Blog It Ideas Checklist Renewed
1. A record of search terms readers used to locate your blog is an excellent resource for new blog post ideas. Do note that not all will be available to you as Google is Encrypting Keyword Searches and some will be unknown search terms.
2. Google Alerts searches for key words, phrases and concepts can provide useful prompting. Google Alerts are email updates of the latest relevant Google results (web, news, etc.) based on your specific search queries.
4. Searches for related blogs with similar content and reading posts in them can turn up inspiration for new posts.
5. News via social media, news aggregators and/or by subscribing to the RSS feeds of the blogs of several leading bloggers in any niche may provide inspiration for new posts. At least, you will have enough material for a best of feeds post. At most, reading the comments received on those posts may provide new angles for publishing related posts.
Example: Alltop is the “online magazine rack” aggregator of the web. It has headlines from sites and blogs that cover a wide range of topics. Enter a term or choose a to view all related topics.
6. Social media searches. Each social media site has a search utility like Twitter Search, for example and you can readily determine trending topics through keyword or hashtag searches.
- Here’s an interesting search engine. Type the topic in any language to check out real time results of Who’s Talking on Social Media Sites.
- Last Month Digital Trends reviewed “Hshtags, a universal hashtag search client that pulls together all the content posted with a certain hashtag from a exhaustive list of social platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr, YouTube, Vimeo, and Tumblr (Vine and Google+ support forthcoming).”
- Topsy, allows you to search activity across all of the major social media sites.
7. Canvassing approved comments readers have left on earlier your posts can produce new related topics to blog about.
8. Noting subjects that draw the most comments on both your own posts and on posts in related blogs can produce material for more posts and/or a series. Check out your blog’s most popular posts to create single related posts or even a series. Check out your competitor’s blog posts for more ideas. This strip-the-blog tool will show you the most popular articles of a given blog based on the number of social shares.
9. Writing a “how – to” post and/or a review is always a solid idea. Choose a topic or tool to publish a tutorial or review article about.
10. Every day events, conversations, reading books, newsletters, ebooks, magazines, ezines, and subscribing to writing prompts and/or daily quotes are also helpful ways to find new ideas or creating posts.
11. Interviewing a fellow blogger is a terrific idea for writing a new post.
13. Don’t forget annual posts like year end posts and blog anniversaries as they provide interesting subject matter for new posts too.
14. Watching/listening to videos and podcasts on subjects you blog about can provide great ideas for new posts.
15. If you have a vague notion of a subject you may want to blog on using multiple search engines by typing in keywords is a quick way to find material for new blog posts.
- Dogpile search is powered by Metasearch technology, and returns all results from leading search engines including Google, Yahoo!, and Yandex, so you find what you’re looking for faster. Web, Images, Video, News, Local and White Pages searches are offered and you can download a toolbar.
- DuckDuckGo an Internet search engine that uses information from many sources, such as crowdsourced websites like Wikipedia and from partnerships with other search engines like Yandex, Yahoo!, Bing and WolframAlpha to obtain its results. DuckDuckGo provides web search and real privacy at the same time. Search anonymously. Find what your search for instantly.
I’ve renewed my blogging ideas checklist. Now it’s your turn to share where your ideas for new blog posts come from.
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