How to get dozens of blog post outline ideas in 10 minutes

how to think up blog post outline topics quickly

How do I get new blog post ideas?
How do I quickly outline lots of blog posts?
How do I find new ways to make my blog stand out?
How do I attract new readers to my blog?
How do I beat my competition with rare blog posts or topics they don’t talk about?

If any of the questions above ever crossed your mind, you’re not alone.

Most bloggers are always looking for a competitive advantage or trying to stay one step ahead of the competition.

As you probably already know, the blogging game is all about IDEAS.

Whether you’re a newbie blogger or a veteran, you probably already have quite a number of ideas about your niche.

The problem? You have so many half-baked ideas to explore that you don’t know where to start.

The solution? Use dictation blogging to quickly get lots of ‘starter ideas’ for blog posts you can develop and polish later on.

In as little as 10 minutes, you can literally come up with dozens of awesome blog post ideas. Quickly coming up with blog post ideas is one of the awesome benefits of dictating your text instead of typing it out.

Your starting point:

You also probably have researched your niche quite a bit.

This is a good place to start. A lot of bloggers actively compile ‘idea lists.’ Some quickly bookmark information they stumble on.

Start with your ideas list and saved notes

Go through your ideas list, check out your saved notes, and scroll through your bookmarks. If you’re using Google Chrome, you can download a bookmark search tool that will help you find your bookmarks through keywords searches.

Pick out the most interesting topics

At this point, you probably are going to see tons of materials.

Don’t get scared.

Of all the information you’ve noted down and the more bookmarks you’ve saved, maybe 10% are actually interesting enough. Maybe 1/10th would have enough information or would be relevant to what you know about your niche or the things you’re interested in.

Clarify your list

At this point, you have your ideas and your topic lists as well as pages on your bookmark list. Clarify these in terms of actual questions or queries. Read the resource and figure out the first questions that come to mind.

You have to do this with all the items that you have gathered.

If you need help on how to turn keywords or topics into questions, try this free tool.

Load your topics and questions of interest into Google’s search box

Pay close attention to what Google suggests.

This is called auto complete.

Pay attention to the list of topics or related questions that Google suggests you search. Copy and paste the most interesting and relevant of these.

Cluster these topics and questions with the initial items that you were searching for.

Look for related searches

Look at the bottom of each search result and copy and paste the most relevant related searches. When you search for anything on Google, it will give you related search terms at the bottom.

Do any of those make sense? Do any of those flesh out or further develop the topics or questions that you’re interested in?

Copy and paste these to your notes.

Set a timer for 10 minutes to brainstorm

This is the most important part. The previous steps should prepare you for this stage.

This is where you will do most of your creative work.

I select 10 minutes for brainstorming because anything longer or setting no time limit at all is counter productive for me.

In fact, a lot of people I know who try to come up with blog post plans end up stuck on a topic or 2. They don’t end up with the dozens of ideas that this technique produces.

You have to put yourself under time pressure so you can push yourself to look as critically and creatively at the pieces of information you’ve gathered to produce many blog post outlines.

Click the start button on your timer and quickly go through the steps below. This is no time to second guess yourself. You’re not looking for perfect material. You just want to get out as many ideas as possible. You want to tease as many of the concepts these idea combinations have.

Don’t dwell on any cluster.

Step #1: Quickly read the questions and topics and summarize the clusters with one title

Read the different one sentence notes or quickly scan through the web pages and focus on their subheadings.

What are the titles that come to mind?

Now, of all those titles, which one is the most complete or all encompassing of that cluster? Write that down.

Step #2: Read out each question and dictate short sentence answers

At this point, you should be dealing with clusters of notes, content, and URLs that you have opened in in separate tabs and topics and questions. These should all be organized under titles.

Read out each question and dictate a short one or two sentence answer. Dictate any insights that come to mind and also take verbal notes about each of these items.

Set a timer for 10 minutes and record your dictation.

This technique works because it applies The Pomodoro Method for boosting productivity.

Step #3: Read out each topic and dictate questions that come to mind

Again, put all these questions within the same cluster under that single title.

