It Is OK To Steal Blog Post Ideas From Others

I was crazy enough to think that I should publish only original works on my blog. Then I was searching some brand-new blog post ideas which have never published before.

Then I realized the truth,

Search on Google “How to take a real dinosaur as a pet.”

You’ll see a ton of articles by teaching you how to take a dinosaur as a pet or what foods you should give them, where you can buy a one, dinosaur breeders, how to hatch a dinosaur, ten reasons dinosaurs make good pets, make your pet dinosaur, etc.

So, how could I write an original article? Everything has already written.

Now I know. Creating something new is impossible.

However, there is a way. You can steal blog post ideas but, you can’t copy an original work.

Yes, of course, there is no copyright issues but, as a Science graduate, I extremely concern about ethics while stealing ideas from others.

What I proposed by stealing ideas?

As an example, grab a blog post from your expertise area (from a pro writer/blog), read the whole article and steal the idea.

Don’t even think about copying a single sentence from that.

Stealing ideas from other bloggers is one of the best ways to keep your blog alive. You’ll never run out of topics for your next article.

Even this blog post idea is also a stolen one from Jeff Goins’s article titled as “Great Artists (and Writers) Steal.”

I don’t want to hide that from my audience.

You should always respect others’ work and give credits. So, I usually link out to the original article or at least to a separate article on their blog. That is one of the best ways to show your gratitude.

Yes I know, well established, leading blogs don’t have a high value of your link but, at least it makes you a genuine person.

Sometimes, I comment on their blogs just to say “Thank You,” or I tweet the author and say “I wrote an article based on one of your articles. If you like it, please share it on your social media”.

They are cool people and love to help beginners. So, don’t afraid to contact them. At least some of them will respond you. I can guarantee you that.

Isn’t that an excellent way to promote your article?

I think that the success of blogging depends on the mutually beneficial relationships with other bloggers. If you take anything from them, please be kind enough to give something back even if it is small.

Regards to this article, I stole the idea, but I didn’t copy the original. I wrote an entirely new piece and gave some new tricks which original article didn’t have.

So, If you are seeking new blog post ideas, check out these influencer blogs. They have well-researched, regularly updated and the most shared content.

Neil Patel Digital
jeffbullas.com
Copyblogger
Problogger
Backlinko
Quicksprout
Convince and Convert
AgoraPulse
Content Marketing Institute

As a social media strategist, I’m passionate about social media. So, I steal blog post ideas mainly through social media and use some free tools.

1. Pinterest: Search Results For Blog Post Ideas

We search via Google all the time. Have you ever used Pinterest as a search engine? It is not just a social media platform. Pinterest has a vast searching power using keywords.

It is just the tip of the iceberg. You’ll find a lot more features when you get on with it.

Even if I worked as a social media strategist, I couldn’t recognize the power of Pinterest until I read this.

How I Made Blogging on Pinterest My Full-Time Job

Click on the link (it’ll open in a new tab on your browser) and read right after you finish this article.

It shows how to make money from Pinterest and how they bring a ton of traffic to their blog through Pinterest within a few months.

You’ll be amazed when you saw actual screenshots and analytics reports of their blog traffic.

With this fantastic Pinterest guide, I reconsidered and revamped my abandoned Pinterest account.

I know, most of the bloggers and even social media marketers do not believe the power which Pinterest has. I was once there. That is why I want to show you this.

Here you can see how my Pinterest account grew (almost 2500 followers) with few tweaks in less than 30 days.

 

Daglega Pinterest growth and blog traffic increased within 30 days 2018

 

Don’t take this wrong. I’m not saying that it is easy. You have to work hard to bring your pins to the top (it is like ranking your blog on the Google’s first page).

It is not impossible.

So, do not underestimate Pinterest. It is becoming my best asset now.

I think I should write a new article about Pinterest and what I’ve learned within last few months.

So, let’s get back to the topic.

How I steal blog ideas from Pinterest?

It is easy and simple yet powerful. I search a keyword/phrase that I want to write an article about on Pinterest search bar.

 

How To keyword search on Pinterest

 

Some hot posts will appear on the top of the results page.

