Blogging Tip: How to Find Topic Ideas by John Child – ArticleCity.com

by: John Child


If you have a blog, you know that there is nothing more daunting than sitting down, and wondering what in the world you’re going to say in your next blog entry. You kind of have the feeling that if you don’t have something good to say, that no one will want to read it.

So how do you find stuff to talk about? Here are a couple of ideas:

** Be a part of the blogging community. Subscribe to or visit blogs that are similar to yours. You’ll be able to gather an idea about what’s interesting, what’s being talked about, etc. Then you simply offer your own take on that.

** Review products or services. Have you read a good book lately that would fit with your blog? Do you use a particular software program that your readers might want to use? Are there other products you could write about? Simply write your review about some products or services out there. Not only what you like about it, but what you don’t like about it.

** Create lists. People love to read lists. “The Top Ten…”, “The Five Best Ways to…”, etc. Lists are an easy way to get your ideas flowing, plus they make for very popular posts. Think of how you would rank some of the things you are interested in, and use that as a post.

** Use future posting when you’re creative. One of the things I love about WordPress, is that I can write an article when I have a good idea, or when I feel creative, and then post it to be published at a later date. There’s nothing harder than feeling like you have to write. So when you do feel like writing, create a 2 or 3 posts and set them to be published at a later date.

** Read magazines related to your blog. Magazines are great because they always have tons of ideas that people want to read about, that are current. Pick up a couple of your favorites, or subscribe to them. As you sit down to write your blog, pick one up and scan the headlines… you’re sure to find an idea jump out of there.

I could keep going, but I think you get the general idea. You don’t have to have any huge posts or groundshaking new concepts. People subscribe to your blog because they want to hear from you. But now it will hopefully be easier to know what to say.

John Child is a professional speaker, author and trainer. He has conducted Internet Marketing seminars around the country and other parts of the world for companies like Microsoft, Success Magazine, eBay, and many others. He is the author of books and training programs such as “Selling the Web”, “Virtual Downlines”, and “The Strategic Web”.

His latest training specializes in teaching Network Marketing and MLM professionals how to use Social Networking to build their business online. You can learn more and read John’s blog at http://www.mysocialnetworkmarketing.com.

>>This article is Copyrighted by The BrainChild Company. You are free to use and repost the content of this article as long as you use the entire author bio as posted above.

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Critical Decisions For Small Business – Planning Ahead For System …

by: Mary Hanawalt


Many small businesses subsist on a small but manageable profit margin. Most small businesses are run by do-it-yourselfers. When there is such a fine line between profit and loss, most owners will opt to rely on themselves rather than bring in professional resources. Unless they know for a fact that a computer system vendor or consultant is reasonably priced, ethical, and capable of remaining within the budget, they will opt to assign a low priority to what may appear on the surface to be a non-critical consideration. Oftentimes, they will backburner a project that doesn’t need attention right this minute just to keep the daily work flow on track. This can become an issue when there is a need for a capital expenditure that was not carefully planned for. It not only can dig significantly into the bottom line, it can disrupt the normal course of business.

Let’s take for example a make-believe business. I’ll call it “A+ Clown Store”. The A+ Clown Store is a retail store that has been in business for thirty years. They pride themselves on customer service, and have a loyal customer base because of their consistent ability to provide product rapidly. This trait has enabled them to continue to be competitive, even though they do not have a website. They market to existing and potential clients through mail campaigns.

They have one server and two workstations that are networked together that they purchased used fifteen years ago. The software is a DOS based point-of-sale and inventory control system. They have an aging impact printer that is used for multi-part invoices and packing slips. They have a fairly new laserjet printer used for letters and flyers. Everything works. However, the software vendor retired several years ago, so no software support. But that’s okay, right? Everything works. The owner knows enough to occasionally clear unused files from the hard drive, run defrag and diagnostic utilities, and backup.

The problem is that eventually hardware components fail. One grim day, the trusty old DOS based server powers down for the last time. Let me present to you two possible endings to this unlucky event.

