Five Great Ideas For Your Next Article
It’s amazing how quickly free articles can generate
traffic – my traffic sometimes triples within 24 hours
of releasing a new article.
But if free articles are your main marketing
technique, you may run into a problem – how to come up
with new ideas.
Yesterday an interviewer asked me in an email: “How
does someone come up with topic ideas? What do you
do, for example?”
This was my reply:
The key to coming up with topic ideas for your
articles is to be very aware of what you yourself are
learning. As you know, e-commerce is a huge area and
we’re all learning new things every day. Every time
you learn something new, write a short article about
it. Because there are almost certainly other people
who are going to have to learn what you just learned
and your article is going to make it much easier for
them to get that information.
The other thing to do is pay close attention to the
questions people ask you. For example, I had a
question last week from a man in the UK who wanted
to know how to use articles to promote an affiliate link.
So I answered his question and then wrote an article
titled: ‘How To Boost Your Affiliate Sales With Free
You may notice that I’m using this technique here.
Yesterday someone asked me a question and today I’m
writing an article about it. It’s that simple!
Here are five great ideas for your next article:
(1) Write a Book/Product Review
This is an endless source of new articles. Every time
you see a new eBook, write to the author and ask if
you can have a ‘review copy’ (this is also an
excellent way to get free copies of the latest new
Writing a book review is really very easy – just
summarize the points that most impressed you. You can
see some examples of book reviews at:
(2) Do an Interview
Contact a well-known figure on the Internet and ask
him or her if you could interview them by email. There’s
an art to doing a good interview and the best way to learn
is to look at other interviews:
(3) Write a Business News Article
Subscribe to one of the Internet News services, clipping
agencies, or Press Release services and use the information
you receive to write articles on the latest developments in your
Here are some websites that specialize in Internet Business News:
(4) Write an Anecdote
Have you had a strange or frustrating experience on
the Internet, or have you made a big mistake that you
learned from (people love reading about other people’s
mistakes). Write about it!
(5) Write a ‘How To’ article
These kind of articles are always in demand. And it
doesn’t have to be very long – five tips that you’ve
picked up in the last month on some aspect of running
an online business. Maybe you learned how to choose a
web host, how to choose a list server, how to deal
with spam, how to get better results from your Newsletter,
or how to succeed with affiliate programs? Why not share
those tips with others?
I hope these ideas have given you food for your next article
and the next surge of free traffic to your website!