Great content contributes to the authority of your site. Have you ever wondered about how to find content ideas for your blog? There are 17 quickfire ways to find these ideas. Writing content consistently is extremely important yet challenging at the same time. From time to time, you may run into a writer’s block phase where you have no idea what to write. Your mind just shuts down and can’t think of any ideas.
If you can relate to the above, I may have a few suggestions that might work for you. Finding content is not as difficult as it sounds. The internet is full of resources for you to brainstorm your content ideas.
Are there any resources to find content ideas for your blog?
After digging through sites, information and videos, I have compiled 17 resources that you can use to start generating endless content ideas for your blog. These are mostly free resources and here they are in no order of importance:
- Google search
- Google Trends
- Yahoo Answers
- Niche Forums
- Ezine Articles
- Google Analytics
- Google Keyword Planner
Ubersuggest is a free keyword analysis tool that provides you information about search volume, relevant content, backlinks and other key information that helps with SEO optimization of your content. You can use Ubersuggest to find out the search volume of certain keywords, check your own website’s SEO status and track your competitor’s keywords as well.
In Ubersuggest, type the keyword that you would like to search for. The overview section tool will show you the following:
- the search volume for that word.
- how difficult is it to rank for the keyword (SEO difficulty).
- paid difficulty in ranking which means is is it difficult or easy to get paid traffic from that keyword.
- how much will the keyword cost you per click if you would like run paid ads on it?
- you will also get a summary of how many backlinks and the domain authority of all the top 10 sites in that keyword.
What can you do with Ubersuggest?
You will also be able to view related keywords to your primary one which you can use to form new content ideas. This automated process makes it easy to find valuable ideas for the next post.
Ubersuggest also provides a list of content that people are interested in. This report pulls all the blog post that is popular in your niche as well as all the keywords in those posts. It shows backlinks data for each post and how the popularity of those content in social media like Facebook and Pinterest.
These are very powerful information that allows you to know which are the type of content you should be writing to attract the audience.
The ability to see which sites are linking to popular content is so important. You can write similar content and contact the relevant sites to provide a link back to you as well. Building backlinks is a long process so do not expect overnight success. However, knowing which are the right sites to contact is nevertheless advantageous to you.
Google is probably the staple go-to resource if you would like to find content ideas for your blog. Here are some cool ways to find content that people are already searching on the internet. Type in your keyword in the Google search bar. This is the search bar that has an auto-complete function that will complete your sentence into phrases that people key in about the same topic.
You can also find related ideas in the Related Search section which is at the bottom of the search result page.
A cool hack that will get content ideas for your next blog post.
One cool trick that you can do is to type site: (and the URL of the website which you feel is authoritative).
Google will then show all the pages that are indexed in that site. The indexed page is content that Google feels is good enough to be ranked in the search results. This will directly tell you the type of content you should also be writing about.
Google is a plethora of content ideas and resources. Just this platform alone will ensure you will never run out ideas for your blog.
What is buzzsumo? Buzzsumo helps you to find popular content that is relevant to you and what other people are looking for on the internet.
Go to buzzsumo and enter your keyword. Buzzsumo will bring up all the content related to that keyword and sort them by the total number of shares in 5 major social media platforms such as Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.
Let’s type the word ‘vegan food ideas’ in the search term. You can filter the search result to provide you the content type that you prefer. Using the search results, you can come up with more ideas that are similar but much better.
You can also click a particular website to do further research on what are they doing to get their content shared. It gives you an inside scoop about what your competitors are doing right and the kind of content they are writing.
Do take note that the free version only provides you limited searches and access to details. There is a free 7-day trial that you can sign up for without providing credit card details. If you don’t want to pay for this tool, the free version will work. You may not get a long list of ideas, but you will get some good ones that can be expanded further through other tools mentioned in this post.
Next in Google’s arsenal of resourceful tools is an amazing tool called Google Trends. This tool will show the popularity of your keyword or topic over a certain period. This tool can help you determine whether your keyword has long term sustainability if it is seasonal or people are no longer interested in it anymore.
Go to this tool and type the keyword which you want to write about. You will immediately get the interest overtime data for that keyword. This tells you if the keyword trending up, down or plateaued.
You can also insert any other keyword to see the trend comparison between each other.
These results can also be researched further into region and sub-region to find where is most of the traffic for this keyword is coming from.
