Are you struggling to come up with blog post ideas? You’re not alone!
No matter how often you blog or how creative your ideas seem, you’ll eventually hit a slump of writer’s block where you can’t think of anything new to write about.
A lot of bloggers find themselves in this position, but with a little bit of creativity and effort, you, too, can come up with plenty of ideas for your blog.
In this post, we’ll share some tips for generating blog post ideas, as well as a few methods for finding inspiration when you’re feeling stuck.
So read on to learn how to come up with ideas for creating content that engages your readers and keeps them coming back for more.
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How to Come Up with Blog Post Ideas Easily and Effortlessly
1. Use Existing Content for Blog Posts Ideas
This is a BIG ONE – It’s an Amazing Source of Inspiration!
If you have existing content, writing articles extending a listicle blog post similar to this one would gain you more traffic from the search engines.
Why, because when you write more in-depth articles linking from a post similar to this, which many would call a pillar post, you would then be able to internally link from your pillar post to each individual article that you create, giving your pillar article authority.
Take my blog post, “How to Make Money Online for Beginners,” for another example. There are 25+ different ways of making money online.
This means that there are 25+ different articles I could write on a subject from within that blog post.
Each subject heading is basically a brief excerpt, in 100 words or less, for a certain way of making money online, so why not expand on the existing subject with an article?
You can also look at your Google Analytics to determine which blog posts bring in the most readers, check out those posts mentioned using the idea from above.
Can you expand on any of your popular blog posts? Updating or expanding on your current blog posts can help improve your SEO and get more people to read your content.
2. Keep a Notebook Close By
I’m old school! Even though the younger crowd will usually use online tools like a content calendar to keep track of their blog topics, I actually have a notebook that’s divided into two sections.
1 section is where my blog post ideas are divided into “How to,” “Best of,” “Informational,” and other forms of blog post types. The other section is reserved for my “To Do” list of things I need to do for my blog.
Any time inspiration hits, my notebook for adding blog ideas is usually close by. Worst case scenario, I stand up and walk over to where the notebook and pen sit, patiently waiting for an entry.
The thing about inspiration is that it’s sporadic and unpredictable. As a result, you need to have a routine in place so when creativity does hit, you’re prepared to document it.
Something that many writers, bloggers, and publishers do is create an “ideas file.” This file is used as a dumping ground for any thoughts, opinions, questions, or prompts they have.
When it comes time to develop a blog post, simply look into your file of blog ideas and pick one that you feel will make a great addition to your blog.
While some people like me prefer to use a notebook, others find it helpful to maintain a content calendar. This is especially true if you blog regularly as part of your business marketing strategy.
A content calendar is an editorial calendar that helps you plan, organize, and publish your content. It can be as simple as a Google Spreadsheet or as complex as a tool like CoSchedule.
Here’s a list of top free content calendar templates that you can choose from and download.
3. Steal Content Ideas from Others
Checking out your competitor’s blogs is a great way to find ideas for your own blog. See what topics they’re writing about, what’s popular with their audience, and what kind of engagement they’re getting on their posts.
I know stealing ideas from someone sounds bad but look at it this way. Back in the day when the blogosphere first began, someone actually had to come up with original blog post ideas because they didn’t exist yet.
Stealing content ideas from others is the new norm because people have the mindset I can write it better with more information!
How do you think the Internet is now filled with billions of pages of content that is similar in nature?
I’ll give you an example… the blog post “How to Start a Blog” seems to be a super popular, rewritten blog topic.
People found out that it was popular enough to be able to make money, so they take the blog post idea and put their own spin on the content to make it better and make it their own.
Yes, the blog posts may be similar, but just different enough to use our own words, making the content plagiarism-free.
The blog posts that are rewritten with fresh ideas and additional information Google seems to gobble up, so don’t think twice about improving on someone else’s blog topic idea.
4. Use a News Aggregator
Use a WHAT? I know, I get that a lot!
A great approach to creating initial blog post ideas is to regularly expose yourself to the type of blog post material you want to write.
Ever hear of Feedly?
Feedly is a feed reader tool that lets you subscribe to your favorite blogs, allowing you to check them daily for new content.
Once you subscribe to a blog’s RSS feed, all of the new content that gets published will show up in your Feedly account.
You can then use Feedly to follow all of the blogs within your niche, which is a great way to find new blog content ideas for future blog posts.
- Has 15 million-plus curious readers, busy professionals, and businesses rely on Feedly.com to be their news aggregator application, and it will work for any device they use.
- Is an online App that gathers news feeds from a variety of online sources and lets you build your own news feed and share it with anybody.
- Is an online community for bloggers where you can read their blog entries in one location.
- Can help you find bloggers relevant to your interests, read and categorize their articles, and save articles as unread for later.
- Will allow you to read the comments on a web page by simply clicking through to their article link and having a look at their site.
If you notice something that’s working well for someone else, don’t hesitate to adopt it and make it your own.
You can learn a lot from the successes of others, but make sure you don’t plagiarize their work. Instead, refine it and make your version better in every way.
For a list of News aggregators, follow the link: 8 News Aggregator Websites You Should Check Out.
