How To Find Blog Content Ideas (+ 59 Blog Post Ideas For Any Niche)
You stare at a blank screen, waiting for inspiration to hit.
You wait… type a few words.
Writers block is the absolute worst.
It’s ONE of the main reasons bloggers feel stuck and want to throw the towel in altogether. After 5 years of blogging, I’ve come up with a few tried and tested ways to find content ideas so that I am never left wondering what to post about next.
Finding inspirational content for your blog can be challenging but it does not have to be. You need to have a plan and a solid strategy in place. In this post, I’ll walk you through how you can find blog content ideas. I’ll also be sharing specific blog post ideas that you can use if you ever feel stuck.
Whether you’re a newbie blogger or an experienced bloggers looking for a surge of inspiration, these tips will be valuable when coming up with content for your blog and social media.
1. READ READ READ
The first and ABSOLUTE BEST way to get inspiration for your blog is by reading. If you intend to publish content. on a consistent basis, I would strongly recommend forming a habit of reading. Spend at least 20 minutes everyday reading and consuming high-quality content and information. This is important, not only as a way to find inspiration, but it also helps you to develop your skill and knowledge as a writer.
You can find inspiration from all types of sources. That is why I recommend reading not only books but also news articles and even blog posts by other bloggers.
Here is a list of some AMAZING books that I have recently read:
- 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People- Stephen Covey
- You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life- Jen Sincero
- The Purpose Driven Life- Rick Warren
- One Thousand Gifts- Ann Voskamp
- The Slight Edge- Jeff Olson
I like to read books on productivity, habit building and business. I am at a phase in life where my focus is on personal development. I try to consume as much of this type of information so that I can show up consistently for myself and my family in both my personal life as well as in my business.
These are some of my favourite websites/ blogs to go to for inspiration.
2. Ask Your Audience
A classic response!
But seriously, asking your audience is one of the best ways to get ideas for your blog content.
You can do this by interacting with them in the comment section of your blog. You can also interact on social media. Simply ask the questions: What would you like to see more of on your blog?? And then make note of your responses.
Using IG stories, you can also use the ask me anything feature to get blog content ideas.
Pro Tip- When you do this, do not just make a note of the responses, but try to remember who asked you the question. If you do this, you can send them a DM with the link to the post in the future. I am sure that they will really appreciate that extra bit of attention to detail that you provided.
You not only boost traffic to your site, but you also leave them with a lasting good impression of you and of your business.
You can also end your captions and posts with a call to action for your audience to share their questions and concerns.. There are so many ways to get your audience input.
Of course, asking your audience is a great idea when you already have an audience. But what if you are a new blogger and your audience only consists of your mom and her friends?
There are a number of ways that you can ‘hack’ the ask your audience response.
– Market Research
This is the process of gathering information (research) from your target audience to help you meet your desired goal.
When I was first starting out this blog, I did market research to find out what kinds of topics people interested in blogging and earning an income blogging were asking.
The first place that I went to were niche specific facebook groups. Within these groups, you can use the search feature. to find discussions related to your blog. You can see what types of questions people are asking and where they are looking for help. Make a note of these. This is literally your target audience telling you what they would like to see on your blog.
Facebook groups are a goldmine when it comes to market research.
– Use Your Competitor’s Audience
Another hack that you can use is to find other bloggers in a similar niche and find out what their audience is asking them.
Look at their comment sections for clues and use that as inspiration for future blog posts.
Many of my blog content ideas have come from questions that I have seen on other bloggers blogs and social profiles.
Another way to get content for your blog is through collaboration with other bloggers in your community. You can connect with them and guest post on each others blog. By picking their brains you get a totally fresh set of blog post ideas for your blog.
This is also a great way to get backlinks to your blog (helps with SEO) and get an outside audience to take a look at your blog.
4. Reflect On Your Own Experiences
Reflecting on your own experiences is another way to add your personal touch to the content that you create. It doesnt get more unique than sharing your own experiences. I like to write in a journal and will often go through my notes to see if any of the content can be inspiration for blog posts.
