Jack Sarlo

"40 Free, Quick And Easy Content Idea Generators"

In almost every one of these 40 content idea generators what you’re trying to do is find topic ideas.

Let’s say for example your business is in the wedding niche. And you see this article title: “A to Z Guide to Wedding Planning!”.

Wedding planning is a topic idea, you can create content about that topic.

For each content idea generator, I list several websites as examples, but you can find more with the ‘Similar Sites’ Chrome plugin.

Once you have a topic idea you just have to write a really good quality blog post, audio or video about that topic. 

Of course, these techniques can also be used to come up with content ideas for a paid product like an ebook or a video course.

They can also be used if you want to become a content creator, also known as a social media influencer.

Give lots of value and help your audience as much as you can.

Table of Contents

Let’s start with the first method…

Infographic Directories

Just use the search box in the following directories to find Infographics related to your niche. Ideally use several broad (general not too specific) keywords. 

If the directory has a category list you can use that too.

Then just go through the search results and look at the Infographic headlines for ideas.

For example, if I search for the keyword wedding these are some of the Infographics.

infographic directories
Infographic Examples

So perhaps we can write a guide or make a video about “wedding dresses” or “wedding speeches”. Of course, if this was your niche these topics will make more sense to you.

Podcast Directories

Once again we’re going to look at existing content for ideas. Find podcasts related to your niche and look at the episode titles.

https://www.apple.com/itunes

https://www.spotify.com

https://podcasts.google.com/about

https://www.stitcher.com

https://tunein.com

Podcast Search Engine:

https://www.listennotes.com

Here’s an example:

Download and install Spotify. Enter a keyword related to your niche (broad/general not specific) in the search box, for example, wedding.

In the results click on See All next to Podcast Episodes:

podcast episodes
Podcast Episode

You can also find podcasts by clicking Browse and then Podcasts. Then pick a category related to your niche.​

browse podcasts
Podcasts

Here’s a list of podcast episodes from a wedding podcast:

Podcast Episodes

So perhaps we can create content about “wedding favor ideas” or “ceremony ideas”.

Glossaries

Find glossaries or terms related to your niche with a simple google search e.g. wedding glossary or wedding terms.

There’s always at least one website that includes a big list. 

Scan the list for some terms that spark some ideas. I found a page with a ton of terms related to wedding here’s a few of them.

Note: I found actual articles about each term (from article directories) just to show you how simple terms can be used to create content.

Best Man – A Super-Simple Guide to Being the Best Man at a Wedding

Bomboniere – How to Choose Your Wedding Bombonieres

Bow Tie – Bow Ties: A New Fashion Mainstay for Men

Bouquet – 46 Color and Design Choices for Wedding Flowers and Bouquets

Bouquet Toss – Six Alternative Bridal Bouquet Toss Ideas

Bridesmaids – Planning Your Wedding 101: Choosing the Right Dress for Bridesmaids

Wikipedia

You can make a search on Wikipedia and then look at the table of contents for ideas. Look also in the right sidebar, there’s often a box with related terms too.

Here’s an example of that sidebar box:

wikipedia related box
Wikipedia Sidebox

Clicking any of those related terms, for example, the first one Bonding opens a new Wiki article. 

And we can once again look at the table of contents and the sidebar box for ideas inside that article.

You can also use the category search.

If we search for wedding, we’ll find the wedding category page that contains dozens of subcategories – each one can be explored further… and each one can be the basis for new content.

Here’s an example:

Subcategories

So maybe we can create content about “honeymoons” or “green wedding” e.g. “Green Wedding – How to Plan an Eco-Friendly Wedding”.

Reddit

This is one of many social media sites, but there’s a specific way to find ideas with this one. Reddit is like a giant forum.

First, we’ll search using a general keyword like “wedding”. We’ll see a list of subreddits (these are like subcategories).

For example:

Reddit Forums

Click on one of the subreddits, e.g. the first one r/wedding to find discussions. Now use the search box again, this will search that subreddit.

