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Generating Content Ideas

Generating Content Ideas

As a blogger you need to constantly be generating content ideas so you don’t run out of things to write about.  When you first start your blog you often have lots of ideas but as the months or years go by, the ideas seem to go as well. No matter what your niche or blog topics may be, there are always ways to find new content ideas.

Generating Content Ideas

Generating Content Ideas

Expand On a Past Idea

Look at your past posts, especially the ones that have done well traffic wise and see if you can expand on the idea. For example a post on 10 Ways to Get Your Child to Sleep could turn into a new idea of 10 Ways to Get Your Child to Eat His Veggies or What To Do When Your Child Can’t Sleep. A DIY craft post could turn into a décor post of ways to use those DIY crafts in your home. Or a recipe post could turn into a health post of the benefits of eating the main food in the recipe.

Even better, you can link these posts together to keep people visiting your pages. Don’t just make them related posts at the bottom, but mention them and link to them IN your post. e.g. Chicken Chiloquiles Recipe. I love chicken recipes because of all the benefits of eating chicken (last 4 words linked to benefits post). etc.

Answer a Question

Check out Quora and find questions on subject matter that you cover on your blog. Quora basically does the work of generating content ideas for you. Find a question that you could answer and then turn it into a blog post. Find questions with lots of upvotes which indicate that others are interested in that question too. Just make sure that you are writing YOUR answer to the question and not copying what someone else said.  See the question? Now I have a post idea: The Downside of Keeping Cats as Pets.

There is also a small trending spot which could tell you what trending topic you might want to post about to take advantage of traffic.

Quora

Use a Content Generator

The Portent Content Idea Generator is a fun online tool that can help you generate post titles which you can then turn into posts. The content idea generator gave me the idea for my How to Be the MacGyver of Blogging post.

You plug in your blog subject and click the arrow to get an idea. Click the arrow again and again for more. I just copy and pasted the ones I liked into a txt document for later. Try again with each blog subject.

Content Generator

 

Use Buzzsumo

Buzzsumo is a website tool that is used by many big companies to see what is the most shared posts on a subject. There is also a trending tab so you can see what is trending and if it fits your niche, you can make a post about it.

Why do you want to know what is most shared? It will give you ideas of posts and hopefully if you share it well,  it will get lots of shares too.  In the image below, I searched for Fashion Tips. I can see which posts got the most shares and can use their post idea and make a post of my own. Just make sure you are using them as inspiration and not copying their post.

Please note that with the free version of Buzzsumo you can only do 3 searches a day and you will get limited results but the free version is just enough for generating content ideas.

Buzzsumo

HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator

This generator takes 3 nouns that you input and comes up with 5 post ideas at a time. Save the ones you like into a document for later. You may have to edit for grammar. I inputted Parenting, Pets and Health and this is what it gave me.

Hubspot Tool for Generating Content Ideas

Content Idea Generator

This generator requires you to signup with your email, confirm and then get an email and password. After all that, you answer 18 questions and then you are given more than a hundred great ideas you can use for blog posts, emails, audio, video etc.  However this is designed for people who have a product/service that they sell.  I generated 360 ideas in 0.0063 seconds! The best part is, it gives you a box that you can select all and copy and paste into a document easily.

Summary:

These 6 ideas and tools should help you come up with hundreds of potential post ideas. Make sure to record them somewhere and then pull up that document when your brain is stuck and you need something to write about.

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Blogger’s Guide to Pinterest: Basics

The Blogger's Guide to Pinterest: Basics

This Blogger’s Guide to Pinterest is for those who are new to using Pinterest as a blogger and need to know the basics. I’ll be following it up later this month with an advanced post for those who already use Pinterest but want to know a bit more.

The Blogger's Guide to Pinterest: Basics

Blogger’s Guide to Pinterest

 

What Pinterest Is

If you are already familiar with Pinterest in general you can skip this section but if you aren’t, here are the very basics. Pinterest is like an online bulletin board that is separated into sections. In a regular bulletin board you might pin all your phone numbers you don’t want to forget in one spot and your photos over there and your notes from school over here.

With Pinterest you create different boards with different themes (DIY, Recipes, Parenting, Books to Read, Places to Travel etc) and “pin” images (that are usually linked to a website or blog post) to those boards. So if you are on a website that has a recipe you want to keep, you pin the image to your recipe board. Later when you are looking for recipe ideas, you can visit Pinterest and look through your Recipe boards for a picture that looks tasty, then click through to find the blog post with the recipe again. Some boards are there just for the images for example I have a Rainbow board that features images full of rainbow colours. It doesn’t matter if the images is linked to something or not, because it’s just for me to view the board. You can also repin an image someone else pinned on Pinterest to one of your own boards.

Take note: You can only pin images so if a blog post has something great in it but there are NO images, you can’t add it to Pinterest. More on this later.

How it Can Help Bloggers

Bloggers use Pinterest to get more blog traffic. When your blog posts are being pinned by multiple people, more people will see them, repin them to their boards and then click through to check out your post. The trick to getting people to click through to your blog then is to have high quality pin images so it will draw people in.

