There are a variety of topics that interest me and I would like to write on some of these ideas, but would like to use the IdeaBank to help me develop my ideas. For example, say I like writing about ballet but I'm not sure what, specifically that I want to write about. If I were able to use the keyword "ballet" in the IdeaBank, I may find that "ballet shoes" or "ballet tutus" would be some good topics to write on. Just a thought.
This would be a good addition to the IdeaBank. I'm not sure HubPages can/will put much resources in the IdeaBank concept.
Another approach to find phrases off a short keyword is to search in Google for "ballet tutus. Then click the "More" button on the left, and then select "Wonder Wheel". This produces a bunch of variations: ballet leotards, ballet clothes, cheap tutus, ballet tutu patterns, ballerina tutus, russian ballerina tutus, ballet costumes, ballet outfits.
Click on one spoke of the wonder wheel, e.g. cheap tutus and you get such ideas as: cheap toddler tutus, cheap neon tutus ...
Spin your own idea bank.
I just tried that and I can't find at all what you are talking about. My "more" tab doesn't list Wonder Wheel, and neither does "even more." Does this only belong in one specific version of Google?
I probably shouldn't say this (and maybe it's just my mood, which is not, by any means, the greatest these days; and I do seem to be a "nattering nabob of negativity" these days); but I go to the Ideabank, see each single word or couple of words together, and think, "So what about it? Where to buy them?" Because, to me, someone else can search on wear to buy whatever it is, and if I'm not a "big expert" from having used a "zillion" of whatever it is, how can I really add anything beyond "where to buy it".
Then... I just saw one about a body part itching. What's there to say about that, other than "go to CVS and look for a product designed for whatever is itching"?
I know the whole thing about "that's what people are searching for, and it's likely to get traffic" - but some of those "ideas" are pretty unbearable to try to imagine writing about. I know it's nice that it's there, and people who don't mind writing about objects may be able to get some good "ideas".
melbel, I think if there's something (like ballet shoes) that you like, you're the one who can best come up with things to say about it. I don't have any objects that I care about at all, so that means I have nothing to say about them; and even if I wanted to look for things to say about some object, I don't want to spend my time writing about objects (or itchy body parts ).
Don't mind my "venting" here. I'm pretty close to reaching the end of the long, slow, realization that I'm not "Internet-writing" material.
Lisa HW, I really hope this is just your mood speaking, and I really hope it is temporary. One of the things that I regret about trying to think of writing for HP as a business down the road (after I learn and put into practice what I need to know) is that I always feel guilty when I spend time browsing through other Hubbers' articles, because I feel that I should be trying to work on my own or learn more. There are so many great Hubs! You have many of them, and yours really do look very, very interesting. I'm not sure what you mean by "not 'Internet-writing' material," because you are clearly a very good internet writer.
Maybe you need to take a little rest or vacation (even a stay-at-home vacation)? Or maybe when you are not quite in the mood you are in right now, you might see if anyone here could offer suggestions on your Hubs - not individual ones, but the account as a whole.
I don't see any reason why you should try to write about a body part itching - leave that up to someone who wants to do it. You have very interesting topics that you have written about, and it seems to me that we all do best with what truly engages us.
melbel, since you know what topic you want to write about, the Ideabank shouldn't be where you get your ideas. You already have ideas that interest you. Write on them.
Write about cheap ballet shoes; cheap ballet tutu's; buy ballet outfits; ballet positions; learning ballet; where to take ballet lessons; how to find a ballet teacher; etc
There are so many ideas that you can come up with yourself, don't limit yourself to the Ideabank. That's is where you go when you're not sure where to start or if you're at a block and can't come up with anything. It's a good place to start, but not a place to get stuck in. I've found many great ideas there that have done well, but you still have to come up with your own sometimes.
When something interests you, you don't have to have permission to write about it as long as it follows basic TOS. Sometimes just write about what you want to, and try to get traffic later. Just because some topics may be top searches today, that doesn't mean they will tomorrow. Ballet, for example, is an evergreen topic that you can do a lot with if you just sit down with a pen and paper, and think of different things you can write about on the topic.
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