Search for the following keywords, or others like them to find out what information these users want.

“How do you”

“How can I”

“I can’t stand”

“I’m struggling with”

“Can someone help”

“Figure out”

“Help me”

“Tips”

“Suggestions”

“Suggest”

“Biggest challenge”

“Biggest challenges”

“Hardest part”

“Biggest struggle”

“Struggle with”

If we use the first search term “how do you” we’ll see these questions:

reddit questions
Reddit - Topic Ideas

So maybe we can create content about “wedding dresses”, perhaps “Wedding Dress Rental: How to Get Your Dream Dress Without Spending a Fortune”.

Looking at those discussions can give you ideas. You can sort the results by ‘comments’ to see the most active threads. 

And of course, you can click anyone to read the full question.

You can repeat this process for all subreddits.

Twitter

You can search Twitter for keywords related to your niche and you’ll see a list of discussions, questions and so forth.

Ideally use the Advanced Search, and input the same set of keywords (or others like them) you used for Reddit, for example, “How do you” or “How can I”…

Input one of those phrases in the ‘All of these words’ section, and a keyword related to your niche (with the hashtag symbol) e.g. #wedding in the ‘These hashtags’ section.

Example:

twitter advanced search
Twitter Advanced Search

Feel free to try putting the ‘I’m struggling with’ under other sections, perhaps ‘The exact phrase’.

After you hit Search click the ‘Latest’ to see the latest posts. Then just look at the results and the comments of those tweets.

For example, we find these interesting tweets:

twitterposts
Twitter - Topic Ideas

So maybe we can create content about “wedding suit ideas” or “bridal party gift ideas”.

You can also do a simple search for company names, products or competitors to see what they’re tweeting. 

That too can help you come up with ideas.

For example, TheKnot.com is a popular wedding site, so we can search twitter for #theknot to find their twitter page and all tweets that mention them.

Article Directories

These are easy to use. Just search for keywords related to your niche (broad/general keywords return more results) or use the categories to find content.

Just by looking at the article titles you can get new ideas.

Here’s a list of good article directories:

Here are some article titles related to the keyword “wedding” taken from one of those directories…

5 Romantic Vacation Destinations on a Shoestring Budget

Shopping Together for an Engagement Ring

Five Makeup Tips That Will Make Your Eyes Pop

So, of course, we can create content on these topics too, perhaps something about “vacation destinations”, or “makeup tips”.

Amazon

You can perform a search on Amazon. From the drop-down select Books or Kindle store to search for books and ebooks. Look at the titles for inspiration.

Furthermore, you can click any book or ebook and then click the cover. For some books, you’ll be able to see the Table of Contents.

The TOC can help you generate ideas…

Here’s an example of an ebook with 27 chapters. You’re sure to get some ideas just by looking at all those topics.

ebook categories
Chapters - Ideas

Of course, you can also look at the author’s bio. They might have a link to their website. On the website, they’ll probably contain more content that can give you ideas.

Remember we’re just looking for topic ideas, we’re not going to steal content word for word, obviously.

Expand Your Content

If you have any videos, articles, etc., with lists like for example “12 Ways To…” sometimes you can create new content from just one of the items on that list.

That’s exactly what I’m doing with this article.

In my content creation course, I have a section about generating content ideas. But it’s short, so I took that section and expanded it, creating a more detailed guide about that particular topic.

Therefore look at all your content (articles, ebooks, videos & whatever else you’ve got) to find any chapters/sections/topics that you can expand.

Side Topics

You can (and should) create content to cover all sorts of topics related to your niche. They don’t have to be of interest to everybody… some people will like them, others won’t, that’s fine.

For example, my “Elementor Review Guide” will be useful for maybe a small percentage of my visitors who don’t have a website. 

That guide may not get as much traffic as the others, but it will still rank in Google and send me some traffic… and it adds to the total volume of content I have.

The more good quality content you have the more authoritative you’ll appear.

After you create any sort of content (or look at your existing content) ask yourself what’s the next thing my readers want or need to learn?

For example, you made a video about social media marketing… 

Now you can make one about Facebook Live… Then one about Facebook Ads… Then one about Split Testing Facebook Ads… Then review a split testing software… and so on… 

Until you cover all possible topics.

And remember the topic of your content doesn’t have to be of interest to everybody.

Forums

You can find forums with a simple Google search like keyword forums e.g. wedding forums.

Then look at the topics in the various forum categories to see what people are discussing. 

That can spark new content ideas especially if they’re asking questions that you can answer with a detailed guide, audio or video…

Question And Answer Sites

Q & A sites like Quora or Yahoo Answers can be used similar to forums. Just use the search box and type keyword/s related to your niche. You’ll see a list of questions people are asking.

You’ll get to understand what your prospects want to learn so you can create content about those topics.

Blogs

Blogs contain a lot of content that can spark ideas. Take a look also at the comments. Sometimes people leave questions that can spark new content ideas.

There are several ways to find blogs.

You can perform a simple Google search for keyword blogs e.g. wedding blogs. For example one of the results is actually “The 100 Best Wedding Blogs for 2020”.

You can use this search parameter in Google: keyword inurl:blog e.g. wedding inurl:blog 

That will return web pages that are about “wedding” and contain the word ‘blog’ in their URL making them more likely to be blogs.

Another search parameter is keyword blogroll. This will return webpages that have a blogroll about “wedding”. 

A blogroll is just a list of blogs about a particular topic, in our example weddings. Blogrolls used to be more popular.

You can also use this blog search engine.

LiveJournal and Tumblr are popular blogging platforms. Anyone can start a blog for free. You can use the search boxes to search for blogs about a specific topic e.g. wedding.

Feedly is a very useful tool that allows you to search for and subscribe to blogs. 

You’ll then see all the latest posts from your subscriptions in your Feedly account. Very handy.

You can search blogs in blog directories:

Best of the Web
Blogorama
On Top List

Youtube

Youtube is a search engine just like Google. So you can search for keywords related to your niche e.g. wedding. Then look at what content already exist to be inspired and get ideas.

Remember to search for different keywords to see several results.

You can click videos in the search results and look at the right sidebar for more video suggestions. 

You can also go to the channel of any video to see the complete list of videos they have.

You can create a separate Google account and then subscribe to a ton of Youtube channels related to your niche. 

And subscribe to your competitor’s channel as well. Then you’ll be able to see a lot of new content that can give you ideas.

On Youtube you can also take a look at video comments – they can spark new content ideas especially if users are asking questions or need help with something.

Facebook

You can search Facebook for pages related to your keyword and then follow all of them. To do that type in a keyword e.g. wedding in the search box and then click the Pages tab to see pages in the search results.

If you know any competitors search for them directly as well.

Then you just look at your newsfeed and see all the content they’re sharing.

In your newsfeed, you won’t see all the content from all pages you follow. 

So you may want to visit the pages directly to see all their current and past content.

And just like with Youtube, you can also read the comments users leave for content ideas.

You can create a separate Facebook account and use it just for this purpose.

After you perform a search you can also click the Groups tab to see all groups. 

You can join a bunch and then you can see what they’re asking and discussing. 

That too can give you ideas especially if they need help solving problems or issues. You can create content to help them.

You can also join Yahoo Groups and Linkedin Groups.

Pinterest

On Pinterest once again all you have to do is search for keyword/s related to your niche. If we type “wedding” we’ll see several pictures with headlines. 

Examples:

Pinterest - Topic Ideas
Pinterest - Topic Ideas

So maybe we can create content on those topics too, “bridal shower ideas” and “guest book ideas”.

We want to create the best possible content around these topic ideas that we’re finding. 

Nothing is perfect, you can always create something better or different than the existing content.

