Are Your Visitors Readers or Buyers?

marilyn thompson solutionsWe all have heard that content is king, that Google loves original content, and that our blog visitors will actually read our content when it talks to them. A simple concept to understand – right?

~ Then why is it so difficult to master?
~ Why do we read article after article to understand how to do this?
~ Is it really so complicated?

Personally, I think we make it far too complicated. I think that many of us [Read more…]

Dive into Facebook for Finding Your Niche Audience

finding-your-audience-in-facebookWith the help of my blogging coach, I realized something interesting that fits right into this the fifth and final post in my little real life experiment series about ways to search out your niche audience. If you missed parts one through four, you can find the links at the end of this post.

Today we’re looking at how Facebook can help you find your niche audience.

If you’re in the business of Internet marketing or you write a blog as part of your business endeavors you should certainly be using the social aspect of Facebook to help you find and connect with your audience. Most everyone has a personal Facebook account but when it comes to your business you should have a Facebook Fan Page. [Read more…]

Can RSS Feeds & Google Alerts Guide You to Your Blog Audience?

This is part three of the series on searching out your niche audience. If you missed parts one or two you can find links to each at the end of this post.

Today we take a look at utilizing RSS Feeds and Google Alerts to root out your niche audience.

RSS Feeds

I must say that I’ve not really used RSS Feeds to find my blog audience so this will be a real learning experience. Typically I’ve not found it to be a helpful process but maybe I was going about it wrong. [Read more…]

Drop By the Forums to Find Your Niche Audience

find your audience in forumsHere we are at part three of my real life experiment for searching out your niche audience. I’m running through my search journey on the recommendations of various articles and videos I’ve visited recently. If you missed parts one or two you can find the links at the end of this post.

Today we take a look at finding forums focusing on your niche topic.

Basically what was suggested by the “advisers” is to go to the internet forums that are most popular in your niche. Set the forum to search by “most replied” threads, and set the date range to as far back as it can go.

The premise is that this will give you a list of topics that people have found most interesting to discuss, which should also give you incredible insights into how people view current topics, what was hot in the past and what’s hot now, what kind of creative solutions others have come up with and so on.

So let’s see if that’s true for my topic of better blogging and monetizing your blog. [Read more…]

Using Yahoo Answers to Find Your Blog Audience

niche questions and answersThis is part two of my real life experiment for searching out your niche audience. If you missed part one explaining the process, you can read it here. Just be sure to come back.

The first place we’re going to check out in our little experiment is Yahoo! Answers.  Now I’m pretty sure you’re familiar with Yahoo Answers but if not, it’s a question / answer site where readers can post questions on most any topic and someone out in virtual land will stop by and provide an answer.

What I’m hoping to find is a question that has a fairly long response trail which could lead me to my niche audience. So let’s get going – [Read more…]

A Real Life Experiment for Searching Out Your Niche Audience

binoculars240I’ve been reading articles and watching videos lately explaining the various methods for finding your niche audience and connecting with them. You probably already know that no matter what niche you are in, you must get to know your audience in order to talk to them through your blog.

You must research to find what they search for, what they need answers to, so that you can know their problems and desires, basically their hearts and souls. The deeper you dig, the more you’ll be able to connect with them.

So I thought I would run what I guess you could call an experiment for this blog and share with you some of my findings. My focus here with Marilyn Thompson Solutions is to help you become a better blogger and to help you make money with your blog. If you’re in the same niche, well you can thank me because I’ll be doing your research for you. : )

This is how I intend for this experiment to play out. [Read more…]