36 Blog Writing Prompts for Any Niche
Is your blog getting a little stale? Here are 36 blog post ideas, customizable to any niche, that will get your creative juices flowing and provide winning content your readers will love and share.
Have you ever noticed that when you first start a niche site or blog, the ideas flow easily and the possibilities seem endless. Then after several months or a year, you find yourself struggling to not become too repetitive. You may find you experience such intense writer's block that you neglect your blog and start to lose traffic or followers.
The following prompts, combined with some other tips, should keep you at the top of your niche when done properly.
Blog Writing Prompts
- Where did you come from? Write a bit about the keywords visitors use to find your blog and highlight any interesting or peculiar ones.
- Best of. Do a "Best of" post and focus on products or services that align with your niche. For example; I run a blog for crafters who sell at craft fairs. I might do a "Best Earring Displays for the Money". Add value and make a list - readers love both.
- Top X free apps to help you __________. Tailor this to your blog/website theme. For example "Top 5 Free Apps to Help Improve Your Writing".
- Pick a popular trend in your niche and argue for or against it. When you search for a topic, the top search results are often in favor of or promoting the benefits of your query. Think of topics people are searching and write a compelling argument against it
- Pros and Cons. Highlight the pros and cons of a book, product, or service related to your industry.
- Product Review with pictures. Choose an item you actually own that has made your life easier and do a detailed post on why and how others can benefit from it. Use original photos of you using the product.
- Getting started with _____________. Choose something related to your niche. For example "Getting Started With Organic Gardening". Provide tips and also some insights from when you were a beginner. What did you struggle with or find the most rewarding?
- X Simple Tips. People love quick bites of useful information. Come up with a list of quick tips to improve something around your niche. For example "10 Simple Tips to Improve Your Workspace".
- Do a quick bio on someone you admire in a field related to your niche. Explain how their influence has impacted you and/or your field.
- Use a free tool like Keywordshitterpro.com and type in a keyword. It will *ahem* sh*t out a lot of keyword phrases that can spark ideas. It's a free and very useful tool for bloggers despite its crude name.
- How to's. Think of something that may be related to your blog/niche that some might really benefit from. For example "How to Separate an Egg Without Making a Mess". Very basic how to's are simple to write and create value for your readers.
- How Not To's. Have you ever seen the Pinstrosity website? Take something you learned the hard way and make it a humorous "what not to do" post.
- News Posts. These are often short-lived but can be a good quick boost. Find a current news story related to your niche and talk about it in a post. What happened and how does it impact the field or what does it teach you and others?
- Research posts. Do you have a knack for research? Find a couple of interesting facts or studies related to your niche and talk about how that discovery impacts you.
- What latest trend in your niche should others try and why?
- What latest trend should people avoid and why?
- Talk about a related product or service that was way overrated or underrated.
- Write a parody or satirical piece about a subject related to your niche. Look at websites like the onion for some inspiration. Satire, when done properly, often goes viral.
- Compare techniques. For example "Rice Pudding: Stovetop or Oven Baked?" Compare both techniques and the pros and cons of each.
- Create a cheat sheet. Cheat sheets are clear, short and concise directions for how to do something. Take a complex topic you know about and simplify it.
- Develop a quiz. People love quizzes and feedback. Develop a quiz around your niche. "How much do you know about ____________"? or "Test your __________ knowledge".
- Problem and solution post. Think about a common problem related to your niche that you know how to resolve and write a post about it. For example "How to Care for Green Pans Without Scratching Them"
- Related quotations. Find a quote that is relevant to your niche or that inspires you in some way. Place the quote at the top of your post and then explain to your readers how it motivates you or the thoughts it provokes.
- Predictions. What do you think is going to happen in an area related to your industry and why? Make and explain your predictions. This can be a great interactive tool also. For example: "Five Real Estate Trends to Watch For This Year"
- Frequently Asked Questions. What questions do others ask of you regarding your niche? Answer them in a post. If no one has asked you anything of interest, think back to when you were getting started. What questions did you have?
- Dumb Questions. Often people hesitate to ask certain questions because they feel they will look stupid asking them. Create a post about these kinds of questions. "5 "Dumb" Questions About Boiling Eggs You Didn't Want to Ask".
- Checklists. Checklists are very handy for a variety of uses. Use your experience to create a thorough checklist. For example "First Craft Fair Checklist Everything You Need to Have" or "Complete Camping Checklist for Tent Camping"
- Interviews. Have an engaging conversation with an industry insider or even your own readers. Interviews are a great way to get to know others and they may even spark more ideas for future topics and posts.
- Book Recommendation. The best book you read about a topic related to your niche, what it taught you or how it impacted or benefited you.
- Life Hacks or Productivity Tips. Think of some simplification tools related to your topic/niche that others may find useful. Post them with pictures and instructions.
- Personal Goals. Discuss your personal goals for your blog or business for the next year, two years or even five years. Where you want to be and what you think you'll be doing different or the same.
- Ask Questions. Ask a thought provoking question that gets your readers thinking and then share your perspective. "What Can You do to Better Manage Your Time?" or "What Unique Ways Can I Market (product or service)? Make it a first or third person question, either one works.
- Ask for Advice. Perhaps you need a name for a new product or an idea how to do something more efficiently. Ask for direct advice on something from your readers.
- Seek Opinions. Present two possibilities and ask your readers to make a choice between them. For example "When is the best time to work out mornings or evenings"?
- Recaps. Go over a specific event and explain what happened, what you took from the experience and what you would do differently. You can do this for many things, even previous blog posts that were successful. Add to them, explain different things you did subsequently and if they worked or not etc. Recaps are good for many things from classes you have attended, shows you've watched, etc.
- Post a Freebie. Write a post about a great free product (even your own) and go into detail about the value it adds to your reader and why they should take advantage of it.
Increasing Blog Traffic
Google loves fresh content. Neglecting your blog doesn't only alienate current readers, it will eventually cause you to lose rank (or fail to gain) in your niche topic. Keeping that in mind, it's important to keep your content fresh with at least one new post per week.
Don't leave your fate to Google alone. Social media is the best and easiest way to gain readers. Ensure your posts have engaging qualities like Pinterest friendly images, polls and other items that help your readers engage with you. A simple comment box isn't enough. Most people are not going to leave a comment, but they will often answer a quick poll or leave a star rating.
Share on social media groups geared towards your niche, but don't spam. I run a website for craft fair vendors, so I have reached out to crafting interest sites and asked the moderators and owners to share my blog with their group members.
Run short, targeted ads on Facebook. Run them on your best, most informative posts, not just sales pages. This will help you get discovered and you can set the rates and who you target.
What do you think of these prompts?
© 2017 Christin Sander