Step #4: Answer your short questions to the best of your ability

You’re not looking for a complete answer. You’re not even looking for the absolute best answer. You just need to come up with an answer and then move on to the next question. If you can come up with several answers, go ahead and dictate that.

The key here is to dictate as much different information or different directions as possible using short sentences. Remember, you’re not dictating the whole blog post. You’re just dictating in short bursts to jog your creativity and memory and get all those ideas and concepts out of your head and speak them out.

Once this material is transcribed, you will then have a lot of materials to fine tune.

Quickly go through the steps above and avoid this fatal mistake

The worst thing that you could do at this point is to second guess yourself. You’re second guessing yourself when you’re thinking that your answer or your question is not quite right or, worse yet, not perfect.

You’re not looking for perfection.

You’re not even looking for the very best answer or even an average answer. What you’re doing is you just want to get it all out. You want to get the ideas, insights, and inspirations that are in your head into an audio format.

You just want to speak it out as quickly as possible. Don’t stop. Don’t slow down. If you run out of inspiration, go on to the next cluster, and then the next cluster after that. Stop recording when 10 minutes is up.

The key here is to go as quickly through the steps as possible within 10 minutes. Let me tell you, the first few times you do this, you’re not going to get everything down in 10 minutes. But with enough practice, you will be able to go through all the topics and question clusters that you have organized in your notes.

What to expect from the transcription of your ideas

When you get your blog post idea dictation transcribed, you should have dozens of potential dictation outlines. At this point, you’re just dictation rough “outlines” of outlines. You’re giving yourself the raw materials that you can then polish and grind down into a better form.

Take your time polishing each transcribed outline

I call these proto-outlines because they’re not fully developed outlines.

Far from it. Instead, they’re supposed to give you inspiration as to areas to research, sections to explore, and parts to fill in.

Take your time polishing each proto-outline that you have dictated.

This means adding information, taking stuff out, separating sections, clarifying the outlines so you can verbally fill them out better when you dictate the blog post that’s based on them.

Follow these tips to maximize the quality of your final outlines.

Always remember this fact

Remember that the higher the quality of your outline, the better your dictated blog post will be. It’s not about the length. It’s all about the quality of the outline because it you follow the 9 outline steps for high quality dictated blog posts I’ve shared previously, your outline quality will improve dramatically.

You have to polish each of your proto-outlines using the 9 steps that I’ve described in that blog post.

Pro tip: Polish in waves

Don’t put yourself in the very challenging position of completely and thoroughly polishing all the proto-outlines or outlines of outlines in the transcription of your dictation. That’s an impossible situation. Don’t do it. Don’t even start.

Instead, give yourself time to polish each proto-outline at a time. If you’re stumped or if you hit a wall, go on to the next outline. Work on that a little bit and then go on to the next one after that. I call this polishing “in waves” because you’re switching from outline to outline so you don’t get bored or you don’t cut corners.

At this point, it’s very tempting to just cut out or write whatever in your outline just to be done with it. You’re compromising quality if you do that.

You have to polish these outlines so they can produce effective and high quality valuable blog posts when you dictate them.

Polish in waves and in installments until you are confident that you can use these for dictation. This is a rolling process. This is not the kind of thing that you complete in one sitting. Get that idea out of your head. This is a long term commitment.

Let’s face it, some days, you’re more inspired than others. On certain days, you’re more analytical. The key here is to have such a long list of proto-outlines that when you polish them in waves over several days, you end up with a list of thorough high quality outlines that can produce top notch blog posts when dictated.

Repeat all the steps above after you have dictated all your polished outlines

Once you have dictated the outlines produced by this process, repeat the steps again to come up with even more blog outlines. Using this technique, you will be able to create dozens of long, high quality, and deep impact blog posts in a very short period of time.

How come? You effectively handle the hardest part of the process, which is to come up with ideas in the first place.

Can I produce quality SEO friendly blog posts with this dictation blogging technique?

The short answer is yes. When you’re polishing your outlines, you can plug in questions targeting different keywords that set the overall context of each post. You can actually research your target keywords separately and then reconcile or reword key parts of your outlines so they contain keywords that would give the post you dictate a stronger SEO punch.

