How To Create Killer Blog Posts

How To Create Killer Blog Posts

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If you were anything like me starting out, you probably don’t know exactly how to go about creating the close-to-perfect blog post. A big help for me was reading through online resources from other bloggers out there that also went through the same confusion on what to write and how to write it. Reading their experiences and recommendation taught me how to go from being a poor writer with little focus and no motivation to being straight-up addicted to cranking out original content daily! I want to share with you what I have learned about how to create killer blog posts. Who wants to read a lame blog post? No one.

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If you are all good to go with your blog setup and need help getting some content going, I got you. Luckily there are some simple steps and tips that can help you along the way to get to writing some killer content. You aren’t in this blogging journey alone, there are thousands others out there like you in a similar journey, learning new things daily and implementing those new things into their journey. I think that is what helps me most in creating ILIKETODABBLE is all the help I get from the several groups I belong to and the many new blogging buddies I have made. That is what I love most about the blogging world, we are all here to help each other out. It is a whole new way for connection on the internet. It is also what I enjoy most, helping others and creating that circle of paying it forward.

Well let’s get to the point, shall we? We aren’t getting any younger, that’s for sure.

These are 10 simple steps to creating the most killer blog post.

Your readers are going to love what you come up with after using this guide.

How To Create Killer Blog POsts

Plan out your blog post.

First off, if you want to write great content, you are going to need a plan. Maybe start with an outline of your post and go from there. You need understand your audience, do your research, and check your facts.

Understand your audience.

Understand the type of audience you are writing for. You want to give your readers what they want. What do your readers want to know about? Is there a problem maybe you can solve for them? You will need to think about this as you choose a topic and plan out your blog post.

Pick a topic for your blog post.

You need a topic to write about. For instance, if your a travel blogger you might pick a recent trip for a topic such as ‘Top Restaurants In Venice’ or ‘Traveling On A Budget’. However, I have many categories I blog about but mainly write in the thrifty niche or the web niche (and today I am writing on the topic of web content).

Focus on strong headlines. You need your reader to latch on.

After you decide a topic to write about, you need to create a strong title. Strong headlines will grab the attention of your reader and get them to ‘latch on’ to your content. This will incline them to want to read through, click, pin, etc. Strong title’s consist of ‘How To’, including numbers like ‘5 Ways To Lose 5 Pounds’, or including words like ‘Top’, ‘Best’, ‘Most’, ‘Effective’, etc.

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Create original content and find your ‘voice’.

Every one writes in their own ‘voice’. It is easier than you may think, just let the words flow out of you.

Original content has a deeper meaning these days than just original posts. This can be in a number of ways that are not just words on a post. Original content should go farther than just an original post, it should include original photography, videos or podcasts, tools, plugins, code, or themes.

The best kind of content is original content from experiences that will help others solve problems or avoid the problems you may have run into. This is my favorite thing to write about because as a former WordPress developer I have run into WAY too many problems to count. I love helping others not run into those same problems and get the most out of WordPress.

To check your content for any plagarism or grammar errors, check out Grammarly. Grammarly is a popular tool among bloggers due to how useful it is for improving the quality of your content.

Make each blog post at least 500 words or more.

Well this is a touchy subject. Every blogger will tell you a different length you should make your blog posts. Truth is, if you want more social shares and comments then you want to keep it short, 300-600 words is the average for maximum engagement. Professional journalists operate at a length of 750 words or more. Since this post is more of a round up it is pretty long and well over 1000 words. And that is because that is the length I have gotten use to. You get fewer comments on posts that have 1000+ words but more social shares. Lastly, I found that some of the highest ranking posts on Google are about 2000 words. If you want to rank high on Google in the long run, go for longer posts about topics people regularly search for.

Keep your sentences and paragraphs short.

If you use the YoastSEO plugin, it will constantly call you out on your readability score. In order to gain a higher readability score with Yoast, it constantly reminds you to shorten up your sentences and paragraphs. ‘They’ say that the best written and easiest to read content is at about a 6th grade reading level.

Use images and optimize them for social media and SEO.

Alright so here is the deal, you need images to break up your content and keep your reader’s interest. We are visual learners…at least I am. Google searches for images with ‘alt’ text since search engines cannot see images the way human’s can. Add your keywords into your image’s ‘alt’ text for a minor SEO boost. It will not boost your SEO like some of the other things on this list, but it will at least help a little as the search engines will be able to ‘see’ the images this way.

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Proofread your post.

Read over your post before you publish it. Check your SEO and readability score in YoastSEO under your post, if you have it installed. Read your post out loud. Have a friend read it also to see if they catch anything that you could not. Run it through Grammarly to check for errors and plagiarism.

Optimize your post for SEO.

