57 Places to Get Inspiration for a Blog Post

A few weeks ago I briefly talked about the process of coming up with ideas for blog posts. I quoted Jon Morrow, who in a post for Copyblogger said this:

“Great ideas aren’t just lying around, waiting for you to use them. You have to search for them… The key is doing the work. The ground may be full of buried treasure, but you have to be willing to grab a shovel and start digging.”

I started a brief list of places to dig around when I wrote this post, but I wanted to make a new list, one relevant to people in the online marketing world.

I’m a big proponent of the idea that writers (novelists, non-fiction writers, bloggers) need to read as much as they can. For bloggers, reading the writing of others is one way to get inspiration: it can cause you to ask questions that may serve as the basis for your next post and help you unearth ideas for a post.

We’ve all gotten stuck during the writing process. My hope is this list will give you a bunch of places to get unstuck, whether that’s by helping you discover a new topic, helping you learn more about a topic, or simply inspiring you to let go of whatever is holding you back and write something great.

Got your shovel ready? Here is a list of places to seek inspiration:

SEO:

Search Engine Journal

Slingshot SEO

SEO blog on SEOmoz

YouMoz Blog on SEOmoz

Search Engine Watch

SEER Interactive

John Doherty

Rand’s Blog

Distilled

Luna Metrics

SEO Gadget

Point Blank SEO

Ayima

Thunder SEO

Triple SEO

Portent

 

Copywriting:

Copyhackers

Copyblogger

 

Social Media:

Jeff Bullas

Social Media Examiner

 

Inbound Marketing:

HubSpot

Inbound.org

 

News:

Mashable

Search Engine Land

The Next Web

Wired’s Gadget Lab

Forbes

Venture Beat

Fast Company

Forbes

The Week’s Tech Section

Businessweek’s Technology Section

Bit Rebels (also social media/tech/design)

GigaOM

 

Advertising:

Ad Age

Ad Week

 

Consumer Psychology:

Help Scout

Sparring Mind

 

Design:

Smashing Magazine

Design Float

Visual Website Optimizer

 

Everything online marketing:

Unbounce

KISSmetrics

Crazyegg

Raven Tools

ConversionXL

TechCrunch

Inc.

MarketingProfs

Chris Brogan

Seth Godin

Social Triggers

Unmarketing

Quick Sprout

Brian Solis

Boost Blog Traffic

The Buffer Blog

 

I tried to get down all of the amazing blogs I know of, but let me know which ones I missed. Happy reading (and writing).