I’m going to assume that the vast majority of people reading this blog are interested in ideas that will make them money online. I already discussed the importance of concentrating on value creation, rather than money acquisition. So if you’re just interested in ideas, for making money online, training dolphins, buttering your bread, or whatever you want, than you’ll find these tips valuable.
“All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.” ~Napoleon Hill
- Let Life Teach You. Ever wonder why an elder person gets more respect than a young nationally acclaimed scientist when put side by side? That’s because the older person has something the young one doesn’t, it’s called life experience! I personally get my ideas from everything around me. Just look at 7 Things Dannon Yogurt Taught Me About Life and you’ll know what I mean.
- Let Books Teach You. Step away from the computer and pick up a book on your topic. Whether it’s a classic, or even a totally unrelated book, you’ll be pleased to find out how ideas start to flow when you’re occupied with reading.
- Unleash A Brain Storm. Sit down with NotePad or a piece of paper and start writing headlines and article ideas. Do not get up until you have 50, I don’t care how you do it, just do it.
- Let Your Readers Ask. Put a post up on your site that asks the readers what they want to see, or if they have any specific questions for you. Make sure you have comments enabled as that is one of my biggest sources for generating new article ideas, from the readers questions and suggestions.
- Grow Some Nuts and Write. Ever have a profound idea, but get afraid that the audience might not like it, so you let it hang out there on the back burner until it grew mold and shriveled away? Well don’t do that anymore. Whenever you have an idea, even if you think it will piss people off, go ahead and write about it. Controversy is good. I would draw the line with writing things that you know will hurt people. There’s a difference between pissing them off and hurting them!
- Let History Prevail. Go ahead and look through your archives, you’ll be pleased to find that you can connect ideas, elaborate further on things you started before, and do some ‘best of’ posts in order to bring more value to your readers.
- Throw It At Your Buddy. Get a blogging buddy, whether he has the same niche as you or not, and bounce ideas back and forth at each other. You’ll be pleased to find that when bouncing a single idea at your friend, he may turn that idea into 5 for you within a minute.
- Form A Mastermind. A group of 3+ people that get together and brain storm ideas and bounce ideas off each other. Take turns putting people’s sites in the spotlight, and discussing all there is about them. All those people put together are much better than one mind working alone.
- Separate Ideas. Sometimes we write huge elaborate posts, only to find out that we spent all our writing time on them. Some posts can be split into two parts, which gives readers something to look forward to and (**HINT**) a reason to subscribe. Sometimes you can get 5 posts out of 1 long one, so this is definitely worth it.
- Steal, From Yourself. Sometimes you can rewrite, reword, and reform a blog post you’ve already written, with slightly different direction, and bring it back to life. As long as you put a different enough twist on it, it could be worth bringing back from the death of the archives.
- Use The Sphere. This seems obvious enough, just look at other blogs in your niche and at the people that are doing much better than you. What are they doing? How are they doing it? What good things can you take away and do yourself?
- Writing Schedule. Write out a bunch of posts ahead of time, and put their headlines into a daily schedule. Just by skimming over this daily schedule, with at least 1 week of posts ahead of time, you’ll be able to form patterns, and take your blog in specific directions.
- Google Alerts. Google alerts allows you to have an e-mail sent to you daily on a specific keyword. I use this to track my website, my name, and important keywords in my niche. Sometimes this inspires me to find great ideas that I can use to write about and share with my readers.
- Incoming Keywords. Using google analytics you can keep track of how visitors come to your site. It will tell you which keywords or phrases people typed in the search engine to get to you. This means you rank relatively high for these terms, and if you write more using these terms you’ll draw in even more traffic. There’s an idea for you!
“The essence of teaching is to make learning contagious, to have one idea spark another.” ~Marva Collins