Monday, January 7, 2013

Social Media Corner: Finding Ideas to Blog About

By: Jessica Boles

We all know how important blogging can be, but it’s easy to get hung up on writing on a new topic. If you find yourself looking for fresh ideas for your blogs, here are some tips to help get your creative juices flowing.

If you are you running out of ideas for blog posts, there are a lot of tips out there that can help you start to get some new ideas. One of the biggest tips is using Google alerts. Simply set your Google alerts for a few industry keywords and ask to deliver at least 20 stories a day. Go over the headlines and topics, add in some links and once you have some related stories-there is your next blog.

Another tip is to read your competitors blog. You can subscribe to their sites and scan their headlines for some topics related to your field as well.

One easy suggestion is to look over the national newspapers and magazine stories. How do the topics in the newspapers and magazines relate to your readers? You can write about national trends as well as local trends and your readers will soon look to you for the latest big news stories.

A last piece of advice is to read your social media groups questions. What are your groups chatting about right now? You can answer these questions on your blog and then create a follow up link on your social media outlet.

There are tons of ideas to help get your brain thinking of new topics and the more blogs and posts that you create, the farther your reach goes out to other readers. Be sure to create back links, turn to others for inspiration, use keyword tools and always remember that there are NO wrong topics in writing blogs!

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