5 Quick and Easy Ways to Find New Content Ideas For Your Blog

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Do you sometimes sit at a blank screen trying to think of good blog ideas, or feel like you're writing about the same thing over and over again?

Keeping blog content fresh and relevant is not always an easy thing. It means being creative and captivating for your reader's multiple times a week, 52 weeks a year.

What if I told you it didn't have to be so hard or take you so long to come up with that perfect title!

Check out these 5 quick and easy tips to find new content ideas for your blog below. You will find yourself swimming in ideas.

#1. Utilize Magazines.com

Now, magazines.com is a site that is set up to sell you magazines and books. However, its hidden secret is that it is actually a gold mine for blog titles.  The best part is that you don’t have to buy anything to have access to these amazing titles…they are all in one place.

First, when you visit http://magazines.com, search broadly for your niche.  For example, you can search for fitness, or cooking, or sports.  Or, if your niche is not that concrete, you might want to search for something like, "women lifestyle".

Second, browse the magazine covers that come up in your search results.  When you find a cover that speaks to your topic, click on it.

Here's where you gain access to the gold mine.  Viewing the covers of relevant magazines can give you inspiration for blog titles. These magazines have paid top copywriters in the industry to come up with great titles.  Now you can repurpose them for your blog.

#2.  Table Of Contents

Visit sites like amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com and search for books on your topic.  First you want to find other books on your topic because this proves that your niche is profitable. Second, you can glean a lot of ideas from the table of contents and the back covers. 

A great book series to search for on Amazon or Barnes and Noble is the Dummies series.  The Dummies books have a large, detailed table of contents full of rich ideas for your next blogs.

#3.  Play on Topsy!

The website: Topsy.com is a great place to see what fresh, relevant content is being written about your topic on Twitter or Google Plus. 

When you first log onto Topsy, you will want type your niche into the search box.  It will automatically bring back all results from Twitter.

However, you can also choose to narrow your search by time, date and you can switch networks from Twitter to Google Plus.  These options can be found in the column on the left hand side of the website.

The search results are often great for finding fun, entertaining blog topics and they alert you to what's most important to people on Twitter and Google Plus in your niche.

4.  What Type of Questions Do People Ask In Facebook Groups?

Are you apart of any Facebook groups that focus on the topic of your niche?  If not, it's time to find them!  Some groups are private, but many are public and you definitely want to jump into the conversation.

Of course, joining groups is a great way to build your visibility and engagement; however, it can also be an amazing way to get blog ideas.

Often in active Facebook groups, participants will ask questions of one another. For example, "have you tried ____ site, I'm thinking about signing up."   This is a great question! Don't let the answer pass you by, Instead, you can write and publish a commentary blog post on that site.  Your post could include a list of pros and cons. 

Then, if you're able to turn around and produce the blog quickly, you can let the participant know of a great article on the topic. Be sure, however, to check with the group rules before you promote your website in the group.  You don't want to lose your source for great blog ideas!

5.  Create an Electronic Swipe File

A swipe file is a folder on your computer that holds information on a certain topic within your business.  Often Entrepreneurs will have many swipe files. They may have one for product ideas; great sales page language, keyword phrases and so on.

Another great swipe file folder is a blogging folder. Anytime you come across an idea for a blog title, or great content to repurpose for your own blog, you will want to copy and paste it into your blog swipe file. 

Now this does NOT mean that you can copy and paste another websites information into your actual blog. But, you can use their content as inspiration. 

Creating an electronic swipe file is helpful because then you have access to it anytime, anywhere. Additionally, when you are short on time, it is a quick and easy way to grab an idea and start writing.

Which tip are you going to use the next time you need a creative spark?

 

How do you find blog material in a quick and easy way?

Please comment and share below…

Comments

  1. says

    Hey there, Mrs. Kim! I received this post in my inbox and I really enjoyed it! Now, I have some new resources to generate ideas for my blog. My audience is mostly made up of young people — high school students, college students, and student leaders — as i am a student myself. What I usually do to gain readers on my blog is use the "Share to WordPress" option on these news articles and then quote the article and link to the source by creating a hyperlink saying "click here to read the rest of this article __." So, I am never really out of topics, call me a news junkie :) 

  2. says

    Hi Kim,  I really enjoyed this post and have used several of the methods you describe to create new content for my blog as well. Some additional resources that I use on a regular basis include: my RSS feed and LinkedIn Groups. I also keep a general "Topic Ideas" folder in Evernote. Thanks again for all the great information you share!  ~Carol

  3. says

    Kim,
    Thanks! This is by far the best ideas I have read about in a very long time. I have been using sites like Stumbleupon for ideas, but I will definitely check these out.

  4. says

    This is a fantastic post! thanks for great suggestions as I feel like a beginner still in this blogging world! I did just join a few groups on Linked In in my niche and that has also helped with ideas and even posts to Facebook! thanks, Kim! ;-)

  5. says

    Hi Kim,
    You're right about the swipe file. I would have forgotten so many brilliant ideas if I didn't use one. I set up a new notebook every day in Evernote. I name it with the date, make it my default notebook, and capture everything worthwhile there. That way, I start out with a clean slate every day and capture everything I might want to remember later. Great for swipe files.
    Magazines.com? Why didn't I think of that? Brilliant. These guys pay tons to know what types of titles get attention. Love it!
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  6. says

    Kim,
    Oh my goodness!! Thank you so much for this post! I will be using ALL of these ideas. It's sometimes so difficult to think of another topic to write about each week. This also will help you keep your post topics current and on trend. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  7. says

    Thanks Kim, for these great tips. It's only early days for my social media marketing for my book and the follow on series, but I am constantly looking for ways to connect to readers. I love your blogs because they are concise and easy reading. I have kept many of them for later reference. I'm sure I am part of a long stream of social media apprentices who follow you.

  8. says

    Hi Kim,
    Excellent post, I have used topsy but i never checked that we can find out the relevant blog posts as well. I have checked this feature just now. :)
    I used to get new posts ideas by reading some quality blogs or i usually try to share some posts which are hidden or has not been shared before. I try to write on the things which no has covered before. :)
    Thank you

  9. says

    Hey Kim,
    Good to be here and thanks for sharing these tips. Sometimes we run dry and need some fresh ideas on getting new contents. It's always exciting to come across such blog posts that show us the way out.
    BRW, congrats for being listed on SocialMediaExaminer's Top Ten Social Media Blogs of 2013! 
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  10. says

    Great resource, Kim! I hadn't thought of Topsy. I use Google Reader and bookmarking to keep track of content I want to share or expound on. I also use the local online newspaper so I can make good use of local search terms within communities I write for. 
    ~Susan

  11. says

    Great post! I have been trying to find new ways to create content, I really think the table of contents is a great idea. I just found a handful of content ideas on amazon! Thank you!!!

  12. says

    Kim – great stuff. I like to collect a lot of articles on new and more creative ways at coming up with blog post ideas as that is a big time consumer for me and I must honestly say that a couple of these suggestions I have never heard before and am eager to try. Thanks. Keep up the good work!

  13. says

    Don’t really go through blog post or read articles a lot but since I got to know and feel your impact on twitter..I have gone through so many articles written by you..am just so happy with myself for identifying with your Personality.

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