How to Find Blog Post and Article Topic Ideas

I-have-an-ideaToday my main task is to work on a new article pack for PLR Content Market and as I sat down to pick out my article topics I thought the process I use to pick topics might be helpful to bloggers, writers, and PLR providers. So, today’s blog post is a step-by-step of me doing my research and deciding what my articles will be about.

Okay, so the topic for this pack is paper shredders. It was requested by a particular buyer and I’m not sure how much interest there is for it, but he’s a long time customer so I figured I’d take the time to put it together for him.

These are going to be informational articles, not reviews. My goal is to educate people about paper shredders, so first I need to know what types of things people want to know about them.


My first stop is always Ubersuggest. It’ll come up with lists of things people have searched for related to paper shredders.

So, here are a few ideas…

  • Paper Shredder Oil (Do they use oil? I’ll have to look this up later.)
  • Paper Shredders and Staples
  • Paper Shredder Alarm Clock (I’m not sure what they’re looking for here… like a two in one combo?)
  • Paper Shredder Blades
  • Paper Shredder Cabinet
  • Paper Shredder Diamond Cut

The list goes on. Obviously these aren’t article titles on their own, but each can be turned into one. For example: “Can I Replace Paper Shredder Blades Myself?” Β “Can Paper Shredders Deal With Staples?” “Which Paper Shredders Do Diamond Cut?”

There are a lot of other keywords listed there I haven’t gotten to yet, but you get the idea. I find keywords that make sense for an informational article and turn those keywords into questions. Personally I enjoy using questions as the prompts for my articles.

Yahoo! Answers

Yahoo! Answers is still a pretty popular site and it’s a great place to figure out what types of questions people are asking.

All you need to do is enter a keyword in the search box and you can sort by relevance, newest, most answers, and some other options. I normally take a look at the first page or two under each sort option.

So, here are some I found that look promising.

  • How long is a paper shredder supposed to last?
  • What should I pay attention to when choosing a paper shredder?
  • How do I oil my paper shredder? (Okay, so they do need oil.)
  • How do I unjam a paper shredder?
  • Why shouldn’t I shred newspaper in the paper shredder?
  • Can you put fabric in a paper shredder?

Once again, I didn’t even get past page two here. There is a lot of information here.

How to Pick a Topic

So, these two resources alone give me a lot of options. I could also browse Google, forums, blogs, and newspapers to get ideas but I’ve got enough here already.

The one thing I want to point out is that search volume isn’t the biggest factor you want to consider. You see, if this is an authority blog you’re going to be adding a lot of new content, so you want to be covering every aspect you can come up with as time goes on.

Instead, I look for questions and keywords that show up in both and start with those. For example, I’ll be addressing the oil issue in this set of articles since it showed up in UbberSuggest and was also asked on Yahoo! Answers.

In the end, I don’t think it’s important to pick theΒ perfect topic. I think it’s more important to think about your audience and think, “Is there someone who needs this information?” If the answer is yes, add it to the list of topics to write about, if not for today than for in the future.

How do you come up with new blog post ideas?

Oh, and if you have any questions or ideas for future tutorials, let me know in the comments!

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  1. Amanda,

    Powerful post! I am always looking for new keyword tools and had never heard of UberSuggest. I often use Yahoo Answers when I’m looking to create a piece of content as well. It’s important that writers begin with the end in mind before they sit down to write a post.

  2. Hi! What a great blog you have! I loved the idea about Yahoo Answers! I didn’t know about it. Thank you for sharing! I really liked looking in here! πŸ™‚
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  3. Quite informative. I too would have followed a similar routine if writing an article on these lines. nice!
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  4. This was very informative. I now know to check out the questions and answers. I have a shredder and was chuckling throughout. What I learned AFTER I purchased it is that it overheats itself very quickly and then shuts itself off to cool down. This is very frustrating because you can’t get much done at once.

    • Thanks for the tip. Not the most entertaining topic to write about but being able to find questions that need answering gives me a lot more direction and makes things so much easier.

  5. I’m a visual learner so I head over to Pinterest to see what’s buzzing over there. Nothing like eye candy to stimulate the mind.
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  6. Hi Amanda,
    What an excellent way to explain how you use Ubersuggest. I have popped my keywords in there but then got stuck on how to formulate the question around it. Thanks for the tips. πŸ™‚
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  7. Love love love Ubersuggest! What an awesome tool. Thanks for sharing that…now on to get lost in your blog…again. Have a great day Amanda!
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  8. I had a couple of shredders and gave up on them because either I got the wrong size or the shredder was to slow(would only allow so many papers at a time) I hope this gives some tips on future articles. How to pick the best shredder for your needs. Finally I turned to the super large shredder at the recycling center. In 5 minutes they can shred up bags of stuff for less than 10 dollars. While doing research on this, I found some resources will come to your home and pick up your stuff especially if it has private data. So a group went in to pay the fee. And everyone was happy ever after.

  9. I had never heard of ubersuggest before but it looks useful! It’s always good to look outside of just Google keywords, I find, because there’s usually so much that can be written about that you wouldn’t think of otherwise. Yahoo Answers is a favourite of mine!
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    • It’s an awesome tool and you can get those small topics that may not show up on the Google Keyword tool but people still may want to know about. Yahoo Answers is great because it’s like a forum that covers everything ever!

  10. Great minds think alike Amanda! I use both and Yahoo Answers and in this week’s Article Writing Challenge, I asked people to use Yahoo Answers to get an idea for a new blog post.

    How wonderful you wrote on the same lines as I did! πŸ™‚
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  11. I had forgotten about yahoo answers, used to use it all the time. One of the wonderful things about getting older. Thanks for the reminder.

  12. I love Ubersuggest – it’s my “secret” weapon – for all sorts of content, both mine and clients.
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