Content Research: Popular Methods

Last updated on May 22nd, 2020 at 09:54 am

Research is the key of good content. When people talk about content marketing, they often focus only on the end result. However, research is key to good content. Don’t overlook this important aspect of marketing.

In this guide, I am going to share some popular methods to research before creating any content.

Method 1: Use Browser Extension: Keywords Everywhere

Keywords Everywhere is a great tool which helps me to find related contents over Google search results. This tool has another feature which shares related search query along with the main query.

The most important part is that I don’t need to go anywhere to check this data. After adding Keyword Everywhere Extention, this data comes automatically in my search result page.

Suppose, I want to explore the content opportunity on “fitness tips”. Hence, I made a search query “fitness tips” over the internet.

Let’s have a look onto this..

As you can see, some related keywords for the search query have found on the right side of my screen.

But there has a problem.

These keywords are very broad. I want to narrow down the topic to be more specific. Here the research process begins.

Now I will find more specific content on “Fitness tips for girl”. And here is another related ideas.

Still, this result is not specific on a single topic. To be more specific, I will focus on the query “weight loss” as this is one of the most discussed topic among the girls.

Oh wow !! Here is another result while I have scrolled down the page. I have marked the data for your reference.

Have a look onto this.

As you can see, this is the process of doing content research using Keyword Everywhere Tool. If you found this technique is helpful for you, simply install the free extension on your browser.

Install on Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.

Limitations: This process is quite lengthy and time-consuming. Also, this extension is not good enough to check the search volume. All the results are showing in a messy way. If you are a beginner, you may found this process quite complicated.

Method 2: Use Content Research FREE Tool: BuzzSumo

BuzzSumo is a great tool to explore high performing contents on social media. When I was writing an article on backlinks, I made a detailed research on BuzzSumo. This research helped me to write a fully informative content over 1700+ words.

Click here to navigate to BuzzSumo website and search your topic. For your better understanding, I am doing research on the same topic “backlink”.

And I have found this result.

Limitations: If you are working on SEO, this tool might be not helpful to you. As said earlier, this tool shares contents which are trending on social media, not in search engine. Hence, if you are a Digital King, you should explore this tool.

Here I am going to explore the most popular and my personal favourite tool, i.e. SEMrush. Also, this is an All-in-One SEO tool. So you can improve your SEO using SEMrush.

Click here to create a FREE account. After signup, you will be redirected to the dashboard.

Click on the “Topic Research” option in the left panel of your dashboard.

I have used this tool for content research on almost all of my articles. Here I will show an example from my existing article.

For example, I will check the content opportunity for “Social Media Management”. And here is the result I have found.

As you can see, results came in a categorised view along with related topic. Now the magic begins.

For example, if you want to explore social media management on customer service category, then you have to click on “show more” link.

Here you will get more ideas on customer service. This top headlines and questions helped me to get a detailed research idea on this specific topic.

Here another data for related search query on the search engine. This is nothing but keyword ideas which will help to write SEO optimised content.

If you are working with content marketing, then I am sharing another category result, which ideas may be helpful for you.

Here is the related keywords on this topic.

SEMrush tool gave me a total number of 84 types of categories on social media management. Each category includes several popular Headlines, Questions and Related Search keyword ideas.

Click here to create a FREE account on SEMrush.

Over to You:

In this guide, I have shared the most popular ways on how to find popular content idea using a research tool. Now, this is the perfect time for you to go through with all the methods and choose the best one as per your experience.

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Good Luck.

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