Ending #1: The owner knew, deep in the back of his mind, that this might happen someday. However, his luck had held out so far, and he didn’t consciously consider that it might one day change. He did not have a plan in place, even though his old software vendor has warned him. His attempt to find an equivalent replacement server only met with laughter from the local computer shop. His inquiry as to whether his backed up software and data could be loaded and run on a Windows network also met with laughter, all the more when he disclosed that his backup was on 5.25 inch floppy disks. It ended up that he spent an immense amount of time, not to mention way too much money, on a new hardware platform, new software, and a computer technician to put it all together, train employees, and salvage data. Ouch! Big hit to the bottom line, and big hit to the customer base due to all the downtime.

Ending #2: Several years earlier, when the software vendor retired, he was kind enough to let the owner know that a system failure of aging equipment could have devastating effects on business. The owner wisely took this to heart. He and his employees began to review demonstrations and talk to other retail owners about available point-of-sale and inventory control software, and identified the most suitable replacement software for the future. He hired a recommended computer consultant to provide him with a plan. Since the owner had no desire to make any major changes while everything was going so smoothly, the consultant recommended a hardware backup device that could interface with the old hardware, as well as with current hardware technologies. It would be used for a data only backup, since the owner was aware that once there was any system failure, the old software would be unusable, but the ability to convert the data to a new software application would be critical. The plan also provided a method of implementing a new hardware network, loading new software, and converting existing data in a timely and efficient manner. Given a reasonable estimate, the owner increased his monthly feed to his capital expenditures account. He also devised a down-time plan describing how his business would operate manually in the transition period. So when that fateful day finally arrived, he was ready! Small hit to the bottom line, and no hit to the customer base.

The moral of this story is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. However, do maintain it, do upgrade as possible, do have an action plan, and do have funds stashed away. Do not get caught unprepared. I assure you that this will help keep your profit margin intact, and your customer base satisfied.

Copyright Mary Hanawalt 2007

Mary Hanawalt is a consultant with Creative Information Group, which provides a unique variety of information services for small businesses. She has a background in software development and systems analysis. Stop by http://creativeinfogroup.com to see what small business services are offered.

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Blogging Tip: How to Find Topic Ideas by John Child – ArticleCity.com

by: John Child


If you have a blog, you know that there is nothing more daunting than sitting down, and wondering what in the world you’re going to say in your next blog entry. You kind of have the feeling that if you don’t have something good to say, that no one will want to read it.

So how do you find stuff to talk about? Here are a couple of ideas:

** Be a part of the blogging community. Subscribe to or visit blogs that are similar to yours. You’ll be able to gather an idea about what’s interesting, what’s being talked about, etc. Then you simply offer your own take on that.

** Review products or services. Have you read a good book lately that would fit with your blog? Do you use a particular software program that your readers might want to use? Are there other products you could write about? Simply write your review about some products or services out there. Not only what you like about it, but what you don’t like about it.

** Create lists. People love to read lists. “The Top Ten…”, “The Five Best Ways to…”, etc. Lists are an easy way to get your ideas flowing, plus they make for very popular posts. Think of how you would rank some of the things you are interested in, and use that as a post.

** Use future posting when you’re creative. One of the things I love about WordPress, is that I can write an article when I have a good idea, or when I feel creative, and then post it to be published at a later date. There’s nothing harder than feeling like you have to write. So when you do feel like writing, create a 2 or 3 posts and set them to be published at a later date.

** Read magazines related to your blog. Magazines are great because they always have tons of ideas that people want to read about, that are current. Pick up a couple of your favorites, or subscribe to them. As you sit down to write your blog, pick one up and scan the headlines… you’re sure to find an idea jump out of there.

I could keep going, but I think you get the general idea. You don’t have to have any huge posts or groundshaking new concepts. People subscribe to your blog because they want to hear from you. But now it will hopefully be easier to know what to say.

John Child is a professional speaker, author and trainer. He has conducted Internet Marketing seminars around the country and other parts of the world for companies like Microsoft, Success Magazine, eBay, and many others. He is the author of books and training programs such as “Selling the Web”, “Virtual Downlines”, and “The Strategic Web”.

His latest training specializes in teaching Network Marketing and MLM professionals how to use Social Networking to build their business online. You can learn more and read John’s blog at http://www.mysocialnetworkmarketing.com.

>>This article is Copyrighted by The BrainChild Company. You are free to use and repost the content of this article as long as you use the entire author bio as posted above.

