What do you do when you run out of ideas to create a blog post?

by Azhan
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Hello warriors. Hope you guys are doing great. Well i know there's a lot of ways to get ideas to create a blog post. But what are the most effective ways to create a blog post when you run out of ideas? care to share guys?
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  • Profile picture of the author Fernando Veloso
    Tip One: Use search feature inside WF.

    Tip Two: Use Google - Search Your Keyword - Hit More Options - Hit Latest Results. Lots of ideas there, fresh ideas.

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    • Profile picture of the author Azhan
      Originally Posted by Fernando Veloso View Post

      Tip One: Use search feature inside WF.

      Tip Two: Use Google - Search Your Keyword - Hit More Options - Hit Latest Results. Lots of ideas there, fresh ideas.

      Fernando
      Awesome! I love tip number two! Thanks man!
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Bard
    Use Google Analytics or similar program to see what keywords people are using to find your site and write about some of the more obscure phrases and terms.

    An example would be a dog grooming site and you find that a few people here and there are finding your site using the phrase "fleas in the ears". Not only have you been given some more ideas but by writing posts with that phrase you are going to make it easier for others to find you with those keywords.

    This is a very good way to grow your site "organically". Write about what the searchers are using to find you.
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  • Profile picture of the author goliathseo
    Look on eza for your topic and grab the article and resource box... Not only does it give you content but it also allows the original author to get backlinks to his or her site... I know that had happened to me a few times. I had found out someone copied one of my articles posted it on their site and so on...
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    • Profile picture of the author Wakunahum
      Go to Yahoo answers and look at what questions are being asked to get an idea of what people are interested in.

      Go to related forums to see what the hot topics are that you might have not covered.

      Use Google Alerts for your niche and get the latest ideas and news on the subject.
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  • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
    Recycle. My favorite example are guitar magazines and martial arts magazines. While they may talk about new stuff too they'll have at least one issue a year dedicated to somebody like Jimi Hendrix or Bruce Lee.

    Also, as someone else mentioned, research your keywords and do follow-up posts on your most searched topics or try to capture additional traffic by using related keywords.
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    • Profile picture of the author Azhan
      Originally Posted by bgmacaw View Post

      Recycle. My favorite example are guitar magazines and martial arts magazines. While they may talk about new stuff too they'll have at least one issue a year dedicated to somebody like Jimi Hendrix or Bruce Lee.

      Also, as someone else mentioned, research your keywords and do follow-up posts on your most searched topics or try to capture additional traffic by using related keywords.
      hey man! i didn't quite get you. Sorry about that. Recycle as in using the magazines contents to create blog post by rewriting them etc?
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      • Profile picture of the author bgmacaw
        Originally Posted by Azhan View Post

        hey man! i didn't quite get you. Sorry about that. Recycle as in using the magazines contents to create blog post by rewriting them etc?
        Magazines in your niche are a great source of material and ideas too but that's not what I'm getting at.

        For example, let's say you did a blog on cooking eggs. In looking at your stats you see that your post on "frying eggs" is the most popular one. You then write another post called "how to fry an egg". Then a little while later you write one called "frying eggs for beginners". Then later, "fried egg on toast", Then, "fried egg sandwich", etc, etc.

        Basically you just recycle your most popular info into new posts on the same sub-topic.
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        • Profile picture of the author Azhan
          Originally Posted by bgmacaw View Post

          Magazines in your niche are a great source of material and ideas too but that's not what I'm getting at.

          For example, let's say you did a blog on cooking eggs. In looking at your stats you see that your post on "frying eggs" is the most popular one. You then write another post called "how to fry an egg". Then a little while later you write one called "frying eggs for beginners". Then later, "fried egg on toast", Then, "fried egg sandwich", etc, etc.

          Basically you just recycle your most popular info into new posts on the same sub-topic.
          Thanks for the explanation bgmacaw. Appreciate it!
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  • Profile picture of the author JasonB
    Outsource... Look for guest bloggers or guest posters or article writers.

