Common Sense Blogging – Charles Snyder Raw #109. Since it’s Friday and I’m feeling pretty good, I’m reaching into the Quora mail bag again. So this time I was not asked directly to answer the question. But I found it to be an interesting one and I decided to share it with you.
Blog about what you know…
So without further delay, here is Abraham’s question:
“What is the best way to get content when you want to build a blog about a niche that you don’t know anything about?”
My initial thought was, why would you want to? So my second thought was to try to understand where Abraham is coming from and why he would want to blog about something he knows nothing about. But with no additional information or feedback from him, I have to make assumptions.
So here are my thoughts
If you’re blogging about a new subject that you do not know anything about, blog about your journey of discovery. People will follow that.
If you’re blogging about something which you have no knowledge of, just to make money, don’t do it. It’s unethical and questionable at best.
But the main concept here is if you are wanting to blog about a new subject, deep dive into it. Blog about your learning process and revelations you have along the way. But do so transparently, letting people know you are a novice on the niche you are referring to.
Also, chat with industry leaders, interview them, and blog about that too. Since guest blogging is an excellent way to build a following, recruit some to submit articles for your blog. Additionally, you can always submit some of your own to more established blogs from the point of view of a novice.
Common Sense Blogging: a word of caution
However, I also want to add a word of caution here that I didn’t think about when creating this video. If your sole purpose here is to do it because you think you’ll make a lot of money; think twice about it! Blogging can be fun and lucrative, but it takes time, dedication, and hard work.
But if you are trying to bullshit your way to riches, you’re no better than the “D-bag” I talk about in these articles:
Just try to put yourself in your intended audience’s shoes. For example, if you want to learn something about marketing, would you want to learn from someone pretending to know what they are talking about?
PLEASE NOTE: I no longer answer questions like How To Create Content on Quora. There are no checks and balances in place for the rampant censorship by some moderators. And to make matters worse, inquiries about the anonymous censorship that goes on there have yet to see any reply. Since that is the case, I will continue to help others, I just won’t be wasting my time on that website. So Say Goodbye Quora!
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Charles is the owner of C. E. Snyder Marketing LLC. His background includes 30+ years in the fire service. Since 1999, he has also become a published author and a public speaker from 2004 on. He is widely respected as the “go-to” guy for Digital Marketing, websites, and SEO, recently being recognized with the 2020 Best of Lancaster in Digital Marketing Award.
Charles is also known as “The Marketing Ninja” and is a serial entrepreneur. His favorite quote is “Make Stuff Happen!” Also, his personal interests include spending time with Ann, his fiancee, playing the occasional video game, and growing mutant eyebrow hairs since getting on the wrong side of 50 years old.