If you are passionate about the topic of your blog (or a niche site), you will find it easy to come up with twenty, thirty, fifty topics for your blog posts. But after a while, it may become a little harder to generate blog post ideas and we may need a bit of stimulation from time to time.
Before we even get to the core of today’s post, here is an important tip.
When you are passionate about your niche, you will often be getting ideas seemingly out of the blue. Make sure you write them down. And if you have any starting points for the topic in mind, write them down too. You need to do it as soon as the idea comes, while it’s still fresh in your mind.
Also, if you have customers or email subscribers, make sure to write down any questions they may have asked, which can often become great starting points for another piece of content.
You will most likely find that as you immerse yourself in your new blog more and more, the ideas will be coming more and more often.
Having said that, if you need some stimulation for your creativity or you simply get stuck, below are several free tools that I have found useful.
For the purpose of illustration, we will look for what comes up around the topic of juicing throughout all of our examples below.
Let’s open the Google Trends tool in our browser and see what people are searching for in relation to juicing.
These are the most popular searches performed by people around the world. If you refresh the page in a few minutes, the results may be different. Also note that only the first 5 queries are shown, so make sure to scroll for all of them.
We have: celery juice benefits, juicing sweet potatoes, juicing vs smoothies, juicing for beginners, juicing for diabetics.
This should give us plenty ideas.
The reason Google Trends tool is so brilliant is that it will show you what people are actively searching for.
Of course you can use more than one keyword or phrase to search in order to get even more ideas.
You can repeat this search once a day and you will get plenty more ideas each day. As I’m writing this post, I came back to this tool the next day and found some interesting searches I haven’t seen earlier: is juicing bad for you, best apples for juicing, green leaf juicing company, is juicing worth it, juicing while breastfeeding, juicing for high blood pressure, side effects of juicing, juicing on a budget.
These are real searches by real people and they should give you plenty of great blog post topic ideas.
We can also utilise the suggestion tool that Google has built into its search box. Type your keyword or phrase, then just a single space and wait for Google suggestion tool to reveal some suggestions based on the most popular searches.
As you can see, some of them could be used for blog post ideas.
I tried the same search the next day and got some new suggestions, not seen above: juicing recipes for skin, juicing recipes for weight loss, juicing recipes for energy.
I will sometimes also type in a single letter after the space, to get even more suggestions. For example, I typed ‘juicing a’ without quotes, and the Google suggest tool returned: juicing apples, juicing and aloe vera, juicing and cancer, juicing and intermittent fasting, and more.
While we are still in Google, they have one more tool you may find useful, Google Alerts. It may be used for many purposes of course.
I created alert for the keyword juicing, to see what kind of alerts I would receive and if they could give me some inspiration for blog post titles. I selected blogs and video as sources for this quick test.
To get regular alerts (daily, weekly, or as it happens) you need to enter you email as well. However, for the purpose of this test, the preview that is generated on the same page was all I needed.
This is a partial screenshot of the preview. It comes with links to the sources, if you want to dig deeper.
I’m sure if I had a blog in the juicing niche, the above list would spark some ideas.
Youtube is a huge source of information. I use their search box for ideas as well as education. It’s great and it’s likely to show you what’s popular at the moment in regards to your keyword or phrase. Let’s type juicing in the search box just to see if we can get some potential ideas. Before you hit the enter button, pay attention to their suggestions as well. Even though Google owns Youtube, their suggestions will not completely overlap as this is a video search engine. Sure enough, one of the suggested searches for juicing came as ‘juicing vs blending’, which we haven’t seen above.
When you get the search results, pick some of the popular videos and notice their titles. Next, click on each of those videos and notice what other related videos Youtube suggests you might be interested in. Look at those titles. This way you will get plenty more ideas. Let’s see.
This is one of the top results for juicing. It’s a pretty popular video, watched by half a million people. I can already get at least three potential topics to write about: “juicing, what you need to know before you begin”, “7 major benefits of juicing” and “5 yummy juicing recipes that are good for your weight”. I could go on with this, but I’m sure you get the idea. Just make sure you write down all your ideas the moment you get them. This is critical.
Now, let’s click on the above link to see what other related suggestions Youtube will give us.
This is just a partial screenshot, but it already gives me more ideas. How about “my 3 favourite juice recipes for gym days”, “one simple trick to make sure your green juice tastes as great as it looks”, “do you throw out best nutrients with the pulp?”.
