When you start writing at residual income sites, you often need to come up with your own topic ideas. It’s very uncommon for a site to give you titles and ideas, although some do. That means you need to get creative, finding topics that people will enjoy reading. How do you do that?
It can be daunting, especially if you’re new to writing online. I remember first getting started and having no idea what to write about. Part of me disliked the idea of revenue share just for that. I couldn’t see how I could make money if I had to think of my own ideas. How did I know what people wanted to read? Can you tell I got over that hump? I’m going to share the five tips that I picked up to come up with topic ideas for residual income sites.
1. Choose a niche and stick to it on all residual income sites
Honestly, one of the best things you can do is to choose a niche for any residual income site you’re on. There’s no ifs or buts about it.
I know people say they have too many interests to pick just one niche, but you’re not doing yourself any favors jumping between multiple topics. Others will say that they like reading a variety of posts, so others must too. Sure, people may like a variety of posts, but there are plenty who want just one niche. And one niche will help you build your audience better on Twitter.
When you look at the people who are making money with residual income sites or their own blogs, you’ll see that they have picked a niche. Some niches are small and others are quite large, but they’re still niches. This helps them grow their audience. People have an idea what they’re going to write about and that helps them build their own brand.
Plus, picking a niche makes it easier to create content. You’ll just have the one niche to think about when it comes to potential topics. This is perfect for getting started. Then you can start thinking about how to combine other niches to cross-promote.
Even when a site seems to have a niche of its own, you can create your own niche. For example, writing at Hidden Remote means you can write about TV shows and movies. Pick a couple of your favorite TV shows to consistently create powerful and meaningful content.
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2. Look at what your audience is struggling with
You’ve thought about your target audience, right? If you haven’t, now is the time to do that. Then you can come back here and start looking at what your audience wants to know; what they are struggling with in their lives or within the niche. Find out more about who they are and what they want to know.
As you start delving into the people, you’ll start to come up with more topics and ideas. You’ll find more content to write and figure out angles to take in your blog posts and articles. Plus, you’ll see more views on residual income sites. You’re writing what people want to know, so they’ll be able to come to you for help. They’ll start following you, so you build your brand.
3. Check out what others are writing about
Take a look at other blogs and websites in the same niche. This will help you find topic ideas. I’m definitely not saying you copy the topics or the blog posts! What I want you to do is look at what others are writing about to get some ideas and start those creative juices flowing.
You’ll see the types of topics that people are getting comments on. This is a chance to see what other sites are writing about and connecting with audiences through. While the sites may not be overly successful, the posts will give you some ideas on what to write about. Once you start coming up with ideas, you’ll find more come much easier.
Also, read the content! You’ll be surprised how many just look at the titles to help come up with ideas. When you read the content, you can come up with other ideas. You may find that some questions haven’t been answered or there’s a gap in the content. This gives you the space to write about a question other people likely have.
4. Read comments on blog posts and social media
When you’re on a site or you’re scrolling through social media for topic ideas, always look at the comments section. This is where people start asking questions or leaving their own feedback. If there is a gap in the space that you haven’t spotted, they will let everyone know. This gives you the chance to fill that gap with more topic ideas.
Residual income sites work by you being helpful. You give people hope and inspiration. These are places to share tips on struggles or offer solutions to problems. But you need to know what those problems are. The comments sections of articles will always help you find them and come up with new and fresh ideas.
5. Consider writing a series
One thing you could do is consider a series on a topic in your niche. This is something I did with residual income sites this month. Many people likely thought that isn’t much to write about. How can you string together 30 posts on the one topic? Well, once I thought of a series, I was able to start looking specifically into the questions other people have. This was my chance to find out what you needed from me.
And once the titles started flowing, more came up. Even while I’ve been writing, new topic ideas have come up and that’s led to new ideas being written down in my Trello board for future use. Don’t overlook the benefits of having some sort of idea book or Trello board, so you don’t have to remember all your topics.
Have you overcome the issue of no topic ideas? How did you manage it? What are you doing now to come up with topics for residual income sites? Share in the comments below.
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