Top Tips For Writing a Blog Post in 40 Minutes

Toxic schedulethe deadly kindis one of the glaring characteristics of this generation.

Do you agree? 

I know you'll give me a nod. The truth is in these times, there are countless moments when you can't even enjoy dinner with your significant other. Even just a quick one because of hectic work scheds!  
Heck, sometimes we can't even take a shower. True? I can see a smile forming there. Yes, at times even our most important relationships will have to take the back seat just so we can write a good blog post. 

This is especially true when you're just starting a blog. 

Are you newbie? Here's a beginner's guide to help you get started.
For bloggers who are experienced, you're even more likely to be on the roll and will have to skip lunch, more frequently (at least, this is my reality). To maintain my momentum, from the moment I start and through the whole morning session, I'll just munch on a slider and grab a heavy snack at around 4PM just to finish self-imposed tasks. Then I'd have to tell myself — ahh... the things I have to do to run an online business! And let out a big sigh.
Here's the thing. When you run schedules like the ones above, you have to write fast; the blogging industry now demands it. Indeed, it's undeniable; it's an ability we have to possess to be more efficient, to be more productive.
As I ponder upon these thoughts, it hit me — I'm not the only blogger who can benefit from this skill of writing with incredible speed. All of us can take home something from this piece.
So... how can you write a blog post in 40 minutes?
1. List points and concepts - When you have an idea, scribble onto a notebook, pronto. Don't delay doing this. You have to capture the moment, right when the idea hits you; that way, you won't lose any of your good ideas. When you're finally ready to write a post, pick one topic, plant you butt on a chair, and write. Convenient, right? Efficient, too. :)
2. Open your first paragraph based on points you've saved - This is the best way to introduce your topic. By opening in this manner, your audience will be properly guided on what to expect in the post they are reading. Most bloggers who are considered authorities in the blogosphere all agree on this specific principle: The way you introduce your post has a heavy bearing on the overall impact of your blog post. So do it with utmost care.
3. Write Using Key Points - Bullet points make your writing easy to organize.I'll let you in a little revelation; Carol Tice, one of the most respected bloggers today admitted that she prefers reading blog posts formatted with bullet points. And the reason why? She likes scanning through the post. ;) It helps her to read in an easier manner. If seasoned bloggers like her fancy doing this, how much more ordinary readers who, like you, always have to skim through articles because they want to move on to other tasks.
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4. Pre-edit Before You Start (What's that?) - You have loads of ideas; I don't know about you, but that's fast becoming the standard scene in my work area. If that's the same in yours, be brutal. Edit out all ideas that don't fit the main topic. Remember, we're talking about how to craft a post in 30 minutes, not a comprehensive report.
5. Keep It Short (That's how to do it, baby!) - If you want to complete an article in 40 minutes, keep it under 600 words. Don't skimp on quality, though, and aim to be informative even with a short post. If it's at all possible, pack everything in a small package. Need I say more! 
6. Knock It Out Fast And Return Later - Here's my strategy. (And you can emulate it if it fits your style)—Just bleed pen to paper. In case, you're stuck, don't force the words. Save your piece and focus on other tasks. When you're ready, go back to the blog post.
Be guided accordingly. Follow these steps and you'll be on your way to becoming a blitzkrieg blog post writer; ready to produce posts to spice up your blog or other people's blogs.

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Simplify: The Best Writing Productivity Hack

“I do believe in simplicity. It is astonishing as well as sad, how many trivial affairs even the wisest thinks he must attend to in a day; how singular an affair he thinks he must omit. When the mathematician would solve a difficult problem, he first frees the equation of all incumbrances, and reduces it to its simplest terms. So simplify the problem of life, distinguish the necessary and the real. Probe the earth to see where your main roots run. ”

                                         ― Henry David Thoreau

I killed time management, yesterday.

Years ago I used to have a bunch of keys in my pocket.

I carry this group of little things wherever I go because I did not do one important thing.

And because I missed out on this, I suffered.

I got stressed.

I slowed down.

I have lessened my productivity output.

I lost time.

I had a failing grade in time management.

Now, what's this got to do with writers like you?

It encompasses everything in your writing business.

Be disorganized.

Multi-task all the time.

Mix-up things together.

Be in a chaotic workplace and you will not be productive.

Simplify things in your business and you'll be a productivity rockstar.

How can you turn yourself into one?

