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4 Super-Easy Ways to Come Up with Traffic-Generating Blog Topic Ideas

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Ouch!” you squeal as you run your tongue over the bottom lip you just accidentally bit.

Racking your brain for a suitable topic for this week’s blog post literally has you turning into a lip-chewing predator, and as you stare at the blank screen in front of you, you’re still no closer to figuring out what to write about. Sound familiar?

Don’t despair. I feel ya. I’ve been blogging for years and some days, my idea tank sits squarely on “E.” Hence, this post. Following are four ways to fill up your idea tank with things to blog about, so the next time you sit down to write, it’ll be your keyboard you attack, instead of your lovely lips.

I. Type in Keywords

Yep, it’s just that simple. Go to your favorite search engine (Google, Yahoo!, Bing, etc.) and type in a keyword in your niche. For example, I blog abut freelance writing. As of this writing, when I typed it in, following is what popped up on the third page of results.

As an aside, I often skip the first page of results when I’m conducting online research for stuff like this. Why? Because they get all the clicks they need, and I like to give some click love to deeper pages – which is where a lot of good content never gets viewed by the way. Proof?

What do I find? A story by a freelance writer about how he landed a gig to write for Playboy magazine – just by making an unsolicited phone call.

What?! This isn’t on Page 1 of Google search results!

Told ya some good stuff doesn’t make the first page, didn’t I? Anyway, as I sat there reading the story, an idea for a post came to me: Simple Ways to Pitch Editors. And it all started because I googled a keyword when my brain refused to come up with fresh ideas for blog topics.

II. Use the News

Right now here in the states, we’re in the middle of a presidential election. Among the leading contenders are a woman, a Jewish socialist (self-described Senator Sanders), and a kooky (crazy?) billionaire. Somewhere, somehow in that mix is a good blog post you can tie to your niche.

As a freelance writer, I come up with, 5 Things I Learned as a Freelance Writer Watching the Presidential Debates. One is how to spin a story; another is why it’s important to cite sources to build credibility; three is how to inject personality into a story – these just popped into my head. I’d have to think or conduct some research to come up with two more, but I have no doubt that I could.

III. Use Answer Sites

One of my favorite ways to come up with blog topic is to use answer sites like Quora and Yahoo! Answers.

Real people ask real questions on these sites. There’s search engine gold in that because when you choose answer, it means you’re not writing in a vacuum. Someone out there really wants to know the answer to that question. And if some “one” does, then you can bet that others do too.

Tip: When you run across questions on these sites that you answer on your blog, use the exact question the way it was phrased on the site (where possible). For example, one question about freelance writing posed on Quora was phrased like this: What is the best way to start a freelance writing career? It had 9 responses.

Below the question you clicked on, you’ll find related questions. One related to the question posed just above is: How to start a career as a freelance writer with no experiences? As this is grammatically incorrect, I wouldn’t use it in a headline; I’d just lop the “s” off the end of the word “experiences” and use that instead.

FYI, this question has even more responses that the other one (15), so it’s probably a popular question because there are many who want to start a freelance writing career who don’t have experience.

IV. What Would I Want to Know about This Subject

Have you ever wanted to know something, but couldn’t find an answer that quite suited you? I know it may be rare in the Googlesphere these days, but it does happen.

Sometimes you may find part of an answer on this blog, another relevant piece on that blog and another piece of info you just happened to run across after looking at what seems like 50 blogs on the topic.

If you’ve wondered about something, then someone else has too. And if you can’t find the information in one place that answers your questions, then that’s a sound idea for a comprehensive blog post right there.

Your piece could become the authoritative post on the topic – bringing in a tsunami of traffic, earn you thousands of dollars and allow you to travel the world and eat in fancy restaurants, shop ‘til you drop, and ….

Ok ok, I got a little carried away. But you get what I mean, right?

Good.

The next time you sit down to write a blog post and your brain is playing hide-and-seek with ideas, bring up this (bookmarked) post. You did bookmark it, didn’t ya? And remember, no chewing on your bottom lip. It’s a bad, bad habit. 🙂

Yuwanda Black is the founder of New Media Words (NewMediaWords.biz), an SEO writing company, and the publisher of InkwellEditorial.com, a leading blog for info on how to start a successful freelance writing career. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Conquering Blogging Fears Sometimes Involves Shedding Blogging Tears

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Build a list. Publish posts frequently. Guest post. Work harder.