The final word

This technique is intended to help you come up with a long list of lengthy blog posts in 10 minutes. Once you have all the ideas fairly categorized and organized, then you polish each of these into outlines that are clear and strong enough for you to dictate.

Using this process, I’m able to create hundreds of blog posts for both clients and the different sites in my blog network. You can do the same.

The key is to always remember that the higher the quality of your outlines, the better your dictated blog posts will be.

How to Outline Excellent Dictation Posts

If you’re reading this, you already know that dictating your blog posts instead of writing them out enables you to produce a lot more content in less time. In fact, you can’t even compare it to writing!

You’re just able to cover so much ground and produce so much content without wasting a lot of time. How much content? I am able to produce 50,000 words or more per day!  

This is the perfect blogging solution for busy people. Let’s be honest, nowadays, we’re all busy.

With that said, vocal blogging or dictation blogging is just a method.

The quality of your content is another thing entirely.

If you want to make sure that you dictate a lot of high-quality content quickly, you have to zero in on the one BIG SECRET to great vocal blogging.

What is this secret?

Well, it should be obvious to you by now if you’ve been reading this blog. The secret to high quality, quickly dictated blog content is a great outline.

It doesn’t have to be long – a few lines will do.

But you have to have the right info on it!

There are 9 elements to great outlines.

Make sure that your outline contains as many of these elements possible and you will pretty much guarantee that you’ll crank out a lot of high-quality content in no time.

Element #1: Focus on a narrow topic

Your outline must be laser targeted to a specific topic. You can’t ramble. You can’t cover all sorts of random unrelated topics. There has to be some sort of overarching theme. Here’s the secret: the narrower the theme, the better your outline will be.

Element #2: Start off with a tight introduction

When your outline has a very narrow introduction, you remind yourself about your content’s coverage. You’re not going to touch on many different topics in a wide-ranging blog post.

Instead, your coverage would be an inch wide, but a mile deep.

You will be clearly reminded of this when you include a tight intro in your outline. Think of it as the preamble or overview of what you will talk about.

A tight intro is a great organizing tool so you spend most of your time outlining and then dictating stuff that truly matters.

Element #3: Drill down into a limited number of sub-topics

When you’re outlining, look at the narrow topic for your blog post and then break it down into a small number of sub-topics. The smaller the number, the better.

Remember: your blog post should be narrow.

You’re trying to deliver value by being as thorough as possible.

The way to do this is to break it down into a number of sub-topics that would explore different angels of the overall topic of your post.

Element #4: Concentrate on the most common sub-topics for your post

Even though you’re handling a narrow topic, you can break it down into many different sub-topics. This is good news.

But this can also be a challenge because it’s very easy to get lost in the weeds. There are many random directions you can go. You can easily come up with all sorts of confusing tangents.

If you do that, that’s not going to deliver value to your blog post’s readers.

You have to assume that most of the people reading your blog post experience certain common problems. These are foreseeable. These are fairly easy to research and anticipate.

Focus on these because chances are, 80% of the people reading your posts would know about these problems and would be interested in them. There simply isn’t enough of a return on effort and return on investment writing a blog post that very few people are aware of or are interested in.

This is exactly what you get when you dwell on fairly rare and uncommon sub-topics related to your post’s main topic.

Element #5: Be clear about your outline claims

When you’re outlining, what you’re really doing is you’re lining up all sorts of claims. You’re basically saying to the reader “I understand your problems and here are the answers that I know will address those issues.”

These are claims.

Here’s the problem. Everybody can make a claim. Somebody can make a claim that the sky is made out of blue cheese. Now, just because you could make a claim doesn’t mean people will take your word for it.

This is how you can tell whether your post is going to deliver real value or not. And a lot of this is established by your outline.

When you make a claim, make sure you outline them. What assertions are you even really making? Are they clear enough?

Try to write your claims in your outline just like the entries or line items in your resume. Most people write their resumes beginning with a verb.

Start with a bang. It has to have an impact. This is how you clearly define the claims you are making or the solutions you’re describing in your blog post.

