It’s crazy out there. 76% of B2B Marketers say they will produce more Content in 2016. Many businesses will find their customers by blogging more than once a week. This means the competition for your keywords is steadily on the rise.
How do you come up with valuable blog post ideas in the age of Content Over Saturation? We have already written about 150+ Killer Blog Post Ideas that will work in any niche.
To make things easier, there are tools we can use to do this faster. These tools will help you save time and get more blog post ideas. I’ve compiled a list of 10 free tools you can use to come up with blog post topics in 30 minutes or less. Here’s what you are going to learn:
- 4 Tools to help you find questions your audience is asking
- 3 Tools to help you find popular topics in your niche.
- 3 Bonus Tools that generate blog post ideas for you and…
- How to make the most of each tool
Set the timer for 30 minutes and hit the go button. Let us know how long it took you to come up with 50 blog post ideas in the comments below.
Tools to help you find Questions Your Audience is Asking
Questions are the key to your Audience’s attention. If you can give them with an answer you will get their attention. The right questions help you uncover the deepest needs of your customers. How do you find the right questions? It’s easier than you think:
This is my favorite tool. It’ll help you generate tons of questions in a matter of seconds. Just take a look at what its developers are saying:
“We built simple visualisations of data. A one-pager that could be shared to prompt a conversation on how you could start answering your public better. By creating content that’s useful, funny or inspiring.”
And it’s completely free. Just type in your keyword and the location you want to rank in. AnswerThePublic will show you all the questions your audience is asking.
Enter your target keyword into Serpstat’s Keyword Suggestion Tool. This free tool will return queries based on suggestions Google offers searchers. It also offers keyword data, such as search volume, search trends. To get suggested questions from this tool, click on the ‘Only Questions’ button.
Head over to the relevant topic and you’ll find tons of questions from an engaged community. It is also great for promoting your content in a helpful way once it’s published.
Look for questions that have a high number of views on Quora. When you land on a question that’s got lots of views but few answer, you just found hidden treasure.
It’s difficult to answer this question. That’s why few people have left quality answers. Answering these questions will help you gain authority in your niche.
To find questions in your niche head over to the appropriate subreddit and look through the posts.
To find the right subreddits, you can head over to metareddit.com/reddits. This is a great tool. The results are in the form of a cloud. Larger subreddits will have larger font sizes. Target the ones with the most subscribers.
Once you’re in the subreddit you can view the ‘hot’ and ‘rising’ sections. This shows you the type of posts, your audience is craving for.
Tools to help you find popular Blog Post Ideas in your niche
One sure shot formula for success is to do what works. Look for topics that already get a ton of shares and traffic in your industry. This will give a good idea of what sort of posts will work well.
This tool lands up at the top of content marketing tools. It’s a great tool to find popular topics in any niche. Additionally, it’s also a great place to find potential evangelists of your content.
You can enter your target keyword into the tool and it shows you what type of content that get shared the most. But there’s a better way to find even more Blog Post Ideas.
If your competitors have a buzzing blog going on, it’s a goldmine of great ideas. Pop their blog URL in buzzsumo.com to find their most shared content. This way you can spin off the results and come up with your own blog post topics.
We want more shares for our content, don’t we? Doesn’t it make sense to learn what’s shared on social media? Twitter Search is one powerful way to do that. Search for your keyword with a hashtag. For example searching for ‘#copywriting’ would give a bunch of tweets about copywriting. You can even search Facebook or Google+ for blog topics this way.
7. Forums in your niche
Forums are a great place to find content that’s already doing well. They showcase content that’s working in your niche. Take some time to read through them. You will get a better sense of what your audience wants to know.
Tools that generate blog post ideas for you
Want to take a quick shortcut into generating more blog topic ideas? What if there are tools that give you lots of topics in a few seconds? There are. All you have to do is tell them what to write about.
This tool will spill topics you can include in your content strategy. All you have to do is enter your keyword and it lists out a bunch of ideas. Content Forest’s Ideator should work for most keywords. If it doesn’t work for your keyword, try another keyword or move on to the next tool.
The tool is like Content Forest’s Ideator. When you enter your keywords it gives you 5 blog topics you can immediately blog about. But 5 Blog topics are never enough.
Scroll down on the results page. You should see a lead form that allows you to download their spreadsheet. After you have downloaded the spreadsheet, enter your keywords into the noun fields. The spreadsheet will give you ‘a year’s worth of ideas’.
This is one awesome tool just like the above. It gives you hundreds of valuable topics depending upon your target keyword. All you have to do is enter your keyword and hit submit. It shows you posts ranging from lists, how-to’s, Questions, Celebs, Secrets and more.
Over to You
Coming up with blog topics should never be a painful process. It should be joyful. If you do it joyfully your readers are going to love the content you put out. If you do it painfully it’ll show in your work. These tools should help you come up with at least 50 topics to work with.
Hope this post is useful to you. How do you come up with topics to blog about? We would love to know about it in the comments.
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