When you are first starting to blog there are two hurdles – finding time to write your blog posts and coming up with content ideas for your business blog posts. Sometimes it is the lack of ideas that result in you not finding the time to write your blog posts so here are some tips to get you started.
If you know the right places to look, you will discover that the topics you can write about really are unlimited. The first thing you should do is start a list of topics. Anytime you come up with an idea for a future post, write it down somewhere.
You should even keep a paper and pencil next to your bed because sometimes the best ideas happen late at night or when you first wake up. You may think that you will be able to remember your great idea, but it usually doesn’t happen that way – write it down, seriously.
You should also keep this list visible as a constant reminder that you’re looking for possible topics. Once you get into a habit of keeping track of your ideas, your list will eventually become large enough so you have multiple topics to pick from.
One of the best ways to discover what you should be writing about is to find out what people are searching for – if people are searching for something then they might be interested in reading what you have to say about the topic. Using the Google Adwords tool is a free option for keyword research – it is just like brainstorming except it will give you the monthly search volume for search terms related to the keywords you entered.
If you would like to get a bit more advanced you might try the Market Samurai keyword research tool. It has a 30 day free trial and some good tutorials.
Visiting several websites that are related to your topic is another way to come up with ideas for your blog. An easy way to do this is to subscribe to an RSS feed or set your home page to show the latest headlines from these websites.
Once a week, scan the headlines and look for ideas to add to your list. Sometimes it will be helpful to also keep track of the url for the article you saw, to use as a reference when you start writing your blog post.
Looking at forums and communities related to your niche is another place to look for ideas. Find out what everyone else is talking about. Better yet, find out what they are asking questions about, then you can answer those questions in a blog post!