Simple Twitter Searches to Generate Content Ideas

May 23rd, 2011 • By:  • Content Development

Twitter Content Ideas

We’ve all read that question and answer sites can be a great source of content ideas, but sometimes we neglect the biggest Q&A site of them all with millions of members and messages being sent everyday. Twitter of course!

How to Conduct a Search

Searching through tweets is simple using search.twitter.com and some advanced operators including -filter:links to only get tweets without links and ? to only get tweets asking a question.

How to Organize Your Searches

If you use a Twitter management tool like HootSuite, you can simply put the following suggested search queries in their own stream which will regularly update in your dashboard.

HootSuite Twitter Searches

Alternatively, you can use the Feed for this query link at the top right corner of the Twitter search page to save RSS feeds for your search in your favorite RSS reader (Google Reader is my tool of preference) or just bookmark the Twitter search page on your browser and keep it open throughout the day to get new results for your searches.

Great Twitter Searches for Content Ideas

Here are a few easy Twitter searches you can try to find great content ideas in your niche!

“How Do I…”

Let’s say you are trying to get some great ideas for an SEO blog for a how to post? The following search search query will give you great ideas about questions being asked about the industry:

"how do" seo ? -filter:links

You’ll then get the following:

Twitter Search Ideas for Content Development

For any other niche, just replace seo with your keyword of choice, and you’ll be set!

Questions to Top Authorities

Not sure where to start with keywords or common question phrases? Then head on over to your favorite authority in your niche. Industry experts and larger businesses / competitors are likely getting asked tons of relevant questions everday. So if you’re looking for content ideas about SEO, then take a peak at what people are asking industry influencers with the following query.

@mattcutts ? -filter:links

You’ll get the following:

Twitter Search for Experts

It’s not always a sure thing for some industry influencers, as you will probably get a lot of personal questions or “just for fun” random questions. But after a while of monitoring the results, you’re bound to find a diamond in the rough for your content. And for any other niche, just use sites like WeFollow to find experts and see what people are asking them!

WeFollow Twitter Experts

The Added Bonus

Depending on how quickly you create your content based on a particular person’s search, you can always go back in and send your post to that person as an @reply to their username. Whenever you answer someone’s question, you are likely to create a new fan for your blog and possible client for your business!

Your Favorite Twitter Searches for Content

Do you use Twitter search for content ideas? What are some search terms that have helped you generate great content?

Kristi Hines

Kristi Hines is a Web Strategist and author of the Vertical Measure’s Guide Blogging for Business.

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6 Responses to “Simple Twitter Searches to Generate Content Ideas”

  1. Jonathan Saipe Says:

    Nice post. We use “anyone recommend” -filter:links or “anyone know” to generate leads.

    Thanks

    Jonathan

  2. jelly roll sale Says:

    Never even considered doing something like this! The “filter:links ” thing is also some good advice.

  3. Kristi Hines Says:

    That’s a good one Jonathan! Thanks for sharing. :)

  4. Kristi Hines Says:

    I love the -filter:links. Helps in a lot of Twitter searches to weed out the people who already have content on it so you can find people just asking questions, or vice versa.

  5. Weekly Menu Planner Says:

    I am newbie to twitter and also to SEO. I found a query to find SEO blogs and discussion. This post is valuable for twitter newbies. Thanks for providing this information..

  6. Gabriella - The Stepford Wife Says:

    This is an interesting post for both Twitter newbies and those who have been around for ages – I just learned a few new tricks!

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