Try Delicious.com for Blog Content Ideas

Filed in Blogging, Featured by Matt McGee on March 28, 2011 4 Comments

delicious-logoI bet you didn’t know that I built a successful blog almost entirely by using Delicious.com to get ideas for what I should be writing about.

It’s true. Which blog I’m referring to doesn’t matter, but I’m not exaggerating when I say that more than half of my articles on that blog came from watching what people were bookmarking and tagging on Delicious.com. It’s an amazing place to find inspiration for blog content, and best of all … it’s super simple. If you’re struggling for things to write about, read on.

Using Delicious.com for Blog Content Ideas

What it is: Delicious.com is an uber-popular bookmarking site where millions of users save their favorite web pages. They also tag those pages with keywords that describe the content.

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How to use it: Type your keyword(s) into the “Type a tag” box on the Delicious.com home page (as shown above). Just type one keyword at a time. So, if you’re a bike shop owner, you might type “bikes” and hit “search” — and when you does, you’ll get a list of web pages that people have saved and tagged with the word “bikes,” like this:

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I highlighted three interesting links: one about a bike made out of bamboo, one about a pet carrier and one about a bike map.

  1. Bamboo bike? Sounds interesting and sounds like something a bike shop owner should be blogging about.
  2. Pet carrier? Our bike shop owner could blog about “3 Things to Look For When Buying a Bicycle Pet Carrier.”
  3. Bike map? Our bike shop owner could blog about some of the best local spots for bicycling and create a bike map for her area.

That’s three ideas from the first page of results for just one keyword. Imagine how many more ideas might come from looking for another 5-10 different keywords? Probably a lot.

Delicious.com also offers a separate search box, which functions differently than the “Type a tag” box. Try them both. “Type a tag” is more straightforward and just shows pages that others have saved with any keyword, while the search box shows extra data like trends and related terms.

Bonus tip: If you know what RSS is and are familiar with using it, every Delicious.com search can be saved as an RSS feed. This way you’ll get a feed of every web page that Delicious.com users bookmark with your chosen keywords. Trust me: This is an AMAZING way to get blog content delivered to you.

One of my current blog content ideas is to write more about where I get blog content ideas. :-) So look for more posts like this in the near future!

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  1. Scott Clark says:

    This is one of my favorite ways to bring content into the realm. I add the step of “starring” items (or otherwise labeling them) for viewing later. Google Reader does a nice job.

  2. Jason says:

    This is one of the easiest ways to create content, and content that is obviously relevant and hot. So simple, but I’m sure plenty of bloggers overlook the concept.

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