Planning Your Blog, and Blogging Your Plan – Part 2 of 3

Planning Your Blog, and Blogging Your PlanIn the first part of this series, you learned how important it is to dedicate regular time to writing for your blog. You also learned that you need to find a viable niche, and the only way to really do this is by identifying internet communities that discuss it.

Once you have that, you need to become a center of influence.

You’re a Champ in Your Niche

You might not realize it, but you already are super knowledgeable in your niche. Think about it – how many people don’t know anything about what you’re interested in? It doesn’t matter how many people you think are interested in your chosen topic, because every day someone new decides they want to look into it, or at least look something up that’s related to it.

To the newcomer, even the most moderate amount of knowledge can prove valuable. If you’re not a newcomer, you have access to that knowledge, since you are already reading and communicating with others about this interest.

If you don’t participate in the forums, chat rooms, or social groups that revolve around this niche, you should start immediately. Read for at least an hour every day on the topic. Take notes about frequently asked questions and the answers that prove the most valuable. Use the internet to do some additional research, and you’ll learn a lot more about the subject.

Over time, you will become a knowledgeable expert, even to others who have been studying the niche for years. If you make this a daily habit, it will happen a lot sooner than you realize.

You’re a Champ, so Speak Like One

If seem like a knowledgeable expert, even only to a newbie, then you are a knowledgeable expert. So why shouldn’t you communicate with confidence when writing about your topic? Avoid second guessing yourself in your topic.

Try to avoid words and phrases like ”might,” “may or may not be,” “probably,” or “could be.” If you think that someone, or something is the best in your niche, then say it. If you think that something is the worst, a bad idea, or even downright stupid, then say that, too.

Are there going to be some things you’re not sure about? Absolutely! So that’s when you turn to your community and ask them. The information you gather from the communities answers serves as the basis for yet another great, informative blog post.

It’s just as easy to use your blog to look for new answers, too, especially if you have lots of adoring readers already. Make a special post asking them what they’d like to see you write about next.

You don’t even need to write a special post – you could edit your most popular post and add a call to action that tells your readers to tell you what they want to read about in the comments. You could even add this call to action to every post you write.

So, alright, there you go. You have your blog, you write for it on a regular basis, and you’re learning lots of great things that you should share on it. Then, how do you actually build up an audience without having to spend a bunch of cash on advertising? That’s easy, and you’ll figure it out in the next post in the series.

About Kevin Gao

Kevin Gao is the founder and CEO of Comm100 Live Chat, a leading provider of live chat software for business. As a software developer as well as a small business expert, he’s always ambitious to revolutionize the way of online customer service and communication.

Comments

  1. i have a niche blog so the info provided here will come right handy for me and so my thanks to you

  2. Like someone once said: “You have forgotten more about certain subjects that some people will ever learn about them.”

    So I totally agree with your position that we should exert our authority in our posts. While we do that, though, I believe it is important that we don’t talk above the heads of our target audience. Show your expertise but write in ways they can understand what you are trying to communicate.

  3. I am running a tech blog and I am blogging since 2 months. I use words like may,might a lot and sometimes you have to use it in your posts.But I will try to use them less from now.Thanks for the valuable info.This is my first visit.I will visit regularly.

  4. this info will give me a lot of success thanks

  5. Don’t disagree with this article at all. Especially the socializing around the niche. That was one of my original mistakes.

  6. No, it is not too early to make a resolution. Like I always say, “Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Instead, take the moment and make it perfect.” The time is now. Take your idea and run with it.

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  8. grayspirit says:

    Blogging was fun at first. Now it seems that there are a lot of things to learn. As I learn more about blogging though, it’s becoming fun again but a lot of work as well.

  9. Thanks. It’s easy to start, but always hard to keep insist :)

  10. Greta analysis, and i found something which i didn’t know about. One interesting things about Bloglines numbers.. I think they’re skewed towards a blog’s age. If a blog was popular before Google Reader they’ll have more Bloglines subscribers.

  11. in ao thun says:

    yeah bro nicely written thnks for the best tips

  12. I think the planning your blogs and blooging is th basic step for online your experiences and sharings and see it to the world so its a great idea like you may share your experience about mr bean games and also other stuff etc.

  13. I really like your blog, very interesting and insightful content, this proves you’ve spent a lot of time on it.

    doanh nhan thanh dat

  14. Nice share. As regarding building an audience, interacting with other bloggers and other communities always help. Especially guest posts and anything related. It also helps to stay active and play nice in general.
    Keeping the audience once they visit you its another thing all together, you need to give them a motive to come back for more.

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  16. I like the helpful information you provide in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and check again here regularly. I am quite sure I will learn plenty of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  17. Good post!!

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  18. Nice share. As regarding building an audience, interacting with other bloggers and other communities always help. Especially guest posts and anything related. It also helps to stay active and play nice in general.I am quite sure I will learn plenty of new stuff right here! Best of luck for the next!

  19. Although, it is time consuming, I guess Blogging is fun. I understand that using words like might and maybe might not be appropriate. But then how about adding an element of humor in the blogposts?

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