You will never run out of ideas just using Google and Youtube alone. But wait, there is plenty more…
If you like the tools so far, you will probably like Reddit even more. When we type juicing into the search bar, we get dozens of subreddits:
Each of these subreddits can be explored further, just by clicking on it. This is plenty material to keep your creative juices flowing (indeed).
Qoura is a wonderful site where questions are asked and answered by the user community on all sort of topics imaginable. When you are just looking for ideas and inspiration, you can search by keyword, or by subject.
I typed juicing in the search box and hundreds of results came back. If you just browse through the list of questions, it’s impossible not to get some ideas for a blog post.
You can also apply filters to your search results. For example you can narrow it down to the past hour, past day, past week, etc.
You can also browse by topic and even by alphabetical listing that is available at the bottom of the page. It’s a great tool and you can ask your own questions too.
Yahoo Answers is still quite a popular place that gets used by many to ask questions and for research. Let’s see if we can get some inspiration for our keyword here.
First of all we notice that Yahoo Answers has a suggestion tool similar to Google’s.
Looking at these suggestions we can see some interesting questions. Do I leave the skin on? What do I do with the pulp? Did anyone use juicing to cure cancer? Should you boil a beetroot prior to juicing it? And more. Quite interesting. I take it these are the real questions from their database.
Let’s hit search and see some results that way.
We got many pages of results with some interesting questions being asked. Don’t just browse the questions though, read some of the answers also. That way you may also stumble across something you didn’t know and learn something new. Or you may simply get more ideas. The same goes for Quora of course.
While we are at Yahoo, notice that they also have a suggestion tool built into their search engine.
If you like, you can repeat the trick we did earlier for Google and type in ‘juicing a’, ‘juicing b’, etc. without the quotes, as shown above. Of course use your own keyword, from your own niche.
Answer the Public
Answer the Public is a tool that will show you what people are actually interested in, what questions they ask, etc.
Let’s type ‘juicing’ into their search box and see what kind of results we get back.
We got 153 questions returned, and above is a partial screenshot of the search results. That’s plenty of ideas to work with. Many would make a good blog post topic (and a good title).
But that’s not all. You can click on any of the questions and you will be taken to a Google results page for this very search string. How convenient.
Another section I find very interesting, this tool returned 78 comparisons for juicing. Partial screenshot below.
These are also clickable and each one will take you to a Google results page.
Further down the page you get well over 300 alphabetical listing like this:
That’s dozens if not hundreds of ideas brewing right there.
Some results will be better than others and unfortunately they don’t give us any volume data for the search strings. But that’s an easy fix. Let’s have a look at a free tool called Keywords Everywhere which I will cover in more details soon.
[Note: Keywords Everywhere no longer has the free version available. It’s now a paid tool, although very reasonably priced.]
Here is a sample screenshot from Answer the Public, with the Keywords Everywhere installed:
You can see the monthly search volume numbers next to each phrase. Very handy if you hunt for long tail keywords with low volume and low competition. But that’s a topic for another day.
Let’s look at Keywords Everywhere in more detail now.
All you have to do is install the add-on on your Firefox or Chrome browser, called Keywords Everywhere. [Unfortunately, it’s no longer free.]
Every time you search in Google, you will see the volume right under the search bar. For example, when we search for ‘juicing to lose belly fat’, we see the Keywords Everywhere volume of 170 searches per month:
But that’s not all this little tool is useful for. On each Google results page it will also give you keyword suggestions, with search volume. So, for the above search, it gave us plenty more suggestions (partial screenshot):
You can also set the minimum volume to get the keyword highlighted. Mine is currently set to 1,000.
Where Google gives you their own keyword suggestions, at the bottom of their results page, Keywords Everywhere will also stick their volume data next to each keyword:
Have a good look at the screenshot above. We just got a keyword with 90,500 monthly searches: how to lose belly fat.
We started with ‘juicing to lose belly fat’, which only gets 170 searched per month, and we spotted a related keyword which gets over 90,000 monthly searches.
We also found ‘juicing recipes for weight loss’ with 6,600 monthly searches and ‘juicing recipes for health’ with 2,900 monthly searches.
Without this little tool we would never know just by looking at the results page.
You can also export the results to a CSV file and open it in your favourite spread sheet. That’s pretty darn good for a free browser add-on if you ask me.
I have it turned on most of the time and every time I search in Google I make a point of quickly looking at both the keyword suggestions and the search volumes returned by this useful plugin.
Ubersuggest is another free keyword tool, that was recently acquired and revived by Neil Patel. You may find it useful for keyword research, as it also gives search volume counts.
