As a blogger, one of your primary jobs is to keep the content flowing but consistently coming up with fresh content ideas is a challenge, it’s an issue that many new (and seasoned) bloggers face.
The good news is, if you do hit a content idea slump, or don't know what to write about, there are some excellent online resources that you can use for inspiration and to get the creative juices flowing again.
1 – Quora
I love Quora it’s one of my favourite audience and content research tools.
Quora covers topics on every subject that you can imagine, and your audience is probably hanging out-there, seeking answers to their questions.
To use Quora
Enter a keyword related to a topic in the search bar – this will return topic categories
Select a topic group to see to see what questions are being asked related to it.
You can also explore specific groups related to the topic for more content ideas
2 – Udemy
Udemy is an educational platform with thousands of courses on nearly everything you can imagine, and it’s a terrific resources not just fo learning but also for content discovery.
To use Udemy
Enter keywords for your niche or topic
Then click on a course from the search results and navigate (scroll down) to the course curriculum – under each of the course chapter, you will see a drop-down for the topics that make-up that chapter. You can turn these into blog posts.
In addition to using Udemy, this technique also works on other educational platforms like Skillshare.com and Lynda.com.
3 – Answer the Public
Answer the Public is probably the ultimate content discovery platform. It uses Google and Bing autosuggest features to pull real-life searches that people perform on both search engines.
Enter a keyword and Answer the Public breaks down the results into four categories
You can view results in visual display or in list format
To use Answer the Public enter you keyword
View results in chart format
or list format
4 – Amazon Books
Amazon is also a treasure trove of content ideas. There are 1000’s of books on Amazon covering most subjects that you can think of. And, one of the cool things when shopping for books on Amazon is that you look inside each book and view the table of contents.
Just like with Udemy, you can use the chapters to get blog posts ideas.
To use Amazon for content.
Select the Books category from the drop-down menu
Enter search terms related to your niche in the search bar – from there click on the titles in the search results and from listing pages you can look inside the book.
Inside the book, navigate to the table of contents. Anyone of the below chapters would make a great blog post.
5 – Hub Spot Topic Idea Generator
Last on the list is the Hub Spot blog topic generator. It’s a useful tool if you are feeling lazy and want some suggestions for posts on the fly. It can be a little hit and miss, but it can also suggest some great ideas for posts.
To use the Topic Idea Generator.
Enter keywords related to your niche or topic – The tools suggest adding 3 nouns, I think you get best results with just one.
Once you add some keywords, click the “Give me Blog Ideas” button, and let the tool work its magic.
Over to You…
No matter how long you have been blogging there is always something new to write about. The next time you are stuck for ideas or have a case of writer's block, you can use one or all of the above resources.
You can also use these content discover techniques to help you build your monthly/quarterly content plan.
Hope you enjoyed the post. If you have resources that use for content discovery, please share them in the comments below.