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For the past few weeks I have been thinking a lot about how to get my brain back into "content creation mode". Especially when the traffic numbers on your blog are still low and the comments section is quiet, it may feel like talking to a wall.

Once you get a continuous feedback loop from your audience and followers, creating content becomes a little easier.

But until then…

When we already feel completely drained of all ideas, we still need a solid plan to come up with new, new content ideas.

Even if you are burned today - I think the list below will help you! At least it is working for me so far.

Luckily, I am doing better than I have been able to find content ideas - regardless of whether I have created my own little system for this. This is how my long hands guide me, which I have published on my blog From Click To Sale.

In this article, I want to share my current list of all new resources with new content ideas - at a surprisingly consistent rate.

This list is in no particular order, which means that all these resources can work equally well. Most likely, you will find one or two that will work particularly well for you personally.

At the end of this article I will be talking about my favorite resources. For now, let's go to the list:

Answer The Public,
Social media network,
product reviews,
Personal spreadsheet,
When searching for new content ideas, the most important thing is to allow your mind to wander a little.
I cannot stress this enough: with such a step-by-step process, it is still creative work and you should not be overly strict on yourself.

You never know what interests you! But when something happens, follow it until you say to yourself: "I want to write about that."

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The way I go about it is like this:

I select any resource from the list and start looking around.
If nothing is interesting today, I move on to the next resource on the list.
When I find something interesting, I click it and read until one of two things happens: 1) I get bored and can't be bothered to read it, or 2) I can feel itchy to share it.
What do I mean with "itching to share"?
Sometimes, I just like this piece of information and I want to tell others about it - that would be the most obvious response.

However, often I find that I disagree with what I'm reading - or that I have more detailed knowledge about it.

When I know that I have killed gold! I can now follow my hump and start writing why I agree, or why I disagree, or other details that I think were omitted.

Sometimes this means that I am curbing the content and I am adding my own spin to it…

But more often than not, it actually turns into a unique piece of content that I could never take with me.

But it all started with the above list of resources, moving around, and then letting my brain relax.

For me personally, having a personal spreadsheet with forums and ideas has worked particularly well.

You can do better on social media or any other resource from the list above - so try them all!

Do you have a process for finding new content ideas? Let me know in the comments below!

It can sometimes be a lonely experience when it comes to starting a blog…

You are dedicated to writing great content full of supporting information that you know your target audience will love.

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But how do you get the best from each of your blog posts?

More importantly, how do you reach people who really want to read what you have to say in your blog?

Well, this is why I am here to help you. I have put together a few guidelines that, when followed, should significantly increase access to your blog posts.

Blog post checklist

1. Blog Title
When writing a title for your blog post you need to give it some serious thought. The title is your title, it is the thing that will give people a chance to decide whether they want to study further or just pass by. Try and keep your title short and to the point. Always include your main keyword within your title to improve your post SEO. If you are struggling to come up with a title, you can try 'Portents Content Idea Generator' for some alternative and often entertaining suggestions.

2. Content
Make sure that the body of your post is easy to read. Do not shorten paragraphs to more than five lines. Keep sentences short - twenty words or less is recommended. Use plain English - This is no place to show your understanding of the longest words in the English language. Break up your text with sub-headings - this not only makes it easier for your readers to experience it, but it also makes your posts more interesting.

Remember that your blog will be read by people with like-minded people who are willing to say what you want, but you should never fall short of making sure that the content is interesting enough to interest them.

3. Images
Be sure to include at least one painted image. Humans are visual beings and an eye catching image will get their attention. When you upload an image make sure that it is not too large in terms of data size so that it loads quickly. Don't forget to fill the entire feature box for your image and be sure to include your keyword in the description.

4. SEO
SEO stands for Search Engine Optimization. Basically the better your SEO is, the more visible your blog post will be in search engine rankings.

There are many things you can do to improve your SEO.

Make sure that your main keyword is included in your title, used frequently in the first paragraph of your post, and throughout your post.

Make sure that your post is at least 1000 words long, which is a good amount of content like a search engine.

Include full features in the images you use so that it displays in case your image is not loading.

Also write a short meta description and include your keyword / s. The meta description is the text that falls under your main title in search engine results.

5. Link
Try and include the link in your post whenever possible. Link outside sites to direct people to related places on your website or other blog posts that they may find interesting. Including links also helps with your SEO.

6. Give credit to your sources
If you have researched for your blog posts or used citations or content from other places, be sure to give credit to your sources. This will not only give credibility to your own content, but it will also show your readers that what you are saying is supported by reliable sources. 

7. Social Sharing
When you set up your blog be sure to have social sharing buttons available from the start. This gives your readers the ability to share on their chosen social platform with just one click.

8. End and Publish
Finally end your post with a question from your readers to encourage comments. Alternatively offer a call to action related to your post i.e. download your free guide here.

The final thing is to read the whole thing before you publish. If you need to make changes, proof re-read the whole thing to make sure it is all as it should be.

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Post publishing to do list

1. Share and reshare
Once you publish your blog post, first of all you should share it on every social media platform on which you have a presence. Don't stop there though, post all related groups and communities as well. Do this everyday for the first week to reach more people. Try to post at different times to expand the reach of your blog post. If you have a presence on Pinterest, create an eye catching image to go with your post. The optimal size for a Pinterest image is 736 x 1200 pixels.

2. Feedback
Reply and reply to all comments (good or bad) on your blog post. Even after all the bad feedback, if it is constructive then we can help everyone learn and improve.

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