Written on February 2nd, 2005 at 12:02 am by Darren Rowse

How to Find Money Making Blog Ideas - Part 1

Reader Questions, Miscellaneous Blog Tips 3 comments

Susannah linked up to my How to Research a Profitable Blog Topic post and writes:

‘What Darren doesn’t say is just how to come up with those money-making ideas. He’s clearly got the knack of latching onto current issues appropriate for blogs, but not everyone does.’

That got me wondering - how do the ideas come? I started jotting down a few ideas this afternoon about how I coax ideas for new blogs and posts out of my mind and soon found I had more than a single post on my hands. So here is the first part in my mini series on how to find money making blog ideas:

1. Observe - I am an information junkie. I watch too much TV, read too many books (I never make it to the end though), spend way too much time on the internet, squander hours in the news agents flicking through magazines, spend more time at cafes watching people than eating food and am a sucker for any article, website or conversation that is about ‘trends or predictions‘.

If you want to create a blog that is going to be read by as many people as possible you must be in touch with where as many people are at (or will be at). What are they eating, drinking, doing with spare time, watching on TV, thinking about, lusting after, obsessing about etc. Don’t only observe what others are doing - take a look at your own life, look at your spending paterns, TV watching habits, interests and passions and you might just find a great topic in your own life! I also find that stimulating myself with new sights, sounds, tastes, places, people can also help get the creative juices flowing. Keep a journal (I use a whiteboard and a spreadsheet) of your observations which you can come back to later.

2. Predict - I’ve written about this before but it is a lesson worth repeating. Think ahead. Ask yourself the question - ‘what will people be searching on the internet for next week, next month or next year?’ This is connected to your observe task. As you read the paper/internet/magazine - keep an eye open for upcoming product developments, events, trends etc. If you see one start writing about it. It isn’t really a mind blowing suggestion - but I’m amazed at how many bloggers begin blogging about movies and events the day they start rather than two weeks before when the search engines have time to pick them up and index their posts.

So look ahead, write your predictions and hunches about what people will be searching for in your journal and better still start writing some posts (or even start a new blog) on those topics to test how they do in the Search Engines. Be as specific with your posts as possible - for example last year in the lead up to the final show of American Idol 3 I wrote a post titled American Idol 3 Winner. The day the winner was announced guess who was (and still is) number 1 on Google for that term. It was a good day and showed me the power of thinking ahead.

3 Responses to “How to Find Money Making Blog Ideas - Part 1”

  • If people can’t ’see ahead’ following news feeds, Google Alerts and press release newswires can help in spotting trends quite early.
    But they are also useful for seeing which subjects have the most content, allowing you to write up articles quickly and easily, and so researching a potential subject area for a blog with minimum effort.
    One of the things I hear from people that holds them back from setting up a blog is they wonder if they will have enough content to write about.
    Following feeds etc. will give you a good idea.
    All the best

  • Thinking ahead can be very difficult. I think that you need some experience in your given field of activity in order to really succeed with this prediction. Observation on the other hand is a definite must do. We need to pay attention to everything that happens around us as there is a lot of competition out there!

  • I wrote a book a couple years ago and am in the process of converting it to a blog and offering it for free. It is about how to create ideas for nonfiction books..so, there might be some info in it that can be applied to this topic as well…

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