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I was lost when it came to my blog and content creation. I had a long list of titles and high blogging goals, and no real plan on how to get it all done. It wasn’t until I received this advice on how to write the perfect blog post, did everything changed for me.
The first piece of advice that I received was to TAKE NOTES📝
Sticky notes are useful for writing things down, but an idea notebook is even better. I have a little pocket-sized notebook that I can take with me to jot down ideas when I get them. If I don’t jot them down, then I seem to quickly forget them.
Great writers continuously write down their thoughts and ideas to refer back too.
If I, for some reason, did not have my little notebook or a sticky pad. I would use my Trello app to jot down things and keep my thoughts organized. On Trello, you can create different boards with multiple lists and have them organized in different categories. I love how it is easily customizable with various colors, headings, and labels. I can also create a content calendar and then select deadlines to keep me on track. Sign up it’s FREE!
The last thing you want to do is to have to come up with a blog post last minute. Or forget topics that are great for the blog, but you have forgotten it as soon as you thought of it.
The second piece of advice was to WRITE SOMETHING EVERYDAY.
I would add to that and say I genuinely try to write something each day, but if I do not have the inspiration, I will at least read on those days instead. It’s much easier to come up with content if you work towards mastering your craft by reading or writing daily.
Benefits of writing or reading every day include:
- improving your writing skills
- expand your vocabulary
- makes writing a habit helps with writer’s block stress reduction
- improved memory
- knowledge enhances communication skills
- Improved focus and concentration and the best part is you create more content for your blog.
More Advice … OUTLINE YOUR BLOG POST.
This was a game-changer for me.
When I research content for an article, I now take the time to organize my thoughts in an outline to make sure that I cover each topic thoroughly. In the first draft of my blog post, I create my headline, and then sub-titles that contribute to the title.
I ask myself what all would I like to cover in my article?
What do I need to include in my article?
Are there any tips I can add to make this content more beneficial to the reader?
By creating an outline, I was able to add a better flow to my articles so that the thoughts in my head made sense in written form. I have recently started to wait a day before publishing my blog post. This way, I can add in a few more thoughts that come to mind the next day.
Last Piece of Advice… PROOFREAD
Proofreading was another big one for me. Since I don’t have my own editor, thank God I was able to find software that does in it in real-time for me. Grammarly helped correct my grammatical errors by correcting my spelling, adding so many commas where I had forgot to and suggesting similar words to prevent me from you using the same words over and over again.
Guess What – More Tips Below ✌🏽
Yes, I could get my handy dandy thesaurus out and sometimes I still do, but this tool makes it so much easier and saves me time so that I can create more content.
Also, reread your blog articles on your cell phone. You may notice a few other tweaks you may have to add. Thanks to analytics, I know that half of my readers are viewing my content from mobile phones. The text and fonts on the computer look very different compared to on your phone.
And to note: when it comes to writing a blog post as compared to a college essay, it is entirely different. All of the APA formattings taught to you in university goes right out the window.
Instead, you want to make sure:
- Use H2 headings as subtitles throughout your post
- Write short sentences and paragraphs
- Different fonts, colors, and underlining are recommended.
- Add images or video to break up the text
- Use bullet points or numbered list.
And since we are talking about the basics of a good post here are a few more tips!
- Use keywords research tools
- Each post should be scannable for the online reader.
- Have a catchy title.
- Hook the reader in the first paragraph to entice them to keep reading.
- Tell a story.
- Provide value.
- Engage with your audience, ask questions
- Write as if you were talking with a close friend.
- Provide backlinks to other sites with similar content and more authority
- Add a call-to-action in every post.
Study your target audience and answer any questions they may have. Get to know what it is that they want or need by joining forums, facebook groups, or on social media. This way you are providing value. I love blogging, I get to share the content I’m interested in while educating others. 😁
Take notes, read or write every day, use outlines, proofread, proofread, and then proofread some more.