When you write, you close your door and forget about everything else. Go down to the basics. Write your headline first. Not until you can be sure that's the headline you want, don't leave that phase. Then make your outline. After that, fill up the segments with what you think are the barest of ideas. This will not only help you pin down the points you want to make, this will also help your readers see your point in a sunny-day-clear way. 

If you want to come up with something you can be proud of, don't multi-task. Silence your iphone, don't put clothes in your machine while writing, don't turn on the rice cooker while you do your gig, tell your teen to give you at least 30 minutes of uninterrupted writing time, tell him not to disturb you till the session is over.

What's my point?


When you put things in the most basic form, you can do excellent work.

20%, 30%, 50% or even 97% focus is nothing compared to 100% focus.

Apply this to writing and you have unlocked a treasure box of articles brewing in your soul. Hurting, exciting, kicking, itching, bursting to get out and eager to please your audience.

Yesterday, I threw all the other keys I have not been using for years. It turns out I'm only using four keys for my house. And in the bunch I carry all the time... I have at least twelve!

Now, I can look for the key I want to use in a second.


It works.

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Stop your Clutter from Killing your Creativity (The steps you need to do)

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A disorganized workspace is an antagonist; a strong enemy. It stops you from doing your art. 

Indeed, clutter pushes you to stall. A desk in disarray is a time and energy snatcher. So, now that you know what it is, really, by all means  you need to devise a way to kick it out! 

But before you do that, let’s study clutter a little deeper... 

Everything; a pen, paper, your phone, your audio speakers, your sticky notes  — all are stimulants  —  whether you like it or not. When your eyes catch them, your brain recognizes each one, even if you’re not *conscious* about it. 

Once you see things your gray matter imprints them. Every tiny bit is registered. Each one occupies space inside your consciousness. Your inborn supercomputer treats every item as data. 

Simply put, the clutter on your desk is also clutter in your brain. (But that’s just one aspect of clutter).

Like your laptop, your brain slows down when it's overloaded. That’s the reason decluttering gives your brain a breather; a space to play on. 

When you do your art i.e. write, compose music, design, draw, paint -- whatever you do -- you’ll function much better if your brain has a space to move around in. The free space boosts brain cells to function much better and more efficiently, pumping up creative juices you need to manufacture art.

Step #1. Clear up your brain.

If you have a long list of activities, you have to start accomplishing some of them or else you’ll be slowed down by the thought that you have not accomplished anything. However, there are items on your list that are not urgent. These can be left alone for a while, but you have to do something about the urgent ones. You've got to accomplish them, pronto!

Reason behind: After you have done urgent items, you’ll find that your mind will be freer to create. On the contrary, if they are left undone, they can clog the brain like fat obstructing blood in the heart.

Step#2. Remove distractions.

Turn off the TV. Shut the radio off. If you really want to focus on just writing, kill the Internet as well. Open only one window on your PC and do just one thing — write. Multitasking is a big creativity killer.

Step #3. Tidy up.

When Patsy Clairmont began her career as a writer and speaker, she picked an unexpected route. She did not research, she did not free write, she did not drink a cup of coffee, or went walking for 20 minutes. Everyone was surprised at what she did: she washed the dishes.

I can see that big red question mark written all over your face. What’s really my point? She has a message for the world and she wants to put it out, but when she was about to start working on the message, she felt a strong nudge to start differently. She got out of bed and started tidying up her place.

In other terms, she cleaned up her clutter, and this very act positioned her to live more creatively. You and I should do the same. Delivering your message to the world doesn’t start on the world stage, it starts from the home front. From your closet, your office space, your desk. Eradicate all the mess there and make room for creation.

Step #4. Apply the principle: Less is More

Simplify things and achieve more. When doing your art, or any work you do for that matter, always remember to make sure you just focus on the essentials. Cut off the fluff. Once you apply this principle in your life you will create more. Talking about this belief of making more with less, I encourage you to check Leo Babauta’s book “The Power of Less”.

Three takeaways from Leo Babauta’s book:
  1. In simplicity is power — choose the essential and eliminate the rest.
  2. Start with small habit changes and take baby steps.
  3. Do one thing at a time to increase your effectiveness.
Don’t take a bite you can’t chew. Stop being greedy. Accept only the assignments that you can handle well. If you take too much work, in the end, you will suffer the consequences. To really be effective, take one step at a time. Study the load that is just right for your capabilities and sanity; accept only this.

Step #5 Journal.

