How do you find things to blog about?

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Well, I currently run a blog that focuses on Internet marketing and entrepreneurship, and I can't come up with any new posts to write. How do you bloggers figure out what type of content to write about?
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  • Profile picture of the author fedor50
    Originally Posted by Ryan Parker View Post

    Well, I currently run a blog that focuses on Internet marketing and entrepreneurship, and I can't come up with any new posts to write. How do you bloggers figure out what type of content to write about?
    Here's a secret tactic that I use. go to forums of your niche and see what questions the people are asking.
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    • Profile picture of the author Ryan Parker
      Originally Posted by fedor50 View Post

      Here's a secret tactic that I use. go to forums of your niche and see what questions the people are asking.
      Hey, sounds like a good idea! It'd be as if you were writing a forum post replying to the individual's question, right? That could work.
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      • Profile picture of the author jwmann2
        Take something news worthy and then put your own spin it after you have summarized what is going on. Why not write an article about Facebook going public since you like to write about entreprenurship. Or how about the group that is paying college students to drop out and become entrepreneurs?
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  • Profile picture of the author TheArticlePros
    On my blog (right above my picture), I just post about whatever the heck I feel like posting. It's always related to Internet Marketing. I don't have a lot of readers yet, but it is starting to pick up.

    Basically, I've been adding a post a week, give or take, concerning my actual plans in Internet Marketing. I put my actual goals up for the entire summer and now I'm giving an update 1x per week on it. Even if no one reads it, it's there to help me get ahead. In a few months, once people start realizing what a genius I am and how I'm making a killing, they'll have a trail to follow for how I got there.

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    I just talk about what I have done, am doing and what I am going to do. Be yourself and not a fake...!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author jt47000
    1. keyword research... - most important... Why write about anything if there's no demand for it. I used to write about random stuff or filler just to make the daily posts on some of my blogs but I soon found out that they were "posts about nothing" and had no keywords... therefore no was looking for them... therefore no traffic... therefore big waste of my time. use the google keyword tool to see what is in demand and look at trends to see whats popular.

    2. Speak from the heart and stick with it - yes u can get very burned out but remember that consistency is key and that its better to write 1 broad well written article per week than 1 crappy short article per day. I know from experience...
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  • Profile picture of the author ryansjones
    In my experience, I think having a niche (or topic) that you are interested in could help give you things to write and post about. For example, I have a video blog about huskies and malamutes, and whenver I see videos I like online, I will share the videos and talk about them. Do you have any topics or anything that interest you?
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    • Profile picture of the author Mitsakis
      Originally Posted by ryansjones View Post

      In my experience, I think having a niche (or topic) that you are interested in could help give you things to write and post about. For example, I have a video blog about huskies and malamutes, and whenver I see videos I like online, I will share the videos and talk about them. Do you have any topics or anything that interest you?
      exactly.

      if you struggle to find topics to write in your blog it means you don't have anything valuable to say and you should probably stop blogging.
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      • Originally Posted by Mitsakis View Post

        if you struggle to find topics to write in your blog it means you don't have anything valuable to say and you should probably stop blogging.
        No, it doesn't.

        It may mean you need some inspiration or you're burned out and need to step away from the blog for a few days.

        This is why it's useful to have a number of projects going on at once.

        Blogging can be a lonely business. Learn to put calls to action in your blog posts to stimulate comments. Sometimes commenters are the best sources for blog post ideas.

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  • Profile picture of the author prismkuet
    Internet marketing and entrepreneurship both are vast topic and are changing continuously. I find no reason that you are topic less. Just go through the business pages of daily newspaper. I believe, you will find a lot of topics every day.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Duggan
    This might just help you Ryan:

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    I blog what usually come out in my mind.
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  • Profile picture of the author jbsmith
    Here are some of the ways I get my brain tuned up for blog writing:

