37 Blog Post Ideas for New Freelance Writers (Writer Ideas!)

Coming up with blog post ideas can be hard when it’s your job to find those writer ideas!

Freelance writers often have to come up with blog topics and pitch their ideas to their clients or editors. And to top it all off, if you have a blog or personal blog – which every freelance writer should – having fresh writer ideas can take a toll.

When I was freelancing the first time a little over a year I had over 20+ clients, two blogs I wrote and managed two other blogs where I guest contributed.

37 Blog Post Ideas for New Freelance Writers (Writer Ideas!)

So, you can say there are days when I’m totally unable to come up with writer ideas and I’m scrambling.

Does that happen to you?

You land several clients in your niche and now you have to come up with three topic ideas in the same niche!

While the best clients are the ones that give you free range to pitch ideas and come up with your own topics – for me – these clients can be more time consuming.

So, to make sure I’m working smarter and not harder, I’ve thought of 37 blog post ideas for your clients or for your blog.

Bookmark this post and refer back to it for more inspiration!

Amazing Writer Ideas for Your Next Blog Post

1. Use Title Generators

I don’t know about you, but if I read headlines in my niche, this is enough to get the creative juices flowing and help me come up with several topics very easily.

The best  title generator that gives you oodles and oodles of ideas is the Tweak Your Biz Title Generator.

Just enter your topic, let it know if it’s a noun or verb and hit submit.

Here’s my result for “email marketing.”

tweak-your-biz

You can gain writer ideas for great blog posts just by look through these headlines:

  • 10 Effective Ways to Get More Out of Your Email Marketing
  • Email Marketing Doesn’t Have to Be Hard – Read These 10 Tips
  • 10 Creative Ways You Can Improve Your Email Marketing

Tweak Your Biz isn’t the only headline generator. Others include Portent and SEOPressor.

2. Look At Your Archive

If you’re struggling coming up with blog post ideas for your writer blog, go through your archive. See what you have already written. This can give you ideas about any “holes” or “gaps” you might have missed.

For example, I know for this blog, I haven’t done a post on taxes for freelance writers. I’ve realized that a lot of new freelance writers aren’t aware of what to do for taxes for your business. This is something I could talk about on this blog.

For your clients, if their blog has many posts, go through them and see if you can add a new perspective to older content.

For me, since I guest post on FreelancerFAQs – a site I manage and own – I often look at old posts on this blog and use that to help me write a  post on FAQs.

For example, I wrote 6 Foolproof Marketing Tips to Help You Become a Better Freelance Writer on this blog.

For FreelancerFAQs, I ended up writing a post called, How Do I Promote Myself as a Freelance Writer?

faqs

While both posts talk about marketing yourself, each one is unique and provides lots of different tips.

3. Look at Competitor’s Blogs

Don’t think no one does this! The best bloggers and freelance writers always grabs writer ideas from competitors in their niche or client’s niche.

For example, with this blog, since I’m writing about freelance writing mostly, I’ll look to The Write Life, FreelancerFAQs, Be a Freelance Blogger and even hit up personal freelance writer’s blogs like Lauren Tharp for ideas.

Looking at The Write Life, I see there’s a post regarding college students and freelance writing. This is a great topic I can explore on this blog!

For one of my ghostwriting clients, I often have to look at other blogs in their niche to draft up some topics for the month.

It doesn’t take long, but it’s a lot easier to do this than to come up with completely original ideas, because if you already don’t know, most blog post ideas have been recycled.

4. Read Posts in Your Niche

Part of being a freelance writer is knowing the top trends going on in your niche. This helps you learn any new products, tools or applications that your client might like you reporting on their blog.

Since I’m in the digital marketing niche I often try to read a post or two from the following blogs:

I don’t do it all the time, but when I have some time I’ll check out these sites and go through their blog and find some good reading material.

5. Take a New Angle on a Known Topic

As I mentioned before, most everyone has written about all the topics in your niche. It’s hard to find something no one has heard of.

What you can do instead, is provide a new angle on a known topic or something that’s been written about before from many people.

For example, for the freelance writing niche, I know there’s been talk about displaying your rates on your site. Most say that it’s better to display them since you won’t get any low-ball offers and you’ll end up attracting your ideal client.

