Start Writing Content Once You Selected Blogging Niche.

This is the second report from Fourblogger Labs. Read the first report here to choose the best niche to blog about.

I am writing this report as a result of my content writing experiment and observations. This report will be helpful for all bloggers who choose narrow or wide & Passionate or Non-passionate niche. Remember this report is not about how to write content or what are the best content writing styles (top post, list post etc). This report just makes your brains refresh to start writing content once you choose niche without starting trouble.

1. Prepare a List of Popular Blogs in your Niche.

Don’t avoid this step.  I strongly recommend doing this. You will learn a lot. Follow the steps below.

1. List at least 30 top bloggers in your niche.

2. How many Readers for each blog?

3. What is the average Post length?

4. How many comments each blog post receives in average?

5. What are their Alexa Ranks?

6. How they divided categories in their blogs?

Once you prepared the above six key elements, sit relax and analyze list thoroughly.

The average post length will show you how much you have to write in each post to satisfy your niche readers. Set monthly target to beat their number of readers, average comments/post and Alexa ranks. Don’t set the target more than 6 months. The 6 months target is good enough regardless how much high the numbers your competitors have.

What do you find good and bad in these bloggers? For example, some bloggers may offer quality contents and some bloggers may use more affiliate links in posts and newsletters. Decide yourself how much good you should be!

Have a close look on each blog’s categories. It will give you a clear idea of what are the important contents you have to focus on.

I am sure that you will learn some ideas. I am not mentioning those things here in detail. Because I want to give those ideas as a big surprise gift to you who follow my advices. Once you find those ideas, you can tell through comments on this post.

2. Derive Niche Attraction Formula (NAF)

Please pay attention closely in this second step. Because this point makes any blogger from normal to pro.

This involves two steps:

1. Find the Niche Attraction Elements (NAE)

2. Create Formula (NAF) using Niche attraction Elements (NAE)

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1. Find the Niche Attraction Elements (NAE)

You should make a step-by-step plan about how to seduce your niche. I call each of these steps as “Niche Attraction Elements”. Once you find these elements, you can easily make the formula.

For example, if your Niche is “Microsoft Excel Tutorials”, then your elements can go like this.

  • Creating Excel Basics Tutorials with Videos.
  • Preparing a free Excel PDF guide (Basics Tutorials).
  • Creating Excel Advanced Tutorials with Videos.
  • Preparing a free Excel PDF guide (Advanced Tutorials).
  • Writing Tutorial Posts about Best alternative for Excel. For example about openoffice.org.
  • Writing Tutorial Posts about Related useful things to excel. For example about Google docs.
  • Writing the Detailed posts about using Excel in different areas. For example, downloading Gmail contacts in excel sheet and uploading in another Gmail.
  • Creating a paid e-Book or membership site which includes all your contents with some updates and exclusive member’s only information.

If your niche is narrow, then you can find 5 to 10 elements. If your niche is wide, then you should find 10 to 20 elements.

2. Create Formula (NAF) using Niche attraction Elements (NAE)

In this step, you have to decide the number of posts and number of days for each element.  The required number of posts and days for each element depends upon your niche attraction element. But the total amount of time should not exceed more than six months. Yes. You have to adjust your time period for each element as per total time period of six months.

Note: The reason I used NAF & NAE terms here is that I may use these terms easily in coming posts.

3.  Check Available Resources or Interested Contents for every Element (NAE)

If your niche is tutorial based (if you are teaching something to your readers), then check the available tutorial resources. Use Google search & Youtube to find how many relevant useful resources available. If your niche is based on general matters, entertainment, news, sports etc, then check the available interested contents. Use Google search & Youtube to find how many relevant & interested blog contents available.

For example, when I searched for “how to search good videos” or “how to search youtube efficiently”, I haven’t seen relevant answer. So if I write about that, I am sure that I will get good amount of views soon from search engines.

When you check those things, check the available content formats like images, videos, comics, maps etc. If you see less number of video format contents, then promise yourself that you will deliver your contents in video formats regardless of how hard it is to do.

For example, I checked for video blogging resources in Google. From the first three pages of Google SERP (Search Engine Result Pages), I found only 2 relevant & useful links. So I will write soon about how to do video marketing, video SEO etc.

Then try to write immediately the less-resource-available contents. When you write the less-resource-available contents, you will soon come in first page of Google.

4. Don’t look for perfection.

No series posts required at initial time.

When I started to write Fourblogger, I wasted almost 10 days. The reason I wasted was, I thought that I should give content in perfect series like from registering domain to earning money. So I wasted most of the time to think about which post I should write next. Write the contents in NAE order. But when you write contents inside NAE, don’t look for series order. Search engines will give you initial traffic. As you are a new blogger, no one will follow you step by step. Once you reached good number of readers, then you can arrange your contents in order and deliver it as e-book. So now just start writing what ever you know.

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Don’t spend much time on proofreading your posts.

Just read and correct errors yourself once you finished writing the post. If you really offer good content, your readers will forgive you for spell or grammar mistakes. Since the start of Fourblogger, I never worried about my grammar or Video accent.  Don’t worry about language.  One of my friends always has email signature like this “Worry doesn’t help tomorrow’s troubles, but it does ruin today’s happiness”.