Below the search bar, Pinterest will suggest some keywords related to our search. Click on any relevant keyword and narrow the search results to find something precisely related to your niche.

By this method, you’ll be able to find the best and the most popular posts/images on Pinterest. Click on one and go to the linked blog post or locate a better Infographic and write your article based on that.

 

How To use Pinterest suggested keywords to get blog post ideas

 

See, this infographic alone gives so many new blog post ideas already. All the facts are there. You just have to convert it to your words.

 

New blog post ideas from Pinterest Infographics

Source: www.printsome.com

Or

There are some influential Pinterest boards with high-quality pins which provide new blog post ideas, blogging tips, and tricks, etc.

Best of the Best Blog Posts
How to Blog
Blogging Tips
Blogging Tips & Tools

And I also created a Pinterest board for bloggers. It is called “Blogging Tips For Beginners.”

Follow my board, and you’ll find some useful tips and new blog post ideas from pro bloggers daily.

If you would like to pin your posts on my Pinterest board, do not hesitate to join the board. Put a link to your Pinterest account in the comment section below. I’ll send you an invitation to join my board right away.

 2. Quora: Questions Into Blog Post Ideas

You can find answers to almost any question on Quora. When you have performed a search on Google, at least one or two results from the Quora will appear on the first couple of pages.

Quora is that much popular platform right now.

If you still don’t have a Quora profile, create one right now because answering or asking questions on Quora will open new doors for you.

I will write another article on Quora and how we could use Quora effectively to promote our businesses.

After you set up your account, you should fill the section called “Knows About” with your enthusiastic fields. Don’t forget to answer few questions time to time and keep your profile updated.

Quora knows about section to get new blog post ideas
Quora will inform you (via email or mobile app notifications) when Quora members ask questions related to your “Knows About” categories.

The simplest way to find new blog post ideas using Quora is,

Just type something similar to your blog’s niche. You’ll see related topics which have created by Quora.

 

Quora keyword search related topics

 

Then dive into those topics to find an interesting question with sufficient number views and educational answers.

When you clicked on a question, you’ll see some “Related Questions” right next to it.

 

Quora search and related questions to find new blog post ideas

 

Come up with some new blog post ideas which people are interested and genuinely looking for will not be a tough task for you now.

3. HubSpot’s Blog Topic Generator: For Quick Topics

HubSpot blog topic generator to find quick new blog post ideas


HubSpot’s blog topic generator
is straightforward and swift.

Launch the tool, and you just have to type few nouns related to what you are planning to write next and hit the “GIVE ME BLOG TOPICS!” button.

That is all.

You’ll see five new blog post ideas associated with the nouns you’ve entered.

I’m thinking about “Pinterest Marketing” right now.

 

Hubspot Pinterest Marketing blog post ideas

 

Results are pretty good huh!

I’d like to take the 4th topic. “7 Things About Pinterest Marketing Your Boss Wants To Know.”

Just do few changes and make this topic looks like nobody ever written.

4. Ubersuggest: Keywords Into Blog Post Ideas

Ubersuggest converts keywords into new blog post ideas

 

With Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest, now we can see results from both Google Keyword Planner and Google Suggest in one place.

If you’ve used this tool once, you’ll never go for other complex keyword planning tools again.

 

Ubersuggest keyword suggestions for new blog post ideas

 

Search your main keyword/phrase on Ubersuggest. It will give you keyword ideas from all over the web. You can apply some filters to find the best results.

Generate new blog post ideas out of search results is easy.

5. Favorite Movies: Extract Blog Post Ideas

New blog post ideas from favourite movies Moana

Source: www.disney.com.au

We all love movies no?

When I watch a new movie or a TV show, I notice some new blog post ideas from my favorite characters, dialogues or quotes.

How about;

10 Social Media Marketing Lessons From Disney’s Moana
7 Leadership Lessons From Jackie Kennedy

People like to read this kind of articles (I prefer) more than movie reviews.

By this method, you’ll be able to discover some unique blog post ideas which are easy to promote on social media.

6. Blog Post Ideas From Comments On Blogs

This method looks like very simple and primitive, but even professional bloggers use blog comments to extract new blog post ideas.

Do you know why stealing ideas from blog comments are so powerful?

Because they are not some computer generated ideas by analyzing the trends and data.