    If You find a couple of guest posters, make sure they only write about your niche, of course, and that you give them something in return. It doesn't have to be money, but it can be a link within the article or you could add a author/bio box at the end of the post that they could link back to their website.
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    • Profile picture of the author twistedpixel
      Here's a few i use to find content ideas and monitor industries for hot trends/topics

      1. Add all the feeds from your industry to Google Reader

      tip: do keyword searches on Yahoo Answers and then save the resulting rss feeds into your reader

      2. Setup Google Alerts for main industry keywords

      3. Tweetbeep
      Similar to Google Alerts, but for Twitter. Set up search phrases and receive notifications anytime your selected phrases show up in Twitter conversations.


      4. Tweetag
      Search Twitter for trends and create alerts.
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      • Profile picture of the author Azhan
        Originally Posted by twistedpixel View Post

        Here's a few i use to find content ideas and monitor industries for hot trends/topics

        3. Tweetbeep
        Similar to Google Alerts, but for Twitter. Set up search phrases and receive notifications anytime your selected phrases show up in Twitter conversations.


        4. Tweetag
        Search Twitter for trends and create alerts.
        Awesome! I didn't even know they exist. Gonna check them out. Thanks!
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  • Profile picture of the author mikemac1
    Guest posts but my secret weapon is search.twitter.com, like someone said above find out what people are talking about in your niche and give them what they want.
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  • Profile picture of the author beccalynn
    I'm with the others that suggested using keywords with Google and Twitter to see what the latest "buzz" is in your particular niche. It also doesn't hurt to keep a close eye on competitor's blogs, not to steal content necessarily but to get a feel for what has other people talking.
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  • Profile picture of the author Emily Meeks
    Find a relevant video on Youtube and post it

    It not only changes things up a little, but you don't have to type much if you don't want to.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mohammad Afaq
    EzineArticles.com

    This place is a fricking bomb when it comes to ideas.
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    • Profile picture of the author joetheseo
      Easy solution: Go to google trends and find a topic related to your niche. Rewrite an article on that subject or relate it to your niche - whatever.

      Add in some pictures and other cool little stuff.

      Social bookmark that post and not only did you solve your "post writers block" - You've also potentially brought thousands of visitors to your site.

      Did you wish your visitors a happy easter yet?!
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    Lots of good ideas here.

    I never run out of ideas to write about, though I update my blogs
    only sporadically I write nearly every day.

    Here's the big secret to having fresh ideas:

    R.E.A.D.
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  • Profile picture of the author Istvan Horvath
    Well, I can come to WF - read your post title and then write a blog post:
    "Is it possible that some people run out of ideas for blog posts?"
    In the post I can explain them to process to create a new blog post - just go to the WF and read the post about What do you do when you run out of ideas to create a blog post?... and then just write a blog post wondering how is it possible that some people run out of ideas... etc.

    But seriously, Loren had the best answer. Reading stimulates your mind. I am glad that nowadays less and less people read - it means less competition with good content and good ideas
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  • Profile picture of the author rondo
    List (and link to) your popular older posts.
    Great for SEO.


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  • Profile picture of the author IndomitableD
    Hello Axhan. Have you tried Google's Wonder Wheel yet? I find it serves a lot of unexpected information in very usable form.

    Recently I was pursuing titles for a very general term. Pretend the term was "raise chickens". I put that phrase into the google search box, hit enter, then I clicked on "Show Options". It's right under the google logo once you enter a search term.

    Play with Wonder Wheel. Play a lot. I found many new unexpected topics to write about related to (perhaps) "raise chickens." Give the Wonder Wheel a try and find all kinds of new topics for new blog posts. Enjoy!
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    • Profile picture of the author ebooks4u
      It's hard to believe that anyone can run out of ideas to write about... with Google bringing you the whole universe to your PC screen...

      But why should you always write about your business?

      You can also post something on your blog that relates to your personal interests, like your hobby -or your family- for a change. I personally like to find out something about the "real person" who's running the business. This makes people more familiar with you.

