How to Find Topics when Writing a Long Series of Articles

by A.D Paterson on 12/01/2011

If you’ve ever tried to do it in the past, you’ll know that writing a long series of articles isn’t something that you just dive into. One of the reasons that so many people give up when it comes to article marketing is due to the fact that they manage to get one or two articles completed on a specific niche subject, and then the mental well runs dry. So what do you need to do to keep the flow constant?

In this article we’re going to look at a number of ways to make sure you have enough potential article topics to get you through when you start writing a long series of articles to either fill a blog, or a series of autoresponder emails, and keep the reader interested enough to ultimately buy whatever it is you feel that they should be buying from you.

The first thing you need to do is to find a topic to write about. You may already have one in mind, but, if there isn’t enough material for you to start writing a long series of articles, then this niche may not be the one for you. If you have a topic then go to Google and do a search to see what some of the related topics are that could keep your series going.

One of the best and most overlooked places to check is in what Google have termed the ‘wonder wheel’. If you’ve never heard of it before, let alone actually stumbled across it, it can be found by clicking on ‘more search tools’ on the left hand side when you’ve entered your search query.

How does the wonder wheel help you when writing a long series of articles? Each keyword you enter into the search engine will have a number of possible related searches that go along with it, and the wonder wheel will show you these. A simple one word search for, let’s say ‘Zumba’, gives use eight possible related keyword phrases.

Each of these keyword phrases is another potential article, so you’ve just increased your potential articles from one to eight. The chances are that you’ve already skipped ahead and realised that each of these keyword phrases can be clicked on to give a sub niche of related keyword phrases that still link back to the original. At the time of writing this gave an extra 35 keywords on the second level, and each of those had sub niches.

As you can see this gave a large number of keyword phrases linked to your initial keyword in just a matter of minutes.

Now, when writing a long series of articles you’ll want to take all of these keyword phrases and put them into some sort of logical sequential order, because you want the reader to start with the first article and follow the series all the way through.

There are many ways of picking a sequence but one of the best is to start with an article that ‘defines’ what the keyword is, followed by a number of articles on the problems caused by said keyword, and flowing through to articles that can help to put this problem right for the reader.

This sequence follows the way copywriters structure a sales letter, and if it helps them to get people reading and buying, then it should work well as a template for getting people to follow your article series through to its conclusion.

There we have it; how to find topics when writing a long series of articles.

If you have a keyword that you know is popular and generates a large amount of traffic, then it isn’t too difficult to find a number of related keywords that will let you write a large series of articles around the topic. Check on the ‘wonder wheel’, write down the keyword phrases, check through all of the layers, delete the duplicates, and you should be left with phrases that can be put into a logical order.

Now that you have the topics it’s just a case of writing one article on each keyword phrase per day. There’s no need to rush it, in fact, if you do just one per day it will look more natural to the search engines, and it will help you to keep going when writing a long series of articles.

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