Once you’ve had your blog for a time, coming up with new topics and blog article name ideas can be a challenge. After all, once you’ve written 20, 40, 100 posts or more, how on earth do you come out and say something new?
This challenge isn’t limited to long time bloggers either. New bloggers also struggle with coming up with topics that people want to read about.
So how do you do it? Just use one of these brainstorming tools below. These tools will help you come up with new ideas consistently, whether you’re just starting out or if you’ve been blogging for years.
#1: Scan RSS Feeds
Download an RSS feed reader on your computer or in your smartphone. Then go on a subscribing spree. Subscribe to every blog feed you can find in your industry. I recommend that you subscribe to at least ten different blogs.
Some of the readers are:
Now anytime you run out of ideas, all you need to do is
(my favorite is feed.ly) Read through some of the things other people are talking about and use it as inspiration.
#2: Use Google Instant
Use Google’s Instant search tool to come up with ideas for what other people might be interested in. You can learn more about the tool here:http://www.google.com/instant
For example, let’s say you’re in the weight loss niche. You could start by typing in “weight loss” and see what else comes up, like this:
Just change out different words and different wordings to come up with a variety of different potential keywords to target.
#3: Use Linkbait Generator
Linkbait Generator (http://linkbaitgenerator.com) is a unique online tool that allows you to create very creative and attention catching titles at the click of a button.
Note that some of these titles probably won’t make sense right out of the gate.
Instead, use the ideas and words generated by linkbait generator to source your own title
For instance, typing in “blogging” might land you a headline something like this:
#4: Browse Old Magazines
If you’re in an industry that’s large enough to have magazines, subscribe to as many of the magazines in your field as you can. In a few months, you should have a big stack of magazines that you can use as idea fodder.
Also, you can browse magazine covers here: http://www.magazines.com/ and get inspired by the headlines (everyone always recommends “Cosmo”, right?)
#5: Google Alerts
Google Alerts (http://www.google.com/alerts) is a free online system that will alert you by email whenever certain keywords or phrases appear in blogs or news articles. You can use Google Alerts to come up with topics in one or two ways.
First, you can use it as a constant stream of ideas. Just put relatively broad ideas in Google Alerts and set it to email you once a day. Every day, browse through the articles and see what ideas you come up with.
Another way to use Google Alerts is to use it to write cutting edge, timely articles. Use it to monitor your industry.
#6: Invite Questions
If you’re having trouble coming up with new ideas, why not have your audience do it for you instead?
A lot of authors find that their best blog posts actually come from their audience rather than from their own minds. After all, if you’re trying to create content that your audience loves, who better to guide you than your audience?
Ask for questions – on Twitter, Facebook, your blog post, etc. – and make blog posts out of them.
#7: Critique an Idea, Business, Website, Video or Trend
Look for something outside of you site that you can give your opinion on.
For example, you could critique a trend of thinking in your industry. You could critique a video that’s making the rounds.
You could also ask your audience to send in their work for critique.
Here’s a great website I found today while searching for critiques. http://www.criticue.com/
#8: Use Your Subconscious Mind
One of the best ways to come up with new blog ideas is to harness the power of your subconscious mind. How do you do that?
By thinking intensely about a subject, then completely letting it go.
Spend a bit of time thinking about your blog. Then, go for a walk. Or hit the gym. Or take a nice long bath. Relax and let your subconscious mind work on it.
Then, when you come back to it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find that ideas flow much more quickly. Alternatively, ideas might just hit you out of the blue as you’re relaxing.
Make sure you carry a notepad with you at all times so you can jot down these ideas. Ideas that aren’t written down are very frequently lost. Don’t overestimate your ability to remember an idea!
What questions do you have? Ask me below in the comments! I look forward to seeing you there.