When I created my first blog, I remember sitting down and staring blankly at my computer screen. Ok, I have a blog, now what? The truth is that coming up with blog post ideas for beginners is challenging. What can you write that hasn’t been written? Why would someone read your blog posts over others?
Blog Post Ideas for Beginners
To tell you the truth, these days I am never out of ideas. I think of something while driving or eating and save it to my smartphone. Whether it is writing about my own experiences in blogging or listening to readers, there is always something for me to blog about.
Today, I am going to discuss the methods that worked for me in the beginning and have withstood the test of time.
Questions and Answers
Your audience comes to your blog for a reason. They want to learn something from you. Answering common questions in your niche is a great way to do this.
Finding common questions to answer is the easiest way to come up with blog post ideas for beginners, in my opinion. There are several places you can go to find questions that you may know the answer to. The following are just a few sources that I use.
It is no surprise that I am a member of multiple Facebook blogging groups. It is part of any effective social media marketing strategy. From support to sharing your posts, there is no shortage of groups a new blogger can join. They are a great place to network with and learn from other bloggers in your niche.
These groups can also fuel your blog post ideas. For example, one of my first posts, “Blog Speed: How Your Slow Blog is Scaring Off Readers” was inspired by a conversation I had with another blogger in a Facebook group.
She was asking for opinions on her new travel blog. The photos were spectacular, but even with my high-speed internet connection, it took a very long time to load every page. It gave me flashbacks to the dial-up days it was so slow.
Working as a freelance writer, I have researched and written articles on how page loading speeds affect e-commerce. I knew that this could be a major problem if she wished to monetize. After giving her some advice on how to resize her images and use smaller files, I decided to write about it on my blog. It was a topic I already knew about and I could help other bloggers with that knowledge.
Quora is a Q&A style website. You ask a question within a category and other users answer the question. Once you look up questions in your niche, write down the ones you are familiar with and can answer in a blog post or series of blog posts.
This website has an astounding amount of questions in any niche, so it is a source you can return to several times per week for new ideas. When you don’t know what to write, consult a Q&A website like Quora and you won’t be disappointed.
Google search your niche with “Reddit” following your search terms. Visit any applicable sub-Reddit that appears in the search results. Reddit goes a step further than Quora. It offers Q&A as well as forum discussions, announcements, and tips.
If you don’t find applicable questions (which there are no shortage of), click on one of the topic discussions. It won’t be long until you find ideas and questions applicable to your niche.
Try Searching for Your Categories
Search engines are a great way to plan out your keywords and can also give you ideas for new post topics. The trick with searches is that you don’t want to have too many results for a topic you plan to write a new post on. As a new blogger, you need to limit your competition for a topic.
If you find an interesting topic, write it down and try to come up with a unique spin to make it more unique.
As the number one source of search engine traffic, it only makes sense to use Google as a tool to come up with blog post ideas for beginners. Simply search for your categories or an area of interest in your niche and go from there.
For best results using this method, I recommend opening a private or incognito tab in your browser. This prevents any cookies or previous search results from contaminating your results. I use the Google Chrome browser to do this often.
When you key in a topic at Google, you will notice popular search terms populate under the search bar as you type. If you see a term you like, type in the text to get more related search terms to populate. This method narrows your topic for more targeted results and gives you new ideas and unique topics to write about.
Pinterest is widely accepted as a social media platform. However, it is also a powerful search engine. This is especially true for bloggers. If you are not already using Pinterest for your blog, start doing it today.
When you search for pins on Pinterest, you will notice the search results under the box populate. Ignore these for now and type in the category. Once you complete your search, you will see category bubbles above the first row of images in the search results. These are the most popular terms related to this category.
Click on applicable categories until you have narrowed your search. You will know your search is narrow when only a handful of applicable images appear in the results. These are great blog post ideas for beginners because they have limited competition.
Your blog should cover 4 to 8 categories. If you don’t know the difference between a category or tag, check out my previous blog post, “How to Use WordPress Categories and Tags to Increase Your Blog’s Engagement.” Each category should cover a wide array of topics, so you will have plenty to write about.
Using a brainstorming web is one of my favorite ways to brainstorm. Once you have your categories, write each one down in the center of a piece of paper and circle it. Now create four (or more) subcategories and write them around the circle, circle the subcategory. Draw a line from the category bubble to the sub-category bubble.
If you have never used a web to brainstorm, New Hampshire’s school system has a template free to download here. Once you have the subcategories mapped out, write down blog posts that fall under those subcategories around each sub-category bubble.
Once you are finished, you should have a significant list of blog post ideas. This method is fast, easy, fun, and visual. You can also do this using Post-It notes by writing each category on a note and placing it in the center, then write subcategories on surrounding Post-Its in a second color. Use a third color to jot down your blog post ideas.
Don’t worry about which method is right or wrong. Choose whatever works for you.
Using a list is a pretty straightforward way to brainstorm. With a list, you write down your blog category and list all of your sub-categories with space after each one.
In this space, list your blog post ideas as you come up with them. It won’t take long until you have filled your list with blog post ideas using the methods listed above.
When you are finished, you will have several blog post ideas for each category of your blog.
Creating a numbered or bulleted outline is another great way to do this. I’m a visual person, so I prefer webbing. I always have. However, when I am organizing and finalizing my thoughts and start writing, I enjoy the organization of an outline.
Outlines are pretty straightforward. Start by opening your Word Processing software (Word, Google Docs, or Open Source Documents) or download my blog post planner free printable and list your sub-categories.
Once you have your sub-categories listed, put spaces between them. In each space, indent or use a bulleted or numbered list and write down subcategories that fall under that sub-category.
Once again, create a space between each category. Tab once more (your list number should automatically appear) and write down blog post ideas under each subcategory.
Remember to write subjects, not titles. This is just enough that you can perform a proper keyword search for a good title and keyword for SEO.
Create a List of Your Blog Post Ideas
Create a list from any or all of these sources and keep this list on hand. In my next post, I will discuss how to organize your ideas and use them in an editorial calendar. Stay tuned for that post next week. For now, pick one topic to write a blog post on and use my post, “How to Plan Your Blog Posts without Forgetting Anything Important”.
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