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Are There FREE Tools That Generate Blogging Ideas?

Starting off with me, I know a ton of Bloggers that struggle to generate great Blog post title ideas consistently for their Blog post content.  A great Blog post title always draws the reader in.

Hence reliable tools, which Bloggers can leverage to craft exciting Blog post title or content ideas, which arrest attention, educate, entertain and add value to Blog readers just cannot be ignored.

Especially if access to the tool is FREE and dependable.

A recent survey by HubSpot and Smart Insights, found that quantity & quality of content are really top most challenges for all marketer/Bloggers.

What I’m going to share in this Blog post are 8 Free tools that generate blogging ideas that can be used in different ways, to ensure that you just cannot run dry as a Blogger.

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Figuring Out What Your Site Visitor Is Searching For

Before you spend your time crafting your 1200 word, value add Blog post, wouldn’t it be terrific if you could figure out what your prospective site visitors are keying into search engines when they are searching for the content you are about to create?

If you could figure that out, then judiciously and naturally blend their search phrases into your Blog content, it’s highly likely Google will just deliver your Blog post to such searchers.  This goes a very long way in attracting focused site visitors to your Blog site.

Here are some great free tools you can use to find out the search phrases that potential customers are using to reach your Blog site. Then use exactly those search phrases as your Blog post content keyphrases to draw these individuals in.

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Google Keyword Planner

Google Keyword Planner can be used to search for keyword and ad group ideas.

Enter a keyword or phrase, the URL of a landing page, and/or an AdWords category, and the Keyword Planner will return multiple potentially relevant keywords. Knowing what your customers are searching for is the first step in creating content that gets you found, as shown in diagram 1.

The tool multiple combination of keywords / key phrases, based on what you provide it, which is a huge help generating your long-tail keywords and/or Blog titles.

Google Keyword Planner
Diagram 1

Google Suggest

The Google search box (Google Suggest) is a super simple, often ignored, technique of finding out what people are searching for.

Just type in your keyword and Google will suggest some variations of those same terms which are being searched for a lot as shown in diagram 2.

Google Suggest
Diagram 2

Scrolling right to the bottom of these search results will provide an extra helping of related searches that can be used for Blog titles – sheer magic – as shown in diagram 3.

Google Suggest
Diagram 3

UberSuggest

UberSuggest is a free keyword suggestion tool that makes ample use of Google Suggest and other suggest services.

Simply type a term into its search box, choose a language and a source, and UberSuggest will deliver it’s suggestions to you.

Using UberSugget can instantly get you thousands of keyword ideas from real user queries, i.e. real people are using these keywords in the search engines. Hence, if these keywords are relevant to your business, you should be creating content around the same keywords.

Honestly, you can use it to get ideas for your next 100 Blog posts. Copy paste these ideas in an editorial calendar and you will be good to go.

Uber Suggest
Diagram 4

Uber Suggest 2
Diagram 5

HubSpot’s Keyword Tool

The HubSpot keyword tool helps you understand what keywords are currently attracting people to your site.  It also shows you relevant keywords that you might not be currently ranking well for.

This helps you understand what topics you should be addressing in your content.

All you have to do is input your keywords into the HubSpot Keyword tool see where you rank for them, how many visits your website is getting from them, and how difficult they are to rank for as shown in diagram 6.

Hubspot
Diagram 6

Bottlenose

Bottlenose works like a social stream, search engine. It pulls in trending articles and commentary from social platforms based on keywords entered.

This helps you identify what’s relevant for your chosen topics and can and does spark lot’s of awesome content ideas as shown in diagram 7.

Bottlenose
Diagram 7

SEOGadget’s Content Ideas Generator

SEOGadget’s Content Ideas Generator is basically a Google Doc. This gets populated with news stories, articles and tweets related to a topic.

If you want to brainstorm content on inbound marketing simply enter that keyword and the generator will give you a treasure chest of ideas with a single click of a button as shown in diagram 8.

SEO Gadget
Diagram 8

Quora

Quora is the social question and answer platform. It is a great resource of ideas for various Blog post content topics as shown in diagram 9.

For example, search for inbound marketing and you can see the top stories and trending questions on Quora.  Then look at the questions that are currently unanswered. This is a clear indicator of how your Blog post can be of help to the individual who posted the question.

Create and publish your Blog post that answers the question. Login to Quora, locate the question, leave a short three, four line explanation of how your Blog post can help and place a link to your Blog post as well.

This approach is guaranteed to drive focused site visitors to your Blog site.

Quora
Diagram 9

HubSpot’s Blog Idea Generator

HubSpot’s Blog Idea Generator can definitely kick-start your creative process.

This Blog Topic Generator will come up with a week’s worth of custom topics for you, all in a matter of a few seconds as shown in diagram 10.

Using keywords you provide, the tool will come up engaging titles tailored to those terms. That way, you can always feature relevant, but interesting posts on your Blog.

NOTE: Please read their tool disclaimer carefully, their algorithm is not perfect, but you can definitely tweak the throughput HubSpot delivers to perfection.

