Find Ideas for Posts by Using Forums
January 29, 2008
All communities and forums have so much potential to help you grow your blog. Previously I discussed how you can gain traffic and make money using forums. If you post on forums that are in your niche by answering questions and helping others, then not only are you building your name and your brand to be a trustworthy source, but you’re also probably increasing your readerbase and exposing your blog to a new audience. Getting your blog out there is a good thing, but when the traffic from that forum comes in, you’re going to want to have great posts to show those new visitors as well.
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Luckily, forums can do much more besides driving traffic and helping to promote your blog. They also contain an insane amount of information that can inspire you and give you tons of ideas for writing articles for your blog. Even better yet, forums are full of questions.
By reading forums in your niche and all the questions other webmasters and bloggers are asking, you’re going to know what kind of information and articles people want. If a lot of people don’t know what something is, you can write a post on your blog explaining it. Not only are you getting ideas for new content, but you’re also providing articles that are helpful and in demand – articles that you know will help a lot of people. This gives you a huge advantage.
Even better still, after you write that post on your blog you can go to all the forum posts asking the question, and answer it by providing a link to your new, helpful article and maybe some extra advice. You’ll be showing that you’re a great source for information, that you’re a helpful blogger, and that your posts are useful and actually contain answers people are looking for.
For example, let’s say you read a forum post where someone asks how to write a great blog post title. This gives you an excellent topic to create an article about. After you write your article, go to the forum thread where the question was asked and provide a link to your article, as well as any extra tips that might be directed to that person alone.
Knowing what people are trying to learn or the answers they are looking for helps you to write content that is always useful. Sometimes you might find yourself writing the same old thing that’s already been written, the things that everyone already knows. But by figuring out what people need to know you’re always a step ahead, and you’re also increasing your traffic and readership by being able to help others by providing the answers to their questions.
Forums are excellent and can help you as a blogger in almost every way imaginable. If you’re not a member of a forum in your niche yet, then I’d suggest you find one by searching in Google. I’d also recommend joining a forum that can help you with your blog as well, such as Digital Point Forums. By being a helpful and active member of a forum, you can increase your traffic, gain exposure, make money online, find ideas for posts, build your community and readerbase, network with other bloggers, learn more about your topic, and a variety of other things.
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