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The Easiest Way to Find the Best Topics to Write About Online

Updated on February 24, 2014

If you're having a hard time coming up with topics to write about then you need to read this!

I'm about to show you a simple method you can use to please your readers each and every time and then I'll give you an update on my journey to the number one spot on Google.

By the end of this article you'll have a TON of topics to write about!

How to Find the Best Topics to Write About

In order to keep rolling out articles, blog posts and so on you need to come up with something to write about, right? And if you write often or are stressed out then eventually you're going to run out of ideas and might put off writing.

But you can easily find out what topics you should be writing about by simply paying attention to what people want. You don't have to ask them what they want you to write about, they've already told you in many different ways. Go ahead a look at the comments they leave you... is there a particular issue that keeps coming up in the comments? Well, then you can focus on that issue and go into detail on how to solve it and before you know it you have a full on article that you know people are going to love reading about. How do I know this works? Someone asked me in a comment how I come up with the topics that I write about, so I wrote this.

And it's not just the comments you should focus on. Does the site you write on have a question and answer section where people can have their questions answered by other members? I know this site does. What about forums or FAQ? Go through these areas and find the topics that keep coming up over and over again. Then come up with your own solution that's not just a carbon copy of how everyone else answered.

You want to stand out but you also want to know what you're talking about. So it's a best practice to look at these questions, concerns and issues and only write on the topic if you can solve the problem without having to do research. If you have the answer and it's some unique way of solving the problem that no one else has mentioned and you don't have to research anything to start writing, then you've got your topic! You're going to stand out because you have a new way of solving the problem. People are going to know you're the real deal because it's not just information you pulled from Wikipedia. And they're going to enjoy your writing style because the words will just flow out of you and you'll write as if you're talking to them through your article.

That's how I do it and I'm sure it'll work for you. I know my audience (HubPages and the rest of the internet) so I make sure that the topics I write on will actually benefit my readers. Before long you'll find certain areas that get the best responses and you can focus mainly in those areas.

Google Ranking Experiment Update

Now that you know the best topics to write about let's get into the update on the experiment I outlined in my article titled "My Journey to the Top Search Engine Ranking on Google". Which is a little challenge and learning experience to see how long it takes to get an article to rank number 1 on Google for a specific keyword.

I still haven't been getting any suggestion from my readers so I went ahead and got a few more backlinks today. I got a link from A1-Webmarks - make sure your links are marked as public. I got a link from Fark, even though the link may or may not get accepted. And I got a link from Buzz Flash, but I'm not really sure how the site works. It seems like the other site members have to "buzz" your submission up before it sees the light of day.

But I don't know if Google is really holding a grudge against HubPages, if there are more pages on Google's search engine or they are just slower to acknowledge new backlinks because my article has yet to be on the top 10 pages of Google. But guess what? I checked today and it's ranked number 34 on Yahoo, which puts it on page 4. And it's ranked number 30 on Bing, which puts it on page 3. So my recent efforts must be working well, since I got a few page boost on both Yahoo and Bing compared to yesterday. I'm sure it didn't hurt that my InfoBarrel article was just approved either.

Advanced Performance Details

But of course I have no clicks on my Google ads, since they did only get 6 impressions. But that's OK because this experiment isn't about making money. The article did get 14 hits in the last 24 hours though. But I have a feeling, based on its current rise in hub score, that the traffic will start gushing in.

And the stats on here are still messed up so it's only showing that I got traffic from HubPages and there are no keywords that pop up as ones that are bringing me traffic. So I'll just wait things out until they fix that bug.

The simple method I outlined above has been proven to help me and others come up with some of the best topics to write about. So pay attention to your readers and other people on the site and they'll tell you exactly what you should write about. Now you will never run out of ideas.

Do YOU Have Some Good Topics to Write About Now?

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    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks for these useful suggestions. I always write about things I enjoy but most of them are not what people search for so even if they have a good rank, traffic is slow. I have to now be attentive to what people want.

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      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah it can be tough, HikeGuy... and if you don't know the topic your writing will either be poor or you'll have to spend extra time on the research. I'm glad you got something out of this though... thanks for reading!

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      7 years ago from Northern California Coast

      Informative hub -- I appreciate that you provide specific details. Excellent advice about picking topics that don't require research. On discussion boards for some of my publishers, I notice many new writers get bogged down going after topics that they don't know well. They get frustrated by low scores and having to spend so much time to research content that should be fast to write. The research approach is a lot of work, and it takes time to become proficient at it.

      For certain topics, quality research enhances an article -- when the writer is already well-grounded in the topic.

      Thanks for your work here.

      -- Trent

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Nice, I'm glad Jo's articles are getting some good traffic! I'm happy to hear I could provide you with some good info too, Jlbowden... thanks for the votes!

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      James Bowden 

      7 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Hello Bendo:

      Nicely written hub that gave some great feedback on additional topics for articles. I also see that you briefly mentioned some of this info. within your spotlight interview with Jo. Again thanks for sharing this very helpful information with all of us here on hubpages. I voted your article not only useful, but Up as well and look forward to reading more of your articles.


    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      I hope this can help rekindle that burning desire to want to write, Jools99! Thanks for the votes!

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      Jools Hogg 

      7 years ago from North-East UK

      Thanks for the good advice, Bendo13. I started on HubPages a few weeks ago as a way into getting more disciplined with my writing but I have faltered since my initial enthusiasm. I am going to use all of the ideas you have shared and see if it gets me going in the right direction. Voted up, useful and interesting,cheers!

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Glad I can help you spark new ideas, drspaniel! With enough research you can definitely pop out articles on new topics... I mean, if you couldn't then how'd you learn what you already know, right?

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      7 years ago from Somewhere, where the sun shines once a year...

      I'm glad I came across this article, because being quite a newbie at Hubpages I often struggle to find anything to write about. I've heard constantly that writing on topics you have knowledge in is best, but I think by doing enough research you can do a Hub about anything! Thanks for this!

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      7 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah I'm being patient with Gooogle, Hello, hello, I think they'll come around! And I just checked; the traffic stats are fixed!

      My pleasure, Simone! I hope it helps you come up with a bunch of topics to write on... thanks for reading!

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Most interesting, Bendo13! I'll have to try this out. Thanks for writing the Hub!

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      I always found that Google takes a long time till you see some results, even in the good old days. Hubpages used to have a breakdown of the numbers of views and who with in the stats box above the hub. Now they stopped that but I found it very useful and I sure so did other writers.

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      8 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Yeah it's a great practice, Suramya.K! You help that person out and someone else ways always wondering the same exact thing they just never asked. So the topic is always right on spot for what people want!

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      8 years ago

      I wrote an hub as an answer to a question a hubber asked. You won't imagine how good it feels to realize that you've answered a whole hub worth of answer. I'm always going through the answer sections to find out some topics worth answering. Thanks!

      Vote Up and Useful!

    • Bendo13 profile imageAUTHOR

      Ben Guinter 

      8 years ago from Colorado Springs, Colorado

      Oh I'll keep you updated, wendi_w! I hope I pop up Google soon...

      I have a few that were on page one before, I'd have to check if they still are after the algorithm change. Yeah the one still is with the right keywords, but that's a very old article.

      I want to see how long, after the algorithm change and all, it takes a brand new article to hit the #1 spot, not just the first page. Once I know then all of you will too and you can copy what I did and hopefully see the same success!

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      8 years ago from Midwest

      Nice hub, I would love to see a follow up on your rise to the top I had one end up on the first page about two years ago, about banning trick or treating and have never been sure how I did it or how to do it again. Great hub


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