The question I hear most often these days seems to be: ‘Where do I get ideas for what to blog about?’ I decided to provide some ideas for you here. These ideas might seem obvious at first, but when you’re stuck nothing seems obvious, or easy, for that matter. At least, not for me.
Now I’m definitely not talking about plagiarism here. Instead, I’m talking about visiting your favorite blogs, making a list of your favorite posts from those sites, and then writing about the ideas presented there by giving your unique take on them in the form of your own post.
If you copy any content for a quote or reference, be sure to give credit to the author. This can help to forge a relationship with the other blogger that could lead to bigger things for both of you.
Everyone loves a contest. Either start your own writing contest or enter one, or do both.
Google: “Writing Contest,” explore the various topics and make a list of the topics you’d enjoy writing about for reference. This can give you even more ideas for future posts.
I especially love it when people review one of my books on their blog. I get a Google Alert for my name and dash over to that blog to thank them and leave a comment. Other authors have done this for me as well. Write book reviews and turn them into standout critiques that help potential readers decide which books to read.
If you write stellar reviews on a regular basis you’ll become considered an expert reviewer, admired, respected and, well, in some cases, hated. You’re not going to love every book you review, but that’s okay, as long as you are professional and honest in your review.
Make A Top Ten List
Whatever your niche, how about making a top ten (or 20, or 30, or whatever) list of blogs related to it. Other lists you might consider are your top ten favorite business books, inspirational movies, classic rock albums, artists, and anything else worthwhile you can think of.
Make your list more interesting by providing useful information about each item. When I created the list of blogs, I also included links to what I considered the best posts from each of those blogs.
If you’re not sure who to interview, consider interviewing bloggers within your niche or bloggers who write about closely related topics. The key to getting interviews with top bloggers is to ask them. It’s really as simple as that – just ask!
Who knows, you might even land interviews with the top of the top, such as those people you admire most in your niche.
When I started my podcast series I wanted to interview leaders in the online marketing space. All I did was ask them. Now it’s your turn. Choose someone you admire and ask for an interview.
I have one more tip for you about asking for interviews, have your questions prepared before asking. I usually include the questions with my initial request.
Make a list of your favorite quotes. Famous, inspirational, motivational or whatever kind of quotes you like. Just Google for this and you’ll find lots of sites to draw from. Many of them are even organized by category and topic.
How To Do Something
Do you know how to do something? Well, of course you do! Because you’re awesome like that. Write a detailed post teaching others how to do it. Do the same thing for everything you know and you’ll soon be regarded not only as an expert and authority, but also as a generous expert.
How-to posts are not limited to what YOU know. Perhaps you hired someone to design a book cover and you learned a few things from the experience.
Share Your Adventures
Everyone I know loves to travel and they all love to research places they are going to visit. Where have you visited, why did you go there and what did you learn?
I’ve done this with my trips to Europe, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and my trips with Rotary to China and Thailand.
Ask Fellow Bloggers To Guest Post
Set up guidelines for guest posters and only approve the very best. If you have an area within your niche that you don’t write much about, ask guests to fill the gap.
I’m always looking for people to write a guest post for me that my readers would enjoy.
If you answer a question in an email or comment that you know is relevant to the rest of your readers, consider writing a detailed post about it.
I hope these top ten blog post ideas have been helpful to you. Leave a comment and share your own ideas for what to blog about as you build your online business.
I’m author, publisher, and entrepreneur Connie Ragen Green and would love to connect with you. If you are new to the world of online entrepreneurship please check out my comprehensive training on how to set up Funnels That Click and learn how to gain an unfair advantage when it comes to building a lucrative online business.