How to Find Topics to Write About for Your Blog
One of the hardest things you may find as a blogger is coming up with blog topics or content ideas. You might say ‘no my niche is wide’ or ‘there’s a million things I can write about’ but I can tell you from personal experience the day will come when words will fail you. But don’t worry because when that day comes you can use these simple steps to push through it and get your blog content flowing again.
- Spy on Your Competitions Keywords
- Quora and Other Question and Answer Forums
- Expand on the Topics Your Already Ranking For
Spy on Your Competitions Keywords
Using services such as SEMRush to spy on your competition is a great way to check what keywords they are finding success with. If these keywords bring success to your competition then they can do the same for you by writing keyword targeted articles for your own blog. If you don’t wish to subscribe to a service you can sometimes get the information you need by other means.
In your browser:
- Click on View Page Source if you use Firefox or View Source id you use Internet Explorer.
- This will open a new window that show you the HTML source code for that page.
- Now look for the keywords meta tag, title meta tag, and the description meta tag.
Not all sites use all the meta tags I’ve listed but many do and can give you much insight when it comes to what keywords are successful for others.
Quora and Other Question and Answer Forums
Have you gone searching for an answer to some question via the search engines? Maybe you’ve come across Ask.com or Yahooanswers.com? Quora is a similar website but with less spam because it uses a points and user voting system to reduce the number of nonsense questions and answers. On Quora visitors submit questions and experts, scientists, and users who are knowledgeable in their field answer those questions. Many topics are covered so you may have to dig a little but with more than 1m users I’m sure you will find the questions that your blog readers will find as interesting as you do.
As a blogger websites like these are gold for finding current topics to write about. For example:
Make a profile on Fiverr and sell writing, website design, logo design, Internet researching, or any other task you can do.
Do the same on Elance and odesk.
Sign up for paid to blog jobs and apply to writing jobs ($30 per month).
Sign up for hiremymom.com and apply for virtual assistant jobs – simple administration tasks ($10 per month).
Go to searchtempst.com and search for writing gigs on all the Craigslist sites in the country at once.
Use all of these platforms to apply to 10 small Internet jobs per day and I guarantee you will make between $500-$1000 in your first month. Maybe more! Make sure to set up a PayPal account and accept payments before you do your jobs.
This example could easily be expanded into a blog post but that’s a post for another time.
Take some time out weekly to visit Quora and look for topics you write about in your blog – or could write about. Make a list of the questions you find interesting and turn them into blog posts. I suggest using the actual question to create the headline since that is what people are specifically asking. What’s trending on Quora today?
Expand on the Topics Your Already Ranking For
When was the last time you actually checked what phrases your blog was already ranking for? If your blog has been live any amount of time you just might be surprised.
The video above explains how to connect your Google Analytics to your Google Webmaster Tools to view the needed reports, also explained in the video. Once you know what topics your already ranking for then expand these topics with new post, videos, and/or informational graphics. Check out this video if you need help attaching your analytics code to wordpress.
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