However, for the purpose of our subject at hand, I wanted to see what blog post Ideas I could get out from it for the keyword ‘juicing’.
It returned 894 keyword ideas based on Google’s own keyword planner tool and Google Suggest. I sorted it by volume, as you can see above.
We got some usual suspects at the top there, that would probably be covered by most blogs and niche sites about juicing. This is quite frankly expected, as these are the searches with most keyword volume.
To get some interesting ideas you will need to browse through the whole list. As a shortcut, I sorted the list again, by competition in reverse order (ie. from lowest to highest competition).
Browsing in this order will mean that you are likely to see the long phrases first, as they tend to have less competition. So this way you could get to the interesting ideas quicker if you are in a hurry. However, you probably should not rush through it and just take your time to write down anything of interest.
Better still, export all results to a file and analyse them whenever you need inspiration.
Out of 894 keyword ideas in the above list any blogger or niche site owner in the juicing or related niche (healthy eating, vegan, weight loss, etc.) should be able to find plenty of inspiration.
BuzzSumo will show you most-shared posts on any keyword imaginable. Although it’s a paid tool (and not exactly cheap), they also have a free version that will only show you about ten results. The good news is that this will be the top results, as the most-shared posts will be shown first. You only get to do a few free searches before your daily limit expires, but it’s quick and it’s free.
Let’s type juicing into the search bar and below is the result I got:
There were actually two or three more results, I just did not include them in the screenshot.
Some results will not be relevant, such as “Juicing your cameras with math”. However most of the other results could spark an idea for a blog post.
Also remember that your keyword can also be a phrase. It does not have to be a single word. So for juicing we could use ‘juicing benefits’, or ‘vegetable juicing’ as a starting point.
This site has got a free ideas generator, although it will only show you 5 results at a time. When I entered juicing in their search box, here is what I got back:
Okay, some ideas look a bit quirky, but it could still prompt some blog post topics to write about. For example, “how to solve the three biggest problems with juicing” (just making it up, I don’t really know much about this topic). Or “9 common misconceptions about juicing”. Or “7 things about juicing your doctor wants you to know”.
You get the idea.
Portent’s Content Idea Generator
This is a funny little tool that can spark some ideas and even make you smile as a bonus. You type a keyword in and it returns a suggestion. When you are ready to see the next suggestion, just click on that search button again.
Here are just a couple of sample results for the keyword juicing:
Some results may help you get some ideas of your own, others can make you smile, even though they may not be very useful. Some will be just plain silly and grammatically incorrect. You will need to try it once just for fun.
Reading other blogs in your niche
When you read other blogs in your niche (or in a very closely related niche), you are almost guaranteed to get some great ideas for your future posts. Let’s say that you are reading a post about 5 benefits of using juicers. While you are reading this post, you just got an idea to write a post comparing the top 7 juicers currently on the market.
When you are passionate about your niche, that’s how ideas tend to come, seemingly out of nowhere at times. Just make sure you always write them down.
It may be that you saw a blog post on a particular topic on another blog and you are thinking to yourself that they really didn’t make a good job of covering that topic and that you could do it a lot better. Guess what. You just got yourself a blog post idea. Just make sure your blog post is indeed much better, much more in-depth, much more interesting, etc.
Reading FAQ pages in your niche
Frequently asked questions in your niche can often uncover some great ideas and some important issues other people have asked about.
There is a quick way of locating most of such pages with the help of our friend Google. Just type in this string: ‘inurl:faq <keyword>’ (without quotes and without brackets). So for our juicing keyword it would look like this:
This simple search uncovered a ton of FAQ pages that have at least something to do with juicing. Plenty of opportunities for inspiration.
Visit the biggest, most active forums in your niche. Look at what questions people ask. You are almost guaranteed to walk away with some great ideas each time you do this.
If you don’t know what the forums in your niche are yet, you will need to do some searching in Google first. Keep it simple: juicing forums is all you need to type in initially to see what comes up.
You may need to do some digging in order to find the largest and most active forums in your niche. The good news is, it shouldn’t take too long and you only need to do it once. Then just visit those forums when you need to. You don’t need a ton of forums either. Just find two or three in your niche that are very active and have plenty of posts and discussions going on every week.
However, if you are not very disciplined, this could become a time thief. So, if you do visit, make sure you stay focused.
Your favourite social media site
Visit your favourite social media site (Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, etc.) and visit the groups/communities in your niche. Just like with forums, you will need to stay focused. You are there just to get some inspiration for the next few blog post topics and get out. You don’t want to get sucked into the vortex and waste hours of you precious time.
