As you take a sip of your morning coffee and read another great article on your favorite website or blog, do you ever stop and wonder what went into creating that piece of content? Perhaps you think to yourself, "Huh, I need an idea like that for my own site!"
The truth is, brainstorming content ideas that are relevant and engaging isn't a cake walk (and if it was, it'd be the kind no one wants to mess with, like fruit cake). Plenty of writers spend more time than they should going over a pile of ideas, banging their head against the wall, procrastinating, and then finally coming up with a polished masterpiece for us all to enjoy. If you find yourself running out of ideas for things to write about on your own website and getting stuck in the "banging your head on the wall" part of the writing process, you might benefit from these tools below! They are designed to help inspire you for topics, and can be a great asset if you are tasked with creating new content on a daily basis.
Once we discovered this tool, we affectionately began referring to it as the "Blog Topic Generator-o-matic". This is because it's incredibly easy to use. You type in a few different nouns to give it a broad idea of what your writing is about, and it spits out topics with eye catching titles. For a random topic generator, it may not be perfect, but it is a great way to get that initial inspiration that helps get your creative spark going.
Similar to the Hubspot tool, Tweak Your Biz lets you type in a noun or verb pertaining to a topic you're writing about, and it gives you a large list of ideas to work with. What makes it different is that it categorizes the topic ideas things like "How To" titles, "Lists", and so forth, giving you a huge amount of ideas to work with!
Ask and ye shall receive. The beauty of using Quora for website content ideas is that it works like a big social network, only dedicated to helping people answer questions about specific topics. The best answers get voted to the top, essentially crowdsourcing the top opinions on certain things. Why use Quora? Search for keywords and see if anyone is talking about the particular topic you're interested in. Alternatively, you could come up with your own answer to a question, dedicate a piece of content to it, and then link back to it from Quora!
Do you use any of these tools? What other ones do you suggest?
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