How to Blog – How to Find Topics to Blog About
One struggle that many bloggers experience is deciding what to blog about. Unfortunately this often is the number one thing that causes a blog to fail. This post will hopefully help you with some ideas on what to blog about and how to find topics to blog about.
One thing that we suggest is that you sit down and make a list topics that are relevant to your market and that you feel your prospects and clients would be interested in. This list will help you greatly as you begin to formulate blog posts.
Once you have your list of topics we suggest that you do a little bit of keyword research to determine how popular your topic is with people that are searching for information. You can use tools like Word Tracker or Google Adwords Tool for this. This will help you determine if there is a large enough audience for the topics you are writing on. We suggest that you look for a minimum of 2,000 searches a month.
The next step is to take your list of topics and come up with some blog posts around them. The following is a list of potential blog post topics you can use around your list:
- How to or Tutorial Posts
- Top 10 Lists
- FAQ Posts
- Announcements and Events
- Review current news on your topic
Once you have your list and know that you are working with viable key words you can begin to formulate some ideas for blog posts. If you get stuck on finding ideas you can also visit some great resources for finding content:
Niche Specific Forums – If there are forums that your prospects and clients visit these are great places to look for popular discussions and questions and write a blog post on it.
Question and Answer Sites – There are several sites online that are set up for people to ask and answer questions – these are great places to get ideas. LinkedIn has LinkedIn Answers and then there is also Yahoo Answers.
Digg – Digg is a great resource to see what people are talking about and then formulate a blog idea from that
AllTop – AllTop does a great job of gathering some of the top news stories and information on several topics.
This information should give you a start on determining what to write on your blog.