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How to Choose a Blog Topic and Get Ideas to Blog About

Huthyfa asks:

Hi Onibalusi

I don’t know what my blog is going to be about. I feel like I’m stick in somewhere. Can you give me tips on how to choose my blog content because I still confused?

Choosing a Topic to Blog About

First things first, choosing a blog topic is entirely different from finding ideas for blog posts.

Choosing a blog topic is like determining the foundation of your blog.

Here are a few tips to help you choose a topic to blog about:

1. Make sure you only go for a topic you’re passionate and knowledgeable about. It’s easy to want to go for a topic you’re passionate about, but you can easily find yourself passionate about many things.

You can be passionate about food, but how much can you really write about food and for how long?

Going for a topic you’re both passionate knowledgeable about means you can keep blogging about it for months and years to come. You already know a lot about it and being passionate ensures your desire for learning more about the subject keeps growing.

2. Make sure you only choose a topic that has great demand; In fact, not just any demand but demand from buyers.

We’re passionate about a lot of things, but I can easily tell you a few things I’m passionate about that very few people, especially paying customers, have any interest in.

You’re not doing this as an hobby nor are you looking to find the few people who agree with you. You’re doing it as a business so make sure you only choose a topic that has great demand.

Gauging demand can be very tricky, but with a tool like the Google Adwords Keyword Tool you can easily gauge demand of a particular keyword online to see how interested people are when it comes to a subject.

If you want to learn how to use the Google Adwords Keyword Tool, this Youtube video can come in very handy:

3. Research to see how much of your topic is available online. Is there a lot of information online about the topic you’re choosing or has little been said about it?

Each situation presents its own challenges and opportunities.

If a particular topic has been covered to death, you’ll have to put in more effort to ensure your content stands out. If a particular topic has rarely been covered online, you’ll have to put in more effort when it comes to finding information for your articles.

4. Write the first 5 – 10 posts before you start your blog; The most important thing before you start is to ensure that you can keep blogging for years. The worst thing you’d want to happen is to start a blog you’re emotionally invested in, only to find out after your first few blog posts that you can’t continue due to one difficulty or the other.

Writing your first 5 – 10 posts makes this a non-issue since you’ll already be familiar with the process and how easy it is to keep blogging.

How to Get Ideas for Your Blog Posts

Now that you’ve started your blog, the next step is to get ideas on what to write about.

Here are a few tips on how to get ideas for your blog posts:

1. Solicit feedback from others: It could be in form of what they want to learn or what challenges they’re facing. There’s always something about your subject that others want to learn. It’s all about getting them to ask you.

A prime example of this is the article you’re reading right now, because it was inspired by a reader question.

A new blogger might not have the audience yet, but you can post questions on forums and community sites to see what others want to learn.

Sometimes, you don’t even have to ask the question. Just listen in to other people’s conversations to see what they want to learn.

2. Be active in your niche: From actively participating in your niche, to following latest news and trends, being active in your niche has numerous advantages.

Make sure you’re subscribed to the top blogs in your niche and that you keep up with latest news in your industry. This alone can provide you with more ideas than you need.

3. Keep up with social networks in your industry: Monitor Facebook, Twitter, Stumbleupon and any other major social network people use in your industry.

Monitor specific and targeted keywords to find out what people are actively discussing and what they’d like to know more about.

In a lot of cases, the results of your findings alone can serve for more blog posts than you need.

4. Be active on community sites: Visit your industry category on sites like Quora and Yahoo! Answers and you’d be surprised at how much people want to know about various topics you can blog about.

5. Don’t limit yourself: There’s often a lot more that you can blog about than you can imagine, but you’ll often limit yourself because you can’t see beyond your current scope.

For example, if you have a blog about blogging it’s okay to talk about marketing and sales because these are things every serious blogger has to do.

If you have a blog about health, it’s okay to talk about food and fitness because these are critical parts of being healthy.

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What do You Think?

These are my own ideas from my experience blogging over the years but I think there’s more you can add.

Do you have any ideas on finding a blog topic or finding ideas to blog about? Kindly share them below.

Also, if you want your questions answered in a future Tuesday post, feel free to fill the form here. I’ll be reading all questions submitted and I’ll be answering questions that haven’t been covered on this blog before.

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9 Comments on "How to Choose a Blog Topic and Get Ideas to Blog About"

  1. Hey O! Thanks for posting that great video! I’ve bookmarked your post and will be sharing it later this week on my blogs!

    • Bamidele Onibalusi says:

      Thanks, Dave!

      I really appreciate the tweet and comment. You rock! 🙂

  2. Sometimes as a new blogger it is very challenging to choose a blogging topic..A blogger should always choose a topic about which he already knows something.Even after knowing something a blogger may need to do research so that he can write detailed blog posts….If a blogger cannot overcome challenges then he will never become a good blogger…

    • Bamidele Onibalusi says:

      I agree with you. That’s exactly why I wrote this post.

  3. Grace says:

    Hi Dele,

    This is again another wow post for me as I read and share this to my friends. I have even taught them the way you taught me. Getting busier these days as I got two clients already through my direct marketing techniques. Still, I am following the greatest blog in the world! Thank you so much.

    Gracie

    • Bamidele Onibalusi says:

      Awesome, Grace!

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

      I’m excited to hear that you’ve gotten two clients already and I can assure you that’s only the beginning. I can’t wait to see how everything goes from here.

      Best Regards,
      Bamidele

  4. Didn’t know a blogger need to go through all this!

    Again very informative, and I look forward to new stuffs from you Bamidele!

    It takes alot to be asuccessful blogger, definitely not for kids¬
    Many thanks

    Seun

  5. Adeolu Akintimehin says:

    Watts up bamidele, thanks for the blog post, i really learn some new things from it though i no that starting a blog needs one’s full attention and concentration to achieve unstoppable success.
    Will always be your fan.

  6. Sara says:

    hi Onibalusi! you always come with perfect and updated news. being new to seo this site has helped me learn every thing…thanks

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