The following post on tips for writing a blog was submitted by Lyndon from Flockblog who in his email to me with it described it as a simple ‘back to basics’ kind of post. Thanks Lyndon.
Get more Blog tips from our Blog Tips for Beginners series.
Here are ten tips that help me with my blog writing.
- Make your opinion known
- Link like crazy
- Write less
- 250 Words is enough
- Make Headlines snappy
- Write with passion
- Include Bullet point lists
- Edit your post
- Make your posts easy to scan
- Be consistent with your style
- Litter the post with keywords
1. Make your opinion known
People like blogs, they like blogs because they are written by people and not corporations. People want to know what people think, crazy as it sounds they want to know what you think. Tell them exactly what you think using the least amount of words possible.
2. Link like crazy.
Support your post with links to other web pages that are contextual to your post.
3. Write Less
Give the maximum amount of information with the least amount of words. Time is finite and people are infinitely busy. Blast your knowledge into the reader at the speed of sound.
4. 250 is enough
A long post is easier to forget and harder to get into. A short post is the opposite.
5. Make Headlines snappy
Contain your whole argument in your headline. Check out National newspapers to see how they do it.
6. Include bullet point lists
We all love lists, it structures the info in an easily digestible format.
7. Make your posts easy to scan
Every few paragraphs insert a sub heading. Make sentences and headlines short and to the point.
8. Be consistent with your style
People like to know what to expect, once you have settled on a style for your audience stick to it.
9. Litter the post with Keywords.
Think about what keywords people would use to search for your post and include them in the body text and headers. make sure the keyword placement is natural and does not seem out of place.
10. Edit your post
Good writing is in the editing. Before you hit the submit button, re-read your post and cut out the stuff that you don’t need.
I hope you enjoyed my tips for writing a blog post – feel free to share your own blog writing tips below.
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“make sure the keyword placement is natural and does not seem out of place.”
I couldn’t agree with this more. Keyword placement without keyword loading is an art. All the keywords and keyword-phrases in the world won’t help if the post is bloated with them. If it’s annoying for you to read it will certainly be annoying to others.
I sometimes re-read my articles many, many times before posting them. It always amazes me that I find some more fat to be trimmed or spelling and grammer mistakes the fifth time through. :/
Great job posting this up Darren, Lyndon hit the nail on the head.
“Litter the post with Keywords”
I’d would have preferred he used “Pepper”.
as a new comer, this hint is very useful. I really want to expose and post a good article and picture. I want to do it consistently.
Be controversial too, but be prepared for naysayers. Titles are super important but it’s had to pick between a throw away line which may attract hits (or not) like “Give Fear the Finger” and a sensible one like “Live the Life You Want.” which is so dull. In this instance I cheated and used both to create “Give Fear the Finger, and Live the Life You Want.”
Well, it makes me happy:)
Great tips mate!! Its always good to get basics right!!
Great tips! Really these tips are very useful to me for writing a blog. Thanks for sharing.
Some good tips. My main failing is making my posts too long.
It’s probably from writing articles that needed to always be between 800 and 1000 words for the newspapers! I think it’s easy to get used to one particular style.
Thank you very informative.It a good start for freelance writers.
Thanks Darren Rowse for sharing great tips for blog posting start up. Actually, I am new to your blog and really like these tips too much.
Good post and thanks for sharing quality tips.
Interesting post. I have been blogging for years and use these same techniques but its nice to see you have posted it up for people to learn from. You’re so right about your opinion being important in these sort of medium. Flic. http://www.flicmanning.com
We’ve recently started our blog and I am sure these tips for my writers will be effective to produce a good blog write up
It’s not just a good summary but a really good headline. This is the first thing people will be attracted to.
Very helpful. I thought my posts were too brief, but based on your advice some of them could use trimming.
Hey thanks for this posts. I’m myself a beginner in blogging but these tips can be vital to me in doing my job well.
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I’m now working on making my blog http://www.techpinas.com more interesting for my readers and your tips can definitely help me in achieving that. :)
I always make short post, not because I don’t have any idea to write, but I’m still learning English, so sometimes the problem is not about the idea, but what words should I use lol.
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