Here at Start a Blog, we discuss many ways to run a blog successfully: finding content, making images, communicating with clients, using social media are high on our list. Most bloggers do their best to keep their readers interested. However, blogging is growing rapidly, and it is important to understand how to write the first blog post to attract readers.
Being inspired by OmniPapers’ step-by-step guide about blog writing, we’ve decided to share actionable tips on blog content writing with our readers. If you’re ready to create your first blog post, roll up your sleeves and start writing it!
Want to know the best part?
If you know how to write great posts from the start, you can attract more readers, drive traffic and, therefore, increase wages easily.
Analyze Your Audience
The number one thing to do is analyzing your audience. If you know your readers’ needs, you can make up useful content that can become viral on the web.
To analyze your audience, understand its:
In short, audience analysis can give you valuable insights, so don’t miss a chance to gain it.
Once you have a brilliant idea, do research to discover the number of similar articles on the web. Nothing is new under the sun, so you should do your best to disclose an ultra-specific point. Don’t expect to get an enormous quantity of ideas. Put quality over quantity, and impress your readers.
To start writing great blog posts, you’d better ask yourself the following questions:
- Is my idea interesting?
- Is it new on the web?
- Do I have useful tips to share?
If you answered yes to all of them, you can start writing. Remember: put your readers first. Always.
Write a Draft
Some writers make the same mistake – they don’t have a writing plan when they start writing their texts. Thus, such texts leave much to be desired. If you want to avoid making this mistake, you need to make a plan. First of all, divide your paper into three parts (intro, body, and conclusion), write down your ideas and insights, surf the Internet to find some proofs, and then start writing a draft. As soon as you’re done, take a pause to relax. Then, come back to your draft and finalize it.
Create a Catchy Headline
The first thing all readers pay attention to is a headline. Believe it or not, 8 out of 10 people read your headline while only 20% of them keep on reading the whole text. Thus, creating a catchy headline is a must.
A good headline is:
- maxim 60 characters in length
- unique and ultra-specific
- useful for readers
To learn the art of headline creation, you’d better take a look at this list of 102 headline formulas.
If you want to attract more readers who would read your text from A to Z, you need to enhance readability. A well-written text should be not only interesting but scannable as well.
Top 4 tips how to improve readability:
- write short sentences and paragraphs
- divide text into chunks
- add subheadings
- use bullet lists
To check readability, you can use online tools. Keep on reading this article to find out the best tools for writers.
Add Visual Content
Let’s be real: most people scan your text first and then start reading it. Thus, you need to put something eye-catching to grab their attention. Adding visual content is a must as people perceive visual information better. Pick up the best types of visuals, and add them to your blog post.
Types of visuals:
- GIFs, etc.
Actually, no matter what type of visual content you use, it’s important to add relevant and bright pictures to support your thoughts.
Insert Trustful Links
To post media-savvy content, you need to do research. Obviously, high-quality posts should prove its credibility, so adding links is a must. However, there is another reason to insert links: it helps readers get more information.
Edit and Proofread
No matter how thoughtful your content is, none will keep on reading it if it has grammatical and stylistic errors or typos. Thus, you need to edit and proofread your text before posting. First of all, give it time. It’s nearly impossible to find out mistakes when you’ve just finished the text. Plus, use online apps to make your text better.
Here comes a list of top 3 apps for all writers:
- Grammarly: This app helps to eliminate grammatical and stylistic errors.
- Hemingway: Online editing to enhance readability.
- ProWritingAid: Find mistakes and improve your writing.
Don’t hesitate to spend time editing and proofreading text as your blog posts should be well-written.
Ask for Feedback
Although most bloggers don’t want to share their tricks with other people, there are some proficient bloggers who would lovely give you feedback. If you want to learn from them, you need to read their articles, build connection, and ask them for comments. Rely on people who succeed to avoid making mistakes.
Post Your Article
Once your article is done, it’s time to post it. Obviously, posting is not enough to drive traffic to your website, so you need to promote a blog post. First of all, you’d better learn how to promote a blog on the web. Then, it is important to use all tools to reach more people.
Analyze its Success
If you want to get the most out of your writing and keep on improving your writing skills, you need to analyze your articles: analyze the number of visits and clicks, audience’s reaction (ask them for feedback). The more likes, shares, and comments your post gets, the better it is.
If you’re ready to start writing a blog post, review this article once again and use it as a step-by-step guide. Being a great blogger means creating outstanding content from the start, so don’t hesitate to do your best to write a high-quality blog post right now.
Are you a proficient blogger? Share your tricks and tips about blog writing! Let’s grow this blogging community together!
This guest post was written by Emily Johnson. She is a passionate writer at OmniPapers blog, who loves sharing tips. Being a blogger for many years, she knows how to write blog posts, so you’re welcome to read her article about the art of blog writing. If you have comments, feel free to drop her a line at: emily.johnson[at]omnipapers.com