If you’ve been blogging for more than a few months, I’m sure you know how difficult it can be to come up with ideas for blog content. Sure, you have a lot to talk about as an expert on your blog’s topic, but finding the perfect idea can still be a challenge.
Let me reassure you, you’re not the only blogger suffering from the “no content idea disease”. For instance, I know this illness myself from firsthand experience. The good news is that it’s curable!
Whether you want to come up with the right blog post idea for your own site or for a guest post you want to write, you can use these strategies with great success. I’ve written quite a few articles for my own site and many guest posts for other blogs as well by relying on the following ideas.
3 Ways to instantly generate blog content ideas:
Tip 1 – Use Übersuggest
Übersuggest is a free online tool at ubersuggest.org that makes researching Google Suggestions ridiculously easy. For example if you type in “fly fishing” into the box at ubersuggest.org, it will give you hundreds of sub-topics that people are interested in, such as
- fly-fishing gear
- fly fishing knots
- fly fishing film tour
- and so on.
Chances are, if you have a blog about fly fishing, some of these sub-topics will trigger amazing ideas for blog content s in your head. How about sharing everything you know about fly fishing film tours with your audience as your next post idea? I think it sounds terrific.
Better yet, you can use Übersuggest to help you cover this article from all aspects, by clicking on “fly fishing film tours” and seeing the keywords Google Suggest brings back.
There you have it! Not only will Übersuggest help you come up with terrific blog post ideas, it will also help you cover in your article exactly what your visitors want to know.
Now you probably understand why Übersuggest is hands-down my favorite tool!
Tip 2 – Interpret Quotes in Your Own Way
This is another neat idea I discovered. Here’s how it goes:
- Take any quote you can find (it doesn’t have to be niche related).
- Spend some time thinking about its message.
- Share your thoughts on whether the message of the quote is true for your niche and how your audience could benefit from it.
Here’s a simple example. Let’s say I want to write an article in the blogging niche.
Step 1. I spent about 10 seconds to find this quote by Albert Camus: „But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?”
Step 2. The message is quite obvious. If you want to be happy, you should lead a life that perfectly suits you as a person. Of course we could spend hours debating and further analyzing its message, but for the sake of simplicity, let’s go with this interpretation.
Step 3. Now comes the fun part! Believe it or not, I think I could write a pretty decent blog post about how this quote relates to blogging. For example I could talk about how blogging can help you
- express yourself and your creativity
- do a meaningful job in the world that you actually like
- help a lot of people and befriend them from all over the world
- make enough money to travel the world, get to know new cultures, educate yourself and achieve some of the dreams you’ve always had
- spend more time with your loved-ones thanks to extra free time
- and how the ability to do whatever you want can help you create harmony in your life which will consequently make you happy.
Are you beginning to see the potential this technique has? All I did was
- hit up a quote-site
- found a quote I liked
- and brainstormed some ideas on how this relates to my site’s topic.
And now I have a really interesting blog post idea that I could title “How Blogging Can Make Anyone Happy” or something similar. Heck, I like this idea so much I may go and write this post right away before someone beats me to it.
And as you can see, at first glance this quote has nothing to do with my niche. After all, what do happiness and blogging have in common? Yet, I could find a way to bridge these two topics in a unique and interesting way.
So no matter what your blog’s topic is, you can use this strategy to find new content ideas with astonishing success.
Extra tip: if you need a little push to get started with this strategy, you could think about anecdotes or examples from your own life relating to the quote and how your audience could learn from your experiences.
Tip 3 – Write about YouTube Videos
This topic requires less creativity than the previous ones, but I think it’s still a great way to come up with ideas for blog content.
The idea is to go to YouTube and start watching videos related to your blog’s niche. Then once you find a video that you really like, you can take the idea behind it and turn it into a post on your site.
Of course I don’t mean you should write a word-for-word transcript of the video and post that. Instead, you can take the essence of the video’s message and write about that.
Alright, alright, I know you’re probably eager to see an example, so here it goes.
Step 1. I spent about 4 minutes finding this video by Pat Flynn from SmartPassiveIncome.com which is talking about how to get more twitter followers.[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v5r32fH0onw?rel=0&w=560&h=315]
Step 2. I could then create a blog post about this topic “as is”, or go even go to ubersuggest.org and type in “twitter followers” into the box and see what it brings back. For me, it brought back quite a few very interesting keywords, such as “gain twitter followers app”.
Step 3. Now I could research the App Market for applications that help you get more followers on Twitter and share the results of my research with my audience on my blog. I’m pretty sure they would love my content really much.
Heck, I may go and write this post right away before someone steals it from me. It seems like I’m on fire today!
Conclusion on How to Come Up With Blog Content Ideas
Of course there are many more techniques that can trigger blog post ideas, such as
- Leo Babauta’s “31 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Writing”
- 8 Useful Ideas To Help With Blog Content
- The Secret of Generating Blog Topic Ideas with Twitter or
- 9 Quick and Substantial Blog Posts for Your Business Blog
..but I hope these 3 unique ideas will help you come up with killer blog post ideas even quicker and easier. Do let me know if you have additional tips to help generate ideas for new content? Do share this article with your network on Facebook and Google plus.
This is a guest post by Steven from Business online guidance. If you would like to write for ShoutMeLoud, check our submission guidelines.