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How To Find Blogging Ideas Fast (For Beginners)

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Content creation is the backbone of any business online and it can be difficult to constantly come up with new ideas. This article on how to find blogging ideas can guide you through the process of coming up with ideas for your site fairly quickly. 

It is important you keep an “Idea’s File” as you are working to organize and keep track of your ideas. This will save you time in the long run. You can simply create a document on your computer by using Microsoft Word Doc or Notepad.

We like to keep our stuff online and use Google Docs for our idea file and using individual documents for each idea. Sometimes we even use Microsoft Excel to record keywords. It completely depends on how and what we are doing.

An ideas file could be just general ideas written down or keywords you intend to use. Organize it any way you please as long as you have enough information to remember your idea later. (Not very helpful otherwise. lol.)

Now on to the important part of the article!

How To Find Blogging Ideas Fast

  1. Know The Different Article Types
  2. Research The Competition
  3. Research Trending Topics
  4. Use Internet Tools
    1. Google Trends
    2. Keyword Tools: Free Or Paid
    3. Answer The Public: answerthepublic.com
  5. Ask Your Audience
    1. What problems can you solve?
    2. How can you be helpful to your audience?
  6. Use Forum Sites
    1. Quora
    2. Reddit
    3. Forums in your niche
  7. Get Ideas From Your Own Content

Know The Different Article Types

This may not seem relevant but we assure you it is! Before you dive into topics for your blog, you need to realize there are many types of articles. Just like newspapers, there are many elements that make up a blog. Which type of article you choose may determine your topic or vice versa. It is a good idea to have them in mind before you get started with your research because it may determine what and how you do your research..

There are 2 main article types: Informational And Comercial 

Informational: This basically means whatever articles have purely information.

For example:

  1. Guides: In-depth Guides on a topic, product, brand, etc.
  2. How-to’s: Can also be considered a guide.
  3. Research: Stats, Infographics, and Graphs 
  4. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s) about specific subjects
  5. Interviews: Interview people or influencers in your niche
  6. Stories: Tell your own stories from personal experience.
  7. News

Commercial: Any article with buying intent.

For Example:

  1. Reviews 
  2. Buying Guides
  3. Product Round Ups 
  4. Product Releases

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Research The Competition

One of the best ways to get ideas for blog writing is to research your competition. What are they writing? What kind of content are they creating? Is it working? 

Its ok to “steal” ideas just not the content. Make your own version with your own spin. The goal is to create something better than the competition that is valuable and unique.                                         


Research Trending Topics

Keep up to date in your niche by subscribing to newsletters, and email lists, or use sites that keep track of your favorite sites whenever they post. One such aggregator is Feebly. Another site we use is Flipboard. It does not let you add RSS feeds but if the publisher is with Flipboard you can follow them there.

Keep track of brands, products, influencers, and videos in your niche. Doing all this will help you stay aware of the latest news in your industry and therefore should continually help you write and come up with ideas for content for your website.

This ties in with the topic that follows this one, “Use Internet Tools”, but you can also use tools like Google Trends to keep track of the popularity of keywords over time. This can help you to determine if a subject has potential staying power or if its a topic on the way out.


Use Internet Tools

There are so many tools you can use to research topics both free and paid. 

  1. Google Auto Suggest: Google Suggest can be found on almost every keyword search you make on Google. These are real questions that people are asking Google related to that search term.
  2. Google Trends: Free Tool for trends on keywords
  3. Keyword Tools: Free Or Paid
    1. Keyword Tools can tell you a lot like the popularity of a keyword, search volume, competition, etc
      1. We use Jaaxy. Jaaxy comes included with our Wealthy Affiliate subscription however it is a great tool that you can pay for separately. 
      2. Semrush
      3. Ahrefs
      4. Moz
      5. Ubbersuggest
        • How to Find 1000 Blog Post Ideas in Less Than 1 Minute
        • https://youtu.be/a3YwOQeZoG0
      6. Google Keyword Planner
  4. Answer The Public: answerthepublic.com:Tool for finding keywords and phrases that people ask online.
  5. Exploding Topics: https://explodingtopics.com/

Ask Your Audience

If you have an active audience you might as well ask them what they want to read more about on your website. This can be as simple as a question or call to action (CTA) at the bottom of blog posts, surveys, or open discussions. You can also send out emails to your email list (If you have one)

If you don’t have an active audience then stick to forums in your niche to find out what your audience wants (More on this in a sec.)

What are the problems in your niche and how can you solve them? 


Use Forum Sites

Forums are websites are designed for people and utilize UGC (User Generated Content) as content. User-generated content is real people interacting within the platform. Asking questions, answering questions, having general discussions, etc.

So if you find a forum in your niche or use sites like Reddit and Quora you can find content in your niche. These are real people in your niche asking real questions and having discussions in real-time. These are things that your audience really wants to know. Forums are chalked full of questions and answers and is a great way to find ideas for blog posts.

Pro Tip: When trying to find forums in your niche all you have to do is go to your favorite search engine, and type in “Your Niche” + “Forum(s)”


Get Ideas From Your Own Content

Yes, you read that right. You can get ideas from reading your own content. For example, earlier we mentioned CTA or call to action. We don’t have anything on this site about CTAs. Having a Call To Action at the end of every blog is important. It is not something that this article goes into depth (because this article is about how to find blogging ideas) so it is ripe for this website’s next blog.

Bonus, if we write that article on CTA then we would be able to add an internal link on this page which is great for SEO.

And there you have it.

We could also write more about internal links or SEO. 

Since we already wrote articles on that subject you just saw two live examples of finding ideas and then as a bonus getting internal links. Mic Drop. Cue mind explosion. Lol Work Smarter Not Harder.

Larger businesses that have employees can employ other strategies but we will conquer that in our next article.


Summary

Research is an essential part of running a blog online so you need to immerse yourself in your niche by keeping up to date on trends, ideas, products, and anything else that is relevant. Use the tools above and around you so that you can come up with ideas instantly. We cannot stress enough the importance of keeping some type of ideas file. There will be times when this file will be your best friend.

The ideas listed above are the best ways to find blogging ideas in any niche, especially for free. If you are a beginner, then memorize these tips because once you get these basics down your research time will be cut in half! 

If you use or find more tools on the internet to work with research-wise, let us know what you find in the comments below!

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