Having problems trying to come up with ideas for your blog posts?
The mind goes blank – what do I write about today?
Do you sit and stare at a blank page and all ideas seem to have vanished into thin air? You turn on the television, or read a social media post and suddenly there is a blog idea just staring back at you.
Sometimes it works, but how would you feel if you opened your notebook and there were a hundred titles for you to choose from? Your own treasure chest.
You will be happy to know that there are many ways to find ideas for your treasure chest. The best way I believe is to think about what problems people have within your niche and discover the different ways a question may be asked. Each variation can be the title of your post even thought the content may be similar.
- How do I find blog post ideas? Ideas for blog posts?
- Ways to discover post ideas?
- Where can I find blog post ideas?
- How to research post ideas?
- Where to look for blog post ideas?
These are all different titles that I could have used for this post. The content then needs to answer the question or discuss a topic giving tips and assistance.
Each can and should be made into a blog post over time. So that I don’t write content that is too similar, I will write one post on this topic and will not revisit the topic for a couple of weeks. In the meantime, I will have draft posts on a number of different topics.
Why write multiple posts on the same topic?
When a website is crawled by the search engine spiders, they will see that the website is providing content about ‘blog post ideas’ on several pages. This will indicate that it has content about ‘blog post ideas’.
When the search engines understand the content of a website it helps them to categorize it so that when people search for ‘blog post ideas’, this website is one of the options that it can consider showing the search user.
Spacing the topic of posts so that they are not repeated sequentially means users when landing on the home page will see multiple topic headings.
As each post contain slightly different content and information, you can also use internal links to related posts to help your readers navigate your blog to find the answers to questions they may be seeking.
Of course, there are many factors the search engines take into account in addition to understanding the purpose of the website but having similar, but not duplicate, content is a helpful tool in the overall website authority process.
Where can I find the questions people ask?
There are many ways to discover questions, words, and phrases used by search bar users. Some of these include:
a) Looking around forums and seeing what people are looking for and how they word the question. This can be niche specific forums, Facebook groups, even places like Quora, Yahoo answers and Ask.
b) Look at the wording on competitors’ blog posts. Do not copy their content, just get ideas for content. Write down the titles. Look at the comments and see if people are still asking questions.
c) Google. When your start to type a question into the search bar, Google will auto suggest phrases to complete the inquiry. “Blog how” will come up with suggestions.
d) Google alphabet soup can also give your ideas. Blog
e) When you enter a phrase and search, Google will suggest websites, then scroll down and you will see recommended options, searches related to… This can also offer questions or topics people are searching for. Write down all these suggestions.
f) Do the same on YouTube. This is a search engine in its own right and can often give your ideas for your posts. Search by keyword and see what videos come up. See if questions are asked in the comments.
Every time you find a question or phrase write it down in your notebook (treasure chest). At this stage, forget content research, just write down titles.
Finally, think about what you didn’t know about your topic when you were a newbie. This may give you some insight into what others may be wanting information on.
You can then use a keyword tool such as Ubersuggest or Jaaxy to get even more suggestions as well as discover whether people are searching for these terms and the competition for each phrase. Again, write down the variations you find.
Do this for each phrase you find and you will find many more variations or micro topics. Once you have a list of ideas on each micro topic, you can then start researching other questions that may be asked. From blog post ideas, I started to consider ‘ways to market my blog’, ‘ways to monetize a blog,’ ‘how to write a blog that the search engines like’, where to learn about creating a blog’ and more.
Writing content for each blog post title.
As recommended above, I do suggest that you write one post at a time and space them so that you will not write exactly the same content in each post. You need to write related posts, not copies of the same information.
It takes time to gain authority and spacing your posts will help you do so and still look professional. You should expect to build your blog for a year or two before you gain traffic.
This should mean upwards of 50 posts and if you have half a dozen posts on each topic, then you can see how you can have a lot of content without exhausting ideas.
When you post to social media, you can link to the individual blog posts or you can link to your home page and therefore you will want your home page to show a variety of topics to entice people to follow your blog and your social media profile.
The internet is a huge place and there are hundreds of millions of blogs on a whole range of topics. There is always room for one more.
You just need to find something that you enjoy writing about and share your thoughts with the world.
Yes, it is hard work if you wish to make money, but when you receive that first sale notification it will give you such a buzz you will feel like you are walking on water. It is such a fabulous feeling.
It took me 18 months to make my first sale and it inspired me to settle down and create dozens of posts on a range of niche questions. It also encouraged me to update my blogs and improve the existing content and site load times so that I could expect to continue to grow.
As I move forward, I know I will continue to learn and grow and as I share my tips I hope you will be inspired to take the plunge and get started on your journey.
I am continuing to learn all the time and if you want to learn and create a blog as you do so, then Wealthy Affiliate is my recommendation to do so. Your website is hosted as part of your membership and this in my opinion is one of the best features of this website.
You can find a full review of Wealthy Affiliate in my blog post.
Many of the tips that I use come from another website called Income School. They also have a step-by-step educational course with some features and benefits that I believe complement Wealthy Affiliate. Their course is called Project 24 and you can see a full review of Project 24 on this post.
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