It's time for your second lesson in the "Blogging From The Beginning" crash course. I hope you found lesson one informative and that you have decided which blogging platform you are going to use for your new blog
In this lesson we are going to talk about brainstorming and generating good topic ideas to write about on your new blog.
Starting a blog is fairly easy, but keeping a blog interesting and fresh is a whole other matter. While many marketers have no trouble beginning a niche blog, the sheer number of abandoned blogs around the 'net
speaks to the fact that many marketers don't know what to do to keep a blog going. According to blogging experts, the key to keeping a blog going is to post frequently. This means that you're going to need a ever
present stream of content coming into your blog.
You may be intimidated by the thought of having to come up with lots of topic ideas. Brainstorming great topic ideas for your blog posts are easy if you use the following ideas.
- News in your niche.
Your blog should be timely and there's no better way to attract attention on your blog than to tap into some ongoing news. No matter what your niche is you can find news stories and breaking information that will
help fuel timely blog posts. Sign up for Google Alerts (it's free) and set up alerts on important words in your niche. This way you'll be able to see the news in your niche and blog about current topics.
- Comments section.
- Resource lists.
Are there some websites or other resources that your niche needs to know about? Write a few resource list posts. Resource lists posts are very easy to write and they provide maximum value to your readers because they can get the information that they need easily. When you can't think of anything else to write about you can pull together a helpful list for your readers.
- Other blogs in your niche.
Keep your finger on the pulse of your niche. Watch other blogs in your niche and see what they are writing about. You can take a different angle on the same topic, or cover an area of the topic that the original author missed. If you disagree with the author, feel free to go ahead and express your opinion on your blog. Other bloggers can be a great source of information so be sure to get involved in the community.
- Quick tips.
Start collecting a list of quick tips you'd like to share with your niche. These can be inspired by your personal experience with the niche, from other blog posts you've read or from other products in your niche. When
you find yourself stuck for blog post ideas, you can write a quick tips post.
These tips just scratch the surface of where you can find topic ideas for your blog posts. Start keeping a notepad file with blog post ideas and you'll never be at a loss for material.
That's it for today's lesson. In your next lesson we will talk about the different "Kinds" of blog posts that you can use on your blog.
Again, I appreciate your joining me for this short course. Remember, if you have any questions or need any assistance please feel free to contact me at anytime. I will be glad to help.
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