When you begin planning out your client’s content strategy, it’s important to find blog topics that aid in the improvement of their SEO. Unfortunately, this is one of the toughest challenges that content creators and copywriters face. You may find some topics tempting to write about, but unless it will benefit your client’s website, it’s best to place your efforts elsewhere. Addressing common inquiries among your target demographic or the general industry increases your reach and chances of being found by the right people. This is more likely to lead to a conversion.
How To Choose A Blog Topic
There are things that you need to ask yourself before brainstorming blog topic ideas. The content that you create has to be relevant to your client’s consumer base and their audience as a whole. If you have not already researched the client (this might be the case if your position is solely that of a copywriter or content creator), this will be the next step. Use this research to help you formulate those first ideas and inspirations.
I’ve also found that looking at competitors’ blogs can provide much insight. See what others in the industry are writing about and see if they would also apply to your client’s company. You can also consider writing about seasonal topics, if applicable. This will help you connect specific holidays and events with your target audience. It can also be a lifesaver if you’re short on blog topics.
Harnessing The Power of Google
Google is an invaluable resource for any copywriter. It has various tools and features that digital marketers from all over the world rely on. Here are the tools that you might find most helpful:
- Google Related Searches: This will show you keywords related to your search query and can be found at the bottom of the search engine results page (SERP.)
- Google Trends: By searching for words related to your business, you can see if they garner a high search volume over time. Google Trends will reveal trending topics by highlighting search queries that have recently risen in popularity or are predicted to peak. You can filter by geography, time, category, and search type.
- Google Suggest: The Google algorithm suggests search queries that best match your entered term. Google Suggest is a tool that supplies you with the suggested keywords which appear under the search box. For the most part, you will see 3-5 suggestions. Sometimes even ten suggestions may be displayed.
- People Also Ask: This section of the SERP lies below the featured snippet and houses suggestions for related questions.
Keywords are an essential part of any blog that you write. When you use keywords in your content that are popular search terms, your blog has a better chance of finding its way to the right audience. Once you decide on your blog topic, you must build a keyword map and set specific keyword targets for each blog.
As you build your keyword map, try to add long-tail keywords. These tend to be question-based and align with common search queries your audience may be interested in. If you can narrow the topic, your blog may become the most relevant answer for a specific search. By giving the potential customer what they sought, you bring them closer to converting.
Be sure to include your keywords in the title tag, headers, the body of the copy, within the URL, in the alt-tags of your images, and the meta description. The keywords should flow naturally in the copy, as in regular dialogue. Overusing them, known as keyword stuffing, will lose you points with Google and negatively impact your client’s website.
Blog Topic Examples
Stumptown Coffee Roasters, based out of Portland, is a major name in the specialty coffee industry. On their blog, they mostly post about lesser-known artists and athletes. It’s their Brew Guide that garners the most traffic. Their detailed posts on how to brew Chemex, AeroPress, French Press, and other forms of coffee often make the top 5 spots on Google’s SERP. Although they aren’t published under their blog, these guides are structured as such and are still considered content pieces. The keywords they’ve included in these posts grabbed Google’s attention in the first place.
Now let’s take a look at a website such as Exterior Experts. Their blog topics contain some of the most popular searches in the home improvement industry, such as common roof types, information on solar panel installation, and guides on repairing parts of your home. These blog topics answer some of their industry’s most popular searches and inquiries. Because their blogs cater to these people, they can garner traffic and, thus, convert leads.
The outdoor fitness company, REI, has a Co-Op Journal on its website, essentially a company blog open to external contributions. One of their top posts is titled, “Why So Many Women Are Traveling Alone.” This is a great example of posting on seasonal topics because most people are taking off on vacation as we are in the thick of summer. Additionally, solo travel was named the number one travel trend in 2019 by the website Klook.
It may seem like there is a lot of work in choosing a blog topic, but the longer you are in the game, the easier it becomes. The job of a copywriter can be tedious, but seeing a blog you wrote for your client on top of the SERP will make it all worthwhile.
Outside of work, I am a stand-up comedian and run my website, Slow Boat Library. I speak five languages (English, French, German, Italian, and Arabic) and studied marketing, communications, and journalism in more than six countries in Europe and the Middle East.