As you scroll down, there are 2 categories of information in regards to your keyword which are related topics and related queries. Topics refer to the type of niche people are looking for while queries refer to the search term that is typed on Google.
Google trends help you decide which keyword and topics to go for based on the long term popularity of that keyword. It also gives you the related ideas to research further create content ideas for your blog.
Soovle is probably one of the amazing keyword suggestion tools that I have come across in a while. It is so simple to use, provides very quick results and gives you tons of ideas for your next content.
Soovle put related keyword suggestions from 8 mega sources:
- What’s Up JVs
Type your keyword and soovle will provide different ideas for that keyword. You can use these suggested keywords to come up with ideas for your content. I would suggest you go a step further by choosing a list of the suggested keywords that you like and run them through Ubersuggest, or Google Keyword Planner to see if it has enough search volume and interest so that you can decide which profitable keyword will make up your next content.
Quora is another great resource that you can tap into to find great ideas for your niche site. It is still relatively new, started in 2010 and has since emerged as the top question and answer forum.
Type in your keyword and get a list of questions other people have asked relating to that keyword. This tells you what are some of the pain points that people are having in that niche.
Example: type “baby food” in the search bar. You will get a list of questions that people have asked regarding that topic.
When you click on any of these questions, you can see the answers that have been provided, the number of views and also the related question to that topic. The related questions section is very useful to give more ideas to write your next blog post.
Another 3 more resources that I feel is very similar to Quora would be
8. Niche Forums
To find niche forums, just type Forum,(your keyword)’ in Google. Look for the forums that you are interested in and see what people are asking and answering in the forum to get your ideas.
9. Ezine Articles
Ezine Articles is an article submission but the way to use it very similar to Quora and Yahoo Answers. This platform has been here for a while. It used to be very popular but has somehow lost its ground in recent years.
I am recommending this platform on the basis that it is great to get ideas here. Not so much to get the content of the article. The majority of the content written here is simple and old. However, for brainstorming purposes, very much recommended.
This tool helps you make an informed decision and grow your business in the right direction. Several awesome report metrics give you valuable insight into your site.
- Real-time report that shows you what is happening on your site at the moment.
- Audience report tells you the demographic of your visitors which helps you to decide what type of content you should be writing for your audience
- Next is the acquisition metrics that show where is your traffic coming.
- Conversion is a metric that indicates what action is your visitors taking on your site. Are they filling up a form? Are they trying to contact you?
The metric which is my favorite is the behavior metric. I can know what are the pages that most appeal to my visitors and how long do they visit. This helps me to understand if my content is appealing to my audience. It allows me to decide if I would like to continue writing the same type of content or should I change my topics.
If you would like to learn more about this tool, I have found this tutorial which has a simple but clear explanation about how you can use it better.
Keywordtool.io claims to be the best alternative keyword research tool other tools in the market today. It runs through auto-suggest in 8 different sites and pulls data from these sites. The 8 sources of data are:
In many ways, it is quite similar to Kparser. However, this tool positions itself as a better long-tail keyword suggestion provider and claims to find hidden keywords that even Google keyword tool can’t display to you.
You can filter the keywords based on images, video-related, news or just pull the data from all the sources.
It is free to use and registration is necessary. The free registration only provides suggested keywords and not the search volume, trends and other details. To get the other details, you will need to upgrade to the pro version with a starting plan of $69 per month. I don’t think you need the pro version since other tools can help you with that information. What you are looking for are relevant keywords that can be used as content ideas for your blog post.
This tool helps you find the most profitable keywords which can be used to come up with content ideas. When you use this tool remember to find keywords that represent questions that people would ask in real life.
When you get to the keyword planner, select the ‘Discover new keywords’ section and type in your search term. You will get a list of related keywords for that particular search term.
I am going to type “baby food’ in the search box. This tool will show the average search volume for that particular search term and at the same time, it will also provide me the related keyword, their search volume, the respective value of the keyword for paid advertising purposes and whether the keyword has high, medium or low competition.
Additionally, this keyword tool will also suggest to you related search ideas that can be turned into content.
Ideally, you would want to choose keywords with high search volume and low or medium competition. These related keywords can form great ideas for your next content.
13. YouTube: A Mega Search Engine To Find Great Content Ideas For Your Next Post.
Youtube is essentially a search engine. There are over 30 million Youtube channels around the world. You can search for any type of topic that you want to write about and YouTube will provide all the related channels to your topic.
