Genius Blog Writing Hacks So You Will Never Run Out Of Blog Ideas EVER Again!
1. Read some other awesome blogs!
Reading other blogs can inspire you to want to write about something from your own perspective or from your own experience. They often say that in order to write well, you firstly need to read in the right way. Every writer needs to be a reader first. This is for a couple of reasons. Firstly reading is mental stimulation. It will stimulate your mind to think beyond the things you usually think about in your everyday life. Most likely you will read blogs that are somewhat close to your own niche. The things you blog about are probably things you like and are passionate about, so it would make sense to read other blogs in the same niche.
Lastly, it can give you a newfound inspiration, unlike anything can. I generally think that as a blogger it is a good idea to start reading other blogs as a habit. I have a few bloggers I regularly check out, just because I like their content and I like learning from them. It has also been proven that reading does make you a better writer and you can use this to your advantage. If you make sure to read well-written posts then naturally you will also start writing in a similar way.
2. Use some awesome web tools
There are a ton of amazing web tools that basically help you by showing you what people are currently searching for. Often they can also show you keywords people type on Google, questions they ask Google, general topics that are popular at the moment. I highly recommend taking advantage of these tools. Not only do they help with finding subjects to write about, but it also helps with traffic. See if you write something someone is already searching for, you are more likely to gain traffic than if you just write about any random subject you come up with. I almost always use these tools to come up with great things to write about.
I have a big list of topics just from doing these searches. Therefore I almost never struggle with finding topics to write about. I have tried the most popular ones like Buzzsumo, Ahrefs and you name it. However, personally I just wasn’t really satisfied as it didn’t give me what I ultimately wanted. These tools are a bit limited and so I just kept trying new ones out. However, nowadays I have a select tool I always use when content researching, checking the potential virality of content, keyword researching, etc. This little secret tool to great content each time is called Contentstudio.io.
This website is absolutely AMAZING for content discovery and for many other things as well. As I mentioned before, as bloggers we need to know how well certain topics are performing. We want people to actually read what we write. Contentstudio.io basically does a few things for you. It helps with content discovery and checking the insights of these subjects. It shows you how much people engage with it currently, the potential virality and it also shows you how well this content is doing on different kinds of social media platforms. Then you can make a conscious decision which topics to cover and which ones aren’t worth it based on the reports.
However, the great thing about this tool is that it does so much more than just content discovery. The website also has an SEO optimization toolbox, a planner/calendar very similar to Asana/Toggl and all the other project management tools, it can generate captions for you based on what would be the most clickable and it even offers automation so you won’t have to constantly post certain articles one by one on different platforms.
Lastly, it can even find popular content in other countries and it has an inbuilt translator & spinning tool. Spinning tools are great because they can help when you just don’t know how to rephrase something you read in an article online. It essentially prevents plagiarism. I believe Contenstudio.io is a must-have for any blogger that is serious. I wouldn’t even bother with any other tools, because this one does a lot for you that you will need in order to succeed in blogging. I use it for content discovery, SEO, time management, keyword researching and more. Also, they offer 14 day free trials. Free trials are always music to my ears as it is a great way to see if a certain product is actually something you are looking for.
3. Try this super awesome blogger’s block hack called Smart Publishing
This is just a little term I came up with haha, however, you will thank me for this! Now, of course, you can choose to post republish older posts during bloggers block, however, I personally don’t think it is helpful. One thing you can do is you can look at the ‘annual’ content you made. Annual content basically is different each year. For example, say you have a post about the top rising social media platforms for entrepreneurs in 2019(what a mouthful), then you can just use the same subject in 2020. This is called smart republishing.
Trends change each year, social media platforms come and go and every time there’s always the next new cool thing people have discovered. So I recommend using these older annual posts and updating them. It is a great method because the people that read your post last year will probably want to read an updated version again. So the post will definitely do well as it will gain traffic because it is has been updated and reassessed.
