It’s tough coming up with blog post ideas, day after day, week after week, month after month. We’re all busy, and who has time to spare nowadays. You need ideas quickly.
But the other challenge bloggers have is how much can you write about your topic and still keep it interesting?
Honestly, the answer is A LOT!
But you have to have a strategy for how to find great blog post ideas and then have a plan for actually getting the posts written in a timely manner.
Here’s what busy bloggers do.
They Keep Up With Niche Trends
Coming up with blog post ideas are easy if you can keep up with trends.
Things constantly change, that’s true for anything, even in your small niche, so it’s important to keep up with what’s happening. This way you’ll always have new things to create great content around.
These are things that will help you keep us with recent trends in your niche:
Use Social media
Social media will help you get updates from experts and influential people within your niche.
- What are they saying?
- Who is saying it?
- Is there any controversy going on?
Social media is a good way to interact with friends and colleagues by asking questions and getting their thoughts.
Sign up To Online Newsletters and/or RSS Feeds
Sign up to receive newsletters from your favorite industry leaders and information providers.
If you get enough email, use their RSS feeds and pick out what you want to read on your mobile device when you have a few minutes in the doctors office or waiting in line somewhere.
Subscribe to print media and publications
I don’t read everything from the web, I like to read printed publications on occasion too. That way I get a more well rounded variety of ideas. I’ll even spend a little time in the book store looking over books, periodicals and whatever I can find related to my niche. It’s also way of getting out and clearing your head.
Jot down ideas and Make Notes
Do you ever wake up in the middle of the night and think of a great idea? Well maybe it’s just me, but ideas often hit you when you least expect them.
Also, I never feel guilty about watching TV because I get tons of ideas just by watching commercials, infomercials and even just regular TV shows. If you can keep your business on your mind in whatever you do, you’ll be amazed as how ideas will just pop in your head.
For those reasons, it’s a good ideas to keep a notepad handy or your iphone close by so that you can get your thoughts down when they come to you.
Blog Posts Ideas for Busy Bloggers
Now that you’re up on some of the trends and what’s going on within your niche, these are ways to use those ideas to create interesting blog posts and get them written quickly, even if you’re a slow writer.
1. Publish responses to questions you ask
Pose questions to your social circles like Twitter, Facebook or Google+, and publish the responses you get. Then add your own personal thoughts and ideas.
2. Repurpose your Content
I’ve been writing my blog now for over 5 years and there’s lots of content out there. In fact, if I go back a couple of years and look at some of my original writing, it’s not nearly as good as my writing is today, our writing does improve over time
I’ll often go back and pick out a older post and look for a new angle in the title, create a different focus keyword and expand on the topic. This is a lot easier to do than creating a completely new post from scratch because I have more wisdom and expertise I can add to it. I can create a new blog post using this method in about 3 minutes.
3. Spread the Link Love
Google likes it when we link out to other relevant sites. So a great way to link to relevant sites is to comment on them.
Getting back to our idea of knowing what’s happening within your industry, keep tabs on blog posts and articles that catch your attention. So instead of writing a full blown post yourself, create a blog post where you link to these blog posts or articles and add a personal comment of your own to each one.
In the conclusion of your post ask readers to add their own comments.
4. Find Guest Bloggers to write your Post for you
Guest posting is hot right now. Bloggers love to guest post because it brings links to their blogs and expands their reach, but the real benefit to you is that it’s content you don’t have to create yourself.
To attract guest bloggers, post a page on your blog that invites guest blogs. Be clear about what you are looking for. To help you out, you’re welcome to use my guest blogging page as an example.
5. Publish Advice From Your Favorite Bloggers
Ask 5 or 6 people you like and follow in your niche and ask them to offer their advice on one specific question that you’d like to know.
I did this with a blog post I published last year on writing tips from the pros.
I asked 6 bloggers, experienced in creating blog content, a simple question via email, asking each of them to respond with their answers. Once they all sent me their replies, I created a post with their responses. I added their head shots and gave them a link back to their site.
They loved it, and I had unique, informative post to share with readers.
This type of post builds relationships within your industry. People get to connect with you and you build good will with the bloggers you posed the question to.
6. Tie in a Holiday
Just about every month of the year has some special significant day associated with it.
For instance, January is the start of the new year, February is the month for ‘Love’, March has St. Patrick’s Day, etc.
A great blog post idea would be to use each one of those ‘special’ days and relate it to your niche topic.
For example, November is our month to give thanks if you live in the U.S. You can use the topic of ‘Thanks’ to write what you are thankful for with relation to your business and your life, and ask readers to add the things they are thankful for.
7. Post Lists
People love lists. They’re easy to read, print out and bookmark. So give your readers a good list now and then.
For instance, a gift site might post a list of the ‘top ten holiday gifts for the following year. Here are a few more ideas:
- What you hope to accomplish this year.
- Favorite Bloggers in your niche.
- The things you hate or love about your industry.
- The ugliest blogs or blogs you find annoying in your niche (if you like controversy).
- List the kinds of things do you spend money on in your niche.
- List 10 weird things about you and invite readers to add their weird things.
8. Create a post that asks a popular industry question
Give your readers a chance to voice their opinions, people love that.
You could simply ask a question and jot a few quick thoughts you have on the topic and then invite readers to comment on their opinions. This will take you about 10 minutes at the most to create.
More Great Blog Post Ideas and one of my Favorites
Not everyone realizes this, but I use Private Label Rights content when writing many of my blog posts. I actually use PLR a lot.
Here are a examples of blog posts I’ve written using PLR:
Have a plan for what to write each and every week
One of the surest ways to waste time and feel overwhelmed is sitting down at your computer each day when you don’t have any idea what you’re going to write about.
That’s where having a weekly or monthly plan comes in.
Now that you’ve got a few ideas for creating blog posts, take an hour or so before the start of your week and create a plan for what you will write each week or month, then schedule your blog posts accordingly.
I like to go into my WordPress blog and create a draft for each blog using my blog post setup and outline, making sure I at least have a post title, have a good keyword phrase determined, a photo and my signature included.
For each post this may take about 10-15 minutes, so if I plan to do 3 posts a week, this takes me roughly 45 minutes to do on a Saturday or Sunday evening.
Planning is huge, and once you get into the habit you’ll never understand how you got things done without it. It will save you hours of wasted time and frustration. It has for me