Newsletters & eCourses

You can create a new Gmail account and then subscribe to all the newsletters and ecourses related to your niche. Join all lists and you’ll start to get tons of emails.

All those email subject lines can be a source of new content ideas.

A quick search on Google for your keyword e.g. wedding will return websites and blogs and a lot of them have ways to join their list.

You can also go directly to your competitor’s websites (if you know them) and optin.

Niche Directories

You can do a quick Google search for keyword directory e.g. wedding directory and you may find directories. These will include a list of categories and/or subcategories.

Perhaps you lack content about a specific category or subcategory. So you may want to create content about that.

Search for general keywords (not specific e.g. wedding directories) and you’re more likely to find directories.

Here’s an example:

niche directory
NIche Directory

So maybe we can create content about “wedding cakes” e.g. “Budget Saving Wedding Cake Ideas”.

You can also look at the various subcategories in eBay or Amazon since they are large directories.

Private Label Rights (PLR) Content

You can search Google for the keywords “free article plr” with or without the quotes and you’ll find several websites that give away free articles with PLR rights.

PLR gives you the right to edit and use the articles however you want.

Visit these websites and search for a keyword related to your niche to find out if they have articles about your topic. 

Keep in mind a lot of these PLR sites tend to have articles mostly about Internet Marketing.

Then look at the article titles and content for ideas.

You can also look at this list of plr websites but most of these don’t give away free plr articles.

Feedback

You can survey your email subscribers and ask them simple questions to figure out what they want to learn. 

If you have a following on social media sites you can post your survey there too. You can offer them a free gift as an incentive.

As an example here’s my survey.

The second question is used to give me content ideas:

Is there anything, in particular, you’d like to learn more about? E.g. “creating products”.

Keep the survey as short as possible, not more than 3 questions so it looks quick and easy to complete. 

Ask them what they need to learn more about, what solutions or advice they require, etc.

You can use Google Forms to create surveys, it’s free.

You can also review any comments they leave on your social media pages, blogs and emails they send you. 

They can reveal what they want to learn more about and inspire you to generate content.

Your Existing Content

Look at your existing categories or tags if you have them. Then see where you lack content.  For example, let’s say you have a “wedding planning” category with just 1 or very few posts.

You can use the various methods and tools in this guide to search for content ideas specifically about that topic.

Or perhaps you lack content about a particular topic because you’re not very knowledgeable about it. 

What you can do is research that topic to learn more about it, and then create content to teach everything you’ve learned to your audience.

I’m not suggesting you copy someone else’s works word for word, but you can share the things you’ve learned in your own words. 

And you can link to or talk about some of the authors or teachers you’ve learned from in your content to give them credit.

Blog Post Formats

DigitalMarketer.com has a very useful Infographic called “The Ultimate List of Blog Post Ideas”

It’s a list of blog post formats, for example, the ‘Checklist Post or the ‘Stats Post’. 

In the latter, you curate and pull together stats from multiple locations to create a good statistics post.

There are a total of 65 formats because I’ve counted them.

And of course, you don’t have to write articles, you can make audio or video too.

Keep A Notebook

If you carry your phone with you then you can use an app like Google Keep. If you get any sort of ideas during the day write them down immediately.

Whenever you consume any content related to your niche from articles, videos, ebooks and so forth keep an eye out for ideas. And jot them down immediately.

For example, you might be watching a video and suddenly realize that you can create a guide or make a video about something they mention.

Keyword Research

If you spend some time using keyword research tools you can discover what your prospects are searching for.

Just input a phrase related to your niche for example wedding and explore the results. 

Here are some good keyword research tools:

UberSuggest
Soovle
KeywordsEverywhere
KeywordTool
Keyword IO
KeywordSheeter
Moz Explorer

All these tools work pretty much the same. To find a lot of keywords start by entering a general keyword related to your niche e.g. wedding. 

