1. Participate in chat rooms related to your targeted audience. Watch what questions people are asking and ask others what information they're
There are probably millions of chatrooms out there,
just waiting for you, all you need to do is go to
http://www.google.com or your favorite search engine
and enter your target keyword and chat. For example,
if you wanted to find chatrooms that are talking about
dogs, you could enter +dog +chat in the searchbar and
then have fun in the chatroom.
Another good thing about this method (and also see the
tip about the message/bulletin boards) is that you can
establish yourself as a Subject Matter Expert (SME)
by answering a few questions during your visit.
I always try to help on the forums that I am a part of,
primarily because a lot of people have helped me along
the way, but at the same time, I also am able to spread
my name and my website information. It's a win-win.
2. Examine what information in being
broadcast on tv, news and talk shows. That
information is usually a hot topic.
This little tip is very crucial, if you see a news clip that
talks about Yahoo, or Google, or something going on in
the economy for example, you can use that to your
I have found that I can always relate anything back to
business and use it to create an article. For example,
not too long ago, I posted an audio post to my blog
(http://blog.makemoneymarketingonline.com) where I
discussed my experiences with the Houston Public
Transportation System and what lessons could be
learned from it.
3. Hang out in similar message boards.
People leave questions for information they're seeking.
That is a strong indicator of subjects to write about.
This is similar to the first tip in nature, but here is an
added twist, if you see the same topic in many different
posts or a really long discussion thread, it's worth having
a closer look at it, you might find a topic, that is just
begging to have a solution created for it, and then you
could go to http://www.elance.com for example and
just submit a quote request, describing the problem and
what you are thinking about doing to fix it. Bingo, your
very own product and all thanks to watching the board.
4. Survey your web site visitors or current
customers. Ask them what type of articles they would
like to see published on your web site or in your e-zine.
If you are a subscriber to eBusinessCornerNews (if
not, you owe it to yourself to subscribe, I give away a
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I quite frequently ask for feedback, input, comments and
questions from readers and it's a great way to find out
what you can do to improve your articles, ebooks and ezines
but it can also lead you to the discovery of a new product.
5. Regularly check your site's guest books. People
sometimes leave questions or comments that would
help you generate high readership articles.
Believe it or not, but guestbooks do stil work. But not
only that, they are a great place to see what problems
people are having, especially on other sites (snoop around
a little). But here's another thing. As you know, link
popularity is vital to your search engine ranking and these
little posts in guestbooks and on message boards all help
you in that area, but please make sure your post is relevant
and on topic.
Well, there you have it, the first 5 tips that will help you
come up with article ideas and a few extra pointers to help
you in your business adventure.
Here's to your success,
P.s. Look for the next article in the series to get even more
ideas. It's entitled "5 More Simple Ways To Get Ideas For
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