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How to know the HOT TOPICS on your blog. What to do with them!

One of the reasons many bloggers struggle is the fact that they don’t know how to narrow their niches and write for a specific group of readers.

It’s always a big challenge for beginners to choose a blogging topic. For the  most part, they are advised to begin broad, covering different related topics, then gradually figure out what’s hot with time and focus on those hot topics.

Hot in the sense that their readers pay attention and interact more in those topics. But this has turned out to be a bad piece of advice for many. They keep throwing their feet in the dark, not knowing what’s hot cake or not hot on their blogs.

As the struggle without success continues, the conclusion blois always that blogging is hard. It’s saturated. And you find them quitting.

Blogging for everyone is blogging for no one.

The baddest mistake you are going to make as a blogger is to want to be everywhere. I have seen blogs covering tens of different topics at once.

Don’t get me wrong…

If you are The Huffington Post, the Techcrunch or the Engadget type with a huge team and the necessary resources, you can always spread out. After all, you have what it takes.

But if you are a solo blogger, or a small team with the burning desire to setup a thriving content marketing business, gambling with contents on a broad range of topics is tantamount to shooting your own leg.

I made that mistake in the beginning when I thought the best approach was to fill my menus with different topics. I ended up burning and wasting energy and writing for space.

But a time came when I found out I had to narrow down. That I did and the result was pleasantly the opposite. Yes.

While reducing and getting rid of some topics, my community was growing bigger and bigger. So the approach to expand your community (as a small team or solo blogger) is to focus on serving a specific group of readers.

Serving a specific group or niche does’t directly mean you are writing for few readers. I know some niches are less popular. But generally, focusing on a specific industry grows your community in that industry.

You get to be well known, and become the go-to blog when it comes to some industry related information.

When it comes to reading actionable SEO materials, I often turn to backlinko, searchengineland, searchenginejournal, etc because these have established themselves as leaders in the industry.

Overlapping topics

That’s correct.

Some niches blend into each other. Here on my blog, I really don’t write on social media. I do write on SEO and other traffic generating tips. But Pinterest is considered a social media/Search engine of its kind.

So being a source of traffic and a powerful visual search engine, I have a category dedicated to Pinterest posts and it’s getting attention.

Most bloggers in the content marketing niche cover a lot of other related topics. These is because these all fit into each other and it makes sense to cover them. But you still have to niche down.

Niching down – Focusing on what readers really want

This is a serious step in building your content marketing business but it’s like many marketers still don’t get it.

However, we all want to focus on the market segment that brings the best ROI. Some contents on our blogs are doing quite better. Not because they got more of our attention though. It’s simply because our readers find some connection inside.

Now, I’m going to give you some great tips to help you identify those areas on your blog that attract the most attention. You are going to see from my practical examples, links and menu items that are receiving the most clicks and those that are like being avoided by readers.

Once you identify these sleeping elements, you may want to shift your energy away from them and focus on sections that are already driving results.

1 – Use heatmap tool

NB: This is the heatmap tool I use

This is basically my best way to sit on my bench, look over the shoulders of my readers, and see the exact areas of my blog that attracts their clicks.

Heatmap tools provide great insight into how your users interact with your blog, from their landing to exit. The provide an overlay on your pages, showing areas that attract more attention and clicks.

Using this tool to monitor menu and category items on your blog, you will easily draw a conclusion on which elements is attractive and which isn’t:

heatmap tool

Taking this as an active example, the yellow spots represents clicks on my menu. Needless to say SEO and Blogging Tips are hot topics on this blog, then followed by Make Money and Pinterest.

But what did this look like in the few years past?

using heatmap to understand what your readers want

Make money has always been a popular topic on this blog. This is followed by Web Traffic (and SEO is a huge section of it). While SEO didn’t receive any attention from my readers years ago, this has grown to be the main attraction.

Let’s use something else to find out more

4 – Polls and survey

This is a way of asking your readers direct questions on what they would want to see on your blog. A poll that has been on this blog for a couple of weeks got this report from the readers:

40% stood for Make Money Content. This was followed by SEO with 29%. Then Pinterest and Blogging Tips came on respectively.  Though the general Poll participation wasn’t a big ideal, the few readers that participated provided some vital data.

Following these two methods, I could go on to serve my audience with more engaging content. But If I still have to niche down, it would be easier to decide on slowing down on Blogging Tips and Pinterest Content.

