
Combining some of your old posts on a topic into one great
resource is a great way to build links to your site and become
a true resource and awesome information source to your
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NO SUBSTITUTIONS, NO SHORTCUTS, NO
ITS ALL BEEN WRITTEN
ITS ALL BEEN WRITTEN
Dont get stuck researching (I did)
Just because youve read a post on a topic doesnt mean your readers have
You have a unique voice and a unique way of communicating ideas that your readers like
Look at topics or stories from multiple angles.
Thinking that an accomplishment or something you did is insignificant.
BE YOURSELF AND
TELL IT THE WAY IT IS
One of my more successful posts ever was a post about
Whole Foods. I didnt go out of my way to praise them but I made some observations that pretty much everyone who
read it said Yeah, thats totally how it is!
BE YOU AND
FIND ME ON THE
WORLD WIDE WEB!