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How to write your first blog post is one of the first questions that comes to the mind of any blogger after completing the blog framework.
Yes! it’s time to create your content.
What Is A Blog Post?
A blog post is the main form of content that is essential for any blog.
The first Site Guide defines a blog post as
The blog post is an entry (article) that you write on a blog. It can include content in the form of text, photos, infographics, or videos.
Value Of Keyword Research In Blog Writing.
Each blog post should focus on one main target keyword.
The target keyword should be included in:
- The blog’s permanent URL.
- The title of your post.
- In the first paragraph.
- In your H2 headings.
- Within the content, 5-8 times, depending on the post’s length.
- In your meta description.
Once you have a list of the top 5-10 keywords (topics) you want to cover, it’s a good idea to start writing.
Also, in addition to text, blog posts that have audio, video, photos, and other types of visual content, along with textual content, perform the best.
According to statistics, global internet traffic from videos will make up 82% of all consumer internet traffic by 2021.
Important Tips On Content Writing.
Before you start typing, here are a few more rules to keep in mind when writing a blog post, which will hopefully make the reader’s experience more enjoyable.
- Always Provide Value to your readers. Write with a clear beginning, middle, and end structure. Even the most mundane of topics can be made interesting if you understand story arcs and hero’s journeys.
- Present your blog content attractively and make it easily accessible to the readers. Make sure both textual and visual content in the blog are high-quality. Graphics and images also break up a page and encourage the readers to scroll down.
- Never make your content commercially focused as it irritates readers. Blogs loaded with too much advertising looks unattractive to most people.
- Format your headings correctly with H2 and H3 tags, and use bulleted lists and images to break up long lines of text. No paragraph should be longer than three sentences.
- Double-check for typos and grammatical errors – Grammarly is the best tool out there for this. Grammatical errors can make you look unprofessional in both your reader’s eyes – and in Google’s eyes.
Can You Ask Someone Else To Write Posts For You?
People think that it is unethical. As far as you are paying the writer well, it is completely fine.
You can find many freelancers at Fiverr, Upwork and Problogger who can write content for you. You have to choose and vet out a writer by your self.
Or outsource this task to full-service content creation companies. These companies have screened pools of writers and will connect you with the right individual.
You can find all of your answers in our detailed post about top content writing services. We have covered over 25 content writing companies, their packages, turnaround times and contact details.
Also, you will learn how to test and vet out the right freelancer for your blog.
Read the post here.
Write Your First Blog Post.
Here’s how to write your first blog post on WordPress:
Click on “Posts” in the left sidebar from your WordPress dashboard.
Now, select the “Add New” button:
Next, you will head to the editor, where you can start writing your first blog post.
While crafting your blog post, make sure to keep the above tips in mind.
The WordPress Editor works a lot like Microsoft Word and lets you do the following:
- Align text left, centre, and right.
- Make text bold or italic.
- Highlight text and add links to them. You should also go to your link settings and make any external links open in a new tab – that will keep readers on your blog.
- Add and align images. On most blogs, images should be JPEGs no longer than 800 pixels wide. Any wider and your image file size will slow down your loading times.
- Add categories and tags to posts.
- When you click Save Draft, your blog post will be saved, but not yet published.
- When you click Publish, your blog post will officially be published and appear on your blog archive page.
Make sure to download and install the Yoast SEO plugin too. This allows you to punch in your target keyword and get recommendations on what to do for SEO.
In Yoast, there are four important sections to add:
- SEO Title
- Meta Description
- Focus Keyword
Yoast SEO will help you access real-time feedback on how your blog post might perform in terms of organic traffic for a particular keyword.
Try to achieve as many green signals as possible. Once you hit 80% green light, it means you’re good to go, and your blog is likely to perform better when it comes to SEO.
You can even “Preview” your blog before publishing it.
If you are happy with the way your blog post has turned out, then go ahead and publish it.
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How To Get People To Read Your Blog?
Now that your post is live, it’s time to tell everyone about it!
- Share your link on all your social media channels. I recommend opening accounts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram – YouTube if you are making videos – and Pinterest using your blog’s name and logo. The sooner the better, since you want to get as many eyes on your post as possible.
- Submit your blog’s URL to Google and Bing. This is to ensure that your post gets listed on their search pages. Now don’t freak out if it doesn’t happen right away. Getting a post indexed, especially in the beginning, can take months.
- Ask your friends and family to help. Whether you’re asking them to share your post on their Facebook page – or tell their coworkers about it, your friends and family are there to support you. This isn’t the time to be shy! So don’t be afraid to ask. Let the whole world know you have published an amazing post!
- Use Tailwind to share your post on Pinterest. About a third of my traffic comes from Pinterest. Most bloggers will tell you the same thing and this is why: Pinterest is the third-largest search engine on the web next to Google and YouTube!
Sharing Your Blog Through Pinterest.
The best part about Pinterest is you don’t need to have thousands of followers to get loads of traffic. There are plenty of Pinterest users with less than 5,000 followers who make a living either selling products, or from the traffic, they get from their pins.
And this is why:
- A pin is 100 times more spreadable than a tweet or a Facebook share.
- Traffic never completely stops coming in, because your images are constantly being shared. Compare this to the shelf life of a tweet (25 minutes) and a Facebook post (less than 2 hours) and it’s easy to see why everyone should consider adding Pinterest to their marketing campaign.
But in order to get a good flow of traffic, you must be pinning consistently. Since this can take hours to accomplish, I recommend using Tailwind.
Why I Love Tailwind?
Tailwind is a Pinterest marketing tool that schedules pins to go out at certain times during the day so you can get traffic all around the clock. It can also schedule pins weeks ahead of time, freeing you up from having to be physically active on Pinterest every day.
Tailwind also analyzes your board’s performance and gives you the most optimal times to pin (to get more clicks and shares).
Most bloggers (including myself) use this tool because it’s a time saver and is very easy to set up.
Let’s Wrap It Up.
Well, that’s it for How to Write Your First Blog Post (and Get People to Read It). If you have any questions or would like to share your own helpful tips, leave a comment at the bottom or send me an email through the contact page.
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Umama Batool Qazi is a contributing columnist @Socialnomics, blogger @UBQ Digital Marketing, content creator and a Pinterest geek. She helps her clients achieve online success by creating valuable content and planning their Pinterest strategy.