5 Ways to Find Inspiration for Your Blog

Finding ideas for blog posts can be quite a challenge — even for the most seasoned and experienced blogger. As an online seller, you know that having great content for your blog is critical if you want to draw buyers to your website, but there are days when you’re just not feeling any inspiration. If you’re drawing a blank on ideas for blog posts and need some inspiration, here are 5 ways to get those creative juices flowing.

First, visit other blogs that are in your same niche. Whether you write about vintage clothing, making soap out of goat milk, or restoring old automobiles, you can pretty much bet that there are other bloggers out there somewhere that share your interests. While stealing an entire post should be avoided (not only is this frowned upon, but it’s also considered plagiarism), finding a new angle or different way to write about the same idea can sometimes be all the inspiration you need.

You could also answer a question for your readers. Putting a question out on social media sites, such as Twitter or Facebook, is a great way to get response. If you answer the question on your blog instead of responding directly, it will not only generate interest in your blog, but if it’s a question that a lot of people are interested in the post may even make it into Google or Bing search results. To see the most popular questions people are asking related to topics you like to blog about, visit websites such as www.ask.com or www.blurtit.com.

It’s always a great idea to write a review. Is there a new product available in your niche, or has a new book about something in your product line recently been published? If so, write a blog post giving your comments and opinion about it. Discuss how the product or book helped you, or how it gave you new ideas for your business. If the item you’re reviewing wasn’t to your liking, it’s okay to post about that too — just be fair and explain in detail the reasons why you weren’t impressed. Try to avoid appearing too “snarky”, and provide a valid reason as to why you don’t feel you can recommend the product.

Link to a post from a blog in your same niche. Expand on the other blog writer’s idea or present a different spin on their post. Invite readers to give their opinions about the topic as well. Remember to keep it professional, especially if you disagree with the other blogger or if they respond to your post with a nasty comment. The idea is to have a healthy debate about a common interest in your niche, not start World War III.

Finally, ask the readers of your blog what they would like to read about. Invite your readers to ask you questions. This not only gives you some great ideas and material for a blog post, but allows you to start a meaningful dialogue with people who regularly read your blog. If your blog is not getting much in the way of comments yet, you can always check out comments from other blogs to figure out what type of questions potential readers might have.

This guest post was contributed by Kat Simpson. Kat is a trusted eCommerce author, speaker, educator, and entrepreneur. Kat Simpson has been a successful eCommerce merchant for over 10 years; is an eBay Education Specialist and Gold Level PowerSeller, as well as a successful Amazon merchant. Currently Kat is the hosts the popular weekly eCommerce Podcast That Kat Radio and an active Facebook Group ThatKat.


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