Nov 30 2011
I’ve always been one of those people who spends way too much time online finding content around the web. Recently, I started a new job as an SEO and this skill has become incredibly handy while writing guest posts for link building. Because of Google’s Panda algorithm, it is becoming more and more important to have quality guest posts on respected sites—you do not want your backlink profile to stem from non-relevant PR link farms.
While I am admittedly too good at finding things on the web, there are times where I am still stumped for guest post ideas. I write for a website called Scarves.net so I do a lot of blog prospecting and inspiration searching in hard-to-find corners of the web. For this type of research, many times the best ideas that I need are not the first hit in Google. When I am searching for great tips on how to wear scarves, how to store your scarves, and crafty projects for scarves that make great guest posts, I always turn to these five websites. Whether you are searching for info on scarves, marketing, or SEO, it does not matter. These sites can always help to get those creative juices flowing again.
1. Pinterest– Pinterest is by far my favorite source of inspiration, there is no better place to find carefully curated content. For example, I recently made this graphic on 12 Ways to Wear a Scarf. I didn’t want to include scarf-tying styles that were Internet-cliche so I scrounged around the web and Pinterest for a while and found some creative ways that I had not seen before. And Pinterest is not only for fashion and DIY. My friend Maggie wrote a great article on how you can find interesting content on boring subjects like plumbing using Pinterest.
2. Stumbleupon– Stumbleupon is not only a great place to procrastinate and fall down the giant rabbit hole that is the Internet, it is also a great place to find inspirational content for your niche. You can go to the “Explore” section, you can type in a keyword and find content related to your interests. Beware though, this stuff is addicting. For those in need of tips on marketing or web development, Stumbleupon’s “Explore” section is for you.
3. We Heart It– If you are searching for image, WeHeartIt is your site. Similar to Pinterest, WeHeartIt is a social image-sharing site. It caters to a younger audience, but the photographs that people pull and tag from all around the web are incredibly helpful. Plus, if you find an interesting image, WeHeartIt links back to the original source and you can find a blog you’ve never seen with a cool infographic.
4. Tumblr– Tumblr is another great site to find blog posts about certain topics. Tumblr is also filled with a younger audience but a few large (predominantly fashion) companies are starting to use Tumblr effectively. Just search for your keywords in the “Search Tags” box or click on “Explore” to browse around trending topics.
5. Twitter– Of course everyone knows about the importance of Twitter, but if you are not following the leaders in your niche you need to be. A lot of bloggers post their best blog posts on Twitter. In addition to searching for your topic on Google’s blog search, I have found interesting content via Twitter as well.
While it can be daunting to find inspirational content on the web, with the right channels you can easily find the tips you need! So whenever you have guest post writer’s block, remember these sites to get you writing again.
Stacie Grissom is a writer for Scarves.net where she writes about everything from how to tie head scarves winter scarves. In her free time, Stacie loves to work on her DIY craft blog, sew, run, and play with her yellow lab, Bridget.