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5 Fabulous Tools for Discovering Blog Topics

Posted 01st December, 2014 by Aliysa

Being up-to-date is absolutely crucial for your blog success, but with so little free time available for researching trends, some bloggers find it hard to keep track of all the latest goings on their niche and struggle to maintain their relevancy. Luckily there's plenty of great free tools to help you quickly discover all the latest hot topics, developments and discussions. Here's 5 which I use for staying in the loop:

Topsy

Topsy Search Results


Twitter is a vast platform, with a staggering 284 million active users each month, so finding great content through the normal search bar can feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. Let Topsy do the work for you: this 'needle finder' scours through every tweet and user for news, media and influencers which relate to your keyword or phrase. You can then narrow down the results to relevant, up-to-date posts by selecting your language and time span. It's the first pace that I, and many others, go when searching for all the latest news.

Buzzsumo

Great content and big news stories are far more likely to be shared and engaged with than sub-par articles; or so says Buzzsumo anyway. The social content aggregator ranks any articles shared across Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ to give you a strong indication about the key topics which your readers want addressing within your niche.

Buzzsumo


No niche is totally relevant over all 5 of these networks, so Buzzsumo also lets you tweak the results ranking system, search time-frame and content type to remove any stories or platforms which you feel aren't relevant to you.

Feedly

Feedly is basically a more advanced RSS feed; simply add the blogs that you want to follow and each time they post a new then it'll be posted in your home feed. There's full previews of all articles, so you don't have to bother clicking through to determine the value of each story, plus there's a handy feature which lets you know how many other Feedly users have saved your article for later - giving you a great insight into the reader's perceived interest in each topic.

Feedly Homepage


All new articles are split into sub-sections by topic type, a really useful feature if your blog encompasses multiple topics like ours does. There's subsections for topics including everything from cooking to cards, but Feedly is especially well catered for articles in the technology and B2B niches.

Alltop

Alltop Homepage


Another RSS feed style tool is Alltop, although it accumulates online magazine and blog articles across a much wider range of topics. It might not be as UX friendly as Feedly, and it is focused on the American market, but Alltop covers just about every blogging topic you could imagine and if you're looking for the latest topic discussions in your area then you'll probably find it here.

Google Trends

Think you've found a new topic which might be worth blogging about, but aren't really sure about its popularity? Well Google Trends can help! This dead simple tool from the search engine giant provides some great data to give you an indication of how popular your topic is on the wider web.

Google Trends


Although Google doesn't give you exact details about the number of search queries for your topic, you can still track its relative popularity over time. If you think you're onto a winner, then select your country location and period time-frame to get more precise details of user interest. Ideally your topic should always be on the up popularity-wise, to maximise your potential readership in the long run.


These are just 5 of the tools which I use, but there's many more alternatives out there. Do you have any tools or tips for keeping up with the latest news in your blogging niche? If so I'd love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Categories: Tips, Blogging

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