Don’t wait for Best Blog Design:

I was waiting for 15 days to get design on my old unsuccessful blog (www.RedisRed.Com). Don’t expect your blog look best on your first reader eyes. Choose any free and clean theme to start. Once you started to earn, then you can put that money on your design expectations. Until then, use free, clean and beautiful theme. If you use blogspot also, you can get more free themes.

5. Prepare at least 5 Posts before Start Publishing.

  • This will avoid you from dropping your blogging attempt at initial level.
  • You can concentrate on driving initial traffic on your first week of blogging.

See here. I prepared 10 videos and posts before I started to post. I uploaded more thesis tutorial videos in Youtube on December 16, 2009. But I started to publish post from December 20, 2009. By did this, I got enough time to concentrate on driving initial traffic to my blog in my first week of publishing posts.

6. Add images and videos.

Keep this point as your regular habit. Start this from your first post onwards. Readers love to watch videos. Always use at least one image in a post. Use Flickr to get quality images.

Try to make your own videos. What ever your niche, it may be tutorials or entertainment, but try to create videos. Include your site logo and show your blog link in videos. You will get more traffic to your blog. If you do videos for your blog, then you will know the power of videos on driving traffic.

If you still don’t want to do videos, then just search for videos relevant to your content and embed those videos in your posts.  You will see great reader engagement, when you embed videos in posts.

If you avoid following any of the steps mentioned above, then you are losing readers and vision. Work hard. Nothing pays more than hard work.

Final Thoughts:

1. Have a close look on your niche bloggers. Set monthly targets to beat the numbers they have.

2. Have a clear plan about how to attract your niche readers. If your niche is narrow, then you can do this plan bit easy. If your niche is wide, then you have to think more time to derive some interesting idea.

3. Find less-resource or interested-available content and start writing about that.

4. Don’t look for perfection.

5. Prepare at least 5 posts before publishing content.

6. Add more value to your text contents by images and videos.

Remember, this report just a call to you, to take action immediately, once you choose a niche. Detailed reports about effective content writing like how to write list posts, how to write top posts etc and delivering methods (including videos in posts) will be published once we finish the experiments.

If you are a blogger, then tell me how you started writing content in your starting days?

Note: In my next report, you will see about delivering contents in video formats. I will update the link also here. So now you can bookmark this post in delicious or stumble upon to get next report link here.

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  • freshtutorialdotcom March 24, 2010, 1:25 PM

    Wonderful tips. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Pascal March 24, 2010, 10:42 PM

    Thanks to your comment.

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  • BestofBlogger March 25, 2010, 5:32 AM

    Thank you for these great article,
    I want to add some features to your article, maybe help to bloggers
    1. Write for yourself. not others. Select a niche that you passioniate about it.
    2. Try to help people
    3. Narrow your content. For example F1 cars, Thesis theme, National Soccer, Video blog etc.
    4. Write regularly
    5. Be professional about your niche

    We can say many thing about writing content, i just wanted to mention some others features.
    Thank you again.

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  • Pascal March 25, 2010, 10:51 AM

    Hi friend,

    I really love your points. Especially the 5th one. Bloggers should be professional in his/her niche. Continuous learning will make anyone to become professional.

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  • Alex March 31, 2010, 11:10 AM

    Pascal, Fantastic post my friend. You have practiced what you preached in this case by going above and beyond what other blogs in your niche have done. Thankyou for another well researched and worded post, especially providing the excel example as it allowed me to better grasp the whole NAE concept, something I had previously not seen in this light.
    Great stuff as per usual Pascal!

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  • Pascal March 31, 2010, 12:48 PM

    Thanks Alex.

    I just looked your blog. Your thinking outside the box and the great email marketing posts are great. It proves you as a man who knows really what he is talking. Keep up the good work.

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  • Rob June 22, 2010, 8:32 AM

    Pascal, great post,

    I don’t think there are any others in the niche I would like to blog about – (Photos of Cape Town – in my blog I want to photograph more and more of Cape Town every week). Is the niche too narrow because it focuses on one city?

    Also, how to I find out how many readers other bloggers have?

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  • Pascal June 22, 2010, 1:18 PM

    Hi Rob, Your niche is good as it is narrow. You have potential to make bucks.

    You can look for the Feedburner count buttons in others blogs to know how many readers they have.

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  • Rob June 22, 2010, 1:32 PM

    thanks, I’m starting

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  • Pascal June 22, 2010, 1:39 PM

    Welcome Rob.

    You can win.

    Cheers.

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  • Rob June 22, 2010, 8:41 AM

    Pascal,
    You said selling my photos wouldn’t work to monetize my site, Do you think it works for this guy http://andrewprokos.com/photos/new-york/, how do you think I should monetize my site?

    Thanks so much, great blog

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  • Pascal June 22, 2010, 1:16 PM

    Hey Rob,

    Yes. The guy may get more sales.

    You can also expect that. But It will take time and you can’t expect much.

    Start your blog and if we can’t make more sales then we can consider other ways.
    There are more opportunities.

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  • panbran March 23, 2012, 9:18 PM

    It is a great guide for me to start a niche blog. thanks for your tips.

    Reply