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Title: Stumped For What to Write About? 15 Article Topic Ideas…

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Do you ever dread sitting down to write because you’re just not sure what to write about?

When you’re doing article marketing, you need to create a steady flow of articles. You may be just getting started and haven’t gotten into a writing groove yet. Or maybe you’ve written tons of articles and are feeling like you’ve written about your topic in every way you possibly can.

I assure you–you have more creative writing ideas in you. You just need a little help in looking at your topic in a new way to come up with new writing ideas.

Use these 15 article ideas to start your next brainstorming session:

  1. Use a keyword suggestion tool such as WordTracker to look up searches that people are doing related to your topic. When you find a search term that is popular for your topic, then write an article to satisfy that term.
  2. Take a look at your website stats and see what people have been typing into search engines to reach your site. Write articles to satisfy those searches.
  3. Forums: Look at popular forums in our niche and see what topics are hot. Pick out some questions that people are asking that you think your target market might also be wondering, and then write an article that answers that question.
  4. Blogs: Start following some popular blogs in your niche, and see what topics strike a nerve with the readers. You can usually tell what topics are hot by how many comments the post has. Sometimes just looking at the comments on a topic is enough to spark ideas for new articles.
  5. Newsletters: Subscribe to newsletters in your niche and see what catches your eye. Use a compelling newsletter topic as a jump start for your next article.
  6. Google Alerts: Create Google Alerts for each of your keywords and see what other folks are writing about your topic. The idea is to just catch an idea–you can cover the same or similar topic in a new way, with a new perspective, and with different information.
  7. Solicit questions. If you have a blog or a newsletter list, ask your readers if they have any questions for you. Take the best questions and write articles that provide answers.
  8. How To articles. What can you teach your readers? Think of a specific lesson, technique, or skill that your target market needs to know in order to succeed in your niche, and then walk them step-by-step through how to do it. Numbering each step helps readers follow your instructions more easily.
  9. Top Tips articles, or any list article. All articles do not have to be in essay form–some articles can be lists. Be sure to include an intro and concluding paragraph and to choose an overarching theme that your readers would be interested in. For example, this article is a list article. My overarching theme is “article topic ideas”. All of the elements of my list contribute to that theme.
  10. Got an e-book that you’ve written? You can break your e-book(s) up into articles. You can also use your table of contents as an article idea list.
  11. Look at your newsletter messages–turn them into articles.
  12. If you’ve done any audio interviews, you can turn them into articles. Just re-listen to the interview, take notes, and then create articles based on the information you covered in the interview.
  13. Customer support replies–have you ever written a customer support reply that was so thorough, instructional, and useful that you thought you should share it with all of your readers? Some customer support replies are worthy of being turned into articles.
  14. Forum replies and blog comments. If you leave really insightful, helpful, and knowledgeable blog comments, consider turning them into articles. Now, these comments have to have some depth and meat to them. You might have to develop the idea further to make it into an article.
  15. Write a “Top 7″ article and then bounce an article off of each of the 7 items. That way you get 8 articles out of one Top 7 list!

Use this article idea list to brainstorm your next 15 (or more!) articles. How many article ideas were you able to come up with from this list?


Steve Shaw is an article marketing expert, and founder of the popular article submission service, SubmitYOURArticle.com, used by thousands of business owners. Discover how to use the power of article marketing to reach thousands of potential prospects for your website – download a powerful free report on successful article marketing from http://www.submityourarticle.com/report

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Title: Happy Holidays to all from Search Engine Watch, ClickZ and SES.

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Dear friends and colleagues, we’d like to take this opportunity on behalf of everyone at Incisive Media’s New York office to wish you the very best during the holidays. And we hope 2010 is going to be productive, profitable and peaceful for you.

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The team here is responsible for the day-to-day running of Search Engine Watch, ClickZ and the SES international series of conferences. And we know that everyone will be happy to join us in saying a big thank you to our many thousands of subscribers and conference attendees for your fabulous support during 2009.

And a big thank you also goes out to the leading experts who blog, write and speak for us at our conferences. Far too many to mention by name, but be sure we appreciate the fantastic gift of online marketing knowledge you share with everyone.

As we roll into the next decade there are many exciting changes and new innovations taking place for Search Engine Watch, ClickZ and SES. So I should also take the opportunity to thank our first class and tireless team in New York (and external team members) for the huge amount of work going on in the background to make 2010 the milestone year it’s bound to be.

Once again, we wish you the very best and hope you have a wonderful time this holiday season.

Cheers!

Matt McGowan & Mike Grehan on behalf of the New York team.

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Title: Squidoo Lenses – How To Pick Your Name

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Squidoo was a term from the 20′ and 30’s I think, and it was a slang phrase for “Get out while the gettin’s good.” Nope… that’s 23 skidoo! My mistake.

So then I looked it up in Wikipedia and this is their words exactly… “Squidoo is a community website that allows users to create pages (called lenses) for subjects of interest. Squidoo is in the top 500 most visited sites in the world, and in the top 300 most viewed in the United States.[1] Squidoo grew 91% in 2008, and had 900,000 handbuilt lenses as of February 1st, 2009.

Wow! 900,000 websites! Just on Squidoo! It boggles the mind.

But here is how it can work for you. This coming from the perspective of an online marketer AND a traffic hog. The more the better…almost, but I’d rather have good quality traffic than just big traffic.

First, when you get to Squidoo, you get a domain name AND a website hosted at that URL. Squids, who are just people who use Squidoo, refer to their their websites as “lenses.” Maybe it comes from being able to view a slice of the world through one of their lenses.

But a FREE domain name and website! And they make it easy.

That clears up a big hurdle that folks who want to earn money online face in the beginning.

One method by which small online marketers get the right people to their sites is by selecting a keyword that they can rank for. The keyword also has to be highly relevant to the content of their site.

So, say you had a good supplier of umbrellas and you wanted to make some affiliate sales for them.

You need a keyword that will let you into the market.

I checked “umbrellas” as a keyword except that the word is too broad and will have high competition and low quality of traffic.

I went to Google this is what I typed in… site: squidoo “umbrellas” and got Results 1 – 9 of about 11,700 for site: squidoo “umbrellas”. Way too broad! Plus I can’t compete! Good grief! There are 11,000 “umbrella” squidoo competitors. Give or take a thousand.

Why is that so important? Well, it’s more important than it would be if you had a free standing, self hosted site simply because Google will only show ONE Squidoo result most times and occasionally two on a page of ten search results.

So I went to Google this is what I typed in… site: squidoo “rain umbrellas” and got Results 1 – 10 of about 101 for site: squidoo “rain umbrellas”. Wow!

That’s a fine example of a “low competition” keyword. That’s just may way of saying not too much competition.

Now, go get a Squidoo site with rain-umbrellas first in the domain name and you are ready to to go. IF you have an umbrella supplier.

Now, go ahead and fill your site with all things rain umbrellas and do what it takes to get indexed by Google. This is imprtant because if you are not indexed Google WON”T show your site!

So what does all this show us?

It shows you where to get a website and domain name free.

It shows you how to pick a Squidoo lens domain name so that you will have a really good shot at Google showing YOUR offer up on Page One.

Page One on Google translates into traffic.

I think you can take it from here fairly easily.


Riley West – Squidoo Lenses can easily get traffic to your offers! And it’s quality traffic too. Use the information in this article AND in the FREE EBOOK at Make Money With Squidoo. Start now, get some commissions coming in. You can do this!

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