    1. Watching most read/replied forum posts across a variety of different forums
    2. Article directories - same thing, I watch the most popularly read articles on directories like EzineArticles
    3. Magazines - often business magazines like Fast Company, Wired, Forbes, Success, etc... have articles related to internet marketing
    4. Top X blog list...in every niche we operate I have a top 20-30 blog watch list that I review weekly - here I get inspired by other top blogger posts and especially their user comments, often gives great ideas for follow up posts or even similar posts but from your perspective of course
    5. Your own experience...I usually do this on the weekends, I sit down and write out the top 2-3 things I learned this past week...what advice can I pass on to my list based on my pure experiences. You would be amazed what pops into your head when you guide your mind toward a specific purpose with a question like this...
    6. Google News...type in your keywords and review the top Google news stories of the week, always good for at least a post or two each week...some niches I use this more than others (Ex. weight loss, personal development, etc...this is a great source)
    7. Guest posts...I am moving into allowing guest posting on a few of my blogs, this helps leverage my time and lets the guest poster suggest topics to me
    8. Tool or review of the week...I have done this as well where I review a tool, product or resource that I use (autoresponder, payment processor, shopping cart, keyword research tool, top forum, etc...) - this ends up to be helpful to my readers and can be tapped for affiliate revenues as well as long as your post is quality
    9. Opinion...try reading Seth Godin's blog and you'll see how he uses his blog as an outlet for his new ideas, thoughts and observations. I've been trying to incorporate more of these types of blog posts into my process lately...they are really interesting and can separate you from the pack
    10. Video blog posts...try to commit to producing 1 video each week (could be a screen capture video, powerpoint lesson recorded or you on video) sharing a 3-5 minute tip, technique, review or strategy and then make that your blog post...great way to combine video marketing and blogging.

    Regarding keyword targeting...I do pay attention to that as well, but I mainly find interesting topics and ideas myself first then look to incorporate relevant keywords while writing or even after the piece is written.

    Finally, one last tip. Try to focus on answering one question or expressing one thought, tip or technique in each post. This helps keep your focus, is easy for your reader to take in and makes the entire process of blogging much simpler.

    Hope that helps, should keep you busy for a while :-)

    Jeff
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    • Profile picture of the author j.sherwood
      Hey Ryan,

      One of the first things I do is set up a Google Alerts account with all of my keywords.

      Google Alerts - Monitor the Web for interesting new content

      Search query: "Keyword" or "Keyword Phrase" [keep them in quotes, or do both in and out]

      Result type: Everything

      How often: Once a Day

      How many: Try "Only the Best Results" if you don't receive many change to "All Results"

      This should provide you a steady stream of hot topics to write about ...sent directly to you inbox.

      Hope this helps,

      - Jay
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      • Profile picture of the author oniram
        Originally Posted by j.sherwood View Post

        Hey Ryan,

        One of the first things I do is set up a Google Alerts account with all of my keywords.

        Google Alerts - Monitor the Web for interesting new content

        Search query: "Keyword" or "Keyword Phrase" [keep them in quotes, or do both in and out]

        Result type: Everything

        How often: Once a Day

        How many: Try "Only the Best Results" if you don't receive many change to "All Results"

        This should provide you a steady stream of hot topics to write about ...sent directly to you inbox.

        Hope this helps,

        - Jay
        Very good! I use Google Alerts as well but never for keywords relating to my blog, Thanks I think I'll give that a try.-
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  • Profile picture of the author Randy27
    In my opinion, I think having a niche (or topic) that you are interested in could help give you things to write and post about.
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  • Profile picture of the author andreasup
    I have found that even with the best keyword tools (I use Keyword Winner as a plugin to my WordPress) and lots of the other tips wonderfully shared above, I still get bored, frustrated and tired with blogging.

    I have little tricks to keep me disciplined about blogging on a daily basis. But I still get burnt out.

    I used to feel bad about feeling bad about blogging, but I learned that sometimes I just need to step away from it for a day or two and give my mind a break. I always come back so much more focused and determined. A day or two won't harm your consistency. Or you can rerun previous blogs or have guests.

    Also, a tip a very successful blogger shared with me was to watch TV advertisements. Sounds weird, but TV advertisers are paying huge sums of money to promote their products. While some of the products are way outside the scope of my niches, I've learned to link to them from my genre.

