In a previous post, I mentioned several ways to write blog content – mainly from free and PLR articles. However to write more topical posts, you need other sources of information to work with for your blog posts.
It’s often a good idea to blog about popular topics such as tips to make money online that people are searching for or some current news that everyone is talking about. It’s an almost guaranteed, foolproof way to get blog traffic.
Here are some places you can go to get ideas on what to blog about:
- Google Groups
Many discussions go on at Google Groups bringing a diverse range of perspectives. Browse through the topics to read those relevant to your blog topic.
- Google Alerts
Sign up for email alerts on topics you are interested in with options to be notified instantly, once a day or once a week. For example, if you enter blogging tips for beginners, you will get posts with these keywords. This service is extremely useful for targeted topics.
- Google Blog Search
As the name suggests, it searches blogs only. Really great for searching for specific topics currently blogged about.
- Yahoo! Answers
All kinds of questions get asked and usually answered at Yahoo! Answers on every topic under the sun providing a huge resource of ideas for bloggers.
- Google/Yahoo! News
Google and Yahoo! News provide access to tens of thousands of press releases and news articles every day. Check out the “Most Popular” news section to pick a topic as these are the ones that bring blog traffic.
Find out other bloggers are blogging about, see what are the most popular searches and write a relevant post based on that to get traffic. Technorati is one of the best sites to get the pulse of the blogosphere.
Del.icio.us is a bookmarking site where people use it to bookmark posts that they are interested in. Therefore it’s a great place to find out what topics to blog about.
Like Technorati, Digg is a great site to not only find out what topics people are searching for most, you can also see what videos and podcasts are the most popular.
Reddit is another social bookmarking site where people submit their posts for bookmarking. Other members then vote on submitted posts which result in them getting more or less exposure.
For a good source of blog ideas, go to StumbleUpon’s “Buzz” page to see recently popular websites.
So as you can see, there are many resources you can turn to for ideas and topics. Writing a good post can lead to good quality one way links as other blogs link to your post. Do you use other tools to help you generate ideas? If you do, please share in the comments section.