It’s a famous option because it works. Journaling issues that are bothering you sashays you in reorganizing your thoughts. Whether it’s your upcoming meeting, your personal life or the struggles you are currently facing, writing down your problems on paper will help you produce new strategies, angles, and answers. Everything clears up when you write them down on a piece of paper or when you encode them on a screen.

Write down everything you need to accomplish each day and do them, one at a time, no matter what.

Unavoidable clutter
No matter what you do, in general, there will always be unavoidable clutter in your work and life. This makes it hard to focus on just one task. Based on the findings of researchers at Princeton University’s Neuroscience Institute, the brain has a limit when it comes to processing info. So, if you can’t manage your workspace and workload properly (when it’s disorganized and overwhelming) your attention is pulled in different directions. This can bring down your overall performance. So, at its worst, it can ultimately drag you away from your art.

6. Organize your storage system.

The destination for your go-to objects is significant, but the most used items should only be the ones allowed in your workstation. (This is to minimize things in your work area). Remember less is more.

Regarding your most used tools, accessibility is the name of the game. They should be located within arms length. Example: in the top most drawers of your desk, or on a shelf very close to you. With just one step, you can reach for them anytime you need to. Not so important items, on the other hand, should be filed away and must not appear at work on a daily basis.

Example: your PC must reside on top of your desk, but your writing manual (whatever you use) should only enter the scene during writing and editing sessions.

7. Begin putting out clutter-free messages.

Find a way to set restrictions on your work. This will ignite creativity.


How Noise Cancelling Headsets help Freelance Writers (Their Uses and Benefits included)

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Loud noises! They can ruin my day, anytime. I'm a writer, and at times I can easily get disturbed by various noises every day.

Huge trucks, cars, and all kinds of vehicles make annoying noises in my area all the time.

It's unavoidable. I live beside a highway, that's why.

Adding salt to the wound, and rubbing it on (ouch!), just in front of my house is a karaoke rental outlet (another ouch!).

If that's not enough, the karaoke's technicians tinker with their booming stereo speakers all day, everyday. See the picture I'm in? Irritating loud noises are my no.1 enemy. They stop me from doing my art.

How can you write, you may ask? (No writer can work in such an environment). I can't, but thank God, noise cancelling headsets were invented! 
They save me on a daily basis. Like a bedridden child given strong medicine, and getting up, immediately, after that potent shot. They aid me to do my craft. 

It used to be that the aviation and industrial markets are the only ones privileged to use these magical gadgets, now they are readily available from every retail outlet.

Do you also want to block the noise from your loud surroundings, so you can work? With this auditory wonders it's doable. Praise God, with them I can work on my writing assignments in silence. (Well almost, 'cause they can't really drown all the noises. At least they have reduced most of the disturbances.)

Let me show you how these headphones came into being. Here's a short history.

How do noise cancelling headsets work, anyway?

They utilize microphones and fancy tech processing to generate an opposite sound wave going against the one that's on its way to your ears. Simply put—it's an inverse sound wave.This wave on an opposite direction is sent via the headphone driver, and if done right, the wave (inverse one) cancels out any sound wave that may intrude. Say, while on a flight, the headphones supplied you will create an inverse wave to block engines' noises. Just to elaborate—with the sound wave, you'll hear lesser engine noise. Original Source: Are Noise Cancelling Headphones Worth It? Read on forbes.​com
The following video will help you understand how these headphones work.

The infographic below produced by can help you understand better how noise cancelling ear pieces work.

To explicate more info about this techie-laden audio gadget, active noise cancelling headphones utilize cutting-edge technology to emit sound waves that kick out ambient noises. This "intentional destructive interference" obliterates any incoming sound (especially undesirable ones) and generates silence for the wearer. (Of course, I have to remind you, it's not 100% silence that you get). You will still hear a bit of noise but at least they are less irritating and distracting.) Many noise blocking gadgets also employ padded cushions. These materials will supply additional sound barrier. The most comfortable, user friendly, and functional ear pieces use the latest audio technology to come up with pocket-comfy (easy on the budget) noise solutions.

Benefits of noise cancelling ear devices:

The best benefit of noise reducing headsets is the silence it creates. The people who have tried it said they can better enjoy their work and other activities since they can go about minus the ambient noises in their environment.

With these ear pieces, music is definitely clearer and more defined (naturally, more enjoyable to listen to), audio books may be better understood, and relaxing is more readily achieved.

Without the extra noise, users can enjoy the sound of silence (Almost that is). In many situations without the noise cancelling feature, pumping up the volume is the only wise option. This can be dangerous, especially during traveling on planes or in surroundings where disturbing noises are prevalent, and increasing the volume will, in most probability, become excessive. I hate to be the bringer of bad news, but this may cause irreparable hearing damage.