These comments show what exactly people are finding right now, modifications to do the existing article, some points missed by the writer, their experiences or their opinions on the subject.

The best comments are seen on best blogs. So, we have to find some fabulous blogs which are updated and relevant to our blog’s niche.

I have mentioned few influencer blogs above I read daily. You would find some enlightening comments from pro bloggers on those blogs.

 

Blogging From Paradise influencer blogs for new blog post ideas

 

As an example, I captured this comment from Ryan Biddulph’s blog “Blogging From Paradise.” Here you can see how informative Hassaan Khan‘s feedback and almost all the other comments on that article are from bloggers.

Can’t you find few new blog post ideas from this comment alone?

 

New blog post ideas from comments on blogs

7. Buzzsumo: Blog Post Ideas From Trending Contents

Buzzsumo is a pretty crazy tool to find trending content and most shared content on the social media.

You can find trending topics, most shared content within last few hours, weeks or months. Their filtering system is exceptional.

 

Buzzsumo for new blog post ideas from trending contents and social shares

 

Even if the Buzzsumo is such a powerful tool, I put this at the end because it is a paid tool.

You can’t use fully powered filters without subscribing to a paid plan. All the other methods and tools I mentioned above are FREE.

However, I should say that if you are OK with the price, don’t think twice. Invest on Buzzsumo right now.

This would be the only tool that you’ll ever need to generate new blog post ideas for your blog.

I’m not going to explain everything about Buzzsumo. If you are interested in buying, here is the step by step guide from Buzzsumo itself.

Getting Started With BuzzSumo: A Tutorial

One More Thing…

Are you a newbie blogger like me? My recommendation is, do not try all these techniques. One or two is more than enough for you to start.

Trying all these at once will complicate the process, and you’ll get bored quickly.

Honestly speaking, I use only first four methods 99% times when I desired to write something.

However, I have tried all the other techniques too. If not, I never recommend those to you.

Don’t waste your precious time and energy too much just to find the best blog post ideas.

You’ll never find the best. Just grab something and write about your adventure. That is more meaningful than waiting for the best.

I’m telling all these with my experience. I have already spent an enormous amount of time and energy to find something new, and It didn’t work.

Is it OK to steal? What do you think?

Did I steal an idea from Jeff  Goin’s article in a right way and create something new or I failed?

Please leave a comment below. Your comment may help me to find a new idea for my next blog post.

Photo by Alexis Brown on Unsplash

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2018-03-15T03:38:28+00:00

About the Author:

I’m fascinated by Social Media Marketing, Freelancing, and Latest Tech. I have worked with global brands and leaders as a Social Media Strategist. In my writing, I want to share my professional experiences.

12 Comments

  1. Hassaan Khan 09/02/2018 at 12:51 AM - Reply

    Hi Nirodha,

    Amazing blog post. You’ve clearly shown some fantastic strategies to find new blog post ideas. Perhaps we tend to create blog post ideas more than observing that what’s going on — you’ve tried to hit that part, which I liked the most.

    This blog post will surely help readers contemplate the idea of scratching the surface and finding the ideas right off the bat.

    I’m glad. Really!

    Thank you for featuring my example. It’s an honor.

    Thanks, again.

    • Nirodha Abayalath 14/02/2018 at 9:20 AM - Reply

      Hi Hassaan,

      Glad you liked it and honor is mine.

      I couldn’t include the “Good Books For Blog Post Ideas” here. Sometimes, I find blog post ideas even from fictions. What do you think about that?

      If you have any good books in your mind, please let us know.

      Thanks for the comment.