I did all that stuff. I still struggled. You did all of it, too. Some of you at least.

But I bet you we were in the same boat years ago. Perhaps you sit in the boat of blogging despair now. You did it all. NOTHING seems to be working. Create value. Make connections. No traffic. No money. I can advise good things take time. Or I can say to be positive and be strong. In truth, being positive, patient and strong all are effective means to conquering your blogging fears.

Shedding tears is the quickest, most direct, simplest way to conquer blogging fears. Every fear is scary because fear frightens you. Crying out fears literally dissolves the fear-fuel; as tears shed, so do fears. Chip away; be present, relax, and allow fears and tears to flow in a quiet room.

Guys; until you face, feel and release fears, you cannot be generous, abundant, patient, persistent and prolific. Why? Fear is an anchor leading to:

  • writer’s block
  • general apathy
  • laziness
  • indecision
  • sloth

I can advise you to generously help people but if you feel bogged down by fear, you will ignore me because you just want to help yourself. See how far you get blogging-wise helping yourself. Expect to publish a cyber diary. Nobody reads self-centered bloggers but the blogger themselves.

Crying Leads to Shining

Last night I worked through the evening. Sickness mixed with energy surges inspired me to work then to meditate at 3 AM. Fatigue and allowing unearthed sadness in me; I cried uncontrollably for 10 minutes. Guess what? I immediately felt better, peaceful, poised, calm, grateful and generous. Perfect energy for accelerating my blogging success. But not crying out those energies creates a fear-burden sapping my generosity and abundance.

From my trip to Oman.

Do Not Be Tough Because Repressed Fear Leads to Endless Struggle

I have seen many struggling bloggers work 18 hour days doing smart stuff but injecting work with fear-strain-force. Guess what? Struggles ensue because you cannot get over what’s still in you. Do not be tough. Do not repress fear because fear will destroy your blogging campaign. Every struggle is fear. Every failure is fear. Feel fear – however unpleasant – to move along the struggle, to be generous, to trust and to succeed.

In my eBook: Creating the Mindset of a Successful Blogger

I explain thinking, feeling and acting like a pro leads to professional results. How can you think, feel and act like a pro blogger if you fear running out of money? How can you succeed if you deeply fear failure? How can you be a generous, trusting person if you feel terrified to spend time building bonds and creating content?

Fear makes you a blogging fool. Blogging fools spam people, publish thin content and fail forever until they face, embrace and release fears.

Cry it out. Seriously. I felt such a purge last night. I continue to predominantly feel amazing, light and relaxed by feeling whatever emotions arise in my being. Nobody enjoys feeling sad, but in the same vein, you will be completely blind to and fabulously ignorant of good, successful blogging advice if you feel burdened by sadness. Nobody succeeds in a happy, abundant way being saddled by fear and sadness. Let it go. Process your emotions not from logic, but from raw energy.

Once the tears go, then fears go. From that energy you are free to become a highly successful, prospering blogger because you act from an abundant, generous vibe.

 

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Why Do You Resist Writing eBooks?

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Writing and self-publishing eBooks scares bloggers.

I piddled in my eBook writing pants until 2012. People told me I should write ’em. I looked for every reason in the eBook NOT to write eBooks. Nobody would listen. Nobody would buy. Nobody would care.

Turns out, people listen, buy and care enough to publish 5 star reviews for my eBooks. Look at the featured image for this blog post describing this eBook:

7 Tips for Writing Successful eBooks Quickly

I locked down five, 5 star reviews because I taught my readers how to write successful eBooks fast. But years prior, fear clouded my mind concerning writing eBooks to the point of me refusing to write one. You may be in the same cyber boat; but you better not miss the eBook writing boat. Lucrative profits serve as one part of the picture. Digging deeper, writing eBooks brands you, distancing you from the herd. Plus you feel good writing short reads and gain trust and extra credibility in the eyes of readers.

Why Do You Resist Writing eBooks?

Fear is the core reason. Fear of failure, criticism or wasting time sit near the top of eBook-related fears. I did not know how to sit down and write the darn things. Fear arose in my mind; how would I do it? Who would teach me? Could I find the process? Would I need special editors? How could I learn the technical steps for conceiving an idea to shipping the eBook on Amazon? Tech stuff really scared me; I had no idea how to save Word files with different, web-based extensions, let alone creating covers with proper dimensions via Canva to meet Amazon’s diligent standards.

