Want to know the common denominator among all successful websites and blogs? It’s high-quality content. Content provides visitors with a reason to access websites, and it also encourages higher search rankings. Google even says that creating high-quality content is “the single most important thing to do.” But what happens when you experience writer’s block and are unable to think new topics ideas for your website?
Alltop is touted as an “online magazine rack,” which is apparent from the first time you visit the site. It literally has hundreds of different categories, all of which are filled with trending listings. Just check out a category that suits your website to see post topics from other popular websites in your niche. Obviously you shouldn’t copy other sites’ titles word-for-word, but you can certainly draw inspiration from it to create your own content-driven pages.
If you aren’t using Google News, you are missing out on one of the most powerful tools for uncovering new topic ideas. Just enter a keyword that’s related to your site’s niche, and it will reveal recent newsworthy posts pertaining to them. Google News is an excellent for finding current event-style posts, as the search engine giant often indexes new posts within minutes — sometimes even seconds — of them being published.
While we are on the subject of Google, we might as well mention Google Trends. Using this tool, you can find trending keywords that are associated with your site’s niche. After searching for a keyword on Google Trends, look at the bottom for related searches along with their respective search popularity rating. You can even use Google Trends to predict the future popularity of keywords.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you’ve had an online presence for any significant length of time, you’ve probably had users ask you a question via email or social media. So why not turn those questions into a FAQ page for your website? Go through all of your emails, social media profiles, instant messages, etc. and collect all user-asked questions. Next, place them on a FAQ page and answer them. As you receive new questions, go back and add them to your FAQ page as well.
Embed YouTube Video
Rather than focusing your content efforts strictly on text, you should consider venturing into other forms of media, such as video. Thanks to YouTube, including videos on a website is now easier than ever. Just search for a video that’s related to your niche, grab the iframe embed code, and paste it into your site’s HTML. Visitors will now be able to watch the video without ever leaving your site. And if you really want to go the extra mile, feel free to add your own personal commentary to the video.