Then you can perform a new search for each of the interesting keywords you find. For example, a search for ‘wedding planner’ returns even more keywords:

wedding ideas
wedding coordinator
wedding decorations
wedding consultant
wedding preparation
wedding ideas on a budget
wedding planning companies
bridal shower

And any keyword can inspire you to write content about that particular topic.

Google Trends is a similar tool. After you input a keyword it will show you “related topics” and “related queries”. 

Don’t perform just a single search for one keyword e.g. “wedding”. 

Each time you search for a different keyword e.g. “wedding ideas” or “bridal shower” you’ll find new keywords.

The more keywords you see the more likely you’ll find something that sparks a content idea.

The following tools contain a feature that allows you to see actual questions people are asking.

AnswerThePublic
KWFinder

Keyword Finder Questions

For example, KWFinder’s tool returns questions like these after searching for “wedding”:

How far before the wedding should invitations be sent?
How many wedding invitations to order?
How much wedding cake cost?
How much wedding photographer?

So perhaps we can create content about ‘wedding photography’, or ‘wedding costs’.

Keyword research tools are very useful because you can use the new keywords you find to perform more searches in the various content sites (Infographic directories, article directories, Reddit, Twitter, Youtube, etc) to find new ideas.

Idea Generation Tools

These tools were designed specifically to generate content ideas. Some are much better than others.

You can perform a normal search on UberSuggest and then click on ‘Content Ideas’ from the sidebar. You’ll see a list of actual articles.

uber suggest articles
UberSuggest - Topic Ideas

Neil Patel explains how to use that tool in his video:

BuzzSumo is another good one and works much the same way.

These are some other good tools that show actual content headlines related to the keyword you search for:

https://www.seoreviewtools.com/content-idea-generator

https://shareit.socialpilot.co

The following tools generate random headlines, so they’re the least effective:

https://www.contentrow.com/tools/link-bait-title-generator

https://www.portent.com/tools/title-maker

‘How To’ Websites

These type of websites contain guides about pretty much everything. So you can use their search box to find guides related to your niche for topic ideas.

HowCast

Ehow

WonderHowTo

WikiHow

Instructables

KickStarter

HowToDoThings

HowStuffWorks

You can find more with a Google search like “how to guides”. Here are some of the content ideas I found from these websites.

how to idea
Content idea #1
how to idea 3
Content idea #2
how to idea 1
Content idea #3

So maybe we can create content about “wedding bouquets”, “winter wedding decorations” or “decorating beach wedding receptions”…

You can also look at these specific Youtube “How To” Channels. Use their search box to search for a keyword related to your niche e.g. wedding. You’ll then see a list of videos with topic ideas.

eHow

Howcast

HowdiniGuru

Monkeyseevideos

HouseholdHacker

Online Courses

These types of websites allow you to take courses online but most of them are about science and technology. The following websites contain courses on a broader range of topics:

Udemy

Lynda

You can also do a Google search for “online courses about keyword” e.g. online courses about wedding to find niche-specific courses. 

Then once again you can look at the course title, description, table of contents or you might want to take the course itself if it’s free to explore it even further.

Here are two examples I found:

online courses 1
Content idea #1
online courses
Content idea #2

So we found two new topics, we can create content about “building a wedding website” or about “wedding videography”.

Digital Marketplace

You can take a look at existing information products within your niche for topic ideas. 

Digital marketplaces have a list of such products. 

Enter a keyword in the search box, e.g. wedding or check their categories to find products related to your niche.

Then look at the product title, description and sales pages for topic ideas.

GumRoad

Clickbank

Ejunkie

Payloadz

Here are some examples of products related to “wedding”.

Product Example #1
marketplace idea1
Product Example #2

So those are two new topics. 

Here’s an example of product descriptions and the topics you can extract from it (which I highlighted).

Product Description

So perhaps we can create content about “bridal mistakes”, “how to enjoy your wedding” or something about “wedding vendors”… 

Those are all ideas taken from the description of one product.

