3 Out of the Box Tips to Come Up With Ideas for Blog Content

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 onFind Ideas for Blog Content Using Übersuggestline 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:

  1. Take any quote you can find (it doesn’t have to be niche related).
  2. Spend some time thinking about its message.
  3. 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

..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.

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Steven Fabian is a young online entrepreneur from Business Online Guidance where he shares proven strategies for “the average people” to make money blogging. You can also reach find him on Twitter at https://twitter.com/eBizGuidance


COMMENTs ( 16 )

  1. says

    The idea of using a quote in our own word is the best one. A person becomes more expressive and get the knowledge about the topics. The Youtube idea is something I’ll try for sure, the thing is we just need more vocabulary to express it in our own words. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs up. :)

  2. josie says

    That’s an interesting and very informative post Steven. Had no idea you could get blogging ideas on YouTube. I’ll certainly employ your 3 steps into my marketing strategy

    • stevenfabian says

      Hi Josie, I’m glad I could help. Just make sure you don’t copy a video’s transcript word for word, I’m sure the owner wouldn’t be glad if he found out about that. :)

  3. Chaitanya says

    Hi Steven, thanks for such a wonderful topic. This will help many newbies to write interesting content. Also thank you Harsh for posting this topic on your blog.

  4. Sarang Dravid says

    I strongly believe that you have written this blog post using your Tip 2. Interesting and effective though!

    • stevenfabian says

      Hi there Sarang. And what may be the quote that I used? I don’t see the point… Thanks for the comment by the way.

  5. Steven Fabian says

    Thanks very much for the opportunity to become a guest contributor at shoutmeloud.com I really appreciate it. IF you have any questions or comments feel free to share them and I’ll reply personally asap. Steve

  6. says

    Great post – great tips! I’ve used 1 and 3, but I eespecially like your suggestion about building a post around an interesting quotation – an excellent idea.

    Many thanks,


  7. says

    Steven, love the ideas! I have used quotes in the past but not YouTube videos or Ubersuggest, never used that one. I’ve used YouTube with posts but not topics for the post or about the posts. Interesting way to find more ways to blog. Have a great day and thanks for sharing these tips!

    • stevenfabian says

      You’re welcome Lisa. I’m glad I could show you something new to help with your blogging goals.

  8. Steve eMailSmith says

    From Steve to Steven…

    I truly liked the quote idea. I have used a variation of this in the past, using jokes.

    1. Go out there, find a joke (many times there wouldn’t be niche-specific jokes, but it doesn’t matter) and find a short, punchy joke.

    2. Then see how it can be slightly twisted to match the niche. If it does, there is a winner. If not, look for the next one, till you find a good match. (repeat step 2)

    3. Last but not least, write a post about it, but now, you have a potentially ‘sharable’ link bait already :)

    Steve ✉ Master eMailSmith ✉ Lorenzo
    Chief Editor # eMail Tips Daily Newsletter

    • stevenfabian says

      Hi Steve,

      Yes, you’re 100% right. Using a quote is almost the same as using a joke. The main point is to come up with a valuable interpretation that’s helpful to your audience. Great to see you’ve experimented yourself fin the past. :)

  9. Amal Rafeeq says

    Now those are some brilliant ideas Steven.
    I didn’t know Youtube could help us bloggers to get more ideas to write. Blogging about them is such a great way to provide good content to your readers.
    And thanks a lot for introducing Übersuggest. I found it really awesome and bookmarked it.


    • stevenfabian says

      HI there Amal,
      I’m glad you like Übersuggest. I just discovered it a few weeks ago myself but almost fell in love with it. It can save you you SO MUCH time and it’s also great for discovering what your visitors really want you to write about. Good luck using it and also good luck with the YouTube strategy! :)

    • stevenfabian says

      Thanks for the compliment Ahmed. That was my goal: trying to bring something new instead of the same old same old stuff. :)