Content Marketing With WordPress – Content Idea Generation Tools
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If you are feeling stuck for content ideas or headlines for your website, blog, newsletter, or social media post titles and articles, then check out the useful content idea generation tools below.
Most of the tools listed below are free and will help you generate content ideas fast.
According to its developers, this tool was created to provide content, creative, PR, and SEO marketers with a search insight tool that better utilizes the auto-suggest results provided by search engines like Google and Bing to uncover the motivations & emotions of people entering search queries and provide users with a richer starting point for content ideas.
To use this tool, visit AnswerThePublic.com, enter a keyword in the search field, and select a language from the drop-down menu.
Next, click on the ‘Search’ button.
The tool will create a report with visual graphics and a list of alphabetical results.
The report generated by the tool contains clickable links to Google’s search tool.
This allows you to explore the results for selected keyword phrases further.
You can download and save the images to your hard drive.
You can also export and download the results of your search in CSV format.
This tool can also be used to generate content ideas in different languages.
The free version of this tool lets you run a limited number of free searches. If you need to generate new content ideas on a regular basis and find the tool useful, consider upgrading to their paid plans for unlimited searches, comparisons over time, search alerts, and more.
To access this content idea generation tool and swipe some great content ideas, go here: AnswerThePublic.com
Hubspot’s Blog Ideas Generator
Hubspot’s Blog Ideas Generator is another great tool for generating content ideas quickly.
Enter a seed keyword into the tool’s search field and click the ‘Add’ button.
You can add up to 5 different search terms.
Click the ‘Give Me Blog Ideas’ button when done.
The tool will generate 5 content topics for your articles and posts for free.
Note: If you become a Hubspot subscriber, you can download a list of 250 post ideas from your keyword search instead of just 5.
To access this tool, go here: Hubspot’s Blog Ideas Generator
Portent’s Content Idea Generator is a great tool for generating content headline ideas.
Enter your keywords and click the ‘Generate Idea’ button.
A headline idea for your topic will be instantly generated.
To access this content idea-generating tool, go here: Portent’s Content Idea Generator
FreshTitle Headline Generator is a one-click tool that works on both PC and Mac computers. It lets you generate hundreds of compelling post titles and headlines for your content in seconds.
Simply enter your keywords into Fresh Title and its built-in algorithm instantly returns over 830 pre-optimized and proven-to-convert headlines. You can then simply copy and paste the title or headline into your post or page.
In addition to entering niche keywords into the tool, you can answer a few simple questions and FreshTitle will generate an additional 125 optimized headlines that are also proven to convert.
For more details about this headline-generating tool, go here: Fresh Title Headline Generator
Headlinr is a Google Chrome browser extension that lets you quickly generate ideas for new blog posts and articles, Facebook posts, email headlines, sales copy, and more.
Headlinr is not free. It requires a one-time payment, but it’s a useful tool that can generate over 1,000 headline swipes and 315+ headline formulas just by entering a keyword. It also lets you create your own headlines and swipes, and store your own headline templates, blog post ideas, and swipes, making it a handy browser-based content idea generation tool.
For more information about this tool, go here: Headlinr
BuzzSumo is a powerful content marketing and market research tool that lets you analyze what type of content is popular with readers on the web and social media.
You can use the free version of this tool to generate content ideas quickly.
Just enter your keyword into the search field and click the ‘Find Content’ button.
BuzzSumo will then return a list of sites that are performing well with the keyword and provide insights on effective ways to use the keyword in your content.
If you’re just after some quick content ideas, the FREE version of the tool should be fine.
The PRO version of the tool gives you access to detailed search results and additional information (e.g. backlinks, social engagement, a list of key influencers, etc.)
For more information about using this tool, go here: BuzzSumo
Google Trends is another valuable tool for performing market research and seeing what topics are currently trending.
It can also help you generate timely content ideas.
To explore trends and generate ideas for your topic, enter a keyword into the search tool, and press ‘Enter’.
This brings up a list of trending topics using that search keyword.
You can use this tool to explore how your topic is trending in Google News, Google Shopping, YouTube, etc.
Scroll down the screen to the ‘Related Queries’ section and select “Top” to see which search queries are currently popular and trending.
Google Trends provides valuable information that can help you research your ideas further and lets you see which way your topic idea is trending.
You can also use this tool to compare two or more trends and see which one is more popular.
Comparing trends is also useful if you are trying to decide which keyword variation gets the most searches and can drive the most traffic to your site.
For more information about this idea-generating tool, go here: Google Trends
We hope that this tutorial has given you many useful ideas on how to generate great content ideas quickly using free and inexpensive online tools.
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