Element #6: Back up your claims with facts or supporting evidence

This should be self-explanatory. When going back to the example I made earlier, if somebody was claiming that the sky was made out of blue cheese, the next thing in your mind after hearing that claim is “Okay, prove it.”

You can’t just make one blanket claim after another. You’re going to think that this guy was either crazy or stupid. This is because the person didn’t back up the claim. You don’t want to look ignorant or insane.

When you make a claim as clearly as possible, back it up with one of two things. Preferably, supply both. Either you supply facts, these can be statistics, easily verifiable information or citations or quotations from another source that is respected.

Or you can make a logical argument. Basically, you appeal to the person’s logic based on facts that both you and the reader assume to be true.

If your logic and reasoning are clear and you don’t make any weird leaps or employ really wild assumptions, they would think that your claim is sound because it’s backed up by basic logic that most people can perform on their own.

Still, the best way to make a claim is to first back it up with facts and then logic. This makes your claims and assertions more bulletproof. If the reader has a problem with what you’re saying, they would have to jump through more hoops to disprove you.

They can’t just say that you don’t have any facts or that’s bad logic.

Element #7: Support your claims with several pieces of evidence

Depending on the point that you’re trying to make in your blog post, sometimes, one piece of supporting evidence or argumentation is good enough. Sadly, for highly controversial topics or unclear issues, you may have to do a little bit more work.

This means you have to show more pieces of evidence to move the needle. You have to assume that whoever is reading your blog post is naturally skeptical and suspicious.

Since we live in the age of fake news, this is to be expected.

The worst thing that you could do is to assume that the reader of your post will automatically take your side. That’s too much of an assumption to make. You’re not doing yourself any favors assuming that they would get what you are claiming and that they would automatically support you.

You have to show several pieces of evidence. What’s more, these pieces of evidence must be different enough from each other.

You can’t just take one study, slice and dice it, and try to make it seem like they’re different studies or different supports. They’re still from the same study.

You have to come up with different pieces of evidence from different sources and, possibly, different time periods.

Element #8: Try to include examples or stories in your outline

I’ve got some bad news for you. While most people like to claim that they can be convinced through logical argumentation, at the end of the day, we’re all emotional creatures.

Let that sink in.

We talk a good game about logic, reason, deduction, and inference.

Those concepts definitely sounds smart, intelligent, and responsible. This is how people should make decisions.

The problem is that isn’t reality. According to psychological research studies, the majority of people actually make decisions based on impulse.

Put simply, they reacted on an emotional level and they pulled the trigger. But when made to explain why they decided the way they did, they come up with all sorts of rational sounding reasons.

Take advantage of this fact.

We rely on our gut instincts and intuition more than we care to admit.

By using examples or stories in your outline, you tap into people’s emotions. They can’t help but relate to a particular character who went through the same thing they did.

This makes your post easier to identify with. In fact, it makes it easier for people to relate to and possibly learn from. It’s going to be very hard for your readers to really absorb what you have to say if they don’t even sympathize or they can’t relate.

Use these stories to break down complexities and lay out what you’re trying to say in a very human way.

Element #9: Finish strong

Since we don’t know that human beings are, at some level or other, emotional creatures, we need to finish on that front.

How? Summarize or tie up a lot of your claims in a form that hits close to home.

This means that you have to have a strong command of the narrow topic your blog post is about and what benefits it promises on an emotional level.

When people are reading a blog post on speaking clearly, they’re not just looking at technical tips to become a better communicator. Instead, they’re looking to be respected or appreciated more.

They may be looking to create a stronger impact so they can feel appreciated.

All these cut close to home. These are personal.

When you finish strong, you end on a personal note so the reader is quickly reminded that the value the blog post brings is real.

You didn’t just waste several minutes of their time talking about something that’s speculative or academic. Those are the kinds of things that you read up on for a test and quickly forget about.

Instead, the stuff you talk about should actually resonate with them at least long enough for them to develop greater trust in your blog.

Keep the 9 elements in mind when outlining and dictating your blog posts. They take practice but once you get them down cold, you’ll be UNSTOPPABLE.