Friday Link Wrapup – How to Generate Blog Topics

This week’s WordPress and web marketing links.

If you’re like me you need all the help you can get when it comes to generating topic ideas for your blog. One thing I do is store all the things I see that might inspire a blog post in Pocket for later reading – there’s an app plus a Chrome addon to make it simple. You can tag your items to keep them organized. This is an absolutely indispensable tool for idea-collecting for me.

Then there are some tools for online brainstorming – try HubSpot’s blog topic generator or SEOPressor’s blog title generator to quickly create a pool of potential content ideas.

Another tool is AnswerThePublic. This is cool because it pulls up questions actually posed on Google search and also mines the autocompletes for more keywords; it provides a neat visualization or lists of the search terms used.

Finally there’s the commercial tool BuzzSumo. BuzzSumo lets you type in a topic and it will show you the most shared content using that topic, or the trending topics of the day, and a lot more. You can view a limited number of results for free for Most Shared and Trending Topics, but if you’re blogging for business it may be worth the monthly fee (which starts at $99) to get access to more results and tools.

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