This may sound very complicated, but it’s not! Word lists are intuitively simple. So, let’s start with a simple example.
Let’s say you’ve been given an assignment to write about gardening. The first way to start generating topics is to free associated and brainstorm different words associated with gardening.
So a simple word list would look like this:
– gardening equipment
– drought-resistant plants
– rain barrels
– heirloom plants
– soil preparation
Anyways, you get the idea. From this simple brainstorming session, you may end up getting some great ideas for topics or for the outline to an eBook from a few minutes of using a word list creatively. But, we’re not done! We’re going to use a more complex word list to eventually target research and articles already written on the Internet in a very precise way. Before we create the complex word list, let’s think about the case where you are faced with a blank sheet of paper and a topic that has you mystified.
Figuring Out Word Lists From Scratch
Don’t panic! Even if you got a subject that frightens you, we will show you a ridiculously easy way to get past the initial terror that seizes you with an unfamiliar topic. All you have to do is be able to cut and paste, basically, to have the skills to generate words that go with this topic. That’s because you’re going to let other people build the lists for you. All, you’re going to do is plug in the original topic term into the Google search engine and find relevant articles. After you’ve got a list of URLs with relevant topics, you can start to use them to generate a frequency word list.
A frequency word list is like a simple word list, except that it tells you how many times a word is used in a piece of text or article. This is really valuable information if you are trying to generate a word list for research purposes or to find out what keywords Internet marketers are targeting on their websites. The higher the frequency of a word, the more important it is to search engine and to the marketer. So, you can bet that some of these words that pop up the most are actually Google Keywords too, at times.