Discussion in 'Blogging' started by rangers, Dec 10, 2010.
How to choose a topic for blog to increase traffic
I assume you asking for white hat dedicated blog where you put your focus into.
So you need to get a niche first, do you have any interests ? Like
music,horse riding,bird watching,sight seeing,pranking others
Choose any one or two. I would suggest only one.
enter them into google keyword tool https://adwords.google.com/o/Target...000&ideaRequestType=KEYWORD_IDEAS#search.none
see the phrases those are having low to medium competition, descent CPC, moderate search global & local volume.
Collect and Make a list.
Create categories to your blog.
Start searching for articles related to those categories.
Research how you can provide better information than those exisitng articles.
Create FB, twitter + atleast 4 niche community websites (social network sites that are created for specific like minded people)
Update the accounts with your blog posts atleast once a day (so u need to post once a day to your blog)
Allow your readers to share your blog post with some social bookmarking buttons in there
be kind with your reader comments
see the traffic
Rinse and Repeat.
IMPORTANT TIP: READ PREVIOUS THREADS VIA SEARCH FACILITY
Watch for more valuable information from our other fewllo BHW'ers and some warnings about you being a spoon feeding kid.
Choose a topic that you really are passionate about. Focus on making your content good for your readers.
That's great advice if you just want a hobby site and you don't care if you make money or how much traffic you get to the site.
If you want a site that will get traffic then it doesn't matter how passionate you are about it, there needs to be a lot of other people passionate or at least interested in the same topic. There are tons of blogs run by people passionate about a topic that are lucky to see 10-20 visitors a day, most get even less.
Do some keyword and niche research. Find topics that lots of people are interested in and that isn't already saturated with competition. That probably means you need to pick a niche, then target even further to find a sub-niche that still gets a lot of searches but you have a better chance finding one with less competition. That's why you hear all the talk about longtail keywords, longtail keywords target sub-niches with good search statistics and low competition.
As you do your research take into account what you might be passionate about, but don't let that sway you into a non-profitable niche. Find the niches that other people are interested in that still have reasonably low competition, if you see something your passionate about then you got lucky. If not then just pick something that you think you could be interested enough to keep posting articles about. If you can't even find that then pick a topic that you're at least not going to hate writing about.
That advice is based on the assumption that you want to write the articles yourself. If you don't really want to write and just want a successful blog then you can just pick what your research shows to be best for interest vs competition and then scrape other blogs for content. Rewrite it if you want hire quality, spin it if all you want is to look original, or post as is if you don't care.
If you want to monetize it then you also need to make sure there's products you can sell in that niche or at least companies that advertise in that niche. Either find good niches and then look for suitable products (or advertising) to sell, or find a good product and then look for suitable niches.
Bottom line is:
If you want traffic then you need to choose a niche based on what other people are interested in, not what you're passionate about.
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