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Thanks for taking my question. I've just started a blog that provides how-to articles on Web development, design, programming and related subjects. How do I find out specific topics people are searching for, so I can write articles that attract them to my blog?

Thanks again.



This is a great question and I'm surprised I haven't been asked this before.

It is where it all begins right? Someone has a problem then you provide an answer or solution to that problem.

Many marketers have made the made the mistake (in my humble opinion) of creating a site or product but not researching the marketplace to see if there is a market.

The first place I would start would be Yahoo answers and their forums. You can sort through all the questions and see what someone might be asking about how to solve particular challenges in their web development, design or programming.

You could also Google "web development forums" and see what pops up.

Bookmark the sites and start to become involved with some of these by answering questions and engaging other people in the forum. Be careful not to try and sell something on these forums because you can become "Persona Non Grata" pretty quickly. After a while you could send them to a site that might have the answer they are looking for and slowly let them know what you do.

You should also use Google's "free" keyword tool (review some of my previous answers as I've written extensively about this wonderful tool) you can find long tail keywords that can then be rephrased into a question that you can answer on your Blog.

That's a start.

Let me know how you make out.

Oh, almost forgot, go to Amazon and research the titles of books on the subjects you want to delve into. Usually the author has titled it to address problems people are asking. Also go further and if they have the chapter titles available to review take a look at those. You might get some great topics for future posts.  

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