Join MyBlogGuest Twitter chat!We had some fun time today with SEOGadget team discussing the content ideas during #myblogguest Twitter chat. We invited the team because they are among the best of our guest authors!

The chat is at 11 AM EDT (3 PM GMT) each Thursday.


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Here are a few awesome people from the team:

Hannah Rampton (@hannahrampton), Jon Quinton (@JonQuinton1), Oliver Archibald (@OliArchibald), Oliver Mason (@ohgm), Ally Biring (@allyandwilbur), Liam Fisher (@liamhgfisher) , and Daniel Butler (@dbseo).

Here’s the summary – (and here’s the full transcript!)

Step 1: Brainstorming

  • Try to think of something that will help someone and will be ultra engaging. Something YOU would want to read.
  • Find out what content is hot (most shared posts), what questions are being asked right now – handy tool (Google Spreadsheet)
  • I look for intriguing news stories and use it for the basis of a list. Example: This one inspired Essential Home Gadgets for the Coming Zombie Apocalypse (humor)
  • BuzzFeed gives you a good idea of what type of content will work or fail, as well as what topics are trending
  • Search Google: Use * (wildcard) especially for exact-match searches e.g. “Twitter * tips” #myblogguest #Google
  • Search Google again: Use ~ operator to trigger more synonyms (e.g. ~cars)
  • Use UberSuggest (Google-Suggest based)
  • Browse and search Quora
  • Use Spezify (a visual search tool that combines a lot of websites)
  • Search Google Trends
  • Keep a calendar of strange/notable events bookmarked – public anniversaries, quirky celebrations etc
  • Combine your old ideas with new trends and tools
  • Create an ideas wall by scraping blog titles; here’s an example (but only use for ideas).
  • Brainstorm everywhere and always (try using a recorder or a waterproof notepad when in shower)
  • Learn to make lists!
  • Discuss: If you have been working on a certain genre for some time have a swap with another content writer for a fresh outlook!

Keep it hot! => Don’t write about apples, write about apples for zombies!


Step 2: Organizing Ideas

Beware of collecting tools and neglecting to do the work: the simpler, the better! Example: Use a whiteboard or a simple txt file to toss ideas there.


Step 3: Idea Re-Focusing

  • Take the initial brainstorm further, and break down the walls to build contextually relevant themes;
  • Figure out which keywords relate to your niche and build upon them to create contextual relevance. Example: Insurance = danger, risk, etc


Step 4: Making the Most of the Articles Gallery

  • Change an article to another relevant category – especially for ‘dual-node’ ideas where more than one applies;
  • Use every field to help promote your article, the notes field is often overlooked and a great way to stand out from the crowd;
  • Don’t just rely on users finding your article – Hunt them down, use the ‘suggest’ feature, use forums to build relationships, etc!

Articles Gallery

Good luck!

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2 Responses to “#MyBlogGuest Chat with @SEOGadget Team: Brainstorming and Re-Focusing!”

  1. BH

    Nice article.

    Have you used KeywordDonkey. It work like suggestion, but is just a lot less time consuming, because you can find suggestion to keyword lists.

  2. Louis Rix

    Thanks Ann & SEO Gadget team, there are some cracking tips in this article. My ideas wall has just been set-up and as i run an automotive website the above “mind map” will certainly come in handy. I know the guys at SEO Gadget are top notch when it comes to guest blogging so i appreciate their openness in sharing a few ideas.


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