5 brilliant tips on how to start a blog post with a bang 

start your blog post with a bang

Most blogs suck. 

You might have the most brilliant advice, but nobody reads it. 

The solution starts withthe start. 

A recent survey found that only 30% of readers make it to the end of a post. Just like a YouTube video – if you dont grab your readers attention in 3 seconds its sayonara.  

Theyre gone. 

In this post you will learn a 5 step approach to quickly retro fit old posts gathering digital dust, or tweak new posts to start working miracles.  

Lets jump in with some mind work on how to start a blog post.

1. Enter the conversation

To capture your readers’ attention you have to first enter the conversation going on in their mind (Robert Collier). In other words, grab their attention with something theyre already thinking about. 

– If youre a financial planner, tell me how to avoid costly mistakes.
– If youre a realtor, tell me how to make more money when I sell my home.
– If youre an IT consultant, tell me how to choose the best IT consultant. 

Not sure where to start? Start with a list of the most common questions your prospects ask you.

2. Get my attention

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This is keymake me stop and want to read more. Your reader found your latest post via your email or social media. But, theyre not committed yetwith the click of their mouse theyre gone – never to return to that post. 

So, hook them with bait that makes them hungry for more. 

Start with your first sentence. Its job is to get me to read your second sentence. And so on.  

In your #blog, the job of your first sentence is to get me to read your second sentence. And so on. Click To Tweet 

Dont force me to wade through a muddy dissertation. Instead, start with a bold statement, a bit of controversy or a question. 

For example, I could have started this post with something like: 

The problem with all too many blogs is that they fail to get the attention of readers and, as a result, dont drive traffic to your products or services. 

Ugh. 

Instead, I started with: 

Most blogs suck.

3. Tell me the Problem

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Heres a blogging secret. If the reader doesnt care about your topic, they wont care to read about it 

So, make it obvious. 

In the first 2 sentences you need to TELL ME THE PROBLEM you will solve. 

Here’s a blogging secret. If the reader doesn’t care about your topic, they won’t care to read about it. Click To Tweet 

Even better: choose only one problem to solve. 

Here are 3 examples from our blog:

1. In this post we tackled time management:
Lets get one thing straight. I waste time, you waste timeeveryone wastes time.

2. This post is all about getting more traffic:
And its time to get serious about your business and your blog. You want more trafficthe right traffic.

3. This post is about restarting your blog writing:
You havent published for at least a month – not so great.

4. Make a promise

Every salesperson worth his/her salt knows this. To keep your prospects attention you need to make a promise of what you have to offer. 

It could be as simple as Let me show you how we can fix that, or I think I have the perfect solution for you. 

Its no different in your blogonce you get my attention, tell me what comes next.  

For example, this post is about blog performance:
In this post were looking at super simple tune-ups to make your blog work better and, maybe, even a bit sexier. Sound good?

5. Please get to the point!

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The average time we see on our client’s blog posts is 2-3 times more than other pages.

Finally, a great blog gets to the point. 

You got my attention, you entered the conversation going on in my mind, you even described a problem you know I have – great! Now, get to the point and deliver the goods.  

The average visitor time on our clients websites is about one minute. The average time we see on their blog posts is more like 3 to 7 minutes. Wow! 

Your blog has the ability to stop readers from clicking away. Your blog can also drive traffic to your revenue pages.  

If you do it right. 

A few small changes to the start of your post can improve time on site, list growth – even conversion to sales.  

It all starts withthe start. 

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9 blog post ideas your audience will love

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There you are…blank screen, fingers poised over the keyboard, coffee going cold. Ugh. You need to get your next blog post written. But where to start?

In this article I’ll walk you through 9 ways to slice and dice your way to a brilliant blog salad. Follow this recipe and you’ll never run out of blog post ideas again.

First, you need to think about your main theme (the big problem you solve) and sub themes (individual solutions).

Let’s imagine you’re a realtor. Your main theme is that you list and sell homes.

Sub themes could be:

  • How to sell your home
  • How to buy a home
  • Money and financing
  • How to choose a realtor

From those four sub themes you can come up with hundreds of topics, all pointing back to your main theme. The idea is that whatever article your reader discovers on, it will point them back to what you sell.

Now, this might seem pretty obvious – right? But, the reality is that far too many personal brand blogs read more like a rambling diary, instead of a helpful guide that solves their clients’ problems.

