Blogging can be overwhelming sometimes especially when you have to find blog topics to write about.
Having a blog without good content is way too pathetic. It is therefore very important that you come up with great ideas to write about. Ideas that will help engage your readers. Great ideas, I firmly say, will help your readers too.
But first off, what is a good blog post/content?
Here are some of the important things that define great blog post.
1. A great blog post is easy to read.
It is SEO friendly and easy to read. Your readers need not to struggle while reading through your blog posts. It should have clear illustrations and great images that help explain your points.
2. Has a take away.
What do readers gain from reading your blog posts? Are your blog posts helpful? Do they solve problems?
Your blog post should answer these questions.
3. Must have a call to action.
Where do the readers go next after reading the blog post? Your blog post should have a clear CTA. If there is a similar post on your site that you’d want them to read, indicate that. You can tell them to join a discussion either on Twitter or by leaving their comments. That way, your readers won’t be left hanging.
Now that you have an idea of what a great content is, let’s dive into how to find blog topics for any niche content.
The truth is, there are several places where you can be able to find great blog topics for your content.
Here are some of them:
1. Conducting keyword research.
When you want to find blog topics for any niche content, the best and reliable place to start is with keyword research. By choosing topics based on popular search terms, you improve the chances of your content reaching its target audience.
Try using AdWords keyword planner to generate great ideas. This will not only you with SEO and stuff but also provide your audience with what they are looking for in the web.
2. Mind mapping
Another great way of coming up with great content ideas is using mind mapping.
Mind mapping involves the following steps.
Step 1: Have the idea in the middle: Your Niche.
Step 2: Have things branching out of that idea: Your Categories.
Step 3: Have things branching out from each category: Specific Questions.
Here is a clear illustration
Looks great, right? I use this method most of the time.
3. Yahoo Answers & Quora
People across the globe ask tons of questions on various topics every minute on Yahoo Answers and Quora.
I have been using the two platforms for almost a decade now. I have asked questions on several occasions. And I have answered questions asked by other users.
In yahoo answers, you can browse questions by topics and get to see most commonly asked questions on that particular topic while in Quora, you are allowed to choose your topics of interest at the time of registration whichages it easy to get exposed to questions about the topics you are interested in.
My advice is to pick questions from these two platforms and come up with a great blog post as an answer.
4. The forgotten/Unpopular Categories
Take a look at your blog. Are your categories balanced? Do they have the same number of posts? I don’t think so.
In many occasions, bloggers tend to ignore some of their categories, not because they don’t like them but because they find other categories more interesting than the others.
Sit down and identify the categories that have few blog posts and see on what to do about them. This is one of the perfect methods you can use to find blog topics. Write something.
I know that writing, in most cases, is as a result of an inspiration but sometimes you need to go the extra mile if you want to succeed as a blogger.
Don’t wait until that inspiration kicks in. Be creative. Work harder. Try new things. And if you try the simple methods I’ve listed above, your struggling rate to find blog topics will reduce by a significant amount.
Well, that’s it for today.
PS: I’m doing a series of My Top 5’s in blogging. Stay tuned.