How do I choose the right blog topic wisely?
I have started my blog where I share quality & easy to follow tips, tricks regarding blogging. I'm having trouble deciding what topic to blog about.
It is indeed a challenging issue to identify the precise topic. To simplify this task, I used the method of bordering. Your blog, most likely, has a particular intended function. So, before identifying the topic try to list all the “must-have” options for your blog conception. For, example:
1. My blog should be the source of the best insights
2. It carries the function of education or just sharing the best practice
So, when you are ready to write about something just verify the draft of your idea with the list of criteria. You will see clearly whether a taken topic is consonant with the overall blog’s conception or it should be modified or you should find the other more suitable one.
I think for all content-based blogging, a little research will help you get the right answer. Determine first, who is your target audience and what is a trending topic within that target base. Your audience will always care about something happening in the real world that is impacting them and as a blogger, you should always be ready to take such opportunities to put forward content that they can relate to. This will help you connect better with your audience and allow a more engaging relationship with them.
In short, your topics should be representative of the recent trending interest within your target audience for them to trust and value your content more than that of others.
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First of all, congrats on your blog-venture. I have a few tips for you. Let us explore them together.
LEARN ABOUT PROBLEMS
Since your blog is about blogging, it may help to consider what your audience wants from you. This means you must research because the topic isn't going to drop on your lap. You need to find out problems people face regarding blogging and how you can solve them. Consider observing conversations of people regarding the subject. You can start off by visiting social media channels, groups, forums or Twitter chats.
READ INFLUENCER ARTICLES
Reading is of course a must for everyone but you, as a blogger, need to read the right stuff to get what you want and to save time for writing. Look at the articles on blogging by influencers of the industry. Visit their blogs and social media or read the books they have written for ideas for your own blog.
FOCUS ON KEYWORDS
Instead of creating a topic you think your readers will like, work in reverse and create from what your readers search for on search engine. Here is a small activity for you: visit a search engine and type in the phrase “how to blog” and you will see Google predict searches for you. Well, this is too basic. So use tools to help you work on long-tail keywords regarding blogging to help you derive topic ideas.
Hope these tips help you.
Thanks for asking. I believe that it is best to choose a topic that is close to you, in which you are best understood and you can, if anything, give advice to others. It doesn't matter what it is. After all, on any topic there is a certain demand in the network, the main thing is to really understand what you are writing about. So choose the topic that you like best and go ahead.
You can take multiple approaches here, none of which are mutually exclusive:
- Keyword planning. Use free analytics tools to research the popularity of keywords relevant to your niche, then build topics around high-performance keywords with which you're comfortable. Keep in mind that more popular keywords are likely to be more competitive - you're not immediately going to soar to the top of the SERPs (search engine results pages) simply because you write a great post on a super-popular topic.
- SEO tools. Use a free or paid SEO tool or backend plugin to optimize your titles. (Yoast is a popular WordPress plugin. Not an endorsement; there are plenty of others.) These tools won't generate topics for you, but they can help posts take shape if you're stuck.
- Keep a list of potential topics. The world is your topic generator. Whenever inspiration strikes, jot down a few notes so you'll remember. I personally use my email suite's reminders feature - somehow, it works. Go through your list periodically and select topics that you'll actually write about based on their perceived relevance to your audience and their alignment with your near, medium, and long-term business goals.
- Solicit feedback and input from your audience. If your readership is engaged already, ask them (via social media, your blog's comments, etc) for topics they want to read about. You'll get some off-the-wall responses, to be sure, but probably some gems too.
- Look at others. It's not a crime to research your competitors. Look for ideas on competing (or complementary) blogs and websites. Check community resources like the question-and-answer boards here - if you think you can produce better answers, submit brief answers here, then post more in-depth responses to your blog.
Hope this helps. Good luck!
If you started a blog, you'd obviously have a theme of sorts? That theme decides the topics for your blog. Just google your theme and there you have it. There will be some other keywords that Google will suggest, using which you can come up with your own topics. Blog topics are really not all that difficult to determine. Staying abreast of industry or niche-related developments will help you choose the topics that your audience may be interested in.
Ask yourself, "What do readers of my blog want to know about?" Make a short list of such things and pretty soon you'll have a long queue of topics waiting to be written on!
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Blog about your passion...then the topics will flow easily. If you aren't passionate about something, blogging is a pain and will usually die. Blogging is not easy...but it is much easier when you are passionate about your topic.
Create a "Content Map" which is something I use all the time with clients. It helps keep you on track and will give you some organization to what you are talking about. Focus and passion work the best...
I had the same question when I started my blog. I was given the following advice and it seems to work.
Even prior to picking topics ensure that you have a passion for this. Ensure that this is the direction you wish to take your business.
I was advised to focus on a major topic. Mine was Supply Chain. Then pick a sub-topic. Mine was Risks involved in Supply Chains. I researched and found there to be 20 sub-topics for me to blog about.
It will take you some time but do the research and due diligence and you will find topics to blog about on a weekly basis.
A couple of things - what are you experiencing as top issues? The questions that are asked of you the most? Then what topics or tips do you see that are needed to be noted and explained? Who are you targeting?
You see, if you are targeting the small business entrepreneur, what is the age range you are targeting and from there - what are some of the things you have noticed that they are asking about or discussing?
Actually, I have a blog that is business tips and info for those out there - and frankly I put up all types of things that I find very interesting and beneficial - I have done several concerning colors - and images - and I do infographics - as that is a huge plus for many - yes, they can scroll on down and read the info that is below the infographic but the infographic is a tool that either gets them interested to learn more or not
I also use other bloggers infographics and promote them on my website - it is a win win as I don't have to create all of the content - but others are creating great content
So I would ask the purpose of your blog or site? And really just stick with that - the interesting thing is that I really promote quality and images - sometimes a video or two as well - and this gets people interested - I also have people email me and ask if they can post their infographic and info on my blog and I absolutely say yes.
I totally believe in promoting others and letting people know that I did not create this content but found this great info by xyz and link to their website, blog, Facebook or any other network that they would like me to.
For me personally, I go with what I find to be useful and beneficial - I am not trying to work within a certain target audience - that is only for this blog - my digital magazine and anything I do with that? That is targeted to the 16-25 year old - but my business blog isn't.
Hope this helps