13 Oct Top 20 Tools and Resources To Discover Great Topics To Write About In a Blog
Have you ever got stuck trying to come up with ideas for your blog? Sure you have. No matter how creative and resourceful you are, you’re bound to run out of ideas at some point.
It happens to everyone. You sit down to write a blog post, but nothing comes to mind. After some struggle, you simply give up and switch to something else. So what can you blog about when you’re out of ideas?
Fortunately, there are many helpful resources and online tools to help you generate excellent topic ideas.
Some strategies you can try is brainstorming, looking at similar blogs for ideas, analyzing latest trending topics or using one of the free tools to generate topic ideas.
To help you come up with topic ideas, I put together a comprehensive list of my favorite topic generating resources and tools I use whenever I get stuck.
1. Google Auto Complete
As you type your search query, you’ll see Google will try to guess and suggest possible topics. They’re based on real searches and you can use it to come up with topics based on these suggestions.
2. Google Trends
You can see if the topic you’re planning to write about is popular. Also when you do a search, you’ll be presented with related quires. Explore these keywords to generate more topic ideas. (link)
3. Google Related
On the bottom of each Gooogle result page, you’ll find topics related to your search. You can use these suggestions to come up with more topics for your blog.
4. Google Questions
Another nice feature Google introduced is “People Also Ask” section in their result pages. It’s similar to related searches feature, except instead of related searches it shows popular questions users ask based on the search query. By answering popular questions users ask you can drive more traffic to your blog posts and get great ideas what you should be writing about to help others.
5. Google Keyword Planner
-Google Keyword planner can generate a nice selection of topic ideas. Login to your AdWords account and click tools. Then go to Keyword Planner and select -Search for new keywords using a phrase, website or category. (link)
– This is a great resource for researching topics. The best way to generate interest is to help people find the answers to their problems. Quora is the place where you can find out what people are asking about. Answer people questions, solve their problems and get traffic to your blog. (link)
You can get lots of suggestions in this online forum. Find the group where the topics you’re interested in are discussed and see what questions people are asking. (link)
Wikipedia can be another great source for ideas. If you do the search on Wikipedia, you’ll see that your results will display a box titled “Contents”. In this section, you’ll find some of the topics that are related to the main search query. You can use these ideas to generate topics for your next blog. Also if you scroll all the way to the bottom, you can find, See Also section with even more suggestions and ideas. (link)
Find out what are most popular content people share. Simply search for the topic you’re interested in and find similar blogs that got the most shares. Use this list to come up with blog post similar to what’s currently trending online. (link)
10. Answer The Public
Similar to Quora. Search for the topic of your choice and see what others are searching for. Use this data to come up with the blog that answers the questions people ask. (link)
11. Twitter Feeds and Hashtags
Use tools such as Hootsuite or Tweetdeck to filter Twitter results. Twitter can be a messy place and often hard to find good topics. You can use either of these tools to setup a feed based on specific hashtags or keywords. Then scroll through what’s being shown to get topic ideas. Tweetdeck (link) & Hootsuite (link).
12. Podcast Lists
Podcasts are great and not just for listening and learning. If you use iTunes or Stitcher you can see the list of popular podcasts. You can get blog ideas by looking at titles of each episode. If someone did a podcast about a certain topic, there is a good chance it’s popular. (link to Stitcher popular shows)
13. Amazon Book Titles
This tip is from Neil Patel’s blog. You can learn more about this technique on his blog post about how to come up with blog post ideas. By finding books on the topic you want to write about and using “Look Inside” feature, you can find excellent suggestions on what to write about.
14. Facebook and LinkedIn Groups
By joining FB and LinkedIn groups you will be able to see and monitor member conversations and also find out what people are struggling with. By knowing what people need help with, you can write blog posts helping them to find answers.
15. Pinterest Boards
I’m always amazed how many ideas I can generate from Pinterest. Simply type the topic idea into the search box and the results will include checklists, infographics, popular blog posts and many other visual guides to help you come up with great topics. (link)
TOPIC GENERATING TOOLS
16. Hubspot’s Blog Ideas Generator
Fill in the fields with terms that you’d like to write about, and Hubspot will come up with a week’s worth of relevant blog post titles in a matter of seconds! (link)
17. Porent Content Idea Generator:
Enter your subject and generate topic ideas for your blog post. (link)
18. Tweak Your Biz Title Generator
A nice tool that generates a long list of topics you can use. (link)
19. RYP Content Topic Ideas Generator & Brainstorm Tool
Need a great topic for blogging, linkbait, or content marketing? Use this tool to get ideas for what topics readers are interested in within your niche. (link)
20. FatJoe Blog Post Title Idea Generator
Quickly and easily generate remarkable ideas for your next killer blog post. (link)
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ON HOW TO COME UP WITH BLOG POST IDEAS
- How to Come Up with 93 Blog Ideas in 10 Minutes – Source: NeilPate.com
- Where to Steal Ideas For Your Next Blog Post – Source: NeilPatel.com