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As an affiliate marketer, one of those things you do regularly is writing for your blog. Thus you will find yourself asking the 100 dollar question – how do I find topics for a blog? This happens to everyone, finding topics to write about isn’t easy.
Our world is constantly changing. Search Engine algorithm are not different, they make the competition much more difficult. Feeling that you have exhausted all avenues and resources is not out of place. It happens to all.
Alongside this feeling is the need to offer value in terms of quality content, regular improvement in our SEO for ranking. Top of it is the thousand of sites in stiff competition for the front page of search engines. All this put together tells us that we have to stand out in the crowd. Thus the need to find topics for your blog regularly
Although there is no robotic way out for this task, below are ways I have constantly overcome this.
1) Engage tools For your Research:
Let us start with the various online tools that can aid you in generating blog topics. One of such tool is BuzzSumo, It grants you access to check profitable topics within your niche.
For BuZZSumo, it is simple. All you need do is to enter a keyword or domain, the system will present a tone of similar content. This is content that has been published by others. This grants you easy knowledge of your competitors. You will see what they are doing at a glance, as such, you can begin to generate top ideas.
Apart from your competition, BuzzSumo also grants your good info on how content is behaving across all social media platform.
Forums are always a good avenue for people of like minds to discuss. by so doing that engage and discuss their various success and challenges. This is a good avenue for blog topics that will resonate with the desire of your clients or audience. Searching for forums to work with is not difficult. You can use Google search, type in “your niche” + Forums.
Google will offer you a list of forums, take a critical look at them. You will see both forums with broad scope and those that are narrowed and are niche-focused. Also, forums like Reddit and platforms like Quora are good.
They are usually referred to as monster forums; they are a good place to pick up your audience interest. Reddit is known for its smaller forums known as subreddits. They address smaller units and topics. Quora address topical issues in the form of questions and answers.
3) Take a Look at you Website Comment
Unfortunately, so many people neglect the comment section. This is out of fear of what and how to respond to enquiries. In a bid to hid our face we neglect such valuable asset in our blog or website.
This section is our sit of engagement between us and our audience. These engagements present the strength and weakness of our readers. Making it easier to write articles that address their pain points and also their enquiries.
A good way to address this is to pick every comment as an asset of ideas. Turn them around into a topic or at worst develop one or two questions from them.
In the spirit of excellent customer services, do not forget to get back to your audience. Ensure you respond to the comments. This practice will give you an eye into what your client is in search for. As such, developing such content will be profitable.)
4) Use Google Auto-Complete
When it comes to generating topic ideas for any niche, Google search interface is a good way to go about it
If you are careful enough, you would have noticed that when you type in the Google Search area to search for words, it generates suggestion. These are very similar things people are in search of. These of course are very relevant keywords that people will naturally type.
Below is a screenshot of google completing my search request after writing television.
You will notice the search engine suggesting words for me. These are related terms of people all over the word search for. They are a good place to start.
5) Examine You Most performing articles for repurposing
We have looked at how to use external sources to generate blog article topics. But you can also generate topics right from your website – I call it looking inwards. The whole idea here is to take a look at your articles with the best result. You can do this using Google analytics.
Your selection criteria can include things like pages with the highest visit, average time spent, etc.
Thus you can repurpose old ideas in a new form.
You have several ways this can be achieved. It includes doing an updated version of the same article or breaking it down to small units. This smaller unit can be used to raise sub-topics from the main topic.
6) Talk to your Audience
There is a general belief that people who follow your content know what topic is best for your blog. A simple way to go about this is to create a contact form on your website, call it a suggestion box. Through this, your audience will drop their suggestions. From this, you can start building up topics.
Another way around it is to use question and answers. This can involve setting up regular surveys containing short form questions. The amount of valuable feedback you will get will amaze you.
Writing blog contents that do not resonate with your audience desire is not worth the headache. As a blogger, your major priority is providing value for your audience. As such, it is worth learning the act and investing the time and money.
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