Writing Journal 33: Blog Topics and Keywords

Writing Journal 33: Blog Topics and Keywords

My writing journal for Sunday, September 14, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.

The fourth of the series of novellas I’m ghostwriting for a client is DONE.

So this morning, it’s time to set up novella #5, the final one in the series. Once that’s written, I’ll compile all five novellas, so that the client can sell them as a bundle. This makes a total of six books, because the novellas will continue to be available individually.

I’ll recommend to the client that he chooses one, and makes it permanently free.

My outline for novella #5 is ready, so this morning I just had to reacquaint myself with the plot before I started writing. Last night I was chatting to someone, when my mind drifted to my writing, as it always does. I was thinking about this new novella, and realized that I’d forgotten the plot completely. :-)

Nevertheless, I managed 500 words — so the project is on its way. I need to do more work on the characters and their emotional arcs.

No new nonfiction this morning; I compiled the nonfiction book to MOBI, and started my read-through. I’ll spend time editing it next week, and should get it to the contract editor by next weekend.

Next, breakfast for Honey and for me, while reading email. General email was light, but there were some student projects for feedback, so I made a note to get to them tonight.

It’s time for a quick walk, while thinking about clients’ goals for their blogs.

Back again. It’s Sunday, so it’s a short writing day. Basically, I need to to focus on blogging, the company history ghostwriting project, and the freebie ebook I’m writing for a client.

I’ll do more blogging later this afternoon. I do a couple of timer sessions on the company history, and the freebie ebook.

Then it’s time to pack up, for Sunday commitments.

Sunday: blog topics and keywords

Back again. Time for Sunday’s primary task: draft blogging.

I like to use Sunday afternoons to check over my own and clients’ blogs, and get some draft posts ready. Usually, I’m well ahead with draft posts; this is a good thing. I like to move quickly from one task to another, so the more preparation I can up do front, the less likely I am to procrastinate.

Over the past few weeks, a site called Keyword Tool has become my favorite… well, keyword tool.

Basically, the site is a turbo-charged version of Google’s Search Suggest. Keyword Tool offers you up to 750 suggestions for every keyword.

Here’s why this is useful:

  • It avoids “topic blindness” — my term for an expert’s perspective on a topic. The better you know a topic, the less you’re able to see from others’ viewpoints, and this is dangerous. Experts end up writing for each other, rather than 95% of searchers;
  • It helps you to think about the intentions of searchers.

Web content development’s come a long way since the good old days of keyword stuffing. Those tactics just don’t work any more. Indeed, writing Web content looks more and more like plain old marketing every year.

Weekly review — GTD

After the draft blogging, it’s time for the weekly review. I’ve never committed to the complete Getting Things Done system, but I like the weekly review.  It’s essential so you’re all set for the week ahead.

So, with that done, my writing’s done for the day.

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, and on YouTube, too.

Make Money Blogging Sex

Make Money Blogging Sex

If you want to make money blogging, your subject matter is all-important. Most blogs are doomed on creation; no one cares about the blog’s topic. And if people do care, they don’t spend money on the topic.

I’ve been blogging for 15 years. My initial attempts at blogging failed. The blogs failed because the blogging scripts of the day were crap; this made blogging an adventurous experience. By “adventurous” I mean that entire blogs got mangled, posts vanished etc. Technology aside, there’s another reason my early blogs failed: I chose topics which interested me, rather than lots of people.

Tip: if you want to make money blogging, blog about things people care about, and spend money on.

Sex, Diets, and Money: Everyone Cares, So You’ll Get Traffic.

Many years ago, a magazine editor gave me this advice: “Write about sex, diets, and money, and you’ll make money.” She was 100 per cent right.

Here’s why you’ll make money if you blog about those three things: they’re primal. Check out the pyramid on Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Sex, diets, and money are basic human physiological needs; they’re on the bottom two tiers of the pyramid.

Where does your blog’s topic fit? Are others blogging about your topic? Don’t be fazed if lots of other people are blogging about your topic – that’s a good sign. They’re making money, and so will you.

So, sex, diets, and money – in both broad and direct interpretation – work for you if your aim is to make money from your blog.

We’ll talk about diet blogs (I include food blogs in “diets”) and money blogs later. Let’s look at sex blogs today.

Sex Sells: You Can’t Go Wrong With a Sex Blog.

Sex sells everything, everywhere. Think you can’t write about sex? Think broadly. Then narrowly. How broadly can you think about sex? Consider: dating, romance, relationships, marriage, etc – and of course, the topic of sex itself.

