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Day 16: Solve a Problem: 7 Ways to Identify Readers’ Problems

Good Morning to all of my Sista’s here! Here we are Monday morning of Day 16! Yup, this really is the mid-point. After 16 days of daily forum and reading all of your comments and tweets I feel like it’s been forever and can’t remember my life without all of you. LOL. I have loved meeting so many new great women with wonderful stories and lots of things to say.

I am hoping you all feel similar and use all this fantastic mojo to not only improve your blog, but to network with other bloggers. It’s wonderful to see all of the friendships forming! I’m pretty sure that after the challenge, your online support group is going to keep you on track to following your blogging bliss, so get out there and mingle. Which brings me to my next question; are any of you going to blogher this year? Today is the last day for the early bird special. Or are any of you going to a Bloggy Boot Camp? Which one? I went to Philadelphia in the fall and it was wonderful! It was great to meet the “beautiful” Tiffany and her “niche” group there. I think I will be going to another this year for sure, I met some great ladies; one whom is on here, shout out to Jen@southofsheridan. I’m glad to know all of you, and hope you are making some great “bloggy buddies” too!

And now onto today’s work… enough chit chat…

Key Concepts: If you’re solving problems for people, they’re more likely to come back to your blog and tell others about your blog.

How to Identify Problems to Solve:

1. Solve your own problems

2. Look for questions in search referrals

3. Analyze internal searches

4. Ask readers for questions

5. Look for problems on other sites

6. Use social media to gather questions

7. Ask friends and family

For problems of a more advanced level, find an expert that can solve the problem in a guest post, interview, or one question answer.


1. Which of the seven ways to identify a problem to solve has worked best for you in the past? Which is a new method that you’ve never tried before?

2. In the past, have posts that solved problems received more comments or created more buzz for you?

Update: *I’d like to thank the lovely ladies of SITS whose site hosted our Problogger Winter 31 Day Challenge. At the completion of our challenge we had 43 posts on this day’s task on the SITS site’s forum.

If you are just joining us “welcome” and feel free to answer the questions here and leave a link to your post if you wrote one and we can keep the party going!

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