Structure, Images, Keywords, and SEO
What makes a great blog post? Of course, you need a thoughtful topic – but never underestimate the power of presentation. If you’re new to blogging, you might feel a bit lost when it comes to structuring your blog posts. Don’t worry! This post will teach you how to create a great blog post that your visitors will want to read and share.
Write about something your audience wants to read
Finding a topic for a blog post might seem like a daunting task, but it does not have to be. To find a topic for our blog you look at other websites in your market and see what they’ve recently posted; don’t copy what they’ve written, but take an idea or a concept and put your unique spin on it. See what’s trending in the news and write about that or how some bit of recent news is impacting your customers. Lastly, simply ask your customers or readers.
Start with a catchy headline
You’ve probably heard that the headline is the most important part of every blog post. In this case, you heard right! Boring headlines won’t bring in many readers, even if your content is otherwise good. Coming up with a solid headline isn’t as difficult as it might seem. Identify your main point, and then get a little creative with it. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
If you cannot come up with something catchy, here are some additional headline ideas (just fill in the blanks):
- How to…
- The #1 Way to…
- 3 Problems with…
- ? is a key problem with ?
- What is XYZ?
- 3 Advantages of …
- XYZ is out of control. Here’s how to manage yours.
- 5 Benefits of…
- 3 Solutions to XYZ:
- How to Integrate XYZ with
Keep readers interested in the introduction
Now that you have their attention, don’t let up! Tell your readers WHY they should keep reading. People are busy, so it pays to be upfront about what you have to offer. Like selling your product or service, focus on the benefits upfront, then delve into the technical details.
Spice up the body of your content
Here’s where you deliver what you promised, so make it good! Don’t intimidate your readers with large chunks of text. Every blog post should be easy to scan, which means you need the following:
- Meaningful sub headlines
- Key points in bold
- Lists and bullet points
- Images and visual interest
All about images and visual interest
Relevant images can make your post more engaging and interesting to your readers. For best results, select 2-3 high quality images that relate to your topic. Several websites offer free and paid images that will enhance your blogs posts.The Commons on Flickr is a great place to get started with good quality, free pictures.
Sprinkle in some relevant keywords
You need to identify a keyword or few that your blog should emphasize. These keywords are of course what readers type into Google to find what they’re searching for. To know what keywords are popular, head on over to Google’s Keyword Planner and start researching.
You don’t have to go overboard or “stuff” your posts with keywords – use them in a natural way, but it is good to use keywords your audience and customers are searching for.
Don’t forget to include your keywords in the image alt-tags, in your headline and sub headlines, your blog title, and your blog’s meta description.
Link to other sources
Do you know of some additional sources where people can find additional information? Share the wealth! Readers will appreciate the value. Also, don’t forget to link back to your website or previous blog posts.
Make your posts easy to share
Now that you have this great blog post, why not make it easy for people to share? Social media share buttons will bring in extra readers. You can’t say no to free promotion!
Don’t forget to close
Always include a call-to-action at the end of your blog post. What do you want people to do next? It can be something as simple as leaving a comment. If the reader got all the way to the end of your blog post, you don’t want to leave them hanging.
I hope this article has helped you feel confident about hitting the publish button. Do you need help creating compelling content? We’d love to hear from you! Feel free to call us at 904-662-0238 or email [email protected]