Archiving new blog ideas with automated screenshots

Learn how screenshots can be extremely useful when looking for a blog idea for your next content creation project.

As a blog content creator, there is a point in your day when you say, "I'm all out of ideas." Relying 100% on your creativity for new blog post topics can be tiring, so you may want to consider having the source of an idea that can help you in the process. That can be key to making the crafting of your blog strategy easier.

In this article, we'll be looking at a selection of online tools to spark creativity for popular blog posts. In the end, you'll see how to track them with Stillio, creating your very own blog topic ideas archive out of automated screenshots.

6 tools you can track to get new blog content ideas

Ubersuggest

With your products or core themes in mind, Ubersuggest will feed you with terms and existing pages related to your niche. You can use this tool to search for your product and find new related blog topic ideas. 

For each term you search for, you'll get basic SEO metrics and related keywords and content ideas. 

In the content ideas section, you can see related articles. Ubersuggests shows estimated visits, backlinks, and social shares on Facebook, Reddit, and Pinterest for each page displayed. When clicking on backlinks, you'll get the exact pages linking to that website.

When searching, you can choose language and country to get more specific results related to your target audience.

Ubersuggest can also help detect other sites to collaborate with. By looking up your product or category, you'll get many other sites you could be working with to get more organic traffic.

You can get up to 3 free searches per day with the free plan.

BuzzSumo’s Content Analyzer

Like Ubersuggest but more focused on social media sharing, BuzzSumo's Content Analyzer shows you top stories related to your search. For each one, you can see its total engagement and that of Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Reddit, which is helpful to track for your overall content strategy.

There are a lot of filters available, like time span, country, journalist, and more, that can help you make a more specific search to get blog post ideas.

The free version shows ten results per query. Still, the paid version gives you more, a backlinks analysis and a Facebook page benchmark.

Feedly

We've already mentioned Feedly in our trend tracking post, but this tool comes in handy for new ideas for blog posts! 

Feedly allows you to have your personalized newspaper. You can add your preferred sources to this RSS feed, and it will create a list of curated articles for you to check out. It's powered by an AI called Leo that you can train by indicating your liked articles and topics to make your list more precise. 

You'll get news and articles related to your product and category, which can spark new ideas for your content! Also, like Uberssugest, it can give you an idea of which blogs and news sites you could collaborate with.

With its free plan, you can add up to 100 sources and organize them into three folders. You can upgrade for more sources and features starting at $6 per month.

Google Trends

Google Trends is the first tool that comes to any content creator's mind regarding trend tracking, but it can also be a powerful blog idea source.

Besides analyzing a specific term's search volume evolution, you will also be able to see a list of related search queries and topics to come up with new blog ideas.

For each of these relevant topics, you can filter by "rising", to see recently popular terms or by "top," which shows the most popular ones. 

Google Trends also has a trending search page showing popular terms and real-time searches. That is also the home for Year In Search, an initiative by Google where they show the most searched for topics each year. These sections may help you find new hot topics.

This platform is useful for blog content planning and other content marketing aspects such as keyword research and competitor analysis. If you'd like to get the most out of this tool, check out our article on the different uses of Google Trends.

Answer the public

Get into the audience's minds with this tool that lets you find out what they're asking. Search for a product or category of interest, and Answer the Public will provide popular questions amongst the public, divided by question words like the 5W: what, why, who, when, and where.

That lets you know what people are interested in knowing, allowing you to plan high-quality content based on those questions.

You can also get queries with different prepositions (is, with, without) and comparisons (versus, like). The opportunities for new content are limitless!

At the bottom of the page, you'll get related queries in alphabetical order.

All these features are free, but you can upgrade to paid plans and get more perks that may inspire you to write successful blog posts.

Quora

Following the questions train, you can also get new ideas from Quora. That is a questions and answers forum where you can see what people are curious about right now. Each question has a description and answers, and you can also see related questions.

The Quora community is respectful and genuinely wants to help, so you'll get detailed answers that can give you powerful insights into popular topics.

You can look at the main page for free topic inspiration or search for a topic or product that is relevant to you to find what people are looking for.

Quora is free to use.

Using Stillio to build your own blog topics source with screenshots

Regularly checking these tools for blog ideas can vastly feed your content strategy. But wouldn't it be perfect to have all these sources on just one platform? Automated screenshots with Stillio can be the solution.

With Stillio, you can automate screenshots for each tool, updated daily, weekly or monthly, even up to 5 minutes for the best plan. You can take screenshots of particular searches to see related news and questions and save them directly to your Dropbox or Google Drive for a quick feed of ideas. You can check Stillio whenever you want, and the screenshots with blog post ideas will be there.

When it comes to determining the periodicity of screenshots, you'll have to consider each tool. News aggregating tools will constantly update with new stories, whereas tools like Answer the Public may stay the same. Combine daily and monthly screenshots for a better experience.

You'll only need the URL to your query in each one of these platforms to configure Stillio as a blog post ideas source. Unfortunately, many of these platforms take their time to load. Still, on Stillio, you can set a delay period for your screenshot to come up clear. You can also avoid pop-ups and cookie alerts.

When you're done choosing your preferred platforms, you can set screenshots with a special tag like "blog ideas" to have them all together. Then, with all these features combined, you can create ideas feed that updates automatically. It's like your own personalized blog topic generator!

Pricing starts at $29 for daily screenshots of 5 URLs.

Conclusion

With these content idea generator tools, you'll never run out of topics again, let alone when you have your own personalized ideas archive by your side! So while you get your creative juices flowing, sign up for a free trial to find out what Stillio can do for you and your brand.

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