On a brighter note, using noise deleting ear sets will block outside noises and will prevent them from disturbing the wearers. 

The headphones will help them focus on several tasks much easier:

Using these headsets, a student can study in a room next to a loud roommate, a passenger in a plane can continue working on an assignment, or a person trying to relax at a subway station enjoying a crossword puzzle can do so with fewer disturbances. With the distractions pushed aside, noise cancelling ear pieces allow users to focus on their stuff without interruption, making them more productive, or if their just kicking back, they can have a more enjoyable downtime. has more to say about headsets aside from the pieces with noise cancelling feature:

The benefits of hands-free communication

Even for those who spend less than half an hour a day on the telephone, a headset can offer a welcome relief from the strain of having to hold the phone up, not to mention the opportunity to get on with other tasks that would have been difficult to complete single-handed. A headset allows you the chance to talk more comfortable on the phone, and if wireless also offers you the flexibility to move about your home or office whilst you speak (with most wireless headsets providing a range of up to 150m). Regardless of your requirements, you'll be able to find the headset you're looking for with liGo and get the best deal online. ~

Specific uses of noise cancelling headphones

Originally the ear pieces were useful in the aviation field in eliminating engine noises for pilots' safety measure, makers today find a wide variety of industries and markets that are desiring noise cancelling solutions. carries a line of noise cancellation headphones with limitless practical applications.Aside from the call center industry, leisure, travel, and loud industries, adults and children with special needs could take advantage of the usefulness of noise cancellation headphones. Children with hearing and speech impairments can be extremely helped by noise reducing headphones. At best, the best noise cancelling headphones will obliterate low frequency sound waves, but permeates high frequency sounds to penetrate the sound barrier. A person with a cochlear implant could have a hard time doing their daily routines cancelling out ambient noises while listening to music.

The implant doesn't distinguish primary sound from background sounds, all sound is delivered to the wearer in the same manner. However, the ear pieces with noise blocking features assist to alleviate this problem by prohibiting incoming low frequencies from coming in and pushing back noises from the surroundings. With these mentioned advantages, people with autism or impaired focus could also benefit from the reduced auditory stimulation.

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Fire up Your Creativity, Use These 6 Background Noise Generators

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Either you require total silence from your workplace or you like an office that supplies ambient noises. Digging deeper into the subject, research data show that most (if not all) people become more productive when exposed to some ambient background noises.

I’m a perfect example, although, I’m a combination of the two. When I’m reading emails and searching for photos for my blog posts, I love listening to music and ambient noises, but when writing serious articles, I tend to block (no, I need to delete) all noises as much as possible. 

Anyway, I surmise most creatives love ambient noises. Sometimes blended with music, at times plain ambient, and other times just music. As for me, I have moods, so… I have various choices every now and then. 
So much about me, let’s turn to you. If you’ve always told friends, “this place has deafening silence” then most probably, you belong to the ambient-noise-needing category; workers who produce more when exposed to soft noises.
An office environment naturally exposes workers to background noises. At times, to the point where it turns disruptive. Most people would have no choice but to leave even temporarily. 

What about people who work from home, like me? Most use their radios as background while working, or they turn the TV on. After sometime, though, they’d realize they’re actually being distracted. Now, the key idea is–find indistinct and subtle sounds as useful workplace background. Fortunately, there are several tools ready to supply all the soft noises your system requires.

Simply Noise

This service does not use nondescript background chatter like another site, it’s a color noise generator. I’m sure you’ve heard of white noise (i.e. a turned on vacuum). This website provides three types of color noises. White (the most effective for distraction blocking; great for maintaining focus, writing, reading, and studying), Pink (perfect for relaxing the mind and body due to its stress-melting capabilities), and Brown (good aid for inducing sleep, soothing migraines, and pacifying children). 

Provided on Simply Noise is a sliding volume control, a sleep timer, and oscillation button (this one is my fave–you can set it, so, the volume will automatically rise and fall). As you can tell by now, Simply Noise is simple to use. Just select your color, set the volume you are comfy with, and you’re set to reap the benefits. 