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Then choose one of the broad areas and narrow it down. Ubersuggest is perfect for this.

In the image to the left, I searched Ubersuggest for “dating”.

Lots of ideas for blogs there. And lots of blogs already exist on some of those topics. Explore the topics. Make a list of ideas.

Of course, you can choose to blog directly about sex too, if you decide to create an adult content blog. Check out Kinkly’s Our Top 100 Sex Blogging Superheroes of 2013.

Tip: if you choose to create a money-making blog in the adult content area, read your hosting company’s terms of service to make sure that they support adult content on blogs. If you’re not sure, ask them. You can also do a Google search for “hosting for adult blogs”.

Google’s free Blogger service will host adult content blogs, with some provisos:

Adult Content: We do allow adult content on Blogger, including images or videos that contain nudity or sexual activity. But, please mark your blog as ‘adult’ in your Blogger settings. Otherwise, we may put it behind a ‘mature content’ interstitial.

Read the entire Blogger Help page section, “Content Boundaries”, using the above link, if you choose to create your adult content blog on Blogger. You don’t want Google to nuke your new sex blog. :-)

Making Money From a Sex Blog: Find a Topic by Thinking Broadly.

What interest you? I write romance fiction. However, creating a romance blog doesn’t interest me. When you’re searching for a blog topic, look for something which interests you so much that you won’t get bored. Blogging is a marathon, but you can create a blog and then sell it later.

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Finding topics is easy. “Sex” is a very board topic. Ubersuggest can help. Enter terms, and see what you discover. I like the VisuWords Online Dictionary tool (image above) too.

So there we have it. You can make money blogging, as long as you choose a topic which not only fascinates you, but fascinates many other people too.

, and on Twitter: @angee.

You can find Angela on Pinterest, too.

Content Merry-Go-Round: 5 Easy Ways to Create Content For Your Blog

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At least once a week, a blogger tells me: “I’ve got nothing to blog about!” He’s experiencing blogger’s resistance. This is common, and it will stop you cold if you ascribe meaning to that feeling. Don’t do that.

Ascribing meaning to your resistance is a trap, just as procrastination’s a trap. If you’re procrastinating, you can read books about it, talk about it, and figure out ways you can stop procrastinating… or you can just get on with it.

I used to be the Queen of Procrastination, until I discovered the magic of timers. Now if I don’t want to do something, I set a timer for ten minutes. Then I spend ten minutes doing it. You can stand anything for ten minutes.

Feelings come and go. Your resistance doesn’t mean that you truly have nothing to blog about, nor does it mean that you should stop blogging.

Leo Babauta wrote an article on resistance, and gave excellent advice:

Just start. In the end, all the tips in the world won’t make as much a difference as this simple (and timeless) instruction. Just sit down and start.

You do have things to blog about. Let’s look at five easy ways to create content – even if you are experiencing resistance. :-)

1. Make a list of blog topics you’re covering

Look at your blog categories. Make a list of five categories. Choose one category, and set a timer for ten minutes. Jot down as many blog post titles as you can in ten minutes.

You’ll find that at the end of ten minutes, you’re ready to write. You’ve broken through inertia and your resistance.

Don’t throw those post titles away. Add them to your blog as draft posts. If you’re a WordPress user, try the Drafts Dropdown plugin for easy access to your drafts from the WordPress dashboard. (It’s an older plugin, but it works fine in WordPress 3.6.)

2. Answer questions

Check your email’s Sent Mail folder. What questions did you answer? Make a list. Expand on one, and create a blog post.

If you didn’t answer any questions you can blog about, check Quora. It’s a Q and A website, with thousands of questions you could answer.

Pick a question that intrigues you, and answer it on your blog.

3. Check the news and press releases

Create Alerts in Google News for topics you cover on your blog, or for topics which interest you. To create an Alert, search Google News for your topic, then click the “Create an email alert” link at the bottom of the page.

Which companies do you follow? You can subscribe to press release updates from companies, or to a specific company’s newsletter.

Share the latest news in a blog post.

4. Check social media feeds

Reading feeds can feed your inspiration. Make a list of topics. Choose one, and write your blog post.

5. Use your experiences

Think about challenges you’ve experienced. How did you meet those challenges? Tell the story of a recent challenge in a blog post.

So there you have it: five easy ways to create content for your blog. Try them.

What about you? How do you create content? Please share your favorite tip.

, and on Twitter: @angee

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