Monday, October 17, 2011

How to Brainstorm 100 Article Ideas in An Hour

Content is king, and ideas are the lifeblood of any freelance writer who wants to earn an income. But, how can a writer come up with dozens of article ideas in very little time? Once in a while, it's well worth the hour or so it takes to come up with literally 100 article (or blog post) ideas. Here's how I do it:

  1. Come up with 10 fairly broad subject areas. For instance: travel in Mexico, budget travel, cooking for beginners, frugal babycare ideas. Just some broad ideas that aren't overly broad, for instance - budget travel, not just 'travel.'

  2. For each of the 10 subjects, brainstorm 10 ideas that take the idea deeper. Let's take the budget travel idea and expand it. From budget travel, you could do: budget travel for backpackers, the Top 10 Budget Travel Sites Online, budget travel tips for seniors, budget travel tips for students, budget travel in Italy, etc, etc.

  3. If you expand each of your original ten article ideas like this, you'll have 100 article or blog posting ideas! Which, of course is plenty of material to work with, and often having nothing to write about is the greatest bane of a blogger or writer.

Happy writing, everyone! Now, get to it...get typing...

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