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  • USE ALMOST

    ANYTHING TO INSPIRE

    YOUR NEXT BLOG POST

    BY RYAN SULLIVAN

    @NOMOREBACON

    WWW.NOMOREBACON.COM

  • CREATE STELLAR POST IDEAS

    An idea that is not dangerous is unworthy of

    being called an idea at all.

    -Oscar Wilde

  • SOLVE A PROBLEM

  • INVOKE AN EMOTION

  • MAKE A POINT

    Source: XKCD.com

  • SELL SOMETHING

  • RESEARCH IT

    YOU KNOW THAT PART OF HOMEWORK

    THAT NOBODY REALLY LIKES

  • WARNING

    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

    Wonder Wheel

    Use it to start with a very generic idea that can stem into very

    specific highly searched topics.

  • GOOGLE IS YOUR FRIEND

    (CONT)

    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

    POST IDEAS

    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.

  • CROWDSOURCE IT

    BECAUSE ASKING PEOPLE WHAT THEY

    WANT USUALLY GIVES YOU A BETTER

    IDEA OF WHAT THEY WANT

  • WARNING

    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.

  • GOOGLE FORMS

    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!

  • MASH IT

    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

    Insanity Isnt Just The Name Of An At-Home Workout

    Look at the intensity and the fire in his eyes. This bomber is

    clearly not a man who messes

    around. His middle name is

    testosterone and his first

    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

    craftsman.

  • 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

    readers.

    The Ultimate Resource For

    A Beginners Guide to

    27 Ways to

  • LIVE IT

    NO SUBSTITUTIONS, NO SHORTCUTS, NO

    EXCEPTIONS

  • ITS ALL BEEN WRITTEN

  • ITS ALL BEEN WRITTEN

  • COMMON HANGUPS

    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

    HAVE FUN!

  • FIND ME ON THE

    WORLD WIDE WEB!

    Email: ryan@nomorebacon.com

    Twitter: @nomorebacon

    Facebook: facebook.com/nomorebacon

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