You want to write a blog post but that cursor just keeps blinking on a blank screen…
Every idea you had an hour ago seems to have evaporated…We know the feeling!
You’re in a blog post panic and you don’t know where to turn.
Fear not! We have nine useful ideas for getting that all-important inspiration – and we’re sharing them with you.
Where can I get ideas for my blog post?
- Ask Dr Google….
Google’s auto-complete is a hugely useful way of finding the questions people are asking the search engine.
Why not start a question relevant to your sector and let Google complete it?
Then, you have a blog post title which is already being searched for, and an idea for subject matter which is relevant to the people you’d like to attract to your website.
- Catch up with the news
Read news websites and watch TV news and current affairs programmes for inspiration.
That will give you timely ideas for your posts.
For example, a law firm could look at the use of ‘gagging clauses’ in non-disclosure orders, a hot topic in the wake of the Me Too movement. A cyber security business could look at the use of gated forums and invitation-only online groups by cyber thieves.
- Use case studies
What are the problems your ideal clients face and how do you solve them?
How could you show that in a blog post?
The obvious way is to simply say it. They way in which you connect with your clients best is to SHOW it by telling the stories of your case studies.
That allows them to see first-hand what you can do for people like them or businesses like theirs.
- Do a little snooping…
What are your competitors talking about?
Compile a list of those subjects and approach them in your own way. Use those subjects a few months down the line.
Whatever you do, don’t simply copy the ideas and structure of your competitors’ blog posts.
Not only will it look obvious, it could land you with a costly copyright infringement.
- Use an online blog topic generator
Here are eight suggestions for generators to use. You type in a word relevant to your business and it comes up with ideas for you. Flesh those ideas out yourself and expand on them.
- Look at what’s trending on social media
You can use online tools such as Buzzsumo, or do your own research on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
If you sign up for our monthly updates (no spam, we hate it!), you’ll get our free guide to the best 7 online social listening tools. Sign up here.
- Draw up a content calendar
Using seasons, holidays, awareness days, and major cultural and sporting events can help you get inspired.
If you run a restaurant, how about 7 of our meals to show your dad some love this Father’s Day?
Or, What’s the best way to fill up before watching the Rugby World Cup?
- Ask your clients
Ask them what they’d like to see on your blog. You can do this in an email, on social media, or by creating an online poll.
- Call in a professional
We would say that, wouldn’t we? However, it’s a great way to get your blog fizzing with creativity and outsourcing your content creation is a great option to save you time along with getting two heads, rather than one!
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