Utilize your YoastSEO plugin to help your post’s SEO score. You always want to write for the ‘green score’ meaning ‘good’. During your proofreading, check the recommendations YoastSEO has for your SEO score. This will include adding keywords, editing your meta description, adding images with your keyword in the ‘alt’ attribute, placing your keywords wisely throughout your post, etc. For the full details on how to boost your blog’s SEO and improve your Google rank today, check out this post: Idiot Proof SEO: How To Improve Your Google Rank.

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44 thoughts on “How To Create Killer Blog Posts”

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    I always asked myself how I can create an attractive title, I finally got my answer . Thanks a lot.

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    This post is genius!! I loved reading all your tips and will definitely be implementing them into my own blog posts!

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    These are great tips. Finding a good headline is definitely something that I struggle with. I am just not that creative. I need to work on it.

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    Every blog is different but for me, the most important thing is being true to yourself as an influencer. Find your voice, find your family/life balance, find what you’re excited to write about and something you will consistently maintain – and go with it! Every year I feel my voice has matured and my blog has changed but that’s part of the learning process.

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    CourtneyLynne

    Great suggestions!!! Finding your voice is key!!! Once you figure out what works for you things just flow!

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    Such great information here! Definitely saving this for later to reflect back on. You’re seem to have this whole blogging thing all figured out and as a new blogger I feel like I still have soooo much to learn. Thank you for sharing all of your knowledge with us.

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    These are some great ideas for a killer blog post. I always try to focus on strong headlines and follow the SEO rules. I tend not to write over 300 words because I don’t want to overwhelm my readers with too much material.

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    Such helpful tips! I am still learning how to optimise my post and site for SEO and every day I learn and change things on my site. Finding my voice is whe=at I am currently struggling with and I need to find myself when writing.

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    Gennifer Rose

    Great tips! When I worked professionally on company’s blogs I always used Yoast before I published a blog post. It actually helps in training you to write SEO friendly copy until it becomes second nature. 🙂

    Gennifer Rose | www.GenniferRose.com

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    Great Tips, will give it a quality time for sure, have bookmarked it. Though I’m not new to Blogging, but I love reading such well researched articles as you always grow reading such useful info:). Thanks.

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    That’s really useful stuff, thank you. I’ve been blogging for around 18 months and didn’t know about somer of that so I’m going to go back to some of it and have a poke around, Thanks again!

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    Angela Bethea

    I totally agree with this suggestion. This is worth sharing to my fellow bloggers especially those who are just starting out. Great tips!

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    Brittany @ Everyday Thoughts

    There are so many great tips here. I love that you’re encouraging others to find their voice. I think too often bloggers try to emulate someone in hopes that it will make them money and it comes off fake and unauthentic.

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    These are great tips, it’s nice to be able to write a post that will captivate your readers. It’s really important to know your audience and how to catch their attention.

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    Awesome tips! Especially for those who are just starting out with blogging. It’s not just about simply writing what you want, it’s making people engaged in your content.

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    Cindy Ingalls

    These are such beneficial tips for new and seasoned bloggers. I would say the most important is proofing your post. You can have great content and great ideas but if you don’t check you grammar, they can fall short.

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    This is such a great list! Sometimes I get stuck when writing and forget about what else matters like good images and such. Thanks for the reminder:)

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    I appreciate the tip about the word length, and agree about the longer content getting less comments but more social shares. Thanks a lot!

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    Thank you so much for these many tips. This is probably one of the best posts I have read that has answered questions for me.

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    Thanks for sharing, I think we are all trying to make our blog the very vest we can and it’s great to get help from others!

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    What wonderful tips about creating better posts! I really liked the tip about knowing your audience. Sometimes it’s easy for us bloggers to write for ourselves and forget there are lots of people reading as well!

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    Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    Thank you!! I don’t know how people consider a post that’s under 500 words to be an actual blog post. All of mine are at least 800+!

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    CASS @ The Social Mouse

    Great and useful tips and very valuable to a starter outer like me-thank you for sharing

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    Terri Steffes

    I wasn’t aware of the word length information. I tend to write short posts but I could easily write more. I appreciate the advice on SEO but I am not using Yoast and I wish there were other ways to do this. If you have ideas, I am all ears!

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    Cassie @ Be Forever Healthier

    Love a good article on blog tips like this and these are all extremely valid! I’m guilty of ignoring a few so this will definitely help!

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    So useful!!! Thank you!! I’ve been doing this for almost a year and a half and I still need help lol 😛

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    Thank you great tips! I will use them! I have learned a lot from other bloggers. I love connecting with other bloggers.

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    Lately I’ve been in a bit of a brain freeze. I’ve been having a hard time coming up with topics to talk about on my blog.

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      Trust me, it happens to me too. I think it is all apart of the process! Some days we are mad inspired nd others we get a writers block. <3 happy blogging!

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    These are really good tips. I get asked about stuff like this all the time from newbies and I always say that content is king, but this is much more detailed! I will bookmark this and send them to read this the next time I get asked.

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