Your Pinterest Profile

To start off, upload a profile image. This should be the same image you use on other social media for branding reasons. You want to have a similar look on your blog and social media profiles. Include a link to your blog and use the verification process to verify your website. To do this you must make your account a business account. Make sure you include your keywords in your profile description. If you don’t know about keywords, they are the words you would expect someone to search to end up at your blog. For example Edmonton Blogger or Baking Recipes or Book Reviews etc.

Your Boards

Create Boards for all the topics you post about on your blog as well as other common ones and ones that people who visit your blog might also be interested in. For example a Family or Lifestyle blogger should have DIY, Recipes, Fashion, Beauty, Parenting, Gardening, Organizing etc. A book blogger might have Books to Read, Book Reviews, Bookshelf Ideas, About Reading (plus some other common ones like DIY, Fashion, Beauty etc.) Or perhaps Book Reviews: Romance, Book Reviews: Nonfiction, Book Reviews: Mystery etc. A food blogger would have more than just Recipes, they might have Breakfast, Vegan, Desserts, Snacks, Party Food, Chicken Recipes, Beef Recipes etc.

Use keywords in your boards. Also add board descriptions to each board. Pinterest is a search engine so when someone searches for something you pin about, you want your board to show up as an option. So instead of Clothes I Like it should be Fashion,  instead of Places I’d Like to Go it’s Places To Travel or Travel.

If you are pinning to get traffic, you will want more than just the boards you are interested in. For example I never Garden but I have a Gardening board because people who visit  my blog are often interested in Gardening.

Pinning Tips

  1. You have to pin other people’s stuff as well as your own. When you see a post you like, pin it. When you are browsing Pinterest repin pins that look good and make sure all the pins are going to relevant boards.
  2. Check the description that shows up when you pin. If it’s not good, change it to something better. Make sure you do this BEFORE you choose a board.
  3. Pin every day. The more often you pin, the more often you will show up to other Pinners and you will get more followers who will also check out your boards and click through your content.
  4. Pin high quality images only. Unfocused, blurry images with no indication of what the post it’s attached to is about are NOT good to pin/repin. High quality photos with a blog post titles are much better.
  5. Don’t pin like crazy one after another after another, space them out a bit otherwise you are spamming the feed (aka the people who follow you will see all your pins and no one elses.)

Group Boards

Group boards are boards that more than one person contributes too. You can take any of your existing boards and make it a group board if you want by inviting others to contribute. It’s better if the person who creates a group board already has lots of followers so if you are new to Pinterest, I would focus on joining group boards, not creating them. There is a Facebook group dedicated to finding group boards, otherwise you can post in any blogging group or forum, saying that you are looking for a group board with “such and such” a theme to join.

Promoting Yourself

I will cover this more in the advanced post but pin your post as soon as it’s live using a vertical, high quality pin that you have created. Occasionally pin your older content onto relevant boards. Find group boards on topics you post about and pin your content to group boards as well as other people’s content of course. Add social sharing buttons to your posts that include Pinterest to make it easy for you and everyone else to pin your posts. Go back to older posts that are good quality and add pinnable images.

Check back for the advanced post which will go into more detail on promoting yourself and includes how to use Pinterest Analytics and how to get the most out of Pinterest.

For more helpful Pinterest posts, visit a few of my favorite bloggers:

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Track Your Blog’s Finances #WAHMHop

Track Your Blogs Finances

Track Your Blogs FinancesIf you are a professional blogger at some point you will need to find a way to keep track of your finances. Your income (sponsored posts, ad revenue, affiliate ads, product or service fees) and expenses (conference fees, design work, office supplies, internet fees.)

Many bloggers have created printables or spreadsheets to track these things. Try a few and figure out which one works best for you. I highlight a few options below. They show as pins so you can easily repin to your own boards or click through to see the website it came from.

FREE

Income/Expenses Sheet from The Alisha Nicole

This is a simple sheet that you can print out and keep track of the date, source, expense, income and notes.



Monthly Blog Income/Expense Tracker from The Stitchin Mommy

Another simple print out, one for income and one for expenses. Date, Source, Description, Amount.



Blogging Income Spreadsheet from Simply Stacie

This spreadsheet is a Google Doc that you can save to use for yourself. It’s a simple setup with date, company, description, amount and notes. It has different tabs for each month.



Affiliate Website Earnings Spreadsheet from SugarRae

This spreadsheet is more complicated and allows you to track where you are an affiliate for including your contacts info, login info, niche, commission rate and similar info. Then a spreadsheet allows you to track your earnings for each month and year plus list of expenses.



PAID

Blog Revenue Spreadsheet from Pulling Curls – $3

This spreadsheet allows you to track your traffic as well as your income. It’ allows you to track many income sources and tracks the changes from month to month. You can order it through PayPal.



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Blogging and Taxes #Infographic

Blogging and Taxes is a topic I do not like to discuss. Taxes are a part of life but they are also a common cause of stress that comes by at the beginning part of the year – year after year after year.

I am not qualified to give any sort of advice but I was curious what other bloggers did with regards to taxes so I took it upon myself to a do a quick survey and compile the results into an infographic to share with you.

The following data is only on a small sample of 64 bloggers so keep that in mind when you are looking through the data.

Please consider pinning this infographic if you find it interesting. You may also repost it with proper credits intact.

Be sure to check below the infographic for some helpful links.

Blogging and Taxes #Infographic #WAHMHop

For more helpful tax related posts, check out a few of my favorite bloggers.

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