How many times have you stared at your computer screen waiting for inspiration to hit you so you can write your next blog post?
For me, it’s too many times to count.
One key component of SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is to keep posting fresh content onto your site.
But, when the ideas are not a-flowin’, this can become a challenging task.
Instead of waiting for that writer’s block to dissipate and for inspiration to blossom in your mind, you can use the following 12 tips to come up with a multitude of ideas for your blog!
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1. Use Google Auto-Suggest Results
Google uses complex algorithms to determine which sites will show up on the first page of their search results.
It also helps information seekers by suggesting search terms related to their queries.
Not only does Google feature auto-fill (ever started to type a question and have Google try to predict what you’re asking?) but it also has auto-suggest, which will give you other search ideas after your results are loaded.
To use this tactic to generate blog post ideas, search for a keyword.
For instance, I typed in “blog topics”. After the first result, Google offers some questions people have been asking about this keyword:
You can also scroll to the bottom to see Google’s suggested search terms:
Not only will this give you some topic ideas, but it’ll give you an idea of what people are actually searching based on that keyword.
2. Check Social Media
One of the main points of writing content for a blog is to answer a reader’s question.
So, what are your readers asking?
Niched groups on Facebook are a great source of information. For instance, if you are a single mom blogger, you could join groups for single mamas – from there, you can see what issues they are posting about and the questions they are asking.
Take those concerns and questions and turn them into a blog post!
When you write content that appeals to your audience, you are going to gain traffic as well as loyal readers.
3. Look on Quora
Quora is a great site that focuses on allowing people to ask and answer questions on any topic you can think of – so it’s a good place to see what information people are seeking.
To give you an example, I went to Quora and typed in “self care for moms”. These were the results:
From these results, I can come up with the following blog topics:
- How to Take Care of Your Mental Health as You Return to Work
- Making Time for Self Care Without Feeling Guilty
- # Quick and Easy Activities to Nurture Your Self Care
The results go on, so there are many more potential topics.
4. Browse Your Current Posts
You can always refer to your current posts to generate more blog topic ideas.
Start with your most popular post. On my site Motherhood+Mayhem, I wrote an article about parallel parenting with a narcissistic ex, which has gained a lot of popularity.
I looked through that post and gleaned a couple more blog topics that dealt with narcissism and parenting.
You can see from the result below, all of these articles are my most viewed:
Maybe I’m in the wrong niche?
You can also look to list posts you’ve written and pick out one the item to elaborate on.
This strategy is great because it allows you to internally link to other relevant posts on your site – which helps to keep readers, well, reading!
5. Use Ubersuggest
Ubersuggest is another great way to figure out what your readers want to learn!
Simply type in a keyword related to your niche and Ubersuggest will show you its search volume as well as keyword ideas.
For example, I typed in “single mom” and received the following keyword ideas:
The results also give you an idea of not only the search volume but how well the keyword trends as well.
By this information, you can see that “single mom quotes”, “single mom memes” and “single mom dating” are all strong keywords that can easily be turned in blog post topics.
6. Search #Hashtags
Can you guess my age if I still refer to the # as the pound sign?
Seriously, though, searching hashtags is a great way to gauge popular topics across the interwebs.
You can use a site such as RiteTag to search hashtags based on your keywords. Use the search bar at the top to search for broad terms based on your niche.
The results will show you short keywords related to the one you searched. This is a great way to generate more keyword ideas you can then expand into topic ideas.
I tried searching the term “motherhood”:
Now I have some popular terms I can work into a blog post topic such as “mom life”, “experience” and “women”.
I can take those keywords and use the other tips in this post to expand them into blog post ideas.
7. Look at Other Industry Blogs
There is absolutely nothing wrong with finding inspiration from other bloggers in your niche – especially those who are successful.
Check out their content and take notice of which posts are getting high numbers or shares and comments.
Of course, don’t copy their work and try to come up with a different title.
And try not to refer to the same blog all of the time.
8. Do Market Research
Wondering what your readers want to read about? Ask them!
If you have a Facebook group or page associated with your blog, ask your followers questions. You can also use Twitter and Instagram to do this too.
If you don’t, simply reach out to friends and family. Sometimes those who don’t know much about your niche are the best source of information. You’ll get a sense of what people don’t know about your niche.
9. Refer to Your Blog Comments
My most popular post on my motherhood blog receives a lot of comments from readers. Mostly, they are agreeing with my information or thanking me for sharing it.
Sometimes, however, I get readers asking questions. While I always respond within the comments, I’ve managed to eek out 2-3 more topics from that single blog post.
So pay attention to your comments. You may have readers asking additional questions that could easily be covered in an entirely new post.
10. Promote a Product or Service
If you are an affiliate marketer, there’s nothing wrong with writing an entire post about a product you love!
You’ll have to be careful using this strategy, however, since your readers don’t want to bombarded with “pitchy” posts every time they visit your blog.
Also, make sure you are only promoting products you have used personally. This is just good marketing etiquette but allows you to weave your personal story into the post – making seem more like you are sharing your experience and less like you trying to sell something.
11. Check Out Blog Title Generators
When you use a blog title generator, you simply type in your keyword and a list of potential titles will pop up.
SEOpressor is a great one to use! Not only do you type in your keyword, but you can also specify whether it is a generic terms, a product/service, event, industry, location, person’s name or skill.
I typed in “sleep sacks” and specified it as a product. These were the suggestions:
You can continue to generator title ideas to come up with a whole whack of blog post topics!
12. Create a Roundup Post
When all else fails, you can always throw together a roundup post – which is less about writing and more about compiling.
And readers love them! Whether you are throwing together the best cookie recipes or the top travel blogs, people love the “one-stop-shop” feel of a roundup post.
Plus, if you are an affiliate marketer, you can use this as an opportunity to showcase multiple products and services you can earn commission from!
How Did You Make Out?
You have enough ideas to last you months, right?
I’ve been blogging for a while now and content creation was one of my biggest struggles in the beginning. Now that I know how to generate a multitude of blog post ideas, I just have to find the time to write them!
Did I miss anything on this list? Let me know how you find ideas for your blog post topics!