Another blog post? While it’s exciting that your readers want to hear from you on a regular basis, cranking out a never-ending flow of blog post ideas can sometimes make you as anxious as maxing out your credit card.
We can only expect our brains to come up with so many blog post ideas on their own before we approach a meltdown on the grandest scale. Having ways to brainstorm post ideas quickly is one way to save your sanity.
Here are 9 of my favorite go-to blog post ideas.
- Review Article Sites
Sometimes all you need is to see some examples of what’s working for other writers. While I’m sure you would never plagiarize another author’s writing, you can use their blog posts to inspire your own creativity.
While any site that publishes articles regularly could be of help, a few of my favorites include:
- Pocket – You will need to create a free account. Or get it on your Firefox browser home page.
- Medium – You will need to create a free account. Follow me while you’re there.
- Google News – Free. No account needed.
Search around online. There are hundreds of sites similar to these where you can glean blog post ideas.
- Use Comments
What better way to find out what people love and don’t love than to read their actual comments? Whether on your own posts, on another blog, in social threads, on article sites, or other places, the questions and thoughts shared in those comments can be a clear path to a new blog post.
- Convert Email Subject Lines
I can get lost for hours stepping through the data in Active Campaign (the email list host I use).
When I find subject lines that performed especially well, I look for ways to convert those emails into blog posts. Did I get comments or questions about the email? Was there a discussion about this topic in a Facebook group or online forum? If there is anything that indicates a great deal of interest, I pull those thoughts together to form a solid blog post idea.
I also do this with emails I receive in my own inbox.
- Current Events in Your Niche
The world is constantly turning. Whether it’s new technology for bloggers, a new variety of cucumber, medical research that shows promise, or anything else, check the news for your specific niche regularly to find up-to-the-minute blog post ideas.
- Create a Survey
Going straight to the source is often a well of blog post ideas. Because it can be hard for people to come up with answers off the tops of their heads, I suggest creating multiple-choice surveys and asking your followers to take 2 minutes to fill it out.
Do you have some general idea about the topics your followers might be interested in? Do you have an inkling about subjects you would like to write about and are curious whether your readers would be pleased? Ask them!
There are dozens of sites that offer free and paid survey tools. One of my faves is SurveyMonkey.com.
- Ask Google
Google has tons of resources you can use for free to generate blog post ideas. Check out these:
- Google Keyword Planner – By researching keywords for your post, you can uncover a phenomenal list of blog post topics.
- Google Trends – What’s popular? What topics have people grown weary of? Google Trends can show you.
- Google Analytics – Have Google Analytics connected to your website? If not, you should! Setting up your account doesn’t take long. Spend time delving into your reports to see which past posts have received the most traffic, which had the most on-page time, the lowest bounce rates, and more. Those are the topics your readers most likely want to hear more about.
- Google Autocomplete – Autocomplete is the action that takes place inside the Google search box when you type in a search query. Pay attention to what pops up as you type. Those autocomplete ideas can be a big help. In addition, when you scroll to the bottom of the search results page, you can see a list of other suggestions Google presents.
- Refresh & Reuse
Who says you have to always write a brand-new blog post? Take a walk down Memory Lane and search out some of your most popular older posts. Can they be quickly refreshed and reused? If so, do an update. It’s much faster than writing an entirely new blog post.
- Fill the Gaps
Look at other blogs who write to your niche. What do you see? Have they covered every topic there is to write about in your niche? What’s missing? Can you fill in the gaps?
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- Select & Solve
Over the years, I’m willing to bet you’ve written multiple blog posts from different angles about the same topic, right? Have you ever taken time to review them with an eye toward solving a single problem?
Look at various past posts and pull out information you can use to solve one specific problem your readers constantly have. It’s a quick way to repurpose good-quality content for a fast post.
Be sure to link to the older posts to help increase page views and lower your bounce rate.
What’s My #1 Favorite Way to Generate Blog Post Ideas?
Years ago, I would get frustrated because I would have a flash of brilliance about a blog post topic, but then I’d forget it by the time I got around to writing it. So I started keeping notes on scrap paper, napkins, in my phone… wherever I had a place to jot down the information.
I would think of questions to ask myself, where to do the research, multiple angles I could take, and more. Then, when it was time to write a post, I’d go to my pile of paper and – ta dah! – instant blog post ideas.
Those little shortcuts have saved me from the maddening state of writer’s block over the years.
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How do you keep up with the constant demand of finding blog post ideas? Share your suggestions below.
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