Hubspot Idea Gen
Diagram 10

In Conclusion

Try out these all of these tools and hopefully you will have a whole year of great Blog titles in your editorial calendar.  Blog titles that will attract high quality traffic to your site and convert site visitors into leads and from there to paying customers for your business.

Do let me know which of these tools you prefer.  Recommend tools that served you well and that I’ve have missed. Please share your approach to crafting Blog titles / Blog posts in your editorial calendar.  My readers and I will really be grateful when you do.

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25 responses on "Are There FREE Tools That Generate Blogging Ideas?"

  1. Hey Ivan,
    A lot of bloggers never really get to succeed because they fail to consistently come up with good blogging ideas.

    Its good we have free tools out there that can help us craft the titles that will serve as the gateway to our blogs.

    I use HubSpot’s Idea generation tool. Its awesome! Nevertheless, newbies should explore all of the above mentioned free tools to improve their title.

    You need not utilize these tools every day because after sometime you will have ideas on what the best titles will look like!
    I left the above comment in kingged.com as well.

    • Hi Sunday,

      Yes, Enthusiasm only get you so far and no further. You have to dedicate time, resources and energy every day as a Blogger to come up with a consistent stream of excellent, engaging Blog post ideas. This can get rough for even experienced Bloggers. The free tools available are a big help when – Ideas / Inspiration – dries up.

      Seems to happen to all of us at some time or the other. I’d not heard of the HubSpot Idea generator tool. I’m off to Google it after I reply.

      I also make it a point to spend about 2 / 3 hours reading different Blogs. I draw great ideas from other Bloggers as a lot of authors do.

      Thanks for commenting on my Blog Sunday I really like the engagement.

  2. Great list, Ivan!

    I use Soovle.com in addition to some of the tools you listed in your post to generate topic ideas. Sometimes I can fill a 2-3 month editorial calendar just with those!

    I didn’t know about HubSpot’s Blog Idea Generator even though I’m such a HubSpot fan! So bad of me ^^

    Thanks for a great post!

    ~ Luana

    P.S. Posted this comment at Kingged as well ^^

    • Hi Luana,

      Soovle.com, wow this is the first time I’ve heard of it. I’m definitely checking this site out after I reply to your comment.

      Glad you like my post Luana, music to my ears that.

      Enjoy the weekend coming up.

      Nice of you to drop by and leave a comment, really appreciate that.

  3. Hey Ivan,

    One thing I hate is wasting time thinking about what I want to write about for that week. I usually come up with an idea while I’m doing some type of activity like reading a blog post or something physical. Whenever I do I jot it down in Evernote for later.

    But these are some great tools you shared here. Although the word “Free” can seem evil in other cases, but in this case, these tools provide the value to help you repel any blockage when it comes to brainstorming ideas about your next topics.

    I actually used the first 3 you mentioned to come up with ideas. Once I do, I revamp it using Coschedule’s headline analyzer and sometimes the EMV analyzer. This process usually takes me about 15 to 30 minutes, but it’s well worth it.

    I’m going to have to check out the other free tools you mentioned. Especially Hubspot’s Keyword Tool. I can definitely add this one to my arsenal!

    Thanks for the share Ivan! Have a great rest of the week!

    I found you

    • Hi Sherman,

      Evernote on my mobile has helped me capture so much that I would have lost without it. Superb little App.

      Yes, the word FREE does have some no so nice connotations around it. That said there is a ton of excellent stuff available on the Internet absolutely free. At times this does take my breath away.

      Ah! Ha! – Thank you, never heard of Coschedule’s headline analyzer, OR EMV analyzer. Great input Sherman. I always read your comments carefully. I’ve always found terrific value in them.

      Thanks for dropping by and commenting Sherman. Very kind of you to do so.

  4. I meant to put I found your post on kingged.com under the blogging category but I hit the “Post Comment” button prematurely

  5. Hello Ivan!

    Every time I read one of your posts I use my browser’s bookmarking option because you deliver so many great tools I can use in my blogging.

    For example: UberSuggest is something I am going to use from now on all the time.

    As for rankings with Google, I believe there is no point in spending all of our time deliberately “trying” to rank for certain keywords. When you make a great piece of content and promote it well (using Kingged for example :)), Google will figure out that your post is best and most relevant for a particular keyword and show it to the searchers.

    It’s just a matter of optimization like you said.

    Thank you for sharing this awesome list 🙂
    Have a great day

    • Hey Vicktor,

      Thanks heaps for your kind words. Its music to a Blogger’s ears. I feel great to learn that someone in the Blogosphere has found my content good enough to bookmark.

      UberSuggest, great choice Viktor.

      Oh Yes, I completely agree with what you’ve said. Its tons simpler to rank well because of the social signals that Google picks up from the Internet’s social streams than struggling with Keywords and all the rest.

      I do exactly that. Churn out the best content, and let your readers market it for you on their social streams.
      Google immediately takes notice. Works for me.

      Thanks so much for sharing. Appreciate you taking the trouble to leave a comment.

  6. Finding out what people are searching for is a great way to base you articles on. These free blog article idea generators are great and I think people can truly utilize these ideas to boost their search engine ranking, boost their traffic, and provide useful articles for their readers. I have never personally used these tools, but I have heard alot about the google keyword planner. I will have to test it out, after all, it is free to use. Thanks for sharing this valuable information.