Let say you type in “how to ride a dirt bike”. you will see a list of suggestions that in the search bar (just like Google) which can be used as content ideas for your blog
You will also get a list of search results for keyword related content that people are watching online. It shows you which videos are popular, which content gets more views and that helps more ideas for the topic that you are going to write about.
In the example of how to ride a dirt bike, YouTube gives you a list of related videos Using that list, you now know that some of the popular content relating to this search terms would be:
All these are valuable topics that you can write about. There are endless ideas which you can get from this channel.
Amazon sells more than 300 million products a year. It is one of the biggest affiliate sites where millions of people get into affiliate marketing by selling products for a commission. It is a site where info-marketers look for ideas to start a niche business.
I am going to tell you one specific way how you can tap into this platform and get not just one or two ideas but a long list of ideas to write for your entire niche.
Amazon Best Sellers Kindle Edition: A great resource to find the content ideas for your blog articles.
Go to Amazon’s best sellers and select the books section. In this example, I will use the keyword ‘dirt bike’. I will type in the keyword into the search bar in the books section. However, I would only want to look for the Kindle edition. Therefore, I will type ‘dirt bike’ + ‘kindle’ into the search bar.
Once the results for the books appear, select those which are rated 5 or 4. Further to that, go for the ones which have a higher amount of ratings. Example: If there are 2 books with the same rating but one has 68 reviews while the other only has 4 reviews, I would go for the higher reviewed book simply because more people have read it and decided to give it a good rating. Look for the social proof that tells you that the book is a quality one.
The reason why you would want to look for only the Kindle edition is that it has a ‘Look Inside‘ link that allows you to have a peek inside the book where you can view the table of content. The table of content will reveal all the topics that the author thought was important to be included in that niche. This gives you an abundance of content ideas for your blog.
Alltop is a content curator site when you can find tons of different topics. This site pulls the best content and puts it all together in one easily accessible site. There are many categories to choose from in this platform but one of my favorites is the viral tab that shows you all the latest content that is going viral at the moment.
When you click on the viral tab, there is a search bar that allows you to enter your keyword and it pulls the most popular content for you. Let’s go to the viral tab now and key in ‘blogging’. Alltop will then list out all the popular posts related to that keyword These results can be great content ideas for you.
I think you know by now that Facebook is no longer the number one social media platform. Instagram and Tik Tok have taken over. Nevertheless, with over a billion users, when it comes to the content news feed, Facebook is still a very important resource where you can find ideas for your blog.
Can Facebook still help to come up with content ideas for your blog?
The news feed on Facebook is curated content across all sites. It brings you the latest trends in terms of what are the popular topics out there. These curated content are brought to you based on your preference. In other words, the news feed is customized to give the kind of content you like the best.
If you browse a lot of Star Wars related content, you will most likely get similar content in your news feed. Therefore, if you are browsing for a particular topic on Facebook when you go to the news feed there will related topic which is currently trending and popular. You can use that information to generate ideas for your blog.
This may not be the primary source for you to generate content ideas but given how big Facebook is, it would not hurt to try this out. Below is a simple explanation about how the newsfeed works.
Kparser is another one-stop keyword research tool that gives you the ability to pulls related keywords from different types of search engines like Google, YouTube, Bing, eBay, Amazon, and other content related sites.
The best part I like about Kparser is that you can use this tool to pull keywords from different search engines separately. If you are doing video content and your needs to look for keyword suggestion especially for YouTube, Kparser allows you to do that. If you are a twitter post, you can pull related keywords from Twitter. You get customized keyword suggestions based on a particular search engine.
If you have been hitting a writer’s block and feeling frustrated because it is hard to find content ideas for your blog, I hope this post has been helpful to you. All the sources mentioned above are great and they all provide value. Most of it is free to use and some need a paid upgrade to provide you more details but every tool can give you the next idea for your blog content.
It is not necessary to use all the 17 resources which are listed here. It is sufficient to use 2 to 3 tools at a time and nothing more than that because they are all going to give almost the same result. What are you checking for? If you just want ideas, use the keyword.io, to check on keyword trend overtime, use Google Trends and to get more details like search volume use Ubersuggest or Keyword Planner.
No matter how you use it, you will not run out of ideas for your next content. If you like this post please do share and leave a comment below.