Creating blog content can often times feel like a double-edged sword.
Sure blogging consistently helps you become a stronger, more seasoned writer, but it also drains the blog topic bank fairly quickly.
Whether you like it or not, you're not going anywhere fast with a bone-dry blog topic reserve. At best, you're looking at a few frustrated hours filled with hair pulling, beard stroking, and pencil tapping. This is writer's block at it's finest.
I'm not asking you to pull ideas out of thin air, but rather check out these 5 resources. I've got a feeling they'll help ease blog topic brainstorming a little.
Perhaps one of these most underrated resources for blog topic generation is Yahoo Answers, or any Q&A style website for that matter.
Why? Well, websites like Yahoo Answers serve as a gold mine for uncovering questions that people are seeking answers to. Writing content that responds to the questions and challenges that consumers are faced with will not only boost your credibility, but increase the likelihood that they will return to your website the next time they're looking for a solution.
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While we don't recommend snatching a blog topic verbatim, scrolling through the work of others is a great way to get the creative juice flowing. That's how I justify my sick obsession with Pinterest anyway. I don't see it as procrastination, but rather an online ritual that helps to trigger's some of my most brilliant ideas.
Quick Tip: Looking for something a little more niche-friendly? Check out Feedly. This news reader functions similarly to Paper, but it allows users to add their favorite blogs for a more organized blog browsing experience.
While the latest movements on Twitter might not always suite your business, it's easy to search for relevant hashtags to dig up the latest from people in your industry.
Broken up into three different sections, Google Trends provides users with an opportunity to uncover the goods they need to get the ball rolling on their next blog article.
The Hot Searches option allows you to view the top searches by day, while the Top Searches option allows you to view the top searches conducted in Google by category (Business, Entertainment, Sports, etc).
If that doesn't do it for you, the Explore feature utilizes visual graphs to investigate where specific topics of your choosing stand in terms of search volume, and compare up to 5 different topics at once.
Your Own Analytics
Take a minute to look back at the blog articles that you've published in the past. Which ones received the most views?
It's likely that these topics are the ones you want to mirror. If these articles are continuing to see views even months after they've been published, it's clear that their is still a consumer demand for this type of information. Start thinking about how you can spin the topic differently for an entirely new post.
Revisit the blogs and check to see if there are any comments containing clarifying questions that you can base a follow post off of. Or reread the article to see if all of the information is still up to date. Did a change in your industry alter some of the information you provided? Write about it.