The empty text editor sears your retinas with its bright glow. You have a severe case of writer’s block, and you don’t know if you’ll ever write a blog post again. Long ago, this would happen to me; now thanks to Google it never does.
This post will show you how to use Googles tools as an endless well of writing inspiration…
1. Google Wonder Wheel
Go to Google and type in the keyword you plan to write about. At the very bottom, select more search tools then select Wonder wheel (which should be the second one under All Results). The wonder wheel will show more related keywords and phrases, giving you hundreds of ideas to write about. Play with the tool and the inspiration is endless, as you can keep selecting more related subjects and going from there.
2. Google News Search
Visit Google News Search and type in the keyword you plan to write about. This search will provide the latest information on your topic, giving you plenty of timely content to work with.
3. Google Trends
Visit Google Trends to see the top search terms in Google for the day. You can also search trends within your niche. Incorporating Google trending topics into your copy is a way to give yourself a traffic boost from all of the people searching the topic on Google, and it makes your writing timely and easy for new readers to relate with.
4. Google Alerts
Use Google Alerts to have the content come right to your inbox! Type in the search term you want to write about, and you can have the latest that hits Google in your niche come right to your inbox in real time. I check mine inbox several times a day to harvest this valuable information. (I keep a separate folder to move alerts to that I will “check out later” so the inbox doesnt become overwhelmed!
5. Google Analytics
If you have a website, you should already have a Google Analytics account set up to track the traffic that comes in. Look at the keyword phrases and keywords people type in, and write blog posts based on these common phrases people use to get to your website. More people will find your site if you title the post the exact same title as the keyword phrase (optimizing your post).
All of these methods are win-win. Youll be giving your readers what they want and youll increase organic search engine traffic for your website. I love using Googles tools from writing ideas; theyre definitely a rewarding way to cure your writers block! Using these tools I’m never out of ideas for the day job, internships, clients, and my own blog, too!
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