From my trip to Oman.

Rather than learn how to do these things I allowed fear to get the better of me, refusing to write eBooks. But during a trip to India I met a reader and friend who begged me to write eBooks for a while. He had been on me for a minute. Meeting in person, he finally convinced me to write and self-publish an eBook on a lesser known digital platform. Later, I went with Amazon, and never looked back.

I had to dive into and nudge through deep fears related to failing and being criticized because I believed nobody would buy what I offered in eBook form. As my friend convinced me, I waded through ideas like wasting my time, getting terrible reviews and promoting my eBook to the tune of zero sales. Did it feel good to embrace these fears? Heck no. But the benefits of self-publishing far outweighed a few unpleasant emotions experienced during these fear-feeling sessions.

Nothing to Lose Everything to Gain

Gain by writing eBooks; if you take experience with you, loss is impossible. Even if you sold not a copy you take valuable writing, marketing and selling experience with you any time you write and launch an eBook. But if you generously help people and make friends, you will sell eBooks and help more people, reflecting gain back to you in physical form.

Digging even deeper, facing and releasing fears associated with criticism and failure benefit you across the board with your blogging campaign. Apply that same fearless nature to other aspects of your blog to boost your blog traffic and profits.

Write and ship.

You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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1 Tip for Being an Intelligent and Prospering Blogger

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My eBook: 10 Tips to Be a Smarter and Richer Blogger

possesses an interesting cover for anyone not familiar with my eBooks.

For anyone familiar with my 100 plus eBooks, my cover is par for the course. Every single one of my eBook covers has been personally snapped by me. Images of paradise preserved by yours truly fit my brand, blog and eBook covers perfectly. Blogging From Paradise means retiring to a life of island hopping through smart blogging. Sometimes I visit islands. Sometimes I visit mainland spots. In all cases, my eBooks and courses – as well as my blog – bleed travel images because this approach fits my brand and is unheard of in the blogging tips niche.

I totally respect any blogging tips blogger who posts featured images for their blogs and eBook covers consistent with content titles. Imagine a light bulb and dollar sign for the above eBook cover, for starters. But I went with a photo I snapped in gorgeous Rawai Bay in Phuket, Thailand for my cover image. Why? Nobody else on earth uses their travel photos as eBook covers and featured post images in the blogging tips niche. If nobody else does it and the move completely aligns with my brand message, this is the starting point for being an intelligent and prospering blogger.

Smart and Prospering Means Different

Every successful blogger I follow sticks to basic fundamentals but deviates from the norm in some regards. Different means bigger bucks and smarter prospering because readers notice that different flavor stepping away from normal. Folks enjoy my covers and blog post images, even though the content and eBook title technically have nothing to do with travel images. Guess what? Adding my brand logo aligns the eBook cover with my blog and brand. People clearly see I am about blogging from paradise. Why not add travel images to each eBook cover?

From my trip to Oman.

I follow a high number of basic blogging rules; create value, build connections, be generous and have fun. But if you do EVERYTHING just like most bloggers, you get lost in the herd. Nothing makes you stand out if you do not choose to stand out with at least one element of your blogging campaign. I stood out with eye-popping eBook images I snapped myself, in a blogging tips niche. How do you stand out? Ask yourself the question. Be straight with yourself to answer.

Bigger Profits from a Smarter Energy by Being Different

Cindy Crawford kept her mole. Muscle Man Arnold kept his accent. Steve Jobs made computers and peripherals outrageously expensive and designed quite weirdly compared to other computers and peripherals. Guess what? Crawford, Arnold and Jobs are legends who we won’t forget for a long time. Different makes you a serious fortune because people notice folks who stand out in some way, shape or form. This different approach bleeds intelligence; why work your butt off if you look just like the next guy and offer a mimicking service?

But Make Sure You Follow Some Fundamentals

Steve Jobs did not attempt to make computers out of cardboard. Arnold did not try to speak German in Hollywood movies. Cindy Crawford did not try to rewrite the foundations of modeling by wearing a fake beard of photo shoots. All icons followed basic rules for their industries because being too far out in left field usually makes you forgettable, or, impossible to spot. Follow blogging fundamentals to stay in the game but find that one thing that distances you from the herd.

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