      Or why not tell your blog readers about that fantastic holiday that you spent with their money...
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    • Profile picture of the author Azhan
      Originally Posted by deniskoo View Post

      Hello Axhan. Have you tried Google's Wonder Wheel yet? I find it serves a lot of unexpected information in very usable form.

      Recently I was pursuing titles for a very general term. Pretend the term was "raise chickens". I put that phrase into the google search box, hit enter, then I clicked on "Show Options". It's right under the google logo once you enter a search term.

      Play with Wonder Wheel. Play a lot. I found many new unexpected topics to write about related to (perhaps) "raise chickens." Give the Wonder Wheel a try and find all kinds of new topics for new blog posts. Enjoy!
      Hello again deniskoo. Yup i've just tried it. I found that not only can we create new topics for new blog post, we can also tap into subniches using the wonder wheel. Awesome! Thanks again!
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      • Profile picture of the author Azhan
        Hey guys! I wanna thank you all for taking your time to share your tips and advice on this thread. I've learned a lot of useful tips here. Well it's time for me to jot them down in my notebook. This could come in handy! Thank you sooo much. Appreciate it!
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  • Profile picture of the author bizwebwriting
    I often use Metafilter and skim through questions in my niche with high number of answers for post ideas. Sometimes you have to combine ideas from several questions here to make your post unique.

    Another place I find really good post title ideas is to Digg your niche then click on Most Dugg for popular titles in the niche.

    Tiffany
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  • Profile picture of the author treasurehunt369
    i prefer most viewed articles on ezine articles for specific keywords and write articles with useful information. I use to do this to post new content on my blogs when I got stuck with...

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    • Profile picture of the author andr3w84
      I would agree with moneysoapbox (post a relevant video from youtube) or treasurehunt369 (check ezinearticles).

      See, I also used information from other sources
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  • Profile picture of the author novintabligh
    1- Search google to find popular phrases
    2- use a tool like google analytics to find out what are the keywords that lead people to your site and write something about them
    3- go to twitter and find most popular topics
    4- come here and see what are the most popular threads
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  • Profile picture of the author Quentin
    I always add Search Meter plugin to my blogs so I can see what people are searching for. Then I check it every so often and write about what they searched for.



    It shows me if they got a result or not giving me some good info to match their search terms. So for example this is from a site that I sell articles on and as you can see in the graphics above I could supply articles on:

    Maganetic Braclets
    gluten
    cats
    fishing
    and the list goes on

    Here is the plugin.

    Search Meter: a WordPress plugin Semicolon

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  • Profile picture of the author IndomitableD
    Azhan ,,, at the risk of being redundant, please share the general topic of the blog for which you are running out of ideas.

    We've been trying to help you for a whole day now... and you're not back to acknowledge any of our thoughts. That's OK of course, since this is apparently a worldwide participant forum. But check back in when you can. It's terribly uncool to post a topic/question and then abandon it !!!

    I love Michae-Mac's strategy of guest posts! I just don't (quite, yet) have the wherewithal to incorporate guest posts. Do you? Can you share what you know already or learn about this "share" strategy.
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    • Profile picture of the author Azhan
      Originally Posted by deniskoo View Post

      Azhan ,,, at the risk of being redundant, please share the general topic of the blog for which you are running out of ideas.

      We've been trying to help you for a whole day now... and you're not back to acknowledge any of our thoughts. That's OK of course, since this is apparently a worldwide participant forum. But check back in when you can. It's terribly uncool to post a topic/question and then abandon it !!!

      I love Michae-Mac's strategy of guest posts! I just don't (quite, yet) have the wherewithal to incorporate guest posts. Do you? Can you share what you know already or learn about this "share" strategy.
      Hello deniskoo.. I'm back! Sorry about that. I wasn't at home for the past few hours for you info. I am planning to create a long term blog, focusing on the "Muay Thai" Niche. Anyway thanks for you thoughts! Appreciate it!
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  • Profile picture of the author cashcow
    I also look at my stats and see what phrases my sites are being found for. You wouldn't believe some of the things people search for and it's a great insight as to what people are really looking for!

