With These Tips Write Your Next Article In One Hour
In order to write a post that is going to do well with both the readers and rank it’s going to require some planning. In order to save time once you know your topic, you should research your key words. Have them handy so that they can be placed in the article as you write. If you follow the tips in this article there is no reason why you couldn’t finish a well written article in less then one hour.
Write What Your Audience Wants
Instead of guessing what your audience needs or wants, try to make data-driven decisions by doing industry research and competitor analysis.
KeywordTool.io: This is a free tool that you can use to see what are some of the most popular keywords searched by users in your industry.
Twitter Advanced Search: Simply type your keyword and select the filter “questions” and it will show you all the questions that folks in your industry are asking.
Quora: A great resource to find questions folks in your industry are asking.
SEMRush: Although it’s a paid tool, it works extremely well and allows you to spy on your competitors and steal their best ideas.
Keep These 5 Steps In Mind
1. Step 1: Plan your blog post by choosing a topic, creating an outline, conducting research, and checking facts.
2. Step 2: Craft a headline that is both informative and will capture readers’ attentions.
3. Step 3: Write your post, either writing a draft in a single session or gradually word on parts of it.
4. Step 4: Use images to enhance your post, improve its flow, add humor, and explain complex topics.
5. Step 5: Edit your blog post. Make sure to avoid repetition, read your post aloud to check its flow, have someone else read it and provide feedback, keep sentences and paragraphs short, don’t be a perfectionist, don’t be afraid to cut out text or adapt your writing last minute.
First Things First You Want To Have A Great Title
You really only have 2–3 seconds to grab your user’s attention, convince them to click, and actually read your blog post.
Every great blog post starts with a headline that grabs the reader’s attention, and compels them to click and keep reading to learn more. Internet readers have very short attention spans — around eight seconds in length — and the headline is one of the critical first elements that help readers decide if they want to click and stay on your site. In fact, 60% of readers don’t read past the headline, which presents a big opportunity. Here’s how to write a great headline:
Brainstorm a Working Title
Start with a working title in mind and brainstorm how to make the angle as interesting as possible. This is the phase of blogging where you start with a general topic and narrow down exactly what you want to write about that topic.
For example, if I want to write about the topic of “blogging,” I need to come up with a more specific working title first. And those working titles depend on the format of my blog post. Whether you’re writing a listicle, an explainer article, or a how-to guide, brainstorm a few titles to guide your research. Here are a few ideas:
Conduct Keyword Research
Keyword research will help you create a headline that will perform well on search engine results pages (SERPs). Your headline is one of many factors Google considers when ranking results on SERPs, and an optimized title will help people find the information they need more easily.
Tools like Google’s Keyword Planner, SEMrush, and HubSpot’s keywords tool can help you determine exactly which terms people are searching for, and which will be easier or more difficult for your new blog post to rank for.
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As you write there are some best practices that you can follow.
• Sentence Length: Aim for 25 words or less per sentence.
• Paragraph Length: Stick to three sentences or fewer per paragraph.
• Word Count: The best post length is however long it takes to make your point.
• Image Placement: Consider adding at least one image per 300 words.
• Form / Lead Magnet Placement: Make opt-in forms easy to find. They can either be placed in-line (aim for somewhere near the beginning or end) or using a (tasteful) pop-up.
• Links: Make links open in a new window so users aren’t taken away from what they’re trying to read.
• Usage of Header Tags: Use one H1 header for your headline, H2 tags for sub-headers, and H3 tags for points beneath sub-headers. Use header tags H4 through H6 sparingly.
• Flow of Information: Have a clear introduction, body, and conclusion.
The most important thing is to say what you mean, and be clear. The trick is to add your personal flare while keeping the article on point.
• If you’re discussing a specific process, list and detail the steps.
• If you’re debating an issue, include arguments supporting your position and contrast them with opposing perspectives.
• If you’re presenting an educational or informative topic, emphasize key ideas.
• If you’re writing about a product or service you offer, give particulars about what it is and why it works.
The ideal length of a blog post is 7 minutes, 1,600 words
The ideal width of a paragraph is 40-55 characters
• Content width can give the appearance of simplicity or complexity
• Content width is key to maximizing reader comprehension
Once you have gotten this far it’s time to make sure you haven’t missed anything.
• Make sure you’ve used your main keyword phrase and any other keywords at least once throughout the body of your post and linked them to a relevant internal page
• However, don’t use the same keyword too many times; repeating the same words five or more times could make your post look spammy
• Write a meta description that’s 150 characters or less and includes the main keyword phrase. This is what your reader will see when your post appears in search results and, when written well, it helps them confirm they’ve found what they’re looking for.
This will become second nature after a few dozen articles have been uploaded to your blog. After you start getting viewers remember to assess your templates and make changes as needed.