  2. Brandon Lazovic 21/02/2018 at 9:38 AM - Reply

    Hey Nirodha,

    This is a really thorough and comprehensive post, I’m so glad that you wrote this! I’ll actually have to reference back to this in the future. Interestingly enough I touch upon the subject of aggregate vs. original content in my latest podcast that I uploaded today. In my opinion it’s cool to find inspiration from other topics that are being discussed out there, but I disagree that we shouldn’t be focusing on creating original content. Because there are thousands of posts that have similar ideas, I think that creating original content it will allow our brands to shine by adding value to our audience because we’re discussing things that haven’t been discussed before. At the same time though coming up with original content is incredibly difficult, and re-engineering previously discussed ideas for our own purposes has it’s merits too, especially in discussing topics that are trending on the internet and everyone is talking about them. With all of the algorithm changes occurring on the digital sphere, the need for original content to perform well is crucial, but also engaging our audiences with trending content that’s relevant and timely is equally important too. As long as you’re giving credit where credit is due for ideas and sources you utilize for your own purposes, as well as adding your own take and spin to it, then you’ll be successful in sharing your thoughts and ideas. Nice work again with this post, it’s incredibly rich, easy to digest and engaging.

    • Nirodha Abayalath 08/03/2018 at 10:48 PM - Reply

      Hey Brandon,

      Thank you very much for the comment, and I should say that you are the one who guided me to write a 2000 words article. I honestly do not know much about SEO and Google ranking. You told me that lengthy articles help to rank better on Google. So, I did it. Thanks again for that advice man.

      Yes, I agree with you. It is possible to create fresh content which has never published elsewhere but not for me. I think it takes time and experience in writing in a specific niche for a long time. What do you think?

      I have heard that Neil Patel once talked about one of his clients. The client asked him to bring his blog to the Google’s first page (I do not remember the niche/blog about). He had found an area which related to his client’s blog that nobody has ever written and then he wrote an article on the topic.

      So, that is possible. Yes of course I agree but, Neil Patel is an expert of blogging no? He knows how to play with the internet and of course with Google.

      I would love to hear your podcast, and it is time to share that with us. I’m sure that it’ll inspire content creators and one day we all be able to be an expert in our niche.

  3. Arfa Nazeer 08/03/2018 at 2:27 PM - Reply

    Hi Nirodha,

    What an amazing monster blog post!

    I don’t really think it’s stealing. It obvious that we hardly find anything that’s not published yet. It’s totally fine to seek inspiration from other bloggers, or resources and come up with an idea for our own blogs.

    Everybody has a unique style to speak to their audience. Likewise, there are numerous posts on finding blog post ideas but you nailed it! I mean there’s always an extra effort on the writer’s part. As a reader, we would like to consume images, screenshots and other examples.

    You’re producing great content here.

    It’s always a great idea to give credits. I can see you have potentially given links to multiple sources which actually make this a rich blog post.

    – Arfa

    • Nirodha Abayalath 08/03/2018 at 10:27 PM - Reply

      Hey Arfa,

      First, thank you very much for your helpful comment. Really appreciate that.

      Yes, of course, I’m inspired by reading articles from professional writers such as Jeff Goins, Seth Godin, Joanna Penn, and you Arfa. I have been working as a freelance social media strategist for years but, I didn’t even realize that blogging is such great way to make bonds with people and share ideas.

      I know a lot about social media and freelancing but, still struggling to write for my blog. I feel like my writing is terrible. So, comments like this from an experienced pro blogger drive me to accomplish my goals in blogging.

      Thank you very much again.

  4. Vox 09/03/2018 at 12:41 AM - Reply

    Very interesting read and useful ideas. We will never run out using some of these strategies! 😆 Thanks for sharing!

  5. Rawlings sunday 10/03/2018 at 6:11 PM - Reply

    This is really a great post and one will truly never be short of ideas. Very detailed and helpful. I get ideas from reading more books, articles and blog post. I just pick my keywords and create a folder to keep them.. i just go there to pick my blog write-up by developing the post. Thanks for sharing this post..

    • Nirodha Abayalath 10/03/2018 at 10:34 PM - Reply

      Hey Sunday,
      I’m glad you found it helpful and really appreciate sharing your methods.

  6. Timo 26/04/2018 at 6:44 PM - Reply

    Great ideas I will definitely use some of them in the future 😀 Thanks!

    • Nirodha Abayalath 08/05/2018 at 5:21 PM - Reply

      Thank you very much for stopping by. You are welcome to use these methods in the future and find excellent blog post ideas.

      If you would like to see more like this, please sign up for my weekly newsletter and get the latest articles and new tips right to your inbox.

      Go to this page and just put your email address. I’ll keep you posted.

      https://www.daglega.com/subscribe/

      Thanks again.

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