19 Ways to Come up with Fresh Blog Post Ideas

How to make sure you never run out of ideas

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1) Keep a Notebook Handy (Both Physical and Virtual)

Inspiration can strike at a moment’s notice. How many times have you had a great idea for a blog post that you know your readers will love, only to find that you have no writing utensils? A small spiral notepad and pen or pencil in your pocket or purse, as well as one beside your bed, ensures that you’ll never miss jotting down a great idea.

2) Write About Your Failures

When you come across to your readers as a real person, engagement and trust begin. Everyone has experienced failure and loss at some point in their life. And when you describe a situation relevant to your market or niche where you suffered a significant setback, you become human to your readers.

3) Write About Your Successes

Using this blog post idea hand-in-hand with the one above can make for a great two-part post. It also solves the problem of coming up with content for two consecutive posts. And let’s be honest, real human beings are reading your blog because they have real problems, and are striving for success in many areas. Just make sure not to “toot your own horn” too loudly. You want them celebrating with you, instead of feeling like you’re bragging.

4) Create a “Best Of” Blog Post

There’s no telling whether or not a reader on your blog is brand-new, or if they’ve read every single post you’ve ever made. Look back through your archives and make a short “Best of” or “Top 10” blog post that points back to previous popular content on your site.

5) Write About A Daily Experience

You probably saw something unique, memorable or out of the ordinary today. It doesn’t have to be related to your market or blog at all. By taking a random event from your daily life and tying it into your niche, your readers get to see that you’re a normal person with normal experiences. And when you relate your experience to some problem or solution important to your followers, you not only solve the problem of not being able to come up with a blog post, but you simultaneously help your readers while becoming “real” in their eyes.

6) Steal Some Name Recognition

Okay, we don’t mean steal in the true sense of the word. But no matter what blog you have, there are probably some big-name celebrities that have some relevance to your market. When you steal name recognition from an already popular and globally recognized industry leader, the title which is created instantly begs for a closer look.

7) Get Physical

No, we’re not referring to the Olivia Newton John song here! While getting that kind of physical certainly has its advantages, all you need to do is get your blood pumping to energize your brain. Sometimes you really do need to get away from your computer and turn off your cellphone to “reset” the way you’ve been thinking.

8) Ask Your Readers

You’ve probably heard this advice before. But there’s a reason why this is always a go-to strategy when your brain simply isn’t cranking out amazing content for your blog. As a blogger you have so many things to do. From site maintenance to SEO, from generating traffic to creating products, there’s always something that needs to be done.

9) Thank Your Readers

For lack of a better term, the strategy here is to write a love letter to your readers. Obviously, you don’t want to go crazy here, or your followers may think you actually are a little off-kilter. Pat Flynn is a renowned full-time blogger that consistently thanks his readers in his blog posts.

10) Compile a FAQ Post

When you need help coming up with original content for your blog, this strategy can end up creating one of your most popular posts. Everyone loves Frequently Asked Questions because chances are they’ve had a few of these questions themselves. Look back over your e-mail and comments, and use the feedback from your readers to answer those questions which are repeatedly springing from the lips of your clients and followers. This will provide a resource that pays dividends indefinitely, and also saves you valuable time when you get one of these questions again.

11) Interview Experts and Bloggers in Your Niche

This is age-old advice for a very good reason. It lends you authority while also revealing valuable information that your blog readers are looking for. Many times you’ll find an important blogger in your industry that’s willing to exchange interviews. You interview them, they interview you, and everyone in your market benefits.

12) Browse Facebook and LinkedIn Discussion Threads

Social media has taken over the web in a positive way. On Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, users feel as if they’re hanging out with a bunch of their friends. The talk that occurs there and the interaction which you can find is incredibly genuine and very revealing. When the old gray cells simply won’t contribute with a great blog post topic, go social and find out exactly what your potential customers are talking about.

13) List Your Readers’ Problems

Sometimes focusing on one solution to one problem can create a great blog post. If you’re simply out of ideas, think about one of the top problems you know your readers are having. Then use the time-tested and always enticing practice of employing numbers in your title, and you’ll likely have a popular post.

14) Connect Two Totally Unrelated Things

This strategy is great for so many reasons. Find something that’s notable or popular, and add it to your title with a problem or solution that you know your readers will find relevant. “What Superglue Taught Me about Viral Blogging” is unique and creative, and will get your blog post read.

15) Use Google’s Autocomplete Suggestion Technology

When you’re out of blog post ideas, head over to the Big G. Type in “Why bloggers” or “Bloggers hate to” or “Top blogger” into Google. Then look at the autocomplete suggestions. This will instantly give you some great ideas for blog posts, and you can jot down every one of them.

16) Change Your Writing Environment

Most bloggers tend to write in the same physical location. Sometimes, by changing your environmental routine you can jar something loose in the old noggin. Just as taking a walk can get your mind thinking in ways that sitting in your computer chair won’t, changing your entire writing environment can do the same thing.

17) Play A Word Association Game

If all you’re coming up with is the “same old” boring blog post ideas, then get the creative juices flowing with a bit of word association. How do you do this? Start with one word e.g., “gardening” and link it to another word, then another, then another — until you have a viable idea.

18) Comment on Other People’s Blogs

Try visiting some popular blogs in your niche and making the effort to leave some thoughtful comments on their latest posts. While you’re coming up with a comment, it might lead you towards a related, but different, blog post idea! For example, while commenting on a post about how someone is drinking green tea every day to help them lose weight, you might choose to do a related post linking to all reliable sources you can find to show whether green tea really works.

19) Check Out Some Bestselling Amazon Books

Amazon is a wonderful resource for bloggers. To get some fresh ideas, type in industry-related keywords or phrases into the Amazon search bar, focusing on e-books. You can sort by bestseller, and can even take a peek for free at the table of contents for those popular books. Chapter titles can often provide you with outstanding ideas for blog posts — just make sure to reword and rephrase them, using your own words.

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