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Critical Decisions For Small Business – Planning Ahead For System …

by: Mary Hanawalt


Many small businesses subsist on a small but manageable profit margin. Most small businesses are run by do-it-yourselfers. When there is such a fine line between profit and loss, most owners will opt to rely on themselves rather than bring in professional resources. Unless they know for a fact that a computer system vendor or consultant is reasonably priced, ethical, and capable of remaining within the budget, they will opt to assign a low priority to what may appear on the surface to be a non-critical consideration. Oftentimes, they will backburner a project that doesn’t need attention right this minute just to keep the daily work flow on track. This can become an issue when there is a need for a capital expenditure that was not carefully planned for. It not only can dig significantly into the bottom line, it can disrupt the normal course of business.

Let’s take for example a make-believe business. I’ll call it “A+ Clown Store”. The A+ Clown Store is a retail store that has been in business for thirty years. They pride themselves on customer service, and have a loyal customer base because of their consistent ability to provide product rapidly. This trait has enabled them to continue to be competitive, even though they do not have a website. They market to existing and potential clients through mail campaigns.

They have one server and two workstations that are networked together that they purchased used fifteen years ago. The software is a DOS based point-of-sale and inventory control system. They have an aging impact printer that is used for multi-part invoices and packing slips. They have a fairly new laserjet printer used for letters and flyers. Everything works. However, the software vendor retired several years ago, so no software support. But that’s okay, right? Everything works. The owner knows enough to occasionally clear unused files from the hard drive, run defrag and diagnostic utilities, and backup.

The problem is that eventually hardware components fail. One grim day, the trusty old DOS based server powers down for the last time. Let me present to you two possible endings to this unlucky event.

Ending #1: The owner knew, deep in the back of his mind, that this might happen someday. However, his luck had held out so far, and he didn’t consciously consider that it might one day change. He did not have a plan in place, even though his old software vendor has warned him. His attempt to find an equivalent replacement server only met with laughter from the local computer shop. His inquiry as to whether his backed up software and data could be loaded and run on a Windows network also met with laughter, all the more when he disclosed that his backup was on 5.25 inch floppy disks. It ended up that he spent an immense amount of time, not to mention way too much money, on a new hardware platform, new software, and a computer technician to put it all together, train employees, and salvage data. Ouch! Big hit to the bottom line, and big hit to the customer base due to all the downtime.

Ending #2: Several years earlier, when the software vendor retired, he was kind enough to let the owner know that a system failure of aging equipment could have devastating effects on business. The owner wisely took this to heart. He and his employees began to review demonstrations and talk to other retail owners about available point-of-sale and inventory control software, and identified the most suitable replacement software for the future. He hired a recommended computer consultant to provide him with a plan. Since the owner had no desire to make any major changes while everything was going so smoothly, the consultant recommended a hardware backup device that could interface with the old hardware, as well as with current hardware technologies. It would be used for a data only backup, since the owner was aware that once there was any system failure, the old software would be unusable, but the ability to convert the data to a new software application would be critical. The plan also provided a method of implementing a new hardware network, loading new software, and converting existing data in a timely and efficient manner. Given a reasonable estimate, the owner increased his monthly feed to his capital expenditures account. He also devised a down-time plan describing how his business would operate manually in the transition period. So when that fateful day finally arrived, he was ready! Small hit to the bottom line, and no hit to the customer base.

The moral of this story is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. However, do maintain it, do upgrade as possible, do have an action plan, and do have funds stashed away. Do not get caught unprepared. I assure you that this will help keep your profit margin intact, and your customer base satisfied.

Copyright Mary Hanawalt 2007

Mary Hanawalt is a consultant with Creative Information Group, which provides a unique variety of information services for small businesses. She has a background in software development and systems analysis. Stop by http://creativeinfogroup.com to see what small business services are offered.

Don't Forget to be Social!

Critical Decisions For Small Business – Planning Ahead For System …

by: Mary Hanawalt


Many small businesses subsist on a small but manageable profit margin. Most small businesses are run by do-it-yourselfers. When there is such a fine line between profit and loss, most owners will opt to rely on themselves rather than bring in professional resources. Unless they know for a fact that a computer system vendor or consultant is reasonably priced, ethical, and capable of remaining within the budget, they will opt to assign a low priority to what may appear on the surface to be a non-critical consideration. Oftentimes, they will backburner a project that doesn’t need attention right this minute just to keep the daily work flow on track. This can become an issue when there is a need for a capital expenditure that was not carefully planned for. It not only can dig significantly into the bottom line, it can disrupt the normal course of business.

