You sit and stare at your computer screen, willing yourself to come up with a great idea for your next blog post or newsletter. You don’t have much time before your next meeting, so you need that stroke of genius NOW! But what do you do when no ideas come to you? Everyone should have a list of ‘go to’ sources of inspiration for new content ideas. Below you will find out how to come up with 50 content ideas in 30 minutes or less! Never be without ideas again!
How to Come Up With 50 Content Ideas in 30 Minutes or Less
- Imagine you are writing for your ideal customer: What is one of your most asked questions? Answer that question(s) in a blog post!
- Visit Reddit to find trending topics.
- Send a short poll or survey to your email list or social media followers to ask them for their most pressing questions.
- Set up Google Alerts for keywords related to your business and niche.
- Visit popular websites or blogs in your niche to see which topics they are writing about: find one that jumps out at you, and then spin the title to create your own, original content.
- Visit Google Trends to find trending topics.
- Use Facebook Interest Lists to find content of interest in your industry. For more on this, see my post How to Use Interest Lists to Find Content Ideas to Share.
- Page through a book that would be of interest to your audience and see if any topics jump out at you.
- Take a look through your Facebook ‘Posts to Page’ to see if there are any questions you can answer in a blog post.
- Use Buzzsumo to find top content in your industry.
- Ask yourself this question: What is the #1 issue my target market struggles with? Attempt to write a blog post that solves this problem.
- Look through your email marketing program’s analytics to find out which topics and headlines have gotten the most opens, click-throughs and conversions.
- Use the Google Keyword Planner to uncover other keywords and topics and you can write about.
- Use Social Mention to listen in on social media conversations: Find out what topics are really of interest to your target market.
- Do a Google search for a popular keyword in your niche: See what others are writing about the topic and add your thoughts to the conversation.
- Take a current list post (e.g. Top 10 Ways to…) and write a detailed post breaking down just one of your top points.
- Visit Yahoo Answers to find questions you can answer on your blog.
- Go to StumbleUpon and ‘stumble’ to find possible sources of inspiration.
- Compile current blog posts into a resource list: For instance, on my blog I might create a post called Top Resources For Facebook Marketing, and include links to my most popular Facebook marketing posts.
- Find top hashtags in your niche using a tool like Hashtagify.me.
- Use The Blog Post Ideas Generator from Build Your Own Blog.
- Visit Quora to find questions you can answer.
- Visit Mind The Book to find questions that will trigger content ideas.
- Use Ubersuggest to find keywords suggestions and variations based on a particular topic.
- Visit a competing blog and look for a list of their most popular posts (you can often find such a list in the sidebar). Use this as a starting point for your own post.
- Start typing a keyword into Pinterest’s search box to find popular searches (it will automatically populate the search box with the most popular searches starting with the letters you type in).
- Visit Blog Engage to find popular topics that bloggers in your niche are writing about.
- Scour your social media accounts and blog comments and compile a list of FAQ’s you can answer in a blog post.
- Use a plugin like CommentLuv on your WordPress site to see what your commenters have been blogging about.
- Use WordStream’s Free Keyword Niche Finder tool to find popular subtopics based on a general keyword search.
Bookmark this list of how to come up with 50 content ideas in 30 minutes or less so you can pull it up the next time you find yourself wondering what to write about! I hope it helps!
Visit my post titled, The Ultimate Content Marketing Tools List, for more content ideas for your business!
What would you add to this list? What do you do when you’re not sure what to write about? Share below!