There comes a time in every online publisher’s life when they run out of things to write about. There are many solutions to this problem. You can hire someone to come up with ideas for you. You can hire someone to write the content for you, too. Or you can purchase publishing rights to other writers’ content.
These are all great solutions. However, you can also write the content yourself. You just need a little inspiration. Here are five ways to find great article and blog post topics.
#1 Grab a magazine from your coffee table.
It doesn’t even have to be a magazine in your niche industry. Just about any magazine will do. Now take a look at the cover. Write down the headlines as they appear. Chances are they’ll look something like this:
- The __ secrets to ____
- Learn how to _____ today
- ___ tips to ____
Once you’ve written down the headlines, replace the keywords with your own. Fill in the blanks. If there are ten headlines on the cover of your magazine, you now have ten articles or blog posts you can write.
#2 Read social networking posts in your niche.
Visit the pages of your industry guru and read their latest posts and information. Chances are you’re going to find many content ideas.
You may take issue or disagree with something someone said. That’s a perfect blog post. You may think that a topic needs to be expanded upon. You may read a comment to a social networking post that is the foundation of an article. Social networking sites are packed with content ideas. You just have to look for them.
#3 Read your own blog and review the comments.
Skim past the ones that say “Thanks for the information” and look for the questions or the meaty comments. Those are ideal for inspiring content ideas.
#4 Read your forum and blog comments on other sites.
Often these comments are enough to be an article or blog post all by themselves. Just polish it up and format it for the web and you’re good to go. If the comment or forum post is short, expand on it. Use your feedback to create article and blog content on your website.
#5 Make a list.
Lists are easy to make and they’re well received online. If you’re struggling to find content ideas, write down three to five list ideas and tackle them one by one.
Article and blog post ideas are out there just waiting for you to find them. With a little creativity and inspiration, you can turn an unmotivated writing session into a productive afternoon.