Blogging for beginners task 5: Enrich your niche knowledge
Enrich your niche Knowledge, one of the main reasons why you choose a certain niche is because it is the closest to your heart. And it is because of this familiarity that you tend to have some level of expertise in discussing the niche that you have chosen. However, it is not always healthy to rely on the knowledge that you have about the topic. No matter how good you are in discussing this niche, it would really help to make use of diverse and various information that are available online. It will not only help increase the credibility of your posts, it will also improve your blogging skills.
Researching information about a niche does not end during the preparation stage. It will always be an ongoing, evolving and important aspect of improving one’s blog. This is the reason why relying on your own knowledge about the topic will not suffice because, in the long run, you will eventually lose ideas on what to write about thus the importance of blogs and websites with similar niche.
Publish and promote your latest content
You may have already written a post and have already asked a friend to review it for you. After having left the post for a day and reviewing it with new eyes for errors and other improvements, the article is already ready for publication. The moment you make it available online, make sure to check it off from your blogging post list and posting schedule. Get the link of the published content and include it in the post update in your social media account for all your followers, page patronizers and friends to see. Once it receives comments, likes or any form of feedback, make sure to respond with appropriate replies.
Coming up with an article series for your lead content
If you think the lead content you have created at the onset of this weeklong how-to-start-a-blog lesson is already enough, think again. That lead content will give birth to a series of articles that would expound the ideas that you have discussed in your flagship post.
Since it is a series, you would need to break your lead post down into different topics. These topics will then be used as the main contents of the article series. You need to identify how these topics should be organized so that you would be able to determine in what order they should be published. It would be more strategic to start with the simpler topics. From there, you can work your way toward the more complicated topics. However, organizing your topics will depend on the kind of information you want to give. If it is a how-to-guide or if you are building a story, being chronological is ideal.
There are some other considerations that you need to make. First is that the format of all the article series should be uniform so that your readers can easily identify that they are part of a group of articles. Second, the title should also be able to tell the readers right away that the article they are reading belongs to a series. The title can be the same for all articles and differentiated only by parts or it could be that the article titles all have similar beginning for better identification. Third, if you do not fancy having the same titles for all posts, you may use certain quotes, tags or any indicator that could signal the readers that the article has other parts. It could stated in verbatim at the beginning or at the end of the post to make recognition easier.
Fourth is linking.
You can just place links that would point to other parts of the series or to a page where all the article series can be found. Fifth is including references which would indicate that you have either already covered or will still be posting a series of topics related to the article. These are what you call as back and forward references. And the last is timing. How frequent and in what schedule are you going to publish and promote the article series?
To be able to come up with a better article series, it would really help if you hold on to the draft of the first post of the series. From there, try to assess if the planned topics can really be tied up together. This would help you see a bigger picture of what you are planning to publish. If in doubt, try to incorporate changes. Outside perspective can also be very handy.
Audience feedback as possible blog content
Among the best information source on what your target audience are looking for in your niche are the comments that they make about your posts. Interpreting the kind of information they need based on the opinion that they post would really help you come up with very relevant topics. If your blog or social media posts have no comments yet, try looking at the comment trends in other blogs, websites, and social media community that have the same niche as you have.
Aside from discovering search trends and audience needs when looking at comments on other blogs and sites, you will also be able to post trends in similar blogs and websites and this can also be a good source of idea.
Make sure to place all ideas that you have gathered in the ideas folder and create a mindmap of these topics. Save what you have gathered in your post planning folder.
Social media shows audience needs
You would be surprised how much social media can reveal about a certain person or a group of people. The previous task is perfect for getting post ideas. This one, on the other hand, helps you understand and know more about the people in your social media community.
Start by formulating a question that would allow you to engage with your community. A yes or no question is definitely discouraged since you want to know how your community thinks and how they answer. You could ask them about a post topic that you are currently researching, their opinion about niche-related matters or just ask them to share any useful information about your niche. This can be quite easy except for Twitter which limits character usage.
Phrase your questions in such a way that it would give a certain kind of punch. It should be easy to understand, interesting to answer and entertaining to discuss.
Some questions might be able to generate comments right away while others might take some days. In any case, let your posts be. The more important thing that you need to do is to always respond when to posted comments. Comments that open for other discussion are also very helpful to encourage more people to reply.
Once you have generated enough comments, analyze the thread of comments you have generated. From there, you can already assess how much your community knows about the niche you are promoting and what else you can give them.
These are just some of the tips you can use to improve your blogging skills for better blog search rankings. To get more blogging ideas and strategies, go to www.peekzi.com and harness the blogging skills you already have.
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