It’s an uneasy feeling, isn’t it?
Sitting in front of the computer screen, stressing your brain, staring at that blinking cursor that’s obviously mocking you. All this, while you’re just waiting.
Waiting for your next “epic” blog post idea. Waiting for the words to magically come to you out of thin air. Just waiting.
I remember when I use to have that problem.
I couldn’t come up with blog topics if my life depended on it.
That frustration caused me to write about whatever came to mind — even if it was something that didn’t help my readers. As long as I published the content on the publishing date, I knew I had 6 days, 23 hours and 59 minutes left to come up with something good.
You ever felt like that? Or even done that?
It did — and luckily for me, I found a way to overcome that by reading other people’s blog posts and snooping around in the comments. Now, I’m overwhelmed with ideas and have 70 blog posts sitting in the draft section … waiting to be published.
But while that worked for me, I was curious.
Curious to know what other people did to come up with great blog topics. Topics so good that they’re never bothered by the mocking blinking cursor again. So, I decided to ask them.
And in this post, you’ll hear their can’t fail methods for coming up with blog topics their readers love to read.
What’s One Effective Method You Use To Come Up With Great Blog Topic Ideas?
1. “Problems Most Readers Talked About In Their Comments”
I am a crusader of problem solving content. This is going to be meat, we all as bloggers, will be eating this year and beyond.
I read at least 5 to 6 blogs a day and basically what I do is read the posts, read comments on the post and then leave mine. My post ideas usually come from problems most readers talked about in their comments.
Another hot post generating idea I have is rounding up solutions proffered by seasoned bloggers and giving it a title that summarizes how big bloggers solved a said problem. This has remained a great strategy for coming up with great post ideas. Here is an example of a
Here is an example of a round up post I did – What Super Engagement Bloggers Say is the Magic Ingredient in Blogging.
Using the above two methods I have on countless basis come up with great post ideas. These are posts that sell themselves overtime!
Apart from these two, I also use my daily experiences in blogging or case studies to come up with post ideas, but this is always on a specific subject.
– Jackson Nwachukwu is an internet entrepreneur, author and expert blogger at WorthBlogger.com
2. “Mind-Mapping Is A Great Strategy”
I never have trouble coming up with blog post ideas. In fact, sometimes I have too many!
Generally speaking, when I am hit with inspiration, I begin a new post right away, as I know the value of Why You Should (+ How to) Act IMMEDIATELY When Hit With Inspiration all too well.
It’s not uncommon for me to have a dozen or more (usually more!) blog posts in my Drafts folder.
Mind-mapping is also a great strategy I use to create blog posts that cover different topics but relate to one another. My series posts on Dear Blogger are a perfect example of this. (The first series is the one about Putting Yourself Out There, and the second is the Impress Your Guests series.)
The Putting Yourself Out There series consists of:
- Part 1: How to Overcome Your Shyness (September 2014’s article)
- Part 2: How to Be Seen As An Authority (October 2014’s article)
- Part 3: How to Ooze Confidence (Novermber 2014’s’s article)
There have been many posts written about how to generate ideas for blog posts as well as how to repurpose old posts. Keeping an idea bank or notebook is often suggested, too.
What most new bloggers fail to do is to link to their past posts, and to update their old posts when a new, promised post is delivered/published. This is particularly important to do for SEO purposes. Google watches what bloggers are doing, and love bloggers who constantly maintain their websites and blog posts!
Linking to past, related posts is great for SEO because you build authority with each relevant link. It’s equally important to link to articles on other sites, too, as Google follows each link when deciding on how to rank a post.
– Lorraine Reguly is a blogger, teacher, writer, editor and owner of WordingWell.com
3. “Reading Other People’s Posts”
I mostly just listen to my commenters and subscribers.
They usually will make a statement or ask more questions that prompt posts.
I also get good ideas from reading other people’s posts. Maybe I could relate to something they’d written or their commenters were asking questions. I might be able to elaborate more on a certain topic or of course give them my suggestions and opinions about what’s worked best for me.
Other times when I take my dog out for her break and I breathe some fresh air a topic will pop in my head out of nowhere and there’s my next blog post. I love then that happens too.
– Adrienne Smith is an engagement superstar and blogger at AdrienneSmith.net
4. “Have Conversations”
Easy. Have conversations.
I believe this is the single greatest way to keep ahead of the ‘dead zone’ where so many bloggers dry up and panic, because they can’t seem to develop more ideas.
Talking with intelligent people provides perspective, feedback, emotional strength and has a tendency to rejuvenate our minds and idea reserves. Sometimes it may be nothing more than a curious spin on something we’ve already written about, but it can be powerful.
Another strong advantage to conversations, especially with doing this online, is discovering the current trends. Now, there’s a pitfall here. You don’t want to be writing about dated subjects—so make sure you take information and put it through your “green” filter. Distill the principles and make the subject/material timeless.
I’m a parenting blogger.
There will always be parents. There will always be kids. The timeless aspect is built into what I do, so when I write about “12 Concrete Reasons Why The Kids Should Kiss Your Apron” it’ll be valid a decade from now.
Why? Because kids don’t respect their mothers as they should and they never have—nor will they do it in the future.
It’s why we keep reminding the little turds.
You don’t have that same luxury with technology or celebrity events/personalities or music/movies. Social preferences, trends & advancements continue to roll forward—faster than you can catch your breath.
Be mindful of what your subject is and make sure new readers can discover it in a month (or even years) from now and benefit from it as it you wrote it today.
While you have conversations, record it. I keep a small notebook with ideas and it helps a ton. Heck, I’m even scribbling when I go to Church or during business meetings. I watch people and listen to other conversations—how parents and kids engage with one another.
It sparks ideas in me and so I jot them down for use at a later date.
– Jaime Buckley is a fiction author, family man, blogger and teacher that writes some of the most unique content at WantedHero.com
5. “Proper Keyword Research”
For perfect blog topic, I do a proper keyword research with the help of “Google Keyword Planner” and choosing a long tail, low competitive and high searched keywords which also has a good CPC budget.
Then I form a unique and trendy title with that keyword.
E.g.:- Take a keyword “make money blogging” and search this keyword on “Google keyword planner”.
This keyword has a good search, good CPC but, has a medium competition, which can take lots of time and efforts to rank. But, I can choose some alternative long tail keywords as you can see in below screenshot.
I got the exact matching long tail keyword “make money blogging for beginners”.
Now, add some words to the front of this keyword such as “5 Effective tips to make money blogging for beginners”. Just search the uniqueness of this title in search engine and if it is unique, you can use it.
Isn’t it a great idea to find a good blog post idea?
6. “Think About My Strengths And What I Know The Most About”
For each blog I keep a list of possible post ideas, and whenever I have an idea I add it to the list.
That way I never feel like I need to come up with a new idea quickly so I can write a post. If I am brainstorming and trying to come up with some post ideas I usually try to think about my strengths and what I know the most about.
I also think about things that my readers might like to learn or know more about.
Hopefully there is some overlap between my area of expertise and what readers will want to learn, and if so, those are usually the best post ideas.
– Marc Andre is an entrepreneur and blogger at ProfitBlitz.com
7. “Good Brainstorming”
This is my favorite method and it has a lengthy process. It is amazing for those who love to think and talk of ideas. I mostly follow this process to conceive a unique idea for my blog post.
- First I do brainstorming soon after reading several posts on main topic which I want to cover. Then I write whatever comes into mind while brainstorming and then edit it by deleting the words or phrases of same meaning and then finally put all the words and phrases in a proper order.
- I check at Google Trends which of my brainstormed ideas are trending at Google
- I put the phrases of most trendy ideas into Uber Suggest to get several ideas of different nature similar to my conceived ideas
- I appropriately put a highly searched keyword within the most trendy phrase related to a topic which I want to cover in my next post
- I change the phrase into a title by putting interrogative pronoun or putting a number to make a list post or applying any other trick to make it a clickable headline
– Mi Muba is an experienced blogger and content writer at BeAMoneyBlogger.com
8. “Being Active”
When it comes to getting ideas to come up with for my blog posts, I found that one keyword comes to mind for me, and it’s being ACTIVE.
When I say active, I mean it in everything sense of the word.
It could be taking a long walk in the park, keeping up with the news, reading, having a conversation with someone, or even simply observing.
Each and every one of these situations has at one point or another inspired me for a blog post.
Lately, for example, the events that happened in France motivated me to write a blog post for my travel category. I was very active watching the news on French TV.
The desire to write about the event was very strong and I just HAD to write about this.
This was a post from the heart, which are the best ones. The result of this was an invitation to be interviewed on a podcast.
So, bottom line, to get ideas to write blog posts, do things. Anything. And put your writer’s hat on at all time.
– Sylviane Nuccio is a Freelance Writer and a Certified Life Coach who blogs over at SylvianeNuccio.com.
9. “Visit Popular Blogging Communities”
In addition to reading other blogs or news within your niche, you may visit the most popular blogging communities.
Also, there are some online tools you can use to come up with topics or ideas for your next blog post:
- Twitter chats
- Topsy (like Google search, but focused on social channels).
10. “Tweak Your Biz Tool”
My favourite tool for coming up with great blog post ideas has to be the Tweak Your Biz Headline Generator.
I use this regularly if I’m stuck for an idea. You just add in your key topic, click generate and choose from the hundreds of suggestions it gives you.