4. Read the news
Something I do quite often is either read the news or watch the news on TV. There are a lot of great websites that will show you what is going on in the world. Find out what is going on today in your city, country or in the world. Every day new things happen and all these new things can be great stimuli for your mind. The thing is that often we need some kind of stimulation from the outside that will make us think. All these new occurrences in the world will make you think and you will naturally come up with things you may want to write about. It’s kind of like an action-reaction thing. Let’s say you see on the news that your favorite writer has just published an amazing book. This then could inspire you to start a post about writing or how to write e-books. I recommend just using the good old’ news sites like BBC News, The Guardian or you can use more niche-specific news sites.
5. Try auto-blogging
This sounds a bit controversial, but I still wanted to mention it and educate others on this. There is an auto-blogging tool called Feedzy made by bloggers for bloggers. It is a plugin for displaying posts from any feed on your website. It pulls content from other sources and publishes them to your website. Now you may think to yourself ‘isn’t this copyright?’. I asked myself the same thing and I e-mailed them about it. This does not fall under copyright because there is a link back to the original author which is considered fair use. However, there are definitely exceptions as fair use is a complicated subject.
Either way, I will quickly explain how it works and how you can use it to your advantage in a legal way. Basically fair use helps the public with finding and using content yet it also makes sure that copyright holders maintain their rights. There are different types of licenses that have different rules. For bloggers or content creators that want to use different sources, the best thing would be ONLY using public domain content. Public domain content is when a copyright owner CHOOSES to give up their copyright. It essentially belongs to the ‘public.’ So you can do pretty much anything with this type of content. There are tons of public domain directories that you can freely use. What you could do is you could use Feedzy to create blog resources or a blog library with different topics for your readers. You would be able to post a lot more than once or twice a week.
This will definitely get you more traffic and keep your readers entertained without driving yourself crazy with writing and posting. For the use of YouTube videos, podcasts, music, etc there are creative commons licenses. In fact, on YouTube, you can even select to only display creative commons videos. A creative commons license is when a copyright holder grants permission to the public. So they allow others to use their content, BUT there are still certain restrictions unlike with the public domain. There are about 7 different levels when it comes to this type of license so if you are interested I recommend doing your research on this.
When it comes to YouTube creators, they specifically chose to put their videos under ‘creative commons’. They want other people to use their videos I assume so they can get more exposure. You would be able to create an amazing library or make certain feeds based on topics. Either way, Feedzy does a lot more than pull and Display posts. It allows you to sync article spinning tools. This ensures that the content will not be the exact same. However again, with some articles that are allowed and with some it isn’t. If you want to use this tool then I recommend following my advice and also researching further. Feedzy also has certain templates you can use. Each blog has a different layout so you may want to use some other templates they have. Feedzy even supports YouTube videos, podcasts and you name it.
You can do this same thing with blog posts that are public domain or creative commons. You’d be able to upload a whole lot more than once a week so it is definitely a cool plug-in. It also has a keyword tool so you can control better what you want and what you do not want, an affiliate tool and unlimited content use. The affiliate tool would be nice if, for example, you are an Amazon affiliate. Let’s say you are a tech blogger and you want to display feeds like ‘the best performing tablets’, ‘the best gaming laptops’ etc then this could be so handy for you!
There are numerous websites that are affiliated with Amazon. One example is Dogfoodadvisor.com. They have over 500.000 organic visitors! They basically write and review everything regarding dog foods. Homegrounds.co is also an Amazon affiliate and their blog is all about teaching home ‘baristas’ how to make good coffee. If you look at their website they have categories for the best beans, the best coffee machines and a bunch more. They write and also recommend their favorites. Either way, there are tons of ideas and options on how to go about this. Lastly, Feedzy has a caching option so your website will load quickly regardless of how many feeds you have.
There are quite a few things you can do when you are dealing with blogger block. I hope my post has helped you understand better what you can do and I hope it was helpful for you. A lot of these tips I use myself and I rarely run out of topic ideas. However, actually writing about the topic is another thing. I do still struggle with that. One of my next posts will be more focused on writing when it comes to blogging. Sometimes it can be quite difficult to gather your thoughts and get is all on text as nicely as it is in your mind. Especially fellow people that speak English as a foreign language. Either way, it’s been nice chatting with you and leave a comment about what your own secret hack or trick is when it comes to topic finding or bloggers block.