So, you’re stuck coming up with new ideas for your blog? It’s very frustrating sitting in front of your computer and having no idea what topic to write about. We’ve all been there.
If you want to find new blog ideas to write about, you’ve come to the right place.
We’ve compiled a great list of resources you can use to get your creative juices flowing again.
10 Easy Ways to Find Ideas for Topics to Blog About
For the sake for convenience and consistency, we’ll use the keyword “dog” in our examples.
You can use any keyword that’s related to your niche. For example, if your blog is all about Siamese cats, then use “siamese cats” to find ideas for topics you can blog about.
If you haven’t yet decided on a niche for your blog, here is a great list of 1,452 niche ideas you can consider. Click this link to get free access to the full list.
1. Keyword Research Tools
Using keyword research tools is a great way to come up with new ideas for your blog. This software shows suggested keywords, estimated search volumes, and an idea of how difficult various keywords are to rank for.
Ubersuggest is a very popular keyword research tool. By typing in our example keyword “dogs,” we see the following results.
Perhaps you can write a blog post about “dog beds.” It gets approximately 165,000 searches every month, but a SD (Search Difficulty) score of 78/100 may be too high.
If you scroll down, you’ll find many different topics to write about.
As can be seen below, there are many keywords with high search volumes. Some of these keywords also have low SD scores so they are not that difficult to rank for.
The keyword “dogs that don’t shed” is searched for approximately 74,000 times a month. With a SD score of 29, you don’t have strong competition for this keyword from other sites.
Using Ubersuggest, you can also search for popular questions with high search volumes and low SD scores.
The keyword “are dogs color blind” gets approximately 33,100 searches per month and only has a SD score of 15. By doing your research, and writing a comprehensive blog post, there is no reason why you can’t get a lot of traffic from it.
Ubersuggest also provides you with content ideas that have been popular on Facebook and Pinterest.
Have a look at these popular articles. Can you write a better, more detailed article?
You could take a popular article and write a curated post. Take the first article – “Dogs are born with ears and tails” – as an example. You take a short extract from the post and add your own thoughts to it. Come up with a new headline, and remember to link back to the source.
By only using Ubersuggest, you’ll be able to come up with many new ideas for topics you can blog about.
Note: We used the free version of Ubersuggest in the above examples. For $10 per month, you can upgrade to the paid version to get even more keyword suggestions.
Keyword Everywhere is a free browser add-on for Chrome and Firefox.
Keywords Everywhere for Google
When we type in our sample keyword in Google, it displays the following results:
People Also Search For
The list of “People Also Search For” is actually a lot longer than in the above screenshot.
It contains many great topics you can write about, such as “what to look for in a dog” and “how do I know if a puppy is right for me.”
You can obviously tweak some of the keywords further if you specialize in a particular breed, such as Cocker Spaniels.
For example, instead of writing about “what to look for in a dog” you could write about “what to look for in a Cocker Spaniel.”
Keywords Everywhere also has a paid buy-as-you-go version that works with credits.
With the paid version you’ll get some additional information, namely:
- Monthly search volume
- Cost Per Click
- Adwords Competition
The cost of the paid version is very inexpensive. For $10 you’ll get 100,000 credits which should last you several months if you turn it off when you’re not doing keyword research.
Getting the paid version is completely optional. If you find some keyword topics to write about, you can simply use Ubersuggest to get an idea of search volume and competition.
Keywords Everywhere for YouTube
When we search for our keyword in YouTube, the following block will show up:
Click on “Detailed Breakdown” and you’ll see the following data:
It lists some of the most popular videos on YouTube. It shows the number of times a video has been viewed, and how long ago it was published.
Let’s take a closer look.
This list gives us some good ideas for popular topics we can blog about.
“How to Potty Train your Puppy” – Published 4 years ago and has 7.6 million views.
“10 Most Powerful Dogs in the World” – Published 2 months ago and has 4.6 million views.
Tip: Have a look at popular videos, embed it on your blog, and write your own commentary.
2. Blog Ideas Generators
There are several blog ideas generators that give you ideas on what to blog about by simply entering your main keyword(s).
Note that ideas are randomly generated, and are not based on actual searches. This means some suggestions will make sense, while others won’t.
The below tools will give you tons of ideas to work with. Even though your blog may not get a lot of traffic from Google for these keywords, it will appeal to your blog’s human readers. And that’s what Google wants to see.
HubSpot Blog Ideas Generator
To use Hubspot Blog Ideas Generator, all you have to do is enter up to five nouns to get started. Next, click on “Give Me Blog Ideas” and this free tool will automatically generate five blog ideas, enough for a week.
By typing in our sample keyword the tool generated the following blog ideas:
Dogs: Expectations vs. Reality
Will Dogs Ever Rule the World?
The Next Big Thing in Dogs
Dogs Explained in Fewer than 140 Characters
This Week’s Top Stories About Dogs
According to HubSpot, the blog ideas you receive will never be shared with other users of the tool. If you try searching for the same keyword again, you’ll get the same results.
By signing up you can unlock 250 more blog ideas that you can download for free in an Excel spreadsheet.
Portent’s Content Idea Generator
For Portent’s Content Idea Generator, type in the singular version of your keyword(s), without capitalizing any words.
In the above example, we typed in “dog” and the tool generated the suggestion: “8 Ways Dogs are Cooler than Michael Jordan.”
If you want to see more results, simply click on the enter button again. Every time you click, the tool will generate a new suggestion.
3. Question & Answer Websites
Question and answer sites have many questions from people looking for solutions to problems, advice, and recommendations. This is a goldmine for any blogger and can give you valuable ideas on topics to blog about.
If used correctly, these sites can also drive a lot of traffic to your blog. This is a huge added benefit to using them as a source for new blog ideas.
According to SimilarWeb, the general question & answer sites that get the most visitors per month are:
Quora – 483.59 million
Ask.fm – 81.70 million
Yahoo Answers – 76.93 million
How Stuff Works – 19.06 million
Answers.com – 10.39 million
As can be seen from the above list, Quora is the largest question & answer site by far. It’s the one we’ll focus on.
Quora is a treasure trove for finding ideas on what to blog about.
Here are some questions related to our sample keyword.
If we open the first question “Why do people like dogs,” we’ll see it has 100+ answers. The top answer has been upvoted 9,000 times. It has over 324,000 views.
If this is a topic you would like to blog about, browse through the answers. It’ll give you some good ideas you can use in your blog post.
You’ll also notice on the right side of the question there are related questions.
It often happens that different people ask similar questions.
If a topic is popular, it may be a good idea to write a blog post about that topic.
Once you’ve completed your blog post, return to Quora and look for related questions. Post your answer to the question and, where appropriate, link back to your blog post. Don’t post your naked URL (http://www.myblog.com), but rather use anchor text in the body of your reply.
You can post a link back to your blog post in several of your answers, as long as your link is relevant to the question.
Important tips for Quora
- Familiarize yourself with their terms and usage policy. Make sure you comply.
- Add value. Post an answer that will be upvoted many times to place you at the top.
- Write, at the very least, a couple of paragraphs. Short answers are normally hidden.
- Add some relevant photos or screenshots to stand out from the crowd.
- Never spam or come across as promoting yourself or your blog.
- Don’t post links to your blog in every answer. Link to authority sites, where relevant.
- Try to answer recently asked questions. Digging out old questions can look spammy.
On your profile page, there is a section called “Knows About.” Populate this with keywords that are relevant to your niche or field of expertise. Quora will invite you to answer questions based on what you tell them you know.
4. Get Ideas from Amazon
Amazon is a good source to find inspiration for new blog ideas.
Start by searching for your keyword. Our sample keyword has over 300,000 results.
Look at some of the popular products on Amazon, and read their reviews.
The above product has 16,713 ratings.
It also has more than 1,000 answered questions.
How about writing a blog post about dog training collars?
According to Ubersuggest, this keyword is searched for about 33,100 times a month.
