How to write a good blog post
I always wondered how to write a blog post easily when I started blogging.
The gospel truth is I am pretty much a lazy writer. It was a real struggle for me when it came to writing a blog post.
Although I’m a lazy writer, I am a perfectionist at heart.
I always want whatever I write to be something that is perfect and helpful to others and I think that is what always pushed me back from writing a post.
In my bid to find ways on how to write a good blog post that does not consume all of my time and at the same time sounds human,
I decided to come up with the strategy for writing that will not only help me create a blog post fast but it will also make me enjoy writing
In this blog post, I’ll be sharing steps I have developed for writing blog posts fast.
WAIT!…. You will need a blog before you can write a blog post.
If you have not started your blog yet, my blog post on how to start a blog does the perfect job by walking you through the step by step process for creating a blog.
How do you write a blog post fast?
Here is a list of steps that can help you to write a blog post easily and fast.
1. Make a list of topics you want to write about
This is perhaps one of the most useful factors when it comes to writing a blog post fast.
Having a list of topics to write on has really saved my butt several times since I suffer severely from chronic writer’s block and forgetfulness
How do I do that?
What I do is any time a blog topic comes to mind, I scurry like a mouse to find my blog diary and write the topic in there.
I mostly get my blog post ideas from other blogs that I love and binge reading the comments section.
I’m really really really forgetful so I tend to like to write much more in my diary so that I don’t forget my genius ideas when it comes to mind.
Since I started writing down blog posts ideas, I have been able to make a long list of topics that I would love to write on this blog.
It is just so convenient as I don’t need to think about blog topics to write about.
Anytime I feel like writing, I just pick my blog diary and scan through and choose a topic that I feel I can write on easily and then boom! I start writing.
How to get blog post ideas
Another way to come by a list of blog post ideas that you can write on when you are suffering from writer’s block is going on Pinterest.
With this, what you can do is, you type in the search bar of Pinterest the following search term‘ blog post ideas.
You will see pretty much colorful infographics that have lots of wonderful lists of blog post ideas that you can write on.
Let’s move on to the next step for how to write a blog post.
2. Research on the blog post topic
The truth is if you don’t do research on the topic that you are going to write about as your blog post, then be prepared to get frustrated.
Take it from a lazy writer who got wise. Yhp, that’s the truth.
Doing in-depth research on the blog post topic that you are going to write on, does not only make you write quality content but you are also providing the right information to your readers.
I don’t think anybody gets up just to write without doing research.
Even if you have an idea of what you’re writing about there is definitely something that you will do research on.
You can’t take research out of the blog post writing equation.
It is always important that you do thorough research on the Blog topic idea that you have before you start writing.
Here are some blog post researches that I do
After doing the regular fact checks and informational reading, I do the following researches:
- Keyword research: I do research on the different types of keywords that I can use in my blog posts.
You can read my post on the 3 different types of keywords you should research on for your blog post.
- Analyze the search intent: I try to understand what people are looking for when they search for information related to the keyword.
Are they looking for list posts or how-to posts? If I get the search intent for that keyword, I craft my post using the information from the search engine results page.
Read more on search intent by clicking on the link.
- Search for questions people are asking concerning the keyword: I use the ‘people also ask’ box on Google to see the questions people ask when searching for information that is related to my blog topic
I do all these things to make my post interesting for people and also for it to be SEO friendly.
3. Outline your subheadings
Now that you have done enough research on your blog topic, it is now time for you to outline how you are going to write your blog post by using a subheading structure.
Having subheadings for your blog post breaks your blog post into sections that will make it easy for your readers to read.
So how do you come up with subheadings for your blog post?
This is really simple to do and I’m going to show you how.
What I do is after I have selected my blog post topic and do the necessary research on the topic, I’ll go back to Google and then type in the blog post topic in the search bar.
Now, when you scroll down the search engine results page(SERPs), you will see that there is a box where they have the title ‘people also ask’.
From the people also ask section, I am able to outline subheadings from the questions that people are asking in relation to my blog post topic.
Not only am I writing a blog post, but I’m also answering questions that you as my reader may be asking in relation to the topic you are reading.
Having a clear outline for your blog posts will help you structure your blog post in a way that is interesting and captivating to read.
How many subheadings should you have in a post?
It depends on the post you are writing. If you will need to have 10 subheadings, then so be it.
4. Write an introduction
Every blog post should have an introduction.
Here is the deal, people want to relate to you as a person and not as a machine that has no feelings.
Even the most unfeeling person wants to relate to a character in a story.
Therefore, when you start writing, you will want to have a writing personality that is relatable.
For instance, I started this post telling you how I also had the same struggle writing blog posts.
This tells you I’ve been in the situation as you before and that you are not alone in that situation.
In your introduction if it’s possible, you can also summarise the answer for the topic in the introduction of your post to make the reader get the edge to read more on the topic.
Do this if your topic title is in a question form.