I don’t always use each title suggestion word for word. I combine it with CoSchedule’s Headline Analyzer to help me get the best possible title, but it’s a great starting place.
I usually find after using the generator, my post writes itself.
– Stacey Corrin is a Ghostwriter, Blog Designer and Blogger who writes at StaceyCorrin.co.uk/
11. “Follow The Trends”
Well, this is really challenging. I perform several methods.
For example, follow up post is great for guest blogging. The end goal is to make sure it relates to other posts. Another super effective methods (depending on niche) is to follow the trend.
Some industries like social media has tons of trends daily while SEO topics are usually curation.
So follow the trend and make something epic out of it. Re-write or adding more points to the write up will make your article extremely readable.
– Reginald Chan is a blogger and entrepreneur at WPChronicles.com
12. “Seek Ideas From Conversations”
Yes, there are many methods to come up with great ideas for blog posts. However, one of the most effective is to seek the ideas from the conversations and content or the comments and matter of the blog post on your blog.
You can expand or extend any portion of content that the readers expressed their interest in to know more about them. You can also take up and write about some point of discussion or controversy in the comments of any post. Now with a forum at my blog, there are lots of views, posts, and comments – so no dearth of ideas!
The reason why this method is effective lies in the fact that these ideas are generated and liked by the readers of your blog. So, there are great chances that your post will be a hit among your blog readers.
– Harlenna Singh is a commenting queen, blogger and entrepreneur at Aha-Now.com
13. “Browse Several Forums”
I like to browse several forums when I’m searching for a blog post idea.
By looking at the popular topics, I get ideas for potential posts.
Then I look at the specific questions that people are asking in those topics. I can take several of those questions and create a post that solves that problem with practical and actionable tips.
– Sue Anne Dunlevie is a podcaster and expert blogger at SuccessfulBlogging.com
I always try to think of the problems I’d like solutions for, then I do some research and see if I can find the answer.
I love sharing the things I’ve learned with my readers.
15. “Subscribers’ Questions/Problems”
My students’ and subscribers’ questions/problems are by far the best source for me to know what to cover in my content marketing. It’s rewarding to know that I’m helping someone alleviate their pain and frustration, and it’s a win-win for everyone.
– Carol Amato is a coach, entrepreneur and blogger at CarolAmato.com
16. “Conversations On Social Networking Sites”
I listen to what people are saying. What questions are they asking? What seems to be confusing or overwhelming? What do people want to know more about?
People are often afraid to ask a question because they fear looking “dumb”. However, if one person is confused or needs help on a topic, there’s a very good chance that there are others who can benefit from learning more about it as well. That quest for knowledge is a need waiting to be answered.
Many times when I reply to a comment (both on my blog and blogs that I visit) a conversation ensues. Those discussions can be great fodder for a blog post. Often, I’ll copy parts of those conversations to use them later in an article.
Sometimes, I’ll do a screen grab with the name and Gravatar of the person that I’m conversing with. That way, I can give them a shout-out and link back to their post as well. That’s a real win-win when you get an idea and can build a relationship at the same time. (This idea works for Twitter and other social sites as well.)
Another source of ideas is conversations on social networking sites. LinkedIn and Facebook groups can be an especially fertile ground for ideas. What it comes down to is finding a problem to solve and then write about it.
– Sherryl Perry is a teacher, entrepreneur and blogger for KeepUpWithTheWeb.com
17. “Find Ideas That Haven’t Been Fully Fleshed Out”
I’m in a rebellious mood today, so I’m going to give two methods bloggers can use!
The first is the easiest: Find ideas that haven’t been fully fleshed out. These ideas can be found within old posts you’ve written, or on the blogs of others.
So, for example, if you find a “Top 10” list, delve deeper into #4 on the list. If you briefly touched on a topic in an old post, dedicate an entire post to that topic and go into more detail. If you find a post that doesn’t do justice to a particular topic, write your own post on the topic and make sure justice is served!
The second method is “look for ideas in unexpected places.”
TV, the news, your annoying co-worker, and your recent trip to the grocery store are all potential points of blogging inspiration. You just have to keep your eyes open.
– Kevin Duncan is an expert blogger at BeABetterBlogger.com
18. “Questions That I Need Answered”
Because my content is largely geared towards small business owners, bloggers, internet marketers, and other freelancers, I often find myself thinking of new blog topics for my audience by accident.
Throughout the day, I will have a question I need answered. It might involve where to find stock photos, how and when to add the ‘nofollow’ tag to a link, or how to get more engagement on Facebook. As soon as I am struck by a ‘how-to’ sort of question, I write it down. I keep a long list of these questions, and I eventually turn the answers I found into new blog posts.
As it turns out, other people have the same questions I do. And since I just finished teaching myself a new skill, it is easy to translate those findings into short guides for others to follow.