Your blog post can cover the advantages and disadvantages of dog training collars. If you’re old school, you can perhaps write why you think there are better ways to train your dog.
If you’re an Amazon affiliate, you can even write a detailed review about the product, or compare it to other, similar products. People love reading reviews. Amazon will pay you a commission if you refer someone to their site who makes a purchase.
Note: If you’re not that familiar with affiliate marketing, take a look at the following article for more information > Affiliate Marketing for beginners.
By looking at the description posted by the merchant and the reviews / questions, you’ll have a lot of material to work with.
Important: You cannot post Amazon reviews on your blog, as they are copyright protected. However, you can mention what people like or dislike about the product based on reviews.
By browsing Amazon, you’ll find many great ideas for topics you can blog about.
5. Find Popular, Trending Topics
You want popular, trending content on your blog. Your blog should be a reflection of what’s popular online. Content that people would like to read and engage with.
Here are some websites you can look at for ideas on popular topics to blog about.
When you open BuzzSumo, the first thing you’ll see are the words: “Find the content that performs best.” That’s exactly what we’re looking for.
Although BuzzSumo is a paid tool, you can get some ideas from it on what to blog about.
Here are the results for our keyword.
Have a look at the first result: “We don’t deserve dogs.” It has 3.2 million engagements on Facebook, and has been shared 388 times on Twitter.
If you put your cursor over the 3.2M circle, you’ll get a detailed breakdown.
This post has 2.7 million likes on Facebook, has been shared over 370,000 times, and has nearly 149,000 comments.
If it’s that popular on Facebook, don’t you think your blog readers would love to see this type of content on your blog?
Reddit calls itself “The front page of the internet.”
It’s a massive site where popular content is upvoted. This will give you a good idea what people like to see and talk about.
If we search for our keyword “dogs” on Reddit, the first thing we’ll see is “Communities and Users.”
The first community listed has 1.4 million members. Joining this community, if you’re into dogs, is a no-brainer.
If you scroll down, you’ll see a long list of discussions.
The top two entries have 1,900 and 1,700 upvotes, respectively, with hundreds of comments.
Should you ever decide to join the Reddit community, make sure you understand the rules of every subreddit. The above results are all from r/dogs, a subreddit for dogs.
Tip: Once you’re comfortable with Reddit, you may even post surveys and share the results with your blog readers.
Surveys can be turned into excellent blog posts. In the above example, the survey has been upvoted 543 times and has 214 comments.
SmartBrief is a content curation news site. Their editors collect stories from thousands of credible sources and then summarize it.
Here are some results for our sample keyword.
Click the title of the story. On the next page, you’ll see a summary with a link to the source.
Below is what the original article headline looks like.
By using SmartBrief, you can get many ideas on what to blog about. If you see a story that looks interesting, make sure to read the original article for inspiration on what to write.
6. Find Magazines in Your Niche
Running a magazine is not easy. They have to publish top content that they know their readers will enjoy or they won’t last long. Getting ideas from magazines you can blog about can boost the popularity of your blog.
If we search on Google for “KEYWORD magazines,” we get a lot of results to sift through.
Note: Search without using inverted commas for better results.
Click on some titles of magazines, such as Modern Dog Magazine. It has many great articles we can use for inspiration.
Note: “Use for inspiration” obviously doesn’t mean you can plagiarize any of the content. Only use it to get ideas for writing your own original content.
7. Look at Your Own Blog
Sometimes, we’re so busy looking at other sites to get ideas for new topics to blog about that we forget about our own blog. Your blog can be a great source for ideas, especially if you’re suffering from writer’s block.
It’s sometimes easier to add to an existing post than to write a new post from scratch.
If you’ve been blogging for any amount of time, chances are you already have several posts on your blog. And if you’re using a tool like Google Analytics – which you should be doing – then you’ll know which posts get a lot more traffic than others.
Rather than write a new post, look at fixing or improving some of your old blog posts that are not performing. By improving some of those posts, you’ll find they may rank better in Google and generate more traffic.
Here are some ideas for sprucing up existing blogs:
- Add more content – Google likes articles that are comprehensive and covers a topic from A to Z. Look at the pages ranking on the first page of Google for your keyword. Do they cover the topic better than you? If yes, work on making improvements to your post.
- Add internal links – Backlinks are important, but so are internal links. If you have complementary content on your blog, link to it from the article you’re busy editing.
- Add images – As the old saying goes: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Adding images to your blog can improve the user experience of your visitors. If properly optimized, it may also give you a boost in Google’s search results.
- Add structured headlines – Use heading tags, from H1 to H6, where H1 is the most important and H6 is the least important. This helps Google to better understand the content structure of your page.
- Make proper use of keywords – Make sure to include your main keyword, at the very least, in the beginning of your article, as well as in your conclusion. Use related keywords to give more context. For example, if your keyword is “Bart Simpson,” you should also mention “The Simpsons” and other members of the Simpsons family.
While going through your old blog posts, chances are good they’ll spark an idea for something you missed, and should write about.
Here are some additional ideas for adding fresh content to your blog:
- Embed relevant YouTube videos.
- Share a personal story so your visitors can get to know you better.
- The most important things you’ve learned, and mistakes you’ve made.
- Submit some questions to respected people in your niche and post their replies.
- Hold a contest.
- Share some interesting statistics.
- Share your favorite blogs.
- Bust a myth.
- Post a “Top 10” list.
- Post a quiz.
- Invite experts in your niche to submit guest posts.
- Do a How-To post.
- Do a FAQ post.
8. Article Directories
Back in the heyday of article directories, they were one of the best sources for backlinks and traffic.
For numerous reasons, they fell out of favor with Google and most content writers. Today, hardly anyone talks about article directories, but they may still have a use: they are a super valuable resource for anyone looking for evergreen topics to blog about.
One of the best article directories, and the one we’ll be focusing on, is EzineArticles.
When we search EzineArticles for our keyword, we get a massive list of 100,000 results. That’s 4,000 pages of content we can look at for ideas on what to write about.
The first article on the list was published in 2018. It has been viewed 888 times and is 3,796 words. Recent articles are listed at the bottom of the article.
EzineArticles can probably give you enough ideas to blog about for at least the next year.
9. Get Ideas from Pinterest
Pinterest calls itself a “visual discovery engine for finding ideas.” It’s a very popular visual search engine that should give you lots of ideas for new blog posts.
When we do a search for our keyword, we get the following page.
Have a look at the colored blocks below the search keyword to get an idea of popular related topics.
You can click on a topic such as “Treats homemade” to get more ideas.
You’ll notice there are additional ideas below the keyword you can click on, such as “easy” and “healthy,” if you want to drill down deeper.
By scrolling through pins that are related to your niche, you’ll find many good ideas.
10. Blogs and Forums
Blogs and forums in your niche can be a great source for new blog ideas.
It’s always good to stay up-to-date on which topics your competitors are blogging about. This does not mean you have to blindly follow them, but it can give you some useful ideas.
If you can’t think of any other blogs in your niche, use the below search queries.
KEYWORD + blog
Best KEYWORD blogs
Pay special attention to popular posts with lots of comments. Read through the comments to see if the blogger has missed anything that people are asking about.
Any popular niche will have at least a couple of forums you can look at for ideas.
If you can’t think of any popular forums, use the below search queries.
KEYWORD + forum
Best KEYWORD forums
Let’s see what we can come up with for our keyword.
If we click on the first result, we’ll see the following page.
This forum has over 750,000 posts and 45,000 members. We can get a good idea of what topics are popular, such as “Dog Training and Behavior.” This topic has 141,000 posts and has been viewed over 35 million times.
It can certainly help generate many new ideas that are worth blogging about.
This takes us to the end of our list of resources you can use for ideas on topics to blog about.
We hope you’ll take action and put these resources to good use.
In the words of the late Dale Carnegie: “Knowledge isn’t power until it is applied.”
Applied knowledge is profit.
By using the 10 resources mentioned in this article, you’ll never have a problem again coming up with new blog ideas.
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