Once your site is up and running and you’re generating traffic and sales, don’t let it plateau. You can keep your site up to date, current and rising up the Google search rankings by having an active blog section. Perhaps you have an existent news section or maybe you’re starting fresh, either way, this post will help you optimise your blog posts and up your content writing skills. So, here are our 7 tips on how to create a great blog post.
Tools like BuzzSumo are great for getting ideas on what to write about. Firstly, you must choose from your categories or subcategories to find a specific topic. For example, if you’re an eCommerce site selling beauty products, you’re likely to want to create a blog post that talks specifically about lipsticks.
BuzzSumo allows you to “analyse what content performs best for any topic or competitor”.BuzzSumo
By searching for “lipstick” over the time frame “past year,” you can see a list of the most popular posts that specify this keyword in the last 12 months. On the left-hand side you can see the article title with the website it was posted on, the author and the date it was posted. On the right-hand side, you can see the share statistics for social channels and the total number of shares.
You can also vary your search by adding quotation marks. By doing this, you can perform ‘exact matches’ which will bring up articles that contain that specific keyword within the quotation.
Next, it’s a matter of analysing these headlines to see which angle the articles focuses on. You can brainstorm how you could build on this or create a new angle to interest readers.
Perhaps the initial post is quite small and lacking content. To rectify this, you could include case studies and imagery to create a more informative piece. For example, the headline “17 Incredibly Good Lipsticks Recommended By Lipstick Lovers” could, instead, be “The Ultimate Guide To Incredible Lipsticks for Lipstick Lovers.”
Or, maybe it’s too broad and instead, you could go specific and target a smaller niche audience. Let’s take the same headline, “17 Incredibly Good Lipsticks Recommended By Lipstick Lovers” this time you could look at creating an article titled “10 Incredible Nude Lipsticks for Lipstick Lovers”.
Before following the steps to actually create a headline, you need to know the basic principles of what your headline should be:
There are many strategies to create a great headline which can be narrowed down into 3 points. The first being keyword research – of course!
Using tools like Google Keyword Planner can help you identify search terms related to your article topic, that you can include. Below is the keyword research done around the search term “lipstick” with another image showing suggested terms that are also popular.
In relation to the keyword research and taking into consideration the data found from BuzzSumo, here are 2 suggested article titles in relation to being specific to the audience, unique and of course, useful.
Call to actions or “strong” keywords that encourage people to click to read your post, are a must in your headline. If people have no incentive to look further at your post, you’re not going to see it “go viral” and gain lots of traffic. See the below to get an idea of the call to actions you can include in your posts.
Adjectives will help to make your headline fun and interesting. By utilising words like “amazing”, “incredible”, “stunning” and “essential”, you can tap into the emotions of your viewer to persuade them to read the full article.
Your blog introduction is almost as important as the title and the feature image. It is the next piece of content that will draw your readers in and get them scrolling down the page. So, how do you create an amazing blog introduction?
For brands with a huge target audience, you’ll want to welcome as many readers as possible to your content – particularly if you’re trying to build awareness of your brand. To do so, you want to open your reach by making your blog introduction easy to read. You can do this by using simple words and short sentences to get your point across. After all, why say something in 6 words when you can say it in 3?
A creative way – that works – is to ask a question in your title. Questions spark curiosity for the reader and gets them thinking. Even if they initially scroll past your article, from glancing at the title it can pose a question in their mind so that they get an urge to learn the answer. You’re often more likely to get someone interested in your article title if it’s engaging and questions are just the thing for that.
It’s a fact- people don’t read on the internet, they scan. By making your subheadings short, perhaps no longer than 4 words, people can quickly navigate through your post to read the parts most important to them.
Although it’d be great if our viewers had time to spend time reading the entire post, in reality, they don’t. If you want people to be interested in your content, keep it brief and use simple, specific titles that get straight to the point.
Imagery is not just great for creating a divide between paragraphs, but it adds extra information to a post. You can include key nuggets of information which when said it words, lose their appeal.
On the other hand, you can also use video to bring an extra bit of “wow” to your blog, assuming they’re appropriate for your audience. We find that as a creative digital agency, we’re able to experiment with the content we produce, that often includes the beloved GIF.
Your blog post is of no use to readers if they don’t get to see it. Utilise social media channels like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram by adding social share buttons to cross promote your content. This will increase your post reach and help improve your brand awareness.
Not only this but sites like Facebook and Pinterest have a high authority when it comes to ranking well on Google. If your site has a little authority, it’s more likely that your article will show in the search results when posted on one of the main social channels.
Whenever you are posting content that involves a third party, tag them. That way you’ll be tapping into their audience and inevitably generating more reach and brand awareness. For example, when iWeb attended the dotmailer Summit 2018, they “@ mentioned” a variety of brands and speakers also attending the event in their Twitter posts.
Finally, it’s always good to finish a blog post with a call to action. May that be encouraging users to “contact us,” “sign up” to the newsletter or similar. What often drives a lot more link clicks is by giving your users something in return for reading the article.
For example, encouraging them to “download a PDF” including more tips or content. This helps to build a relationship with the reader, trusting you to deliver them both useful and exclusive extras. You can also use this opportunity to help build a mailing list or generate audience insights. This way, you can continue delivering personalised and highly relevant content to your followers.
Once your article has been written, your focus will no doubt shift to driving traffic to your blog posts. Growing your blog traffic takes a lot of work, but there are many ways that you can promote your blog over time.
Struggling to captivate your readers? We can help you wow your audience with quality, engaging content.
Drop us a line on 01785 279985
Send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org
This could be the beginning of something big