Where to find topic ideas for your next blog

Creating interesting and relevant content that your readers will enjoy and share with others can be challenging and you might run out of ideas on topics every now and then. You know your audience best, but it’s important to keep on top of the latest news and topics of interest from external sources too. If you are looking to educate yourself or looking for ideas for your next blog, here are a few sites that might be helpful:

1. Google Alerts

Irrespective of your focus, Google Alerts will help you keep on top of the latest news on the internet. You can set up as many alerts as your email box can take and get all the interesting updates without having to search online. If you are unsure about the exact topics, try a few different ones, see if any of the received alerts are relevant and keep testing new ones.

2. LinkedIn Pulse

Although there is a lot of content on LinkedIn, Pulse provides a great source of the best articles based on their popularity. You can set up your preferences and search for topics – and then simply share using the social media buttons on the page. It’s also a great way to connect with the authors if you are both interested in the same topics.

3. Flipboard

Flipboard is a news and social network aggregation site offering great content on a variety of topics. Great for your own education, as well as sharing content that is relevant to your business. You can also create your own magazines to store all your articles in one place and read them later.

4. Pinterest

If you use visual content as part of your content marketing strategy, Pinterest is a great place to look for inspiration.  From infographics, quotes or actual pictures, you will not only find visual ideas but also links to some interesting websites and articles.

5. Visualistan

Offering visual demonstrations of data created and shared by their own users I always find great information on this site when looking for ideas for new blogs or interesting content to share with my social media networks. It’s not as well-known as some of the other similar sites, but the quality of content is great!

6. Twitter

Twitter is where referrals to good content live. Don’t just look at what your fellow tweeters are talking about but consider using the search functionality. Search for hashtags to find relevant content and start browsing. You will find a lot of interesting ideas.

7. Mashable

Mashable provides a good mix of content – some less serious than others but it’s a great way to have all things talked about in one place. You can also submit your own tips if you think they should be published on the site.

8. StumbleUpon

StumbleUpon works on a principle of pushing content in front of you based on your pre-set preferences. It’s great to find less obvious sources as anyone can submit their content which gets ranked based on popularity.

9. Medium

Medium is another online magazine put together by its users where you can find a lot of great articles on interesting topics and you can also submit your own. Another site to go to if you are looking for content ideas.

10. SlideShare

YouTube without the sound – this site offers endless amounts of PDFs and PowerPoint presentations full of great insights. If you have any relevant materials worth sharing, submit your own to showcase your knowledge.

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