With millions of bloggers and billions of blog posts on the Internet, making yours stand out to a potential reader is difficult.
Do you really need to have a blog? Are you blogging because you’re a writer, or do you blog because you have a business? Is it worth all the effort? In the end, the decision is yours, of course. But, keep in mind that it’s been proven that Google loves fresh content and blogs are ideal.
It strengthens your online presence, it attracts new readers and relationships, and improves your overall SEO “score” with the search engines. So, while it’s not mandatory to have a blog, it really is valuable, and important to have.
The following are 5 simple steps for creating a great blog!
1. Create a plan of action – Start with the basics and decide what you’re going to write about. Research ahead of time, gathering information and facts that you can use for your blog post and have a general outline of the structure you want to go with.
2. Create a powerhouse headline – This is perhaps one of the most important aspects of a blog. Without an enticing headline, readers will likely skip your blog post. It should be persuasive and make the reader want to read the post. Use interesting adjectives such as free, incredible, strange, effortless, etc. Using numbers with your headline is another great technique that appeals to readers such as “10 Easy ways to…” or “40% of Canadians can’t live without…”
3. Include unique images – Images are a great eye-catcher. Make sure they’re as unique as possible and avoid cookie-cutter style images that you would find on sites like Shutterstock.com. If possible, take your own high resolution photos. You should also ensure that the photo is eye catching and of course relevant to what you’re writing about.
4. Stay on topic – Share your personal thoughts and opinions when writing your blog, but avoid steering away from the message you’re sending. Stay on topic and always try to have a call-to-action for your readers. Keep your blog posts at approximately 2000 words or more, but don’t over-do it. This is the perfect amount to satisfy the search engine crawlers, and at the same time avoid scaring off your audience with a lengthy 3-page write-up.
5. Proofread twice – Always check your work. Spelling mistakes can make a blog or article seem unprofessional the instant a mistake is found. Start with an automated spell check (perhaps with Microsoft Word), and then do a manual read-through spell check. Automated spell checks will find spelling errors, but will not always find grammatical errors or bad English. Once you’re done that, do it again – it only takes one minute.
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