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5 Places to Get Ideas for Great Quality Content

5 Places to Get Ideas for Great Quality Content

It’s not unusual to lose sight of things and get ahead of ourselves in the blogging game, we start chasing one tail and before we know it we get dizzy from chasing and have no idea where to go or what to do next. I’ve seen a great number of blogs repeating one thing over and over again, and I know from a few blogging friends that we all have problems from time to time with finding ideas for content. I personally don’t have that issue anymore, used to have it a few years back, now my work and my interests always give me something to talk about, either based on news I read, work I did or questions people ask me or others. Instead of giving you some food for thought in theory, I have listed a few sites where you can easily find more ideas for great content.

Q/A Sites

Q/A sites are one of the best places to find great content ideas. Just think about it, this is the place where people go to find out things that interest them, so you are bound to find a few questions that will be of great interest to your readers. Since these questions are already asked that means that people want to know about them. It is very easy to see why Q/A sites are great places to fish for ideas, find something that people want and then deliver on the topic.

Social Networks

Social networks are similar to Q/A sites. People post opinions, ideas, questions, all in one. Sure this can be a great place to find ideas, depending on your niche you may have more options than others, but for each niche this can work great. For Facebook you can always visit business pages, people tend to ask a fair bit of questions on the active ones. For Google+, well if you are in SEO/IM/SMO or anything alike, this is the best place to go idea fishing. And Twitter… well anything you want you can find on Twitter, people ask, people talk, identifying a popular topic way before Google sees it is easy, so you can use that. And never forget LinkedIn, this platform has a great deals of though leaders that inspired me to write some posts only based on a two line ideas some of them have.

News Sites

News are always a good thing to write about, but covering news is not the only good thing that comes from following news sites for your market, you can also cover news from your own perspective. With SEO as the topic that goes perfect, every time Google updates something you can see plenty of SEO’s speculating as to what impact we can see in the future and how we should go with it. This approach can be used for a large specter of topics, so don’t skip it, or in the end just be one of the first to cover some news and you will get some traffic. Also, you can use regular TV news to find ideas for content.

Google Alerts

Now this is a no brainer, whenever I start a new blog I setup a few alerts surrounding my niche so I can stay on top of the game. This is a valid practice all of you should use, it’s easy, doesn’t require research or search, just setup the alerts and follow up on anything of interest you find, you can learn a lot about your market by using this nifty feature Google provides.

Forums

Forums have seen a slight downgrade each year following the expansion of social media, but in some cases that only helped us get rid of the spammers and some of the forums are run by the tough leaders in our industry. I still use forums and I found some amazing questions, and suggestions that always inspire me to find out more about a certain topic and even write about it, so don’t skip this content idea dinosaur and its infinite wisdom.

Of course there are more places you can go to find ideas for your content; you can get ideas from friends, co-workers, events, videos, slides, trends or search suggestions, we all have our sources, these are just some of the favorites I like to use. If you have some more cool places to dig up content ideas please share them in the comments.

About The Author

is the founder and CEO of Practical SEO and also a passionate blogger. All of his free time he dedicates to his Practical SEO blog and giving free advice as well as participating in the blogging community.

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19 Response to 5 Places to Get Ideas for Great Quality Content

  1. DiNaRa on August 29, 2011

    You are right as these are my favourite sources of content. I adore social networks as this is a source of plenty of ideas as people give ideas and they ask for advice and simply ask questions. This is the best way of content for the posts in a blog.

  2. Carla on August 29, 2011

    For me the best way to get ideas are social networks, is awesome to see people interacting, asking, giving advices and so on.

  3. Jason on August 30, 2011

    Recently, I’ve been finding cool ideas (and especially for content structure) from stumbleupon. Certainly one of the best online services out there where anyone (from any niche) can draw inspiration for content :) Great post Zarko!

  4. Jesica Wills on August 30, 2011

    This is nice topic and today’s most important aspect for search engine. You have stared five places which is nice tips for every blogger or article writer. Thanks Zarko for this.

  5. Mamie@best man speech on August 31, 2011

    Your list are great tips to all bloggers and to those who write articles. Content is the main important in a certain website. Those are the great resources to find ideas for your content. Researching also is the best way.

  6. Felicia @ No Deposit Poker on September 1, 2011

    Hi Zarko,
    It’s a good thing I bumped into your site again as I’ve been running out of ideas for topics on my blog. As always, the examples and tips you provide are truly outstanding. Thanks.

  7. Richard@artificial grass on September 1, 2011

    I think that often simply the questions your clients are asking can make good content. If you take the time to write a good reply to an email.. stick it on your website!

  8. Zarko on September 1, 2011

    @Richard, yes that is a great resource, customers always land a great question that can be turned into an amazing post… thanks for your comment

  9. Steve@Internet Lifestyle on September 2, 2011

    Zarko,

    As always, great tips. Awesome ways to keep the content fresher. these are awesome places to check out when your ideas seem….. just a bit stale.

  10. Veronica Cervera@miami homes on September 3, 2011

    Great tips for new bloggers and right, its very important to check out sites which people often visit if we want to be informed about what all information readers are searching for. Its really important to visit these various sources through which we derive all the motivation to write something new.

  11. Mike Nolls on September 4, 2011

    Forums are really useful for specific niches, like real estate or what not. You can learn some great insider information and get ideas for content writing.

    But forums that are related to SEO or internet marketing are full of so much junk, spam and complete BS that they are often a waste of time lol.

  12. Andrew@Professional Copywriting on September 5, 2011

    Great post man, I can hit streaks of writing non stop for weeks on end but then draw a blank. Some call it writers block but it’s just a little inspiration – an idea, a thought, an argument. These are all great sources, some I will be adding to my own thought process and all I will recommend to clients.

  13. Richard@Paint Zoom Review on September 5, 2011

    I have to admit, Q/A sites are the best, you don’t need anything else. On Q/A sites you can see exactly what people want, what they search for on Google and cand’t find. If you’re on a specific niche you just have to dig a little deeper, but the results are still amazing.

  14. Shivam Garg on September 5, 2011

    Hi Zarko Zivkovic,
    This is really very good and informative article. This is very helpful for the neophytes in blogging. Well thanks for the information.

  15. Jason@Portland SEO Firm on September 10, 2011

    You’re right, social media and Q& sites are really good places to get ideas… particularly since it sort of has it’s own built-in valuation tool, since if people are talking about it, chances are it’s something a lot of people are interested in.

  16. Noel Addison@Logo Design Ventura on September 10, 2011

    News are always great topics to write about since people are always craving for new developments of events or things. Not only that, getting stories featured by news sites allows you to give people another angle of the story.

  17. al @ Las Vegas seo on September 11, 2011

    another good place to look is Facebook discussion forums concerning the topic of your niche. One of the problems I have with copy and blog posts is once I read a blog post, I feel the person I read the blog post from already did a good job. so, it’s difficult to follow up on a blog post but the ideas you gave above are great.

  18. fred @ finally fast on September 12, 2011

    Google Alerts is a really easy way to have Google automatically do research work for you — not enough people have learned to take advantage of this. Or maybe just enough people have, don’t want too many savvy competitors ;-)

  19. Aniket@Create Your First Website on September 12, 2011

    Hi Zarco,
    You have put a nice post.I am not a blogger but I dig into forums a lot to find inspiration to write articles.
    At forums people are asking questions and providing solutions.
    So its a great place to find content that are useful to others because that are what they are asking for.
    i use omgili.com to search for recent forum postings …
    i havent yet explored how to tap into social media.
    I use google alerts a lot to find current happenings in my niche…its a great tool provided by google
    Regards
    Aniket

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