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How to Come Up with Topics to Write About On Your Blog

Posted By Darren Rowse 2nd of April 2008 Video Posts, Writing Content 0 Comments

In today’s video post I want to show you a technique that can help those of us struggling to come up with ideas to post about on our blogs to discover post ideas that are relevant to what our readers are looking for information on. In the few minutes that this video goes for I come up with 15 or so post ideas – you can too.

The size of the video above might be a little small for you to pick up all of the detail in the screen cast so for a larger version see it also at Revver and YouTube. Also – once the screen cast part of the video starts you may need to turn up your volume slightly.

The two tools mentioned in this post are 103bees and Sitemeter but you could glean the same information from virtually any web metrics tool.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.
  • Simple but GENIUS!

    Great post Darren

    failureblogger-16 year old blogger

  • Hi Darren,

    Thank you for the ideas…I from India and I love this site! I was having so much difficulty trying to figure out stuff…read up on SEO too right here….I had a lot of ideas initially for my blog…but with work (excuses excuses) my blog is dead…sigh…I really need a resurrection!!

  • Darren,

    I do the same thing with Hittail… or rather Hittail does it for me. Thanks for the tip abotu 103bees, going to take a look at it after writing this comment.

  • Thanks Darren. Another excellent tool for my blogging arsenal. I’ve been looking at my sitemeter stats and haven’t even thought of that.

  • Great tools! That’s half the battle of a blog — not only writing good content but finding what the hell to write about on a daily/weekly basis!

  • Wow, that’s a great video and I did learn something from there. Now I know what topic to start off without wrecking my brains!

  • My blog is not yet established so there is little traffic to it to pick up ideas.

    So question can I find out what questions people are asking to get to similar websites/blogs like I’m trying to build.

    At the moment I’m trying to build one aimed at the Irish in America and I’m having difficulty figuring out what it is they are reading – any suggestions?

  • Interesting way to post on your blog. Will give it a go, although my blog posts are feedback related. May not work.

  • pk

    Great tips keep it up man. I really like the new way to present you blog. good luck to you and hopefully we all will keep on getting tips in future.

  • Great stuff. I will be making better use of my stats from now on. And how pleasing it is to hear a real voice (without one of those funny accents you hear now nowadays) a voice that doesn’t YELL at me :)

    Good on you

  • brilliant! I never thought about that way! keep up good work dude

  • That was very helpful, as my blog grows it is becoming more and more difficult to come up with a good new topic every day. Thanks Darren!

  • Joe

    Darren, why don’t you just embed youtube movie straight into your post. The screen would be bigger and it won’t put too much load on your server.

  • GREAT Tips, Darren!

    I would never have really thought of that. Thanks for showng some of the tools you’ve used to get the juices flowing for posting ideas.

    Super valuable info!

    Rick Wilson aka CorpRebel

  • Hi Darren,

    thanks for the scoop there. The was really valuable – will check that out.

    Regarding the search terms you’ve mentioned: why do you not use Google Analytics to monitor your incoming searches etc? Just a brain fart there… but I use it to determine – not only the search terms being used – but also to monitor traffic etc.

    All the best from Germany

  • More excellent advice … thank you Darren!

    Have just subscribed to Twitter and wanted to say thank you for the fab Fuentes quote you posted on there and respond to your influential book question. But am such a newbie I don’t know if it worked, much better here as am an old hand at blogging! lol been loving it for three months now!

    Have been subscribed to your RSS feed for a while and while am here, thank you for all the really useful info and tips, you’re a star!


  • Thanks for the tips, I am a new reader of your blog but I like what I see.

  • The site meter is what I use all the time in order to come up with new ideas. In addition to simply reading the comments left. Great post.

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