I hope these top 10 ideas on how to write blog posts help you as much as they are helping me with my blog!
We are all learners. We are all CEO’s of our own businesses. Getting better and better at what we do is what we want for our readers, and for our monetary results.
You can see these in the video here, but not all of us like to learn that way…so let me tell you these ideas verbally, too.
Top 10 Ideas on how to write blog posts
Having a blog to earn a living while working at home, on your own schedule, is a great way to earn a living. It sure beats battling traffic to get to work, working for other people who have their own backs and not yours, and sticking to schedules that work for them and not you and your family.
At least I think so, having done both!
Let’s start with #1- it’s a conversation
Your blog needs to be relational…you attract readers because you treat them personally. You need to be a real person, talking with them about what matters to them.
#2 – Zingy Headlines
The first thing your reader is going to see is your headline. It needs to zing!
It has to be relevant to your content, naturally…you will not benefit from drawing in a reader with a headline that says, “How to Keep Your House Clean with a New Pet” and then talk about doing the dishes…that won’t work.
Your headline needs to attract your reader because it intrigues him to want to know more about what you’ve written- through humor, or curiosity, or need.
Using Long Tail Keywords is #3
Long tail keywords that are effective have frequency of being searched along with low competition. You can learn more about how to write blog posts using long tail keywords here.
#4 is Effective Use of Blog Post Real Estate
The real estate we have available in our posts is prime marketing territory.
Here are some of the locations where you can find your prime real estate:
- your content
- your images
- your headline
- your introductory paragraph
- your closing
- your metadescription
#5 is having good keyword density
We already talked about using good longtail keywords. This is about using them enough, and not too much.
Check out this post on WAGogetters to get more information about Squirrly and how it can help you have exactly the right amount of keyword density. Squirrly is one of my favorite tools and you can get this plug in for FREE here.
Images are #6
No surprise there, right?
As we surf the internet, all of us are drawn by blogs and articles that give good information, illustrated with relevant images…we need to use images ourselves to implement how to write blog posts well.
You can find free uncopywrited images at Pixabay and Unsplash.
# 7 is using internal links
Internal links are links that you make to content that is already on your blog, that is relevant to what you are writing about in a post. Here is an internal link for you to use to get more information on links…
Whenever you add a link, it’s a good idea to click on the option for your reader to open it in another tab. That way, he won’t get lost along the way.
External Links is #8
You will definitely want to use external links unless everything you are using to monetize your business is products you have developed on your own and have for sale on your blog.
They are key to monetization…they need to be kept in balance.
I got an email today from a guy who wanted me to advise him on how to make his website better and more successful…when I clicked on his site, all I saw was an online store of products.
My response was to ask him what he is trying to accomplish with his site…what are his goals?
I didn’t say this, because I’m waiting for his answer, but with the way it is now, no one is going to come, and he won’t get any sales…WAY over full of external links!
#9 is to have a Call to Action (CTA)
Are you comfortable with telling people they need to act…whether it is to buy something from you, or to go to another link. A lot of us are afraid of being pushy…some of us are way too comfortable telling someone else what to do, and a CTA is no problem for them, they think. Until people unsubscribe because they feel pushed around.
Your CTA’s, like everything else in your blog, need to be in balance…
A good balance is using one per post. Put one at the beginning, so your readers know what you’re going to tell them to do…then one in the middle as you’re telling them why it’s good for them to take the recommended action, and then finally one as you close, so they act before they leave you.
#10 is related to the CTA and why you have oneFree
The purpose of your post is to help your reader with a problem or a question…that’s why he searched and found your post to begin with.
When you’ve done that, asking him to take action that will solve why he came there in the first place makes sense, agreed?
Here is the formula for a good blog post:
- State the question or problem you’re solving
- State 3 benefits for your reader in using your solution
- Give a CTA
The benefits are either avoiding pain, or finding pleasure.
A pain example might be what I wrote above about the reasons you want to write a blog. Most people want to write a blog so they can create a business and income stream that replaces going to work for someone else.
Ways to find pleasure might be a blog about building model cars or setting up a home theatre.
I wish you the best fortune with your blog…
Please comment below to let me know what helps you the most!
With warm regards,
Annie is a wife, Mom and Grannie, who has discovered and rediscovered creative art in her retirement. She has a lifelong commitment to learning and living creatively.
She has been a business owner, and enjoys the challenges and demands and creative hard work that entailed. Her entrepreneurial spirit and attitude still guide her volunteer work in her community school system.
She has a blog about creative lifelong learning and growing, to share what she has learned and is learning with others. She says, “There is a lot of paid-for ‘information’ on the internet, and it can be hard to sort through all of it to get to what is truly helpful. Together, we can help one another live creatively in pursuing happiness and joy, health and wholeness. ”
Her blog is designed to help people find the best information, supplies, tips and training so her readers can maximize enjoyment in their lifetime.