How do you get ideas for your blog posts? Some bloggers get ideas from watching TVs or movies. Others come up with ideas while discussing one or two issues with their friends. Other bloggers also rely on written literature or publications to find new ideas. It is good to get something that works for you. If you do, stick to it as long as the idea-generation method continues producing great results. The next step is to research for your blog post subjects.

Blogs give you a license to write just about anything in any style you prefer.

However, the most effective blogs focus on specific issues.

The best blogs are by people considered authorities in their chosen fields or niches.

Now, the initial idea may not be everything. In fact, it could just push you towards an even better idea that turns into the focus of your next blog post. The fact you have an idea does not mean you now possess a topic to begin blogging about. What it means is you have one of the tools needed for the next blog post. You need different tools to prepare yourself to write the kind of blog that attracts more readers.

So, how should you do this?

Taking notes

First, develop a habit of taking notes. Taking notes demonstrates the level of organization at which you operate. It is harder to forget something you wrote down on a piece of paper. If a pen and paper are hard to find, take and save notes on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. This way, you will be in a position of monitoring all the ideas and titles worth pursuing or looking into as you contemplate writing the next post.

Asking questions

Next, ask all the right questions. An idea is just the skeleton or frame. Asking the right questions provides you with the information you need to fill the skeleton with some meat. Take advantage of your curious self to ask as many questions as possible. Questions lead to answers. Questions provide more information. Do not stop at asking questions. Rather, challenge yourself while confronting your assumptions too.

Identifying keywords

Once you have your idea, have taken notes, and kept asking questions, you are now in a position to focus on keywords. Blogging requires using the right keywords too. Focus on a single main keyword, which should be on the heading. Then, focus on getting two or three other secondary or long-tail keywords too. The secondary and long-tail keywords should appear on the rest of the content.

Validating ideas

The next step involves validating your ideas. Validation enables readers to take a keen interest in what you are saying through the blog post. It helps readers care about you and the stuff you are passing on to them via the fresh post. Validation increases the likelihood of readers engaging with the content you just posted on your blog. Validate the ideas to a point that your blog creates a buzz and encourages a specific type of discussion online.

Content mining

Lastly, invest in content mining. At this point, the idea now has some flesh thus making you ready to proceed to write the next blog post. Assuming the idea is not something with which you are very familiar or comfortable, you ought to use Google News for more useful information. Look for facts and quotes that you can use to spice the blog post up and make it more palatable.

Use these tips to help you research your next blog post topic or subject.

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