So, why not flip that around and write a post on  Not Posting Your Rates Makes You More Money.

It’s a new angle on a known topic.

6. Start a New Blog!

Wh-what? Why would starting a new blog give you more ideas? A new blog MEANS you NEED more ideas.

Well I disagree.

I don’t know about you, but I’m a creative person. That’s why I love doing images for my blogs and clients and that’s why I am a freelance writer.

About two or two and half years later after starting my freelance writing blog, I started TwinsMommy.

It’s not a mommy blogging site where all I talk about are my twins. It’s actually a work from home site for moms that want to go from mom to mompreneur.

It’s in a similar niche as freelance writing, but it’s much broader. And you know what? I have about twenty blog post ideas for that blog already.

And, because of all that creative juice flowing, I have several ideas for this blog too!

So, why not start a new blog?

7. Turn an Infographic Into a Blog Post

Go to Pinterest and search for infographics. Here’s one on branding.

infographic

Use this to inspire those writer ideas and write your own branding post to help freelance writers, entrepreneurs, small businesses etc..

8. Turn a Podcast Into a Blog Post

Just like you can use inforgraphics to help you come up with blog post ideas, you can also use podcasts.

I like to listen to entrepreneur podcasts. I can take a look at some and get some ideas brewing for my clients.

 

You can also listen to some writing podcasts and use what you’re learning from those podcasts to help you come up with a blog post idea for your blog post.

9. Turn a Video Into a Blog Post

Finally, check out some YouTube videos of bloggers in your niche.

You can get loads of great writer ideas for your blog and your client’s blog. For example, if one of your clients wants you to write about social media marketing, you can pitch some YouTube marketing content ideas because you draw inspiration from The Content Bug’s channel.

Looking at YouTube channels of bloggers/marketers in your niche can help you generate tons of blog post ideas.

10. Do a Case Study

People love learning from others. If you’re successful at what you are doing, plenty of people want in on how you were able to achieve this.

What better way to explain your process then with a case study on your blog or even your client’s blog?

Over on one of my client’s blog, I wrote a post about my email marketing sales funnel. I pitched them my idea and they said go ahead.

Over on my TwinsMommy blog I’m did a case study on growing that blog. I’m going to do monthly reports on generating more traffic, readers and money from TwinsMommy.

That’s a post every month, which leaves me with one less idea to come up for my monthly content schedule.

11. Use Entertainment for Blog Post Ideas

It’s important as freelance writers to do more than just write! Watch a movie, follow a TV show, read a book or listen to the news.

By doing this you can draw from those types of entertainment and relate it to your industry.

Course student Kate and shared on her blog how The Walking Dead relates to Freelance Writing.wlakingdeadWant another example?

Here’s Jess Zafarris’ post about what writers can learn from watching Stranger Things.

Do you have a favorite TV show, book, sports team, movie or actress you can use to create a blog post in your niche?

12. Use BuzzSumo or Quora For Ideas

To use these tools, you first need a keyword or general idea of what you want to write about. So, for example, if one of your clients is in the app business, then finding topics around that particular app or apps in general will help you out.

Over at BuzzSumo, I typed in best apps for parents and got this result:

buzzsumo

From the results there are several topic ideas I can use for my clients.

Quora works in a similar way. Instead of typing in a keyword, you ask a question. If you need information on productivity tools Quora can help you.

quora

13. Do a Project Wrap-Up Post

Your readers are interested in what you do. So why not treat them with a post on where you’re writing or where you are published?

Doing an end of the month wrap-up post on where you’ve been published is a great way to inspire other writers and to let prospects know you are in demand.

On this blog I’ve written two posts on where I’ve been writing.

Freelance writer Sharon Hurley Hall does a Blogging Portfolio on her blog.

14. Post a Question on Facebook

Facebook is a great place to generate lots of writer ideas. I belong to several entrepreneur FB groups, small business FB groups and freelance writing groups.

The other day I posted this question and got some great responses that helped me see what new writers are struggling with.

facebook

15. Use Real Life for Your Blog Post

There are many ways to use your own life as a muse for your blog. If you have children, pets, wacky family members, or you are a part of a gym or class, you can use that for inspiration.

For example, I was able to score a paid gig from a free guest post.

I thought that was a cool thing and that other new writers would benefit from my story. So, I made a post on how I was able to turn a guest post into a paid gig.

16. Broaden Your Niche

Your niche is too focused! How many posts on blogging or freelance writing can you write about? There’s going to be a time when you’ve written about all there is in a niche.

What do you do?

Well, you broaden your niche. For me, this blog is purely about helping new freelance writers. But, again, there’s only so much I can write about that relates to brand new freelance writers.

But, you know what?

I can also write about blogging in general (like this post here) or writing techniques ( like my editing process post) or freelancing in general.

While it’s ideal to stick to ONE niche, it’s more than okay to broaden it and include related topics. This will help make your blog live longer!

17. Condense a Series

Did you do a series for your client or on your blog? I’ve done a couple series’ on this blog and what’s great is that I can take a series, condense it and create a new post.

That’s what I did with my Freelance Writing Jobs for Newbies series. I created a new post, The Complete Guide to Getting Started Freelance Writing From Scratch.

While the information in my guide is different than my series, it’s based on that series since the topic is about getting started freelance writing.

So, if you have a series on your blog, take a look at it and see if you can condense it to make one big post.

18. Do a List Post

Listicles are easy to do and people seem to love them. My 20 Ways to Find Freelance Writing Jobs as a Beginner has over 45,000 shares!

Clients like list posts because it’s highly shareable. So, don’t be afraid to write list posts for your blog or your clients, especially if their end goal is to generate more traffic and leads.

19. Expand on a Post

An easy way to come up with a blog topic is to find an old blog post and expand on it. Maybe now you know more about that topic or you have a new angle to share.

I find that when I look back at old posts, I can see lots of areas where I can expand and create new content.

For example, I wrote a post about the importance of having a writer website.

I then had a coaching call with a writer and made some suggestions to optimize her website. As a result I wrote about it and included a case study, which just expanded on my previous post about having a writer website.

Both these posts talk about your writer website, but I was able to make a new angle (attracting clients) and offered a case study on how to improve your writer website.

20. Recruit a Guest Writer

Sometimes you’re just too busy to write a post for your blog. You don’t want to neglect your blog and, in fact, you should be treating your blog like a client. But, at the same time, you don’t want to just put out a junky post.

So, what do you do? Well why not ask a fellow freelance writer to write a guest post for your blog? You are still providing lots of value to your readers, and it just gives you more time to work on your client work.

Recently I had one of my course participants write a guest post talking about a pitching challenge I held for my students.

It was a great post on how it changed her whole freelance writing career and proved to be highly valuable for new writers.

If you’re short on time, enlist a blogger friend and see if they wouldn’t mind contributing to your blog.

21. Write a Sequel to a Post

Having themes on your blog is a good thing. If every month you follow up on the same theme, you can build a following.

Maybe there’s an old post you’d like to re-hash. Make a sequel to it and provide even more tips and better information.

It’s great to recycle old blog posts and make them even better than before.

22. Take a Subheading and Turn that Into a Post

It’s always fun to look through old posts and see if you can turn a subheading into a blog post. Flushing out an idea is a challenge, but for freelance writers, it’s something that is required.

Good writers can expand on topics and condense pages of books. So why not practice this skill with your blog posts?

Awhile back I wrote a post on Discover These 4 Freelance Writing Mistakes That Are Costing You Clients and Cash. One subheading in that post is, You’re Not Charging Enough.

I was able to flush out that idea and create a post on what to do before raising your rates.

23. Do a Behind the Scenes Post

People like to learn about you. They want to see what’s happening in your business. Why not let them? I’ve written a post on my freelance writing business as have other bloggers like Nathan Barry or Adam Connell.

Update your readers on what’s going on in your business. It inspires them and helps them grow their own business.

24. Write a Goals Post

This is along the same lines of an update post. Create some yearly or monthly goals and share them with your readers.

They’ll appreciate it and it will help deepen the connection with them.

25. Reflect on The Past

It’s always fun to think about how you succeeded and what you learned. For me, as a new freelance writer I learned a lot in my first year.

I thought my readers would benefit on how much I grew as a writer and since I enjoy reading about other freelance writers, my readers would too.

For example, Karen Marston of Untamed Writing wrote a big post on all the phases of her blog. It gives the readers a glimpse of her brand and business growth.

