Writing a great blog post takes time and effort. The process can be difficult, tedious, and sometimes even overwhelming. And this gets, even more, worst when you have a lot of tasks to do.
However, with some know-how, you can make your blog posts as perfect as you want. In this blog post, I’ll share my 9 secrets of writing an ideal blog post faster than anyone could ever imagine.
With that said, Let’s dive in and learn more about these secrets!!
Here is a brief of the 9 easy steps you can implement to write a quality blog post in a short time.
- Create a Content Calendar
- Brainstorm Blog Post Topics
- Create a Blog Post Template
- Create Your Content Outline
- Know Your Destination
- Write Your draft
- Edit Your Draft
- Optimize Your Headline
- Add Your Media
1. Create a Content Calendar
A content calendar is a document that outlines the topics and due dates for the content that a blogger intends to publish. It’s a simple way to get organised and make sure that all of your content is published on time.
While it may seem like an unnecessary step, creating a content calendar can save you a lot of time in the long run. By taking the time to plan out your content, you can avoid the last-minute scrambling that often leads to subpar blog posts.
When planning to create a content calendar, there are mainly 2 forms one is arranged according to the categories in your niche. For example; If you’re in the Digital Marketing niche, some of your categories could be, Social Media Marketing, Content Marketing, Affiliate Marketing, Search Engine Marketing, etc.
And the other form is arranged according to the topics in your niche, and this is the one I prefer using because it makes brainstorming very easy for me instead of brainstorming topics based on categories, I rather brainstorm based on all topic ideas that are available in my niche.
2. Brainstorm Blog Post Topics
Your content calendar will be meaningless if you don’t have any ideas for what to write about. That’s why the next step in writing a perfect blog post is to brainstorm a list of potential topics.
However, brainstorming blog post topics can be a daunting task, especially if you feel like you’ve already covered all of the basics. Nevertheless, there are a few easy ways to come up with new and interesting topics for your blog.
One way to brainstorm is to simply look through your old posts and see if there are any topics that you could expand on. Another way to brainstorm is to look at your competitor’s blogs and see what topics they’re covering that you’re not, check out YouTube Channels in your niche or simply brainstorm with colleagues or friends
Doing this will help you come up with new ideas and get the creative juices flowing. Once you have a list of potential topics, you can narrow down the list to choose the best topic for your blog post. Keep in mind that the best topics are those that will be interesting to your target audience and relevant to your niche.
3. Create a Blog Post Template
Creating a blog post template can help you save a lot of time when writing your posts. By having a pre-determined format, you can simply fill in the blanks with your content and hit publish this could save you a lot of time.
Additionally, this will help you avoid the common mistakes that bloggers make when they don’t have a plan. Plus, it will ensure that all of your posts are consistent and professional, which is key to your blog branding.
One thing you must know before creating your blog post is that there are numerous types of blog post templates and I classify all under 4 which are;
- Listicle- This is a form of blog post that is structured in a list format. For Example, 10 Best Free Keyword Research Tools.
- How-To’s – This is a form of blog post that is structured in a step-by-step format ( Giving a step by step instructions on how something can be one). For Example, How to Create A Free Business Email.
- Comparisons – This is a form of blog post that compares 2 or more items. For Example, ActiveCampaign vs Drip: Which is Best?
- Product Review – This is a form of blog post that reviews a product ( Contains detailed information about a product). For Example; ActiveCampaign Review – Best In The Biz
4. Create Your Content Outline
Once you have brainstormed your blog post topics and created a template, it’s time to create a content outline. This will help you organize your thoughts and ensure that your content is focused and on point.
Without a content outline, it’s easy to get sidetracked and end up with a blog post that rambles on and doesn’t really say anything. But with an outline, you can make sure that your content is clear, concise, and to the point.
One of the best ways to come up with a content outline is to spy on what your competitors have written. By reading other blogs in your niche, you can get a good sense of what outlines are popular and what kind of content your audience is responding to.
Plus, you can learn from the successes and failures of other bloggers and apply those lessons to your blog. So, if you’re struggling to come up with your own content outlines for your next blog post, take some time to browse through other blogs that have already talked about that topic.
5. Know Your Destination
Knowing your destination simply means you have a clear understanding of what you want your readers to do or merely know the purpose of that blog post.
Your purpose of writing a blog post could be, asking your readers to subscribe to your mailing list, buy a product, share your post on social media, or simply invite them to other related articles on your website.
For example, before you set up to travel for a holiday you don’t just wake up and pack your luggage and move but you first identify your location and then plan the trip.
This is also the same with your blog post, before you start writing it you need to know your destination because your destination will determine what you will need during your travel.
So whatever, your blog post is all about, always make sure is concise and easy to understand.
6. Write Your draft
The first step in writing a perfect blog post is to write your draft. This may seem like an obvious step, but it’s one that a lot of bloggers overlook.
The draft is where you’ll get all of your ideas down on paper (or screen). It doesn’t have to be perfect, and it doesn’t have to be pretty. It just needs to be readable.
The main reason why you shouldn’t edit whiles writing is that in any attempt you stopping the writing process, you are indirectly switching the idea flow from your brain to your fingers and this is the main reason why a lot of writers find it difficult to complete a half writing blog post.
So always get your draft done before thinking about editing.
7. Edit Your Draft
After getting your draft down, editing becomes easy and this could help fasten your writing process a lot. At your editing stage, this is where you can decide whether to add more value to your blog post and improve the overall readability.
When editing always makes sure to make your post engaging, look out for some long statement that could be summarised because you don’t want readers to spend the whole day reading one blog post and at this stage, there are lots of tools that can help fasten your work process.
4 Free Tools to Help You Edit Your Blog Posts Faster
- Grammarly – This is a free/paid tool that helps you correct spelling mistakes, and over-saturated sentences and also recommends word synonyms to avoid word repetition within your blog post. They also have a free chrome extension which I prefer the most because it easily integrates with WordPress, Google Docs or any part of the web where you type.
- Hemingway App – This is a 100% free tool that helps identify passive voices within your article or hard sentences that will get users confused whiles reading so you can simplify them.
- After The Deadline – This tool focuses on picking out misused words in your blog post and suggests a replacement and gives you a reason why you should replace that particular work.
- StayFocusd – This is a must-use tool for bloggers who easily get distracted by social media notifications whiles working. With this tool, there will be no distraction since it blocks all soft distractive notifications to help you focus on your work.
8. Optimize Your Headline
One of the most important aspects of writing a perfect blog post is to have an optimized headline. Your headline is what will draw readers into your post, so it’s important to make sure that it’s attention-grabbing and relevant to your topic.
There are a few different things that you can do to optimize your headlines, such as using Numbers and statistics, making them short and simple, adding curiosity, using an attention-driven world (Not click baits) and finally making proper use of your targeted keyword.
9. Add Your Media
One of the best ways to make your blog post stand out is to add media. Whether you’re adding images, videos, or infographics, media can help to break up your text and make your post more visually appealing.
Plus, media can help to illustrate your points and make your content more engaging. So, if you’re looking to take your blog post to the next level, be sure to add some media.
Whiles adding your images, make sure to optimize them by compressing and converting their format from PNG/JPG and JPEG to WEBP which is the latest image format google advises every content creator to use.
In addition, you can also convert your already uploaded images using a plugin like Short Pixel which is my favourite free WordPress image optimization plugin. However, the free plan comes with limitations so you can consider upgrading if you have lots of images.
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