What Do I Write About? Coming Up With Content Ideas

One of the most common questions I get is “How do you come up with new and fresh ideas for content for your sites?” I see this question day in and day out…

Honestly, it isn’t always easy. When you have been writing for one site for months you need to work harder to come up with new topics. Not to mention you need unique, attention grabbing content to start gaining a readership to begin with.

First of all, I try to keep in the know when it comes to my niches. Look for problems people are having and keep track of trends. Really get into your niche. Here are some resources I use to keep track of what is going on in my niche.

  • Niche blogs
  • Forums
  • News
  • Use Google notifications for your keywords
  • Ask your readers/customers what issues they are having problems
  • Try to read the same things YOUR readers will be reading to figure out what they aren’t talking about that they should be

Now, even with that I get stuck sometimes.

I’ve been scouring the Internet looking for some good suggestions to share with you guys, and of course I’ll add some of mine.

Anyone who talks to me knows I am a HUGE fan of Tiffany Dow. Her writing is fantastic and she is a great marketer. She really knows her stuff. On top of that, she isn’t afraid to say what is on her mind, no matter how many people may get on her about it. I have a lot of respect for that. She believes strongly and isn’t afraid to let people know. Her blog is a great place to get information about different aspects of writing, selling PLR, and marketing. Since I do all of those things, I follow her blog pretty closely. She actually did a blog post on this subject pretty recently.

Use Keyword Results to Create Article Ideas

This blog post by Tiffany Dow is all about taking keyword results and coming up with unique article ideas. It was aimed at PLR sellers, but anyone can learn from this. Basically, she gets a list of general keywords and picks one to focus on. She then comes up with a bunch of unique twists to use for one keyword.

Now, it takes a bit of creativity, which she has plenty of, but anyone can do it. At the very least, it should give you an idea of how many ideas can come from one general topic!

Over 20 Easy Ways to Write Compelling Content – (even if you have writers block.)

This is an amazing infographic you don’t want to miss. I got so much inspiration from it!

I’m actually in the middle of writing each of those ideas on a note card. When I’m stuck for ideas, I’ll pull out a random card and use it as the start of my new blog post.

Honestly, this infographic brought up a few ideas that I hadn’t visited in a while and I hope it will do the same for you!

For example, interviewing someone is a GREAT way to come up with a blog post while also networking with people. Even better, find someone and interview each other for mutual benefit!

Tips from me…

I used to write a lot for Ezine Articles. I don’t as much as I used to, but I still visit their blog all of the time. Their blog is pretty amazing.

Ezine Articles really supports their writers and offers a lot of great information. You can learn about formatting articles, coming up with ideas for articles, writing headlines, grammar and spelling, and so much more on their blog. When I was newer to writing I spent HOURS there everyday learning.

One of my favorite set of blog posts they have is their series of article templates. In fact, I loved them so much I even bought a product from EZA called Deck of Card Templates. Basically, each card has an article template on it and some tips. This is another great way for me to get inspired. I pick a card and use that template. It gets me going and is just the kick start I need usually. Of course, when I bought them they were only about $15.

That is it for now. I’m planning a second blog post about this same subject some time next week, so please watch for it!

In the comments below:

How do you come up with comment ideas for content?

Do you struggle with coming up with new and unique ideas?

Do you have any strategies you would like to share?

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  1. Caught this off your tweet and thought I’d check it out. I used to struggle, especially when I have to write “keyword-centric” stuff for some of my content writing clients. Lately, thanks to @tiffanydow Blogging challenge I’m getting all kinds of inspiration. Sometimes a blog creates a question that hasn’t been answered. Others are ideas that kind of take a tangent off the post. Really has been helpful.
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