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Content Generation Idea: Ask Your Readers for Ideas



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Content Generation Idea: Ask Your Readers for Ideas

Content Generation Idea: Ask Your Readers for Ideas
If you don't ask you don't get right? Some people say it's rude to ask, but I digress! That really only applies when you're sitting in the back seat and the driver pulls out a bag of sweets and you shouldn't ask for one but instead rather, wait to see if you're offered one. Well that's just some Tudor like etiquette and at the end of the day, if you don't ask - you don't get! It's as simple as that!

And who'd have thought, that you could just ask your readers for something and they would give it to you? Because that's what makes up Content Generation Idea 21: Ask Your Readers for Ideas. And it's something that you can do, that many people don't do, which can work out quite well indeed for you when it comes to content generating ideas!

Now if you already own a blog and have a steady flow of traffic/readers to it. You have a virtually infinite amount of resources for gaining ideas from people. The same can be said if you own a fairly large forum too. And all you'd really have to do is ask those people some questions that are relative to your niche and industry.

  • For a blog:
    Put up a blog post that ask people to answer some questions about your industry. You could even ask them to come up with questions that they'd like seen answered. Some questions they'd like to know the answers for. Usually, some people will come up with a question for something that you hadn't even thought of before that will make for a great content piece from that alone.
  • For forums:
    You would basically do the same thing and put up a new thread asking people some questions about your niche industry. As well as, asking them to ask any questions they'd like to know the answers too. From the questions that you're asked (if anyone does ask them) you can use that to come up with and form some content from it.
  • For social media:
    And the same thing can be done on your social media profiles, groups and communities too. Just put up a new post that asks people to ask you some questions about the industry that they'd like answered. Some questions that they often ask themselves but would like to know an answer for in more detail. Then from those questions asked, form some content from it in the form of an article, blog post or something that answers those questions in great detail.
It's as simple as that! Just asking your readers to ask you questions can provide you with an almost unlimited amount of content generation ideas for topics and articles, blog posts etc etc to write about. And the other good thing about it is that as long as that post is up, whether it's a blog post, a forum thread or a post on one of your social media sites, in time, more and more people will see it and more and more people will ask you questions they'd like answered.

And that's how you use your very own readers for coming up with content ideas!

Do you ask your readers and followers to ask you questions for this reason?

If so, what other ways do you go about it?

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DarthHazard

It's always a good idea to ask your readers for ideas because they will be the ones that are reading your blog content. They will have ideas that you might not have even thought about. Whatever ideas your readers suggest will always be good to write about because it is exactly the content that your readers will be interested in reading. But it is important that you also write your own content because you don't want to suggest to your readers that you can't think of anything for your blog.



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mildredtabitha

You are right. This is something I never thought of doing but I have seen it on some blogs I visit frequently. Readers have a section where they can submit topics they want written about. They can also submit questions and it is written that they can expect to find content about it in two weeks. This is something I will employ on my new WordPress account.



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Corzhens

This is a very practical move when you need ideas for writing. Yeah, why not ask your readers what they want to read? I’m sure there will be a good number of response because I had once commented a suggested topic in one blog that I want. It is a fashion blog and my suggestion is about the signature handbags that costs so much as $50,000. I suggested that topic because I don’t think bags have no resale value even if it is a signature bag, classy and elegant.



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Barida

You are right in the sense that those readers will have some views on the best way to improve the writing that we do on a daily basis. Also, some of them might as well be willing to contribute on what they feel we should write on the blog on a daily basis. So, to me, I feel that asking them in order to generate good ideas is a good move.



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Pixie06

To be honest this is something that I have never thought of. In fact, on several occasions, the visitors to my blog requested me to write on specific topics which I did. However, I have to admit that I had to research some of the topics as I didn't have much knowledge on them. Sometimes I have a hard time to think about what to write and asking my readers may actually help me in this situation. I will try to see if I can implement this great idea.



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Barida

Just like what some big companies do when they bring a new product to the market is what we should always be doing as regards understanding how our wiritngs are on the site that we work for. Asking the readers for new ideas and how they think we can get to improve is necessary as long as we are very serious with improving on the work that we do as writers.



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Kakashi2020

Well if you're conversing with your readers, you can ask for their opinions and some would even make some requests that you can make, like topics to write or ideas that you might be interested in writing.



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Kakashi2020

You could do a series of polls to see what your readers would like to read. Polls are a good way of getting relevant information from your readers. Also most readers answer polls because it's fun, easy and fast.



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focusedwriter10

You have enlightened me. I have never thought about it, but I will start doing it. I under that readers and followers have more ideas based on their views and concerns.

Soon, I will be back with a report on the progress after giving it a trial. I suspect some of the most successful bloggers and companies use this strategy.



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