Running out of ideas for your next blog post? Do you think all of the good ideas are already taken? Are you eager to start blogging, but just can’t find the right topic ideas?
There is never a dull moment in the life of a freelance blogger. You either fight tooth and nail for a well-paying client, or struggle with small projects at a time to establish a sustainable writing career. Of course, there’s the heavy task of writing quality posts itself.
Whether you simply need inspiration or have the writer’s block, sometimes finding topic ideas for your blog can be harder than writing the actual article itself. In this article, you will find 15 surefire tricks that can help you overcome this obstacle so you can resume productivity.
Rethink Famous Quotes
Freelance bloggers easily overlook the power of famous quotes in generating brilliant ideas for your blog. There is so much inspiration that can be harnessed from the literary pieces of famous people. And if you truly believe that your blog’s main purpose is to educate, then there’s nothing wrong with borrowing an idea or two from someone else’s message.
With creative flair and finesse, you should be able to form a blog idea and context related to your niche using any famous quote. It’s just a matter of finding a noteworthy person who may have influenced you in any way.
Leverage the Success of Other Sites
A common trick for getting topic ideas for your blog is to look at your competitors. But this time, you need to delve deeper by looking specifically for the posts that generate the most engagement.
An easy way to do this is to use Open Site Explorer by Moz. Simply insert the competitor website’s address in the URL field, click ‘Search’, and go to the ‘Top Pages’ tab.
Answer Direct Enquiries
If you have been blogging for a while and have received questions from your readers, then your next topic could be a direct answer to those. Of course, you shouldn’t always jump the gun and write a new topic for each question asked. Aim to answer to the most-asked question first.
Look into the questions you receive thru email, phone, or blog comments for the idea that will provide the most valuable content. Note that your answer will reflect directly to your authority as an information provider in your niche.
Investigate Social Media
First of all, many bloggers already scavenge social media websites for great topic ideas. What they do not do, however, is to use free tools that can make this process significantly easier.
A conventional method to find out what’s trending right now is to use Twitter hashtags. All you have to do is to use Twitter Search and use a hashtag related to your niche as the search term. Alternatively, you may use Topsy, which is a free social analysis tool.
Use Word Frequency Clouds
Another way to generate blog ideas from twitter is to use Wordle. Basically, it allows you to identify key phrases from a large selection of text; otherwise known as “Word Frequency Clouds”.
First, you should use Moz’s Followerwonk to look for a popular influencer in a specific niche. Under ‘Search Bios’, insert specific search terms from your niche, select “search Twitter profiles”, and then enter to find the top influencers.
Next, use AllmyTweets to generate a list of all the tweets posted by your chosen influencer. Remember to check “Hide Replies” and “Hide Retweets” to show only relevant text. When done, paste all of them into Wordle’s main text field and click ‘Go’. Finally, observe the word cloud and look for phrases that will help you form a new topic idea.
Be Around People
If you feel the need to take a break and leave your computer screen for a while, you can take this opportunity to observe social trends physically. Go to a place where you can find a lot of people, like a coffee shop, a mall, a park, or even on a sidewalk. Use your eyes and ears to observe any noticeable trend. Observe what people wear, what people talk about, what they eat, and what they use. The closer they are to your niche, the better. But then again, you can always relate anything to your niche with a little wordplay.
Publish Case Studies
Using case studies as your next blog idea is a brilliant way to improve your authority in your niche. First of all, case studies can emphasize the benefits of what your blog is offering. Online readers are also compelled with stories they can relate to, which can increase social engagement.
In order to provide the solution, you need to identify the problem. In the world of blogging, the article is the answer and the queries in Quora, Yahoo Answers, and Reddit AMA are the questions. Fortunately, the online community never seems to run out of questions. And if you think you can provide an answer, then blog away.
Attend a Seminar
Learning goes hand in hand with writing. And if you can’t squeeze any more topic ideas from your mind, perhaps you were focusing too much on writing and less on learning than you need to. With this in mind, consider taking a break and fuel your mind with new knowledge. A good idea is to attend a local class or seminar related to your niche.
Search Amazon Books
If you’ve experienced ghost-writing a book or eBook before, then you should be aware of the distinct trends when clients post projects with similar topics. These indicate a rise in demand for that particular subject matter.
You can tap into the Amazon eBook market to generate blog ideas that has demand whether they’re trending now or not. Simply go to Amazon Book Search, search for a keyword, and start listing down possible ideas. Also check the navigation pane on the left side of the page for a list of subtopics.
Check Comments from Other Sites
Bloggers who own popular websites seldom have the time to respond to all queries made through the comment section. Take a look at a strong competitor’s blog and observe the comments. In addition to questions, some commenters may even provide some input related to the topic. You can use these as ideas for your next post.
Write about Mistakes
Instead of writing about the things your audience should do, it is sometimes more practical to write about the things they shouldn’t. This simple technique can help you double your list of topic ideas. All you have to do is to perform the simplest search process of all – using Google and adding “mistakes” at the end of your search term.
Believe it or not, sometimes YouTube is better for finding fresh and uncommon ideas regarding your niche. Given the amount of creativity and intensive research that channel owners do to compete for views, there’s a huge chance that you’ll find something interesting within a few minutes of browsing. The only thing you need to remember is to stay relevant to your niche.
Brainstorm with Soovle
You can expand any topic using Soovle, which is mainly used for researching keywords. All you have to do is to insert any search term and lists of related keywords will automatically appear from different sources, namely Google, Wikipedia, Answers.com, YouTube, Bing, Yahoo, and Amazon.
Use Google Trends
By now, you should’ve already tried gathering ideas from Google’s suggestions and first page results. If you’re still racking your brains to look for a topic idea, then you should probably look a little further.
Using Google Trends, you can spot trending topics in your niche and identify the one that may generate the most engagement. In addition to providing keywords yourself, you can also refine your search by specifying the industry and country of your target audience.
Writing a quality blog post requires absolute commitment from start to finish. Just remember that finding the best topic idea is only part of the job. To sustain a productive work cycle, a good strategy is to think ahead and keep a constant eye out for potential ideas using any of the tricks listed above.