If the marketplace like for example Clickbank links to the product’s sales page take a look also at any bonuses offered with the product. 

Bonuses can give you content ideas too.

Thesaurus

You can use a Thesaurus to find a list of words related to “wedding” for topic ideas. Just search your keyword e.g. wedding. Then look at the Synonyms:

synonyms ideas
Synonyms

If you click on any word you’ll see more synonyms.

And at the bottom of the page there are more related words:

Related Words

Power Thesaurus is another good one.

Magazines

You can find online magazines related to your niche with a simple Google search for keyword magazines.

With the Google search for “wedding magazines” I managed to find completely free magazines about “wedding”, in pdf format.

And sometimes you can get ideas from the Table of Contents, like these:

magazine topic ideas
Idea

You can also search at Magazines.com You can get topic ideas from the magazine description.

Here’s an example (click image to see it bigger):

Magazine Description

I highlighted the topic ideas, which include:

“saving money on your wedding”, “advice for brides to look and feel their best”, “planning an exotic destination wedding”, “honeymoon destinations”…

Brainstorm

Brainstorming can be used to generate content ideas too and you can learn various techniques to brainstorm alone or with others.

This video reveals 6 techniques to brainstorm ideas, some are rather odd.

You can use mind mapping tools, a whiteboard, pen and paper, doodle, note cards and other tools to brainstorm ideas.

My brainstorming technique is to open a blank notepad file and write a keyword related to my niche e.g. wedding.

Then write every word that comes to my mind related to “wedding”. Let your mind wander, write down everything. 

Don’t fix grammar mistakes or punctuation. 

Write every thought that comes to your mind. Your mind will go from one idea to another and another all by itself.  

Eventually, you’ll write something interesting! 

Wedding is not my niche, and I’m probably the least expert about it, but here’s an example:

wedding

wedding planner

wedding groom

bridesmaid

bride

wedding party

wedding church

wedding activities

what to wear for a wedding

can you wear something other than black?

how long a wedding takes?

wedding anniversary, what to do?

wedding gifts

wedding party ideas

honeymoon ideas

hair and makeup

bride dress

groom clothes

inviting guests

wedding photographers

wedding DJ

wedding car

marriage proposal

marriage preparations

I could go on and on… sooner or later I’ll write something that will spark a new content idea like “wedding DJ”. Perhaps we can create content about “wedding entertainment”.

Do Something Mindless

Research shows you’re more likely to have creative ideas when you’re doing something mindless or monotonous, like fishing, exercising, walking the dog, doing the laundry, washing the dishes, listening to Mozart (if you like it), showering, walking, daydreaming…

Give your mind a chance to wander and you can get those spontaneous ideas.

I think you’ll get better results if you think about the solutions you want e.g. content ideas while doing mindless activities.

We’re usually busy all day long and don’t spend any real time for thinking. Once I heard a very successful entrepreneur say that he spends at least one hour just for thinking.

My current personal mindless activities are walking on the treadmill and taking a shower. Those are the times when I have absolutely nothing to do, so I can think as long as I want.

Competitor’s Websites

You can find out what content your competitors are publishing to get topic ideas. 

Note: If you don’t know who are your competitors just use Google to find out. Search for keywords prospects would use, for example, “wedding advice” or “wedding planning”… and then look at the paid ads and the top 10 search results.

After you perform several Google searches you’ll start to notice the same websites appear over and over again Those are some of the top competitors in your niche.

You can visit their website and look for their blog or other sections with content for ideas.

You can also use this Google search:

site: example.com

That will return a list of ALL pages from that website that Google has indexed. If they have a blog you can search for their blog too, like this: 

site: example.com/blog

That will return a list of all their blog posts. You can then look at their blog post titles for content ideas.

In the wedding niche, a good example is The Knot All their content is in this directory: The Knot Directory so we can do a Google search for site: theknot.com/content/all 

And we’ll see all their content pages that Google has indexed:

competitor ideas
Indexed Content Pages

We just found new topic ideas such as “planning wedding for newly engaged”, “making a guest list” and “wedding registry”.

