Blogging can be very profitable these days. As a result, everyone wants to have a blog.
In fact, recent data from Hubspot has shown that blogging can be more effective than Superbowl ads.
In other words, whether you are a business that wants to grow your revenue or an individual that wants to earn some side income, blogging can be what you need.
There are currently around 200 million blogs in the world today, and millions added monthly, a large percentage of which are abandoned a few months after they are started.
While there are many reasons why people stop blogging, one major reason is due to lack of ideas.
How can you keep blogging if you don’t have ideas for content that will be published on your blog?
Here are 5 ways and tools to get content ideas for your blog:
1. Use Yahoo! Answers
Yahoo! Answers, in my own opinion, is one the best tools that can help you find content ideas for your blog.
As a freelance writer, I write for clients in various niches. Most of the times, I know nothing about a particular client’s niche, yet I’m able to write expertly on the subject as if I’ve been writing in that niche for years.
This is due to using Yahoo! Answers for my research.
Yahoo! Answers is also very useful because it has been in existence for years now, so not only will you get quality ideas on what to write but you’ll also be able to track how the ideas have evolved over the years.
Yahoo! Answers is also very huge, so no matter what topic you want to write about or what angle you want to take, you’ll find ideas and exact words people use when trying to find out more about the topic.
2. Use Quora
Quora is another powerful tool that you can use to find content ideas.
Even though Quora is a new tool, it’s growing exponentially lately and is becoming increasingly useful.
In fact, for almost every question that is asked on Quora you’ll most likely find a quality, in-depth answer that can further inspire your blog post.
Quora is very sophisticated for getting blog post ideas, and by using the search box provided on the Quora site you’ll be able to find questions, posts and ideas for almost any keyword.
Technorati is another powerful tool I use to generate content ideas.
Technorati has a database of over 1 million blogs, in various niches.
Some of these blogs are updated every day and most of them are updated at least once a week. By searching for specific keywords on what you want to write about with Technorati, you’ll get a list of blogs and articles related to that keyword.
You can then read those articles for ideas on what to write. Besides that, when you start seeing a lot of things in common amongst all the articles listed, you’ll get a clear idea of what most people want and how to give it to them.
4. Any Social Media Site
Social media sites are very powerful content idea generation tools, but very few people pay attention to them.
Do you know that over 340 million Tweets are posted on Twitter every single day?
The number of Facebook status updates made every day is even more than that.
Now, while the majority of Twitter users are not bloggers or content curators there are quite of lot of them on Twitter. Same goes for Facebook and other major social media site.
Another great thing about social media sites is that updates usually contain recent information, so if you want blog post ideas to connect with your audience, leveraging the power of any major social media site will give you an advantage.
It’s as simple as using the search box provided by each social media site and searching for keywords that interest you; most of the ideas will be unusable, but by the time you’ve gone through majority of the ideas you see you’ll have a solid idea of what to write.
5. Top Blogs in Your Niche
Perhaps this is the most effective way to find content ideas.
Since you’re a blogger, what better way is there to know what works than from other bloggers…especially a more successful blogger?
When you take a look at the most successful blogs in your niche, there’s every probability they all have a section of their sidebar that shows their most popular posts.
You can get content ideas not only by analyzing these popular posts to get ideas to help you write your own popular posts, but you can also get actual ideas and keywords people use in your field by observing the comments section of these blog.
Depending on the size of the blog and how many comments it gets, there’ll be at least a dozen questions in those comments. In most cases, some of these questions will be similar. Now, you have an idea for what to write about.
You can then take main keywords you got from these blogs and then use Yahoo! Answers or Quora to help you find out more about those keywords and refine them.
Do You Get Lost in Blogging Busywork?
My prime business intent going forward is to get my 124 ebooks in 1 billion places. That’s it. I will promote other opportunities of course and prosper through multiple channels but it is a billion with my 124. Hold me to that. Wait a second. You won’t have to hold me to that. I’m pretty good about being accountable to myself.
