content ideas

Summary: There are a bunch of ways to come up with blog post ideas. Here we explore a few more.

Let’s pick up right where we left off in discovering ways to come up with all the content ideas you need.

Read on and you’ll never run out of topics to blog about again!

Check Out Niche Forums

Go ahead and “eavesdrop” on the popular forums in your niche. Browse the archives.

Which topics keep coming up again and again? Which topics get the most views and discussion?

If the forum has the “cloud tag” feature enabled, see which keywords pop up repeatedly. All of these topics are possible article ideas for you!

Keep an Eye on Popular Blogs

Likewise, check out the popular blogs in your niche.

Do you see a topic that’s popped up across multiple blogs? And which topics tend to generate a lot of comments and discussion?

Again, these are possible topics for your next blog post (but be sure to put your own spin on them).

Look to Yahoo! Answers

Take a peek at your niche category at http://answers.yahoo.com. Which of the questions generate a lot of response? And which questions tend to pop up again and again?

These popular questions are possible blog posts for you. Indeed, you can even make a series of blog posts that address the FAQs (frequently asked questions) in your niche!

Example: A FAQ for an Internet marketing blog might include questions like this:

  • How do you pick a niche?
  • How do you set up a website?
  • How do you create a sales page?
  • What’s the best way to drive traffic?
  • What’s the best way to build a list?

And so on. You can create a “top ten” FAQ list, where you answer one question in each of a series of ten articles.

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Better than Yahoo! Answers? Quora!

Use Keyword Tools to Uncover Popular Topics

Go to https://answerthepublic.com/ or your favorite tool, enter your broad keywords (like “online marketing” or “golf”) and take a close look at the results. These results are the words people are currently using in the search engines – and all these keywords should give you an idea for something you can blog about.

Example: A keyword like “how to grow sweet corn” gives you at least one article idea.

See What’s Popular in Article Directories

I know, they're like, so 2002.

But they still offer good ideas.

Many article directories list their more popular articles in each category – or at least they tell you how many times the article has been viewed.

So all you have to do is go to an article directory like EzineArticles.com, click on any article in your category, and scroll down for the list of the most popular articles. Then you can create your own article on the same topic.

Note: Again, don’t copy the article. In fact, you don’t even have to read the article. Just use the article title as inspiration to create your own blog post.

Re-purpose Your Existing Posts

Once you start blogging a lot, you’ll know what’s popular (both in terms of views and profits).

Then all you have to do is re-purpose one of your own existing blog posts to create a new post on the same topic.

Example: If an article like “Top Ten Diet Tips” was successful, then take each of those tips in the article and create a new article around it. In other words, you’ll create ten new articles based on the ten tips in your original article.

Further, boost your SEO by linking to and from each post.

Today’s task: Use any of the methods above to come up with at least 25 more article ideas.

Tomorrow you’ll write some more!


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Blog Building 101, blog content ideas, blogging, content marketing


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