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  • Profile picture of the author butters
    Your in a niche, head over to amazon, look at the books & magazines, your find lots of different topics to talk about .
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    • Profile picture of the author Azhan
      Originally Posted by Totoy Mola View Post

      Are you aware of the site called "google trends"?.. LOL

      or you can pich a popular tag here:
      Popular Tags on Flickr

      Both will give you idea what to blog about..
      Yes! I'm aware of google trends. It's just that i haven't really look into it. Anyway thanks for your tip Totoy!
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  • Profile picture of the author sbucciarel
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    I often think of topics by running Micro Niche Finder for keywords and seeing what people are searching for that has low competition to get better ranking in serps

    I also use Google Hot Trends a lot also.

    Here's some more that I use
    Hot Trends (hottesttrends) on Twitter
    What's Buzzing? You Tell Us! Top News and More - Yahoo! Buzz
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  • Profile picture of the author agc
    A couple of interesting ideas in there (as well as the obvious)...

    Get Ideas for Blog Posts
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  • Profile picture of the author Barry Unruh
    Move sideways....

    If your blog is about training dobermans, then discuss the difference in training dachsunds, talk about why dogs are superior to train than cats, talk about the craziest dog tricks you can find.

    If you are promoting quilting, instead of talking about quilting designs and materials, talk about interesting characters in quilting, contact store owners and do an email or chat interview. Search out the biggest quilt auctions in the country and discuss the numbers of quilts made and sold.

    If your blog is about using Twitter to make money, talk about the cool things you are learning from other people about how they make friends, meet singles, or keep in contact with buddies using twitter, then relate those topics to making money with twitter.

    Every niche has associated topics, interesting tidbits hiding in the corners, crazy characters waiting to be discovered, and your audience waiting to hear all of it. You need to quit thinking about the narrow topic of your niche, and start thinking like someone who is interested in odd aspects of your niche.

    (To find many of these things, locate forums, Facebook Groups, MySpace Groups, Chat rooms, etc.. where people are discussing your topic, or an associated topic, you will find the strangest questions, and answers.)
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  • Profile picture of the author Nathan Alexander
    As it's been said, why not write about you and your thoughts about current events both around the world and around your life?

    It's not hard to tie most things into your area of expertise. And ideas are ALL around you. And yes, reading will give you a lifetime of ideas.

    I guess it's a "thing" where you will start to see more and more ideas all the time. If you're like me you'll even get excited to write about them. Suddenly, everything becomes "game" for a blog post.

    And again, it doesn't take too much effort to wrap anything up into something else, although it's nice just to have a chance to let others feel like they know you for no other reason than just that.

    Tell a story, reflect, muse, complain, warn, you're an interesting person. Let me know about it.

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    • Profile picture of the author Azhan
      Originally Posted by Nathan Alexander View Post

      As it's been said, why not write about you and your thoughts about current events both around the world and around your life?

      It's not hard to tie most things into your area of expertise. And ideas are ALL around you. And yes, reading will give you a lifetime of ideas.

      I guess it's a "thing" where you will start to see more and more ideas all the time. If you're like me you'll even get excited to write about them. Suddenly, everything becomes "game" for a blog post.

      And again, it doesn't take too much effort to wrap anything up into something else, although it's nice just to have a chance to let others feel like they know you for no other reason than just that.

      Tell a story, reflect, muse, complain, warn, you're an interesting person. Let me know about it.

      Hey there Nathan. Thank you for your kind words and advice. Yeah i will practice more on that and hopefully in 2 to 3 months time writing a blog post would be a game for me. And i'm reading copyblogger.com to get some ideas and inspirations to write. Thank you once again! Appreciate it!
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  • Profile picture of the author fated82
    Check your google analytics, it should have some keyword ideas for you to build your content on. Cheers!
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    • Profile picture of the author Azhan
      Originally Posted by fated82 View Post

      Check your google analytics, it should have some keyword ideas for you to build your content on. Cheers!
      Will check on that! Thanks for the tips!
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