Ebook Directories

All you have to do is search for your topic e.g. wedding and take a look at the ebook titles for ideas. 

If a lot of ebooks are fiction, select non-fiction from search filters or maybe the advanced search – every website has different options.

Of course, you can also click on any ebook and read the description, or look at the table of contents (if available) – they can contain topic ideas too.

You can also download the ebooks if they’re free and explore their table of contents and content itself for ideas.

Here’s a list of top ebook directories:

Amazon Kindle Books 

Many Books

Free-eBooks 

Digi Libraries 

BookYards  

Kobo 

Ebooks  

Ebooks 3000 

Z-library 

Google books 

The Free Library

There are more, you can find them with a google search for “ebook directories”.

You can also do a search for “keyword non-fiction ebooks” e.g. wedding non-fiction ebooks.

Here are some interesting ebook titles I found related to “wedding”.

ebook title #1
ebook title #2
ebook title #3
ebook title #4
ebook title #5

So perhaps we can create content about “wedding on a shoestring budget”, “wedding etiquette”, “decorating wedding receptions & ceremonies” or “advice for bridesmaids”.

Public Domain Content

Public domain content is not protected by any copyright law or other restriction and may be freely copied, shared, altered and republished by anyone.

Public domain content can be ebooks, images, music, etc.

So you can get content ideas and you can also use the actual content itself, for free

Sidenote: If you’re going to sell public domain content e.g. an ebook on Amazon Kindle or other platforms you have to read their rules – they may require you to add some original content before you can sell it.

Here’s a list of sites with public domain content, you can find more with a simple Google search for “public domain ebooks”.

Sometimes it’s hard to find non-fictions books related to your niche. You may have to play around with the search filters or advanced search to return good results.

Internet Archive

Europeana Collections 

Gutenberg

Biodiversity Library  

Digital Public Library of America 

Open-Library

Here are some examples I found related to “wedding”.

public domain content
Ebook Topic Ideas
public domain content1
Ebook Topic Ideas

Book Stores

A lot of books are fiction, but you can find non-fiction books related to your niche too. Just use the search box. 

You may have to use the advanced search or search filters to exclude fiction books. 

You can find more with this Google search “online book stores”.

Dummies – (all books are non-fiction)

Abebooks

Alibris

Amazon 

Barnes And Noble

Better World Books

Once you find good books you can also look at their description or table of contents if they provide it for content ideas.

Cheat Sheets

Cheat sheets contain condensed information about specific topics. Find cheat sheets with a Google search for cheat sheet keyword e.g. cheat sheet wedding

Then look at the search results for topic ideas.

Here are some actual examples related to “wedding”:

“144 Songs For Your Wedding Day”

“29 Underrated Places To Shop For Your Wedding Online”

“33 Insanely Smart Ways To Save Money On Your Wedding”

“42 Impossibly Fun Wedding Photo Ideas You’ll Want To Steal”

“Questions To Ask Your Wedding Photographer”

So maybe we can create content about any of those topics such as “wedding day songs or music”, “online wedding shopping sites”, “wedding money-saving advice”, “wedding photo ideas” or about “hiring wedding photographer”.

Your objective will be to create a more detailed guide, audio or video not just a simple list. You want to deliver true value that can really help your audience. 

To do that you may have to perform some research to find more information about any of those topics.

Google Searches

Search Google using a question and then look at the “People Also Ask” box. 

For example, you can search for “how to wedding” or “why wedding” or “what wedding” and at the top, you’ll see those boxes:

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People Also Ask Box
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People Also Ask Box

You can also search for these (and other similar) keyword to find topic ideas. 

