Is blogger’s block getting you down? Have no fear, blog topic generators are here!
Blog topic generators will help kick start your inspiration, ensuring that you continue to generate fresh, enticing, clickable content.
1. HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator
HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator has you input three different nouns and dishes back five blog topic ideas that will get those creative juices flowing.
I put in art, creativity, and design. The suggestions: not half bad!
2. Portent’s Content Idea Generator
Portent’s Content Idea Generator is as simple as they get. Just toss in a keyword and go to town. This generator has some personality, adding little quips and jokes in bubbles alongside the topic suggestions.
As is common with these generator tools, some blog topic suggestions will come out a bit silly, but spend enough time on this one and you’ll definitely find some gems.
3. Build Your Own Blog’s Idea Generator
The Blog Post Idea Generator from Build Your Own Blog is a bit different in that you don’t put in any keyword related to your industry – you just tap the “generate blog post idea” button and off you go.
You’ll naturally need to customize these suggestions to fit your target audience. The ideas aren’t quite strokes of genius, but you may find something that tickles your fancy.
Some titles this random blog topic generator gave when I had my hand at it:
- X Myths About ….
- 10 Things Your Competitors Can Teach You About…
- Top X Must Have’s For _________
- 7 Reasons Why ___________ Always Works
4. Blog Title Idea Generator
This Blog Title Idea Generator from Inbound Now is basically the same as the one listed above. It’s fine. You’ll probably find some nice blog post title ideas. Not much else to say.
5. Link Bait Generator
The Link Bait Generator isn’t as flashy as the other blog idea tools, with a simplistic, barebones design.
Type in your keyword and then choose whether you’re looking to write a blog post that is:
- A List
What’s interesting about Link Bait Generator is that it gives you some nice insight about what certain phrasing or title structures will work best depending on what type of post you want to write. No other blog post idea generator takes into account what kind of style or spin you’re shooting for.
When I said I wanted controversial topics, I got ideas like:
- X Things the Media Hasn’t Told You About _________
- The Connection Between X and Sex. (Heh heh, I’m curious about putting PPC here)
- X Reasons Why ________ Is The End of the World As We Know It
While the suggestions might be a bit too Buzzfed-esque for some tastes, they’re certainly aiming for clickability. I consider the Link Bait Generator an interesting little dive into human psychology to help you consider what makes people tick and what kind of wording gets them fired up.
ContentIdeator is another blog topic idea generator that offers suggestions based on the keyword you type in. What sets ContentIdeator apart is that it generates pages and pages of suggestions (although by page 4 it starts to look like nonsense).
Some suggestions are oddly specific. For example, when I typed in “art” I got blog topic ideas like:
- Reasons to Start Your Own Stamp Collection
- Music and Art Are Inextricably Linked' A Look at Ronnie Wood Art
- What Batman Can Teach Us About Cartoon Fonts
Other suggestions are ridiculously vague. My first four generated suggestions were:
- How To Buy Modern Art
- Modern Art Online
- Ways To Find And Buy Modern Art
- Choosing Art
You need to put in a broad keyword to get any results. My search for “health food” generated only one suggestion (and it was a lame one), while “health” worked just fine.
I’d suggest going to other tools before this one, but if you’re willing to dig around a bit, maybe you’ll find a subject that speaks to you.
7. Content Strategy Helper
The Content Strategy Helper by Built Visible is actually a Google Doc tool that generates blog topic ideas right into your Google spreadsheet.
The tool gathers information from Google News, Google Insights, Reddit, YouTube, Topsy, and more sources to show the stories everyone is talking about. As a bonus, it also offers outreach contacts for relative topics, which is always handy.
This tool is different in that it’s providing info on existing stories. However, looking at these hot topics can help influence your content strategy choices and also makes it easier to find news-worthy stories that you may want to jump on the bandwagon for.
While not a blog topic generator in the classic sense, the Content Strategy Helper isn’t a bad content tool to have in your arsenal. However, if you have your own preferred tool for keeping track of hot news stories, you probably won’t gain a ton by using Content Strategy Helper.
Buzzsumo is favorite tool of mine. It’s similar to the tool listed above, as it shows the most popular existing articles (vs. pure concepts for articles).
Buzzsumo is a great study in what kinds of title structures and topics are most appealing. It’s straightforward and easy to use – search by topic or by site URL (it’s always a good idea to check out what your competitor’s topic articles are).
Also don’t forget to mess around with the filters. Confine search parameters to the last week or month if looking for newsworthy stories.
3 Final Tips on Generating Blog Post Titles & Ideas
- Blog, Borrow, Steal. What headlines do you see that capture your interest? Steal that headline and tweak it for your own purposes. Imitation is flattery x5!
- Same But Different. You’ll find that, for the most part, the ideas spun by most of these topic generators are largely the same. These generators are using formulas that work and applying them to your key themes. If you find that you prefer one generator over another, go ahead and stick with that one.
- Expand Upon Generator Ideas. The “X Things You Don’t Know About ___________” is a standard blog topic. It’s overdone and overused, but it’s still spit out as a good idea because it works – it generates curiosity. Don’t be afraid to use one of these tried and true blog structures, but make sure that you add some creativity to make it your own.
What do you think of these blog post title generators? Which are your favorites? Let us know in the comments!