Have you ever heard of “writer’s block”? I first experienced it when I launched my blog over a decade ago. Sometimes I would stare at the screen for hours not knowing what to write about. It wasn’t until later I learned of ways to get creative and find inspiration for topic ideas.
If you’re struggling with figuring out a topic on what to write about, whether it’s for your next blog post or even a quick video that you want to shoot for your followers and subscribers, try this method out:
1. Go to Amazon.com and type in keywords that are related to your niche. For example, if your blog is about self-growth, you’d type in ‘self-growth’ in the search field.
2. Locate the top books in the search results, (skip the ‘Sponsored Results’) and click on one of the options below it. This will open up the page that shows you what the book is about, how much it costs, etc.
3. You’ll notice the “Look Inside” button on top of the book image (you can also click on the book image itself). Amazon actually shows you the first few and the last few pages of most of their books. Go ahead and find the “Table of Contents” page.
The table of contents will show you exactly what kinds of things people are talking about within that niche.
So, for our ‘self-growth’ example, I chose one of the top books that are on ‘self-esteem’, I see the following:
2. Chapter 1: What lowers Self-Esteem?
3. Chapter 2: The Importance of Self-Esteem
4. Chapter 3: Self-Esteem in the Workplace
5. Chapter 4: Self-Esteem in the Dating World
…and so on and so forth.
Now, you don’t want to just copy each of these parts of the table of contents verbatim and use it for yourself.
They are too general. They should, however, give you ideas on what you can write about…
You’re basically getting a boost of inspiration from looking inside the covers of these books.
If you think about it, a lot of money went into helping the authors figure out how to organize and determine what they were going to write about, so now you can use that as your own starting point to make even better content for your blog post or video.
So, try it out.
Go to Amazon, enter a keyword, look inside the covers, find the table of contents, and get inspired.