These keywords uncover free and paid info products related to your niche.

keyword events
keyword seminars
keyword conference
keyword workshop
keyword checklist
keyword tutorial
keyword cheat sheet
keyword infographic
keyword special report
keyword software
keyword webinar
keyword template
keyword recipe book
keyword lessons
keyword guides
keyword manuals
keyword DVD
keyword home study course
keyword resource guide
keyword workbook
keyword mind maps
keyword freebies

You can also use these three search terms to find topic ideas directly in Google search results.

list of topics about keyword
topics about keyword
how to keyword

Explore the search results for topic ideas. Look at the image and video results too. Visit interesting websites to find ideas. 

Keep in mind every niche is somehow different so for example in one niche you might find few if any mind maps, but in another, you may find a lot.

Here are some good results I found after using this technique for the wedding niche:

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Topic Ideas

So from these screenshots I’ve taken, you’ll find the following topic ideas: 

“saving guide for brides”, “wedding planning”, “wedding photography”, “summer wedding makeup”, “love after marriage”, “conflict resolution”, “family finances”, teaching & shepherding your child’s heart’.

These topics will make more sense to you if that was your niche. And one topic could lead to another and another. 

For example “wedding makeup” is a broad topic, you can also create separate content about “wedding makeup for brides”, “wedding makeup for bridesmaids”,  “wedding makeup for blondes” and much more. 

You can also create content reviewing a diverse range of makeup products. 

If you’re going to make videos you can do “unboxing videos” which are very popular product review videos.

We’ve already mentioned keyword research tools. One way to use keyword tools is to input a topic idea you discovered to find similar ideas. These are all related to “wedding makeup”:

wedding hairstyles
bridal makeover
body makeup
makeup for men
beach wedding makeup

Those could all be good topics for new content too.

Paraliminals

I left the most strange methods (but effective nonetheless) for last. Paraliminals are guided meditations that can benefit you in various ways.

You just relax and listen to the 20-minute audio, typically once every day or every week… or right before any activity.

I have five paraliminals from LearningStrategies.com, and a good one to generate content ideas is the Creativity Supercharger.

I love experimenting with every available tool.

A brief definition of paraliminals:

Paraliminals activate your “whole mind” with a precise blend of music and words. 

Each session is carefully scripted by Paul Sheele, trained in neuro-linguistic programming, whole mind learning, and preconscious processing.

Special “Holosync” audio tones, are embedded in the recordings so that you automatically enter the ideal brain state for relaxation and learning.

Ask Your Subconscious Mind

This is the method I used most often. You’d have to understand how your subconscious mind works for this to work. 

And I recommend Joseph Murphy’s books to learn about that.

You just relax and ask your subconscious mind for ideas. This is especially effective at night just before going to sleep. 

The key is to believe or have a real conviction that you’ll get something. Be aware of any thoughts or ideas that will come to you after you do this.

Of course the more you know about how the subconscious mind works, and through practice, this will work better for you.

The idea for this guide came to me after asking for a content idea with something like “Give me a content idea Higher Self, something of value that will help others”.

I believe in this method.

Conclusion

With almost all of these content idea generators, you’re finding existing content related to your niche.

When searching start with a general keyword like “wedding”. But then you can make a new search using other keywords. 

The more content you find the more likely you’ll get an idea.

As you’ve probably realized we’re trying to find topic ideas. Then we just create content about that same topic. Ideally something different or better than what already exists.

If you find a video titled: “3 Ways To Find Cheap Wedding Dresses” – perhaps you list 10 Ways To Find Cheap Wedding Dresses. 

Or maybe add more detail, links or other helpful material to make it much better.

There are many reasons why you want to do that…

So do you have any questions or comments about generating content ideas? Leave them in the comments below.

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About The Author

More than 7 years ago Jack made his first few sales online as an affiliate marketer. His site ranked on Google for dozens of keywords, so later on, he built courses and software to teach his SEO “secrets”.

He also won a Flip Camera in an affiliate contest.

Now he reveals all the insights he’s discovered throughout the years about Internet marketing, in his free guides and products!

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