If you’ve been blogging for some time the odds are really quite good that you have, at some point, hit something of a wall when it comes to attempting to figure out just what your next blog topic is going to be. It happens to most bloggers. When you first start your blog you’re fresh and full of ideas, but after what seems like not very much time at all, it may begin to seem like you’ve written about everything that could ever be written about in your niche. You begin to struggle with the question: “What am I going to write about next?”
I’ve posted a couple of articles here on EarningInternetIncome.Com offering some unique ideas regarding methods you can put into practice in order to spark new ideas for article topics for you blog, and today I’m going to reveal another that you’re probably not aware of, but one that I’ve put work myself and have found to be both very useful and effective.
Your blog has a niche, right? Perhaps it’s a photography themed blog? Or, maybe a health and fitness blog? Or, something else? Whatever niche your blog falls in to, when you find yourself out of ideas and are stuck for what to make your next article about, here’s a simple trick that I’m sure will work for you:
Simply head to Google’s news feed, located at http://news.google.com and, once there, enter the following into the search box:
intitle:”your niche related keyword”
So, if you were running, say, a photography blog, you might just enter something as simple as: intitle:”photography” into the search box. And, that’s it, really. The results that Google presents you with will be a listing of current and topical news stories that contain the keyword you entered right in the story’s headline. Spend some time scanning through the headlines, and if you see something you find intriguing, click through and read the story. Then, simply think about how you can write about what’s being written in that story. Offer your readers your perspective on the story. And, if you’re really stuck, you can use this method to put together a quick ’round-up’ article of different news stories related to your niche. Pick five or so stories from the results that you think are somewhat interesting and write perhaps a 60 to 100 word summary for each, providing your readers with links to the stories themselves.
Also, if you don’t immediately find anything that sparks your creative juices and gives you an idea regarding what to write about, simply get a little more creative with your search term and do another search.
While I have found that using the ‘intitle:’ qualifier generally results in stories much more likely to provoke ideas for blog topics, you don’t necessarily have to use it. You can just enter the search term itself and see what happens. And, if your blog is in a niche that is not likely to provide many results, you may have to. The problem I’ve found with not including the ‘intitle:’ command is that Google will return results where the search term you entered is mentioned on the page, more or less, in passing and buried deep within the article. This means that you’re likely to get a lot of results that aren’t very specifically related to your niche. Those sorts of results aren’t effective at provoking story ideas to write about for your blog, so you’ll find yourself having to wade through a bunch of useless results to find one or two good ones. I just find this to be too great a waste of time.
To illustrate with a little more depth exactly how I use this technique, I’ll once again use the example of a photography blog. Just now I went over to Google News and I entered: “intitle:”photography” Google returned well over 1,000 results. That means that there is currently more than 1,000 news stories on Google’s news site that contain the word ‘photography’ in the headline to the story. I’m sure to get at least a couple of ideas from such a wealth of results! But, scanning through just the first page I see a posting from National Geographic titled: “Don’t Feed the Bears: Ethics in Wildlife Photography and Filmmaking“
Hmm, that’s interesting! Even being an avid semi-pro photography enthusiast myself, I’ve never really given much thought to any question of ethics involved in wildlife photography. (Fortunately for the wildlife, I do very little wildlife photography) But, now that I’ve seen that article, it occurs to me that there most certainly could be a number of very important ethical issues involved in that area.
So, I spend some time reading through the article and pondering the information within. I’ve got my topic! At this point, I’ll either be inspired enough to write my own article, completely independent of the National Geographic article, all about my take on ethical questions involved in wildlife photography, or some other form of photography, or, I can simply alert my readers to that Nat. Geo. article in my blog post and write my own article regarding my thoughts and reactions toward what was put forward in the Nat. Geo. article. Banging out a decent 500 word blog post on that should be an absolute snap.
If I can’t find an article that appears fertile enough that I could write an entire blog posting on the subject it discusses, or on my thoughts regarding the information contained in the article, I could simply look for a few more articles that I also find at least somewhat interesting and do one of the ’round-ups’ I mentioned earlier.
Round-up type blog articles, it should be noted here, are also an effective and simple way of earning trackbacks from other blogs. Which, of course, means more backlinks to your website. Using the above described method, look for websites that give pingbacks, or trackbacks, on their page when you link to them. Such sites are much more rare amongst search results provided through Google’s news site, but if you’re looking to do a round-up article with the intention of getting some pingbacks, the above method also works just fine on Goggle’s blog search page. When executing this method on Google’s blog search, I’ll usually append the following to my search query: +pingback -disqus Just to make sure that results are only returned from sites that post pingbacks when they’re linked to from another blog. The ‘-disqus’ term is in there because blogs using Disqus for their commenting system will return positive results for the term ‘pingback’, but the Disqus system doesn’t actually display pingbacks to your site.
Do you have some unique ideas for finding blog article topics? We’d really appreciate it if you’d share them with us and our other readers! Please feel free to post a comment in the comment box provided below and let us know what sorts of unique methods you use to spark ideas for your own blog topics.