How To Come Up With Great Blog Post Ideas In 15 Minutes Or Less

How To Come Up With Great Blog Post Ideas Every Time You’re Stuck

Now that you have read my post on how to create your own blog and have started blogging regularly, its time I tell you how to come up with great blog post ideas whenever you feel like you’re stuck or have hit a roadblock. No one can come up with awesome blog post ideas every time they sit in front of their personal computer or smartphone to create new content. I myself had put blogging on hold long back because of this dreaded writers’ block. But soon enough I figured out a way to come up with new blog post ideas so that I don’t stop blogging at any time for any reason. Now, I’m going to share the same tips with you hoping that you would find it useful during your adventure in the world of blogging.

For maintaining a good and healthy blog, you need to publish new content on your blog at least once a week. This will make your blog look fresh and updated in the eyes of Google, the largest search engine which drives most of the organic traffic to any website present on the internet. Now, here are some ideas for you to get new blog post ideas every time you sit down in front of your blog editor screen.

Create And Share Listicles

To be honest, this is one of the easiest and quickest way to come up with a new blog post idea. You can create and share listicles like top 10 posts of the year, 20 things I’ve learned since being single, 10 reasons we’ve been too slow in responding to climate change, 12 really important reasons you are running late, 50 split testing ideas, 11 things to never say to a student, 20 more ways I’ve failed at my 20’s, 10 reasons you’ll want to eat while reading this, 8 reasons to avoid listicles 😛 etc. I hope you are able to get an idea of what listicles mean from these post title examples.

You can also write down a tutorial to do something (like cooking a new dish or putting up a new makeup you found on the internet) by adding each instruction as a separate step. If possible, you can create a list of your top 10 favorite niche bloggers and share them on your blog and ask them to share it with their followers. For example, if you are a beauty blogger, you can create a list of ‘top 10 beauty bloggers to follow in 2018’ and feature your favorite beauty bloggers who have a considerable influence and a good number of followers in that post. Once you have published the post, notify them that you have featured them in the list and politely ask them to share it with their followers. This is beneficial for both, your own blog and the other bloggers whom you have featured on that list – you get the blog traffic and they get the recognition for their work.

Ask Your Readers For Upcoming Blog Post Ideas

If you are not comfortable with creating lists and publishing them on your blog, you can ask your friends and followers to suggest you new ideas for your next blog post. By doing so, you will be able to create content what your readers would like to see from you. I myself follow this method most of the times and have tasted success with it – I got many requests from my readers asking me to share more information on affiliate marketing for blog monetization. So, I sat down and created a post just for those followers and published it as the first post of the year. Here is an example –

Search Results It's FOSS — A Linux and Open Source Web Portal Facebook Page
It’s FOSS, the most popular Linux and Open Source web portal asking their Facebook followers for blog post ideas.

Another method you can follow is by running a poll on your blog asking your readers to vote for their favorite topic in your niche. You can then pick the choice with the highest number of votes and create a new post on that topic. Or maybe you can organize a giveaway where you can ask your blog followers to suggest new blog post ideas and you can send them a freebie or a gift card if you liked it good and compelling enough to make you think about it.

Create Comparison Posts

When you’re totally out of ideas for your next blog post, you can choose a product or service from your blogging niche and write down the pros and cons of it, create a ‘best and worst of’ posts, beginner tips, expert tips, etc. depending on your level of expertise. For example, if you are a video game blogger, you can write down the pros and cons of Steam membership, expert and beginner tips on playing a certain video game, etc. Also, you can create a beginner post for people who are just getting started with gaming and an expert post or review for skilled gamers in the industry.

Look Up For Trending Ideas

The internet is a powerful source of information which you can use to look up for trending topics or events in your blogging niche. I would suggest you to use Google Trends to understand what topics are trending in any country – this will be very useful if you are targeting audience from select countries only. Alternatively, you can use Google Hot Trends to see which topics are trending each day in any country. Another tip would be to read other blogs in your niche and steal ideas from them – there’s nothing wrong with it unless you explicitly copy their content and invite the wrath of Google. Google absolutely hates copied duplicate content.

Good artists copy, great artists steal.

~ Pablo Picasso

Share Your Opinion

People love to read others opinion on issues of mutual interest. If you are on Medium, you would have often come across these type of posts – people being critical of new government rules and regulations, news, other bloggers’ views, etc. When the news of Uber’s sexual harassment scandal broke out, many bloggers and independent publishers came out in support of the affected parties. Same was the case when FCC decided to vote against net neutrality – many people came up with blog posts sharing their views and opinions on the issue.

Review A Product

If you are into affiliate marketing or a blogging niche with many products and services in the market, you can choose to review and promote them on your blog. Write down a short description of the company or brand before you start reviewing the product. Tell your readers how you found the product useful and why they will find it useful too. Make sure you are sharing images of the product you are reviewing and add a link back to the product within your review.

For example, you can use these templates for reviewing your product –

  • Learn The Truth About _____ In The Next 60 Seconds
  • Seven Pieces of Advice That You Must Listen Before Buying _____
  • Seven Things To Know About _____
  • The Ten Reasons Tourists Love _____ (if you are reviewing a place you recently visited)
  • Ten Secrets That Experts Of _____ Don’t Want You To Know
  • How I Finally Found a Way to Get _____ for Free
  • How _____ Can Help You Improve Your Health (if you are a health/lifestyle blogger)
  • The 10 Secrets You Will Never Know About _____

Conclusion

Thus I hope that you found this post helpful in coming up with new blog post ideas every time you have run out of ideas or hit the writer’s block. If you liked this article, I’m pretty sure you would also love my post on Growth Hacking: 6 Ways to Drive Traffic Like a Pro.

56 thoughts on “How To Come Up With Great Blog Post Ideas Every Time You’re Stuck

  1. Hey Antony, wanted to ask you about the post format thing while blogging. Mine always stays “quote”… Though I never understood this part and functions of the other options under the post format. Will you enlighten me?

    1. Hey Sanchali, I can understand your concern regarding blog post formats. When you change the post format, the content will remain as it is but the appearance and styling changes depending on the format selected. Sometimes, if you start a new post containing a gallery, video, audio track, or quote, your theme may automatically apply the related post format. But you can always choose ‘Standard’ if you would prefer the default layout (recommended). The ‘Quote’ post format is used for highlighting your blockquoted text in a bolder way than standard posts typically do. Hope my answer helps you in clearing your doubts.

  2. Reblogged this on her blog and commented:

    Ok so here are some quick tips by the very helpful Antony, which might come handy if you are suffering or just have recovered from the dreaded ‘Block’ like me. Don’t forget to check out his blog for more tips regarding blogging technicalities…

    1. Thank you Menaka, it is definitely one of the best ways to come up with new blog post ideas and it always works – your readers are never out of ideas. Glad you like them!

  3. Readers can be a really good source of ideas…especially ideas that they themselves will love. I’ve tried doing that and yes, I can attest to that. Great insights for sure!

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