You started a blog, took your time setting up the proper blog name, searched for a great looking theme for your new blog. And now what?
In the beginning, you will feel that your thoughts are all crumbled. You are probably thinking about how to write your first blog post?
Since being a beginner is always frustrating, you got to build up your map, design your blog’s architecture, and realize that a systematic approach will save you a lot of time later on.
Do not rush to post anything with a glittery title but with poor content. You want people bookmarking your own blog and not just scrolling through.
So let me help you with how to structure a blog post.
And by the time you finish reading this article, you will ultimately know how to write a blog post starting from choosing a proper topic to write about, structure the content to pick and use keywords in your post correctly.
What should my first blog post be about?
First, identify yourself or in a more profound perspective, let your visitors know who you are and what are your ideologies? Identifying your ideas and scopes will help you reach your target audience based on your trends and orientations.
You can start by talking about your experiences and who are you in life, professionally, and as a blogger. Not to mention that you are not a secret FBI agent.
Posting some of your pictures will break the ice and help you acquire authenticity.
However, if your blogging would be expected to focus more on a niche idea, you should create a brief introduction about your upcoming content.
Write your first blog post on a topic in your niche.
This step is probably the hardest of the bunch: coming up with your very first blog post topic.
A great way to get blog post ideas is to look over your competitor’s posts.
That way, you will know what topics are already covered there, and you can work on refining a new point of view that makes your blog original and attractive to the readers.
You can also read the comments on other blogs and communities like Facebook groups, Quora and see what the common problems and the most asked questions are and start solving them.
As mentioned before, a systematic mindset will save you a lot of time, so take into consideration how would you stratify your blog.
Would it be a tutorial and guide kind of blogs or you would instead write your articles within the borders of a specific field? Or the top 50 posts way of presentation.
Some different types of blog posts ideas that work for any niche
- Problems and solutions
- A mistake and lessons learned
- Beginners guides
- Step-by-Step tutorial
- Answers of frequently asked questions
- Write a review
- Case study of a success story
Just remember that your first post is essential, but it is not what all your blog is about. Don’t be stressed about perfection, easy on yourself it’s your beginning; you will get better later.
Tools to help you in writing a blog post
It’s imperative to decide which blogging tool you will use, as this will save you a lot of time and effort.
Some tools are beneficial while writing a blog post. Some are free, and some are paid, so let me present some of them:
It is considered one of the most popular blogging tools in the blogging community. The interface is so simple. Besides, it is available for all kinds of devices, but it is cloud-based.
It is similar to Microsoft Word but cloud-based. Compared to Microsoft Word, it does not come with so many features, but it has the advantage of saving all your progress on your Google Drive account.
Well, this tool is astonishing. All bloggers being amateurs or experienced, rely on it. It would fit you best if your grammar is weak since it improves and corrects all your grammar mistakes.
A simple yet crucial step while writing your blog is doing keyword research. Let me explain more.
Keyword research relies on what is called search engine optimization (SEO).
SEO is an art of internet marketing strategies that would help you improve the traffic to your blog and pushes it on the first page of Google search.
So make sure to do your research about the most relevant keywords related to the topic you want to write your blog about.
How to Find Research Keywords for Your New Blog Posts
Start by checking every potential keyword on Google. When you add a search query on Google, you can see how it auto-suggests related searches that people are actually using when searching on Google.
You can also use your competitors’ primary keyword, It will always be in the heading of the articles, and usually in the first 200 words.
As you use the Google search bar you will notice that it automatically suggests words. This auto-complete function produces good keyword ideas.
Ubersuggest is a helpful keyword search tool that relies on Google autocomplete property thereby providing you with the keywords you need for your topic.
This tool generates many long-tail keywords, meaning that a keyword usually contains at least three words, as well as questions and sentences that could be used as title inspiration.
Therefore, this tool can be useful in the beginning stages of your content creation.
Your words shall deserve to be read so, do not waste your effort just because you have deprived it of the critical keywords.
How to Integrate Keywords in Blog Posts?
Your keywords should be put in the blog post title, the first paragraph of your post, URL, and for sure in the body but do not overuse them.
Nevertheless, remember you are not just trying to fit your keywords in.