3 – Most Commented Topics

Not all blogs are open for discussion. But if yours is, this section could help with a glimpse of what could be popular in your community.

Some articles in some topics may be constantly boring. But if you are receiving tons of awesome comments in some topics, you may not need a spiritualist to tell you to go deeper in that topic.

4 – Use Analytics Tools

A good example of Analytics Tools is Google Analytics.

These help with data to know the sources of readers to your site, the pages viewed and movement from one page to the other.

General traffic channels are:

  • Natural (SEO)
  • Social Media
  • Referral
  • Direct

Taking a closer look at these channels will drop some lights into what seems to be working for you. digging deep into Social Media for instance will help you understand which Social Media platform provides the most of your traffic and which topics are hot.

Is this really important?

Yes it is!

I mentioned in the beginning it’s important to blog to help some people. If you ain’t just there to blog as a bobby, your blogging won’t make sense if it doesn’t provide solutions to your readers.

The best way to meet the needs of your readers is to know what they want. These are just some of the steps to take to come back with somewhat accurate data to help you target the right people, help them with answers while their actions on your blog cause you to earn money.

I hope this was helpful. Let me know what you think in the comment box.

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Ryan Biddulph

excellent advice buddy. Just keep doing what people like and you will see greater and greater success. Do not overthink it.
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Moss Clement

Hi Enstine,

These are useful tips that will benefit any blogger no matter how long you’ve been in the blogging industry. However, I want to mention that, reading other people’s comments can help you generate topics as well. In fact, an article I’m gearing up to write is stirred from a users comment on the blog. Interestingly, he used a unique keyword that can drive traffic.
Thus, it’s vital o pay attention to comments on your blog. BuzzSumo is also a fascinating tool that will help you with incredible blog topic ideas.

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    Enstine Muki

    Hey bro,
    Happy Monday and thanks for coming and leaving a contribution in a comment. Hope the week is starting great 😉
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hannah william

Your points are great. You give me a new idea to look hot topics in a new way. i love your idea of “Most Commented Topics”. Keep writing

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Lawrence

Have actually not tried using any of the Methods listed in this write-up. What I was used to is Google Trend and Google News. I believe this is the right time for me to take my blogging to another height with these methods.

Thanks for sharing as usual brother

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    Enstine Muki

    Hi bro,
    You this is actually knowing what your readers on your blog are really interested in. Not what’s hot in the industry. I believe these listed methods can help in getting this information.

    I hope your week is going good bro
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Lisa Sicard

Hi Enstine, great advice! I try to stay with my niche but often I do overlapping topics related. It gets me more motivated and I always go by comments I receive too on the blog to make some decisions. I like your idea on the heatmaps! I haven’t done well with polls and surveys. How can I get more readers to respond to them? Thanks for the tips and have a great week Enstine!
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    Enstine Muki

    Hi Lisa,
    I think touching on some other closely related topics is fine. You’re always going to get your readers turn to them with satisfaction. And yes the comment section sometimes triggers a lot of posts ideas. That happens to many of us 😉

    Well, I used luckyorange’s poll feature and had it hanging on the blog for sometime. Polls get more results. They are generally short and straight to the point. Readers need more time to complete survey. This may explain why they get lesser attention.

    Which Poll app have you used before?
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      Lisa Sicard

      Hi Enstine, I used SurveyMonkey but it has been a long time! I may check your poll app out! Thank you.
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Aakash Patel

Hey, Enstine

Great article. I would like to add one more source from where you can connect with your readers. It’s QUORA.

You will find many interesting questions related to your fields that need to be covered on your blog. I’m exploring mroe and more quora now a days.

What do you think, enstine?

Regards,
Aakash, Your new online friend 🙂
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Augusta

Hi Enstine,
Brilliant advise. Especially regarding otherwise related topics. Thanks for sharing, appreciate.
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Nikola Roza

Hey Enstine, great advice overall, no point in writing for space. It’s best to ask and listen what the readers tell you, even if the sample is small.

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Arfa

That’s interesting! It’s a great advice to always write on topics that your readers find interesting and the tips you shared along with using heatmap tool is an excellent idea!

Arfa

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Adrina

Hi,
Good to see you here for how to know hot topics on your blogs and having right article to see you here and Thanks a lot for sharing with us.

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