How to generate content ideas fast?

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Coming up with fresh content ideas is one of the most difficult and time-consuming tasks for a content marketer. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a massive list of topics ready to inspire your content creation?

In this article, we'll show you 5 ways that you can utilize to quickly generate an arsenal of new content ideas. Save those ideas to a spreadsheet so that you can spend less time brainstorming and more time creating.


1. Source from FAQ pages in your niche.

If you want potential customers to turn to you when they have questions, then this is a great way to discover what they’re asking. Pick a target keyword for your business, then Google the query below:

inurl:faq [target keyword]

Click through the resulting FAQ pages to easily mine them for great content ideas.

Build your website into a massive collection of resources for your audience, by turning these frequently-asked questions into blog posts, guides, infographics, and more.


2. Grab curated content topics from Reddit Wiki pages.

You might have browsed Reddit before to draw inspiration from top-performing content in your niche, but have you ever checked out its awesomely-curated wiki pages?

Many subreddits have a wiki page that is managed by its moderators. They generally feature a handpicked collection of the subreddit’s top comments, best resources, and most frequently-asked questions.

First, navigate to a relevant subreddit. If a wiki page exists, you can find it linked from the top menu. If you have a subreddit’s URL already, just add “/wiki/” to the end of it.

Browse the collection of content that has been selected by the people that are (usually) most familiar with the subreddit’s audience. Pull out relevant content ideas and add them to your queue.


3. Use Wildcards with Google autocomplete.

Google Autocomplete is a great way to generate content ideas. But once you start adding wildcards, you’ll get greater control of the suggestions it gives you.

Autocomplete normally works by finishing the end of your search query. Drop in a wildcard character, like “_” or “*”, and you can decide where Google makes suggestions.


4. Use Quora’s topic FAQs to find content inspiration.

Quora, the question-and-answer platform, is a goldmine for content ideas. I find that their general search functionality can be hit or miss though. Using Topic pages is much more efficient.

Search the general topic that you need ideas for. Next, use the filtering options on the left to view only Topics. Select the most relevant Topic page from the results.


5. Use a service like UberSuggest, SEMRush, or BuzzSumo.

If you don't feel like doing it, these tools can help you get the job done. They'll analyze either your keywords, or your competition, and come up with a bunch of suggestions for new content.

Though SEMRush and BuzzSumo are paid or freemium services, UberSuggest is free, and you can even get a ton of fresh content ideas from a single search.

Follow these 9 methods and you’ll have a list of ideas that will keep you busy for a long time.