Just be genuine in your intentions as your target audience will quickly realize that your content is vague and empty, and you do not want all your efforts to go in vain.
First blog post title
You just did all the hard work of writing the post. You’re ready to be done and get it out there! But all that hard work is worth a lot less if people don’t click to read your post.
The post title is the most important thing about your blog post as it is the part of the blog that is shown to the people in Google search result.
It has to be as good as the content of your blog post. The attractive title will attract people to click and visit your blog post.
Here some tips for writing a catchy blog post title
– Keep it short. Focus on keeping the title under 70 characters, so it doesn’t get cut off in search engine results.
– Make it actionable – by means, this blog post is going to show you how to do something useful. Example: “How to” titles.
– Use strong phrases (even negative ones) like “Things People Hate.
– Include your main keyword in the title
– Practice Writing Blog Titles.
Writing the body of your post the perfect way.
The upcoming step to be considered -but not the last- is writing the content.
We couldn’t forget about that, of course.
Another important pillar is the style of presentation of your blog. Internet surfers relay on scanning rather than reading word by word.
Make sure that your readers’ eyes are comfortable, which can be attained by using short sentences, headings, subheadings, bullets, and numbered lists.
Your article should be skimmable
Allow for short paragraphs since web readers do not prefer long paragraphs. An excellent article is between 500 to1000 words; shorter than 500 words are bad for SEO, and longstanding paragraphs are annoying to readers.
The bottom line is to be short and direct.
Blog post structure
You will also need to set an outline for your blog, which could be presented as follows:
Demonstrate what your blog is all about
Main body or content
Use small sections and as mentioned before use subheadings
Numbers and statistics
People love to read about facts and information when they are fit in numbers and statistical presentations. “New research claims” is a magical sentence when it precedes a statement.
People on social media are always seeking a shred of scientific evidence for their ideas and thoughts.
But keep in mind that evidence is researched and should not be made up, you can simply get caught by someone who s an appraisal expert.
Give yourself sufficient time to search for reliable and trusted resources.
Supporting your claims with personal experience will help you establish a real connection with your followers, especially if it is a success story.
Formatting and editing
Write too much it is just a draft: what you are writing is going to be edited anyways.
As you edit, you will have to delete a lot of stuff, and I know it is hard for beginners who would feel that they have worked too hard for little pieces, but it is not about the quantity, it is about the quality of the ingredients you put in your dish.
The editing part: Never write and edit at the same time. A good option is to give it at least one day before proceeding to edit your flaws.
As you write, you will miss a lot of grammar, punctuation, and misspellings. On the next day, you may notice that some phrases may need to be rewritten.
Some tools we mentioned before will help you capture the small mistakes that you cannot pinpoint even after reviewing what you wrote several times.
Grammarly will do the job; this tool will help you pick up many errors as unclear or unnecessary words, vocabulary mistakes, grammar mistakes, spelling mistakes, and synonyms suggestions
On-Page SEO Checklist
On-page SEO is the process of optimizing each and every web page of your site in order to rank higher in the Search Engine Results Pages.
It is used to speak the “search engine language” and help the web visitors to understand the content of your blog before visiting it.
When search engines are ‘reading‘ your pages, among other things, they check the page title, the description of the page, the headings and content (text, images and other media).
Make sure to cover the on-page SEO basics
SEO Friendly URLs
– Keep URLs simple and easy to understand.
– For Google to identify the keywords in your URL and to relate it to relevant topics, use hyphens ‘-‘ to separate between words where it’s identified as “space” instead of using ‘_’ that would be misinterpreted as one word and eventually you will lose your keywords.
– It should be as short as possible because Google gives preference to shorter URLs.
– Use words that describe what the blog post is about but avoid keyword crowding.
The meta description
It is the description that’s displayed in the search results under the blog post title. It helps convince people to click on your blog post link in search results.
Instructions for writing a good meta description :
– Keep the size between 140-150 characters.
– Avoid repeating the title in the description
– Don’t add too many keywords
– Try to use the description as a way to ‘advertise’ your page to the reader so that they click on your title and visit the page.
Lay your fears aside, backup your determination and just know that it all comes with multiple trials.
I have just guided you through the process of getting close to writing your first blog post with the available tools, planning and writing tips. All you need now is self-confidence.
Wishing you every success!