This is a guest contribution from Andy Nathan.
Have you ever asked yourself: How did they come up with that?
Have you ever read a blog post that made you wonder how you could do the same thing?
Well, in the list below we discuss the top 10 ways to find killer blog post ideas.
Some of these ideas are one-off solutions, and others can be used continually to help you create more blog posts that resonate with readers.
As we go through, take note of the ideas that will work best for you.
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Top 10 Methods for Finding Killer Article Ideas
1. Google Keyword Planning tool
If you are going to write a killer article, make sure that it gets some SEO juice as well. The Google Keyword Planner tool can help you do just that.
This tool not only helps advertisers bid for keywords on Google, but it is also a great research tool for bloggers looking to create quality articles.
Enter in a keyword relevant to your blog, and discover similar keywords that you can use in your writing as well.
Do you want to write poignant articles that your clients will love—ones that they’ll thank you for because you’ve created something that helped them?
Surveys can provide insight into what your clients want to know and read about.
Develop surveys that ask your clients what their biggest problems and concerns are and write articles based on those topics. It’s a surefire way to keep their interest.
Simple survey tools like Survey Monkey and Gravity Forms can help you create targeted surveys.
3. Client questions
Perhaps you administered a survey, but still do not have enough to write about. A simple way to generate additional killer article ideas is think about what your clients ask you on a regular basis.
For example, if you have a coaching program, what are the top 10 questions clients have about using your services?
One question might be: Why do they need coaching?
If you get this question often enough then the simple solution is to create a blog post addressing the Top 10 reasons why you need coaching.
Blog posts that address a specific questions can be emailed to prospective clients as well.
4. Use Q&A forums
Next, look through the Q&A forums to find out what people want to know.
Sites like Quora have a wealth of information on virtually every imaginable topic.
This is great for new entrepreneurs who have not had enough appointments to know their clients most important questions.
5. Check out the competition
What is your competition writing?
You should never, ever copy your competition directly, but competitors may provide you with insight into what to write for your audience.
Why reinvent the wheel when someone has laid the groundwork for you? Use Spyfu or Google Trends to check out what keywords your competition is using and keep up to date on information they regularly put out on the web.
6. Set up a Twitter Search
The Twitter Search tool is one of the most valuable tools to research trends and ideas on the web, and for learning what people are discussing around specific hash tags and keywords.
Just enter a keyword, and it will give you the latest Tweets about that topic.
Bonus Twitter Idea: You might also want to check out Twitter Trends to see what the big stories on Twitter are now. You might find a perfect lead-in for an article.
7. What would piss off your readers?
Sometimes the best articles make us angry.
While we are not talking about just dropping the F bomb to elicit an angry response, you might want to irritate people with an article topic to grab their interest.
Be careful with this though, because it can backfire. Also, make sure the topic is something that people will care about enough to check out your page.
For example, if you have an affiliate site dedicated to health and wellness you might want to write an article tongue and cheek with a title like:
Let Them Eat Cake: Why Unhealthy Behavior is Great Population Control.
8. Junk mail
Finally, you have a reason not to hate junk mail. If you are like me, then you probably receive numerous junk email notices every day. They pile up in your trash can until you remember to delete them.
Now you have a reason to hold off deleting your junk mail. Search your spam folder and find out what other people are talking about in their email.
Most junk mailers spend time designing a message that motivates readers to action, despite the fact that no relationship was created with the recipient.
This means they spent time thinking about the titles and ideas that would attract attention. Are any of these ideas great blog posts?
If so, then you need to start trolling through your junk mail every day.
9. Be alert
You never know when a brilliant blog post idea will sneak up on you— whether it’s at family functions or networking events, while you’re spending time with your friends or on vacation.
Keep a notepad with you at all times or use the modern equivalent: Evernote.
With Evernote, you can do a voice recording on your phone about your great idea and then get back to your day.
Be vigilant, because great ideas are everywhere.
10. Spy on yourself
Earlier in this post, we discussed how you could research competitors for blog ideas.
Here’s another option. For blogs with at least 50 posts or more, review what posts drove in the most traffic to your site.
Creating killer article ideas can come from anywhere.
The inspiration is all around you.
The ideas mentioned in this post will make it easier for you come up with them on an ongoing basis.
Let us know your favorite, killer article idea in the comment section below, as well as how you came up with that idea.
He successfully worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs in over 75 different industries over the past four years. Andy is also the author of Start Up Gap and eMarketing Experience.