5. Ask Your Audience What They Want
To get ideas for content from your readers, you might try asking them to reply to your emails or tweets.
You could also create a poll on your blog or Facebook page or use a tool like SurveyMonkey to gather data.
Once you know what your audience wants, give them what they’re asking for. It’s that simple!
For many successful independent bloggers and membership business owners, community-driven content and reader involvement are crucial.
Your readers will be more likely to enjoy your content if you write about topics that they want to read about.
Ask them what those topics are, and then give them what they want. It’s a simple process, but many writers don’t do it.
6. Come Up with Blog Post Ideas Based on What’s Trending
There are many methods of finding out what is popular online, as well as tools for discovering actual queries people type related to specific topics.
Here are a few methods and tools you can use:
Use Google Trends to see what’s popular now. You can search for topics, keywords, or even compare multiple terms side-by-side.
Set up Google Alerts for specific terms related to your blog topic. You’ll be emailed every time there’s a new result for that term, which could be a great way to find out what people are talking about right now.
Exploding Topics – Enter a keyword in their search box, and related items will highlight for you to click on and see how it’s trending.
Sign up for their email list and receive trending topics delivered straight to your email inbox, giving you the opportunity to write about the topics before they explode all over the Internet.
BuzzSumo – enter any topic, website, or author to see the most popular content related to that term.
BuzzSumo wrote an article: 15 Things You Can Do With BuzzSumo’s Content Ideas Generator, which also gives you a 30-day trial run to check out the amazing power of BuzzSumo.
If you want to stay up-to-date on what’s popular in your industry, checking out these sites for inspiration and following trends is a great way to do it.
You’ll have no trouble creating popular blog posts if you produce content that is both interesting and useful to your readers.
Staying informed of the latest trends can help you write articles that generate more traffic.
7. Grab a Book from Your Bookshelf or Visit Amazon
Similar to using existing content ideas, you can use a book or Amazon to discover new blog topics.
Here’s one you may not have heard before. Grab some books off your shelf and open up the “Chapters” section. Now, look through the chapters for inspiration.
Don’t own a book, or maybe you don’t have any books for the topic of your blog? Visit Amazon!
Amazon is a Treasure Trove of information. Need some more blog post ideas, follow the link to Amazon and run a search for books within your niche.
Scroll through till you find a book that looks like something that would fit your blog’s topic. Go to the page for the book and click on the “Look Inside” link above the cover image.
Once inside the book, look at the chapters.
There ya have it, millions of books to look through and virtually unlimited blog post ideas at the ready.
For more inspiration, check out the customer reviews, which can give you a good idea of what people are saying about the book and any pain points they might have that could lead to more great blog post ideas.
8. Do Some Keyword Research
If you want to get a little more technical for your blog post ideas, keyword research can be a great way to come up with topics that people are actually searching for.
When people search for things online, they use keywords or key phrases. If you can figure out what these are, you can write blog posts that target them specifically.
There are a few different ways to do keyword research, but the easiest is to use Google’s Keyword Planner.
With this tool, you can enter terms that are related to your blog topic and see how many people are searching for them every month.
You can also use the Keyword Planner to get ideas for related keywords that you might not have thought of.
I personally am a fan of AHrefs.com for my keyword research. For testing purposes, I ran a search for “How to Start a Blog“, then I clicked on the Questions link on that page and came up with at least a dozen blog post ideas literally on the first page alone.
There were 60 pages of keyword phrases in the form of questions that people run Google searches for.
You can also use AnswerthePublic, which will help you come up with hundreds of blog topics from a simple keyword search.
Just type in a keyword phrase like, “How to Make Money Blogging,” and watch it go to work coming up with 100’s upon 100’s of topics to write about.
AnswerthePublic breaks down the results in Questions, Prepositions, and Comparisons. It’s pretty impressive – give it a whirl!
9. Expand with Quora and Reddit
Want even more blog post ideas? Quora and Reddit are both excellent sources of information and inspiration for blog ideas.
You can find out what people are talking about, what’s trending, what people are struggling with, and what they’re looking to get help with.
With Quora, you can simply enter a keyword or phrase into the search bar and see what topics come up.
For example, when I search for “blogging”, I get a list of popular topics like “How do I start a blog?”, “What are some tips for becoming a successful blogger?”, and “What are the best ways to make money blogging?”.
You can also use Quora’s “Related Questions” feature to find even more ideas. Just scroll down to the bottom of any question page, and you’ll see a list of related questions.
With Reddit, things work a little differently. There are subreddits for just about everything, so you’ll need to find the ones that are related to your blog topic.
For example, if you want to write about blogging, you could check out /r/blogging. Or, if you want to write about making money online, you could check out /r/entrepreneur or /r/side hustles.
Once you’re in a subreddit, take a look at the top posts to see what people are talking about.
You can also use the search bar to find specific topics. Just be sure to add “r/” before the name of the subreddit you want to search, like this: “r/blogging.”
Both Quora and Reddit can be great sources of blog post ideas, but they can also be a huge time suck. So be sure to set a timer and limit yourself to 15-30 minutes of browsing.
