If you are like most bloggers you keep tabs of your favorite blogs through an RSS reader just about every day. Other blog posts are frequently used as a source of new ideas, but I try to stay away from this as much as possible.
This obviously affects the originality of your posts, plus it puts you in the habit of relying on others for ideas rather than using other methods to generate your own.
Although I try to avoid getting ideas from the subject of their blog posts, I’ve recently used post titles to help come up with ideas.
Article Writing Topics – Find Effective Post Titles
Many effective blog post titles could easily be changed or converted to apply to a completely different subject, and I have found this to be a good spark for new idea generation and brainstorming.
I’m going to go through a sample process with some headlines that have come through my feed reader this week.
Article Writing Topics – Use Google Trends
First of all, I use Google Trends. Quite simply, very handy for this process. Whenever I come across a post title that catches my interest and maybe usable to me, I will mark it.
Then when I have some time to work on post ideas I will go and there are several great post titles waiting to help me out.
For example, let’s take a look at some titles that I have found this week and see how they can help. For the purposes of this exercise, I am going to come up with some sample post ideas using the titles of the posts.
Since it is Super Bowl week I think I will use the subject of football for this experiment. If you don’t like American football, I’m sorry, you don’t know what you’re missing.
The idea of the exercise, however, is to show that you can do this with any subject that you write about.
First, somebody wrote 26 Reasons Why I Love Twitter – Plus 27 More Just in Case. This is a type of post title that can easily be adapted.
15 reasons why ****** is the most annoying coach in the NFL.
10 reasons ****** will still suck next year.
5 reasons why ****** will play another season and 2 reasons it will take him 6 months to decide.
3 reasons ****** will never be Peyton.
4 reasons the Dolphins should trade the #1 pick and 1 reason why they won’t.
To write a “how-to” article at Daily Blog Tips: How to Write Scannable Content. Of course, “how-to” articles are nothing new, but they can be extremely effective, and they can be adapted to any topic. Here are some examples:
Beat your friends at fantasy football every season.
Take half a second off your 40 yard dash time.
Find tickets for any sold out football game.
Properly execute a screen pass.
If you’re looking for titles to work off, search the internet. For this example, I could work on the following ideas:
The Three-step approach to getting noticed by college recruiters. A seven-step approach to more effective off-season training. Five steps to beating the New England Patriots. Three steps to handling the ball in bad weather conditions. Fixing the BCS in 4 Simple Steps.
Now here think weather the following Article Writing Topics are worth or not:
The best source of free scores and updates on your mobile phone.
Best free telecasts for watching football online.
The 3 best sources of free football news.
Best places to find free football wallpaper for your computer.
Keep in mind that the idea is simply to get some ideas flowing. These titles would most likely not be the titles of finished projects as they would probably need to be refined to be more effective.
Also, many of them may not be good ideas for posts, but they will hopefully get your mind rolling and lead to better ideas.
With this approach, you can easily find a few sample titles and quickly fill a sheet with ideas for new posts.