Look to Health Blog Web Sites For Valuable Information

What makes a valuable health blog and how to find one that is reliable and contains information that is accurate? How can I know the information found on a health blog site is valid and accurate for my condition? Who writes that stuff anyway? A blog is basically a web log which is information gleaned from many sources and put on a site specific to the info provided. They can be written by anyone, though much of the information is usually researched for content accuracy. A typical health blog will have questions and answers along with photographs and even video relating to the subject matter being discussed. Particular items such as foods and drinks related to health can be discussed and questions are invited.

Anyone can become a “blogger”

Particularly when it comes to a health blog the information provided needs to be valid. If the writer offers credentials they can be checked for accuracy but usually they are just someone who loves to write and see their work published on the internet. For this reason they usually research their subjects and provide relevant and accurate information regarding the subject matter involved. Their info will be current and well detailed to provide answers to the many questions people have regarding their health and related issues such as which prescription drug is most effective for specific conditions and diagnosing illness. Although some health blog sites are run by health care professionals such as doctors or other knowledgeable individuals the reader should not take the information found on those sites as “gospel” until they verify it with legitimate medical sites or ask their own doctor or other medical professional.

Bloggers are part of an enormous network of info gatherers

Many of the people who supply information on a health blog are connected to other bloggers through links on their blog pages. Advertisements may be included and this helps pay for the web site involved in sending out their blogs. They may include photos and even video information related to the current subject matter and will often invite guest bloggers who may share their knowledge with the “audience”. As part of the “blogosphere” there are even search engines specifically used for blog content and these will offer a tie in to valid information which is particularly vital to the health blog.

Information specific blog sites can earn awards

The health blog community gives out awards to many blog sites. Typically bloggers will write for a reason, especially when it comes to politics or health related matters. Someone who is researching an illness they have will often learn a great deal on the subject and enjoy sharing the info they have found with others who may benefit from it as well. Health food is a subject that has wide interest and there are many who write about their favorites or experiences they have had with diets and healthy eating. Dieting is always a popular subject with many varied opinions to be compared and evaluated. Child rearing and family heredity issues are also a vital part of health blog information sharing and the sharing of info is what blogs are all about.

Preplanning Content for a Blog

There are an estimated 31 million bloggers in the U.S., many of whom blog as a hobby, but many others are blogging for business. Every time someone reads your blog, you are given more and more opportunities to increase traffic to your website. The value in blogging is well known, but regularly publishing your blogs can be a challenge. How do we become prepared with content to feed to our audience on a regular basis?

Get Organized

You don’t have to know exactly what you are going to blog on every scheduled blog day, but it helps to be prepared with topics. Try organizing a calendar of topics to help you fuel your inspiration for blog day. You can be as specific or vague as you want to be, just put something on the calendar so that you have a starting point to keep you from feeling like you have nothing to blog about.

How Do I Get Inspired?

There are a few tricks to finding topics for your blog.

• First try using keywords to find ideas. Solid keywords in the category you want to blog about will assist in your search for inspiration on the web. For example, if I were a food blogger and I wanted to look into writing a comparative on vegan dishes, I would figure out which foods I would want to write about through an internet search on vegan topics. I might search “vegan trends” or “vegan cooking in 2012” to help me find an interesting angle.

• Ask around! You can take online polls or ask people in your industry what they want to hear about. You are bound to get a few good suggestions.

• Take a hint from the calendar. You can use what’s going on around you for inspiration. Ask yourself; is it a holiday, is there a major event everyone is talking about, are you in a season relevant to your industry? Examples? Maybe you write a health blog and it’s cold season, so you write about prevention or perhaps you write a mom blog and it’s summer break, so you write about ideas for family vacations.

Knowing What to Write

All bloggers should be catering to their audience. Two great tips for getting it right are…

1. Start by using analytics to find out what your readers want. This means researching statistics on a platform like Google Analytics and seeing what your readers are commenting on or spending the most time reading about.

2. Look at the competition to see what your fellow bloggers are talking about and what their audience talks about online. It’s an easy way to see what people are already interested in and you can expand on it with your own ideas.

Why We Do It

If you have ever looked into Search Engine Optimization, you know that Google loves fresh content. This is a huge part of why we blog but beyond pleasing Google, blogging also helps you network, makes you look like an authority in your industry and opens one more valuable online forum where you customers can communicate with you. Take a meander through our Facebook, Twitter or Google+ to see how we utilize these platforms to promote our blogs. The importance of promoting a blog goes without saying; if we didn’t promote our blogs, you wouldn’t be here!