10. Check Your Social Media Accounts
Your social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, among others, are also a great place to look for blog post ideas.
Check out the popular posts on your Facebook page, Twitter feed, or Instagram profile.
These are the posts that have gotten the most engagement from your audience, so they’re a good indication of what people are interested in.
You can also scroll through your social media feeds to see what people are talking about. What are they sharing? What are they saying?
This can give you some good ideas to come up with blog posts that would be relevant to your audience.
Facebook is a great place to find out what groups people are hanging out in.
There are groups for just about everything, so you’re sure to find one that’s related to your blog topic.
Once you’re in a group, take a look at the most popular posts and see what people are talking about. This can give you some great ideas for blog posts that would be relevant to your audience.
Twitter Twitter is a great place to see what people are saying about a particular subject in real-time.
The advanced search option on Twitter is a powerful instrument for looking for specific thoughts and discussions.
You can search for tweets containing specific words or phrases, tweets from a particular location, and tweets from a specific time period.
From there, you can search for specific keywords and hashtags to find tweets and people to follow.
You can also use Twitter’s “Trending” feature to see what topics are trending in your location.
Just click on Explore then the “Trending” option at the top of your Twitter feed and then select your location.
Instagram is a great visual platform that can give you some good ideas for blog posts.
You can use the search bar to find specific hashtags and users, or you can browse through popular posts to see what people are talking about.
11. Use AI Writing Sofware to Create a List of Blog Post Ideas
Although artificial intelligence is more accessible than ever before, it isn’t yet capable of fully replacing human writers and editors. Consider it a creative partner.
An AI content writer that employs artificial intelligence to help computers understand, interpret, and manipulate human language.
With this software, you can analyze other successful posts in your field so that you can learn from their techniques.
Then, they look for specific features in the material, such as keywords and sentence structure, to create brand-new great blog topic suggestions.
Jasper Blog Post Topic Ideas Template
Below are blog post topics that the Jasper AI writing software composed for my blogging website.
With Jasper, all you have to do is add some general information about your company and what you’re offering, click a button, and presto!
You’ve got ideas for blog posts that are specific to your business. I recommend using these as starting points but feel free to get creative with them.
Jasper Blog Post Outline Template
Another feature Jasper has that is beyond helpful for coming up with blog post ideas is its Blog Outline templates.
Similar to what I mentioned earlier about reading your own blog posts, looking at the headings of those blog posts for ideas, you can come up with a headline of your choosing and create a full list of subjects.
For example, I typed in, “Start, Grow & Build a Sustainable, Money-Making Blogging Business!,” which is the last half of my site’s tagline, then hit the “Generate AI Content” button.
Here are the 3 outlines it spit out in a matter of 3 seconds (I know, they need to work on their speed!):
1. What type of blogging business should you start and why
2. How to grow your blog and make it profitable
3. Building a successful blog – the do’s and don’ts!
4. Tips for creating content that engages your audience and drives traffic
5. Monetizing your blog – ways to make money from your hard work!
6. How to stay motivated when things get tough
1. Understand what it takes to start and grow a sustainable, profitable blog
2. Choose the right platform and tools for your business
3. Create valuable content that engages your audience
4. Monetize your blog with effective strategies
5. Build a strong community around your brand
6. Measure success and continue to improve over time!
1. Understand the basics of blogging and what makes a successful blog
2. Choose a niche topic to focus on
3. Create valuable content that your audience will love
4. Market your blog to attract new readers
5. Monetize your blog with various methods
6. Keep up the hard work and watch your business grow!
I could have hit the Generate AI Content button again and have it come up with more outlines, but you get the point.
These are amazing topic ideas for blog posts, and it took me a whole 10 seconds to write the headline, click the button and have results.
Type in any headline within the box and see what outlines it can produce for you.
BONUS: Join Communities within Your Niche
This is a fantastic approach to utilize if you’re just getting started in the blogosphere.
If you are still in the process of building your customer base, you might not be entirely sure what kind of content your target audience would want to see.
A good solution to this problem is joining online communities that focus on your niche—such as Facebook Groups, Medium, Triberr, BloKube, Kingged, and BizSugar, just to name a few! There’s more out there, so run a Google search for ‘Blogging Communities‘.
When participating in online communities, it’s crucial that you do more than simply browse around. Make sure to introduce yourself and join the conversation instead of just observing from the sidelines.
Join a community related to your business and become an active, valuable member. you’ll not only get great ideas for content topics, but you’ll also help out other members of the group—which could lead to them becoming customers or referral sources down the line.
If you’re more established in your field, you might even start your own community. The primary impact here will be to create brand advocates, but you’ll also get a slew of blog topic suggestions in the meantime.
Conclusion: Your Next Steps
The foundation of a successful blogging business is great content ideas, among other things. If you’ve got nothing to publish, promote, or monetize, your blogging business will fail.
Coming up with blog ideas for your blog can be tough, but it doesn’t have to be.
In this article, we’ve shared many different methods that should help get your creative juices flowing, so you can start putting out high-quality content on a regular basis.
We hope you find these tips helpful and that they help you come up with some great blog post ideas of your own.
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