Whether you're internet marketer, business owner or content writer, finding a right and perfect trending content is quite complex task. Everyday thousands of content published on the internet. So it is very hard to search most influence content or blog manually. In this case, we would need a kind of software or platform that can help to find content. As we know BuzzSumo is one of kind but it is paid, you can’t run beyond 15 days without paying.
So if you’re running out ideas about how to brainstorm blog topics, where to find blog content etc. then you must check these 10 content search tools that are not only perfect alternative to buzzsumo but also free to access.
1. EpicBeat Epictions
EpicBeat is the best platform to find latest trends, contents and influencers that matters. You can search and discover channels best suited for your content based on format, sentiment, day of week and keywords. The most important feature is graphical representation of dataEpictions has a launch offer running till the 5th April, 2016 that lets you get a whole year of EpicBeat Plus for less than two months of Buzzsumo.
Social Animal is a state-of-the-art content research product. Utilising natural language processing and machine learning techniques, Social Animal peers into what makes good content tick. It doesn't stop there, though. Social Animal's core use cases are:
Content Research - See article keywords, compare top performing articles, analyze article titles, and get article shares across networks
Content Insights - Optimal title length to use, optimal content length, optimal day to publish, and 6-month content performance history
Influencer Research- Find real influencers, twitter users and authors, see articles shared by influencer
Be Inspired (InspireMe)- See secondary keywords used in articles for any given keyword, see real-world topics that connect to any keyword, uncover unforeseen connections/topics, and get almost unlimited ideas for a given keyword
Daily Digest Email for your chosen keywords with - Top trending content, competitor mentions, and potential Influencers
3. Ahrefs Content Explorer
Here’s a breakdown of Ahrefs functionality.
Filters and Advanced Searches - Be specific in content research to find your goldmine fast. Filter posts by social shares, traffic, referring domains, timeframe, word count, authors, and many other criteria.
Content Drilldown - When it comes to analysis of an individual post, Buzzsumo is limited to backlinks and referring domains. Ahrefs also shows organic keywords with all the essential SEO metrics and traffic estimation.
Link Opportunities - Find out which domains never linked to you, but mentioned your business or its key points.
Competitor Research - Sooner or later you’ll get stuck in the “creative” block. And surprisingly it is your competition that will help you out. Ahrefs can unveil what content their audience gets hooked on.
Automatic Alerts - Whenever someone mentions your brand, competitors or any keyword of your interest, you’ll be the first to know via email alerts.
ContentStudio is a powerful content discovery, curation, and social media management platform. Each discovered article contains a history of social engagement data to confidently predict virality before it goes viral. You can setup auto-updating custom topics with the keywords and domains of your choice to filter the noise and only see what you want to see.
It has the following modules:
Discovery: Find content through search or topic feeds with powerful filters.
Planner: See your content strategy from a single place using calendar view or list view.
Composer: Compose SEO-optimized blog posts or engaging social media posts with relevant content suggestions.
Scheduler/Publisher: A Powerful way to share your post with hashtag suggestions, post recycling, post previews, and author mentions.
Automation: Automate content posting to your blog or social media channels with your own rules.
Analytics: See detailed stats of any website, social page or your own published posts.
5. Topsy (this has been discontinued)
Topsy is a social search and analytics company that maintains comprehensive index of tweets, links and article. Topsy offer Social Media Analytics that allows you to search by time & place set alerts, and analyse sentiment for every tweet ever made. Through this, we can search, analyse and draw insights from conversations and trends on the public social websites including Twitter and Google+. You just need to put your interest of topic or keywords and they will show everything at single place. It is free to use.
Alltop is nothing but it keeps all the top headlines from popular topics around the web. Here your search criteria will be changed because they have already categorised your interest of domain. For e.g. if you want to search topic/blog related to “web design” then you can directly go to web-design.alltop.com and check listed headline. Alltop is quality sites and they verify each blog before listing so there would be less chance for bad content ideas. It is again free to use.
7. Renoun (discountinued)
Renoun offer best platform to search blog and brainstorm ideas. It is very easy to use, you just need to type your interest topic or keywords and they will provide with a rush of relevant articles from thousands of blogs handpicked by the cloud computing community. More important, it is freely available.
Apart from showing blog, they have had given the option to suggest a site/ blog add in their database. Through this, they can improve the search results and make them more relevant to you.
8. Twitter Search
Twitter is one of the best tools available. I personally recommend you to use twitter to find/brainstorm topic ideas, trending articles etc. Anyone can find popular people, hashtags and photos for any topic you can imagine. Twitter also has advanced Search feature that allows us to find the latest news and world events faster.
“Blekko is a company that provides a web search engine with the stated goal of providing better search results than those offered by Google Search, with results gathered from a set of 3 billion trusted web pages and excluding such sites as content farms”
Blekko is the awesome platform to search/brainstorm trending article on any domain. E.g. if you want to search trending topic for “web design” then you can just need to fill web design in search and they fetch best available result. It is again free to use.
Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests. It shows images, infographics, typography, storytelling etc. You can search your keen topic in search option and they will show you all best trending blogs/content for you. If you like any of content than we can repin it so it would be saved in your Pinterest board. You can check later on whenever you require.
Bonus Tool: Social Mention
Social Mention is a social media search engine that not only searches user-generated content blogs, but also it search comments, bookmarks, events, news, videos, and much more... To search blog content, you need to select blog option and then enter your keyword or search term. They will search best available article, latest article from the internet for you.
If you come across any new, please let me know via comment.
Sawaram Suthar is head of marketing at Acquire, and also a founder of Jagat Media, a digital marketing agency. A digital marketing consultant, he has experience in things including branding, promotions and page optimization, along with research and strategy. He has an MBA from the University of Pune. Anyone can find him on @sawarams.