Sometimes a reminder of a fun anecdote or even a difficult season in your life can be all that you need to get your creative juices to start flowing again.
59 Blog Post Ideas That Work For Any Niche
- Take your readers behind the scenes with a daily routine
- Share your story/ journey with your audience- how did you get started?
- Share the WHY behind your brand
- Share your personal or company values and explain the meaning
- Share your goals for the year and explain how you plan on achieving them
- Share a yearly review- what worked and what didn’t. You can also talk about what strategies you’ll be changing for the upcoming year
- Share some advice and lessons you have learned
- Make a list of the best quotes relating to your niche/ industry
- Interview an industry expert or influencer to get their insight into any topic
- Share some behind the scenes of you and your team
- What are your niche-related predictions for the next year?
- Share a common mistake that people make in your niche/ industry
- Write a personality quiz for your readers
- Compile a list of quotes or advice from industry experts in your niche
- Shout out some of your best customers
- Attend a niche related event and give your audience a summary of your experience
- Give your audience a sneak peek of a new product that you are releasing or working on
- Share a profile of your team members
- Share some testimonials about your product
- Invite readers to ask you anything, then share the answers as a separate post
- Share some industry/ niche specific hacks that you have learned over the years
- Identify the top books anyone getting started in your industry should read and review them
- Share your favorite tools and software
- Get candid about the ups and downs of running your business
- Create a checklist to simplify a common process in your industry
- Create a template that helps solve a common problem or process that your readers will need
- Share your process or workflow for a common procedure in your niche/ industry
- Share some networking tips for people in your niche/ industry
- Share some mindset shifts that are necessary for success in your niche/ industry
- Share how your readers can stay productive and organized
- Do a case study of your last promotion and share what you learned from this process
- Create a list of dos and don’t relating to your niche/ industry
- Create an ultimate guide for readers to accomplices one big niche/ industry related task
- Talk about the history of your industry and how it has evolved
- Talk about trending topics in your niche/ industry and how this affects readers
- Survey your audience about a topic and share the findings
- Share the top industry/ niche specific podcasts that your audience should listen to
- Review some of the best niche related online courses you have taken and share your thoughts with your audience
- Talk about a niche/ industry-specific trend that you absolutely HATE- talk about why
- Bust some industry-specific myths
- Talk about some controversies in your niche/ industry
- Share some things that you wish you could change about your niche/industry
- Share your morning routine
- Share your evening routine
- Share what apps you use to help you in your business
- Make a list of useful websites in your niche/ industry
- Talk about some skills that are undervalued in your niche/ industry
- Write a letter to your younger self
- Share some things that you would do differently for your blog/ business if you were to start all over
- Share some lessons learned from a terrible client/ customer. What would you do differently?
- Talk about a pivotal decision you made in your business and why you made that decision.
- Talk about some things you wish you knew about your industry/ niche before you got started
- Choose a popular blog post that you disagree with and share your reasons why
- Highlight some other blogs or influencers in your niche to watch out for
- Create a roundup post showcasing your favorite blog posts on a niche related topic
- Choose a celebrity or public figure and share some niche-specific tips that you can learn from them
- Celebrate your birthday, blog, or business anniversary with a reflection post
- Simplify a complicated niche-related topic and create a beginners guide for it
- Share some random facts that your audience likely did not know
There you have it- The main ways that I like to come up with content for my blog and anywhere else I create content for.
Coming up with blog post ideas can be quite simple when you allow yourself to stop overthinking, and start looking for creative ways to get inspired.
There is a lot of pressure on the internet to create. Whether you are just starting out or are a seasoned content creator, do not allow that pressure to take over. Consistency is important, but so is the quality of the content that you are putting out.
Set a goal for yourself for how often you would like to post and create a plan to help you stick to that goal.
Never stare at a blank page again.
The fill-in-the-blank templates will help you to structure your blog posts so that you do not have to feel stuck or stare at a blank screen again.
I hope you found these tips useful!
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