Here I’m going to explain why having a keyword strategy is so important, and I’ll walk you through some of the tools to help you develop a content strategy for your blog.
What is a Content Strategy And Why You Need It
A content strategy lays out the vision for what you want to achieve with your content marketing/blogging efforts and helps guide the next steps you need to take on a daily basis.
If you want your content to work for you and create the results you want your blog to produce, then you need to have a content strategy in place that helps guide you on your blogging journey.
It will help you make crucial decisions when it comes to content creation. It will also help you decide what writing style you should use and how you should promote your content. The bloggers who succeed in the game know who their ideal reader is.
If you don’t have a content strategy, you will waste a lot of time creating and testing to find out what type of content works and what doesn’t work for you in your niche.
Define Your Content Goals
When creating new blog content, you need to have a goal in mind.
Knowing from the start what your goals are with the content you are producing will help you avoid wasting your time on content that doesn’t lead to your desired goals.
If you want people to buy more copies of your blog, you can’t be writing thought leadership articles in your industry as these will only be read by your competitors. You want to write articles that can reach your target audience.
If you want to promote an affiliate product to your audience, then it makes a lot of sense to write reviews about that product.
Find Out Who Your Target Audience Really Is
If you are not clear from the beginning who your target audience is, then you will keep shooting arrows in the dark trying to brute force your way into hitting the target.
The best way to find out who your audience is and what they like is to write down who your ideal reader is. This will be easier for those who already have some sort of idea of who their ideal reader is.
But for those of you who aren’t sure who you should be or are supposed to be writing to, create in your mind an avatar of a person who you want to attract.
And then ask questions to yourself such as:
- Where does this person hang out on the Internet?
- What type of content do they prefer? Video? Podcast? Blog?
- What writing tone will they connect with? Formal or Informal?
Ask as many questions as you can that help you pinpoint who your ideal reader is. This way there will be no surprises in the future when you create content for your blog. You will know exactly what your ideal reader will want to read.
The ideal reader that you write to is who you will attract. So, if you want to attract college students who have recently gotten a job and are in debt, then write down as many details as you can about this person. What do they like? Where do they hang out?
The better you know your ideal reader/target audience, the easier it will be for you to produce content that hits the bull’s eye or at least hits the target.
What To Blog About (aka How To Find Blog Post Topics)
Once you know who your target reader is, it is time to find blog post ideas that your ideal reader will be interested in reading.
Here are a few ways to find the best content ideas for your blog:
Use Quora To Quickly Find Burning Questions of Your Niche
If you don’t know already, Quora is a Question and Answer website where anyone can ask a question about any topic under the sun and anyone can answer the questions posted on the site.
The reason why Quora tops our list is that it allows you to find the questions people are asking about your niche or inside your niche.
Once you know what questions people are asking, creating content becomes as easy as writing answers to those questions on your blog.
Here’s an example of how to use Quora to find content ideas:
Step #1: Enter Your Niche In The Search Box And Select a Topic
Step #2: Be Sure To Follow The Topic To Stay Updated With New Questions (Content Ideas):
Step #3: Scroll Through The Questions To Find The Ones That You Can Actually Answer:
A lot of questions posted on Quora are either too broad or not something serious like the first question in this screenshot.
Step #4: Make a List of All The Good Questions You Find That You Think You Can Answer On Your Blog:
Pro Tip: When creating content for your blog from questions you found on Quora, be sure to read the answers to the question while you research your article. It will cut the research time in half and may give you some interesting ideas for your blog.
Keyword Research is the old-school method most professional bloggers use to find what keywords (aka search queries) people are using on Google in their niche.
If you want Google to send you free traffic to your blog, you need to make sure that your blog posts contain and target these keywords.
This is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and this is how you get traffic from Google.
Now, there’s a lot more to SEO than simply finding and targeting keywords with your blog content, this is all you need to know when you are just getting started.
To find keywords to target on your blog, visit Google Keyword Planner. It’s a free tool that helps you find keywords you can target through your blog:
Step #1: Choose Find New Keywords Option:
Step #2: Enter Some Main Keywords of Your Niche And Click Get Started:
Step #3: Find Keywords That You Would Like To Target:
On the left of this table, you will see keywords that people are using in your niche and right next to it you will see a rough estimate of how many average monthly searches this keyword gets.
So, it is easier to rank for a keyword that has only 100 – 500 searches than it is to target a keyword that receives 10k – 50k searches. Make a list of keywords that aren’t too competitive.
You might need to scroll down a couple of times before you find any good keywords that you can turn into blog pages or posts.
Answer The Public
Answer the public is a free tool (with a creepy man on the homepage) that helps you find questions people are searching for on Google.
Step #1: Enter Your Main Keyword In The Search Box and Click The Get Questions Button:
Step #2: Scroll Down And Click The Data Tab To See The Questions People Are Searching For on Google:
Step #3: Compile a List of Questions That You Think You Can Turn Into Blog Posts
A lot of questions that you see in the results won’t be something you can turn into a blog post. Pick the keywords that you can and use your content strategy to guide your decisions.
Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest is a free tool that helps you find long-tail keywords related to your main keyword.
Simply visit the Ubersuggest website and enter your keyword:
Now, scroll down and click the View All Keywords button at the bottom:
Now, compile a list of keywords based on the SD metric you see on the right of the table. The lower this metric, the easier it will be for you to rank on Google’s first page for the keyword:
Check Out Other Blogs In Your Niche
This is one of the easiest ways to find blog post ideas that will work for your blog.
Step #1: Search Top X Blogs On Google:
Step #2: Open Each Blog Individually And Look For a Most Popular Posts Widget In The Sidebar:
These are the most popular articles on this blog. That means these articles got the most shares. If you simply write articles on these topics, then you will increase the chances of your content hitting a home run on the first try.
Step 1. Pick your blog’s name & domain
Step 2. Find a web hosting provider
Step 4. Set up your blog (with Bluehost)
Step 8. How to find your blogging niche
Step 11. Sites for outsourcing blogging tasks
Step 12. Develop your blog’s content strategy
Step 14. How to make money with your blog