The reality is there are lots of personal brand blogs that read more like a rambling diary, instead of a helpful guide that solves their clients’ problems. Click To Tweet

This article will get you back on track and converting readers to followers and followers to customers.

Let’s get started with our list of 9 blog post ideas.

1. The Opinion Post

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The opinion post lets readers know what you stand for, and how you solve problems

The Opinion post might be the most popular blog theme for personal brand blogs (like authors, consultants, coaches, public speakers). You take a stand.

The opinion post lets readers know what you stand for, how you solve problems—it separates you from the competition. At BlogWorks our goal is to get our clients more business (like this article “51 ways to get more business from your blog”) A pretty blog is nice for compliments, but a blog that attracts more business is even better. So our blog posts have centered around the opinion that if your blog isn’t bringing you business, it’s broken. Of course, there are hobby bloggers who could care less about traffic and results, but that’s not our market.

A pretty blog is nice for compliments, but a blog that attracts more business is even better. Click To Tweet

2. The Mistakes to Avoid Post

This is an easy one—build a blog post around a common mistake your clients make. This is also a powerful way to get attention, because your prospects will recognize you as a problem solver. Our post about procrastination was designed to help our readers and clients overcome their own challenges with getting stuff done.

3. The Facts and Statistics Post

Your blog can set you apart as an authority. One way to do that is by bringing important facts or statistics to your audience. It could be trends in your market, statistics that support a solution you offer (like % of employees that leave a company because of their boss).

9 blog topic ideas your audience will love

 

4. The Research Based Post

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Including research into your post makes you stand out as an authority

If you work in the areas of human development, personal success, fitness or mental health there are tons of articles documenting research that you can build a blog post around. You can also be a bit creative with the application of that research. For example, I once used the broken window phenomenon as a base for an article about productivity.

5. The Resources Post

What are tools, books, templates or software you rely on in your work or life that your readers would benefit from knowing about? As an authority, part of your brand could be as a problem solver and resource for clever solutions. At BlogWorks we like to share tips that are easy to implement and operate, like installing a Click to Tweet or Editorial Calendar plugin (watch the video).

6. The Question Post

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We are suckers for questions

Want to grab your readers’ attention? Ask a question (oh! I just did).

We are suckers for questions—we want to answer them and immediately engage in that topic. Start your blog with a question (even put the question in the headline) and you can stop readers long enough to get them reading (like in this example).

7. The Contrarian Post

This is a fun one for blog post ideas! Think of a problem you know your ideal client has and recommend the opposite. Of course, this has to make sense, but if you can get your reader’s attention (like this post about killing your To-Do list) you can present the solution you know they really need.

8. The Controversial Post

Take a stand and be noticed! In a world of vanilla blog posts you can be the maraschino caramel that stands out when you take a stand and be a little controversial. Think about a bold statement that got your audience’s attention in a recent sales presentation or the middle of a speech – that could be the start of a great blog post.

In a world of vanilla blogs you can be the maraschino caramel by being a little controversial Click To Tweet

9. The Warning Post

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The goal is the get your readers to stop skimming and grab their attention

And finally, there is the warning post. Like the mistakes to avoid (#2) post, the warning post helps your prospects avoid a common problem, but with a little punch. The goal is the get your readers to stop skimming and grab their attention. We did that with our “Excuse me, but your blog is boring!” post.

There you have it – 9 ways to repackage your main product and service topic to keep your readers coming back. And if your readers are coming back, they’re becoming followers – and followers build business.

Time to start writing!

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How to get more blog traffic (142%!)

How to get 142% more blog traffic

Let’s face it – if you have a blog you want traffic – right? But you need to know how to get more blog traffic.

It makes sense: more traffic equals more business…

In fact, companies that blog receive 55% more traffic than companies that don’t. And according to at least one study, 83% of consumers trust the advice of a blog.

The trick is to first get people to read your blog. And for that I have some help. In fact, I’ve used these same strategies to increase my blog traffic by 142% in one year. Not bad when you consider most blogs we watch trickle along with a modest 5-10% annual growth.

Before I get to my solutions on how to get more blog traffic, let me ask you a question:

Are you writing your content to be helpful?

Don’t get me wrong – it’s great that you want more business. But, if your blog is all about click-through rates and opting into lists – it will be obvious. Like the old saying: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck.

If your blog is all about click-through rates and opting into lists - it will be obvious. Like the old saying: If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck. Click To Tweet

Here’s the good news…

If you write your blog to be truly helpful – without expecting something in return – you will build a tribe and eventually get what you want. It might not be gangbusters overnight, but you will attract people who like your approach. That will happen.

With that caveat out of the way …

Here’s a quick summary of all 25 points on how to get more blog traffic – Slideshare style:

Here’s my favourite (all white-hat) 25 tips on how to get more blog traffic without breaking the bank or staying up all night.

  1. Know this is important work and publish on a regular basis. Once a month is much, much better than – as Tim Urban puts it: We publish every sometime.
  2. Write shorter posts. If you insist on writing Ulyssey’s-length essays you might be losing a lot of readers.
  3. Notice what works and do more of that (this is my fav. overall strategy – read this).
  4. Write in the second person (“you”, “your”, not “me”) – after all, every reader cares most about themself.
  5. Write about your failings. “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker.” Denis Waitley
  6. Share on social media (hey! we can do that for you).
  7. Take a risk – like write a short post (#2), admit you suck as something (#5), take a bold stand (#19), or start with a personal story (#24).
  8. Do (just a bit of) research. As a minimum, use a tool like buzzsumo to find top ranking blog posts on your topic.
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With a little strategy and some hard work I was able to increase my traffic 142% in one year.
  1. Be funny (at the very least choose a funny image.)
  2. Write stuff people will want to link to.
  3. Be remarkable.
  4. Don’t interrupt your writing with a lot of links (except for this post, of course.)
  5. Keep adding to your idea pile (I use Evernote and tag them as ‘unused blog posts’ to capture ideas on the fly.)
  6. Kill and bury old, low traffic blog posts. This is a good SEO strategy, but also good for your readers.
  7. Edit ruthlessly. Pro writer’s tip: don’t start editing until you have completed the first draft.
  8. Experiment with your blog on video, SlideShare, illustrations, cartoons or finger paint.
  9. Be patient! Great content with some promotion will attract the readers you want.
  10. Quote bloggers with big followings (then let them know on social media).
  11. Take a stand—a strong voice will cut through the Internet fog and, like a search light, will find the readers you want.
  12. Make it easy for readers to share your blog. We use the floating share button from sumo.
  13. Ask your readers to do something. Like add a comment, share the post or download a guide.
  14. Read lots of inspiring blogs. “If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.” Stephen King
  15. Don’t be boring. That’s worth repeating: don’t be boring. There.
  16. Tell stories.
  17. Assume every day is a new beginning because you always have new readers.

I know you’re reading this because you care. You care about results but you also care about helping people with your blog. That’s cool.

Knowing how to get more blog traffic can be confusing

Blogging is hard work.

Some months I struggle with every blog I write. Sometimes it’s hard to find the time, or the topic, or the damn thing just stalls out in the middle and I don’t know how to wrap it up in a meaningful way.

What keeps me going is knowing that __________ (fill in your monthly website traffic) people are coming into my “hotel room” to read what I wrote. And most of them are new (point #25). That’s a big and exciting responsibility, opportunity and role that I play.

If you’re up for that, I know these 25 tips and actions on how to get more blog traffic will help to fill your hotel room.

Thanks to Seth Godin for inspiring this short post. And Jeff Goins for adding to Seth’s post with his own list.

 

Want more help getting results with your blog? Check out these posts:

Tips and Encouragement for Bloggers who Doubt
21 Traffic Building Tips from Professional Bloggers
Build blog traffic while you sleep

(and our cool download “Get more blog traffic now”)

 

36 Blog Topics your Readers will Love

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We’ve all been there. You need to get the next blog post out, but you’re flat out of blog topic ideas and feel like you’ve already written about everything you know.

Not to worry.

Sometimes it just takes a new angle on an old story to get that spark you need to get new content flowing. And before you know it, you’ve got a unique post that readers love.

In this post we’ve compiled 36 blog post themes you can apply to just about any topic and have an original post people will want to share.

Here’s how it works.

Choose your blog topic.

Let’s say you write about leadership. Start with a leadership topic your followers frequently ask about.

Let’s pick delegation.

Choose your blog theme.

Next, scan the list of 36 themes below and choose a writing angle you haven’t used before.

Let’s pick:

1. Reasons that most _________ fail
8. The biggest misconception about _________
29. A quick checklist that will save you _________

Write a rough headline.

Once you have the theme for the post, create a rough headline to give the post some direction.

Let’s go with:

  • The reason most delegation fails (and how to avoid it).
  • The biggest misconception new managers have about delegation.
  • A quick checklist for your next delegation conversation.

Write your rough draft.

From here, have fun with this new angle to an old topic. You can start with a personal story or a story from a client of yours and then expand on the theme.

In short order, you’ll have a rough draft of a post with an interesting twist that will get your reader’s attention.

All of our most popular blog posts used these themes. Here are some examples:

Facebook Page vs Profile: Everything You Need To Know

What is the Ideal Blog Post Length?

4 Ways to Make Your Blog Images Pop

Now, it’s over to you.

Here’s the complete list of 36 blog post themes:


Opinion posts

  1. Reasons that most _________ fail
  2. Do’s and Don’t’s of _________
  3. One question that changed my _________
  4. My predictions for _________
  5. One purchase that chanced my life
  6. What most people don’t know about _________

Experience/Expertise

  1. ## steps to becoming _________
  2. The biggest misconception about _________
  3. Why I _________ and you should as well
  4. Why I will never _________
  5. One goal we all need to have
  6. How one conversation changed _________

Aspirational/Inspirational

  1. How thinking different can get you _________
  2. The books that impacted me the most
  3. How _________ changed my thinking forever
  4. What success really means
  5. ## great examples of _________
  6. One daily routine that _________

Learning

  1. How to discover _________
  2. Why a survey can _________
  3. ## ways to discover your _________
  4. How to buy your next _________
  5. ## TED talks that changed my life
  6. How to read better and faster

Mistakes to avoid

  1. ## mistakes you want to avoid when _________
  2. The biggest mistake that taught me _________
  3. How to avoid _________
  4. How to know if you are _________
  5. A quick checklist that will save you _________
  6. What I learned from _________

Getting better

  1. What I learned when I first _________
  2. My experience _________ and lessons learned
  3. What I discovered when I _________
  4. How to change from _________ to _________
  5. One habit that every one needs to _________
  6. Feeling stuck? ## ways to _________

5 Blog Post Types That Will Keep Your Readers Coming Back

Are you struggling to keep your readers coming back? Are you afraid that your content is boring and aren’t sure how to turn it around?

We’ve all been there. It gets tough writing so many similar blog posts, sometimes we just can’t figure out what else there is to write. Don’t worry; if it’s your goal to get a good following this year, the fact that you’re reading this shows you’re on the right track.

Let’s take a look at five blog post types you can use to keep your readers coming back.

1.    How-To Posts

How-to posts are arguably the most popular posts for an important reason: they bring the most value to readers. Whether the post is teaching you how to crochet, bake a cake, or wax your car, it’s packed with valuable information that your reader may not be able to find elsewhere.

You could also film yourself doing whatever it is you’re writing about and put it at the end of the article telling them if they want to see you put these steps into action, to watch the video. Pictures are another great source of information and will help your readers along the way.

Make sure that you’re being as specific as possible when writing these posts. Your readers are looking to learn from these types of articles. They may even bookmark it to come back again!

2.    List Posts

Get more traffic with these blog post types

Guess what? You’re reading a list post right now! List posts are great because they allow you to write as little or as much as you’d like, while easily breaking each section up. This makes list posts extremely easy to follow.

The best part about list posts is that each section is different from the last. This is great for readers who find themselves getting bored very easily when reading the same thing over and over. List posts are able to hold the attention of your readers and, if you’re good at them, you’ll leave your readers wanting more.

3.    News Posts

News blog post type

If you have a decent following on your blog and want to keep your readers updated on what’s happening in your industry, a news post will do the job perfectly. While news posts are wanted, you have to be on top of what’s going on. After all, no one wants to hear about yesterday’s news.

On the flip side, you could talk about the history of your industry. For example, DesignHill created a cool post on the history of logos. The main point? Try to think outside the box.

4.    Roundup Posts

Roundup posts are great for not only your readers, but you, too! They give you a chance to become closer to bloggers, leverage other bloggers’ content, and even allow you to create great content while providing great content! It’s a win-win for all involved.

Check out the post we wrote on how to write a great roundup post if you want to learn more!

5.    Case Study Posts

Blog post types - Case study example

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Case study posts are incredibly beneficial to readers. This is because people want to know that they can relate to others. Meaning, if someone has a problem going on in their life and they hear that someone else went through the same problem, they’re more likely to listen to what the other person did/said.

Case studies are real life examples shown to the reader in a step-by-step process in a scientifically detailed way. They end in a conclusion which tells the reader what the results were of said case study.

If you want more info, check out this article from Kissmetrics on how to create a great case study!

Conclusion

Knowing what to write about is one of the biggest struggles bloggers face. Hopefully, these blog post types helped spark new ideas for your blog.

If you still don’t know what to write about, head over to our guide to blog topic idea generation.

We hope that you found these tips and tricks helpful. If you have any questions or more ideas to add, leave a comment below!

How to Write an Amazing Roundup Post

How to write an amazing roundup post

Have you ever seen a roundup post?

If you haven’t, they are essentially “roundups” of great content in a particular industry. For example, “10 Brilliant Blogging ‘How-To’ Posts You MUST Read” would be a roundup of, well, 10 blogging how-to posts that other people have written.

Why would you want to write a roundup post?

  • Build a relationship with other bloggers.
  • Get those bloggers to share your content, meaning increased traffic.
  • Become an authority in your niche by providing amazing content.
  • Leverage other people’s content – less work for you!

Without further ado, let’s learn how to write a roundup!

Steps to Write an Amazing Content Roundup Post

Alright, let’s go over some of the basics first. Here we go…

Step #1: Find some great posts

You can’t write a roundup without great content to share. You probably already read other blogs in your niche – start with your favorite posts you’ve recently come across. Add them to a spreadsheet.

From there, you can branch out a bit. Search well-known blogs in your industry for their best stuff. Use a tool like BuzzSumo to find articles with a high share count. You can also use a tool like Klout to find popular articles.

Roundup Content Using Klout

Remember: Quality > Quantity. We only want a handful of truly great articles.

If you’re really struggling, search StumbleUpon to find some golden nuggets.

To help find posts in the future, set up a Feedly account and follow all the best blogs. You’re sure to find great content that way.

Step #2: Write the post and cite the authors

When curating content like this, you want to make sure you cite the authors. After all, the whole purpose is to get them to (hopefully) share it with their followers and bring you traffic.

Don’t just say “this post” or “a post I found”. Instead, say “This post by XYZ author talks about how to do XYZ.” Say the authors name or the blog’s name, and link to their homepage if available.

Remember: The better you make the author look, the greater the chance they’ll share the post.

For example, look how Chris Garrett gives loads of credit to Digg – even so far as using their name as a header.

Content Roundup Example

Step #3: Be consistent

While you don’t have to publish more than one roundup post, an ongoing blog post every week or every month will bring in more traffic. If you do a weekly roundup, publish it the same time every week. Your followers will begin to expect it and come back.

Step #4: Reach out to the authors

After writing your post, don’t forget to tell the authors about it. You can send them an email or tag them on social media.

When writing an email, try something like this (customizing the brackets):

Subject: I loved your blog post

Body:

“Hey, [Name]!

I’m writing you to let you know I really enjoyed reading your post, [Post Title]. I particularly enjoyed the part about [something you liked about their article].

In fact, I liked it so much that I added it to my [weekly] roundup on [roundup topic]. You can check it out here:

[Link to roundup post]

I’d love to get your opinion on it!

Cheers,

[Your Name]

P.S. Here’s a handy pre-populated tweet if you’d like to share it.”

Note: You can create the pre-populated tweet using Click to Tweet.

Content Roundup Post Examples

Finally, here are a few examples of big blogs using content roundups to help give you some inspiration:

Conclusion

While content roundups are sometimes seen as a cheap way to get views, doing them right will get you authority and traffic, hands down. As long as you only deliver quality content and actually handpick the content you show, you’ll do just fine.

Will you start writing content roundups now? Share them in the comments to help inspire other readers!

How to Use Evernote to Collect Your Blog Ideas

Last week, we talked about where to get inspiration for your next blog post.

This week, we’ll be teaching you how to use Evernote to collect those blog ideas as they come. If you didn’t know, Evernote is a free note-taking software that syncs between all of your devices – which means you can capture ideas on your home computer, work computer, or on the go with your phone.

Why should you collect your blog ideas when you find them? Because it’s easy to come up with a great idea, think “I’ll write it down later”, then lose it forever. With the method I’m about to show  you, you won’t have to worry about ever losing another great idea again. Woohoo!

Let’s dive in.

Setting Up Evernote

First of all, if you haven’t already, go download Evernote. (Don’t worry – it’s free.)

Once you’ve got that installed, I highly recommend you also download the Evernote browser extension (they call it their “Web Clipper”). Without the web clipper, you’ll need to take screenshots and copy-paste, so it’s much easier to have it.

Finally, for the fully-immersed Evernote experience, go download their mobile app. (This isn’t required for what I’m going to show you, but it does let you do it from your phone as well as your computer.)

Got everything installed? Time for the fun part.

Saving Blog Ideas

First, find a cool web page that inspires you. If you don’t have one in mind, these posts cover some great ideas:

Got your blog post ready? Now it’s time to clip something that gave you an idea! You have a few options:

  • Select the text you want to save
  • Take a screenshot of the part of the article that inspired you
  • Bookmark the page
  • Save the whole article into your Evernote

Using Evernote to Save Blog Ideas

Notice you can also add tags to help you when searching your notes, remarks (aka comments) to capture your thoughts about each piece you save and organize everything into folders. I highly recommend taking advantage of each of these features so you know what idea the post gave you and don’t have trouble finding it when you need it.

Conclusion

Evernote is an excellent way to keep track of your odd blog post ideas. It’s easy to use and organize, and it’s free. What more can you ask for?

Don’t forget to check out last week’s post on finding blog topic ideas, as it pairs perfectly with this one!

What system do you use to keep track of your blog topic ideas? Will you be using Evernote? Let us know in the comments below!

Where to Get Blog Topic Ideas & Inspiration

Blog topic ideas and inspiration

It can be tough to find blog topic ideas. We’ve all been there – staring at a blinking cursor, waiting for words to come out. Then…

Nothing.

Your brain just doesn’t want to give you any ideas. It’s like all your creativity is just zapped away.

It happens to the best of us. My advice?

Get away from the blinking cursor of doom!

The longer you sit and stare, the less likely you are to come up with anything useful. Instead, go do something else. In fact, here are four “something elses” you can try:

Read Other Content for Blog Topic Ideas

Often times, my best ideas come while reading. In fact, most of the world’s billionaires (and millionaires) have one thing in common: They all read. A lot. Heck, Warren Buffet says he reads eight hours a day. Eight hours!

If billionaires need other people’s words to come up with ideas, what hope do we have? Do yourself a favor and start reading. Some things you can read include:

  • Fiction books (You shouldn’t just read books in your subject matter!)
  • Business books (I highly recommend The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale and Adweek Copywriting Handbook by Joe Sugarman)
  • Other blogs, either in your niche or a different subject entirely

I often find I get inspiration that not only fills me with blog topic ideas but also motivates me to get started on them right away!

Related Reading: Write killer blog posts with this template

Watch videos

Just as reading helps stimulate the brain to connect new ideas, so too does watching educational videos. When I say educational, that doesn’t mean they have to be boring! I find TED talks to be both informative and fascinating.

Some of my favorite TED talks include:

You can also check out some YouTube channels, like What I’ve Learned or ASAP Science. Be warned, though – you might start with one video, then spend hours watching them!

Ask Your Blog Readers

This is one of my personal favorite ways to get new blog topic ideas. You can send a survey to your readers using a tool like Typeform or SurveyMonkey, or take a poll on Twitter.

This helps in two ways:

  1. You get to know exactly what your readers want to read about, so you won’t be shooting in the dark with topics.
  2. You’ll learn more about your readers, which will help you develop better content and engage with them.

Finally, if none of these things work, think about movies.

Get Takeaways From Movies

Have you ever been inspired by a movie? Motivated to take a stand?

Movies are powerful like that because they are stories with lessons to be taken away. Think back to the last time you felt motivated by a movie, then think of the message behind that. What’s at the core of that story? Can you write a post about that?

One time this happened to me was after watching a movie starring Will Smith and his son: The Pursuit of Happyness. It made me think of perseverance and doing something to better those around you, not just yourself. Plenty to be written about that!

Conclusion

If you’re feeling stuck, get away from the keyboard and break out a book. Do something entirely different. Give your brain some “food for thought”.

Of course, there are many other ways to get blog topic ideas – talk with friends or colleagues about it, go for a walk, get some exercise – but, the point is that thinking harder simply won’t work. That’s like telling your fireplace you’ll supply the wood once it supplies the fire. It’s backward!

I hope you’ve found these tips helpful. What have you done to give yourself blog post ideas? Let us know in the comments!

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