So now you've decided to build a blog. Now the million-dollar question is, “What kind of blog should I start to make money?”
When someone decides they want to create a blog, sometimes people know what they want to write about, but more often than not, they have no clue what they want to blog about.
If you find yourself in this boat and haven't done it already, be sure to pick up our FREE PDF report in the content library “41 Carefully Crafted Blog Niches” .
This report will give you some great ideas on answering the “what kind of blog should I start? question, but I also want to take it a step further and discover what your passion is.
From there, finding the perfect niche for you is just around the corner, so keep reading!
The key to finding your perfect niche, and answering the question “what kind of blog should I start?”
Brace yourself. We're going to spend quite a bit of time on this topic – – some of you may not understand “WHY” we’ll spend so much time discussing your niche and audience, but it’s important.
Tip # 1 – You may think that you want to blog about the widest topic possible, but it’s actually the opposite.
When someone hits your blog, you want them to know what your blog is about right away – you want to make an impression. Ideally, you want to be the “go-to” hub for that particular topic.
So for example, if you are interested in weight loss, you don’t just want to have a blog dedicated to weight loss (which is a huge area with lots of competition), but have a very defined focus, possibly weight loss for women over 40 – and it's from there you expand on the topic.
Tip #2 – Let your audience know what to expect.
You see, if you’re writing about so many different topics, it’s very hard for your audience to grasp what your blog is about, and the goal of your blog is to provide them with highly relevant information that they want to keep on coming back for.
You want them to know what to expect from your blog and keeping to a tight topic is how they make a determination that they want to keep reading your information.
Tip # 3 Do this Homework exercise
Determine your passion, talent and/or knowledge that you can share with the world. Decide how you can help an audience in that topic.
When doing this exercise, try to think about what exactly you’re going to talk about. That means brainstorming about specific categories, topics, and posts that you will write to attract that audience.
As you go through this exercise, you might have some products or services that pop into your head. Make sure to write them down.
This will become part of your blog’s monetization strategy, so you’ll want to keep those ideas handy.
Please answer the following questions in as much detail as possible…
Questions To ask:
What do you feel most passionate about in life? It can be anything.
What content do you feel most passionate about writing?
What do you feel you have the most knowledge or talent in?
How can you combine your passion and knowledge to help others (your audience)?
Once you’ve determined your passion and knowledge, what broad topics can you write posts about?
Brainstorm 5 specific blog post ideas that you can write.
Once you've done the above exercise, it will truly help you figure out where your knowledge and passion intersect.
Once you figure the answer to this question, the ultimate question of, “What kind of blog should I start?” won't seem as daunting and you should walk away from this exercise having new perspective and an answer.
From this point, it's important to do some initial research on your topic. See what the competition is and how you can monetize your niche. For more on how to do that, read this article from the BlogLabs content library: