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4 Killer Places To Find Blog Inspiration

Writer’s block is as common to bloggers as athlete’s foot is to, well, athletes. If you find yourself banging your head on your desk in the hopes that a good idea will fall out, please stop. Neurologists frown upon this activity, and there are much better ways to spark your creative genius.


When in doubt, turn to these four resources to help you think of your next great blog post idea:

Quora


For content marketers, Quorais simply magical. The three-year-old social discovery start-up aims to be a centralized hub for questions and answers on the web; think Yahoo Answers meets Facebook.

Spending only a few minutes on Quora can provide you with enough content inspiration to last a month. More importantly, you’ll be able to get a sense of the questions your customers are actually asking, not just the content you think they’ll be interested in.

 

LinkedIn Answers


Similar to Quora, LinkedIn Answers helps link professionals with questions to experts who can answer them. The key difference here is that LinkedIn connects you with your existing network and makes it easier to find questions that pertain to your industry.
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You can easily sort questions and answers based on date (fresh topics) or relationship (targeted topics). While the quality of questions may not be as high as Quora, LinkedIn answers is an excellent supplement when your search for new ideas is hitting a brick wall.

 

Alltop


Wouldn’t it be great if almost all the top blogs on the Internet aggregated their most popular posts in one place? They do, and this place is called Alltop.

Alltop can give you a very diverse cross section of content and help you think of out of the box ideas. For example, you might see a post about a recent movie and then relate the lessons it teaches to your industry.

 

Your Blog Archives


Sometimes the answer for your content woes is right under your nose.

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Sifting through your blog archives might present an opportunity to revive your previously popular blog posts and update them with new facts or a different point of view. As your content marketing progresses, you will likely be able to repurpose a large portion of your old content to reflect your current strategies and goals.

 

Where do you go to find blog inspiration?

 

By Steve Murphy

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Comment by Stephen Murphy on October 22, 2012 at 7:23am

Thanks everyone. Alltop is an absolute monster of a content site, and you can get lost if you don't set a time limit for yourself!

Ralph - these are some other great resources, especially marketing charts. The data really adds a backbone to your posts (I've noticed you've been using these in a lot of recent articles!)

Christine - Twitter is great if you have a really targeted audience that shares topical and timely information. I'm not the best twitterer, but this is good incentive to start learning. 

Comment by Scott Ware on October 22, 2012 at 6:46am

Alltop just became my new best friend. Thanks!

Comment by Ralph Paglia on October 19, 2012 at 5:26pm

Great topic and certainly relevant to all us bloggers around here... I would like add Mashable, and the other topical info blogs, along with the plentiful supply of eNewsletters.  From a marketing perspective, I find the data at www.MarketingCharts.com to be rich with great topic ideas you can come up with in response to the charts and research analytics that the publish... eMarketer is another great resource for topic ideas based on analysis and interpretation of the data published.

For dealerships, the OEM is probably the single greatest resource for blog content, along with some of the enthusiast publications such as MotorTrend, Car & Driver, etc. for inspiration, or simply to interpret and review their road tests of vehicles.

Comment by Christine Rochelle on October 19, 2012 at 7:57am

Definitely agree with blog archives! I also use Twitter and look for trending topics, or just what people are talking about. Sometimes, if I notice that one of my tweets is popular I turn it into a whole blog post.

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