Saturday, 17 August 2013

How To Write The Perfect Blog Post

Blogging is a creative and unique way of writing down your thoughts and having them be read by millions of people, anywhere and everywhere. Do you have a story you want to share on the blogosphere, but don't know how or what to write? 

Here are top 10 tips on how to write the perfect blog post and keep your readers coming back for more:

1. Unique title.

Your headline should be short, snappy and grab the readers attention, making them want to read on. It's the most crucial aspect of the blog post. The title and your post as a whole, should contain keywords that will stand out, as this is vitally important for SEO (Search Engine Optimization) purposes. 

2. Clear introduction.

A well written blog post will include an introduction to give readers an understanding of what the post is about. When writing your introduction, you should begin to think like your readers, and always ask yourself, "Why should I care?" Get this right and your readers will want to carry on reading. 

3. Lead into the main body of the blog.

I like to ease my readers into my ideas as it is a smoother transition than jumping straight into the main body of text. An example of this is, 

Here are my top ten tips for writing the perfect blog post:

4. Main ideas in a list or numbered format. 

 An easy way to set out your post is to turn it into a list using bullet points and numbers. A great way to make your post easier on the eye is to use bold subheadings to separate your text  Lists and numbered posts with tips typically do well, for example, “Top 10 tips on how to design your blog.” These provide a nice, easy structure for the reader.

5. Imagery.

Including images into your blog posts is a good way to break up your text and keep things interesting. It helps to liven up the post and is very important part to creating your perfect blog post.

6. Links. 

The perfect blog post will include outbound links in the main body of the text. By linking out, there is more chance of your post being noticed by other bloggers. Always make sure the link opens up in a new window or tab to make it easier for your readers.

7. Word count. 

A blog post can vary in length depending on the topic, but keeping to a word count is crucial in making the perfect post. There is no limit to how much you should write, but if it is too long then you may bore your readers. Keep your blog post word count between 300-800 words is ideal. 

8. Stick to the point.

Make sure your blog post is on point and concise throughout. Don't waffle or switch between subjects as you may loose your readers interest half way through.

9. Original content.

Be original! Put some thought into how you are going to write your blog post to make it stand out from others. Nobody wants to read the same type of material over and over again. More than anything it should be appealing to the reader. Engage yourself in comments and you will soon see your following grow.

10. Preview, preview, preview!

Before you hit publish, there is one vitally important task you need to complete. Preview your work to avoid publishing your post with any spelling or grammar mistakes. Then double check it again and once more before you sent it out into the world! 

These top 10 tips for writing the perfect blog post will help to structure your post so that it is easy for you and your readers to understand. Stick to these helpful tips and watch as your readers come back to your blog for more!

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