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How do you go about researching your content?



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How do you go about researching your content?

I have seen that some people that write for their websites don’t bother with researching their content properly or do a half job.

Other people really know how to do really good research for their articles.

What is the process that you follow when you are going to write an article?

Here are a few of the things that I do:

1.I read every article that is on the first page for the keywords I am targeting.
2.I jot down notes on how long those articles are and points I would like to include in my article. I don’t copy what is said, I just literally make bullet point notes
3.I enter my keywords into Youtube and I watch a few videos on the topic and I jot notes as I go.

These are just three things I do that I find very helpful. Can you add anything that you do?

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Cristian

Here is how I do things:

  1. I start by getting familiar with the subject I'm writing about. Not really specific stuff, broad ideas and subjects I read off Wikipedia.
  2. I do an extensive keyword research, using Google keyword planner and Google trends, I figure out what are my main keywords I must use.
  3. I check out my main competitors, I even take a look at their website and user experience levels plus on-page SEO. I take a closer look at their article structure figuring out what they are missing out and what can I improve.
  4. I write a top level article integrating stuff that all my competitors missed and making sure I cover way more ground than they did.



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Lynne

Oh brilliant Cristian, yes find out what the top ranked articles left out and include that in your content!

That is a great way to ensure that your content is just plain better and more up to date than your competitors.



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hitmeasap

Wow, thank you both for these fantastic suggestions, I appreciate it.

I don't write articles for a blog or website of my own and I usually write things out of my own mind. I use the experience and the knowledge I have myself first and foremost. When I want or need more details or a better understanding, then I usually google it and read any other article about the same subject. - I usually don't compare the articles, I just go with the flow and write whatever I want to, but when I'm doing that, I've still read other articles, so perhaps I do think about certain things subconsciously.

If and when I'll write something for my own website or blog, then I'll definitely remember this topic. Thank you!



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Lynne

Andre yes I know what you mean, for my addiction blog I mostly just write about whatever it is that I need to write about with very little research or reading about what other people have written. That blog is mostly my experiences and thoughts so research doesn't fit into that.

It is really interesting to see that I hardly spend any time writing for my addiction blog yet Google just loves it!



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iamawriter

As for my personal blog I go by what goes on in my life but if I am to write for a requester it is quite simple. I Just search for those keywords and I will have countless links at my disposal to choose from. I am sure most must be doing the same. No doubt there will be pages that are more reliable.



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peachpurple

I am not a pro when comes to writing blogs. I write simple English to make sure that my readers understand what I am trying to put into my mouth as I did with writing. Yes, keywords are the crucial point to get the SEO cracking. I also jot down the notes but I revamp them into my own words



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Corzhens

My first step in writing an article is to gather data from head and listing it down. When the list is pretty long that I think can be composed into 1 article, I check the list for items that I am not sure of. Those items should undergo verification that usually I search in the internet. When something is not verified, I don’t include it because I don’t want my article to have a dubious part in the content. As they say, I can stand to my facts that they are true and correct.



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Kakashi2020

I only write about subjects that I know or things that I have experienced.

What I do is just type everything I know in a continuous flow and arrange or edit it afterwards then it's done.

If I can't remember something important lets say part of the specifications, rival brand names, names and address of establishments etc. then I do a little research. I don't want it to become to general.

I just write what my mind is thinking.



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Pixie06

I usually search from trustworthy sources on the internet and I also watch YouTube videos. I also ask questions on things I am unclear of and sometimes even ask advice from experts. I love my articles to be perfect and I usually spend many hours to research on a particular topic.



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Barida

I've come to make Google my dear friend whenever I am writing an article or preparing for a presentation at an event. The need to make an in depth analysis of what you are doing is quite important for that is the only way that we can get to convince the reader and those listening to us that we took the time to prepare the article or make such presentation. Though, it is not always easy, but that is the better way to make use of the researching tools that are at our disposal.



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treecko142

My articles are usually about scientific stuff, so I usually use the available journals and news articles pertaining to the field I'm talking about. It is also important to always cite your references properly, no matter how seemingly minor your article is.



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jayjaydimson

Well, of course, you have to know your target viewers or readers if you are looking for a content because if your content is boring well the viewers or readers would find another blogger that has very interesting content.



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jaymish3

When I was still new to writing, research used to paralyze me. I used to want to read everything on the topic. As time has gone by I also limit myself to the first page of results. I read everything and write from memory.I also try to add my angel in it. The irony is that when we are in school we are rarely taught about research yet this is a really important area. For any project and any assignment you do, this makes all the difference.



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cmoneyspinner

Since Google is an excellent search engine, most of the time research is very easy. But one thing I've learned is that not all the good stuff shows up on the first page. So if there is something that requires extensive research I am willing to check several pages worth of results. Also, I check to see if there are any books in my house on the topic. I used to go to the public library but where we live now, going to the library is not convenient.



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jaymish3

I agree with you@cmoneyspinner. However where do you stop? You have to draw a line in the sand so to speak. How do you decide you have done enough research? Most people have client deadlines, which don't allow you to spend hours on research. Most online accounts, expect work done in 2 to 3 hours. Not alot time for research is there? Unless you are doing research for your own blog I would not recommend, you go past the first page of google. Even then you need to be careful or you can spend your time simply on research and not get anything done.



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