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Tools to Uncover New Topic Ideas for Your Blog

Can’t seem to think new topic ideas for your blog? It’s next-to-impossible to maintain a successful blog unless you are publishing fresh new content on a regular basis.

Regardless of your blog’s niche, you can uncover topics by using the tools listed below.

Google Trends

If you aren’t using Google Trends, you are missing out on one of the easiest ways to uncover hot new topics for your blog. The homepage of Google Trends will reveal some of the day’s most trending Google Search keywords. This alone can prove useful in identifying trends for which you can blog about.

But if you really want to go the extra mile, try searching for a keyword associated with your blog’s niche in the search box at the top. Google Trends will display a chart of the keyword’s search popularity, as well as its projected popularity. Remember, you want to blog about topics that are currently and/or expected to be popular. If a topic is trending downwards, it’s best to avoid it.

Topsy

Another excellent tool for bloggers is Topsy. Technically, Topsy is a “Twitter, Search, Monitoring and Analytics” tool, for which it does phenomenally well. But you can also use it to find new topic ideas for your blog. Upon visiting the homepage, enter a keyword that’s associated with your blog’s niche into the search box. Topsy will then reveal tweets containing the keyword. You can narrow your selection down by adjusting the settings on the left side of the page. If you only want to search for photos, for instance, change the search option from “Everything” to “Photos.”

Hubspot Blog Topic Generator

The Internet marketing website Hubspot has a nifty little Blog Topic Generator that does just that: reveals topic ideas based on your keyword selection. I searched for the keyword “Chihuahuas,” and it revealed the following five topic ideas:

  1. Think You’re Cut Out for Raising a Chihuahua?
  2. Take This Quiz: Why We Love Chihuahuas (And You Should, Too!)
  3. 10 Quick Tips About Chihuahua
  4. How to Solve the Biggest Problems With Chihuahuas
  5. 15 best blogs to follow about Chihuahuas

While they aren’t the most thoughtful topic ideas, the Hubspot Blog Topic Generator is still a fun tool that can spark some ideas of your own. Oh yeah, did I mention that it’s free to use.

Google News

We can’t talk about blogging tools to uncover new topic ideas without mentioning Google News. The search engine giant’s “News” platform is updated with timely current event-style web postings within minutes of them being published. Just head over the Google News, enter a relevant keyword, and Google News will reveal recent web postings containing that keyword. Keep in mind that most of these ideas will be time-sensitive, not evergreen. In other words, you’ll need to craft a new post about the topic in a timely manner; otherwise, it will become irrelevant to your target audience.

Which tools do you use to uncover new topic ideas? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Need New Topics To Blog About? Try Google Trends.

235235Whether you’re new to blogging or if you’ve been doing it for years, you’ll probably find yourself struggling to come up with new topic ideas at some point. Blogs are driven by fresh, unique content, which is why they tend to have a high percentage of returning visitors. But when you’re unable to produce new content, visitors will forget about the blog, going elsewhere for news and entertainment.

Rather than rehashing the same content that you’ve already blogged about, you should try searching for new topic ideas on Google Trends. This free tool shows search trends for various keywords. How is this helpful for bloggers? Generally speaking, you want to blog about relevant topics that are popular and meaningful. This tool allows you to see how many people are searching for a particular keyword or phrase and whether or not the trend is expected to continue.

To use Google Trends, simply visit https://www.google.com/trends/ and either search for a specific keyword or choose the the “Trending Now” option. Choosing the latter option will reveal the top searches of the day in your respective country. If you’re looking for a topic that’s more closely related to your blog’s niche or industry, type a relevant keyword into the search box at the top of the page.

For example, searching for the keyword “cybersecurity” on Google trends reveals its past performance. According to Google Trends, the keyword peaked in February 2015. While it has since declined somewhat in popularity, it remains on a strong path to popularity. Now, if you look at the bottom of the page you’ll notice a list of related searches along with their respective popularity. One such keyword is “cybersecurity framework,” which has a Google Trends popularity rating of 25.

If you want to compare the popularity of one keyword with another, click the “Add term” button above the chart. This will place the second keyword’s popularity alongside the first. Of course, Google Trends isn’t the only tool for locating new blog topics. Other excellent tools include Topsy, Alltop.com, and good ol’ fashioned Twitter. Familiarizing yourself with these terms will prove well worth the time invested.

What are your thoughts on Google Trends? Let us know in the comments section below!

3 Ways To Uncover News Topics For Your Blog

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If there’s one common denominator that all successful blogs have in common, it’s fresh content. Unless you’re publishing new content on a regular basis, there’s simply no incentive for visitors to return. Over time, this can lead to a stagnant blog with few (if any) actual human visitors. Publishing fresh content, however, will keep give readers a reason to return in the future, which subsequently increases your exposure, traffic, and possibly search engine rankings as well.

Alltop

Alltop (short for all topics) is a powerful tool that can yield hundreds of relevant current event and news topics for your blog. Founded by the creators of Truemors, it’s a aggregator that collects and groups stories from leading news websites and blogs. Alltop displays the five most recent news headlines of each respective topic category, along with the first paragraph of content.

There are literally hundreds of different topic categories available on Alltop, ranging from conspiracy and cosplay to biotechnology and home automation. Of course, you can always use the search box to locate topics relevant to your blog as well.

Google News

If you aren’t using Google News, you’re missing out on one of the easiest ways to find up-to-the-minute current event topics. Google is constantly scouring the web, locating and curating headlines in its News service. The next time you experience writer’s block and can’t seem to think of a new topics for your blog, head over to Google News and search for a keyword related to your blog’s niche. You can also view the Top Stories on the left-hand side of the page.

In addition to pushing a headline and snippet of each news link, Google also reveals when the original news article was published. This is particularly helpful for bloggers, as it allows your to easily identify recent news sources. It’s not uncommon for Google News to link to publish stories within minutes of them being created, which is pretty impressive.

Topix

A third tool for uncovering current events and news topics is Topix. This site differs from other aggregators in the sense that it’s community-driven, meaning users can add, edit and discuss stories published on the site. Topix currently boasts over 360,000 pages of news from over 50,000 different sources, some of which include newspapers, blogs, magazines, TV, and corporate websites. It offers several different top-level categories of news headlines, including All Topix, Top Stories, Forums, US News, Tech, Sports, Entertainment, Business, Offbeat, Politix, Weird News, Videos.