Looking for ideas on what to blog about?
When you’ve been blogging for a while on a particular niche, it’s not uncommon to feel like you’re running out of blog ideas.
Heck, it can even happen early on in your blogging career when you’ve got your first 10 or so posts under your belt.
19 Creative Sources For Blog Post Ideas
Here are some tips for coming up with blog post ideas when the ideas aren’t flowing.
1. Competitor Research
Your competitor’s blog can be a great source of inspiration.
- What are they doing right?
- What are they doing wrong?
- How are their readers responding to them?
Read both the content and the comments section. See which of their posts are popular and see if you can address similar topics in your style.
Here are ways to know your competitor’s most popular posts:
- Check their sidebars – many bloggers (myself included) save the sidebars for their best articles. Use that.
- Use SEO tools – SEO tools like SEMrush and UberSuggest can help you check their top pages.
Pinterest is a visual search engine with more than 2 billion searches per month! Use it to find ideas for your next blog post.
Search for a keyword on your niche.
I searched for, “affiliate marketing” in Pinterest and this is what I get:
You can browse the results to get blog post ideas. You can take it a step further and niche down by clicking the suggested keywords.
- affiliate marketing for beginners
- affiliate marketing without a blog
- affiliate marketing for bloggers
- affiliate marketing on Pinterest
These keyword suggestions are arranged according to popularity so make sure to grab them.
Click on More Ideas
Another way to use Pinterest is by checking your existing boards and clicking on more ideas tab.
It will suggest pins related to my topic. These pins are usually the most pinned and reshared.
Have you checked out your Pinterest Analytics lately? In your “top pins” section, there are tons of blog post ideas that your audience love.
Check out the pins with the most number of link clicks and saves then use it as inspiration for your next blog post.
For example, I could type in, Pinterest marketing, to get ideas on what to blog about on my website.
If you are an active contributor in Quora, you’ll also receive an answer request from users from time to time. These are interesting questions that you can use for your next blog post.
It’s also a great opportunity for you to answer these questions and link them to your posts. Instant free blog traffic right there. 🙂
4. Answer the Public
Need more questions? Answer the Public might help!
It’s a free visual keyword research tool that generates a list of questions related to your topic.
These questions could be something that your readers are searching for.
Check out the image below. That’s a huge list of interesting blog post ideas right there.
5. Google Autocomplete
One of the easiest ways to come up with blog post ideas is to use Google’s autocomplete feature.
This feature can help you come up with topics you might not have thought of.
In the image above, you can see that I search for “blog post ideas”. Google auto-suggests terms like:
- blog post ideas for beginners
- blog post ideas for moms
- blog post ideas for photographers
- blog post ideas for February
All these terms could be my next blog post (as long as they are relevant to my readers).
6. People Also Ask
Another Google feature that you can use to come up with blog post ideas is the People Also Ask section. You’ve likely seen the “People Also Ask” box in the search results. This box contains a list of questions and answers that people often search for.
You can turn these questions into blog post topics. Either you choose one or mix a few questions. 🙂
7. YouTube videos
Do you love watching video tutorials on Youtube? Why not expand them and turn them into a blog post?
Some people prefer reading step by step tutorials. Expand it by adding your list of tools and recommendations.
Or maybe you have your own Youtube channel. Why not convert those videos into blogs. You can use tools like Designrr to do this.
8. Facebook Live
You can also turn Facebook Live videos into blog posts by expanding the main talking points.
For example, I love watching Monica Froese’s Live Office Hours on Facebook. I always get a ton of blog post ideas from the discussions alone.
Podcasts are another great source of blog post ideas. Browse some podcasts around your niche and listen to some of them.
You’d be surprised by the number of ideas you’ll get not only from the title but the content itself.
10. Amazon Book Chapters and Reviews
Amazon is a great place to find ideas on what to blog about.
You’ll find a lot of books around your niche here. You can pick the books that interest you then check their table of contents to get ideas.
You can also check out the reviews on each book and see what their customers love. If there are any suggestions on what to add in their coverage, be the first to address those.
11. Course Outlines
It doesn’t end with books, you can also check out course marketplaces like Creative Live.
Creative Live has an amazing selection of free live and on-air classes. Pick some courses around your niche and see their course outline to get inspiration.
You can also check out their existing classes. For example, Build a Social Media Plan That Actually Makes Money by Ryan Deiss is an interesting topic. I can get some ideas from the lessons and then expand a specific topic discussed.
Tip: Make sure to check out the reviews and see what’s lacking then start from there.
Whenever I’m out of ideas, I check out the list of PLRs that I have and pick one that will work for my blog.
Private Label Rights (PLR) are articles created by others that you can claim as your own. I use PLRs to get inspiration on what to blog about.
A lot of PLR providers offer blog series and 30-day challenges on different niche. You’ll find tons of content ideas by just browsing their shops.
If you want to know more about PLRs, you can read more about it here.
Buzzsumo is a powerful tool that shows the most popular posts based on the keyword you type in the search field.
You can browse the results to get blog post ideas. You’ll have an idea which topics are getting more attraction by checking the number of shares.
14. Facebook Groups
Facebook groups are a great way to get a sense of what’s going on in a particular field. Browse some Facebook groups in your industry.
- What are the current topics people are talking about?
- What are some of the most often asked questions?
- What are the questions that people are having a hard time getting answered?
You can often come up with ideas on what to blog about based on what’s on the group discussions.
Here are some questions I found on Facebook groups that I’m in:
15. Ask Your Readers
Once you’re starting to build a following, even if it’s a small one, you can start asking your readers for topic ideas. This works particularly well if you started building a list.
Here are some of the replies and requests I got from my readers after asking them about their struggles:
Sometimes these requests will try to pull you off-topic on your blog. Ignore those and focus on the ones that make sense for what you’re doing with your blog.
Other times the ideas will be so vague that you are better off writing a blog post from scratch. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a great topic idea that will inspire a whole series of blog posts.
16. Google Analytics
Check your Google Analytics every month and find the popular content on your site. Use it as inspiration to create more content on that topic.
Infographics are a valuable source of blog post ideas. They are also a great starting point for your blog posts.
Infographics often have a huge list of tips and tricks. You can pick a few tips and expand them further for your audience.
SlideShare is known as one of the world’s largest content sharing community. Just type in your keyword and you will find thousands of presentations about that topic.
For example, I typed in “social media” and SlideShare showed me 6,868,360 results.
The number of likes on each presentation will give you a rough idea of which topics your audience wants.
19. Blog Ideas Generator
Want more blog post ideas? Use a blog idea generator.
Here are some blog topics generator available online:
1. Hubspot’s Blog Ideas Generator – enter 3-5 nouns and HubSpot will give you five blog post ideas. You’ll get an extra 250 blog post ideas if you sign up.
2. Portent’s Content Idea Generator – this tool is creative! They add little jokes in bubbles alongside the topic suggestions.
3. Blog Post Idea Generator by Kopywriting Kourse – this is my favorite. Just enter your topic in the box and this tool will give you hundreds of blog post ideas with titles.
These blog idea generators make it easy for us to come up with SEO friendly blog post ideas. Feel free to customize these suggestions to fit your needs.
These are nineteen ideas you can use today to help you come up with ideas on what to write. Any time you have trouble coming up with blog post ideas, just come back to this article and try one of these:
- Competitors research
- Answer the Public
- Google Auto-complete
- People Ask For
- Youtube videos
- Facebook Live topics
- Use Podcast topics
- Amazon Books
- Course Outlines
- Facebook Groups
- Ask your readers
- Google Analytics
- Blog Ideas Generator
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