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Need Article Ideas For AC? Try This.

Discussion in 'Associated Content & Writing Articles' started by shadowfax, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. shadowfax

    shadowfax Power Member

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    Hey Guys,

    A lot of people find it difficult to get new article ideas for AC. If you face this problem then you can try the method given below. I have been using it to get some good article ideas for last few months. It does involve some work but you can get good article ideas to work on.

    First of all you need to pick a niche.. Some good topics to start with include Health and Fitness, Technology, Gadgets, Parenting, Home Improvement, Product Reviews, Self Improvement etc. AC is always looking for good content in these niches..

    Next head to ezinearticles and find niches in the topic that you selected in the above step.. You don't need to dig hard to get niches..Just click on the topic name on the EZ home page and you will get a list of niches in that topic.. For example, if I click on Self Improvement I get the following list

    Abundance Prosperity
    Achievement
    Addictions
    Affirmations
    Anger Management
    Attraction
    Coaching

    and so on..


    You can pick any niche as long as it get good number of searches in Google and people are actually looking for solutions in that niche..We are going to find this in the next step

    Head to google keyword tool

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    https://adwords.google.com/select/KeywordToolExternal
    Put your niche keyword there and see if it get good number of searches. If it does, download the keywords related to that niche. Ignore the keywords that get very few searches (look for keywords that get at least 50 searches per day, however this also depends on the niche, so make your call). However I make an exception when it is a new niche (such as a new product etc.)

    Next we will find some article ideas for the niche and keywords. Head to this site

    Code:
    http://labs.wordtracker.com/keyword-questions
    The above site gives a list of questions that the people are actually typing in search engines to find niche related solutions. Here's how I use it to get article ideas

    I open 3 tabs in Firefox.. In the first tab I open the wordtracker question site, in the second tab AC and in the third Google

    Put your keywords one by one (including the main niche keyword) in the wordtracker question tool to determine what kind of questions people are asking.

    For each result(question) that you get, search whether there is already an article in AC in the 2nd tab. If there is move to next question.

    (Common sense would suggest that for the main niche keyword such as weight loss, golf etc, most of the questions that people ask would already have articles on them in AC.. However what I found that you will still get some questions that are still not covered in AC and that gives you an opportunity to write articles on them.. Plus there are always new trends even in really big niches so you can write articles on them)

    Put the question in Google to judge what kind of competition you are against.. If you find very few results in Google and no result in AC then you can pick that question and write an article on it. If you get lots of results in Google but no result in AC then you can still write an article on it, but your upfront payment may suffer. I usually write even if there is good competition in Google to benefit from performance payments.

    Do the above activity for all the keywords that you found through the google tool. Prepare a list of questions for which there is demand and no articles in AC.

    Finally, you must remember that AC is looking for specifics so the more specific question you can find the better your chances of getting good payment. Let me give an example


    Windows 7 was released in October. A lot of people want to migrate to Window 7 but have certain doubts that they want to clarify. If you go to google keyword tool and put windows 7, you will get more keywords like

    Windows 7 security
    Windows 7 features
    Windows 7 firewall
    etc.

    If you put the above keywords in the wordtracker tool, you will get some article ideas such as

    What are the antivirus tools that work with Windows 7?
    How to install (software name) on Windows 7?
    How to get drivers for (software name) for Windows 7?
    and so on


    Now that you have a bunch of article ideas ready, head to ezinearticles or ehow to search for articles for the questions that you got. I also like to browse the authority sites in a niche (example webmd.com for health and fitness) to see if there are better articles available there. Next you can either rewrite the articles (or outsource rewriting) or simply jot down the ideas and write the articles in your own words, whatever is convenient to you.


    And that's it folks.. Hope you get some good article ideas and make good money on AC

    Thanks for reading,
    Shadowfax
     
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    Over 70 view and only 1 thanks? I guess no one likes to work hard to get article ideas ;);)

    Anyway I did not share the method to get thanks and rep. If you find it useful, I am happy..

    If you have any questions, go ahead and post here

    Thanks
     
  3. Shawndellah

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    This is all been covered in the $30 thread. :)
     
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    My bad.. I did a search and I could not find it....

    And I agree that the $30 thread is amazing thanks to Redtide :tee:
     
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    I don't remember reading this particular method in that thread.

    You can also do the equivalent with Yahoo Answers. Thanks for the idea :)
     
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    I don't believe I ever read anything in Red's thread about wordtracker labs and for that I thank you... Good post
     
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    Thanks for the share shadowfax! I think Shawndellah is referring to it being a twist on the
    G0ogle keywords tool method we talked about in my thread. Adding wordtracker to the equation is a great idea. The only thing is that scraping from ehow and ezine typically gives lackluster results at AC. Your example of WebMD is great though, I've pulled a ton of content from that site with solid success.