You can probably tell I’m not a big fan of forums and social media sites. Not that there is anything wrong with them necessarily. It’s just that they can be real time thieves.
Amazon catalogue of books is a fantastic tool to get blog post ideas. Simply search in books and then browse the results, the titles, read the descriptions, read the reviews. Pay attention to the number of reviews and the overall rating. A book with just a couple of reviews is not likely to be as popular as a book with hundreds of reviews, unless it’s just been released.
When you read the reviews, you need to put your detective hat on. Don’t just read the positive reviews, or you will potentially miss a lot. By reading the negative reviews you will find out what topics people were hoping to find covered, what issues they were hoping to get resolved.
You can find some real gold that way.
For the keyword juicing, over 2,000 books are listed on Amazon. Amazing.
The one about juicing for beginners has 4 stars, which means that not every buyer left a 5 star review. Let’s see if we can uncover some interesting ideas in the negative reviews.
One reviewer said: “If you’re an on-the-go person with no time to study the book, PASS on this book.” The complaint was that the book was poorly organised and it was difficult to locate the recipes. However, what immediately jumps out is an idea for a blog post on something like: “5 healthy juicing recipes for very busy people”. Or how about: “If you are on the go, you may find this quick juicing tip priceless”.
If you have a niche site, where you promote physical products, you can also use the Amazon site to search for great products to promote. The obvious place to start would be to browse the most popular products in your niche with the best ratings and read the reviews.
If you search for juicing under appliances, Amazon comes back with over 400 results. Plenty to chose from.
Another cool feature Amazon has is a Look Inside feature. When you are on a specific book page and see this icon just above the cover photo, it will allow you to look inside the book.
Just click on the cover and you will be able to see the first few pages and the Table of Contents. The Table of Contents is really where you want to have a good look when you look for inspiration.
Udemy is one of the most popular places for short online courses on almost any topic imaginable. You may be able to find some inspiration for blog post topic ideas by reading the course descriptions and particularly browsing each course’s curriculum list.
For our keyword juicing Udemy has currently more than 10 courses. Right away I see some ideas that other sources didn’t suggest: which fruits are high in pesticides and you should avoid; this can generate other ideas, such as: is it worth going organic? Hidden dangers in today’s fruit and veggies and how to avoid them; I’m sure you get the idea.
The other one that caught my eye is ‘best anti aging fruits’. I bet this would make a very popular blog post.
Bonus tip: How to easily get more ideas once your blog is established
Once your blog is established, the obvious thing would be to ask your blog audience or your email subscribers what pressing questions or issues they have that you might be able to cover in a future blog post. Depending on the size of your audience, you may get a whole bunch of useful ideas. If your blog is brand new, you do not have that luxury as the audience is pretty small initially, but definitely keep this in mind.
You should also be able to get some ideas from the comments your readers leave under each post.
Other idea-generating tips
If you are in juicing niche, what other related topics would your readers be interested in? How about vegan, vegetarian, blending, smoothies, healthy recipes, healthy eating habits, quit sugar, organic foods, losing weight, getting healthier? Just a few possibilities.
Then you can put any of these ideas through your favourite tools above and see what inspiration you can get.
If you are passionate about your niche, armed with these free tools you will never run out of ideas to blog about. The problem you are more likely to have now is that you have so many ideas you don’t know if you will be able to find the time to cover them all.
You are not likely to use all of these tools on a regular basis. You simply won’t have to.
Depending on your niche you may find that some of these tools are better than others and you will gravitate to a selected few.
The most important thing is to keep a notebook and write down all good topic ideas.
I’m sure you can now see how you will never run out of ideas to write about on your blog or niche site?
One final tip. When you have dozens of future post ideas written in your notebook, there is no such thing as writer’s block. When you are writing a post on a particular topic and really hit the wall, just let it go for a day or two. Write another post in the meantime. Come back to it later. Just pick and choose from your list. This is how you will get more and more creative every week, every month. By doing. You might call it getting in the zone.
Also make sure you write a little bit every day, weekends included if you can. Do it as regularly as you can. If you haven’t done much writing in a long time or think you are simply not good at writing, this one change will make a huge difference to your writing in a space of just weeks. I’m a convert, because I have seen the difference it made in my own writing.
If you haven’t already, please also read my post on the seven most popular blog post types.
Last but not least, if you have your own favourite tool for generating topic ideas and it’s not covered above, please let us know in the comments below.
Until next time. Stay focused.