This is a guest post by David Sneen from EarnMoreSpendMoreGroup.com
Whoa, with a title like that, what if this article turns out to be a dud? Pressure! My goal is to write a superior article–otherwise my content will contradict my heading. Therefore, I welcome your feedback (comment).
(I wrote this article with the written blog post in mind. You may find some of this information to be irrelevant if you are creating videos or Powerpoint content.)
Finding a topic
What am I going to write about? Everything interesting has already been said. What can I say that no one else has said?
Do you ever get those thoughts and ask yourself those types of questions before you begin? It is natural. Some of it is concern. Some of it is resistance to getting started. Either way, the solution is simple; make up your mind that you are going to write, and get started. If your goal is to write a superior blog post that your visitors and Google will love, keep reading!
Decide what category (for instance, blogging tips) that you wish to write about. Look at the news and trends. If you can tie your article to a current event, you may get a whole new set of visitors. Then brainstorm. What do you want to write about? Consider your options. Then, go for a walk, do yard work, or take a nap. But, have a pad of paper and a pen handy to jot down ideas that come to you. Your subconscious may very well take over; it could easily shower you with three or four great blog post ideas!
Writing your blog post
Once you have your idea, then it is time to brainstorm again. Write down items that you wish to include in your blog post. Then make an outline. You might be thinking, “Hey, wait a minute! I did this in English class when I wrote essays!” Exactly! And the technique that worked then will work now!
With your outline to guide you, you are ready. Don’t worry about saying everything right the first time. You can always come back and make corrections. Move from one topic to the next — get your ideas down. Just write like you are talking to the paper. If you are having trouble with writer’s block at this point, this recent SmartBloggerz’s blog post should help you.
Many people write their opening and concluding paragraphs after they have written their content. Your introduction (what you are going to say) and your conclusion (wrapping it up) are your two most important paragraphs.
After I am done with my draft, I ask myself, “Where can I insert keywords without taking away from the flow of my blog post?” Keywords are important to getting yourself ranked in the search engines. My keywords are goals, subconscious, and blog post. (I may have underused them–optimum use is between 3-5%. However, I would rather be a bit short, than force my keywords into my blog post and detract from its content.) Search engine visitors are likely to be your best visitors, because they requested your article.
Proofread your blog post; let your subconscious work for you if you get stuck
Next is the fun part. Proofread your article. Use your spell checker first and make changes as necessary. Make sure it reads well. It sounds hokey, but I recommend reading it aloud at this point. You catch far more mistakes when you read aloud than you do skimming or scanning your article.
When you think you said something wrong, think of an alternative way of saying it. When I had just started blogging, I would frequently ask myself, “Should this sentence be worded this way…or that way?” If neither feels right, don’t waste more than a minute thinking about it. Move on!
When I am at an impasse like that, I let my subconscious come up with the answer. And, I have found that the correct answer is almost always…neither way! My subconscious will deliver a third way of wording that sentence that is far superior to either of the options I had been considering.
Next, create your subtitles and links.
- You want at least three subtitles. I like bold Heading 2 or Heading 3 (WordPress) .
- At first, your links will be to authoritary sites. To get the most link juice, link to the topic that Google likes most. For instance, if I was going to link to the term “subconscious” from the previous paragraphs, I would Google “subconscious,” and link to one of their top choices. Once you have several articles, you will want to link them together. Google likes this internal linking and your visitors remain on your site longer, reading one blog post after another.
Always include pictures!
Don’t forget your pictures. People are likely to leave your site immediately if your blog post does not have at least one picture on it. I recently read an article about saying what you need to say with pictures. The article had multiple pictures on it. And, he had a good point—60% of us are primarily visual.
The title — last, but definitely NOT least!
Lastly, the title! You might say, “Oh, I created my title right away!” You could be right. But…there may be a better title. I am not going to say I have the best title in the world. But, what if I had entitled this blog post, Writing Great Blog Post Stuff? Would anyone read it? And, if no one reads it, why bother to write it? If you are at all unsure of how to create a great title, Google it!
You can Google blog post titles. Many top bloggers spend more time and effort creating a title than they do creating the material within their blog post. It is that important.
Writing an essay is a relatively simple thing. A blog post is a bit more complicated. But, when you create a great one, Google will love you, your readers will seek out more of your material, and you can reach your online goals!
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