8 Places to Get Ideas for Blogging

Blogging IdeasWell, you did it! You put in your hours and now you have a blog started. You have chosen from dozens of domain names, tracked down reliable hosting, wrote a post or two, and now you are clueless as to what to do. How do you get ideas for blogging?How do you get ideas for blogging? Every blogger must have asked this question at one point or another. If you choose a niche you are passionate about, you are bound to have a lot of ideas in mind. Off the top of your head, you can probably write down 50 or 100 ideas for blogging. However, what after that? Blogs are wonderful in the sense of providing an evergreen supply of ideas. People visit your blog hoping to get something new, something you have never said before. Every blogger needs fresh ideas for blogging from sources other than what he can directly come up with.

Here are some sources for blogging ideas that should help jog your grey cells. By following some or all of them, you should have a supply of never-ending ideas for blogging on your niche. If you ever get into a dry spell, these will certainly help you get out.

Blogging Idea-1. Read, Read, Read

Reading is an important part any authority blog. It is through general reading that you get several ideas for blogging and you know what you can write about. You don’t write what you read – just by knowing about the topic at hand, you can get a lot of ideas.

Here, I am not talking just about reading other blogs, but reading in general. Do you blog about dogs? How about reading an encyclopedia article on dogs and their types? You can get an infinite supply of articles from there and then you can branch out – pick a topic which seems interesting and then do further research. You can read whitepapers or even published journal and conference papers for the ultimate authority in which you write. You can read biographies or stories of successful people in your niche. All these will give you good ideas to get started.

Blogging Idea-2: Know What Other Bloggers are Saying

It really helps to know what others bloggers are talking about. No, I don’t mean copy their ideas or “rewrite” their content – it is actually the worst thing that you can do. However, by reading other blogs in your niche, you will get very good ideas and an overall sense of things, especially if you look at highly successful bloggers.

In the niche of internet marketing/blogging/making money online, there are some really amazing blogs, like ProBlogger. By reading some of the posts in this blog, you can get some good ideas.

Blogging Idea-3: Find out What People Want Through Forums

Forums are an excellent platform to really know what people want and what they are looking for. If they are having some trouble and you are able to answer it, your blog is going to be the authority source in that niche. Unfortunately, however well versed you may personally be, people will never know it or visit your blog unless you put it out there. For this, forums are a great starting place.

Forums allow you to follow a discussion and see what people think, what their needs are and what they might want in the future. Being ahead in your niche is one of the best tools to build authority – if you can stay ahead of the crowd, you are a sure winner.

Of late, places like Yahoo Answers or Wiki Answers can also provide some good ideas about what to write about.

Blogging Idea-4: Browsing Through Article Directories

Browsing through article directories can give you some very good information about what you want to write. In addition, it is a treasure-trove of potential ideas. However, don’t follow the format of an article directory for a blog – articles in these directories are just a marketing ploy to have people visit their websites, so it is more of an advertising material than providing valuable information. In your blog, you can take the same idea and explore it in-depth, far more than what others do. Of course you can always visit the contributor’s website to know more about the topic, if you feel the need to. However, even just browsing through all the topics present in a niche in an article directory should get some creative juices flowing.

Blogging Idea-5: Take Help from Google Adwords Tool

Google Adwords keyword tool is a powerful tool that lets you search for ideas if you type in any word or phrase. The Adwords tool is designed for advertisers to know what people are searching for and bid accordingly on PPC advertisements. However, you can use it to get some blogging ideas, all the while knowing how many people have actually searched for this phrase. It is a very powerful SEO tool so you can try to incorporate the keyword in your post.

Blogging Idea-6: Look for the Latest News

The news is a great source for new and fresh blog ideas and blog content. You can also come across as an authority in the niche. An additional advantage is that if you cover the news well, you can get a good spike in traffic while people are searching for what is hot. These will be targeted people and you can convert them into permanent readers.

You can create alerts using Google News in your niche. Almost every niche will have something in the news which is interesting to talk about. If you are blogging about something that changes rapidly, like politics or technology, this should be your main goldmine for ideas to blog about.

Blogging Idea-7: Just Ask!

This method works very well for blogs that are active and have some active commentators. You will need some authority and traffic before you can pull this off, but it is a great way to know what you should blog about. Just ask your readers and take their suggestions. You will know what people want and what your readers are looking to read on your blog. All this for free!