    Btw, what happened to your other avatar lol...that was one of my favorites on BHW ;)
     
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    Yeah authority sites like webmd, pcworld etc. are much better than EZ, ehow.. The only issue that I find is that sometimes the articles in these sites are too long... In such cases I head to EZ, ehow and look for a shorter article.. otherwise I stick to authority sites

    I got bored of my avatar, had been using it since I joined BHW.. So switched to another one :)
     
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    Sorry about the confusion and my rudeness. [blush] I re-read it better and the wordtracker is great! Excuse my sour mood moment. I'm glad you started this thread. It's been very helpful. :prof01:
     
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    What are the advantages of writing an article and submitting it to AC as opposed to having the same article posted on EZinearticles.com or another popular article directory? Typically, I've read that AC pays in the neighborhood of $3.00 per article (average?). For many folk I think this could be an hour's work or more.

    Thanks for such a detailed article and the labs.wordtracker tip.
     
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    Well AC is useful if you want to earn quick money, you submit bunch of articles and you can get the money within a week... so I would say AC is for short term monetary gains (keep aside the performance payments for the time being)

    You submit to article directories when you are promoting an affiliate product so that you get traffic and backlinks.. This can fetch you much higher commissions but it could take some time to see the benefits. So article marketing is for long term ...

    Hope that helps,
     
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    http://labs.wordtracker.com/keyword-questions
    is awesome !! Thanks a million shadowfax
     
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    shadowfax,

    Most all information is available for free somewhere on the Internet. The idea is to put it into a system that is easy to do to get good results. You did that. Very good job.

    If anyone is having difficulty with high-quality unique website content (or any searched-for-on-the-search-engines content for that matter), a variation on your little system works really well.

    But first: There are many good--but very different--ways to get keywords for site pages (or content), so I will not go into that. Just choose your niche and focus by whatever system you prefer, then set a parameter (say 1,500 a month minimum for global search in the Google keyword tool along with 30,000 results maximum--using quotes--for Google SERP competition), or use another system including backlink analysis or whatever, and get to your main keywords. I will call those "original keywords" below.

    After that:

    1. Open the browser with 3 tabs: Google keyword tool, Wordtracker question tool, and Google search.

    1. Type the keyword you want to work on in the Google keyword tool. I know you have already done keyword research. That's how you got your original keywords for your website. You are going to do it again here for a different reason. Uncheck "Use synonyms." This will make sure the keyword you are working on is in all results.

    2. Sort by global or local search, whichever you prefer. That way you start with the most searched-for terms. You can also stay with broad results. This is so the keyword you are working on can get used in different combinations.

    Decide where to start. If you are doing something related to dog food, obviously it is a waste of time to do the keyword "dog food" if it comes up even though it has a gazillion search results.

    Choose your cutoff point, too.

    Say 60,000 per month top and 300 bottom. This gives 2,000 to 10 searches per day.

    This range doesn't mean much more than general interest level since you are actually already optimizing for a keyword. You have already done the research for that original keyword. You choose search limits here simply to set parameters for the phrases (which include your original keyword most of the time) that you will use to get the theme for your questions. That way you don't go crazy wasting time.

    3. Take the first keyword from where you want to start and type it into the Wordtracker question tool. Select the questions that you think are the most important.

    3. Enter those questions one by one in a normal Google search. Use whatever parameters you wish. Remember that the results you see here are for the question, not the keyword.

    As I said before, you are optimizing your content for a keyword, not a question. Choose low competition if you want to optimize for the question (which you might want to do in some cases, especially if it is a great question), or high competition if you want to focus on what people in your market are really interested in.

    High competition will be best in the vast majority of cases. You don't want to bore your site visitors.

    You can do your question in quotes, not in quotes, and with selected phrases within the question in quotes. Fiddle with all three and see what comes up. You don't want something hashed to death in the gazillions, but you do want a lot of interest in the subject.

    Notice that this is different than for AC, where you want low competition for the question on the AC site (not necessarily in Google) to get better upfront payments.

    Once you have found a good question with good feedback competition-wise, go to authority sites or article directories (or some of the links in your fiddling) and gather article ideas (or rewrite stuff) using the question as your guide.

    Then go on to the next question.

    Then do the same thing over and over for all your original keywords, the new keyword terms and respective questions.

    This way you will give your original keywords a good theme that people will actually want to read.

    Vary according to what works best for you.

    Also, make sure the content you write is SE-optimized for your original keyword. Use it in the title, a sub-heading or two (H1 or H2 tag preferably), first and last paragraph and a couple of times or more in the rest of the article's body. Don't worry about keyword density when putting the term in the article body. Just do what flows and makes sense.