    • Hi Lawrence,

      Do check out BuzzSumo to figure out what topic is buzzing on the Internet. The tool delivers great topic information driven by your keywords.

      Once you’ve figured out what’s buzzing, then its relatively simple enough to craft a great Blog post using the same keywords thus riding on thier coat tails and getting some attention yourself.

      Glad you found the information useful Lawrence.

      Appreciate you dropping by and commenting.

  7. Hello Ivan,

    This is a very extensive list that you have here. Every blogger will find this blog post extremely helpful. This is a problem that you eventually will face as a blogger. Know one escapes this problem. I have used ubersuggest but I haven’t used the other one’s. I will be sure to check them out. Thanks for sharing this with us!

    • Hi Marketta,

      I’m glad that you found the post content helpful. It makes me feel great and makes the effort put in to craft the post so worthwhile.

      Thanks heaps, for stopping by and commenting. Really appreciated.

  8. Hi Ivan!!

    Great tools you are sharing here! .. for sure! 😉

    I, personally, use the Google Suggestions and the Uber Suggest Tool – to find long tail keywords I can use for my title. I also take my time coming up with interesting titles that can include the keyword I want to rank for.

    It can take some time to come up with a blog title when you want to create a great title but at the same time you want to use a long tail keyword in it. The patience to come up with the best titles for your readers AND the search engines – is well worth it!

    You have too look at your blog post’s title as the main door. The entrance door, if you will.

    An entrance door for a regular reader AND the search engine reader. You know what I mean! 🙂

    You know, I have been getting some traffic from Bing.com as well. So, I would not underestimate the search suggestions on the bing search engine!

    I think that is going to be one of my future experiments – try to rank up in the bing search engine and see how fast I can rank and how much organic traffic I can get!

    Anyways …. I agree with you – the right titles for your blog posts are very important and you cannot fall short here, because there are many tools to help you. You just have to be more creative and take action!

    Thanks for sharing this valuable blog post man!

    Keep up the great work with your blog here.

    Have a fantastic week! 😀

    • Hey Freddy,

      Great to hear from you.

      The process you use to create valuable, SEO effective, great Blog titles is spot on. I use a similar process to craft the Blog titles I use.

      You said it, its the Blog post title that catches the site visitor’s eye first and draws them in.

      Sure – Bing – is pretty much over looked as a search engine. That said, if you carefully craft your Blog post to conform to Google, it will automatically do well in Bing. I don’t think there is anything specific (additional) that you have to rank well on Bing. If you’ve got a different POV, please do share it Freddy. This will help my readers and I greatly.

      I’m real happy you found my post content useful Freddy. Appreciate this very much.

  9. Hi Ivan,

    So nice to see you here on Sherman’s Top 6 Posts For The Month Of September. I loved your post too. You have given us a lot of great information on free tools we can use for blogging.

    I have no knowledge of using these tools to generate blogging. I am going to bookmark this post as it is a keeper. I’ll come back to it at a later time when I have problems coming up with ideas.

    Thank you for sharing, Ivan and you have a wonderful weekend!

    Linda

    • Hi Linda,

      Really nice of you to drop by and comment on my Blog. Always a pleasure hearing from you. Glad my Blog post had something that you could use if you ever hit a creative block.

      BTW, there is a lot of tools and tutorials on the Net that help with such a situation.

      Have a great Sunday ahead Linda. Thanks for dropping by.

  10. Wow, this post is good, my younger sister is analyzing these things, so I am going to convey her.

  11. Fantastic blog! Do you have any tips and hints for aspiring writers?

    I’m planning to start my own website soon but I’m a little lost on everything. Would you recommend starting with a free platform like WordPress or go for a paid option? There are so many options out there that I’m totally confused.

    Any recommendations? Kudos!

  12. Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets
    I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
    I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some
    time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.

    Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I
    look forward to your new updates.

    • Hi Andy,

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving your comment on my Blog post. That was kind of you. I’m chuffed that you find my Blog posts add value to you in some small way. Makes me feel great.

      There are several excellent WordPress plugins that you can install on your WordPress site that can be configured to display your newest Twitter updates. Just Google for ‘WordPress plugins which display Twitter feed’ and you’ll be surprised at what you find.

      I’ve used a few such WP plugins on my sites where I’ve wanted to display my latest Tweets successfully. I hope you find one that works perfectly for you soon.

      Have a great weekend coming up.

      Warmly,

      Ivan Bayross

  13. I’m not sure the place you are getting your info,
    but great topic. I must spend some time learning more
    or figuring out more. Thanks for excellent info I used to be searching for
    this info for my mission.

    • Hi Hugo,

      All my information comes from public domain really.
      I’ve been studying and using various Blog post enhancing tools to empower myself to become a better Blogger for a while now.

      I always share what I’ve learned in a Blog post so that others can benefit.
      If I can reduce even one Blogger’s struggle to craft posts that are found and shared its time to celebrate.

      Warmly,

      Ivan Bayross

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