Now that your blog is ready to go, the first thing you need to consider in writing your first blog post, and in this article, I am going to give you a complete beginner’s guide to writing a first blog post.
Now let’s quickly start by seeing the definition of a blog post.
What is a blog post?
A blog post may be defined as any piece of an online write-up, whether it is an article, news piece, or guide.
Typically, a blog post aims to treat or cover a specific topic or answer a particular question and may be considered educational in nature.
It usually contains words ranging from 300 to 2,000; and oftentimes uses other media types such as images, videos, infographics, and interactive charts to back up the lessons.
Blog posts usually give online businesses the opportunity to publish insights, thoughts, and stories on any subject topic.
As an online business. you can utilize blog posts to boost your brand awareness authority in your niche as well as increase sales of your products or services.
As a matter of fact, blog posts can help you drive organic traffic to your website if it ranks on search engines.
What makes a blog post great?
A blog post can only be good if it contains the information that people are seeking. A blog post has to be very interesting and educational.
It must aim to answer questions that will help the reader solve his or her problems or challenges.
But have in mind that you will not be the only one writing on that particular subject, therefore source for information that is more up-to-date on your own blog post, and you will get readers hooked.
Another important thing to note is that the solutions you provide in your blog post should be very practical and easy to carry out.
How to write your first blog post.
To write your first blog post you need to do the following:
- Know who your audience is.
- Pick a topic for your blog post.
- Write a captivating intro.
- Add featured images to your blog.
- Use header and sub-headers
- Proofread and edit before you publish.
1. Know who your audience is.
It is very wrong to start writing a blog post without knowing the people you are writing for.
Thus, before you write a blog post you should be able to answer the following questions:
Who is your audience?
What problems do they have?
How should they go about solving them?
Now if you are able to answer the above questions, you will then have a clearer knowledge of who your audience is, what problems they have, and the solutions you will provide for them to solve those problems.
2. Pick a topic for your blog post.
How will you even know what to write if your blog post does not have a title?
So before you start writing any blog posts make sure you pick a title for your blog posts.
Below are some tricks for picking the best blog topics:
- Do keyword research. If your blog post does not rhyme with what people are searching for on the internet, there is no way you will be able to rank on search engines and in so doing increase traffic to your blog.
- Join online forums in your niche to see questions people are asking; Another great way to pick the best blog topics is to join online forums in your niche to look for questions people are asking the most. You can then use those questions to come up with a blog post topic.
- Write about trending topics: For instance, there was no Covid-19 until 2020 when the lockdown began. Thus Covid-19 became a trending topic. Thus you must look for things that are trending in your niche and use that to form your blog post topics.
3. Write a captivating intro.
How you begin your blog post will really determine whether your readers will stay and read your blog posts to the end.
As a matter of fact, if your intro is not captivating enough, you are likely going to lose that visitor.
Some bloggers think holding back the information for their blog post in the beginning and bringing it somewhere in the middle or even the end will give their readers suspense.
This might be word for movies but not blog posts because online users are not that patient to wait and see results at the end. And for that reason, they are likely going to leave your post if they do not get the information they need immediately.
So the simple way to avoid this make your information known during your intro, and from there know how to guide them down to stay and read the post till the end.
Other things you can do is tell a story or joke, be empathetic, or give the reader an interesting fact or statistic, but make sure you don’t write something that’s out of your topic’s point.
4. Add featured images to your blog.
People tend to be more attracted to images than they do to text, so make sure you add a featured image and other images within your posts.
So that while your readers are reading your text they will get to understand the information you are trying to relate to them.
Choose an image that corresponds with what you are writing about for your blog post.
5. Use header and sub-headers
Use header and sub-headers to break up large blocks within your text, this will also help you to get a well-formatted and visually-appealing blog post.
Below is an example of what your content will look like.
If you are able to maintain this format, then your content will look more professional and easier for the reader.
6. Proofread and edit before you publish.
Now that you think your blog post is done and ready, it is time to proofread and look for errors.
You don’t need to pass your blog post over to an English scholar to edit before you post as that will make you come short of blog posts while waiting to get the edited work.
There are online sources you can use to achieve this, examples are HubSpot and Grammarly.