If you create content, then you’ve likely run into times where you’re at a loss for ideas. No matter how passionate you are about your industry, you will sometimes need a bit of inspiration to help see you through your editorial calendar. In this post, we’re going to look at ten tools that can help you keep your content ideas flowing smoothly.
Title Tool by ContentForest
There’s nothing like a little simplicity, and that’s what you’ll find with the Title Tool by ContentForest. Simply enter your keyword or keyword phrase, and you’ll get a minimum of five title ideas to choose from.
You’ll want to modify these to make them unique for your businesses as others may have used the exact titles already. But it can give you a great starting point!
Portent’s Content Idea Generator
Next on the list is Portent’s Content Idea Generator. Again,you will enter your keyword or keyword phrase and it will suggest a title. This one goes beyond just giving you a title – it even gives you tips about how to improve the content itself.
If you don’t like the first suggested title, you can continue to hit the refresh button until you see a title you like. You could receive an additional 20+ title ideas by doing this, plus additional writing tips.
WP Swipe & Deploy
How would you like to get your content ideas within your WordPress admin dashboard? WP Swipe & Deploy is a premium WordPress plugin (with a one-time fee of $27 – $47) that allows you to see 550+ blog post title ideas each time you go to add a new post to your blog.
You will need to modify the title suggestions to match your industry. If you don’t see anything you like, you can continue to click the next button until you find something that inspires you that day.
Feedly is known as one of the most popular Google Reader alternatives. It can also be used for title inspiration. First, you’ll need to subscribe to the top blogs in your industry. Then, you can start using your subscriptions to see what they are writing about particular topics. For example, you can use your browser to highlight titles with specific keywords.
This can help you identify any trending topics that you should be covering, or help you see a gap in coverage about a particular topic. For example, you might see that everyone is talking about the new Facebook newsfeed design, but no one is talking about how to optimize your Facebook posts to get the most visibility within it.
Want to see the titles that generate the most social engagement for inspiration? Then try Social Crawlytics. This tool will allow you to scan any blog’s content to see the number of tweets, likes, stumbles, LinkedIn shares, pins, and bookmarks each post has received.
This way, if you are looking to have a hot piece of content on a specific social network, you can see the types of titles and topics that will allow you to achieve that goal. Of course, you don’t want to copy other people’s content word for word, but you do want to know what works as inspiration for your own unique content.
Google Drive Spreadsheets
Content ideas can be a collaborative project. Even the non-writers in your organization may have topics they would love to see covered on the company blog, so long as they don’t have to write them. Offer the opportunity for everyone in your organization to submit topic ideas via a Google Drive Spreadsheet.
You can let people submit anonymously, or turn it into a contest where the person who submits a topic that reaches a certain goal (number of social shares, conversions, etc.) gets some small reward or recognition.
Speaking of getting ideas from others, what about getting ideas from your own audience? Qualaroo is a premium insights tool (starting at $79 per month, billed quarterly) that allows you to survey your website visitors using a small popup at the bottom right of their screen.
You can set it to appear on your blog so that people who read your content can give you even more ideas to write about. Best of all, you’ll now have a peak inside the heads of your content consumers.
If you would like a lower priced alternative, you can also check out FeedbackDaddy, which is a similar freemium tool. It’s free for up to 300 monthly views, and then starts at $9.99 per month for up to 3,000 monthly views.
Google Consumer Surveys
If you don’t want to pay a recurring fee for a small, popup survey, then Google Consumer Surveys is a great alternative. This tool allows you to place surveys on your website for $0.10 per complete for one question.
You can choose to run your survey just once, biweekly, monthly, or quarterly and set the number of responses you want to receive each time, so effectively you could set your budget to 100 responses per month for just $10 per month. You also get the option to only show the survey to audiences from a specific location – this means you can get topic ideas from your ideal customers.
Google AdWords Keyword Planner
Google AdWords Keyword Planner is not often thought of as a great content idea generator, yet it can be if used correctly. Whenever you search for a keyword, you can export up to 800 related keyword ideas to a CSV file.
Once exported, all you have to do is delete all of the columns except the Keyword and Avg. monthly searches columns. If you want a specific keyword to always be included, use the filter option on the column to only show cells that include that specific keyword.
Sort the remaining results by number of monthly searches, and then start seeing which ones you can turn into content titles!
Another great content idea generator is UberSuggest. Again, not typically thought of as a content idea generator, but it can be useful. You simply type in a keyword or phrase, and it will give you all of Google’s suggestions.
Once you’ve perused the suggestions from a to z, you’re bound to have a few new content ideas. You unfortunately can’t export the list, but you can copy and paste them into a text document or spreadsheet. After a bit of editing, you’ll be on your way to creating another great topic list.
Have you come up with great ideas using these tools or other similar ones? Let us know in the comments.