Today, you can use social media like Facebook or Twitter to accomplish the same and people are more likely to give out suggestions through Facebook than through comments. You can always just use them together.

Blogging Idea-8: Look Through Your Analytics

You will be surprised how many ways people using search engines can find your blog! If you have decent traffic, a thorough analysis of your analytics, more specifically the keywords used in search engines to find your blog, can prove an invaluable resource. By targeting these keywords more directly, you might rank even higher and thus get loads of higher traffic.

16 Comments

  1. Adrienne says:

    Great ideas you shared Sid… When I was first starting out I had no idea what to blog about so I visited a few of these places you mentioned and started seeing what others were talking about or asking questions about. It really helped me get started.

    Now, I’ll run across something that happened to me or a post I read about that I know I should be doing and it will spur a future post. I use to think that people don’t want to read about the same things over and over again but I also know that we all learn differently. Me included so thank you for this post. Really great ideas.

    Hope you’ve enjoyed your day!

    Adrienne

    • Sid says:

      Adrienne,
      Thanks so much for stopping by, and really glad you found the post useful. We all have our own unique experiences and perspectives, so even if people write on similar topics, they can always add their own unique flavor to things. In addition, reading some other article or blog brings some fresh ideas especially when you are stuck in the dreaded “writer’s block”.

  2. Nigel Yip says:

    Hi Sid

    What a great blog post, I really learned a lot for your post about where to get blogging ideas and thanks for sharing them with us

    Many thanks and all the best
    Nigel

  3. Hi Sid
    Great article with a lot of great ideas.
    I am really glad you mentioned analytics , because I tend to overlook that one, and there can be really interesting keywords to check out. thanks for reminding me 🙂

    thanks for sharing and all the best in your business,
    cheers
    Tina

    • Sid says:

      Tina,
      Thank you so much for your comment! Yea, analytics is actually a very powerful tool. I have written articles specifically using this data, so that I can rank another page higher up in the search rankings and it really helps to get new visitors to a blog.

  4. Some great ideas there, can I share what I do, my ideas for blogs tend to all come at once and then I have a dry period, it seems to come in cycles, so I use an opensource to-do list software (myTinyTodo) and record my blog idea as a task and some basic notes.

    This means I do not have to write the post then and there, and I have an archive of ideas to work through in those times when bloggers block bites, it works quote well for me, but then I love working from lists of tasks.

  5. Hey Sid,
    I received an e-mail newsletter today asking for topics to write about. It would be great if we were contacted by our readers to let us know what they want me to write about.

    I usually read new books that are out to get some fresh ideas and perspectives for my blog.

    • Sid says:

      Justin,
      Thanks a lot for your thoughts. I know, it would be really nice if our readers could tell us what they want to read about. In that case, we can provide them with so much more value.

      Books are a nice idea, I’ll be sure to give it a try.

  6. Hi Sid,

    I am very new in this blogging field. I have been learning blogging just by reading other authority blogs. Your post will definitely help me to increase my knowledge and skill in this field.

    Thanks for this informative post Sid my friend.

    Abhijit…

  7. Keeping an idea on the news is a really good one. Also watch the TV. What I’ve found is that quite often after seeing someone interviewed on a show people will Google for blog posts and opinions on that very segment.

    If you put the name of the person and the name of the show into your blog titles, you’ve got a really good long tail keyword. Unless the person is hugely famous already, then you’ve got a very good chance of ranking highly for that search. You can often get great surges of traffic this way.

    It is topical though. Still, you will get some visitors who will keep returning because they like your blog.

  8. Chetaeu says:

    Hi&.
    Thanks for sharing this information and resources its really help full for me with the help of this we can improve our blogging or blog design and development I really inspire with this information thanks

  9. You’re right on once again my friend 🙂

    I like that you provided links to resources that will further support your suggestions.

    I have tried the Google KeyWord Tool and that works wonders.
    The Long Tail method is also something I’m playing around with.
    Thanks for sharing your ideas on this.

  10. Mr.Ven says:

    Hi Sid,

    Definitely, reading a lot of information drives with more ideas for blogging. Google reader is one of my favorite tool to collate all the blog feeds and to read a lot every day.

    Great post !

    Thanks

  11. Hurrah, that’s what I was exploring for, what a
    data! present here at this blog, thanks admin of this
    website.

  12. This is a good tip especially to those fresh to the blogosphere.

    Short but very precise information… Appreciate your sharing this
    one. A must read article!

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