Idea Hangouts: Where To Find Hot Product Ideas To Use For
Creating Your Next Best-Selling eBook
By Jimmy D. Brown of "Small Reports
how many times I’ve been asked “Where can I find hot product ideas
to write about in my next eBook?”
Really. I’ve been keeping
OK, so it’s probably not quite that many times,
but you get the idea.
I get asked that question a LOT.
And so, I’ve decided to share my favorite “idea hangouts”.
That’s right … “idea hangouts.” It’s been my experience that there
are specific places where hot product ideas are always gathered. I
call them “idea hangouts.”
*** Idea Hangout #1
One of the “idea hangouts” that I’ve identified is
Amazon.com is the web’s largest bookstore.
It’s also a community center for new product ideas. I use it
as one of my top brainstorming resources. Again and again I visit
this site to come up with topics to write about.
Amazon.com so useful as a research tool for getting new ideas is
their searchable database of books. There are thousands of great
ideas lurking in there if you just know how to use it.
that’s what I’m here for. :o)
I’m going to show you how to
find hot product ideas with Amazon.com anytime you want.
really a matter of three simple steps …
STEP 01 :
>>> Decide Upon A Broad Category. When brainstorming ideas,
you must begin with a broad category to work with. Some examples
might be: weight loss, marketing, dating, travel,
So, you need that ahead of time. Figure out a broad
subject that you know is popular (I.E. You know that losing weight
is ALWAYS going to be a popular subject, as is “making money.”).
As an example for this article, I’m going to choose
STEP 02 : >>> Search Amazon’s Database. After
picking your broad topic to research, it’s time to visit Amazon.com.
Specifically, you’re going to SEARCH their database of books
they are selling.
Upon arriving at their site, locate their
SEARCH form. At the time of this writing, it was in the upper left
hand corner of their main page. Pull the menu down and select BOOKS
from the options.
In the space provided, type in whatever
broad category you chose. I’d type in “Golf”. (You don’t need
If you did indeed start with a broad
category, then hundreds (or even thousands) of book listings should
appear as a result of the search.
STEP 03 : >>>
Brainstorm Ideas From The Listings. Let the brainstorming session
begin! Now it’s time to look at the books that are listed and write
down as many possible ideas as you can find.
Look for the
different TYPES of books written about the subject, identifying
different THEMES, STYLES and SUBCATEGORIES.
Let’s look at an
When I searched for “Golf”, I was able to
immediately spot dozens of great ideas. Here are a handful
1. Becoming a better golfer. There are many golf books
available in this area, covering everything from “A-Z of Golf Shots”
to specific topics such as “Improving Your Short Game.” There were
lots of different themes from “learning to break 100” to “shaving 10
shots off your score” to “7 shots that will change your golf game
2. Guides to Golf Courses. Again, we have many
different ideas here. Specific golf guides like “Florida golfing”,
“golfing in Tennessee” and “golfing the Robert Trent Jones trail”
appear, as well as books on “the best golf courses in America,”
“best kept secrets: great golf courses you’ve probably never
played,” and “golf vacation guides.”
3. Profiting from Golf.
More ideas pour in with “opening a golf repair business,” “becoming
a golf retailer,” “learning how to caddy” and “buying & selling
used golf clubs.” What about “running an online golf auction”,
“organizing a golf tournament for profit” or even “writing
information products about golf!”
4. Golf and Business. There
are millions of dollars in business deals negotiated on the golf
course every single year. And there are books available to teach
folks how to get it done. “How to negotiate business deals during
golf outings,” “Legal golf tax deductions for businesspeople,” and
“business seminars and golf: how to mix training and fun for maximum
profit” are just a few more ideas worth exploring.
Products. My, my, my there are so many ideas floating around in
here! Everything ranging from reviews of the latest golf equipment
to ratings of golf courses to discounts on golf packages. Resource
guides to finding the best deals on golfing products, how to
negotiate discounts, and how to find the best products for your
specific golf game also come to mind as product ideas.
Broad Category (Golf) + Amazon.com Searchable Database of Books = 28
Potential Product Ideas
See how easy that was? I found
TWENTY-EIGHT potential new product ideas (and there were MANY MORE
that I didn’t mention in this article) from a simple brainstorming
exercise using ONE “idea hangout.”
There’s got to be a
best-seller in that bunch somewhere. And certainly with a little
“mix -n- match” I can come up with a hit product with these
Not bad, eh?
So, now it’s YOUR turn. It’s a
simple system for coming up with product ideas anytime you
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