7 Tools to Help you Generate Content Ideas

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Tools to Help you Generate Content
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What do you do on those days where you just stare at your computer screen for 3 hours not knowing what to write about?

As content creators, we’ve all experienced days like this.

One of the biggest problems content creators face is coming up with killer content ideas consistently. It’s one thing to create engaging content around the best ideas you have, but what about when those are exhausted?

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Don’t worry, Edgy Labs has come to the rescue.

In this article, we present you with 7 tools to help you generate killer content ideas without even breaking a sweat.’

Tools to Help you Generate Content:

1. HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator

First on our list and probably the easiest to use is HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator.

To generate ideas with this tool, all you have to do is enter up to 3 nouns related to the content you’d like to create and within seconds you’re returned with 5 blog topics you can write about.

Hubspot Content Ideas Tool
HubSpot

For demonstration purpose, we used the keywords “content marketing” and we were presented with these ideas.

HubSpot Content Ideas Tool Results
HubSpot

Not bad right? Just a few tweaks and we have ourselves 5 topics to write about.

2. Buzzsumo

Second on our list is Buzzsumo. Buzzsumo is a great tool for finding content ideas.

Buzzsumo does not only give you content ideas but also provides you with:

  • The number of shares each content piece has received.
  • The Influencers who shared the content.
  • Trending topics.
  • Backlinks and a lot more.

Buzzsumo guides you overall to create the best possible content and also on how to promote it when it’s ready.

A simple search for “content creation” on Buzzsumo presented us with this results:

Buzzsumo search results
Buzzsumo

How cool is that? You can export search results and also create alerts for your keywords.

3. Portent’s Content Idea Generator

Portent provides you with one of the easiest ways to come up with a blog topic on any subject.

Just plug in your subject and Portent provides you with a click-worthy title. If you don’t like the title, you can simply hit refresh and a new title will be provided.

Here’s what we settled on for the subject “content marketing” after a few refreshes.

Portent Content Idea Generator
Portent
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4. Google Trends

Even though Google trends is not originally meant as an idea generation tool, it still serves the purpose very well.

Trends allow you to see for each search term:

  •  Related topics and queries. We were presented with this results for search term “content marketing“. You can further sort the results by either top or rising keywords.
Google Trends Related Topics
Google Trends
  • Interest over time. This is particularly useful because you get to know whether people are gaining or losing interest in your subject. Here’s what interest in content marketing looks like presently. It appears there’s still a huge amount of interest in the subject.
Google trends interest over time
Google Trends

Combined together, these results can help you generate good topic ideas that’ll actually bring in traffic.

5. Quora

You may be asking why Quora is included in this list as an idea generation tool when it is, in fact, a Q & A website.

Quora makes this list because it serves the purpose of idea generation as equally as any other tool listed in this article.

People ask questions on Quora–a lot of them actually. They ask these questions because it’s important to them. It’s on their minds. These are the kinds of ideas that effective content captures.

Find repetitive questions asked on Quora about your subject and voila, you have yourself a blog topic.

Here’s what people are asking about content marketing on Quora:

Quora search results content marketing
Quora

The first question easily translates into the title “How to Generate Website Traffic Without a Budget“.

6. Alltop

Alltop aggregates news daily from multiple trusted websites around almost any subject you can think of.

A simple skim through the homepage of your interested subject can give you a ton of ideas for the next content to produce.

Here’s what the homepage for Content Marketing on Alltop looks like today:

Top Content Marketing News Alltop
Alltop

7. Answer The Public

Answer The Public is a free visual keyword and idea generation tool. This tool works very similar to Portent and HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator.

Again, to use this tool, you only have to plug in a few keywords, select your preferred country, and within seconds you’re suggested content ideas.

We used “Social Media Marketing” as our keyword and we were returned with this.

Question Visualization Answer The Public
Answer the Public

There’s also an option to view results in a different format if the visualization confuses you. All you need to do is click on Data.

Answer The Question Results Social Media Marketing
Answer the Public

Answer The Public does not only organize ideas by questions, they also provide you with a preposition category of ideas.

Preposition Category Answer The Public
Answer the Public

We hope these tools will make it easier to generate awesome content ideas for your blog.

Do you know of any other tools to help you generate content that we should know about? Share them with us!

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