We’d be the first to admit that scribbling down your thoughts and ideas into a blog post can be a daunting task – it’s enough to give anyone stress and anxiety.
If that’s you right now, don’t worry; take a step back and relax. We’ll take you through a quick guide on how to write your very first blog.
Start with a Schedule and Stick to It
The path to writing a blog post depends entirely on the blogger. However, nearly every successful blogger has adopted certain habits and writing patterns that help them reach their objectives. You’ll have to emulate these tried-and-true strategies.
Don’t allow a lack of confidence to stop you from completing your task at hand. Whether you call it procrastination, writer’s block, or whatever fanciful term they have for self-doubt these days – you’ll have to learn to get over it. We recommend learning how to maximize productivity through time blocking – an essential productivity skill for blog writers (or just about anyone who wants to get things done).
Getting Ideas for Writing
Before you can start writing your first blog post, you’ll have first to pick a topic to work on – preferably related to your target niche. For example, if you sell content writing services, your post might be about the importance of using CMS to host your written content.
Pro tip: You probably shouldn’t jump into detailed how-to guides if this is your first blog post. Build rapport first.
It’s always a good idea to briefly introduce yourself, your business, your team, and your story.
Don’t have ideas for your blog post? Do this instead: Sign up for the free trial version of ubersuggest to extract ideas for potential topics to write on. For example, type in a keyword related to your industry, and you’ll be shown several results (the free version limits you to 3 searches per day).
Come Up With a Blog Title
Now that you know what you’ll be working with, it’s time to brainstorm ideas for a blog title. First, make sure your blog title is catchy and resonates with your target audience. For example, let’s take a real post, “SEO Made Simple: A Step by Step Guide.” The topic, in this case, was probably “How to do SEO for beginners,” and the author probably hopped from one title to another before choosing “SEO Made Simple: A Step by Step Guide.”
Here is a detailed guide on how to choose a catchy blog title.
We recommend spending at least half an hour deliberating over an intriguing blog title that will catch your visitors’ attention and get them to stick around longer.
Writing an Intro
The goal of the intro is to convince readers that reading the blog is worth their time. If you lose your visitor’s attention in the first few sentences, they’ll probably stop reading and move on. You can get their attention by doing several things: tell a joke or a relatable story. If nothing else works, use an interesting statistic to grip the reader. That always works.
Once you’ve formed a connection with your audience, segue into the meat of the matter by describing the purpose of your blog post and explaining how it will solve the reader’s pain points.
Make an Outline for Your Blog Post
If you plan to write a lengthy blog post (anything over 300 words), it’s best to organize all the information under appropriate subheadings. This is important because you don’t want to overwhelm your readers with too much information. Use multiple tips, listicles, and sections – or whatever is most appropriate according to you. But the important thing to know is that it must be organized.
Start Writing Your Blog Post
The next step is to start writing the actual content. With your outline ready, it’s time to populate each segment with valuable information. It’s best to stick to your outline because it will prevent you from getting distracted. Our recommendation is to use data from credible third-party sources to back up any claims. Linking to an authoritative website always adds to your blog’s credibility.,
Proofreading and Editing Your Blog Post
Now that you’ve completed your first blog post try not to press the “upload” button just yet. The editing process is just as important as the writing process – because now is the time to iron out any problems that may exist with the blog. We don’t recommend doing the writing and editing in one sitting because your mind is probably fatigued and won’t have the editorial oversight to catch editorial issues.
Instead, ask a co-worker or friend to look proofread your post. Of course, you can always edit your blog post yourself – but allow at least 12 hours to pass after you’ve written your first draft. This will enable you to re-read everything with a fresh perspective and renewed confidence (since you’ve already done the hard part).
One must-have tool you should have in your arsenal is any digital writing assistance tool, such as Grammarly, to take care of any obvious grammatical and spelling problems automatically.
Choose a Featured Image
Finally, it’s time to choose a visually cool-looking image for your blog post. This is important because pictures have been statistically proven to play a vital role in the success of blog posts. If you’re unsure where to select a picture for your blog post, look at your competitors and see what they’re doing.
Pro tip: Do not pick pictures that don’t belong to you. If you must, choose free source pictures from a reputable source like Pixabay and Unsplash. The last thing any blog writer needs is a lawsuit over a picture!
Clean Up Your Blog Post
Your blog post needs to be properly formatted and organized with plenty of headers and subheaders. Take a cursory look at any visually appealing blog post, and you’ll notice that they all use headers to split up large blocks of text.
Insert a CTA
At the end of your first blog post, insert a call to action that instructs readers about what they should do next – read another article, subscribe to your newsletter, download an ebook, or anything else you may have in mind. If your readers like your content, they’ll click on the CTA and eventually enter your funnel.
Optimize Everything with SEO
Last but not least is SEO. If you’re on WordPress, use a tool like Yoast to optimize your blog post around keywords, meta title, and meta descriptions. Don’t worry too much about the keyword part – focus on making sure that your blog post adds value to your reader.
As the old saying goes, practice makes perfect. So if you stick to your guns, it won’t be long before your blog starts picking up steam and, with it, endless admiration from your followers and readers.
So what was your first blog post like? Let us know your experiences and thoughts in the comments section below.
Dave provides blog writing services at Content Development Pros and closely works with businesses of all sizes on their lead generation strategies. When he’s not busy converting ideas into content, Dave likes to spend time with his family and playing video games.