14 Resources to Reference When Writing a Blog Post


14 Resources for BloggersA few months ago, we discussed the two  fundamentals of every successful B2B content marketing strategy: creation and distribution. (Tweet This).

While this two-step process applies to any content format – white papers, eBooks, reports, video, and infographics – we’re most familiar with it for daily or weekly blog posts. Create a good blog post, then distribute it. Repeat Monday through Friday.

Related: 4 Easy Ways to Find Out if Your Blog is Failing

To avoid creative burnout, take time to revitalize the content creation part of your routine blog operation with this great library of resources. And if you’re a new B2B marketer, copywriter or freelance blogger, this curated list will get you started on your first content creation:

Inspirational Resources

“What should I write about?” This conundrum is probably the hardest part of content creation- especially for 1000 word blog posts. You know relevancy to your product, customer, and company are all musts but you’ve already exhausted your area of expertise to it’s bare little bones. Here are some great tools and sites to use to uncover those hidden blog ideas:

Tweak Your Biz Title Generator

For lack of a better description, this tool is absolutely awesome. When you run out of ideas or ways to talk about your (perhaps boring) product or service, simply enter your topic (be sure to label as a noun or a verb) and be graciously delivered a plethora of blog posts ideas. Some of them may be cheesy or irrelevant to your business, but I can guarantee at least one will strike one of your idea chords. Note: This tool can also be used to generate interesting copy for your social media posts as well. Tweet This Resource

Hubspot’s Blog Topic Generator

This entertaining algorithmic-generated tool allows the researcher to input a maximum of 3 nouns to create a week’s worth interesting topic ideas . For example, if you sell both retail display and promotional items to small businesses, this tool will return titles for both products. Tweet This Resource

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Quora

A popular voting Q&A platform, Quora welcomes questions and their respective answers, facts, and opinions. This platform is especially helpful as it’s content license allows users to republish questions and/or answers with accompanying links back to the site. Search your topic of choice,  join a few conversations, and structure a blog post around one of the featured questions or responses. Tweet This Resource

Related: How to Avoid the Pitfalls of Content Perfection Syndrome

Google Alerts

Not only useful for one-off research projects, but for continual monitoring of industry relevant trends, studies, and reports. Be the first to explain product-related studies to your customers in timely blog posts.

Topsy

I’m constantly using Topsy to monitor trends and inspire my blog post subjects. Simply enter your phrase of choice and filter the search results by social networks (Twitter, Facebook, Google+) to discover shared and trending content. You can further scrutinize your search by filtering on Likes, Tweets, Comments, Images, or Videos. Tweet This Resource

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RSS Feed Reader

You most likely already follow your favorite industry thought leaders, bloggers, and marketing gurus. Start following people outside the proverbial box: your competitors, your customers, or notable companies in a completely unrelated industry (they create content too).

Your Own Blog Dashboard

Scouring your own blog posts for future ideas might be the best source of inspiration. By pinpointing the themes, titles, and authors that resonated the most with your audience, you can elaborate on the successful topics and nix the areas your readers aren’t interested in. Lengthen the lifespan of a successful blog post by converting the article into another medium. Animate your top performers into visually appealing infographics, videos, or comic. Tweet This Resource

Copywriting and SEO Resources

After you’ve perused through the aforementioned sites to reignite your creativity, it’s now time to focus on the dirty work: writing your blog post. A captivating title and subject is paramount, but if you fail to deliver high value content or completely ignore SEO, your 800 word piece of crafted inspiration will fall flat. Take a look at the following copywriting and SEO resources to amplify the meat and bones of your blog post:

Copywriting 101 from CopyBlogger

This is a great resource for anyone in content marketing. From crafting compelling SEO copy that converts to learning how to build authority, the experts here offer a library full of eBooks, webinars, forums, and member insights. It requires a registration and offers an upgraded “Authority” membership, but if you’re interested in writing well (and with a purpose) then have a look. The platform also has an ungated blog as well. Tweet This Resource

ProBlogger

Darren Rowse offers tips to improve the technical aspect of your writing and discusses secrets that will transform your post into a digestible piece of content. Rather than providing theoretical insights on blogging, he gives the reader actionable advice that can be immediately applied to any type of blog. Tweet This Resource

Related: 3 Words That Will Instantly Boost Call-to-Action Conversion Rates

Blog Post Templates

Hubspot ingeniously created 5 essential blog posts templates: The List Post, The How-to Post, The Slideshare Presentation, the Newsjacking Post, and the Curated Collection. After choosing a blog format, follow the fill-in-the-blank format to quickly create posts. Tweet This Resource

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Freelancer or oDesk:

For those weeks (or quarters) that require some outside help to fill your pipeline with quality blog posts, hire a freelance writer. Be sure to hire a contractor with experience in your field and outline necessary guidelines up front.

Google Analytics

Run a keyword search to identify and gather the phrases that bring the most people to your site. Not only will these keywords serve as invaluable topic ideas, they’ll guide the structure and language of your article.

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How to Make Your Blog Posts SEO-Friendly [Checklist]

Yet another Hubspot tool, use this interactive checklist as a reminder to review all the various variables that go into writing  high-ranking blog posts.

The 100 Best Free SEO Tools and Resources (Moz Blog)

After you’ve crafted your post, be sure to check this comprehensive library of SEO tools to ensure you’re abiding by Google’s constant mandates, while taking advantage of all available keyword suggestions. Tweet This Resource

Check back in next week when we supply you with resources to help you master the second step of a solid content marketing strategy: distribution.


Ashtyn Douglas

Ashtyn Douglas

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Ashtyn Douglas is a Social Media Team member and B2B marketing content writer at Business.com Media, Inc. Her favorite B2B topics include social media, mobile marketing, sales optimization techniques, and content creation.

Ashtyn studied Business and Psychology at the University of California, San Diego developing her passions for research and writing. She went on to pursue work in Ad Operations and Social Media for both small and medium-sized businesses. When she doesn’t have her nose in a book or computer screen, you can find her surfing.

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2 Responses to 14 Resources to Reference When Writing a Blog Post

  1. Niall Devitt says:

    Hi Ashtyn, What a great resouce you’ve put together for bloggers & thank you for including the Tweak Your Biz Title Generator. We’re delighted to hear that you find it useful. Warm Regards, Niall