Content ideas – Blogging can be really fun if you can commit yourself to it but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its own challenges.
One major challenge of being a blogger is generating content. I have struggled with this on more than one occasion for my blog where I talk about nutrisystem and medifast, and there are times when I just don’t feel like writing. In most of these situations I have tried my best to improve my skills and knowledge, and so below you will find 4 of the best methods that I use to generate content ideas for my blog.
Take a look at your readers comments to find content ideas
My favorite strategy for generating content ideas for my blog is by taking a look at the most popular blog posts I have written. Once I’ve looked at these popular posts I’ll then move to the comments section to read each and every comment from the readers, to really see what they want to read – I’ll then write a post based on what most of my commenter’s have written in their comments.
Here is an example; if I wrote a post titled 10 reasons you should use medifast and nutrisystem and that post became very popular, some of the comments along the lines of that post might be from people asking for alternatives of nutrisystem and medifast – so instead of writing another version of that post, my next post will be focused only on alternatives and nutrisystem and medifast. Believe me, it is very simple, but it works!
Be active on your favorite forums
Sometimes you might not have a big enough audience to be able to get a lot of comments to help give you an idea about what to write about, so in that case you might want to take another step.
One idea that has always worked for me, when it comes to generating content ideas is to be active on the top forums in my niche. There is every probability a lot of newbie flock to these forums to ask questions everyday, especially if it is a very big forum, and in the process I will be able to notice a common trend among the questions asked on these forums and I will then write content based on it.
Read lots of blogs in your niche to find content ideas
So many bloggers run dry of content ideas simply because they don’t read articles by other people in their niche.
Make sure you subscribe to the top blogs in your niche. Also make sure you subscribe to some new and interesting blogs and always ensure you read any unique and informative article you come across. That will go a long way to give you ideas on what to write about.
Ask your readers what they would like to read?
You can write as much great content as you want, but it won’t be a success if your readers don’t want to read it. A very effective strategy I have used to write some of my most popular posts is by asking my readers what they want to read.
If your readers see you as an expert in your field and someone who is able to address their concerns, they will happily ask you questions that bother them.
Writing a blog post based on your readers’ questions can make a very huge impact on the traffic you will get to your blog. Good luck in your search for content ideas.
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About the Author
John has used the above ways to get content ideas for his own blog WeightLossTriumph.com were he offers a Medifast savings coupon. In his site, you can learn the facts about popular diet programs, like Nutrisystem, and read real stories of people who lost weight and kept it off. Medifast and Nutrisystem have helped millions of overweight people improve their health.