Overcoming Writing Obstacles: Generating Article Ideas

Part 4 of the “6 Ways to Overcome Obstacles and Write High-Quality Articles in Large Quantities” video series.

Suffering from a lack of article ideas is arguably the biggest complaint we hear from new and intermediate-level Expert Authors. It seems that no matter which niche(s) they write for, eventually every author reaches a point where they feel like they’ve run out of ideas. If that sounds like you, take heart, Gary’s here to help!

In this video, Gary will provide 8 unique techniques for generating fresh article ideas. Some we’ve covered in the Blog before and others are brand new. So invest a few minutes with Gary right now, because you never know what new idea-generating tips and tricks you might discover.

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It’s ironic that many authors suffer from a lack of ideas early in their article writing endeavors when they have only a handful of articles on our site. Yet later, as their article portfolio grows, they find themselves with more article ideas than they are able to write. Each article and reader interaction seems to spawn more article ideas, so the supply of fresh ideas inevitably becomes limitless.

Until that day arrives for you, put some of these techniques to good use instead …

8 Techniques for Generating Fresh Article Ideas:

  1. Read the EzineArticles Blog – If you read it daily, you should be able to get new article ideas almost every day.
  2. Write Using Article Templates – They give you step-by-step instructions to produce awesome articles. Go to the EzineArticles Blog and click on “Article Templates” from the right navigation column to see all of the article templates.
  3. Watch More Than 50 Article Ideas in 2 Minutes Video – Or search for the term “unstuck” in the Blog. The post and video titled “More Than 50 Article Ideas in 2 Minutes” is a great resource for generating article ideas quickly.
  4. Review Traffic Search Terms – The traffic search terms show what keywords people are using to find your current articles. By incorporating those terms into new articles, you’re not only getting article ideas, but they’ll also be effective traffic generating articles.
  5. Use the Title Suggestions Tool – This tool gives you effective, hand-crafted, keyword rich, data-backed titles that you can use for your articles.
  6. Analyze Your Old Articles – See if you can provide more information in a new article. Look at some of your earliest published articles to see if can expand on certain topics. Take new-found knowledge, experience or techniques and write new articles based on those old articles.
  7. Borrow from the FAQ Section on Your Website – You can turn each of those questions into at least one article. These should also be easy to write since you have already written the answers for them.
  8. Search Forums that are Related to your Niche – Find questions that people are asking. Take those questions and write and submit articles sets based off of those questions.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of article idea generating tricks, tips and techniques. We know there are many, many more, so please share yours by leaving a comment below.


Raymond writes:

Great Ideas to get the words flowing. Very familiar with sitting down and staring at a blank screen or paper for quite while.

But another way I found that helps me to get articles going is;

I like to write about health and fitness. So I collect popular newspaper articles on the topic and stuff them into my folder and once a week pull a random subject (integrate with search terms too) and write a review, provide a more in depth article etc etc.

Thanks again l love the tips .. phew feels like I just wrote an article

Comment provided June 1, 2010 at 1:36 PM


jd writes:

I’ve been an expert writer with EzineArticles for a long time but never new until now that there was an EzineArticles blog.

Great article and love the video presentation.

Comment provided June 1, 2010 at 6:23 PM



Good video Marc, oops I mean Gary!

Comment provided June 2, 2010 at 5:03 AM


Hey, you promised to stay mum! Remember: Ssssshhhh … ;-)


Gemma writes:

I have always seen the title suggestion tool but never considered using it. It is only after reading this blogpost that I started to use it. Thanks!!!

Comment provided June 2, 2010 at 8:05 AM


extrememma writes:

this is really cool to read this kind of valuable posts. this is true that writing mostly depends on your need of writing. i can write fluently as i need to write…:-)

Comment provided June 2, 2010 at 2:47 PM


bryan wong yh writes:

Hey Chris and Gary

really like this video you made about writing articles. Am suffering from some writer’s drought. Didn’t know the article templates can be useful too

Thanks again!

Comment provided June 3, 2010 at 10:35 PM


Debra J. Mosely writes:

Great ideas!. Thank you for sharing them.

Comment provided June 4, 2010 at 5:19 PM



Dear Sir
But many ideas.
Ideas which most
However, not all people.
Will enjoy free all
Some people are just only
To create marketing ideas.
I need to write. On understanding the market before.
Therefore, must be thinking.
And to receive
Must know the word “enough.”
“give for”
Must know the word “know that.”Love is from
But compassion
A deep origin in mind.
Gradually penetrate deeply to heart.
The foundation “of love.”
Sustainable as long as long as long
“This is different from” the idea of love “and insensible

This philosophy is cooperation.
Best wishes


Mr.Takaphan Jaruhungsin
13 June 2010

Comment provided June 12, 2010 at 10:24 PM


Vitus Kung writes:

Great information for newbies like me! It will be even better if EzineArticles can have different language sections for people whose main focus is a none English speaking population. There could be even more traffics and richer information on a geographical context.

Comment provided July 28, 2010 at 12:24 AM


Cathy Chapman writes:

I do something similar to Raymond. I grab magazine, newspaper and information I find on the web. I then jot down the ideas triggered. Then I write the articles. Before the challenge started I collected a set or long articles from different sources. I’ll summarize, re-purpose and add the thoughts that were triggered when I read them.

Comment provided September 30, 2010 at 6:59 PM


kpaul writes:

Title Suggestions Tool is your friend…

Comment provided September 30, 2010 at 7:43 PM


Rebecca writes:

Great tips! I often find article topics from conversations I have with people, current events, a word, or another person’s experience.

Comment provided January 20, 2011 at 10:18 AM


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