This wonderfully designed site provides three backgrounds: Morning Murmur (a gentle hum, which is my fave; especially when I’m starting my day, sipping my cappuccino and going through my to-do list), Lunchtime Lounge (bustling chatter), and University Undertones (campus cafe). A pause button is provided whenever you need a bladder break (rest room trip, if you prefer that), and a sliding volume control to give you the freedom to find the perfect level for your needs and moods.
Also available as an Android appiOS app, and Mac desktop if you’d choose to have one less open tab on your browser. 

Simply Rain

From the same founders of Simply Noise, this website offers the pleasant sound of rain.
The dashboard features a slide volume control, sliding intensity control (gentle shower to heavy storm), thunder mode (often, few, rare), oscillation button, and a sleep timer. Nothing too fancy…just pleasurable background noise for those who find the sound of rainfall to be soothing and comforting.
Also available: iOS app (99 cents). 

Rainy Cafe

This service combine two features (a perfect blend, actually). Rainy Cafe provides background chatter in coffee shops (similar to Coffitivity) AND the sound of rain (similar to Simply Rain). It provides individual volume and on/off control for each sound category. You can listen to only the background noise, or you can only enjoy the rain noises, or you can opt to listen to both as a nice combo. A minimalist site, if you’ll ask my opinion, yet it rocks.
No apps available at the moment. 

Rainy Mood

As the name reveals, this site focuses on the sound of gentle rain. But it enhances the service by providing a full screen background video, what else, rain on a window pane (that includes an on/off button), and it gives you the prerogative to add the “song of the day” to the the rain audio as well. It allows you to pick from three volume settings. Just click on the speaker icon that is situated at the bottom of the screen to make adjustments.
Also available: iOS app ($3.99) and Android app ($3.99). 

Jazz and Rain

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Last, but not the least, Jazz and Rain is pretty straightforward in terms of what it does. The name says it all. Its dashboard includes a sliding rain volume control and pause button, and a jazz volume control, skip and repeat buttons. An additional nice feature is the music title appears on screen, so if you hear something you love, you’ll know the artist and the title.
Currently no apps available.
Each one of us has work preferences, and some need some peace and quiet to get things done. However, if you belong to the other group, especially when you’re a creative, these six audio services provide a fabulous mix of chatter, rain, color noise, and instrumental music. All of which works pretty well at obliterating the deafening silence that’s hindering you from productive work.

Why Blog to Snag Your Dream Job?

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For a time, blogging was associated with journaling and documenting people’s experiences on the road while traveling, or moms chronicling their journey as mothers. Others used a blog as an online diary. Those days are gone. Today, savvy bloggers have turned blogging into a billion dollar enterprise. Furthermore, blogging can get you your next job. Here’s why:

1. It elevates you to a place of authority.

When you blog, you position yourself as an authority on the topic you choose. (Just make sure you have the expertise that goes with the topic!) This position is definitely a double A+ for your online reputation. It could catapult you to higher and better paying positions with credible companies. However, without a blog this is unlikely to happen.

Every time you present your resume to a prospective employer, you are perceived as just one of many applicants. With a blog though, you raise the bar and you can better deal with a recruiter. The authority attached to the blog will also elevate you to a better bargaining position at the negotiating table when you sit down with an employer to discuss salary. Go on, gain authority! Start a blog.       

2. It’s your online resume, but way better.

All of us have a curriculum vitae or resume. But here’s the nice thing–a blog provides a platform where you can highlight your skill set on your online CV (your blog), and it’s many times more powerful. Let’s look at an example. Say you’re a professional blogger, you can showcase your creative writing skills by publishing articles on the Web. (Simply put–blogging.) If you’re a broadcaster, you can put out a podcast to promote your ability to deliver talks, and to show your podcast production skills. Another perk of a personal website is that it allows you to add a number of satisfied clients’ testimonials. But do take care to get one thing right–what you include on your blog should be accurate, and well documented. 

3. It gives you a favorable online image.

Recruiters have become more efficient. Now they browse digital footprints instead of going through piles of paper. They peruse Facebook accounts, Twitter handles, and other social media activities. And let’s not forget blogs. Owning one, then, will give you an edge over other applicants. Why? With your website potential employers will have a more positive picture of you and how you present yourself as a person, and as a professional. Unlike your unflattering image on Facebook with the uncontrollable tags, a blog gives you the freedom to be the chief. Nothing is ever published without your consent.      

4. A personal website opens up opportunities you may not have outside of the blogging sphere.

Let’s say, for example, you blog about public speaking because you have solid experience in radio and TV broadcasting. Let’s assume that due to some unexpected turn of events, you have been pushed towards a different field: teaching. Without a blog with a broadcasting thrust, you may not get opportunities related to broadcast media again. What you have instead are job opportunities in academia. But since you write about broadcasting and public speaking, you are can maintain a profile and links to a professional network connected to the broadcasting industry, media outfits, or public speaking organizations; a development that may not happen without the blog.

