Last Updated on by Michael Brockbank
It takes more than mere content to build a successful blog. The design, target audience, monetization and topics all need some attention if you truly want to make an impact on the world. And Mindomo mind mapping can help.
Now, you can simply wing it as you go when it comes to creating a blog. However, you’ll find certain things a lot easier to manage and feel more positive about the experience if you have a structured plan.
Personally, I also find that a mind map tool helps keep me motivated. When I see the goals I want to accomplish in a chart, I feel more empowered. Then again, I am a bit of geek when it comes to charts and data.
Still, mind mapping on Mindomo can at least let you explore ideas about creating your blog. And it gives you a platform to act as a kind of to-do list.
What is Mindomo Mind Mapping?
I recently did a live stream on YouTube about Mindomo, but I don’t think I went into enough detail about the platform. Hopefully, this post will clear up some of the things that it can do in terms of mind mapping and why it’s beneficial.
Proper mind mapping is when you start with a basic topic and expand on it with different ideas. Each of these branches out from the center to create a kind of “map” to show a flow of thought.
It’s actually quite effective and can easily help you explore just about anything in life. You can weigh the pros and cons of something, explore the benefits of a topic, or even come up with strategies for building a blog.
It’s simply a way to get your creative juices flowing while giving you a visual of what you can do or what must be done.
Mindomo is an excellent platform for mind mapping. I’ve personally used it for quite a few years now, and it’s helped me in everything from creating blog content to design ideas.
I’ve even used it to create a checklist of things I need to do for my own business plans and marketing strategies.
Why You Should Consider Mind Mapping
There’s a lot of tools out there that can help you create content. In fact, my browser is full of bookmarks for sites that help me across a variety of industries.
However, few tools can span across everything like using Mindomo for content ideas or blog planning. This is because it depends more on your own imagination and ability to create.
Without a sense of what you want, it’s difficult to succeed in anything. Any successful strategy and action depends on YOU. Mind mapping tools help you discover more about yourself and the way you process information.
A few other things that you should consider include:
Well, It’s Free
First of all, mind mapping with Mindomo is free. You’re limited to having three maps and some of the other features available, but it doesn’t take long to set up and costs you nothing in advance.
And Mindomo isn’t the only online mind map tool that has a free starter account.
At any rate, all it costs you is a bit of time to decide whether the process is for you or not. Personally, I find the free version flexible enough to help in just about anything I do.
But, you can always pay for the premium service should you find the tool invaluable.
Exploring Ideas and Keeping Those You Like
When setting up a mind map, you don’t need to keep the ideas you toss out there. Start with a basic topic and expand on it while deleting the ones you don’t like afterward.
Nothing is set in stone, and it’s easy to move things around in the system.
When you brainstorm with mind mapping, you can come up with a plethora of solutions for just about anything. You can break down content ideas and topics, decide what kinds of colors to use on a blog or even plan out an eBook.
Then when you look back and rethink the process, simply delete the ideas that are either bad or which may be unrelated.
Structuring a Blog’s Layout
Speaking of planning out a blog, mind mapping can help you develop all kinds of things from category layout to primary topics to write about. Since you can prioritize ideas in Mindomo, you can focus on things that you feel are the most important.
You can start off with a basic heading of something like, “Categories.” Then, branch out different ideas for content. This keeps everything together and helps you focus on specifics.
For instance, let’s say we are building a blog around computers and one of the things we want for a successful blog is, indeed, categories. Branching out from “Categories,” we could add something like, “CPUs” and “Memory.”
This lets us remember that we want to add those categories when building the blog.
Planning Out Future Ideas and Workflows
OK, what if we want to plan out content for future topics? Expanding on the categories we made earlier, we can come up with ideas for what to write about that we believe people would want to read.
While mind mapping is great, don’t forget that you would still need to do research on keywords, phrases and search intent. I mean, we still need to engage the target audience, right?
With Mindomo, though, you can create a workflow of what you would like to see on the blog. And since you can edit this at any time, it’s easy to go back and make adjustments.
Adding Marketing Ideas
Creating a layout and coming up with content ideas are only the tip of a very large iceberg. You can also branch off and come up with marketing ideas that benefit the blog.
For example, you can create a section called, “Marketing,” and then add different platforms and methods you think about.
Off the top of my head, I would add something like “Twitter” and then branch out with ideas, hashtags and various sharing tools to use for that specific platform.
What if we wanted to incorporate pay-per-click campaigns for eCommerce? Create a section for “PPC” and branch out with ideas such as Facebook or Google Adwords PPC.
Then, you could go out even further with budget amounts, types of ads or even specific geographic locations.
Setting Goals and Breaking them Down
One thing I like to do in Mindomo is set goals and then use branches of how to achieve them. Since you can create a checklist for each idea, it’s easy to explore the goal in detail while making sure you accomplish everything.
For instance, I am in the process of revamping this website. One of my goals is to streamline the categories. In Mindomo, I create a list of old categories and then check them off once the content is moved.
Another example of a blog goal is to get at least 100 visits per day. Then, branch off with ideas for how to make that happen.
Here’s a hint, writing more content should be the first thing in that flow of thought.
Setting Up a To-Do List Format
As I just mentioned, setting up a to-do list is pretty easy, even in a mind map that is free to use. And the checklist can be for just about anything you need.
I’ve used checklist in mind maps for things like monetization methods, themes to test, speed testing and other performance boosts that I plan out in Mindomo.
The most important aspect for me is being able to remember those are the things I want to do. With how busy I am, it’s easy to forget ideas and plans. Since Mindomo saves your map in real-time, I don’t need to worry about skipping a phase.
Once you check off something in Mindomo, it minimizes so it’s out of the way. So all you see is the leftover things you want to accomplish. And you can always go into the minimized area to see what you’ve checked off.
Mindomo is Only Limited By Your Imagination
When using Mindomo, whether it’s the desktop or Android version, you’re only limited by the imagination. There is an endless amount of things you can mind map and plan.
That’s part of the beauty of the process; being able to get your imagination working for you. Whether you’re planning out a blog, wedding or recipe for smoked pork, mind mapping can greatly expand your vision.
Spend a bit of time and let your imagination explore a topic in Mindomo. It could even help when it comes to writer’s block.
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