10 Creative Blog Sourcing Ideas

By on November 14, 2012

Finding blogging ideas when you’re posting at least once a day, can be rough – even for the natural researchers among us. Luckily, with the social media rise there are more creative ways than ever to find fun or interesting topic ideas for your business blog. Today, I’m going to list ten of the hottest ways to find these great ideas.

#1: Blogging Ideas on Alltop

Alltop.com is a news aggregator that collects all the best trending news on the internet, organizes it in order of importance, and shows it to you in handy categories. You can find a host of incredible blogging ideas, and they are all relevant and fresh.

#2: Pinterest Images Become Posts

If your business is highly active on Pinterest, why not turn a very popular trending image into a blog post for your blog. It will attract all the fans that liked the image, not to mention the image owner – and will get you additional likes, shares and comments.

#3: Facebook Page Comments

Fans will leave posts on your page that you can turn into blogging ideas. A question or statement that leads to a full and enriching post will show that you care about your fans. No interaction on Facebook? Find a question on a competitors brand page!

#4: Random Hashtag Search

If you want to get the scoop on how people feel about something, come up with a hashtag, and plug it into Twitter search. Chances are, you’ll find lots and lots of people talking about that exact subject – and it makes for excellent blogging ideas.

#5: Bottlenose Real Time Search

Bottlenose.com is a great little search engine that brings you blogging ideas in real time – sourced from the latest news that is trending all over the internet. That’s no small feat, and it works like a charm.

#6: Response Blog Posts

A response blog post is a post that is written in response to someone else’s published media. Respond to a video, an image or an article by crafting a witty post from it. These blogging ideas are endless, just search for media created by niche authorities.

#7: Write Something Personal

In business, sometimes the best blogging ideas come from personal experience, or sharing something intimate with your readership. Don’t forget to think about the experiences and trials of your average day, and let that passion flow!

#8: Join a Forum

Forums may seem old hat to you, but they’re still a great place to get blogging ideas. Simply join an industry related forum and ask people what their core challenges are. Then respond by crafting a series of expertly written blog posts.

#9: Break The Rules

Throw SEO to the wind, abandon sensible title suggestions and do something strange or quirky for your blog. When you break the rules that you’ve made for yourself, you might find that your community responds a lot more than usual.

#10: Blogging Ideas From Cat

If you want to do something interesting, but have no idea where to begin – use popular internet trends like cats, memes, baby animals, dancing or another hot topic and integrate it into your own post. Blogging ideas come from interesting places!

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Also – can you suggest another creative way to come up with blog ideas?

About John Souza

John Souza is founder and chief strategist of SMMU and Social Media Impact, and is a bestselling business author. He won the 2011 Tech Marketing Awards ‘Social Media Marketer of the Year’ and most recently the About.com Reader’s Choice Award for Best Online Education Site. John has appeared on The Michael Gerber Show, and his business has been honored at the Mashable Awards, Forbes Business Awards and The Stevie Awards.
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