Get writing ideas from Google

Chief Nut By Chief Nut, 27th Jan 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1p754lpz/
Posted in Wikinut>Guides>Using Wikinut>Writing The Wikinut Way

Have you ever considered how Google can help improve your writing itself? If not, read on and I'll give you some great new creative tips.

Quick keyword ideas

Here's a quick first tip. When you've chosen your topic and have written your fist draft, you should spend a few minutes to ensure you have scattered all relevant keywords throughout your page. And where to get the key phrases to use? The search box on www.google.com of course.

You've probably noticed the search suggestion drop down that appears as you type your search on the Google homepage. This is designed to predict the user input, and so by definition is offering a list of the most commonly entered terms that match your initial letters.

It's therefore a great way of "borrowing" your potential readers' search terms. Let's take an example - I'll enter the phrase "writing blogs". The predictive drop down then offers:

  1. writing blogs for money
  2. writing blogs tips
  3. writing blogs online
  4. writing blogspot
  5. writing blogs for pay

These are listed in descending order of popularity, and so the higher up the list the more searches that term receives. So try to incorporate any phrases that are relevant for your article - remember to think of your reader though, so don't just stuff words into your page for the sake of it.

Give it a try, and you'll see how quick it is to play around with different words and phrases to get some pointers for keywords. You can even use this process for getting new perspectives on topics about which you've already written.

Write about the moment

If you can't even think of a theme for your page, then you need some help. Here's one approach - try using Google Trends (www.google.com/trends).

This is a page where Google show you the hot search terms and topics about which their users want to read. Writing about the day's big issues is a great way to get readers, interest and comments. Think Twitter, but with more words.

As I write this article, I can see the new Apple iPad has the whole world talking, people are looking for info on a Toyota recall, and the World Economic Forum in Davos is hot topic. You can drill down into more search terms, or enter some of your own ideas to check how popular they are.

You'll notice the variety of subject matter is very varied, and changes constantly so there will generally be something that catches your eye.

So the next time you're sat in front of your screen, wanting to write for Wikinut but feeling the onset of writers block, head over to Google and let them do the brainstorming for you.

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Brainstorming, Google, Ideas, Inspiration, Subjects, Topics, Trends, Writing

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author avatar Chief Nut
Overly excited co-founder, keen to share the buzz so please get Wikinutting and give us some feedback! I'll be writing about new features as we add them to the site, and a few other topics as well.

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