    Then sprinkle in some LSI terms. For a quick (albeit incomplete) bunch of LSI terms that Google likes, go back to the Google keyword tool and type in the original keyword. But check "Use synonyms" this time. You want to use a mix of varied terms for LSI, not just ones that include your original keyword (although you want those, too). Use--in your article--half a dozen or more (as many as you can comfortably) of anything that appears--both "related" and "to consider." Don't worry about search results. Google has just told you it finds those terms relevant to your keyword.

    I believe you won't get better website content than that for SERP ranking and user experience. This takes a little work and you still have to backlink, etc., but it is great for staying power once you get up there.

    Michael
     
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    Great post Stumickel and thanks for sharing the method
     
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    I was fiddling with this yesterday and there is one small tweak I want to mention to the system I outlined.

    You should also run the root keyword (and a few variations) through the Wordtracker question tool. By "root keyword" I don't mean "original keyword."

    You should look at the resulting questions with an eye for how you would be able to wiggle in your original keyword.

    For example, if your original keyword was "different types of dog food," your root keyword would be "dog food."

    So contrary to what I said above, you should run "dog food" through the question tool. Some questions will refer to the different kinds of dog food, although they might not include your original keyword, and others will refer to nutrition, etc. You ignore these last.

    The advantage is that some of these questions get a lot of searches, which Wordtracker gives you (over on the right of the question). This indicates interest. Some results indicate a hell of a lot of interest. And that means these things will be great themes to write about. All you have to do is wiggle in your original keyword in the correct places your article.

    In some cases you will get the best of all possible worlds and do a title as follows:

    Original Keyword: Wordtracker Tool Question

    That's about as good as it gets in touching all bases.

    I should mention to pepper in some psychological triggers, also, to help with action and conversion. Find out what the people in the market fear or are crazy about. Then see if you can mention that at the start of the article--and the end. That will hook them into reading the rest of the article and in acting.

    One way I find out what the best ones are is to take the product I am selling, read up on it and start listing pros and cons in a Noptepad file. And I start looking at reader reviews and comments. After looking at several sites, certain emotional things start to appear.

    It's good to look at the finished article and see if some of the more repeated emotional things can be worked in or mentioned.
     
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    Thanks Shummickel, essentially you are telling to use
    1: labs.wordtracker tool for a keyword. -- > Check for decent search volume or plan your cutoff -- > SERP for the question should be low in AC if u plan to write a AC story -- or if for normal content it differs -- > search good articles before you write and twist.

    Well, I been trying to put some creative angles to AC stories, say, PPV at AC was on Uncrowded vacations - > I twisted to Dresses to wear in Uncrowded vacation spots, Why men prefer crowded sports and women dont. Well, I am trying to see if such sensual twist gets me more upfront pay. I will report my results soon here.

    Btw, guys, check his reply on GAF I got for re-writer.

    Dear Sir,
    Would love to take up this opportunity of completing 5 articles.I am an Indian and proud to be one at that.A Lecturer by profession,these articles would also help me for my Ph.D Research and increase my knowledge base.
    Warm Regards,
    xxx

    :haha:
     
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    seosutra,

    That's basically it, but remembering (for presell kind of content and articles):

    1. Your "ranking" goal is for a keyword, not a question. You want the keyword to rank well so you get a link to your content--and a brief description of it--in front of your target audience. That's the only reason to rank well.

    For the keyword, you need to look for high search volume and low competition.

    2. Your "question" goal is to engage the user. You want him to read your stuff. That is why you answer popular questions, not rare questions.

    For the question, you need to look for high search volume and high competition.

    (AC is an exception because many popular questions are too saturated for good upfront payments. But even then, finding a popular question and changing it with a specific product name or different focus is a good thing.)

    3. Your "psychological trigger" goal is to get the reader to do something. The most obvious thing you want him to do is finish reading your article, so you should use a trigger in the title and first paragraph. You also usually want him to click on a link, so another trigger should be put right around the place where your call to action is.

    Ranking is not pertinent here.

    These are obvious beneficial outcomes I see that should be some of the goals of content, and consequently of doing this stuff the way I suggest.

    I know this is probably not your case, but some people want rules to follow without thinking about why they need to follow them. Just push the button and out pops an article. They don't think though their goals and hoped-for outcomes.

    That approach is OK for spam, but not for a high conversion rate or high staying power. Or even high up-front payments on AC.
     
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    thanks you for sharing, I have clic on thanks ;-) usefull thread
     
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    Someone mentioned that the "dummies" books (like Dating for Dummies, etc) are great sources of articles cause they are written so simply that they can be rewritten very quickly and easily. There are dozens of these books out there too.
     
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    This is a good idea. I'm going to go in search of some now. They also have "Idiots" guides and a couple others like that. I'm going to see what I can find.