If you’re still building out your 2019 editorial calendar, here is a list of blog post ideas and topics you should consider using for inspiration. I’m no creative like all the blogging partners we built HOI with, but I do have an eye and knack for the numbers.
Specifically, Google search data to uncover hidden keyword-traffic opportunities. I started with over 1,000 keywords and filtered down to 100-150 ideas and topics which have low number of SEO competitors, and (relatively) high number of searches.
You’ll see broad, abstract topics you can get wildly creative with, as well as specific tangible ideas which many of you can produce almost automatically. Take a look.
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50 Printable Quote Ideas
Make printable art, and give it away for free like most of you do already. People don’t only Google motivational sayings and inspirational quotes to look cool on social media. 🙂
Thousands of searchers, every single month, actually look up quotes to print out and display on their mugs, t-shirts, posters, home decor, etc.
Give the people what they want.
Fire up your favorite graphic design tool, and go crazy with fonts, colors, and textures to create unique printable files.
Check out this list of 50 highly searched printable quotes you can turn into blog post ideas.
Create blog posts for the benefit of parents, teachers, and everyone else to print for free. On the flip side, share with fellow bloggers and publishers to use on their sites. Claim art credit in the form of your backlinks and social shares.
Blog about the Major Holidays (and all the other not-so major holidays in-between)
Major Evergreen Holidays
You already know about the major US holidays, and all the party, costume, crafts, recipes, gifts, printable, and travel ideas associated with them. The opportunity to blog about unique ideas for these is bottomless.
- Keep blogging about these ideas like clockwork, especially for major holidays that brought you excellent traffic in the past.
Major International Evergreen Holidays
Diversify by tapping into equally important major holidays that people around the world celebrate in America, but which American bloggers don’t know or blog about. Here are some really popular holidays we could all benefit to know more about:
- Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
- Diwali (I love you Michael Scott, but no, it’s not exactly a “Hindu Halloween”, although there is one evening dedicated to costumes called Ves Bhusa! Diwali is almost a week long holiday.)
- Uttarayan/Basanth (kite fighting festivals)
- Check out this list of multinational holidays to learn about, and to consider blogging about
Of course, exercise common sense by doing your research, and getting information from actual natives that know what they’re talking about. Host that person on your blog via guest post or interview. You want to publish articles on holidays you don’t personally celebrate with the same integrity, validity, and common courtesy. You also don’t want to be accused of cultural appropriation with backlash from the social justice warriors.
Once you find a good holiday, give it the usual party, craft, costume, recipe, etc. format you’re normally used to producing, and get to work.
It used to be just about the major holidays, and your respective cultural / religious holidays you celebrated at home. Now, for better or worse, everyday some person, thing, or idea is recognized with national and international days, AKA hashtag holidays.
Every. Single. Day.
Naturally, this creates buzz and untapped opportunity for bloggers and even big brands to take advantage of. Load up on your social media and editorial calendars by pinpointing the National whatever days that matter to you and your audience, research them, and apply them to your usual idea formats.
How do you find article ideas for hashtag holidays with DIY keyword research? Easy.
- Pick a handful of dates / holidays that are relevant to you and your audience. Here’s a giant list to pick from.
- Type the holiday into the search box on Answer the Public. and hit “Get Questions.”
- Skim through the results, and pick the questions and ideas: that people search for + that you can create something unique to offer for + that you guess your audience might care about.
- Research, gather information, create something relevant, and hit publish several months or weeks prior to the holiday date. (Gives Google time to find your blog post, and rank it properly.)
Blog about Crafts for Kids, Teens, Adults
Publish more even craft content in 2019, but with keyword demand in mind. Here are post ideas on all things crafts you can create for a wide audience ranging from kids, teens, adults, and even retirees.
Blog about Travel & Family Vacations
In some ways, planning to travel and vacation has become really easy. With flight aggregator sites, hotel aggregator sites, and other travel sites like TripAdvisor, not to mention all the awesome travel blogs out there, you have full control over your entire itinerary.
In some ways though, traveling is also still super stressful. Especially if you’re a parent. “Do they allow you to take a baby in an Uber or taxi in San Diego?”
You’re not going anywhere to get away, you’re simply taking your daily struggles elsewhere for a few days.
Even if you’re traveling solo, with friends, or with just your significant other, how many of us come back from a trip, feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation? And let’s not forget the struggle of disconnecting from your devices.
You don’t have to be a pro travel blogger to know how real these struggles are, or how to navigate through them. So for those of you who’ve experienced these dozens of universally shared stressors, and found practical solutions which saved you time, money, and headaches, write about them.
People Google how-to travel advice over a million times a year, and guess what, the top results aren’t always the TripAdvisors, Kayaks, and Expedias of the internet, but modest blogs. This presents excellent opportunity for you to capture travel traffic, make friends with travel bloggers, and most excitingly, earn yourself the chance to collaborate with major travel brands. Cha-ching!
Here are some real world struggles to kickstart your thinking, again backed by the best keyword research tool, Ahrefs:
Blog about Recipes You Actually Use
Google any recipe you can think of, and you’ll find endless amounts of content thrown together Wikihow-style, so that media giants can get lots of views, clicks and ad dollars.
What would you rather see more of: Generic recipes regurgitated by marketers OR recipes passed down from generations by mothers and grandmothers?
Don’t just shoot the photography, capture film too while you’re at it, and publish recipe tutorial videos on Youtube, and subsequently your blog and social media.
Every one of us can trace back to unique, original recipes of deliciousness that have withstood the test of time. Blog about them.
If you’d like to share a secret family recipe you want to share with the world, let us know, and we can publish it in our exclusive family-only recipes section of House of Ideas.
Blog About Movies and Highly Binged TV Shows
Check out highly anticipated upcoming movie and TV Shows of 2019, and align it with your monthly editorial blogging calendar. Set yourself up for traffic spikes with highly anticipated movies like Avengers 4, Frozen 2, Captain Marvel, and of course, the LION KING Live Action. The content ideas for these movies are infinite, from party themes, to craft ideas, to Halloween 2019 costumes, to gift ideas, to movie reviews, and so on.
Check out this a list of movies to get started.
Original Netflix Programming
You know Netflix isn’t stopping anytime soon with original content, and you never know which shows or movies achieve cult status like Bird Box or Stranger Things, or which ones flop and get discontinued.
As with movie ideas and themes, write about your favorite Original shows, movies, characters, stand-ups, etc.
Create helpful lists for people like me who otherwise get stuck searching and searching until giving up and re-running the Office for literally the 95th time.
Rinse and repeat for other original programming cord-cutting subscriptions like Amazon Prime, Hulu, Youtube TV, etc.