You’ll see how Google tried to help me narrow down what I’m looking for. Once you list your keywords, type them into Google’s search bar and scan the suggested terms drop-down for any additional keywords that apply to your books. Add these to your keyword strategy list.
Develop Blog Topics
Remember, our blog content should hit popular generic terms and less-popular specific terms. So, take a look at our keywords again, and let’s try to come up with some blog topics.
KEYWORD – Murder mystery book series
We might write blog posts on the following topics for this keyword.
- My favorite murder mystery book series
- The murder mystery book series I’m reading this summer
- The first murder mystery book series I ever read
- The murder mystery book series that made me want to be an author
- Upcoming release in my murder mystery book series
Keep in mind, these are not necessarily titles, though they could be. For now, these are topics.
KEYWORD – Small-town detective series
Possible blog topics:
- The challenges of writing a small-town detective series
- Finding the right hero for a small-town detective series
- Three small-town detective series for your TBR pile
- How I created a vivid community to populate my small-town detective series
Note: We’re writing for readers here, not writers. Frame your blog post for a reader’s perspective and enjoyment.
KEYWORD – Clean murder mysteries set in Maine with a female detective
Possible blog topics:
- List of clean murder mysteries set in Maine with a female detective
- How I write
- How my vacations to Maine inspired the series
- Essential features of a good mystery
- How I research my protagonist (female detective)
- Destination Maine for dark, suspenseful reads
Note: We’ll include our long-tail keyword (clean murder mysteries set in Maine with a female detective) within the body of these blog posts. The keyword may not be an on-the-nose theme or topic of the blog post, but we can write our content around the keyword regardless.
For instance, in the post “How I Write,” we’d be sure to do this from the perspective of an author who writes a clean murder mysteries set in Maine with a female detective. That lens will make using the keyword feel natural, organic – not forced. It won’t be “How any or every author might write,” but how this series gets written. It may mention writing clean reads, writing a female detective protag, writing about Maine, writing a murder mystery series (all terms in our long-tail keyword). But whatever it says, when the reader reads this blog post, they should feel like they’ve gotten the inside look at writing a clean murder mystery set in Maine with a female detective.
We’ve passed the thousand-word mark with this lengthy email, but I thought these examples might help you generate blog topics from your own keywords.