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What to Blog About When Your Brain Just Doesn't Want to Work
Starting a blog is one of the best ways you can choose to make extra cash online. Actually, blogging is the only way that I know of where you can generate a cash flow when you're not even trying to!
Many wise business owners and self-employed people use blogging as a resource to either express their passions, or educate the world on what they're great at.
But as simple as it is to launch a blog, maintaining it is where most get stuck in the mud. A lot of people tend to have trouble deciding on what to blog about. No fret, because here I am about to address a few things that will help you in keeping your blog alive.
First off, let me put something of immense importance out there - a blog will get you visibility. It doesn't matter if you blog about a hobby or your business. Search engines love blogs because they typically provide "fresh" information for their end users. But to enhance your visibility online, it would be in your best interest to keep your blog channeled.
One problem that I see with most blogs is that they are all over the place. Because these don't provide information on closely related topics, search engines have a hard time indexing them. And effective blog shouldn't be like your local Walmart; one that offers all different sorts of items. It should be more like a specialty store. So before you wonder what to blog about next always consider what your niche is. Whatever you do try your best to not deviate from the script.
Since blogs will give you a better shot at reaching page number one of Google than a traditional website, you have to master the art of spinning. This is a term that's used to refer to the act of changing the purpose (or delivery) of your message. Now since people use search engines to find out information, the most effective blog post would be a "how-to."
If you're in the A/C business, write a post teaching others how to maintain a condenser. If you're into arts and crafts, maybe illustrate how to create projects with your kids. I have found that "how-to" posts generate the most traffic back to a blog, and this is what you want - traffic! A great practice to assist you with what to blog about is to literally ask yourself how can you help someone with what you're great at.
Another strategy that will get the viewers to your blog is to write product reviews. Aside from wanting to know how to do something, many people are very interested in how well (or bad) a service or product is. The problem here is that many bloggers choose to be terribly subjective in their reviews. The fact of the matter is that no one wants to hear (or read) a biased opinion on something. I don't know about you, but I want to hear both the good and the bad about a product prior to spending the money on it.
Again, stick to the script and compile reviews about everything related to what you do. If you're a photo blogger write an objective review about different shutter speeds or SLR lenses. If your blog is about culinary arts, maybe review cooking utensils or ingredient brands. The review angle can be quite a passive strategy when wondering what to blog about. Try it, because in your niche you always have first hand experience with items relevant to it.
Finding blog topics should never become a tedious job to you if you keep these tips in mind. To make it rewarding, however, always always optimize your posts with "hot" keywords. Also, keep it niche! There will be times when you'll be tempted to rant but try your best to even keep those rants channeled.
Apply these things and watch your blog traffic heat up like a Dallas rush hour. After that, all that would be left to do is add some affiliate banners and an autoresponder. Contrary to popular belief there are some that rely on their blogs to help offset monthly expenses. This can be you so keep learning. You are encouraged to comment by sharing with other readers some of your blogging tips. Wishing you the best success.