Let’s take for example a make-believe business. I’ll call it “A+ Clown Store”. The A+ Clown Store is a retail store that has been in business for thirty years. They pride themselves on customer service, and have a loyal customer base because of their consistent ability to provide product rapidly. This trait has enabled them to continue to be competitive, even though they do not have a website. They market to existing and potential clients through mail campaigns.

They have one server and two workstations that are networked together that they purchased used fifteen years ago. The software is a DOS based point-of-sale and inventory control system. They have an aging impact printer that is used for multi-part invoices and packing slips. They have a fairly new laserjet printer used for letters and flyers. Everything works. However, the software vendor retired several years ago, so no software support. But that’s okay, right? Everything works. The owner knows enough to occasionally clear unused files from the hard drive, run defrag and diagnostic utilities, and backup.

The problem is that eventually hardware components fail. One grim day, the trusty old DOS based server powers down for the last time. Let me present to you two possible endings to this unlucky event.

Ending #1: The owner knew, deep in the back of his mind, that this might happen someday. However, his luck had held out so far, and he didn’t consciously consider that it might one day change. He did not have a plan in place, even though his old software vendor has warned him. His attempt to find an equivalent replacement server only met with laughter from the local computer shop. His inquiry as to whether his backed up software and data could be loaded and run on a Windows network also met with laughter, all the more when he disclosed that his backup was on 5.25 inch floppy disks. It ended up that he spent an immense amount of time, not to mention way too much money, on a new hardware platform, new software, and a computer technician to put it all together, train employees, and salvage data. Ouch! Big hit to the bottom line, and big hit to the customer base due to all the downtime.

Ending #2: Several years earlier, when the software vendor retired, he was kind enough to let the owner know that a system failure of aging equipment could have devastating effects on business. The owner wisely took this to heart. He and his employees began to review demonstrations and talk to other retail owners about available point-of-sale and inventory control software, and identified the most suitable replacement software for the future. He hired a recommended computer consultant to provide him with a plan. Since the owner had no desire to make any major changes while everything was going so smoothly, the consultant recommended a hardware backup device that could interface with the old hardware, as well as with current hardware technologies. It would be used for a data only backup, since the owner was aware that once there was any system failure, the old software would be unusable, but the ability to convert the data to a new software application would be critical. The plan also provided a method of implementing a new hardware network, loading new software, and converting existing data in a timely and efficient manner. Given a reasonable estimate, the owner increased his monthly feed to his capital expenditures account. He also devised a down-time plan describing how his business would operate manually in the transition period. So when that fateful day finally arrived, he was ready! Small hit to the bottom line, and no hit to the customer base.

The moral of this story is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. However, do maintain it, do upgrade as possible, do have an action plan, and do have funds stashed away. Do not get caught unprepared. I assure you that this will help keep your profit margin intact, and your customer base satisfied.

Copyright Mary Hanawalt 2007

Mary Hanawalt is a consultant with Creative Information Group, which provides a unique variety of information services for small businesses. She has a background in software development and systems analysis. Stop by http://creativeinfogroup.com to see what small business services are offered.

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10 Things You Should Do Before You Start Your Medical Billing …

by: Pinky Mcbanon


One time, I saw a newspaper ad saying they are hiring work-at-home medical billers. I called the number (just to find out what it is!), I found out that for you to be able to work as a Medical Biller, you have to purchase their software at a range of $800-1,500 (I thought, it is actually a packaged-medical billing business). They will then train you how to use their software, after (I think) 10 days of training, you will have an access to their so-called doctors’ database. They promised you can get your 1st client through their database.

Due to my curiosity, I started reading and researching packaged homebased medical billing business. But take note: the training you will get is NOT actually a medical billing training. The bottom line here? – you simply purchase the business, pay for their software and start your business! But how realistic is this? I know some people who ended up with no clients at all after purchasing the software! And then later on, I’ve read that the Federal Trade Commission warned us about these companies offering homebased medical billing business with their false claims on how you make a lot of money on this business.