26. Host a Giveaway or Contest

A great way to increase your email list and readership is to host some sort of giveaway or prize.

Of course anything you give away will come at your expense (unless you have connections), but it’s a small price to pay if you want to grow your blog.

Sophie Lizard over at Be a Freelance Blogger regularly holds PitchFest, which is a content for freelance writers. If you win, you earn $100!

pitchfest

Over on FreelancerFAQs we held a giveaway as a way to generate buzz around the new site.

If you’re stuck on a blog post, you can always hold a contest as some writer ideas!

27. Run a Survey Then Post on Your Blog

A great way to get some blog post ideas is to just ask your readers. It can tell you a lot about what their struggles are or what their aching to find out.

Writer Bryan Collins of Become a Writer Today did a survey with his readers and posted the results.

bryan collinsIt’s easy to create a survey. You can use SurveyMonkey or Google Forms.

28. Review a Product or Tool

Sometimes the most useful blog post is a review of a product or tool. If you find that you are familiar with Skitch or Canva or Tailwind, why not write a post about it?

Maybe you took a course and want to write about it or compare it to other courses. This is what the Lazy Millennial did. They wrote a review post on my freelance writing course.

29. Write a Comprehensive Guide

People love guides. If you write the ultimate guide, the complete guide or the advanced guide, your readers or your client’s readers will love it and learn a lot from it.

Neil Patel is known for his comprehensive guides over on QuickSprout.

quicksprout guides

Why not make a complete guide or series of guides for your blog or your client? I’ve written complete guides for a few of my clients as they make great content for their blog.

Ashlee Anderson from Work From Home Happiness has a section for guides on her blog.

beginner guides

30. Do a Round-Up Post

People love round-up posts. They love contributing to it and people love reading and sharing it. Tor Refsland is known for his epic round-up posts.

One of his round-up has 117 contributors! That’s freaking a lot.

Don’t worry if you don’t know even 50 people in your niche. I’ve done two round up posts with less than 20 people.

31. Feature Other Blogs

Your blog doesn’t have to be all about you! Share the love and feature other bloggers and blogs. One popular post I did was 10 Best Sites to Help You Become a Successful Freelance Writer.

32. Do a Spotlight Series

A popular way to have a full content schedule is to do a spotlight series. This means you pick one person to highlight on your blog.

Lauren Tharp does a spotlight series called, People I Know and even featured me!

Lorraine Reguly has, in the past, done a F.I.T.S. (Freelancer in the Spotlight) Series featuring freelancers.

And I did a Confessions of a Freelance Writer series on my blog and interviewed several freelance writers I look up to.

33. Do a Seasonal Post

For me, I didn’t do a seasonal post for the longest time. I felt that evergreen content (content that isn’t contingent on a time frame) was the best sort of content you can provide on your blog.

But, lo’ an behold, I was running out of writer ideas and I wanted to spend time with my family. So, I bit the bullet and wrote some seasonal posts as well as newsworthy posts..

And you know what? I’m happy that I did. I may do that again.

34. Write a Post On an Obscure or Unknown Fact

Maybe you found a shortcut to some complex task or found an easy way to do a typical task. I created a post on 2 Obscure Ways Freelance Writers Can Create Samples.

I had learned some cool ways brand new freelance writers could score some clips and I wanted to share them with my readers.

This idea can also be adapted for your clients. If you work with a B2B company and found some neat hack with their product, let them know and pitch that idea for their blog.

35. Write a Mistakes Post

People love to read about the worst things or the top mistakes of something. Normally, people don’t want to fail, so posts like these are enticing for most people.

I’ve done my share of mistake-type posts on this blog!

36. Write a ‘Why You Got Started’ Post

It’s fascinating to read how successful people first got started. How did they get started and why did the choose to go that way?

You can pitch this idea to your clients if you know their brand inside and out and you can do this type of post on your blog.

37. Do a Series

Instead of trying to come up with a months worth of writer ideas, why not think of one topic and write several posts on it?

For example, Sarah Titus on her blog did a 52 week series on how to build your credit score.

sarahtitus

I’ve Got Your Blog and Client’s Blog Covered With These Writer Ideas

Ha, what I mean is, I covered 37 writer ideas for you and your clients. If you write one blog post a week, that’s 9 months of content I’ve suggested!

Do you have some more blog post ideas I didn’t mention? Please share them with me!

Don’t forget to grab your free schedule for your blog posts.

Oh, and please Pin me!

Hi I'm Elna and I'm a freelance writer and mom blogger. I help people just like you become a profitable freelance writer. Within 6 months of starting my freelance writing business from scratch I was able to earn a full-time living as a part-time freelance writer while taking care of my twin toddlers. Check out my free email course Get Paid to Write Online and learn the steps you need to take to be a freelance writer.

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HI Elna, I’m loving your write to 1K course. I’m also test driving my new gravatar so fingers crossed!Reply to Rob
Hi Rob, That’s great to hear!Reply to Elna
Thank you so much for this post (and literally your entire site!!) I’m getting ready to launch my own site soon (very nervous!) but I’m not sure how to share it- is it a blog? is place to market my services as a freelance writer/content creator? I already know what my niche is as I’m a dietitian I want to focus on nutrition and health. It just seems like a lot to try and convey when you first land on my site- any advise?Reply to Rema
Hi Rema! Thanks so much! So happy you want to start a blog for your business! This writer website should focus on your service. This post might help you see that: https://elnacain.com/blog/attract-clients-with-writer-website/Reply to Elna
Great read… do you have more than 1 blog site? Iā€™m looking into beginning a blog site and have found great tips… how do you manage working on different sites if you have more than 1?Reply to Lisa
Hi Lisa! I do have multiple sites. It’s hard for sure, but I try to focus on one blog at a time and work when I can!Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Thank you for this posting. I’ve read two of your blog postings. To say the least, both are inspirational. If you will, what’s your opinion/take on Internet Neutrality? I live in Alaska. -PatrickReply to Patrick
Thanks so much! My opinion on the neutrality phase is sad. I’m going to have to make sure to secure Canadian domains to protect myself.Reply to Elna
So SO good! Thanks for sharing these great ideas, Elna! I have only just begun getting into freelance writing and your posts have proved to be an amazing resource for me! This post in particular is full of gems!Reply to Rebecca
Hi Rebecca! Aw thank you so much! I’m so happy to hear you found some good tips!Reply to Elna
Hi, Short ago I’ve spotted this article ( I don’t degrade it to a too simply put ‘post’) and found to be extremely useful, as basically this entire site is. And being a stand alone good read too. Needless to say bookmarked the place, really like it.Reply to Robert
Hi Robert, Thank you!Reply to Elna
I just saw your updated version of this blog post. Thanks for the link to the title generator. I hadn’t used than one before. It does produce a few results that made me chuckle (for example, when I entered ‘Travel Luggage’ it suggested something slightly vulgar and “Everything I Know About Travel Luggage I Learned From Donald Trump”) — but setting those aside, it did produce some helpful article titles.Reply to David
Hey Elna, I agree that coming up with new ideas is one of the hardest parts in the work of a freelance writer! Many of my fellow writers use some tips from your list, but all there 37 ideas for new blog ideas is a pure gold! Personally, I use blog topics generators and some kind of “spying” on successful competitors in my niche. Of course, it doesn’t mean that I copy from their blogs word-to-word, because plagiarism is not for me. I read, analyze, make notes, do mindmaps, write, edit, rewrite, check for possible duplications with https://unplag.com, edit, use quotes and citations where needed…. Then read it aloud. If I have time, and deadline is not soon, I let my work “to rest” a few days. Then I read it again, make some edits (sad but true!). And a good work appears in result.Reply to Annette
Very good content, thank for sharing with us.Reply to Altemar
Thank you Elna, I chose to pin instead of bookmark šŸ™‚ Great ideas and I love the one about asking a question on facebook to generate ideas. I also go back through older posts, or read on other blogs and use this to help me decide what to do next.Reply to Jen
Hi Jen, Thanks so much! Happy to run into you in Facebook. Love meeting new people šŸ™‚ Yeah, I found asking questions on Facebook an easy way to see what people want help with!Reply to Elna
