While starting a blog is quite easy, coming up with new blog post topics every week can be tough.
No matter the stage you’re at as a blogger, you can easily find yourself struggling to come up with good topic ideas to create new content.
Your mind can just run out of ideas, fooling you into thinking you’ve covered all the topics and there’s nothing left to write about.
However, the truth is you never really run out of ideas.
You just don’t know where to look or how to bypass the “ideas block”.
And that’s why we’ll highlight effective ways to find blog post topics enough to fill your editorial calendar for an entire year.
1: Spin off your existing content
This is by far the easiest and quickest way to come up with new blog post topics – and I use it to great success.
Identify the most popular and/or in-depth post on your blog and read through to find supporting content ideas to write about.
For example, from my previous article – how to start a blog, which is a step-by-step guide, I can create new content on:
- How to choose a niche
- How to pick a domain name
- How to choose a web hosting company
- How to choose a WordPress theme
- How to promote your blog once you publish content.
As you can see, I can create five stand-alone posts and then interlink each of these blog posts with the parent post.
Apart from helping build topical authority, topic clusters and interlinking will boost your blog’s traffic.
2: Use Google autosuggest
Using Google autosuggest to find new blog ideas is a great technique because you’re getting raw search data from the largest search engine. The autosuggestions are based on what Google users search.
Google shows the suggestions because its algorithm is trying to predict the words you’re most likely to type based on what other users are searching.
To get the autosuggestions, type your seed keyword (primary or main keyword) but do not press enter. Instead, put an asterisk (*) before or after the search phrase you entered.
Let’s say the seed keyword is “blog post ideas”. If you add the asterisk before this phrase you get these autosuggestions:
And if you place it after the search phrase, the autosuggestions will be:
As you can see, you can create content based on the following keywords:
- Lifestyle blog post ideas
- Travel blog post ideas
- Fashion blog post ideas
- Blog post ideas for beginners
3: Analyze the “People Also Ask” box on Google
When you search for something on Google, the SERPs will include elements such as a featured snippet, people also ask box, videos box, top stories, and related searches.
Analyze the “People Also Ask” section to identify topics related to your seed keyword. For example, when you search for “digital marketing”, the PAS box looks like this:
When you click on any of the questions in the box and then close it, a few more questions are added at the bottom.
Eventually, you’ll have the PAS box looking like this:
You get great blog post ideas such as:
- Types of digital marketing
- How to start a digital marketing agency
- Most invaluable digital marketing skills
- Best digital marketing courses
- Digital marketing service providers
- Best digital marketing experts
You can search different variations of your seed keyword to get as many blog post topics as you can.
4: Check blog comments for ideas
Another great way to come up with blog post ideas is by checking the comment section on your blog and other blogs in your niche for common questions.
While most comments will focus on showering praise, especially if the post is insightful, some readers have genuine questions and could do with your help or advice.
A good example is one of our readers who wrote a comment on this post asking for advice on how to use her personal experiences to improve her freelance writing skills.
Based on Fridah’s question, we can create blog posts such as:
- How to turn personal experiences into a successful blog
- How to turn your personal story into a blog post
- How to tell personal stories through blogging
- How to use personal experience to improve writing
Take your time to read through comment sections of other blogs in your niche, especially the bigger blogs that get tens or hundreds of comments.
You will find many ideas for new content based on the common questions that align with your content strategy.
5: Use BuzzSumo to study your competitors
BuzzSumo is a great tool to find amazing blog post ideas. The free version allows you to search for the latest most-shared content (up to 6 months).
Just enter your seed keyword in the search box and you will get a list of the most shared content over the last six months.
You can then identify topic ideas you can create content on. This screenshot shows the most shared content for “copywriting tips”.
You can create content on topics such as:
- SEO copywriting tips for higher rankings
- Lead generation copywriting tips
- LinkedIn copywriting tips
- Copywriting tips to increase landing page conversions
- Blog roundup on copywriting tips from leading experts
In case you need more data then upgrade to the premium BuzzSumo version.
6: Ask your readers, followers, or subscribers
This is a surefire way to find blog post topics your readers have a genuine interest in.
Create a questionnaire poll on Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn asking your connections about the problems they need help with.
Alternatively, send a brief questionnaire to your email subscribers asking them to name the challenges they’re facing and the help they need.
The responses are reliable data from real people who read your blog or follow you on social media.
You can then create response posts to answer the most common questions. Response posts answer specific questions quickly.
This strategy is great because you already have readers, followers, or subscribers ready to consume and engage with the content you create.
7: Use the Wikipedia table of contents
Wikipedia might not be your go-to website when looking for in-depth industry content or data, but it still is a goldmine for finding new topic ideas for your blog.
Head over to Wikipedia and search for a topic you would like to get topic ideas for. Let’s use the keyword “marketing”
Here’s the table of content for the marketing article on Wikipedia.
You can then proceed to create content on the following topics:
- B2B, B2C, C2B, and C2C marketing
- The 4Ps of marketing
- The 4Cs of marketing
- Marketing plan
- Product life cycle
- Marketing ethics
When you click the “See also” button, you get other topic ideas you can use.
8: Discover blog ideas with Quora
Quora is a popular Q&A website where users ask questions and other users answer them. It is a great place to find frequently asked questions on almost any topic.
Just to put things into perspective, Quora is among the most visited websites in the world and gets more than 360 million visits per month from the United States alone.
That shows how useful Quora can be if you’re looking for the latest topic ideas for your blog.
Just log in to Quora with your Gmail account, Facebook, or username and password. Once logged in, search for a topic you blog about.
For example, when I search “make money online” I see hundreds of questions related to the topic such as:
When you click on a single question to see the answer, you see related questions that help you come up with even more topics for your blog.
You can also join Quora Spaces, i.e. communities that post about the topic you blog about.
There you have access to thousands of questions, most of which will be great topic ideas for your blog.
9: Use a blog idea generator
A blog idea generator is a tool you can use to brainstorm blog post topics. It populates the fill-in-the-blank titles based on your topic of choice.
For example, Blog About is a blog title generator by iMPACT that fills in the blank spaces for you to create as many ideas as possible.
Let’s say you want to find topic ideas on “digital marketing”. Once you enter the seed keyword, a new page will load with incomplete topic ideas.
Enter the keyword or its variations in the blank spaces such as:
- Digital marketing experts
- Digital marketer
- Digital marketing skills
- Digital marketing strategies
- Digital marketing campaign
You can click the refresh button in the middle to load a new topic idea. Once you find an idea you like, add a variation of the primary keyword in the blank spaces then click the “heart emoji” to save it.
This is what you end up with in the end.
If your topic is blogging, you can end up with a list of ideas like this:
It’s a FREE tool to create as many blog post topics as you wish. You can also use SEOPressor to generate blog post ideas like these:
10: Use Reddit to mine blog ideas
Quora is not the only platform with user-generated content you can use to brainstorm tens of blog post topics.
Reddit is a platform where users can discuss, ask and answer questions about almost any topic. Each topic has a subreddit focusing purely on content relating to it.
Once you sign up, search for subreddits you wish to join or follow. Choose subreddits that align with the content you blog about.
Doing so makes it easy to find ideas that align with your blog’s topic.
11: Questions in Facebook groups
According to statistics, Facebook had more than 1.93 billion daily users in 2021 and 2.93 billion monthly active users as of the first quarter of 2022.
Join Facebook groups that align with the content of your blog. I recommend joining active groups – you can tell by checking the number of the latest posts and engagements such as comments, likes, and shares.
Note common questions group members ask and the concerns they have. Occasionally, you will find awesome topic ideas you can use.
The groups also provide a perfect platform to promote your blog, especially if your posts answer questions group members are asking.
Just make sure not to self-promote too much or else you’ll be kicked out by the group admin.
12: Use Pinterest to find new ideas
Pinterest is an image-centric social media network where users promote their products or services or search for images about topics of interest.
The platform is more or less like a search engine and ranks images based on basic optimizations and keywords used – in the image title and description.
And that’s how you can find endless blog topics.
First, type in your topic or primary keyword in the Pinterest search bar and before you hit the “ENTER” button on your keyboard, you will see great suggestions such as:
- Blogging for beginners
- Blogging tips
- Blogging ideas
- Blogging 101
- Blogging for beginners ideas
And if you choose one, let’s say “blogging ideas”, you get recommendations of hundreds of pinned images. Eventually, you will find a few ideas for your next blog post.
Now, shift the focus to the section just under the search bar where you get all these recommendations:
When you click on the recommendations you get ideas such as:
- Blogging ideas for lifestyle blogs
- Blogging ideas for beginners
- Blogging ideas for food blogs
- Blogging ideas for art blogs
- Blogging ideas for mental health blogs
- Blogging ideas for design blogs
- Blogging ideas for travel blogs
Click on any of these recommendations and you have hundreds of ideas to pick from.
13: Listen to podcasts
There’s a boom in the number of niche podcasts at the moment – and you can take advantage of it.
Most podcasts have industry experts talking about important topics you can actually create content on.
Do research to find blogging podcasts, marketing podcasts, freelance writing, or copywriting podcasts depending on your niche.
The more you listen to insightful podcasts the wider your mind opens, making it easy to identify content gaps in your blog.
14: Use Ubersuggest to get blog topics
You can also use Ubersuggest to get blog post topics by entering a broad keyword and in return, you get recommendations of long-tail keywords you can target.
For example, when I enter the term “blogging” I get ideas such as:
- How blogging makes money
- Blog name generator
- Blogging platforms
- How much bloggers make
- Blogging ideas for beginners
NOTE: Make sure to click “Keyword Ideas” on the left column.
You can also enter a competitor’s website for better keyword ideas.
15: Use Twitter hashtags
Twitter is a top social media platform most bloggers use to promote their blog content. You can use this to your advantage.
Just search for hashtags such as #blogging, #bloggingtips, or #bloggingideas. You will see shared blog posts on topics such as:
- How to secure your blog with .htaccess
- Productivity tips for bloggers and freelancers
- Best beginner-friendly blogging platforms
- How to use social media to promote your blog
- Lessons learned in your blogging journey
Try to use different variations of your primary keyword or topic.
Make sure to click the “Latest” section if you want insights on the latest topic ideas.
16: Watch YouTube videos for ideas
YouTube is the second largest search engine behind Google (its parent company).
The platform gets more than 2 billion logged-in users per month and gets more than 1 billion hours of video views per day.
So, how can you get blog post topics on YouTube?
Start by identifying the top youtube channels in your niche, for example, lifestyle, travel, personal finance, etc.
Visit the channel and click the Videos tab then order the videos by most viewed. Now you know which topics generated the most interest.
Analyze and see if you can create blog content on the topics.
Alternatively, go through the comment section of the most watched videos and you will most definitely find users asking questions.
Why not create content for the most common questions you come across?
17: Ideas from top niche blogs
You can get blog post ideas from established top blogs in your niche in two ways.
First, most established blogs have written blog posts highlighting ideas in your niche.
For example, blog posts such as:
- Blog post ideas for travel bloggers
- Blog post ideas for lifestyle bloggers
- Blog post ideas for personal finance bloggers, etc.
Find such posts and you’re sure to find a few blog post topics for your blog.
The second way is to identify established blogs with hundreds or even thousands of blog posts.
Then click on a category you wish to find content ideas for. For example, a website such as G2 gives you hundreds of blog post topics just from the categories section.
Identify content ideas that align with your readers then proceed to map out your content calendar.
There are other ways to find blog topics, some free and others premium.
You can also opt to use tools such as SEMrush, Ahrefs, Google Search Console, and others to find topics for your blog.
That said, which of these strategies do you find most effective in generating new blog post ideas?