Trend Blogging – 20 resources to help get started in this new blog trend.
If you’re not familiar with trend blogging, it’s a technique of blogging on trending topics from various social media. Some bloggers are using trend blogging to generate traffic and others are simply creating blogs devoted to showcasing different trends.
As long as the posts are relevant to the blog, this technique can be a very effective way to grab some targeted traffic. I’m not going to share how to convert that traffic in this post. Instead, I’ll cough up 20 resources to get your idea juices flowing.
So, let’s jump in and start with the big ones.
This one is an obvious choice. Google is still the most used search engine so tapping into the hot searches is where I would like start first.
Dig a little bit deeper into a specific trend term with this tool.
Google also let’s you take a look into trends in the blogosphere with this one.
Similar to Google’s trend tool only more information.
Check out the social scene with Bing Social. I added this one to provide a different angle on using Search Engine trends.
Check out what’s hot with AOL.
AOL let’s you drill down into sub categories which is a nice feature.
If you want to tap into the “real time” nature of Twitter trends, this next list is a good set of tools to monitor the tweet stream.
Twitturly gives you a view of the top shared url’s on Twitter.
This is one of the better trend tools for Twitter. It gives you a good overall view of the trending topics on Twitter and let’s you refine your view by number of days.
Twitter Counter offers up various Twitter stats based on users and lists. They have a nice quick Top 100 Users as well as a Top 100 Lists to give you some good ideas.
ReTweet has been around for a while. This site offers up a good view of the most re-tweeted tweets.
Twubs is less of a trend watching sites than the others listed but it’s a great way to see which types of groups are popular on Twitter as well as meeting people in those groups.
The name says it all on this one. The difference is WhatTheTrend offers up a reason for each trending topic. You may be able to use this reason to build up some related keywords or content material.
Monitter really taps into the real time nature of Twitter by allowing you to monitor tweets for 3 keywords of your choice. Click the “Trends” link at the top to view the trending tweets. You can also use this tool to re-tweet or find new people to follow.
The best way to find what people might buy is to check out what people are already buying. Fortunately two of the biggest online retailers let you do just that.
eBay Pulse let’s you view the most popular searches, the largest stores and the most watched items on eBay. They set you up to tap into the buyers wants.
Check out what’s selling well on Amazon. This is a great way to research some new affiliate opportunities or create new content.
Amazon’s Movers and Shakers is a great tool to view a potential trend before it becomes a full blown trend. Nice way to get ahead of the game.
This is another great resource to get a sneak peek of what’s coming out.
If you aren’t familiar with Alexa, you should be. Alexa collects website data from all of the sites it can find. It’s a great tool to view who the top sites are as well as what’s popular on the web.
As the name suggests, this is a look into what’s hot on Alexa. Coming from the source that knows too much about the web, this is a great place to get a snapshot of current trends.
Now that you have some great places to find trends, get out and there and create some content.
By the way, my original list has 75 sources (s0 far) to find trends. Some of them are very popular and some are pretty obscure. If you’re interested in the whole list, please add a comment and I’ll get it out to you.Tweet
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