One of the challenges of blogging is that you need a steady stream of content, which means you need a constant supply of new ideas. Since you don’t want to waste time brainstorming a topic each time you sit down to write, create a system for coming up with these ideas. Here are some sources where you can easily find ideas for your blog posts.
- Social Media. Check your social media feed. Look for conversations and see if there’s a topic you can address. Also look for questions people are asking that you could answer.
- Blog Comments. The same goes for blog comments. Sometimes a reader will ask a question or make a suggestion that you can use for future content.
- Competitors’ Blogs. Bookmark a few competitors’ blogs to use for ideas. Don’t steal an idea as-is but see if you can take your own angle, or see if there are any related topics they’re not covering.
- Question and Answer Sites. Q&A sites like Quora are great for seeing what questions people are asking that you can answer in a blog post.
- Bookstores. Check out the local bookstore or Amazon, especially the “how to” section. Flip through books on your niche to get ideas for things you can cover.
- YouTube Videos. Search on YouTube using keywords related to your niche. Follower popular YouTubers in your topic area to get ideas for things you can cover on your blog.
- Keyword Search. Google is a great tool for sourcing new blog ideas. Search for keywords and find related terms. Google Keyword Planner is even better for getting suggestions.
- Expand on Existing Content. Sometimes, you can write a companion piece or a “part 2” of a post you already wrote. This is great for readers because it creates a series they can follow along with.
- Repurpose Old Content. You can also take old content and repurpose it. This means brushing up an old blog post, taking bits of an information product, or turning videos or audios into blog posts. You can get more mileage out of old content by making it into something new.
- Accept Guests. You can create excellent blog content easily by accepting guest posts or interviewing experts in your niche and turning these interviews into posts.
- Share News. Subscribe to a few news services in your niche and share news stories with your own commentary and ideas added.
- Random Title Generator. Use a random title generator online. Give it keywords relevant to your niche and it will give you some suggestions for titles you can turn into posts.
- Industry Magazines and Newsletters. Subscribe to some industry publications and see what topics they’re covering.
- Follow Influencers. Follow influencers on social media and see what they’re talking about.
- Ask Your Readers. Come right out and ask your readers or social media followers what topics they’d like to see you cover.
Create an idea file and each time you sit down to write, you can just start working. Find some good sources you can tap into whenever you need ideas and you’ll never run out.
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