25 ways to find blog content

This post originally appeared over at our blog resource centre, For Bloggers By Bloggers. I wanted to share it here as I thought you might find it useful, as well as share some of the free resources we offer over at FBBB. Feel free to pop on over and check the rest of For Bloggers By Bloggers out, and subscribe if you like what you find.

As a blogger, you know that sometimes the hardest thing to do is come up with content for your blog. Finding ideas for your blog (especially if you want to post regularly) can often lead to you not blogging at all, because you start hitting the wall when it comes to what to blog about. So I thought it might be useful to offer up 25 ways to use the web to find content for your blog. Here they are.

Blog Comments

1. Using a plug-in like CommentLuv allows your commenter to share their most recent post. I’ve seen blog titles that have intrigued me and clicked through to read, and given me an idea for a post of my own. We use CommentLuv on For Bloggers By Bloggers.

2. If you see a comment that really resonates and offers a great viewpoint, ask the poster if they’d like to guest for you and expand on the original comment.

3. Similar to above, if you see a comment you disagree with, expand your own view into a post and offer reasons why your viewpoint is different.

Other Blogs

find content for your blog4. As #1 points out, CommentLuv is great for sharing the most recent post of a blogger, but not every blog uses it. So click through the URL of someone’s comment and see what they’re writing about, to see if you can gather ideas from there.

5. Blogrolls. While some have called blogrolls out of date, many bloggers still use them to share what they’re reading. Visit the blogs of those your favourite blogger reads, and see what ideas you can get from them.

6. A lot of bloggers have category lists for Top 10 Tips and popular posts in their navigation menu. Have a look and see what’s there, and use them to build your own content from.

7. Speaking of popular posts, if a blogger has their most popular posts on display in their sidebar, click on a couple to read and see what made them popular. Then see how you can take inspiration from them.

Social Bookmarks

8. Delicious is a great resource for finding blog content. Just type your topic into the Delicious search bar and you’ll find a ton of results from people that have saved articles or blog posts about your chosen topic.

9. Stumbleupon is a cool browser add-on that lets you browse websites at random. You can land on some great content that will give you your own ideas for your blog.

10. While not as popular as it used to be, Digg still has some great shared posts and news on its site. Look at the most popular and see what take you can offer.

11. BizSugar is becoming more popular, as it concentrates on small business news. If your blog is in this niche, you can get some great ideas from here.

12. A mix of social bookmarking and community, Blog Engage is similar to Digg and BizSugar with its voting system, but it focuses a lot on just bloggers and is a great starting point for ideas.

Blog Resources

13. One of my favourite blog communities is Scribnia. You can find authors and bloggers based on niches, and this can really help you target content to get inspiration from.

14. Alltop offers a great collection of blogs in a veritable feast of topics – if you can’t find something to write about there, then I’m stuck!

15. Still viewed by many as the Blogger’s Bible, Technorati has more than 133 million blogs registered with them. Use the categories or top topics to find content you can get ideas from.

16. Google Blog Search offers up a huge resource of blogs on every topic under the sun. Much like Alltop and Technorati, use the topic search to find your interests.

17. Another resource from Google is their Trends platform. If you’re quick off the mark, you can write a blog post about a trending topic, optimize it for SEO, and (hopefully) be found by those looking at the trends for that moment.

18. Junta 42 offers some great tips on content marketing – check out their articles for ways to get ideas for your own blog. find content for your blog

Social Networks

19. If you’re on Twitter, one of the best ways to find content for your blog is to jump into the weekly #blogchat discussion. Great bloggers, great topics – what more do you need?

20. Sticking with Twitter, have a look at what’s trending at any time on that platform then see if you can get a post out about it (just don’t go all spammy with your hashtags when your post is ready). Trendsmap is a great resource for global trends.

21. And yet again with Twitter, Twitter Search is great for finding out what people are saying regarding the stuff you blog about – type in a keyword, and see if any conversations inspire you to expand on them in a blog post.

22. On Facebook there’s a great app called Networked Blogs, that shares content from Facebook users with blogs, and the Networked Blogs directory. You can get a widget with different blogs in it, and use this to build some ideas for your own content.

23. LinkedIn Groups are perfect for finding blog content. Look at the questions being asked on there and write a blog post as your answer.

24. Seen by many as a place for file and document sharing, Slideshare has great presentations that are just chock full of ideas for you to take away and build several blog posts from.

25. YouTube is more than just a video upload site – think about grabbing a tips video, for example, embedding it into a blog post and then riffing on what else could have been added to the video to make it a better resource.

Your Turn

As you can see, there are a ton of ideas that you can get from places you’re already using, but may not have thought of. These are just 25 – but there’s bound to be a ton more.

So how about you – what are some of the ways you find content for your blog? Share your tips in the comments!

Oh, and as a bonus tip, make sure you subscribe to For Bloggers By Bloggers and we’ll hopefully keep bringing you ideas on growing your blog and content!

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85 comments
Jobette
Jobette

I am using some curation site. Its a good source of information

Jobette
Jobette

I am using some curation site. Its a good source of information

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I was not aware of #blogchat. I will have to try that one out. Of course, I am not the biggest fan of Twitter. I guess I have always been a bit too long winded for Twitter. :)

Bennety_Mark
Bennety_Mark

Well, it is true that using Commentluv, you can get instant approval comments. Plus more bloggers will read your blog and pass their comments. So there is a chance that one or two bloggers will get interested in the topics which you write and would subscribe for your blog. This will help you get a guest blogger for your website. That is the best thing about blogging.

Cody
Cody

Using plug-ins like CommentLuv is one of the easiest ways of finding quality blog sites on the web. Then install PR add-ons on your browser and sort out some high Page Ranking blogs. Pass on sensible comments. This is what I do. I hope this helps. Thanks.

Cody
Cody

Using plug-ins like CommentLuv is one of the easiest ways of finding quality blog sites on the web. Then install PR add-ons on your browser and sort out some high Page Ranking blogs. Pass on sensible comments. This is what I do. I hope this helps. Thanks.

Queentorrent
Queentorrent

I just started a new <a href=http://www.queentorrent.com>blog</a> a few weeks ago using many similar ideas. But you have just confirmed that I .headed down the right path. Thanks.

Queentorrent
Queentorrent

I just started a new blog a few weeks ago using many similar ideas. But you have just confirmed that I .headed down the right path. Thanks.

Queentorrent
Queentorrent

I just started a new blog a few weeks ago using many similar ideas. But you have just confirmed that I .headed down the right path. Thanks.

Queentorrent
Queentorrent

I just started a new blog a few weeks ago using many similar ideas. But you have just confirmed that I .headed down the right path. Thanks.

osakasaul
osakasaul

Nice on, Danny. Great knowing you via Triberr, and getting ideas for articles for my own blog from the innovative writings people are publishing and sharing with Triberr.

osakasaul
osakasaul

Nice on, Danny. Great knowing you via Triberr, and getting ideas for articles for my own blog from the innovative writings people are publishing and sharing with Triberr.

Dragutin
Dragutin

Nice post. I will use few of your tips when writing for my blog.

Dragutin
Dragutin

Nice post. I will use few of your tips when writing for my blog.

Shamim
Shamim

I use Google Reader for brainstorming. I usually go there to read new contents in one place and grab the attractive ideas for my blogs.

Shamim
Shamim

I use Google Reader for brainstorming. I usually go there to read new contents in one place and grab the attractive ideas for my blogs.

renepower
renepower

Good to see the hits keep on coming, I've just circulated this internally as essential reading.

renepower
renepower

Good to see the hits keep on coming, I've just circulated this internally as essential reading.

FranklinEllisTN
FranklinEllisTN

Danny, Thanks for the post. As a new blogger, I appreciate the tips.

FranklinEllisTN
FranklinEllisTN

Danny, Thanks for the post. As a new blogger, I appreciate the tips.

renepower
renepower

Top post Danny. I also can't praise Google Reader high enough. And I even wrote a blog post last Friday about why writing the blog isnt enough when it comes to blogging anymore - ie get it out there!

renepower
renepower

Top post Danny. I also can't praise Google Reader high enough. And I even wrote a blog post last Friday about why writing the blog isnt enough when it comes to blogging anymore - ie get it out there!

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

I did this this morning. Couldn't figure out what to blog about so I went straight to my Reader. Opened Harvard Business Review, scanned the headlines, found one that was intriguing, and voila! I have a blog post on terror management theory and how I deal with that as a leader. Also, you, @frankdickinson and I have talked about this, but keep notes of things that are interesting to you. I use Evernote because it syncs to my phone, my laptop, and my iPad. So it doesn't matter if I've forgotten one or if I've written something down in a notebook and don't have it with me. My ideas are always there. Plus it's great for shopping, too.

ginidietrich
ginidietrich

I did this this morning. Couldn't figure out what to blog about so I went straight to my Reader. Opened Harvard Business Review, scanned the headlines, found one that was intriguing, and voila! I have a blog post on terror management theory and how I deal with that as a leader. Also, you, frankdickinson and I have talked about this, but keep notes of things that are interesting to you. I use Evernote because it syncs to my phone, my laptop, and my iPad. So it doesn't matter if I've forgotten one or if I've written something down in a notebook and don't have it with me. My ideas are always there. Plus it's great for shopping, too.

Craig_McKenna
Craig_McKenna

Danny, very useful and comprehensive post. Its not often that I print a blog off and refer back to it but I know I will be with this one. I published a post less than 30 minutes ago and I will be polishing it further after reading this!

Craig_McKenna
Craig_McKenna

Danny, very useful and comprehensive post. Its not often that I print a blog off and refer back to it but I know I will be with this one. I published a post less than 30 minutes ago and I will be polishing it further after reading this!

prosperitygal
prosperitygal

Danny you are definately thorough. Finding inspiration for blogs is not my linchpin, it is getting them written. I have numerous headlines written and saved as drafts that need to be completed. One thing I have leanred sometimes you get the idea way in advanced of when it needs to be used( SIGH guess I will breath in more patience).

prosperitygal
prosperitygal

Danny you are definately thorough. Finding inspiration for blogs is not my linchpin, it is getting them written. I have numerous headlines written and saved as drafts that need to be completed. One thing I have leanred sometimes you get the idea way in advanced of when it needs to be used( SIGH guess I will breath in more patience).

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What is PR add-ons?  - Page Rank checking that correct?

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Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@renepower Cheers Rene, glad you enjoyed, and thanks for sharing with your own connections.

Dannybrown
Dannybrown

@renepower Cheers Rene, glad you enjoyed, and thanks for sharing with your own connections.

DannyBrown
DannyBrown

@FranklinEllisTN Glad the post was useful, Franklin, and good luck with your new blogging journey (feel free to drop by For Bloggers By Bloggers anytime!) :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@FranklinEllisTN Glad the post was useful, Franklin, and good luck with your new blogging journey (feel free to drop by For Bloggers By Bloggers anytime!) :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@renepower I really need to revisit Reader. I had it for a while, but then it got out of control with feeds, etc. Now I subscrib to blogs by email; but maybe time to get back into Reader and use it as a very moderated news feed.

Cheers, Rene :)

dannybrown
dannybrown

@renepower I really need to revisit Reader. I had it for a while, but then it got out of control with feeds, etc. Now I subscrib to blogs by email; but maybe time to get back into Reader and use it as a very moderated news feed. Cheers, Rene :)

FrankDickinson
FrankDickinson

@ginidietrich I am COMPLETELY with @dannybrown on this - Please write a post on Evernote - how you use it, why, where all the good stuff!

This is not a hint - this is me begging :)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@ginidietrich @frankdickinson Admit it, Gini, you're on commission for Evernote, aren't you? ;-) Actually, that'd be a great topic for your guest post here, hint hint...

Looking forward to reading your terror management post - that should be a doozy!

FrankDickinson
FrankDickinson

@ginidietrich I am COMPLETELY with dannybrown on this - Please write a post on Evernote - how you use it, why, where all the good stuff! This is not a hint - this is me begging :)

dannybrown
dannybrown

@ginidietrich frankdickinson Admit it, Gini, you're on commission for Evernote, aren't you? ;-) Actually, that'd be a great topic for your guest post here, hint hint... Looking forward to reading your terror management post - that should be a doozy!

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@Craig_McKenna Hey there Craig,

Cheers sir - glad you enjoyed, and think you're the first person to tell me a post was printed, nice :)

dannybrown
dannybrown

@Craig_McKenna Hey there Craig, Cheers sir - glad you enjoyed, and think you're the first person to tell me a post was printed, nice :)

prosperitygal
prosperitygal

@Danny Brown @prosperitygal Danny I love you and loving want to share my Mother said her daughter doesn't have hell in it so it is Michele ;)).

If I wrote everything right then I think of I would literally be writing while I drive, eat and have sex (OMG she said that out loud).

I am taking my own advice and updating my mindmap for my editorial content 2011 and looking at which drafts fit where, then plugging them in (SSSHHH do not tell anyone there is an internal engineer in me. I am suppose to be organic-intuitive and creative)

Danny Brown
Danny Brown moderator

@prosperitygal Maybe leave less in drafts and publsh more spontaneously, Michelle? I used to have a ton of drafts, and found that they never got publshed as I lost interest in the topic. Now, I pretty much publish as I write, and found it to make a big difference. Worth a try?

prosperitygal
prosperitygal

@dannybrown @prosperitygal Danny I love you and loving want to share my Mother said her daughter doesn't have hell in it so it is Michele ;)). If I wrote everything right then I think of I would literally be writing while I drive, eat and have sex (OMG she said that out loud). I am taking my own advice and updating my mindmap for my editorial content 2011 and looking at which drafts fit where, then plugging them in (SSSHHH do not tell anyone there is an internal engineer in me. I am suppose to be organic-intuitive and creative)

dannybrown
dannybrown

@prosperitygal Maybe leave less in drafts and publsh more spontaneously, Michelle? I used to have a ton of drafts, and found that they never got publshed as I lost interest in the topic. Now, I pretty much publish as I write, and found it to make a big difference. Worth a try?

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