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Where to find popular subjects that you can write about in your blog?

March 22, 2006 by  

Having the ability to write articles that people are actually want to know about is an interesting preposition for many bloggers. If you have a product reviews blog, being the first one to write about a trend or upcoming products will help you stay ahead of the pack.

Writing popular subjects can bring a considerable amount of traffic when the search engine starts indexing your posts.

I can’t tell you really how to decide what a good subject but the following links might inspire you.

 

  • Top 20 Shopping Searches
    On the left of that page you’ll see a list of the top 20 shopping searches. They should all be good for sites

  • Google Zeitgeist
    Search trends at Google in various category showing a cumulative snapshot of interesting queries people are asking – some over time, some within country domains, and some on Google.com.

  • Keyword Selector Tool
    Now can begin to see what people are actually searching for… not what you "think" they’re searching for.

  • Yahoo! Buzz
    Daily updated popular searches from Yahoo! search log files. Also the weekly Top 20 searches on Yahoo, including archives. Subjects range from TV, Sports to Video Games and more.

  • AOL Hot Searches
    Like Yahoo! Buzz, this page is updated daily showing the top current queries or see those in the last hour, last day and within particular categories.

  • Technorati Top Searches
    What people are searching for this hour in the blogosphere. Having popular keywords tagged by technorati in you blog can dramatically bring in heavy traffic to your blog. But just make sure not to spam with unrelated posts!

  • MSN Search Insider
    Top 200 queries on MSN Search (annoyingly in random order), top "movers" in TV, sports and music, and a "duels" feature pitting top queries in a race against each other.

  • Lycos 50
    Long-standing service showing top searches at Lycos each week.

 

There you have it! However, bear in mind that writing about popular topics could bring in heavy competition from other blogs and websites. But the sooner you write about a popular subject, the better your chance of securing good positions in the search engine for those subjects since it is likely that not many other bloggers have written about the subject when the trend breaks out.

A good write up will also encourage others to link to your post. The more popular topics you have the better the chance for some of the posts to be picked up by the search engines.

Just make sure not to water down your blog with posts unrelated to your niche for the sake of writing popular subjects and do not spam service like Technorati. Aim for quality and the quantity will follow.

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15 Comments »

Comment by eyeris
2006-03-22 15:49:07

Writing popular subjects can bring a considerable amount of traffic when the search engine starts indexing your posts.

unless of course, you really don’t give a DAMN about traffic…

 
Comment by chengsim
2006-03-22 15:58:19

hmm. i don’t usually blogged to get traffic. i blogged to express.

Comment by rennster Subscribed to comments via email
2008-03-12 13:38:54

….but others blogged to adsense…

 
 
Comment by Swifty
2006-03-22 16:10:24

If you are that desperate for traffic, you can always game with Technorati by putting all their most-searched words into one entry.

 
Comment by Gaman
2006-03-22 16:38:24

I think every blogger cares about traffic. Otherwise, why create a public blog for others to read? Why do you put traffic stats tools such as Site Meter or Feedburner on your blog? Why not just password protect your blog and keep it to yourself? Exactly!

As I said just make sure not to water down your blog with posts unrelated to your niche for the sake of writing popular subjects and do not spam service like Technorati. Swifty, please read the post again, what you recommend is unethical.

For those with entrepreneurial minds, the above can be valuable resources to find popular subjects and perhaps try to help searchers reach the solution.

But for some bloggers, I would advice to stay away from those links if you feel strongly against this. Remember everybody has the right to express his/her opinion so keep on blogging your way.

So take it or leave it. Cheers.

 
Comment by eyeris
2006-03-22 17:50:19

I’m just saying sometimes its just more fun to blog about whatever you want rather than worry about attracting traffic too much…. me, I’m in it for the fun of it.

though admittedly, the sitemeter on my site DOES fulfill a narcissistic side of me… hehe

 
Comment by Swifty
2006-03-22 20:44:19

Just being my usual dry, sardonic self. Hah.

 
Comment by Swifty
2006-03-22 20:45:26

I can’t help myself for being so evil.

 
Comment by C.G.
2006-08-31 21:59:02

Hi,

I think you have brought up some interesting points on how to drive traffic to your blog. But if you blog about what everyone else is blogging about that then how does make your blog unique?
Just wondering.

~C.G.

 
Comment by Gaman
2006-09-05 00:33:53

Writing about popular topics does not mean you can’t be unique if you know what I mean.

For example, at the moment, thousands of blogs are talking about Steve Irwin and in fact it’s the most searched term at Technorati. But that does not mean all these blogs sacrifice their uniqueness.

 
Comment by Webd360 Blog
2007-07-11 06:51:06

Thanks for the resources, I already use a few of them, but I didn’t even know some of them existed like Google zeitgeist

 
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