Medical Billing is a legitimate business (either home-based or office-based) and you can make good money as long as you know how to do it, the right way. But before that, consider the 10 Things You Need To Do:

1. Try to gain actual work experience. Work as a Medical Biller in a doctor’s office (or even as a volunteer at your nearest hospital). Do this for at least a year.

2. You should be highly knowledgeable on HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability) and how does your current work/practice place complies/follows its rules and regulations. I always emphasize this because it is very important in any health provider businesses

3. Learn the actual “know-how” on claims submission (paper billing & electronic billing)

4. Learn how you can deal with insurances, can you handle collections? denied/rejected claims? Learn how to file appeals for denied claims

5. Learn how to analyze and optimize proper coding (procedure and diagnosis codes) to avoid rejection & denials

6. Learn how to review and analyze the reasons for unbilled and or aged medical claims

7. Beside learning the medical terminologies, you should also know many “medical billing” terms and its meaning: (PCP, copay, co-insurance, deductibles, allowed amounts, predetermination, medical necessity, progress notes, prognosis, treatment plan, preauthorization, appeals, referrals, scripts, benefits and eligibility, capitations, HMOs, PPOs, POS, EPO, HIPAA)

8. Learn how to properly post: – payments, deductibles, co-insurance, adjustments and write-offs (it is different when you are actually at work doing the postings than what you learned during your training)

9. Feel the medical billing scenario (how is the cash flow? what about the turn-around time of payments?)

10. And the last but not the least, feel the work— do you like what you do? Do you have the ability and the managerial skill to run your business?

Pinky Mcbanon is an experienced Medical Biller and Coder based in New York. A graduate of Bachelor Science in Computer Engineering. A Medical Practice Billing Consultant. She shares her expertise and knowledge with http://www.medclaimsplus.com.

Read more about the author as she share her knowledge and expertise in her field by visiting her website at http://www.justmypassion.com

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Blogging Tip: How to Find Topic Ideas by John Child – ArticleCity.com

by: John Child


If you have a blog, you know that there is nothing more daunting than sitting down, and wondering what in the world you’re going to say in your next blog entry. You kind of have the feeling that if you don’t have something good to say, that no one will want to read it.

So how do you find stuff to talk about? Here are a couple of ideas:

** Be a part of the blogging community. Subscribe to or visit blogs that are similar to yours. You’ll be able to gather an idea about what’s interesting, what’s being talked about, etc. Then you simply offer your own take on that.

** Review products or services. Have you read a good book lately that would fit with your blog? Do you use a particular software program that your readers might want to use? Are there other products you could write about? Simply write your review about some products or services out there. Not only what you like about it, but what you don’t like about it.

** Create lists. People love to read lists. “The Top Ten…”, “The Five Best Ways to…”, etc. Lists are an easy way to get your ideas flowing, plus they make for very popular posts. Think of how you would rank some of the things you are interested in, and use that as a post.

** Use future posting when you’re creative. One of the things I love about WordPress, is that I can write an article when I have a good idea, or when I feel creative, and then post it to be published at a later date. There’s nothing harder than feeling like you have to write. So when you do feel like writing, create a 2 or 3 posts and set them to be published at a later date.

** Read magazines related to your blog. Magazines are great because they always have tons of ideas that people want to read about, that are current. Pick up a couple of your favorites, or subscribe to them. As you sit down to write your blog, pick one up and scan the headlines… you’re sure to find an idea jump out of there.

I could keep going, but I think you get the general idea. You don’t have to have any huge posts or groundshaking new concepts. People subscribe to your blog because they want to hear from you. But now it will hopefully be easier to know what to say.

John Child is a professional speaker, author and trainer. He has conducted Internet Marketing seminars around the country and other parts of the world for companies like Microsoft, Success Magazine, eBay, and many others. He is the author of books and training programs such as “Selling the Web”, “Virtual Downlines”, and “The Strategic Web”.

His latest training specializes in teaching Network Marketing and MLM professionals how to use Social Networking to build their business online. You can learn more and read John’s blog at http://www.mysocialnetworkmarketing.com.

>>This article is Copyrighted by The BrainChild Company. You are free to use and repost the content of this article as long as you use the entire author bio as posted above.

Don't Forget to be Social!

Critical Decisions For Small Business – Planning Ahead For System …

by: Mary Hanawalt


Many small businesses subsist on a small but manageable profit margin. Most small businesses are run by do-it-yourselfers. When there is such a fine line between profit and loss, most owners will opt to rely on themselves rather than bring in professional resources. Unless they know for a fact that a computer system vendor or consultant is reasonably priced, ethical, and capable of remaining within the budget, they will opt to assign a low priority to what may appear on the surface to be a non-critical consideration. Oftentimes, they will backburner a project that doesn’t need attention right this minute just to keep the daily work flow on track. This can become an issue when there is a need for a capital expenditure that was not carefully planned for. It not only can dig significantly into the bottom line, it can disrupt the normal course of business.

Let’s take for example a make-believe business. I’ll call it “A+ Clown Store”. The A+ Clown Store is a retail store that has been in business for thirty years. They pride themselves on customer service, and have a loyal customer base because of their consistent ability to provide product rapidly. This trait has enabled them to continue to be competitive, even though they do not have a website. They market to existing and potential clients through mail campaigns.

They have one server and two workstations that are networked together that they purchased used fifteen years ago. The software is a DOS based point-of-sale and inventory control system. They have an aging impact printer that is used for multi-part invoices and packing slips. They have a fairly new laserjet printer used for letters and flyers. Everything works. However, the software vendor retired several years ago, so no software support. But that’s okay, right? Everything works. The owner knows enough to occasionally clear unused files from the hard drive, run defrag and diagnostic utilities, and backup.

The problem is that eventually hardware components fail. One grim day, the trusty old DOS based server powers down for the last time. Let me present to you two possible endings to this unlucky event.

Ending #1: The owner knew, deep in the back of his mind, that this might happen someday. However, his luck had held out so far, and he didn’t consciously consider that it might one day change. He did not have a plan in place, even though his old software vendor has warned him. His attempt to find an equivalent replacement server only met with laughter from the local computer shop. His inquiry as to whether his backed up software and data could be loaded and run on a Windows network also met with laughter, all the more when he disclosed that his backup was on 5.25 inch floppy disks. It ended up that he spent an immense amount of time, not to mention way too much money, on a new hardware platform, new software, and a computer technician to put it all together, train employees, and salvage data. Ouch! Big hit to the bottom line, and big hit to the customer base due to all the downtime.

Ending #2: Several years earlier, when the software vendor retired, he was kind enough to let the owner know that a system failure of aging equipment could have devastating effects on business. The owner wisely took this to heart. He and his employees began to review demonstrations and talk to other retail owners about available point-of-sale and inventory control software, and identified the most suitable replacement software for the future. He hired a recommended computer consultant to provide him with a plan. Since the owner had no desire to make any major changes while everything was going so smoothly, the consultant recommended a hardware backup device that could interface with the old hardware, as well as with current hardware technologies. It would be used for a data only backup, since the owner was aware that once there was any system failure, the old software would be unusable, but the ability to convert the data to a new software application would be critical. The plan also provided a method of implementing a new hardware network, loading new software, and converting existing data in a timely and efficient manner. Given a reasonable estimate, the owner increased his monthly feed to his capital expenditures account. He also devised a down-time plan describing how his business would operate manually in the transition period. So when that fateful day finally arrived, he was ready! Small hit to the bottom line, and no hit to the customer base.

The moral of this story is “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. However, do maintain it, do upgrade as possible, do have an action plan, and do have funds stashed away. Do not get caught unprepared. I assure you that this will help keep your profit margin intact, and your customer base satisfied.

Copyright Mary Hanawalt 2007

Mary Hanawalt is a consultant with Creative Information Group, which provides a unique variety of information services for small businesses. She has a background in software development and systems analysis. Stop by http://creativeinfogroup.com to see what small business services are offered.

Don't Forget to be Social!

Blogging Tip: How to Find Topic Ideas by John Child – ArticleCity.com

by: John Child


If you have a blog, you know that there is nothing more daunting than sitting down, and wondering what in the world you’re going to say in your next blog entry. You kind of have the feeling that if you don’t have something good to say, that no one will want to read it.

