Do you ever have those days when you know you need to write but you just can’t, for the life of you, think of what you should write about? We all have those days. However, did you ever stop and consider that there is a massive idea generation tool right under your nose?
Twitter is a great tool for finding specific problems that people are having…problems you may be able to help with! Check out these three ways to use Twitter to find ideas for blog posts and articles.
Go to twitter.com/search-advanced to start doing searches on keywords in your niche. You can search specific keyword phrases or any of the words in your keyword phrase. More importantly, however, the advanced search allows you to select the Question box at the bottom and search specifically for tweets where people are asking questions. Be prepared: there will be a lot of useless Tweets you will have to wade through. However, you’re almost guaranteed to find a few great questions that people are asking.
Instead of simply responding to the Tweet with an answer, create an entire blog post answering the question. After you’ve finished the post, respond to the person with a link to your post answering their question. Chances are they’ll be blown away by your thorough response to their dilemma. (This is a great way to drive more traffic to your blog, as well.)
Have you ever searched hashtags related to your niche to see what kind of results you got? Try it! And don’t just try your keywords, try different phrases to see what people are talking about. And just in case you are still having trouble finding questions people are asking online, chances are you’ll come across some great titles for content that you could create. I am not in any way suggesting you steal someone else’s work, but by browsing through tweets, inspiration and ideas may just strike.
Check out trends.
If you spend any time at all in Twitter, you will have noticed the section on the left where Twitter tells you hashtags that are trending. Take advantage of the opportunity to write a blog post on or around that topic. After you’re done, tweet out your new post and use that hashtag. Take it a step further by asking your friends to retweet the post. Who knows, if you get enough people retweeting the new post, you may find your tweet with your new blog at the top of the trending tweets!
What do you do when you’re trying to brainstorm new ideas for your blog? Where and how do you find inspiration?