[Starting a Successful Blog] Lesson 5
Guess what? This lesson is going to be fun!
We’ll need the results from the survey you conducted in the previous lesson because today, we’re gonna
- Consolidate list of frustrations
- Match list with blog niche and previously researched blog topics
Now go pull out your survey responses Google sheet.
Head over to the survey form, select Responses. You should see a GREEN ICON that reads Create Spreadsheet. Click on it.
1. Consolidate List of Frustrations
On the top row, look for the column with “Q2. What’s your biggest frustration on this topic?” and you can either write down all the answers on a sheet of paper or copy them onto either a separate Google sheet. (Go to Google Drive > New > Google Sheets)
Now look through the responses and remove duplicate answers. You might also have to do some editing for phrases that seem incomplete or incoherent.
It’s a quick job so you should have a list pretty fast.
You’ve done your market survey and you’ve been been doing lots of research. Up to this point, you might be wondering, when am I going to launch my blog?
Again, this is why I named this course The Realistic Beginner’s Guide to Starting A Successful Blog. First we’ve got to be realistic about starting a blog for beginners, and all that you’ve been doing my friend, is the key to starting a successful blog.
The difference between starting a blog and a successful blog, is the amount of preparation and thought that goes behind it.
2. Match List with Blog Niche and Blog Topics
The reason you need to match your list of frustrations with your blog niche and previously researched blog topics is to determine whether there’s a demand for your blog content.
You should be able to draw some connections and associations between the list and your niche and topics.
But don’t panic if you don’t, because as mentioned in Lesson 3, if you had way more ‘No’ than ‘Yes’, it could be that the people who took the survey aren’t the target audience.
In this case, you might want the conduct the survey again with a group of people who are closer to your target market. What you can do is also join similar Facebook groups and forums and reach out to these people to help you out with your survey.
Actually if you think about it, even the frustrations of people who are not your target audience are interesting blog topics to explore. How can you educate the masses about your niche? Think from your target reader’s perspective, their challenges with trying to address their friend who doesn’t understand why are vegans who are on a raw diet, whether temporal or for life?
Spend some time working this out!
By the way, the crazy fun part comes in the next post.
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