Anyway, it’s been fascinating to see moments of my mind attempting to pull me to blogging busy work. You know exactly what I mean. For me, my day is largely about promoting my ebooks through Twitter, Facebook, blog posts, guest posts, Live broadcasts on Facebook, my podcast, and videos on Twitter as well. Other than promoting a few other opportunities, I do not intend to do anything else. But of course my mind tries to pull me toward blogging busy work at times. How does my sidebar look? Is my sidebar converting enough? What about blog comments? Should I open comments on specific old blog posts? Each question indicates some type of busy work that is not genuinely important or business building for your blog. Of course, most bloggers spend a fair chunk of their days on busy work and wonder why they struggle and fail so horribly. If you spend most of your time doing what does not matter, you will fail. But if you spend most of your time doing what does matter, creating and connecting and opening multiple streams of income, you will succeed. Blogging is that simple.
But blogging is not comfortable at all because even though we intellectually know to avoid busy work, our fears pull us in towards the silly activities. Some bloggers spend weeks or months or even years doing stuff that ultimately does not matter. Why spend hours on your blog design when it’s the content you create and the connections you build that lead to your greatest blogging success? You have to be honest with yourself when it comes to blogging. Being straight with yourself makes the difference between success and failure.
I usually catch myself within seconds to minutes of being engaged in busy work that does not really make a difference. I scan my email in seconds. I am down to that number now. But I recall my struggling days when I would be in my email for 20 minutes or an hour or longer every day. I tried to read every word of every email. I tried to engage every silly sponsored post pitch. Huge mistakes. I wasted so much time on what didn’t matter. You know what matters? Creating helpful content and building genuine connections with human beings by helping other bloggers. Do these things and you position yourself to succeed. Add income streams and you position yourself to become a full-time blogger, just like I discuss in this eBook.
Blogging is simple but uncomfortable. Creating and connecting feels uncomfortable when your fear pulls you toward busy work. Ego is like that. The mind is like that. It makes a mountain out of a molehill by pulling you away from core, business building blogging activities towards stuff that waste your time. I have never looked at a heat map in my blogging life yet I’ve circled the globe for the past eight years as a professional blogger. Feel free to spend a few moments checking out heat maps but when moments become hours, you’re messing up. You’re too engaged in blogging busy work. Help people freely and generously. Trust in the process. Open multiple streams of income. Promote your core opportunity the most, like me promoting my 124 ebooks. Success will find you.
Do You Reject or Accept Opportunities for Growth?
I just wrote and self published this ebook in a little over 24 hours:
not bad, eh? I asked my readers for ebook ideas. I received answers. I wrote the ebook. I really hustled on this one. I’ve already generated a quick sale. How? I accept opportunities for growth immediately. Do you feel the same way? Or do you reject opportunities for blogging growth? Be honest with yourself. This is not a comfortable process for bloggers to follow because your ego may sting a little bit.
Blogging struggle is borne of rejecting opportunities for growth. Blogging success is born of accepting opportunities for blogging growth immediately. I opened another income stream within 24 hours based on seizing an opportunity immediately. No hesitating. No hemming and hawing. No delaying. Other than sleeping for a handful of hours I did nothing else other than write the ebook, proofread the ebook, add photos and publish the sucker during that 24-hour stretch. Oh yeah. I also did some networking and content creating and yes, I promoted a handful of my 123 books. But I wrote ebook number 124 during that time frame too. Why? I love blogging. I love freedom. I love seizing opportunities for blogging growth.
Emerson said all life is an experiment and the more experiments you make the better. This wise man knew the secret to success. Seize the moment and squeeze all you can out of the moment by accepting opportunities for blogging growth fast. If a reader nudges you to write an ebook, write the darn ebook. Do not delay. Unless you despise writing, and you probably don’t because you blog, write the ebook, help the reader and make money. If one reader has that issue than 50 million readers have that issue. We are all human beings with pretty similar problems when you break everything down.
