Finding content ideas for your niche site might seem daunting. Sometimes you don’t understand what to write about.
This is what is called the “writer’s block”. Your mind gets “blocked” and you cannot come with a new idea even if you try your best.
Rest assured, there are many ways to find inspiration about new topics online, no matter how severe is your writer’s block. In this article, I’m going to present to you the best ways that you can use to generate new article ideas.
If you have an idea for an article, you can easily write it down afterward. You can research it, do your homework and write something about it. Without any idea it’s hard to do anything.
Ideas are easy to come by if you follow the techniques you’re going to read below. Just keep in mind that imagination grows with good input.
That means you need to show your mind a lot of different things to come up with something new. It’s like giving your brain more pieces of a puzzle that it can use to assemble it.
How to find Content Ideas?
As we discussed, there are a couple of things you can do to find new topic ideas for your niche site. Here are the best 10 ways to find new content ideas.
1. Google autosuggest
When you type something in Google’ search bar, the search engine will give you suggestions based on what other people used to search. This is a simple yet very effective way to find new topics because it provides a plethora of new ideas that you might never think about.
Let’s say that you want to find topics about losing weight. All I have to do is type “losing weight with”, and the autosuggest gives me the following results.
As you can see, I get a lot of topic ideas, like “losing weight with keto”, “losing weight without exercise” and “losing weight without gym”. A simple trick to use that gives so many ideas.
And even better than everything: is fast and is free to use.
Another great thing about this technique is the fact that all these keyword phrases are things people actually search. That means they have a lot of ranking potential. And since your niche site is based on having good keywords, it’s a win-win situation.
2. Searches related to “your keyword”
Another great tool that we get from Google is the search related to “your keyword” results. Whenever you search for something, Google will display at the bottom of the page other things that were searched related to what you searched.
This work different from autosuggest, because it doesn’t use your keywords alone. This will give you results that are much broader than your topic, and that is an advantage.
It’s also fast and easy to use, therefore I don’t see why one can’t find great ideas using related searches as well.
AnswerThePublic is a great online tool that uses auto-suggests from Google and Bing to generate a ton of ideas for your keywords. They are sorted out via “why”, “how” and many other things, so you can find what you want easily.
This tool gives you a ton of ideas. The only thing that you need to do after selecting some is to check if the search generated by those keywords are worth their time.
This is the only downside to this tool. But if you do the research on the topics you selected, you can find gems that are unused, and that is a great advantage.
4. Research your competitors
Your competitors already did all the things that you’re doing now, including researching topic ideas for articles. If you research your competition, you’ll find a lot of good inspiration.
While tackling the same ideas might not be the best approach, you can use those ideas to find topics that are similar, but unique. If you want to write about the same things, make sure that your article is better and has more content on it.
Still, it’s always a great way to get inspiration from your competition. This will also help you see what you can do differently to stand out from the crowd and create a very successful niche site.
5. QA sites: Quora, Reddit, Yahoo Answers
Platforms that have user-generated content are a great way to find ideas about your niche. On these sites, people go to find answers regarding things that they have problem with.
Quora and Yahoo Answers are websites that are based on people addressing questions and receiving answers. Researching your keywords there is a great way to gather some inspiration about some new topics.
Also, this is guaranteed to have great SEO success, as you write about things that people are searching for online.
Reddit is a platform with subreddits on all kinds of topics, where people go and discuss that specific thing. It’s a great way to research topic ideas, as there you find posts that are successful and generate a lot of buzz and comments.
6. Create tutorial content in your niche
Making a tutorial for your niche is a great way to approach your next article. It’s something that is very useful for your visitors, and it’s pretty easy to research and write.
“How-to” articles are very popular and they get a good response from the audience. Again, you can combine this idea with the other ones I mentioned, and you can be sure that you’ll get plenty of content ideas for your next article.
Youtube is a great place to research tutorials, as there are many channels that focus only on this type of content. Once you get an idea about your topic, you can easily create an article that helps your audience within your niche.
7. Find problems in your niche and answer them
Every niche has its problems, and people are looking for answers online. Besides that, usual research that you can do with sites I mentioned, there’s always the possibility of asking your audience directly.
There are a lot of Facebook groups that are focused on all sorts of things. There are also a lot of forums that focus on your niche as well.
Find these communities and go ask people about the most common problems they find within your niche. Once you found a problem, create an article around providing the best solution to that problem.
If you want to address multiple problems, you can do a FAQ type of article, where you answer to the most frequent questions people have around your niche.
Also, if you know people that have something to do with your niche, ask them personally what are their most common problems. You might be surprised about how many good problems you’ll find.
It wouldn’t hurt to try to think like your audience and imagine what kind of problems you would have in your niche. For example, if you want to buy a new car, you might have problems like finding the best deals and the question of what kind of extra expenses you’re going to have.
There are a lot of issues that come up with any niche, and that’s a great opportunity to create some content that addresses those issues. Beside the fact you help your audience, you’ll also get a lot of organic traffic.
That’s because search engines are based on addressing issues and solving problems, and Google will help you rank higher when they will see that your website is solving the problems of their visitors. The new algorithm is made to detect the topic of your article, almost human-like, and detect if the visitors are happy with what they are finding on your page.
This tool from Impactbnd is a great online tool that helps you generate topic ideas at ease. You simply write your keywords and use their magic to generate topic ideas.
They help you by bringing up phrases that you can complete with what you want. Once you find a great idea, you simply save it and hit the random button to get a fresh new one.
Once you learn how to use it, which won’t take very long, you’ll be able to generate tons of ideas in a matter of minutes. I recommend that you check your topic ideas afterward and see if the search traffic is worth the trouble.
What it’s really cool about it are the random ideas that you get for titles. It’s not something boring that is based on what you wrote, they are cool title ideas from the niche around those keywords.
9. Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator
Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator is a great free tool to get ideas about what you should write about. Simply put up to 5 nouns in the fields, and you hit generate.
This tool is not the greatest and it doesn’t provide a lot of ideas, but it might give you some insights that you wouldn’t consider otherwise. Just keep trying it by using your keywords and you might find some cool article ideas.
10. Use your brain
No computer can beat the power that our mind possesses. There is one simple exercise that you can use to generate a lot of ideas of topics to write about.
First, you need to put yourself into your client's shoes. Do what it takes to make that possible, even if that means trying a certain product or doing a certain activity.
Watching videos with people on that niche can also help you get into the skin of your audience. Once you’re there, try to imagine all the possible things that you would be interested in.
Write everything that comes to your mind. Let’s give a practical example.
Let’s say that I’m looking to start a new online business. I want to sell clothes online (I’m your audience). If I’d be starting my business, I’d have questions like:
And the list can go on and on.
You see, you get a lot of ideas when you brainstorm from your audience's shoes. We’re all people, and we all face the same problems when we do something new.
A niche website is based on helping people finding answers to their problems.
After you use this brainstorming technique, you focus on the topics that are related to what you’re promoting. Also, researching the SEO quality of those keywords is a good idea.
There are plenty of ways to find article topics for your niche. If you use the techniques from this article, you’re guaranteed to have a nice list of topics that you can address.
Research and see which ones are worth your time in terms of monthly search queries. Writing on topics that are not very popular might turn out to be a waste of time.
If your competitors are not even addressing the topics you’re writing about, that’s even better. For a niche website, the quality and originality of the content are very important.
These factors will determine if your niche site is successful at generating income or not.
If you successfully found topics with one of the techniques mentioned, that’s very good for you. But I recommend that you use a different technique every time you research a new topic.
This will make sure that everything you write about is fresh and very useful for your audience.