– Brent Jones is a Freelancer, Blogger & Internet Marketer at BrentJonesOnline.com
19. “People’s Potential Needs”
I look around. While doing my regular marketing activities. Killing two birds with one stone. When I notice wrong techniques or things that could be improved, I add a tiny mark next to them. In my mind.
Then time passes… I keep an eye on the topics so I can further observe whether the issues initially identified occur on a larger scale or not. And finally I take a decision…
If I see that there’s potential audience that could benefit from my ideas, I write a blog post. That’s it. A very effective method based on people’s potential needs. And blogger’s experience 😉
– Adrian Jock is a blogger, author and Internet Marketer at AdrianJock.com
20. “See What’s Working For Your Fellow Bloggers”
One of the biggest things I have been doing lately to up my game – blogging and SEO-wise, is to use some competitive analysis tools.
Why is this such a game changer for me? Well apart from the SEO benefits, it is amazing what you can find out by seeing what other people are up to.
Can you imagine? For example, you can find:
- Topics that they have covered, that you could do better on
- Ideas for posts from related keywords that you had no idea people searched for
- You can find blogs and websites you did not know even existed (we all tend to move in the same circles)
And how am I doing all of this? Via a tool called SEMRush. And if you want to know more about what this tool can do, I did a detailed review not long ago.
So if you are stuck for ideas, why not see what is working for your fellow bloggers!
– Ashley Faulkes is a blogger and web designer at MadLemmings.com
There are so many great ways to come up with content ideas.
Using tools like SEMrush and BuzzSumo can work incredibly well but the truth is that the way I come up with my best ideas is more unconventional.
I come up with my best ideas when I’m doing something trivial that isn’t cognitively challenging. For example, my last solid content idea was thought up while I was making a sandwich.
So if you’re ever trying to think of a content idea and writers block strikes – do something else. Go for a walk, do some gardening. Whatever it is, make sure it’s not cognitively challenging and the results will surprise you.
– Adam Connell is a blogger at BloggingWizard.com
22. “I Listen To My Readers”
I listen to my readers through comments, emails and social media. It’s a great way of deciphering what information people want more of.
Like an old teacher used to say to me ‘Don’t be afraid to put your hand up and ask. If you have a question, the likelihood is others have the same question too’.
So I work off that philosophy. If I read a comment where someone is struggling with something, if I read an email that asks for help, or if I respond to a Twitter question, the likelihood is that others are struggling with the same thing.
I have even wrote email responses as a blog post, and then reply to that person with the link saying ‘Here’s your answer’.
It’s a really great way of coming up with new content for blog posts, and gives a really accurate indication of what sort of content people want to see.
– Richard Martin is a blogger and Internet Marketer at SmartIncomeDetective.com
23. “Other People’s Blog Posts”
I find the most inspiration when reading other people blog posts. To take it a little further I find the most unique ideas come from the comments of those blog posts.
It is said that less than 5% of people actually read the comments, which is unfortunate.
The comments that others share adds so much value to the blog post. When you have 10, 20, 30 plus people giving their opinion on a given topic, it leaves an opportunity to gain more insight on the topic.
In any blog post, no matter its length, there is always additional value that can be added and it is often times found in the comments.
I’d challenge anyone who is struggling for interesting ideas for their blog post, to really dive in to the comment section of the blog posts they read.
– Steven Wilson is a blogger at HighPoweredSeo.com
24. “Observe Other Blogs”
The one effective method I use to come up with great blog post ideas is to “OBSERVE”. I observe other blogs, and my target audience.
I used to use brainstorming as a sole method of generating blog post ideas. But I found it to me too “me” centered. By observing, I am able to empathize with my readers and as well as understand what my fellow bloggers are already serving to their audience. I use various streams to observe.
I observe while I comment on other blogs – I read the post thoroughly; sometimes the post might give me some ideas to expand or to discuss. I also read the prominent comments left on other blogs and as well as on my own blog.
I browse through QA sites like Quora to see the pressing questions asked in my niche.
I also ask my subscribers (in my first email to them) about their challenge or struggle with blogging. I collect those questions too.
There’s an old saying that I like to throw around from time to time, “You can find inspiration from anywhere.”
And based on some of the answers these bloggers gave, it’s the truth.
So if you’re frustrated, stressed or feeling uneasy because that cursor is mocking you, day in and day out, take a page from one (or some) of these bloggers. Because coming up with blog topics doesn’t have to be that difficult. You just need a can’t-fail strategy to start generating them consistently.
So, what do you think of the ideas these 24 bloggers shared? Anything stand out to you? Anything you’re eager to try?
Leave a comment below with your opinions. And if you know someone that could benefit from this post, please share it with them and help get the word out. That way, they can also come up with can’t-fail strategies to write their next blog post.
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