    Finally, another blogger I know reads all the lists of the top money making movies and films and then tries to retro fit those topics to his genre which is business. It works and he turns out some amazing keyword rich blogs.

    Good luck with your blogging journey.
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  • Profile picture of the author bowo84
    I think guest post will be another good choice.
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  • Ideas are all around you Ryan. Try for example one or more of the following:

    1) Product Reviews
    2) Interviews with other bloggers
    3) A weekly podcast
    4) FAQs about something related to internet marketing
    5) Compile a 4 to 5 pages report to give away
    6) Make an Article Writing Contest with some prizes, add the right laws to keep article for you, and you will get all the articles you want to add to your blog.

    Then you can grab ideas from everything you see online. It's not difficult.
    My greatest problem is time, in fact for 1 month I've took a freelancer to build my contents.

    See you soon,
    Alessandro Zamboni
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  • Profile picture of the author Preeti
    Here's an idea..perhaps email your list (I'm assuming you have a list) and ask what kinds of problems they're running into? Then, create a blog or video and answer these questions.

    Also, I try to keep my eyes and ears open just when I'm out and about doing daily tasks/chores. Asking the question, "what can I learn from this?" or "how can I apply this to IM?" is a neat way to come up with some ideas. Increasing your awareness is one way to start.

    Hope that helps!
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  • This is a trick I used when I made video tutorials and I ran out of ideas. Whenever I had a problem in the specific niche I would research it thoroughly and when I found a solution I would then share it, so others could benefit from it.
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    • Profile picture of the author Black Hat Cat
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      Originally Posted by Frederik Jorgensen View Post

      This is a trick I used when I made video tutorials and I ran out of ideas. Whenever I had a problem in the specific niche I would research it thoroughly and when I found a solution I would then share it, so others could benefit from it.
      And speaking of videos, Youtube can be another source of inspiration when you're searching for something to blog about.
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      • Profile picture of the author cashp0wer
        I do keyword research and go from there. I actually have a word document on my computer of topics that I want to write about and I keep it going constantly so I don't run out.
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      • Originally Posted by Black Hat Cat View Post

        And speaking of videos, Youtube can be another source of inspiration when you're searching for something to blog about.
        Yes, YouTube is a very great inspiration indeed :-)
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  • Profile picture of the author zadetek
    I am for now just searching for Offers that people want in that time. What is the popular in that time.
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  • Profile picture of the author David Sneen
    I like to focus on 3 or 4 ideas and think about some possible articles I could make. Then I go for a walk, sleep on it, or do something mindless-- such as mowing the lawn. Keep a pad of paper and a pen handy....ideas will flow. This method has never failed me.
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  • Profile picture of the author Brendan Carl
    Use other blogs. Fill Google Reader with RSS feeds from every MMO blog you love, and every time you want to write head over to Reader. Easy.

    Magazines are also useful. For example, I run a camping and hiking website, and I frequently use Backpacker magazine for topics to write about.
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  • Profile picture of the author JOSourcing
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    Another resource that could keep you busy for months on end: Amazon book contents. Loads of Amazon books sport the "Look Inside" function that lets you preview material. So pick one book in your 'niche', Look Inside -- scouring the table of contents and index pages, and then make a list of issues that you haven't yet addressed.

    If you scour more than one book at a time, chances are you'll consume yourself with building a humongous To Do list rather than writing what you need to write.
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  • Profile picture of the author Onora Oz
    I keep my eyes and ears open What are people talking about nowadays? What are they sharing via Facebook and Twitter?

    I'm always trying to be aware of trends and current events. I read magazines, browse news sites, get Google alerts on my niche topics, follow key people and blogs, plus "authority" figures and sites.

    I'm subscribed to many press release sites and news outlets "as a journalist" (or blogger).

    Amazon books, that JOSourcing has mentioned already.

    Amazon user reviews can be inspiring sometimes. I read lots of them, the ones in my niche of course.

    Listicles are also a great help for brainstorming.

    Hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author raheelmushtaq
    reading lots of blogs gives you ideas to write new post any google updates or anything a person has said or you can research on topics ..! there are various topics even if you write 1 article daily you can find 365 topics you just need to give time to research ..!
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