Researching blog content doesn’t have to be difficult, finding a needle in a haystack is difficult, buying a tub of elbow grease is difficult and as for those sky-hooks… writing blog posts is only difficult when you don’t know how to do something. If you have ever sat back and thought “I don’t know what to write on my blog” this post is for you. Even if you have never thought that, you might find this post useful.
Simply keeping your eyes and ears open you can begin to identify profitable blog content from everyday places…
If you’re unsure here are a few fail-proof blog-post- market-research methods:
Visit your library, local bookstore and magazine rack. All are fantastic resources for identifying viable blog posts. In the healthy living section for example, you will find an array of topics aimed at very specific markets. This is a great starting point for getting your creative juices flowing. Take a notebook and if you are anything like me, leave your wallet at home or you will purchase the entire magazine rack.
Visit Amazon.com. Amazon is your best source for niche blog post research. Similar to the book shop or library except you can easily search online for an array of topics to get a good idea of what markets are popular and what people are searching for. This will give you a great stream of topics to blog about.
Visit ezinearticles.com. Another fantastic online source for research. By doing a simple search you can find a variety of interesting articles to reference in your own content. Take a look at the author bios at the end of the articles you read. Visit their websites and see what products they’re promoting. This can potentially give you a lot of ideas for new content and people to contact to start building a relationship with. With the Google Panda/Farmer update people are overlooking Ezine Articles. More fool them, use it to your advantage.
Do your keyword research. The above sources are great for ideas but they shouldn’t take the place of good keyword research. A good research tool like Market Samurai (free 30 day trial) can help you identify whether your content idea is a good one or not. The tool will also give you ideas for related keywords which may spark some creative niche post ideas. Niche =good.
Visit industry forums. I know that you know that already, but when did you last do it? Once you have an idea for a blog post visit a related forum to learn what people are talking about. What are their wants and dislikes? Are there any products they are unhappy with? More importantly what do they wish they could find? Can you be there fairy godmother and provide a solution?
Take a look at online trend tools. There are a lot of trends tools available online, some are free like Google Trends. These tools will give you information on what people are searching for and popular trends. This information is really useful because it’s extremely current. Trend tools are superb resources for finding topical blog post content.
Remember to add citations and image credits to your content and to promote it extensively in the right places.
So there you have it, 7 quick and easy ways to research content for your blog posts.