How to Come Up with Hundreds of How to Ideas

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Want to create a stream of passive income?
Of course you do – who doesn’t? Writing “how to” articles is a great way to create a passive stream of income. Despite all the faults of the internet, there are millions of people searching “how to do (anything).” Whether you’re writing for your own blog or for paying sites, you can capture a share of the how to market with great articles. Here’s how to come up with literally hundreds of ideas for writing “how to” internet articles.

Go “Old School” for a moment.
You’ll need an old fashioned pad of paper and a pen. Not a pencil because there’s no need to erase anything. We’re talking about brainstorming basics here and there are no bad ideas during brainstorming. On the left side column of your pad, number each line, 1 – 100 and write the words “How to” on each line. Give yourself plenty of relaxation, time and freedom from pressures or obligations.

Now, Think…
What have I learned in my years on the planet that I can share with other people? Start writing down the ideas as they come. Don’t edit yourself or refuse to write one. If you think it, write it. While you’re writing, other ideas will start flowing and you should write everything. I started this list and after a few days, had about 300 how to ideas.

Keep your pad handy…
As you start writing your awesome how to internet articles, you’ll get more ideas. Stop whatever you’re doing and write them down. If you ever get stuck and don’t know what to do with your time or feel writer’s block. Just looking at all the great ideas you’ve written down will give you the creative inspiration to write something.

Need more ideas?
Maybe you detest paper. Perhaps you’ve forgotten how to use a pen. Maybe you just don’t like my idea for brainstorming. Whatever the case, here’s another idea for finding topics for writing how to articles. Believe it or not, you can “borrow” the ideas a popular how to website offers to its writers. eHow (and no, I’m not giving them a link) asks its readers to request articles. Sign up to be a member with them. You don’t have to ever write an article although you can make a few bucks writing articles for them. The feature I’m suggesting you look at is requests for articles. Their users suggest How to articles that they would like to read. You can get ideas from them to get you started.

Even more ideas…
If you don’t already have hundreds of ideas for how to articles by now, I’ve got one more suggestion you might try to find inspiration. At your next family gathering, (bring your pad, of course) and ask everyone in your family to write down ten things they’d like to learn in the format of “how to.” You may or may not know anything at all about the topics they would like to learn about but that’s ok. You know how to research and write a great internet article. If you have ten family members you just got 100 ideas from people who are potential internet searchers and one thing about even your family members, if they’re interested in learning about something, so are thousands of other people.

Want more???
If you don’t have at least 1000 how to ideas, more than you could ever write in your life time by this point, you can go to Google/trends and find all the how to ideas you’ve ever imagined. Google/trends shows the top 100 searches of the day and you could almost certainly find a dozen how to ideas related to what people are actually searching for. If you get good at this you can get massive traffic to your “How to” article, particularly, with Google Real-Time Search showing your article literally seconds after you’ve posted it.

Warning:  Brainstorming is addictive!

You can get very excited as ideas start flowing out of you like an open fire hydrant.  It’s ok to spend some time enjoying the naturally energetic high that comes from dwelling in ideas but to ideas are only worth something if you do something with them.

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