So you’ve allocated this week to write as many blog posts as possible and for some crazy reason you can’t think of any topics to research and write about. You can’t afford to have a no productive week so here are so great ways to find your topics.
- Social Groups
Do you belong to any LinkedIn or Facebook groups? Have you interacted or contributed to any discussions? Don’t worry if you haven’t. Go through previous posts, scroll through discussions and identify the questions being asked. A few months ago people within the group I was in asked about the most effective scheduling tool that caters for Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter. Now that’s a blog post right there. Then another asked about the benefits of Snap chat for business. Whether someone else has previously written about that topic you can also update it and put in your experience with it. Remember when there’s a question and you have a blog posts that answers it, copy and paste your link to your post that relates to the question. #traffic
- Hash tags
It is a great metadata not just used on social network but also for microblogging services which makes it easier for users to find message with a specific theme or content. The use of hashtags in brainstorming new blog ideas & optimizing content for the right marketing channels on Twitter is ideal.
Before searching for blog ideas you need to identify all the keywords of interest to you and that relate to your area of interest for example: #Leadership, #management and #presentationskills. Here’s what has come up after entering #presentations skills on Twitter:
Some great idea came up with a possible blog post idea on ‘The Top 10 Key skills Needed to be a Great Speaker’. Play around with plenty of keywords to find ideas that get you excited and ensure you add value for your audience.
One of my favourite place for visual stimulation for blog post topics is Pinterest. Pinterest is a social network that allows users to visually share, and discover new interests by posting (known as ‘pinning’ on Pinterest) images or videos to their own or others’ boards (i.e. a collection of ‘pins,’ usually with a common theme) and browsing what other users have pinned.
By simply entering keywords you find many previously created links to blogs, infographics and step/by-step guidelines. By the way this is not stealing, your looking at what’s been done and finding a different angle or way of putting your post out there. For example below is the keyword input for Management and be overwhelmed with ideas such as management styles and management techniques to name a few.
Webinars is web-based seminar that you can access anywhere with Internet connection. You can tune into live or watch and listen to at a more convent time if there’s a replay. If your anything like me and have tuned into countless amounts of webinars you probably have a book or at least taken notes. Flip through that book of yours and look through what you’ve learnt. Is there anything in there that is meaty enough to convert into a blog post? Of course there is.
If you haven’t attended many webinars, another way is to put in #webinar via Twitter, and see the topics coming up. Checkout some of the topics for those webinars, now do you have enough knowledge to write a blog on it? If not research and get to it.
Do you have Influencers that you love to follow? You get that notification when their live on periscope, blab and even check into their snap chat. If this is you then you have your blog post ideas in abundance. Are you taking note of the discussions and the questions that other followers are needing assistance with?
Gary Vaynerchuk is a great influencer, his vocally connected with his audience, they can follow his day-to-day activity with the use of all social media platforms. What Gary does amazingly well is his direct interactions with his audience via periscope. This is where you can find the questions that your blog posts can answer.
- Outstanding Questions
We all know that the majority of blogs posts are helping to answer the questions people need clarity and help with. So what are yours? What are the areas that you still need help with? A question I had at the start of starting up my own business is how do I start a newsletter subscription?
Do you know for every question you have the answer is online. Why don’t your research and answer your own question. This makes your blog post more personally engaging as you’ve hand first hand experience of how you managed to get it done.
If you haven’t any questions, what about your family and friends. What do they need help with? What have they asked you about previously? Is there enough to write a blog about? If so there you have it.
So these are the six ways I use to find great blog posts ideas that relate to my area of interest. Remember creativity is key to your blogging. Now get to it, remember creativity can not be rescheduled. Use it or lose it!
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