How quickly do you reject opportunities for growth because you fear something or someone? My most lucrative freelance writing client basically had to beg me to work for him. I so deeply feared I would not be worth the money he was paying me and I also feared his criticism, even though he was such a nice, warm, genuine dude. After he would not accept me saying no, I accepted the job and made a pretty penny over the course of our relationship. I learned my lesson. Now I gobble up opportunities for growth so quickly it’ll make your head spin.
I could go to bed right now to take a quick nap. I just worked for the long stretch to write the e-book and release it. But I gobble up this opportunity to write a guest post. Again guys, I accept opportunities for growth and grow like a stinking blogging weed.
Do not ignore opportunities because you fear seizing blogging opportunities because ignorance leads to struggle, failure and quitting. Seize the moment. Seize opportunities for blogging growth. Write the guest post. Broadcast live on Facebook. Upload a video to Twitter. Write the ebook. Convert it to audiobook. Create a course. How do you think I retired to a life of island hopping? I did not sit on the sidelines folks, waiting and waiting and waiting for opportunities. I seized opportunities for growth quickly and more opportunities flowed my way. Opportunities seized, multiply fast. Opportunities rejected disappear immediately.
Seize the blogging moment!
No Blogger Can Force Clients Customers or Readers to Learn and Succeed
Sometimes you just need to get right to the point with blog post titles. This is one such title and blog post. After answering questions for readers recently I made a realization. Honestly, I’ve had this realization in mind for many years. I guess I never chose to write about it. But today I will cover the topic. You cannot force a reader, client or customer to learn and succeed. This is just not possible. You cannot will someone to see what they are not prepared to see or do what they are not prepared to do.
Sometimes, coaches struggle horribly because they base their success or failure on the success or failure of clients. This is lunacy. You can show a horse the way but you cannot force the horse to drink, right? Ditto for human beings. You can coach someone but you cannot force them to do what you advised them to do. That is 100% in their hands. In truth, the best blogging coaches, ebook writers and consultants are at peace with doing their best job and leaving it at that.
I regularly answer questions for free, offering experience, helpful advice for new or struggling bloggers. Said newer struggling bloggers return within a few seconds with more questions, trying to find a different way to succeed, trying to find the quick shortcuts that lead to guaranteed failure. I release these people. Although I have compassion for fear-filled new and struggling bloggers, it is not my job to convince them of my 30000 hours of blogging experience. Either they’re smart and listen, humbling themselves and their ego. Or they make the foolish decision of trusting their fears over my 30000 hours of blogging experience. Either way, I have nothing to do with their outcomes. They choose to listen or to ignore me. I’m cool with that.
Be clear with the fact that most humans live predominately from fear so until they change their programming through a personal decision they will ignore good advice and follow bad advice. Self-fulfilling prophecy. In the same regard, you can trigger emotions in someone that allows them to follow your successful advice. Someone may open up and learn from you if it’s their time to open up. Totally their personal decision that has nothing to do with you. This is why I never get full of myself. I understand everybody’s life is their choice. I can show the way. You choose to follow or ignore. Nothing to do with me.
Stop wasting your energy trying to convince, manipulate or flat-out force clients and customers to do what you advise them to do. Offer your advice. Detach. Some folks will follow your advice and succeed with their blogs. Other folks will ignore your advice and continue to fail. You did what you could but now it’s up to them to use your knowledge and experience for their benefit. Keep helping people. Keep meeting new people. Don’t get attached to clients or customers. Offer tips and leave it at that. Every human being is fully accountable for themselves. You are a blogger, not a babysitter. You inspire but you’re not a savior. You can try but you can’t force people to do anything. Be at peace with this truth and you will become more successful than you ever dreamed. Most bloggers never succeed wildly because they never scale, being heavily attached to a few clients or customers. Highly successful, happy, free bloggers keep meeting and helping new people and allowing those people to find their own way. I am responsible for no one but myself. This is how I’ve lived the life of my dreams.
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PS…the featured image is me in New Zealand and the hut above is where me and my wife lived deep in the jungles of Costa Rica.
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