5. It creates an aura of interest around you that employers find attractive.

Hiring managers read resumes on a daily basis, so it can get to a point where the task can bore them to death. However, if you blog, your website will represent not only your talents and abilities, but also your unique personality. This can help you stand out from the crowd. You will immediately raise yourself up as a high-quality applicant compared to the others who have not maximized a blog–a candidate they will likely call for an interview.

6. A blog helps you grow a network.

Companies are not only seeking candidates with an excellent set of skills and the right knowledge base, they are also on the look out for people who have powerful connections. So in addition to having a sizable network on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and Google+, running a blog that boasts of a solid fan base proves that you are capable of creating and maintaining connections online and offline.
7. It maintains your balance as a professional and will enhance your communication skills. 
When you’re in-between jobs and on the hunt for something new, it can get pretty boring. Blogging will keep you current with everything in your field and will enhance your communication skills, especially writing and using social media. As an added perk, it will most likely push you to maintain your momentum in your job search.

How to Choose the Right Topic for Your Blog

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One of the most underestimated facets of blogging is choosing the best topic to focus on. You can't just pick a topic you fancy and blog about it right away. You have to go through several steps. Well, actually, go through a process in order to decide intelligently.

Many people suffer the consequences when they commit the mistake of picking the wrong topic.

How do they commit this mistake, anyway?

They pick a topic they know nothing about. (This is the worst thing a blogger can do.) Most people who commit this error choose a subject because other people have made money from blogging about it. What they don't realize is that the successful bloggers did make money because they are experts of the topic and they who made the mistake were not. 

On the other hand, bloggers who commit this error create problems they'd rather not have. Yes, they can research about the chosen topic, but sooner or later, their readers will find out the truth—they struggled to write about it, or, worse... they're not well-versed with the niche.

(Remember, when deciding on a blog topic, you must choose one that will showcase your expertise. When your site visitors are inspired by your blog, then you are up to something awesome. Let's say you have been hosting a radio show for 18 years, you have all the right to blog about radio and broadcasting in general. If you have been leading bible studies for several years, you can definitely focus on tackling a niche related to ministry.)

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Regarding committing this terrible mistake, (picking the wrong topic) in the first place, they could have had the wrong motive when they made the decision of choosing a certain topic. They go for a topic they thought would make them money. (Now, don't get me wrong, there's absolutely nothing wrong with making money. In fact it's good especially if you do it with the purpose of creating wealth for your family.)

However, there's a problem if you go this route. The blog subject you have chosen to focus on could be something that you're not equipped to discuss. (This is scary!) With this, you have just committed a major mistake early on in your blogging adventure. A mistake that could ultimately drive you to failure.

Steps to take when choosing a topic:

1. Know thyself

-know your interests

-know your expertise

-know your background

-know your experiences

This crucial knowledge about yourself serves as a guide that will lead you to the topic you are seeking. Something you have passion for.

2. Ask yourself what you love talking about

What is that topic you can't seem to stop talking about? Once you start talking about it, the flow just continues and seems to never end.

3. Do your research

What topic is on top of people's lists? What's the current rage? This is something that can be turned into a business. In other words, you must take public interest into consideration. If the masses love it, nothing can stop you from making money out of it. But remember, the topic should be a mix of the people's interest and something you are knowledgeable in.

Are there bloggers raking in money out of the topic?

Try to type keywords associated with your topic on Google's search engine. If there are people blogging about it, you're a few steps to nailing it. There must be gold in such a topic. Hordes of people might be interested in it.

4. Find out what other things bloggers do to earn more.

Do they coach or teach people? If so, what are the subjects or topics they handle? Always remember: if there are coaches about a topic, it means there are people being coached. And this means only one thing—there is income to be had.

Do they sell products like e-books and e-courses? Do they sell services like one-on-one consultations or discussions?

If bloggers do their job right, they could be laughing their way to the bank.

5. Determine the longevity of the topic.

Can the topic hold interest for months or years? Will the blog post you create today still be valuable tomorrow, next month, or the coming years? If your answer is yes to all these, then you have found a niche you can explore and you are sure to have a sustainable income.

Ideally, there should be unending blog post ideas for your website for it to become a cash making machine.

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