So how do you find stuff to talk about? Here are a couple of ideas:

** Be a part of the blogging community. Subscribe to or visit blogs that are similar to yours. You’ll be able to gather an idea about what’s interesting, what’s being talked about, etc. Then you simply offer your own take on that.

** Review products or services. Have you read a good book lately that would fit with your blog? Do you use a particular software program that your readers might want to use? Are there other products you could write about? Simply write your review about some products or services out there. Not only what you like about it, but what you don’t like about it.

** Create lists. People love to read lists. “The Top Ten…”, “The Five Best Ways to…”, etc. Lists are an easy way to get your ideas flowing, plus they make for very popular posts. Think of how you would rank some of the things you are interested in, and use that as a post.

** Use future posting when you’re creative. One of the things I love about WordPress, is that I can write an article when I have a good idea, or when I feel creative, and then post it to be published at a later date. There’s nothing harder than feeling like you have to write. So when you do feel like writing, create a 2 or 3 posts and set them to be published at a later date.

** Read magazines related to your blog. Magazines are great because they always have tons of ideas that people want to read about, that are current. Pick up a couple of your favorites, or subscribe to them. As you sit down to write your blog, pick one up and scan the headlines… you’re sure to find an idea jump out of there.

I could keep going, but I think you get the general idea. You don’t have to have any huge posts or groundshaking new concepts. People subscribe to your blog because they want to hear from you. But now it will hopefully be easier to know what to say.

John Child is a professional speaker, author and trainer. He has conducted Internet Marketing seminars around the country and other parts of the world for companies like Microsoft, Success Magazine, eBay, and many others. He is the author of books and training programs such as “Selling the Web”, “Virtual Downlines”, and “The Strategic Web”.

His latest training specializes in teaching Network Marketing and MLM professionals how to use Social Networking to build their business online. You can learn more and read John’s blog at http://www.mysocialnetworkmarketing.com.

>>This article is Copyrighted by The BrainChild Company. You are free to use and repost the content of this article as long as you use the entire author bio as posted above.

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Blogging Tip: How to Find Topic Ideas by John Child – ArticleCity.com

by: John Child


If you have a blog, you know that there is nothing more daunting than sitting down, and wondering what in the world you’re going to say in your next blog entry. You kind of have the feeling that if you don’t have something good to say, that no one will want to read it.

So how do you find stuff to talk about? Here are a couple of ideas:

** Be a part of the blogging community. Subscribe to or visit blogs that are similar to yours. You’ll be able to gather an idea about what’s interesting, what’s being talked about, etc. Then you simply offer your own take on that.

** Review products or services. Have you read a good book lately that would fit with your blog? Do you use a particular software program that your readers might want to use? Are there other products you could write about? Simply write your review about some products or services out there. Not only what you like about it, but what you don’t like about it.

** Create lists. People love to read lists. “The Top Ten…”, “The Five Best Ways to…”, etc. Lists are an easy way to get your ideas flowing, plus they make for very popular posts. Think of how you would rank some of the things you are interested in, and use that as a post.

** Use future posting when you’re creative. One of the things I love about WordPress, is that I can write an article when I have a good idea, or when I feel creative, and then post it to be published at a later date. There’s nothing harder than feeling like you have to write. So when you do feel like writing, create a 2 or 3 posts and set them to be published at a later date.

** Read magazines related to your blog. Magazines are great because they always have tons of ideas that people want to read about, that are current. Pick up a couple of your favorites, or subscribe to them. As you sit down to write your blog, pick one up and scan the headlines… you’re sure to find an idea jump out of there.

I could keep going, but I think you get the general idea. You don’t have to have any huge posts or groundshaking new concepts. People subscribe to your blog because they want to hear from you. But now it will hopefully be easier to know what to say.

John Child is a professional speaker, author and trainer. He has conducted Internet Marketing seminars around the country and other parts of the world for companies like Microsoft, Success Magazine, eBay, and many others. He is the author of books and training programs such as “Selling the Web”, “Virtual Downlines”, and “The Strategic Web”.

His latest training specializes in teaching Network Marketing and MLM professionals how to use Social Networking to build their business online. You can learn more and read John’s blog at http://www.mysocialnetworkmarketing.com.

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