Blog Topic Research, How to Start a WordPress Blog 1st Step

Blog topic research is not a rocket science and everyone can do it. First of all let me say that you can go with a trial and error routine. If you have a hosting account all you need for the blog topic trial and error research is $10, that is how much a domain costs. Have an idea, look a domain name and start blogging. After a few months you will know if you are on the right track or not. I mean most of the time I just go with my passion, although I do proper research, but many people have started a blog out of passion and succeeded, as that is the most important thing you need for a blog, passion.

blog topic researchWell, if you are still not sure about it we will go over a few important but easy steps of blog topic research and how to start your WordPress blog. First of all you need a topic, which is something I can’t help you with, you have to think of one yourself. But once you find a topic we get down to research.

The first thing you need to research is if the topic is profitable. Again, this is just for people that wish to make some income while blogging, if you want to blog because you like blogging go for it, you can get back to this part later, although I would recommend giving it a read.

How do we research if a topic is profitable? Well for one you can try looking at the number of websites in that niche, if it is high that is the first sign that there is something to it, but this is not enough to put our money on. So the next step is keyword research.

Our topic is our main keyword, so look up that keyword in Google Adwords Keyword Tool and look up Traffic Estimator as well. You can also try WordTracker and SEO Book Keyword Suggestion Tool. So do we see some money in this topic or not? If the cost of adwords is medium or high you got yourself a nice topic to cover.

You also need to monitor the competition levels. I know everyone will say go for the least competitive market, but the guys that are saying that are just copying things being said in 2006, every market is competitive now, some more, some less. Whatever topic you choose to cover there will be thousand of blogs covering it, so don’t think too much of it. If you have passion and research your topic and provide quality and useful content for your readers you can beat any competition.

Moment on this please! Don’t think that you can find an untapped market. An untapped market usually means that there is no money to be made there, well, if you get lucky let me know. Also, if you are afraid of competition then don’t start a blog, if you want a business without competition then invent a time machine.

topic researchBe sure that the topic is something you are interested in, if not there is a high chance that you will get bored with it after a few months, and we can’t let that happen. To copy Brian from i-blogger and his blog post “are you a blogger or just another person with a blog”?

All in all your blog topic will do much better if it is something you love, something you are passionate about and something you have a great deal of knowledge of. But with all that you will still need to do some research and come up with new ideas and different angles.

This is a short post on how to start a WordPress blog and how to do blog topic research. This is a simplified version for people that have a passion, if you want to start a blog without a passion but feel that you have the commitment to see it through the end I suggest finding a more detailed tutorial on how to do a blog topic research or wait until I write one!

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8 Response to Blog Topic Research, How to Start a WordPress Blog 1st Step

  1. Fran Aslam@kw writer on October 21, 2010

    Hi Zark:

    Liked seeing you commenting on the same post. Yes I am not getting comment on the post at all and then I did not invite many people either. People do not know to net work.
    But your post is written good. You have tried to keep it attention grabbing and informative. Thanks for the comment and visiting my site. By the way how do you feel about a software to write an article. I know few people use it. I want to know your opinion.

    Talk again
    Fran Aslam

  2. Zarko on October 21, 2010

    Hi Fran, well I had to comment again, you said my photo looks too serious :)

    And you are right, people really don’t know how to network sometimes, they do it for the sole purpose of creating backlinks, which is not what being a blogger is all about!

    As for the software to write an article, well I am against any type of software that writes automated articles, or spins articles taken from the web or is simply used for spinning. If you use such a software be sure to master it as most of the things that software comes up with will be pure BS.

    Of course there are some programs that simply help you in writing an article, like grammar checker etc. Those are ok and recommended.

  3. lawmacs on October 21, 2010

    Thanks for reminding us that having passion is a key ingredient to success and it is best to do a proper research before we write article this is always best practise unless you are a very creative writer.

  4. Zarko on October 21, 2010

    :) I don’t think anyone needs reminding you Lawmac what blogging is all about, it seems to me you know very well about passion and about blogging :)

    Thanks for the comment, always appreciated!

  5. marlon @ productivity bits on October 21, 2010


    Blogging is ” For people that have a passion” – you hit the nail right on its head. Blogging comes with passion but that does not mean you have to post daily.

    It’s about passion so that means it’s also personal. You have to own the blog. Some guest posts is okay but most of the content must be produced by you. That means article-generating software is a big NO.

  6. Zarko on October 21, 2010

    Couldn’t agree more. Like I said, I wouldn’t recommend a software to anyone, except the ones that help with grammar, but MS word can help you out with that :)

    No one said anything about posting daily or weekly, that depends on the blogger and it’s their choice. Some are ok with posting few times a week like me, some want to post daily or even few times a day! In the end each one of us should do what we feel comfortable doing, that is what blogging is about :)

  7. Felicia @ No Deposit Poker on October 26, 2010

    Hi Zarko, you’re right, in every business we would like to do, there is no such thing as zero competition. Thank you for sharing us things like Google Adwords Keyword Tool, WordTracker and SEO Book Keyword Suggestion Tool. These will be very helpful for beginners.

  8. Aswani on October 29, 2010

    Hi Zarko, this is an excellent post. Well, when I began my blogging career, it was quite easy for me as I was mostly into personal blogging. There was no such problem for me in getting something to write upon as I had a lot of ideas coming in my mind. But very recently, I had changed my mindset. Now, its more of a professional blogging for me. I am trying my best to be into niche blogging. Right now, I am facing some problems in getting right topics for the same but still I am able to find as I love to research on topics for my blogging. I have been visiting article directories and news sites to research more and more and it is helping me a lot. Keyword Research, I don’t do much but I think I should after reading your post. Thanks for all these info. Keep blogging.

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