Stuck Yet Again
You’ve finally made the step to create a website, particularly a blog and you have been posting consistently and reached a certain level.
You’ve generated somewhat of an audience but suddenly you’re at a point where you can’t come up with great content anymore.
This is also called a writers block. Every bloggers biggest fear!
How can you come up with fresh blog topics that make money? Will your blog ever make money?
When we have a blog, we also have a responsibility to come up with fresh as well as interesting topics on a constant basis.
It’s important for us to continuously create new posts, so that our blog doesn’t die.
The thought, of constant blogging, alone can be a overwhelming. This is why I will help you diminish that fear.
What you will learn in this post:
- Teach you what you already knew but forgot about your niche
- How to instantly remove writers block
- Help you generate valuable content that converts to cash
- Provide you with tools to avoid future writers blocks
- Show you how you can have a list of topics to write about
As always, I’ve personally used these methods and still use most of them today.
Hopefully you will never doubt your content anymore after going through this guide.
Remember that for every valuable post, you may generate a few new clients, so make sure to never give up on your blog, especially when the times are hard.
Sometimes you need to think back to why you started your blog in the first place. Surely there was a strong desire or passion behind it.
Think back and try making a list of your niche. What did you particularly love about that niche? What separated this niche from any other?
Outline the things you hate about it as well. List the things you find extremely difficult to deal with or that cause issues for it.
You can probably write something for each reason you listed. Additionally you could try finding solutions to the things that cause problems.
Write out in debt tutorials or guides to avoid or solve that problem.
If you’re still stuck and don’t think you can come up with any more topics to write about, try looking at forums.
For instance, I used to have a dog of the Basenji breed. If I were to own a Basenji blog and needed some insightful content, I could join a forum for inspiration.
Simply type in your niche + forum in Google, and you should have thousands of results (see below).
Now all you have to do is have a quick browse around and look for interesting topics/ discussions that have a lot of comments.
Within one minute I found over 727 topics I could write about in that niche. Don’t assume that this is a lucky topic.
I came up with this niche as I was writing. There are forums about any kind of niche and these contain the same results if not more.
People always face problems with any type of passion they have.
Now that you have useful information you can dig through, not only will you know more about your niche, you will also provide awesome content.
This is one way to generate blog topics that make money. People will refer, share and advise your blog to other people with similar interests.
Through affiliate links or services you can now make some nice earnings.
So what if the topics discussed in the forums aren’t that great?
Try to be a bit creative. Use the forum topics as guides and twist the titles a bit. Surely you can come up with something to write about.
In case you can’t and you are incredibly stuck, you can always have a look around and see what people write as comments.
Often, certain comments are like hidden gems that could be expanded into a nice post for your blog!
After all the person asking the question and receiving several answers, indicates that other people have either faced the same problem or thought about it.
Next time someone types that question on a search engine it could be your article that provides them with the answer.
For every niche, there’s probably already some other successful blogger making a comfortable salary.
Meaning that person is most likely doing better than you. By saying that, I’m not trying to demotivate you, I’m trying to share a little secret of mine.
Clearly I’m not making millions yet, but I do learn very fast and share what I’ve learned and try to simplify it so that you can repeat my success faster.
But where do I get all my knowledge from? Most of it comes from sources that already make thousands of dollars every month.
Instead of trying to find out how to make money online from scratch, I look at what people have done.
I signed up to this course because the teachers are more than experts with what they have learned over the years and created an amazing training platform.
Other bloggers teach on their blogs like me. I spend hours on a daily basis learning from these sources.
Now besides the fact that you can learn tons and repeat their strategies, you can also look at these blogs copy or at least write similar articles.
Of course you shouldn’t copy – paste these articles for obvious reasons, but you could re-write them in your own words including personal insights.
You could also use the skyscraper technique (mentioned in my traffic post here).
For instance, if a blog lists 10 great reasons towards a particular subject, you could list 50 reasons.
Not only will your content generate more views and a wider audience, you will also get great backlinks (especially if you apply the technique).
Hopefully all of this will help you create blog topics that make money in the long run.
Another simple method to keep you updated with relevant topics, is to use Google alerts.
The great thing about setting alerts, is that whatever you type in the alert box, will generate articles that are published around the world that are relevant.
So if we take the above example again of Basenji’s, I could type in ‘Basenji Training’.
Now every time someone publishes something with that keyword, I will receive a direct message into my mailbox with a link to that post.
You can also decide how often you want to receive these emails.
There’s no limit to how many alerts you can create so technically you could receive thousands of emails related to your niche every day.
This was incredibly useful for me when I started off. I managed to write endlessly and get great informative content.
Very easy method right there to defeat your writers block!
Take A Step Back
As I mentioned above, you should look at comments on forums, but what about your own blog?
Go through your comments and see if you don’t have a few questions from your fans that you could expand on.
Another simpler way of getting to know what exactly your audience would like to hear from you, is to simply ask them.
In my automated email sequence, I ask my followers directly to tell me what they would like to see more of.
Sure not everyone will respond but those that do will help you further provide quality content for your already existing and future audience.
Of course you can’t please everyones requests but it will give you a list of things to consider at least.
(Thanks for your answer Mehdi)
What you could also do to create blog topics that make money, is to take an hour, every Sunday for instance, to do some research.
Use the above mentioned methods for research. Make a giant list of 20-40 topics that you would like to write about.
Instead of wasting time every day trying to come up with new topics, do this once a week and generate a list.
That list will keep you busy for a good month if not longer. I’ve previously mentioned that you could write down ideas as they come to you as well.
Keep a notepad with you or just type down ideas on your phone when you come up with them.
Some bloggers advise to expand already existing posts. Go through your old content and read what you’ve created.
Take out a single sentence and create an entire new post around it. You’d be surprised how effective this can be as many points in a post could be sub-posts.
Maybe you want to rethink your posting schedule as well. In the past I created a new blog post every day.
Now these posts weren’t even half as long as my current ones and they just scratched the surface of most of my topics.
Lately I’ve scheduled to post every Monday and Thursday. This gives me time to prepare, outline, do my research, edit and perfect my articles.
They are a lot beefier and provide much more valuable content. Think about your posting schedule and whether or not you post too often or too little.
If all else fails, try introducing guest posts. When you’re confronted with complete blackout and absolutely can’t come up with new stuff guest posts help.
Obviously I highly doubt you will have this problem after the several methods I introduced here, but it could still occur.
I’ve talked about guest posts many times previously and although I haven’t had any requests yet, I am open to them (*hint, hint*).
Sometimes you need to reach out to people and ask them if they are interested in posting for your blog.
I hope that I could enlighten you on what type of articles you can create for your own blog.
The fact of the matter is, if you already own a blog, you’re miles ahead of anyone trying to make money online.
Everyone has to face a writers block sooner or later in their blogging life. If it’s not a writers block, it’s going to be a burnout.
Most experience both.
The best way to avoid both is to always stay organized and set goals. Schedule your work, know what priorities you have and you’ll be fine.
Let me know if you have any additional advice. I know there’s millions of methods for other blog topics that make money out there.
These are just my current favorite ones. Leave comments below and I will get back to them.
You’re always welcome to email me personally as well if you want personal advice.
Thanks for reading,