Hej Elna, loved this post. Recently found your articles and I am loving them all. Keep up the good work! Greetings from Germany AnnikaReply to Annika
Thanks Annika! So happy to hear you found some great ideas for your next blog post.Reply to Elna
SUCH an awesome post, Elna! And thanks so much for including me šŸ™‚Reply to Lizzie
Hey Lizzie, Thanks so much. Glad you liked and no problem šŸ™‚Reply to Elna
Elna: Indeed! At some point, I have been stuck for weeks suffering from “writer’s block”. I have looked for inspiration in other blogs as you have demonstrated here; particularly when content needs to be thought-provoking and fresh. Great post!Reply to Teresa
Hey Teresea, It’s the same for everyone. After a while of writing in the same niche, you get a little “dry.” You just can’t think of any topics! But, if you’re a freelance writer, well, if you don’t write, you don’t get paid.Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Wow, you’ve shared a ton information here. With all this you’ve shared, we shouldn’t ever have a problem finding blog post ideas! I stopped at #15 but I’ve saved this post to finish reading it after my mom shift. šŸ™‚ Happy to pass this along! Happy Tuesday! CoriReply to Corina
Thanks Corina! Yes it ended as a huge post eh? I started writing it and it just kept going and going šŸ™‚ I’m happy I was able to come up 37 ideas on my own. Thanks for the support.Reply to Elna
Thank you so much for sharing these tips! My wheels are totally turning now, and I feel inspired. Pinning this for sure! http://mykindofsweet.com/Reply to suzanne
Thanks Suzanne! So happy to hear your creative juices are churning šŸ™‚Reply to Elna
Epic post, Elna! There are tons of useful tactics here. I’m wasn’t even done reading when I had to stop because I already thought of a bunch of things to write about, and I had to jot them down. Thanks so much for including me, btw. I’m honored! šŸ™‚Reply to Francesca
ha thanks Francesca! Wow! Writing down the ideas! Back to the basics eh? I have about five notebooks all scattered on my desk so I get ya!Reply to Elna
Hey Elna, Great post as always! You always manage to find another, actionable way to generate ideas…love the infographic one! ThanksReply to Mariken
Hey Mariken, Thanks so much. I like writing posts like these. I find them super helpful šŸ™‚Reply to Elna
I know you since quite sometime now. You are a great Author. It is always so refreshing to read your blogs, and it teaches us a lot, and inspires us to be better and better each passing day.Reply to Ajay
Thanks Ajay! It’s fun writing listicle posts!Reply to Elna
Thank you for sharing this. Such amazing information. So helpful!Reply to Raquel
Thanks! I had fun writing it.Reply to Elna
Another epic blog post! Thank you so much for sharing such great resources.Reply to Yolie
Glad you liked it!Reply to Elna
Thanks so much for the mention, Elna!! I learned from the best!! šŸ˜‰Reply to Kate
Such creative ideas. I enjoy brainstorming content ideas. I too go to Title Generators for ideas on what to blog about. Ezine Articles has a suggested title generator which has helped me write on a variety of topics I wouldn’t have considered. You have a very creative knack for graphics. ^+^Reply to Sara
This is one of those blog posts that makes me go: “HOLY SHIT. AWESOME.” Love love LOVE it, and I’m definitely going to try out some of these ideas soon. Sharing on Twitter now! šŸ™‚Reply to Jorden
Ha! Thanks girl! Glad you like it. I’ve been kicking ASS writing these epic listicles! I have another big one over on TwinsMommy for tomorrow!Reply to Elna
Oooh awesome! I’ll definitely have to check it out!Reply to Jorden
I feel so inspired after reading this post!! Thanks for 37 awesome ideas to kick start my week;)Reply to Caitlin
šŸ™‚ That made my day Caitlin. Thanks so much and glad you found some awesome ideas for your blog or client’s blog.Reply to Elna
Thanks for giving my podcast a shout out! šŸ˜€Reply to Lauren
Hey you beat me to it! I was gonna mention you on Twitter šŸ™‚ Love your podcast by the way.Reply to Elna
Thanks for sharing these awesome tips! I learned a few new tricks thanks for you šŸ™‚ Keep up the good work.Reply to Nicolas
Hey Nickolas, That’s great. Glad to help.Reply to Elna
Hi Elna, Yeah, food for many days. Much success, VenkateshReply to Venkatesh
Hey Venkatesh! Thanks. I loved coming up with these ideas. šŸ™‚Reply to Elna