This is Day 11 of 31 Days to Build a Better Blog, a group project we are doing together in an attempt to improve our blogs and help each other become better bloggers. You can read more about it and still sign-up to participate here. Please subscribe to our RSS Feed to stay updated on the project.
Today we are going to spend some time writing a post that solves a problem for your readers. Thank you to all of you who participated on the two weeks of assignments, we are gone through about half of the curriculum and are getting some good discussion back and forth as I initially hoped. Let’s keep up the effort and I hope everyone is having a good time while taking steps to improve their blogging.
- Week 1: Read about the first week of 31DBBB
- Week 2: The second week of 31DBBB
- Day 11 (Monday): Solve a Problem for your Reader
- Day 12 (Tuesday): Watch a First Time Reader Use your Blog
- Day 13 (Wednesday): Creating a Sneeze Page for your Blog
- Day 14 (Thursday): Write an Opinion Post on your Blog
- Day 15 (Friday): Leave Comments on Other Blogs
Solving problems for your readers is arguably the most effective way of attracting and retaining readers. By solving issues people may have, you are directly impacting your reader’s lives, making them much more likely to return to your blog and spread it to other people.
How to Identify Problems for your Readers?
- Solve a problem you personally experience: If you have a problem, then more than likely other people are having and will have the same problem. For example, as a blogger, you may issues getting comments on your blog. This is a common problem and if you have resolved it, why not share how you addressed the issue.
- Analyze how people get to your blog: By looking at the keywords people use to get to your blog, you can find out potential problems they are trying to solve. Did they find what they were looking for? If not, then you may have a potential problem to solve
- Look for Questions in your comments/Ask your Readers: Simple enough assuming that you have some readers.
- Browse forums and other sites related to niche for common problems people have: If you ever participate in forums, then you know the same question always pop up. By answering some of those question on your blog, you are effectively capturing some of that audience
Example of AM posts that solved problems
Write a post that solves a problem for your readers. As always come back and post a link in the comments as well as tell us what you learned from today’s assignment.
- Have you written problem-solving posts in the past? If so, have they proven to be a popular type of post?
- Which of the ways for discovering readers’ problems mentioned in today’s lesson or this post resonates most with you? Which have you found most effective?
- What problem-solving posts might you write in the future?