I am regularly asked about my best blogging ideas to make money, but posting to your blog is about much more than that. Your blog is your ‘home on the Internet’ and should include as much as possible on your niche topic. There are so many excellent ways to find ideas for your blog posts. One of my favorites is to use Google Alerts to find relevant news and other postings about specific topics of interest to me and to my readers in a specific niche. I like to monitor online conversations in these areas to get inspired and to find new sites to follow. I also have alerts set for my name and for the titles of my books. That way I know very quickly if someone has mentioned me on their site and I can swing by to read their post.
Blog directories, such as Technorati and Alltop, are also excellent sources of new ideas in your niche. I love to find bloggers that I am not familiar with, or whom I have simply lost touch with over the past few years, to see what they are blogging about and to leave comments as a way to connect with them.
You may want to create your own ‘Top 10’ list of the people in your field who stand apart from everyone else. We all love to see our name in print, and when you recognize a colleague it can really make their day. This is an excellent way to build relationships with people you would like to know better and to do business with in the future.
Which blogs do you read regularly? You will want to subscribe to blogs in your niche to stay on the cutting edge and be aware of what the experts are talking about. This has been one of the ways I have stayed at the top and have been able to JV with so many big names on the Internet in recent years.
Brag about what you are doing in your business. Every time I come out with a new short report or write a book for Kindle I shout it from the rooftops. This is also the case when I will be speaking at a live event or come out with a new product. Be proud of your accomplishments and ask others to join in your celebration.
Give your readers your very best tips and resources. I have never held anything back, and I believe that is why I am fortunate enough to have so many raving fans. People know they can count on me to give it to them straight and to share what I know.
Open up your blog to guest bloggers. I didn’t do this for the first few years because I believed it would detract from my credibility. Now I see that it is one of the best ways to build readership with people who are already interested in your topic. I love Nicole Dean’s inexpensive training course on guest blogging.
Whether you are looking for blogging ideas to make money or just to increase your online visibility, these ideas will give you a place to begin. And as they say, blog about what you love and the money will follow.