Not Your Average Blog Ideas Post
Articles that give bloggers “101 blog post ideas you can write about today” are a dime a dozen. I find them pretty annoying because they’re puffed up numbers that don’t mean much.
It’s great that some of them give suggestions about “types” of posts to write, such as:
- List posts
- “How to” posts
- Interview posts
- Case Studies
- Ultimate Guides
And so on… but they don’t tell you WHAT to write about. What should that list post be about? Where can you find the most engaging topic for YOUR audience for a “How to” post?
When I searched blog post ideas, some results were so ridiculous I just shook my head. I guess these suggestions may be okay for a lifestyle blog (if it’s a personal blog).
Maybe their readers actually want the scoop on a favorite summer vacation or the latest scary movie that blogger saw…what do I know?
Those may be perfect personal blog post ideas. However, that’s not realistic for most of us who need more serious blog post topics, because we’re actually running a business.
I’m going to share some valuable resources I’ve discovered while researching effective and interesting post ideas to write about for my niche. You may recognize a few.
Others are not as well known, and I think you’ll appreciate these dependable ways to find perfect post topics your readers will love.
Finding Blog Post Ideas That Won’t Disappoint
#1. Answer the Public
If you’ve never visited the Answer the Public website, it’s extremely useful for detailed topic ideas. The funniest part is the old guy who stares at you impatiently while you decide what to type into the search bar… Lol!
Answer the Public is a very effective search tool that helps you find phrases and questions people have typed into search engines… primarily Google.
As an example, I typed in: How to Find Keywords for Blogs. The results appear as a sort of visual mind map — it’s pretty cool. You can also click on the word “data” at the top of the page, and it will put these results into various columns for you. This is an amazing blog topic tool!
#2. Top Pinterest Pins
Another way to find the topics that are hot right now in your niche is to head over to Pinterest. Do a search for your topic or niche idea and see what pins are populated under that search.
Look for popular pins that have plenty of authority and go to a blog or site that you know has good content. Click and browse the topic. If pins are doing well on Pinterest on a certain topic in your niche, that’s a great indicator that people want to know more about that subject matter.
#3. Pinterest Search Suggestions
You can also look at the little colored squares that populate under a Pinterest idea search. Those are all popular phrases and terms that are being searched in Pinterest (which is a powerful search engine!!). Learn to take full advantage of Pinterest as an effective business tool!
#4. Facebook Niche Groups
Another way to find popular issues your readers may be struggling with, or want to know more about, is niche Facebook groups. Have you joined any groups where your audience is hanging out? Why not?
You can score amazing ideas just by being observant and helpful in these groups. For example, if you have a gardening blog, why not join a few groups for beginning gardeners? You’ll find dozens of questions in the threads. These are things your readers need help with… pay attention and start writing these things down!
#5. Successful Topics Your Competition is Writing About
What are your competitors writing about? Several months ago, I had a pin on one of my boards that literally got hundreds of shares a week … just from my board. I read the article and realized it’s a budget topic thousands of people struggle with.
I did some research on the problem and how *I* would help solve it for my own readers, and wrote a post of my own. Mine was longer, had more details, and provided many more practical solutions for the issue. None of my solutions related to the other blogger’s article.
Never copy another person’s work… you know that. But don’t be afraid to read popular posts from your competition and elaborate on those topics or areas of concern for your own audience. Use your unique voice and approach to provide answers. Your readers will thank you!
#6. Survey Your Audience
You may have heard this one, but it’s worth repeating. And you can put your own fun spin on things by offering a small incentive. If you have an email list of readers already, send out a fun survey (you can use SurveyMonkey for free).
Ask some questions (make it 5 or less, or your readers may not answer) about things they’d like help with. Discover general areas of interest with a few multiple choice questions that best describe themselves. Make the analogies funny or interesting, and you may get more responses.
I sent out a survey to my list several months ago and offered $10 Starbucks cards to be awarded to two readers who submitted the completed survey. I chose two random winners and sent out the Starbucks cards via email.
It was a good incentive to answer the survey, and I considered it $20 well spent to learn more about what makes them tick.
#7. Get More Blog Topic Ideas from Your Own Popular Posts
Great blog ideas may be right under your nose! Find your top five blog posts using Google Analytics. Log into your analytics account, click “Behavior” in the left column. Next click “Site Content” and then “All Pages”.
I usually set my time frame to blog posts from the past 6 months. You can do that in the upper right hand corner where it has dates listed. This gives you a great idea of which blog content ideas you were already very successful with.
Why not take one or more of those most visited blog topics and write a few more posts around that subject matter? Your audience will be glad you did!
Conclusion: Five Top Blog Ideas I Haven’t Told You Yet
There you have it, seven simple ways to find great content for your blog.
I’ve kept my TOP FIVE a secret. These are the ones I use on a regular basis and have great success with!
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When it comes to finding the right content for your blog, it always pays to research, listen, and do lots of reading on popular topics. A successful blogger always keeps tabs on audience searches and related trending topics.
Look for a variety of topics readers struggle with, questions they have, and subjects that may entertain them. Time spent consistently evaluating your readers’ habits and concerns always pays off!
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