It’s day five of the free travel blogging course based on my newly revised (for 2021) E-book entitled 30 Days to Launch a Travel Blogging or Writing Career. This episode shares tips to help you create the habits to be a successful travel writer or blogger and the topic is understanding and finding your ideal reader and audience.
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Listen to today’s episode where I share day five of the Ebook series to launch a travel blogging or writing career. Day five focuses on how to brainstorm 50 blog post (article) ideas.
Day 5 Lesson: 5 Ways to Brainstorm 50 Blog Post Ideas
So, let’s jump into the steps for today’s lesson, and don’t forget to download the free pdf to help you stay organized and move through these lessons faster!
Now that you are clear about your niche, geo-focus, competitors, and audience from the first four days of the ebook, it’s time to brainstorm 50 blog post (article) ideas.
Thinking back to the persona or avatar of your perfect reader you developed on day four of this tutorial is a great starting point. Think of that one person who represents your audience and think about the information they need, want or would find useful or fun. A good way to brainstorm for ideas is to find common problems your ideal reader might encounter and then create a solution.
Don’t worry about whether it’s a good idea or not at this point. Jot down anything and everything that comes to you about your main travel niche and website focus.
Include article titles or the idea for each blog post/article.
Include lists (a numbered list such as The 10 Most Fascinating XX), “Best of” ideas as well (Best BBQ joints in XX), What to do in XX in Spring/Fall, Best hotels, in (the location you write about), etc. Go wild and include whatever you can think of that ties to your niche.
Do not stop until you have at least 50. Stuck? Can’t get started? Made it halfway and can’t get to 50?
Think of it this way. If you can’t think of 50 article ideas for your travel niche/location it might not be the right focus for you. But, don’t worry, because I have 5 brainstorming tools to help you come up with at least 50 blog post ideas.
Download the FREE PDF worksheet for day 5 before you read on!
1. Use Forums like Reddit
There are plenty of websites and communities online that you can use for your content research. And you should poke around to find those corners of the internet where your audience is hanging out. Start by finding the subreddits that focus on your website’s main topics. Use the search box at the top right of any page on Reddit to search for communities where your site niche is discussed. Look for questions that are asked about your niche. This is a great way to find topics and then you simply create blog posts to answer these questions.
Mindmapping is a great way to work out as many ideas as you can in a hierarchical tree and cluster format. Start off with your niche in the center, branch out into the major sub-topics, and continue to branch out into as many sub-sub-topics as needed.
In case you have done a mind map, it is a graphical way to brainstorm and organize your ideas. Think of it as a visual tool to structure information. On a whiteboard or on a piece of paper, in the center write your main website niche. Let’s say it’s Travel in the Caribbean. In the center you’d write Caribbean Travel and circle it. From there, you’d draw lines or arrows to all the different sub-topics you could write about. This could include different islands. It could include honeymoon travel to the Caribbean, family travel to the Caribbean, island hopping in the Caribbean. You can then narrow down each island to include best luxury hotels, budget hotels, family hotels, etc. You can have another arrow for tours, day trips, water sports, etc. This process helps to better analyze, and generate new ideas.
This is an example, I found from MultiTalented Writers
3. Use Google Search
Search for your main website niche, keyword or term in Google, then scroll to the bottom of the page and look for related keywords. You can do this with sub-topics as well. If your site is about travel in the Caribbean, you can search for best tours in the Dominican Republic and then scroll down to see what other suggested terms have been listed. You can then click through to these terms to find even more honed in terms to use to create your blog topics list.
4. Use a Keyword Tool
Use Keysearch or Ubersuggest to search for keywords and find related keywords. This is also a way to not only find good article ideas but at the same time find keywords that are easy to rank for. We’ll be diving much deeper into SEO and keywords in upcoming lessons.
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5. Social Media
Use Pinterest or Facebook Groups for inspiration. In Pinterest, simply do a search for your main niche or travel destination and check out the pins that come up. You’ll have a chance to see existing content variations. One I like even more is Facebook Groups. There are Facebook groups for all kinds of travel and that are destination specific. Join a Facebook group for your main niche or travel destination. Check out the questions being asked. Look at the answers. Look at the suggestions of things to do or explore. I use this all the time to look for new content ideas.
As you work with any of these tools, be aware of what content doesn’t pop up, that you may of included in your mindmap. This could be a really great post to write if you aren’t finding other articles on the topic!
I hope you enjoyed this show and day 5 of 30 Days to Launch a Travel Blogging or Writing Career series.
Have you downloaded the FREE PDF worksheet for day 5?
About The 30 Days to Launch a Travel Blogging Series
This is part of a podcast series that airs on the first Wednesday of each month, where I share tips from my newly revised (for 2021) Ebook entitled 30 Days to Launch a Travel Blogging or Writing Career.
The 30-day foundation course lays the groundwork needed to launch a travel blogging or travel writing career from the launch of your website to landing media trips or creating your own paid-for solo travel!
Each of the tips from the Ebook, are short and come with a worksheet. In fact, I make sure to click here for the pdf worksheet from today’s lesson.
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