Do you own a blog and find yourself always scrambling to find a decent topic to write about that makes money? Maybe you write for a blog and you’ve started out strong in the beginning but now you’re left scratching your head while asking yourself “what to write next?”
Well here at Powerhouse Affiliate we are all about sharing new ways to make money, while still preserving the quality of content you deliver.
It really doesn’t matter what niche you write about or in which style you choose to write it in, there is always a way to make money from your blog posts, and there is a wealth of information out there for you to cherry pick from what selling now, and that’s what we’re going to discus in this article… so here we go.
Books are good
It’s a little known fact that this wonderful place exists online called Amazon.com. 🙂 Have you ever taken a moment to just browse the wealth of information on this site? Seriously, this one tip alone could keep you writing for decades and when you see just how easy it is to find what you need from this single source you will find those moments of writers block just melt away. the best part is that these topics are SELLING on amazon…so people are buying up this information.
Make a quick note of a few things in the image above. I have “Kindle eBooks” as the criteria for my search. I’ve typed in “cpa marketing” for my search term but you can of course search for whatever you like. Also note that it’s possible to just browse through the different categories of books and see what you find; we’ll go over this later.
If the whole reason you’re on Amazon is to find ideas and even specific details to help flesh those ideas and concepts out further then this method is for you. Let’s just assume you have an article you wish to write on the topic of CPA Marketing because you have decided to promote the Powerhouse Affiliate – Affiliate program :).
Now let’s say you are fresh out of ideas on what to write on this subject to attract readers who will perhaps go on to buy the affiliate offer. All you have to do is follow the steps below.
- Head over to Amazon’s Kindle
- Search for whatever your topic happens to be. Take note of the search suggestions you get as you begin to type your keywords in. You might be able to go back and check some of those suggestions out too for even more goodies.
I’m sure we all know how to navigate Amazon but just in case there are a few of us who don’t it’s simple. You just begin browsing after you search for what you want. You can sort the list of results by things like Relevance, or price, or average reviews but leaving the sorting feature alone will work just fine for this purpose.
Now, lets assume you don’t necessarily have any topic you specifically wish to write about but instead you just need something… anything at all on a general category or niche. This next little trick will work really well for you!
This second method builds on the first and uses it to fine-tune your search for a general topic while keeping the possibilities open.
- Pick a book which looks good to you from any search you’ve already done and click on it to open its page up. Once on the page for that specific book you’ll want to scroll down until you see this:
What we want are the sub-categories… there will usually be two or three on most books. The rank these books actually have isn’t all that important but it’s safe to say the higher up the list, the better the book probably is in terms of being a good selling topic. If a book is ranked 1000 it may not be as good as a book which is rated just 100; see what I mean. That said however, if you wind up on a book which has a super high number like 1-MILLION don’t worry about it. So long as you can still click through to that sub category you’ll have access to the high ranking books and you can just pick from those.
- The image below has a bunch of arrows and here is what they’re good for.
- Top 100 Paid & Top 100 Free sections as depicted in the upper-left corner. This little option alone will give you 200 of the top ranked books in the specific sub-category you’ve chosen and you still have a bunch more sub-categories you can browse through other books if you need to! This gives you an idea as to what people want on the topic you are promoting.
- The upper right arrow is pointing at the “Hot New Releases” which also gives access to the latest and greatest releases on any particular category. As you can see the “passive income” angle could be a good one.
- Just below that, on the right-hand side of the image is the “Top Rated” books. These might be useful but they might not. Sometimes the top rated books tend to be a bit off subject so you’ll just have to sort through those and cherry pick what looks good to you.
One thing you’ll notice when you check out the top ranking books in any category is the variety of options you’re presented with. Both the “hot new releases” and the “top rated” sections have links which say “see top 100” or “see more” and when you click these you’ll get access to even more books on different but related lists.
Sticking to the subject of broad category searches within a targeted niche let’s have a look at the left-hand panel on the Amazon website.
Any time you want to jump into a category on much broader subjects you can browse this left side panel and find something of interest.
Take a look at the image above and notice all those different topics you have just sitting right at your fingertips. Now consider that jumping into any one of those will give you lists of books which you could jump into and find sub-categories which will give you lists of even more books. Are you beginning to understand the power Amazon’s book-search can give you for finding profitable topics to write about for promoting affiliate products?
Jumping into different search categories is great but that’s just the first half of our research process. The next step is of course to actually dig up the stuff we’ll be writing about. In order to do that all you have to do is open up the book preview of anything which interests you and have a look at the table of contents.
Most books have a pretty well categorized table of contents which can borrow from and there you’ll have your starting point. The rest of the process is pretty much doing your research to expand on the points you’ve taken notes on from Amazon books.
An example from one of MANY table of contents found in any book on Amazon
Research & Development
Once you’ve gone through the steps of picking out the bits of information which sound interesting to you it’s time to start digging deeper and actually come up with a proper article structure and to do that we’ll use Google… or any other search engine of your choice.
Something important to keep in mind when using this method to inspire articles is the fact that some of the information you pull from the table of contents from various books might be a bit abstract. It’ll be up to you to use your cognitive skills to turn this skeleton of information and make it a full bodied article of information.
One item of interest I managed to pull from the table of contents example above is “making money selling ad space” on your website. At this point it’s just a matter of taking the ideas you’ve collected from Amazon and go on a hunt for more ideas to expand on what you already have.
Another thing you can do is just scroll down the search results page on Google and there you’ll see 8 more related searches to whatever you just searched for.
Wrapping it all up
I’m sure it’s safe to say that we all have our preferred methods of research and resource collecting so you can now add one more to the list. The thing to keep in mind is that you are limited only to what you don’t yet know so always be on the lookout for new ideas and draw inspiration from them.
Having a blog is having a valuable asset which you can use to advance any business in today’s internet environment. There are a number of ways to monetize a blog, some of the more popular ones of course being selling ad space and affiliate products.
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