You’re stuck staring at a blank screen. You’re trying to write some content for your blog, newsletter, or eBook but no new ideas are coming.
It’s easy to start panicking right about now. What if you never find another idea? What if you’ve exhausted your supply of inspiration? What if you’re just not that creative?
Before you work yourself into a tizzy, you should know that there are a range of online tools you can use to find more content marketing ideas when you’re feeling stuck and overwhelmed. Here are a few of my favorites. You can read (or watch!) below…
When you’re struggling for ideas, Amazon is your best friend. You can use this e-commerce platform to view the table of contents for thousands of books. Sometimes, you can even read the first chapter or two.
Amazon is excellent place to start your research if you’re just not feeling your topic. The thing to keep in mind is that you can’t steal someone else’s work (e.g. don’t copy their words). But you could definitely be inspired by another content creator.
YouTube is the second most popular search engine in the world. It’s a goldmine of content marketing keywords that you can use to get inspiration and see what other users are searching for.
To do this, just go to YouTube and type in your keyword to see what it autosuggests. You might try typing phrases like “(Niche) with…” or “(Niche) for…” and seeing what appears.
For example, you might type: “Minimalism with…” or “Minimalism for…” and you’ll see plenty of possible suggestions. You can use these to create fresh content when you’re bored and uninspired.
Answer the Public
If you’re a visual person and spending hours digging through search term data bores you into a coma, then you’ll love Answer the Public. This free and super easy tool will show you what terms people are searching for in a fun, visual way.
What I love about this free content marketing resource is that it shows the questions users are typing into search engines, making it easy for you to create content that ranks well in Google.
There are dozens of headline generators you can use to get blog post or content ideas. All of them are good and many of them are useful tools when you’re feeling uninspired or struggling to fill your editorial calendar.
My favorite headline generator is Title-Generator. You can create awesome titles in just a few minutes by typing in your niche keyword. But the cool thing about this generator is that it provides you with 700+ headlines, that’s enough content to write two blog posts every day for a year!
You can also find inspiration by asking questions in your favorite online groups. I like Facebook groups and LinkedIn groups for this purpose, but this method will also work if you’re asking on a forum or on one of those Q & A websites like Quora.
The way to approach this method is to ask the correct group. Don’t go into your business group on LinkedIn and ask for the best puppy training tips. That’s off-topic and will likely get you removed from the group.
Instead, take a specific question (what’s the best way to potty train a new puppy?) and post it to your Facebook group that’s filled with pet parents.
Remember, you don’t want to take anyone’s answer verbatim (unless you have received permission to share their words in your content). But you can let their answers inspire you to create new content.
Feeling Fired Up?
By now, you should be brimming with plenty of ideas you can use when it comes to your content marketing.
As you’re using these tools, make sure to keep a list of what’s inspiring you and future content ideas. This will help you keep your editorial calendar full for days or weeks to come!