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Content Ideas and Tips for Summer Blogging Doldrums

Quite often in the summer we might want to take it easy like our school age kids. We want to sleep late, eat ice cream for breakfast, and spend some time watching mindless TV. Heck it is the summer after all!

There is of course nothing wrong with deciding to slow down and enjoy your summer but if you find that you just can’t find the desire to blog then you might be feeling some pain in your pocketbook. Here are some ideas to get you out of a summer blogging funk and make the process just a bit easier… so you can get back to taking it easy of course.

Scan Your RSS Feeds – Quite likely you subscribe to a number of blog RSS feeds. This allows you to keep up with your favorite personal blogs and also any blogs related to your online business niches and passions. Whenever you need a little topic inspiration scan through your RSS feeds for ideas, even going back several months if you have to. Surely there is something there you can use to inspire your own blog post.

Use Facebook to Get Feedback – One of the best ways to get content for a blog post is to pose a question to your Facebook friends or page fans. You can use their responses to create a new post. For example you could ask on your fan page how people prefer to cook Rhubarb and use the ten best responses in an article titled The 10 Most Delicious Ways to Cook Rhubarb. Food might not be your niche but you get the general idea. You can also take Facebook fan questions that are asked on your page and answer by writing a new blog post.

Visit Niche Forums – If their are any public forums or communities for your niche those are a great place to get content ideas. You can see first hand what people want to know and what they are concerned about.

See What Your Visitors Searched For – Every good blog should have a search function and there are several plugins available that track what your visitors searched for when they visited your blog and how many search results were returned. When you see searches that have few or zero returned results then you know what to blog about!

Seek Out Interviews – Contact people that you admire in your niche and ask if you can send them some interview questions via email. Most times they will happily answer your questions in return for a little exposure on your blog and they provide you with fresh, relevant content. It is a win win for both parties.

Ask for Guest Posts – See if any of your networking contacts or blogging friends want a chance to spotlight themselves on your virtual real estate with a blog post. Again, they benefit from the exposure and you get new content.

Scan Old Magazines – Another great place to source ideas is in old print magazines. This will of course depend greatly on your niche but you can find great ideas and inspiration for your home decor blog, for instance, by looking through back issues of decorating and design magazines.

Ask Your Readers – If you are lacking topics to blog about ask your readers via post, email list, or Facebook fan page about what topics they would like to see covered. You may just end up with a nice long list to work through.

Purchase Content – During the summer you might want to outsource a couple blog posts per week so that you can prioritize your time. This can be done by buying PLR (and editing it to ft your needs) or hiring a ghostwriter. Fiverr.com is great place to find writers for this purpose… just make sure to look for users with lots of good feedback. Once you find a good writer that you trust, you can breathe a little easier.

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