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How to Do Market Research for Websites and Blogs

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Jan 12, 2023

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If you want to make money from your small website or blog, you must have a clear-cut plan. The most common thing people think about when starting a blog or e-commerce store is finding a niche and growing it.

However, a crucial element is missing: knowing your audience.

Market research is a vital step in any marketing plan. Why? Because it is the only proper way to decide where to focus your energy and attention.

Blogs and small-business websites need market research just as much as the big guys. This post will share a few tips on making this crucial aspect of marketing relatively straightforward.

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How to Do Market Research for Websites and Blogs

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Conducting market research for your website or blog

This section will look at the crucial components of successful market research for a website or blog. We’ll walk you through the whole process, so your marketing efforts will not only be authentic, but they’ll also draw audiences and make money!

#1 Connect with your audience on social media

Listening is the best way to understand what’s going on in your network. Social media and blogs related to your niche will help determine where your target market hangs out online. Taking this step will provide crucial insight for future products and posts and make reaching your target market easier.

You might find that your audience prefers one social media platform over another. For example, your prospects might be spending a lot more time on Instagram watching Reels and Lives than on Facebook or Reddit.

Wherever your audience may be, follow as many of them as possible and look at what the influencers in your sphere are doing to keep up with the trends.

#2 Look for keywords in conversations about your niche

If you’ve followed the tip above, you now follow a bunch of people related to your niche and are probably “lurking” in niche-specific subreddits and Facebook groups. This is a great place to look for keywords in conversations.

For example, you might be writing a blog intended for young moms. In the weeks leading up to the first school day, you might see posts with questions like “Does anybody have any quick lunchbox meal ideas?”

Posts like these tell you that there are people in your audience (in this case, moms of school-aged kids) looking for lunch ideas. If you want to maximize your chances of getting traffic to your blog, you should write a high-quality post about this topic, focusing on keywords like “quick lunchbox meals,” “lunch ideas for school kids,” and so on.

As straightforward as it may sound, this is powerful market research that enables you to answer your audience’s questions in a helpful and authentic way.

#3 Find a gap in the market

Whatever audience you choose to target, chances are there’s already a blog or company that dominates the space, so you’ll need to do something different to stand out. If you can find a unique way to reach people, you’ll have a better chance of success!

Finding a gap in your niche or industry is a surefire way to succeed, but it is not an easy thing to do. You’ll need to think long and hard about what the giants in your industry are not covering with their blog posts and product ideas. What are they missing out on?

Perhaps you’ve noticed that there are no podcasts covering related topics or no easily digestible infographics summarizing crucial ideas. You might even be tempted to start a YouTube channel or TikTok profile if those channels are not covered in your particular niche.

Finding this type of gap in the market enables you to gain many new followers and potential customers, establishing dominance in a particular channel before the competition gets a chance to respond.

#4 Look at what the big dogs are doing

Google Trends is an excellent tool for analyzing your competition. Here you can see which topics are popular and how often they appear on social media and the internet at large. Using this tool, you will be able to identify the bloggers in your space who are getting attention.

Looking at the big players in your niche can help you see how they monetize their blogs and get a sense of their audience through comments and social followers.

Using this method, you can determine whether you’re in a viable niche and whether you should create digital products or post ads on your blog.

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Wrapping Up

Feeling a bit intimidated by market research? You’re not alone. Researching the market is not exactly a walk in the park, but that doesn’t mean you should back down. If you conduct even sporadic market research, you will benefit your business in ways that you cannot ignore.

Fortunately, you do not need to become a market research pro overnight. An agile approach with the tips outlined above, along with affordable online tools and resources, can get you pretty far. Finally, there’s always the option of outsourcing your research to a top-shelf company like Design Rush.

The bottom line is this: a marketing plan grounded in valid data has a very high chance of success, and market research is a vital component of any marketing strategy.

Alex Oger

Alex Oger

Content Developer, Link Building & Outreach Specialist

Alex is a content developer both by passion and profession. His favorite niche, as well as expertise area, is Digital Marketing. Alex is very ardent about certain interest areas like SEO, Digital strategies, and link building.

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