Find Blog Topics that are On Time and On Point

watch facesEvery blogger wants a blog that is up-to-date and current, full of interesting posts that are relevant to their readers. However, short of distributing a daily survey to your followers, how can you be sure they really are?

While keyword stuffing is no longer allowed and most bloggers understand the potential punishment by search engines if they do, the tools for keyword researching are excellent resources. These are set up so you can enter in a keyword or phrase and get an idea of how many people are searching for it currently.

What does this have to do with blog posts and titles? The words you use in both are important because those are the items search engines use to share your link.

Keyword Search Results

Before you write any post or come up with any title, make a quick stop at one of these keyword sites. There are free versions offered by Microsoft, Google and a couple others and these are a great place to begin.

Keep in mind the longer your phrase, the more you can fine tune your keyword search results. For example, if you have a crafting blog and want to talk about knitting, you can start with this in your keyword research.

However, a one-word keyword result from “knitting” is going to give you thousands of hits that aren’t going to fit into one specific niche. Instead, try something more focused such as “knitting a sweater in a weekend.”

These search results will tell you how often people have looked up this particular phrase and whether or not it’s really worth your time to post about it. It will also give you alternate phrases that might be more popular at the time and more relevant to your follower’s needs.

Follow Blogs that are Leaders

Another way to research topics is to see what’s trending on other blogs. There’s a reason why some blogs are visited more than others and that’s because they’re paying attention to the current market.

Most bloggers have a list of blogs they follow and read often and this is a great way to do spy research at the same time. Read the comments on their posts and find out what questions people are asking about the current topics.

If you notice a lot of questions about one particular area that don’t appear to be getting answered, write a post about it! Your unique angle bring those readers to your site, especially when the search engines pull up your post as an answer to their question.

Poll Your Own Readers

Finally, don’t miss out on the best source of information of all: your own readers. Ask them what they want to see, what they’re looking for and how you can be more helpful.

This kind of questioning not only creates a more loyal following but truly lets you create a site that becomes more valuable by the day.

When your blog topics are on time and on point, you’ll find that it’s easier to establish an online presence and maintain it. People will come to you first to seek out answers and begin recommending your blog to others.

This is the kind of advertisement every company wants to have and it all starts with a little research. Put in the time to find the right keywords and you’ll see the increase in traffic as a result.

Please share any thoughts you have below – I always love to hear feedback and suggestions!

About Dragan Palla

Dragan Palla is a Croatian blogger and founder of DomainsFlow where he shares his passion about writing and building an effective internet presence. WordPress Lover. Genesis developer. Get more from Dragan on Twitter and Google+.

Comments

  1. Following popular blogs will ofcourse lead you to some great topics, which are current as well as important for your blog. Not only this you will also learn how to write content so that your readers like your style. There are so many things you can learn by simply following good blogs.

  2. Thanks Dragan,

    These are some great tips for something I historically have been really bad at doing. I’m not bad at the on point but the on time is bad for me – I can sometimes get a couple of days behind the rest of the world! haha

    • Lol! Actually that doesn’t necessary mean bad as long as your readers know what to expect. In fact, they may endear you more to them because it shows you’re an actual person–not a machine. After all being perfect isn’t what the blogging world expects. So relax, have fun with it, and simply share some great content with your readers.

      Thanks Phil, appreciate your comment.

  3. To follow up with my niche, I deeply follow every big website / blog author on Twitter. I try to spend my big time on Twitter to keep a narrow eye on everyone. I have programmed different tools with different filters to deliver my clutter free updates.

  4. Following leader blogs helps a lot for finding post ideas. I find reading comments on my post useful too. Keyword research is good but I think Googe trendz works good to find timely keywords’ trend.

  5. Yes atish Another way of getting a post idea is subscribing to rss feeds of some blogs in my niche as this will keep me updated about what is happening and trending in my niche

  6. Hi Dragan,
    It’s true that long tail keywords helps to bring targeted traffic. Reading popular blogs helps you to get ideas for writing on current topics for your blog.

  7. Hi Dragan,

    1. I have never found anything in internet marketing harder than finding the right keywords. As one of the Market samurai guys put it: Finding a good keyword is harder than finding a nugget in a mountain of dirt.
    That’s because most keywords on the market are junk.

    So many times I tried to find a keyword for my article but failed … . The only thing you can do is to find some keywords that would approximately describe your content and have an minimum amount of search volume. When you try to apply the principle: “find a keyword with high search volume and low competition” you would probably die long before finding one.

    2. “Read the comments and find out the questions that remained unanswered.” WOW! This has never crossed my mind. I must try this, too. Thank you

    Have a nice day

  8. Hi Silviu,

    Yes it’s interesting thing with the keywords. At the begining I haven’t payed much attention, since one of my posts ranked high, and it was by accident ;). I tryed to figure out what I did in that specific post and I wrote 3 or 4 similar one but nothing happened. So I agree with you, spending too much time thinking about keywords can be useless. Just say what you have to say, your readers will judge, not the search engines.

    Thanks Silviu for stopping by, I appreciate it.

  9. Following great blogs is an awesome idea to find hot blog topics to write on. Moreover, we can make use of keyword tool to know the visitors count for a specific keyword and we can estimate the traffic to our blog.

  10. I find myself searching for content topics sometimes, but one of the best sources of ideas for me is when I leave my home and go to a shopping center or the Public Library. When I browse around these places, things just seem to pop up, and I put them into memory for a future writing topic :)

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