One of the most frequent questions I get about both blogging and online entrepreneurship is how to come up with fresh content on a regular basis. “Where do you get all those post ideas?” How do you keep up your momentum? How do you plan your posts so far in advance? Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing some tips that will help you generate as many ideas as you want, plan and organize a blog schedule, and spend less time on your content creation so you can do more of the things you enjoy. (Note, I’m actually a nerd and I like creating blog content, but I realize that other people might rather be working 1:1 or reading a book.)
In today’s post, I’ll share 5 Places to Get Content Ideas That No One Else Has
1. Your Life–Your personal experiences and the things you’ve learned are the best source of content for your website or social media. Why? Because no one else can replicate something that you’ve lived through.
2. Your Search Traffic–Most blogging platforms have some built in analytics in your dashboard. You can also install Google Analytics. Check your popular posts and frequent search terms. If you know that people are searching for certain information on your site, then create more content that covers the subject in greater detail.
3. Your Browser’s Search History–If you’re searching for something, you can bet that other people are too. For authors, sometimes it’s fun to just post a list of recent search terms so your readers can get a kick out of the stuff you look up. My recent search terms are “How to Play Craps,” “Wanderlust Commercial Actor” and “Scifi rifle concept art.” All of that could end up as material for my author blog. The reasons I was searching for those things would be interesting to my readers there, as well as possibly a compilation of my favorite rifle concepts. If I was searching for something that fit with the themes of this blog, I could create a compilation post of the articles I found and share them all with my audience.
4. Questions People Ask You–This is the flip side of using your own search history. If someone reaches out to you with a question related to a topic that you blog about, you could help them and then turn your answers into content for your blog. You can also watch online groups and forums for questions that come up a lot and answer those.
5. Books You Read/Things You Watch–Reviews are some of the most popular content, and since a review is your opinion, chances are that no one will be saying exactly what you are.