31 Ways to a Blog Post Idea

31 Ways to a Blog Post Idea

Business Blogging

31 Ways to a Blog Post Idea

It’s important to provide valuable content to your readers on a regular basis. They’ll take something away and you’ll get the benefits of a broader social presence and the opportunity to rank in the search engines. But some days your inspiration for a great blog post ideas may dissipate…

With that in mind, here are 31 ideas for ways to find great business blog ideas. What others would you add? Let me know in the comments.

  1. Every day, everywhere. Keep a “blog post ideas” notebook or document and capture all of the inspiration you find, wherever you are.
  2. Website Analytics: Check your analytics and the keyword phrases used to find your site – write a post about one of those phrases.
  3. Search on Google – see what comes up for certain phrases. Dig around on those sites for inspiration.
  4. Use the Google keyword tool (or other keyword tools) to see what people are searching for you in your industry. Consider writing about longer tail keyword phrases.
  5. Use the Google Trends tool to see what things are on the upswing as far as interest.
  6. Look at Amazon book titles or tables of contents to get inspiration.
  7. Look at Amazon reviews to see what else people would like to know.
  8. Find ideas inside books on your topic.
  9. Look at blogs that get a lot of comments. See what topics they would like to know or like talk or ask about.
  10. Use AllTop.com: search by industry and look at top blogs there and what kind of posts they’re writing (can even be in a different industry).
  11. Use Reddit, Delicious and StumbleUpon to find articles or topics that inspire you.
  12. Do searches on Twitter.
  13. Convert old articles, white papers, and portions of books into posts.
  14. Look at competitors or other industry posts – make a better, expanded or slightly different post.
  15. Repurpose a blog post into a video or presentation.
  16. Look at the questions people ask in relevant LinkedIn groups.
  17. Look at answers sites – like Yahoo Answers or Quora.
  18. Write an update or part two of a post that was popular.
  19. Set up Google news alerts for key industry terms.
  20. Listen to someone give a talk and find inspiration for a post.
  21. Follow A Twitter Chat – see this article for more information:
  22. Start with a picture – get inspiration from a picture for a post.
  23. Start with a favorite quote and describe how that applies to your industry.
  24. Find an infographic and build a post around that or get inspiration from it.
  25. Look at other industry blog posts and apply some of the headline ideas to your industry.
  26. Subscribe to other blogs via email or RSS and get inspiration from their posts.
  27. Ask your readers or social media followers.
  28. Ask in a group, such as a LinkedIn Group.
  29. Think about what topics are too complex for your customers and consider how to simplify one of them.
  30. What do you do every day to solve a problem others might have? Use this as an idea for a post.
  31. Take a key step of a process and consider writing a post about that.

What are your favorite ways to generate new post ideas?

Let us know in the comments!

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Tom Treanor is the founder of the Right Mix Marketing blog. He’s the author of the Search Engine Boot Camp, the co-author of Online Business Productivity, and regularly speaks at industry and corporate events. His writing has been featured on the Content Marketing Institute, Social Media Examiner, Copyblogger and other leading industry blogs.

Comments

  1. Hi Tom,

    Great list. I use the keyword tool and look at analytics for advice.

    I also look at the search terms report in Adwords as well. It’s technically the same as looking in Analytics but has the advantage that I can see the advert that triggered the click from the search so that can help generate ideas.

    Cheers
    Mike
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    1. Yes, ad copy is an interesting one to add to the list as a way to generate ideas. Both the way you mentioned as well as what comes up in the SERPs. Thanks for the addition!

  2. Businesses can use the emails they receive as good inspiration for blog posts. There will be certain customer questions they see and answer over and over again. A great subject matter for a blog post can be a meaty answer to those particular questions.

    Depending on how many emails the business receives, they could have enough blog post ideas to last them a long time.
    Edward Beaman recently posted..First Blog Post Ideas: 8 Great Ways to Start Your New Business BlogMy Profile

    1. Edward – great idea! In addition, people can look back at their emails sent and turn some of their previous emails to prospects or customers into posts. Thanks for the comment!

  3. I appreciate the list. It does give you more options on the kind of topics to go for. What I did in the past when I was running out of ideas to write was to search for Frequently asked questions within my niche and focused on each and every questions commonly raised. I usually add information that hasn’t been thoroughly discussed about those topics.

  4. I was a newbie with SEO when I started working online. I have done quite a lot of on page and off page seo since 2010. The one thing I haven’t done not until 2013 was to add the site on the Google webmaster tool. One month after, I noticed a significant increase in our traffic. The more I studied SEO, I realized that maybe I should have done this at the beginning, but it’s better late than never. Traffic kept increasing since then (doubled). I also discovered the disavow tool and got rid of all the poor and spam backlinks. Also, I created a Google + account late in 2013 and I could say that it helped us gain more readers and visitors. Some pages shared in G+ even rank in the first page of Google for particular keywords.

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