Example; What is…. Or how do you…. question posts
It is always right to write an intro that has your human feelings and struggles infused in it.
Don’t just go straight to the point.
Be friendly and relatable in your introduction.
5. Start Writing An in-depth Blog post
Okay! Now you have done your research and outlined the subheadings you will be using in your blog post.
What do you have to do next?
Start writing your blog post….duh
I hope you were not thinking the post was going to be written by itself after doing your research and outlining your subheadings?
That will be a pretty lame thought don’t you think?
What you have to do after having your blog post structure outlined, is to start filling in the subheadings you have outlined for your article, with the answers or points you consider will help your reader.
Search engines like Google, have been found to base quality content on the length of the blog post. Yep! I’m not kidding
Unless your site has authority, then you can write short articles with no fluff but still has the information the user wants.
If not, you really have to work out long content that pleases your audience as well as Google. It’s a win-win situation for all.
The average post page that ranks number 1 on the search results page on google, typically has 1,890 words according to a research done by Backlinko.
This does not mean you should spew nonsense for the sake of long content.
Remember you are writing for your audience first before search engines.
When you put your audience first, they will enjoy reading your posts which means long page sessions and less bounce rate. Woot woot!
Furthermore, the angels of search engines will see that you are doing what is right in the eyes of the readers, and they will bless you by moving you from ranking grass to grace.
Here are some blog post writing tips
- H1 heading tag to write your title
- H2 as subheadings
- Use related keywords in your subheading
- Every subheading should not be more than 350 words
- Leave enough white space in between sentences. This makes the post scannable and easy to read.
- Make sure the keywords you will use in your blog post are bold. It tells search engines your blog posts relate to that search term.
- Link to other contents on your blog that are related to your topic.
- Include your keyword in the URL of your post
- Make your URL short.
6. Add Images to your blog post
To make your post less tedious to read, especially if it’s a long post, you should add images to them to make it easy to read.
If I am a reader on your site, I will want to get a break from the text.
This can be done either by adding images or changing the background color of some of the paragraph block.
Where in your blog post should you add your images?
Images can be added any where you want.
You can add an image at the top of your post.
Mine is automatically added through my featured image settings if only I add one.
Then, after my introduction, I will add my Pinterest image which by the way you shouldn’t forget to pin after reading this post.
Again, I add one or two images that illustrate what I am talking about in my blog posts. That is 4 images average in my blog posts.
The number of images to add to your blog post totally depends on the nature of your blog post.
Important Points to consider when adding images to your blog post.
- Name your image file before uploading it to your blog post. Use your keyword to name the file.
- The image should be a .jpg format
- Make sure the image is not more than 200kb
- Describe your image in the alt text section.
Include your keyword in your alt text if only it will be grammatically sensible.
- Write a caption for your image. If you need to recommend the source for your image write it in the caption section.
People are likely to read your image captions. This can help decrease your bounce rate slightly as people are naturally likely to read your caption.
7.Proof Read your blog post
I am sure you will notice a lot of grammar mistakes in this post but I swear I did proofread this 20 times.
But then again English is not my first language so pardon me for my bad grammar.
Although English is not my first language, it’s no excuse for me not to re-read my blog post to check for dire grammatical mistakes.
I use Google docs to write my blog posts. It helps me correct my mistakes with their inbuilt grammar corrector.
Again, I also use the free version of Grammarly to help with my grammatical errors.
But honestly, it is not enough for me so I make sure to read through my posts a dozen times before I post.
The truth is, you will still find errors even after publishing your post.
What I do is, I read my published blog posts from time to time to see if I need to correct some grammar mistakes I may have overlooked.
And you know what? I always find a grammar mistake all the darned time. Arrrgh it’s so frustrating.
But it’s so worth it as the next person who will read my blog post will not be appalled with my insufficient grammatical skills.
How to Proofread a post
- Do not proofread immediately after writing
- Read slowly
- Read aloud the post paragraph by paragraph.
- Check for punctuation marks
- Get someone else to proofread it
Writing a blog post and even getting a blog post idea is quite challenging. But, using this formula I have outlined in this post, I believe can help you prevent a writer’s block.
I sure do hope this blog post has been helpful to you.
It’s now your turn. How are you able to write a blog post fast? Let’s get interactive in the comments section
1. Find a topic to write about
2. Research on the topic
3. Outline subheadings for the topic
4. Write a draft for the topic
5. Add images
6. Proofread and correct mistakes
1. Write an introduction
2. Use subheadings
3. Write short paragraphs
4. Each subheading should not be more than 300 words
5. Write in simple English
6. Be natural and honest
7. Add images where needed
8. The content length should be more than 300 words
9. Have a conclusion
10. Have a clear call to action
1. Create an ‘about me’ page and introduce yourself
2. Share your reason for starting the blog
3. Make your post voice be relatable
4. Add images of yourself, family or pets
5. Include fun facts about you
5. Include your social links
6. Make your post shareable