#1 Read Newspapers and Magazines
When reading a magazine or newspaper it is often a better way to get a more detailed, detached perspective of current events and hot topics.
Take a few magazines and newspapers of choice and take notes as you read through them.
Look for topics that have the potential to be funny, exciting, useful, or controversial. And then use them to stimulate discussion on your blog.
#2 Use Keyword Tools
One way to understand your blog readers better is to find out what they look for on the Internet. You can do this by using the Google AdWords Keyword Tool:
Using this tool, you can simply enter a word or phrase, such as “golf equipment” and the tool will return a massive list of related keywords, including such things as “golf umbrella” and “new golf clubs.”
Here, you’ve tens and maybe hundreds of keywords that you can easily turn into ideas! You can also sort these results by the search volume they received, which will allow you to isolate the most popular keywords.
On top of finding popular topics, using keywords for blog post ideas, will improve the Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) of your blog.
#3 Ask Your Readers
Your readers know what they want to read about more than anyone else. This is precisely why any attempt to generate new blog topics should begin with a frank discussion between you and your blog readers.
If you use WordPress or a blogging platform that permits it, consider using a plugin to conduct two different polls.
- The first poll should ask what direction readers would like your blog to move towards in the long run.
- The second should ask which topic they would like you to discuss in an upcoming feature piece. You might consider creating a new poll for the second question on a monthly basis.
#4 Listen to your Readers
If you simply pay attention to the comments section on your blog, you will yield all the information you need.
For example, was there a debate or number of questions in the comments section over one of your previous topics? Pay attention to this by creating a second blog post on the topic.
#5 Lurk on Forums
By visiting forums regularly, you can generate great ideas for blog posts. When you’re on a forum, look specifically for hot topics.
For example, if a thread has received hundreds of replies and has remained at the top of the forum for a good period of time, there’s a good chance that it will be popular on your blog too.
Coming up with blog post ideas can be difficult. However, if you keep a list of places where you can reliably find good new ideas, tap into that as often as needed.
PLEASE TAKE THE FOLLOWING POLL AND TELL ME WHAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO READ ABOUT: