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Top 5 Places to Look For Blog Topics

Posted by on 18th Jun 2012 | 5 comments
If you are actively building and maintaining your online presence, you may find yourself any given day with a myriad of sites that are awaiting to be populated with your brilliant content and insights.  Your blog begs to be fed, along with your Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, WordPress, Guest Blog sites, etc.  With content reigning supreme, there’s no end to the amount of content needing to be created.

There’s only one caveat – just like you, everyone else has the exact same idea and plan.  In order to differentiate yourself from the masses, it’s essential for you to stand out.  But how do you stand out in an era where everything’s already been said?

Coming up with excellent ideas for blog topics can determine whether your writing efforts will be rewarded or flushed down the toilet.  Writing the same old boring articles will not capture people’s attention.  Instead you have to research to find excellent sources of ideas and information and present them in a compelling manner.

With these goals in mind, your search for topics should take internet buzz, keywords, trends and SEO (search engine optimization) into account. The following 5 sources for blog topics may assist you in breaking that writer’s block while providing you with hot, searchable, traffic-generating content to either enhance an existing blog or launch a new one.

1. Google & Google News

Google has a host of tools that can help you identify your next blog topic and if you have at least a starting point in terms of a topic or area of focus, and a working knowledge in search engine analytics then Google’s tools, when used properly, can really help identify topics and capture traffic.  Be sure to use very specific and descriptive long tail keywords to uncover content gold.  Additionally, try identifying a list of top sites, then do site: searches in google for your keywords to find relevant articles originating from your target site.

Venture also to Google news to search for what’s trending around your industry.  You can even set alerts so you can get breaking news right to your inbox.

2. Alltop.com & Technorati

These agreggators surf the web for popular sites and topics and present them all in one place.  What’s even better is that you can search for your keyword and get summaries of content specific to your industry.

3. Twitter

Following tweets and trends can give you immediate feedback on what’s going on not only on the internet but around the world. Many authors and writers are only just beginning to tap into the potential of utilizing Twitter to help them identify topics of discussion.

4. Facebook & Google Plus

If you are not “friends” with the majority of your blog readers, Facebook still offers a way to get the pulse of the internet masses.  Identify some of the top names in your industry and “friend” them.  Then watch the content they post and the comments made by their readers.  Follow enough big names and you will be inundated with articles and ideas.

5. Your Life

As many authors will tell you, write what you know. Your own experiences, interests and observations will always impart your blogs with a certain legitimacy and connection that you won’t get from using all of the resources above for identifying blog topics.  Maybe you have recently solved a problem or challenge or you have a very marketable skill (beyond writing) that you could share with others. Even if the blog is of a more personal nature, it may help to display a human nature to your blog and help readers to connect and/or relate.

This guest post was written by Marcela De Vivo, who enjoys writing and learning about social media marketing.  She works with Process Sensors Intl and spends her spare time reading, writing, and watching Gossip Girl.

Zac Johnson is a online marketer with 15 years of experience and also a blogger at ZacJohnson.com, as well as the founder of BloggingTips.com. You can also follow me on Twitter and Facebook

5 comments - Leave a reply
  • Posted by sriram on 18th Jun 2012

    Alltop.com & Technorati are really nice source to fetch latest tech update.

  • Posted by Glori | Crazy Introvert on 19th Jun 2012

    My life is definitely the source of inspiration for most of my posts! Never tried number 2 though. Thanks for the tip!
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  • Posted by Darin Spears on 19th Jun 2012

    I have been personally using the Google News and I find it most effective as you can really search for some latest info and the posts that you will create will be fresh for everyone around! So essentially you will be posting the latest & the fresh topics, which will eventually help you in increasing your traffic!
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  • Posted by Andi the Minion on 19th Jun 2012

    I regularly use Google Alerts for finding great ideas and content, failing that I watch the Twitter posts and Facebook posts that I receive daily. Plenty of great post ideas in them. I try not to ‘go looking’ for inspiration otherwise I lose a lot of time. I have it delivered to me so to speak. Ideas on tap ;-)

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  • Posted by jason stewart on 19th Jun 2012

    I am new to blogging and been looking for information on how to make the most of my blogs..this is very helpful. thanks alot..

    Jason S