5 Tips for Writing the Perfect Blog Post

Blogging Readiness

Writing blog posts on a regular basis can be a pain in the *ss. Not everyone is a natural writer (I’m definitely not), and getting that perfect “flow” between paragraphs to create a great article is a formidable task. On top of that, just thinking of enough content to include in a post can be pretty daunting.

In order to improve my writing skills, I have been visiting a wide variety of blogs and picking up a ton of useful tips and tricks to keep the posts coming. An inspiring site is the IncomeDiary.com blog operated by Michael Dunlop. Michael has narrowed blogging down to a fine science, and I’ve learned quite a bit from reading his posts.

Other great sites that demonstrate some of the tips I am including here include: YoungEntrepreneur.comDrivingtraffic.com, AnettaPowellOnline.com, KissMetrics.com, NicheProfitClassroom.com. Mark Anastasi (The Laptop Millionaire) used to have a regular blog, but I guess he’s mostly doing email newsletters now.

Most of the blog posts I’ve read follow a specific pattern: introduction, three paragraphs, conclusion. I can’t recall where I initially read about this, but it rings pretty true – with a few minor variations.

The main idea is to tell the reader what you are going to tell them (introduction), tell them using three (or more) points, and then tell them what you just told them (conclusion). It is still a good model to follow, but there’s a few more ideas that should enter into your posting plan.

1. Use White Space

I have no clue why I never really thought of this. I am actually a “skimmer” when I am searching for resources on the ‘net. I quickly scan a page until I find the desired topic.

It seems almost everyone else skims too.

So, spacing things out, rather than bunching them into paragraphs of five or six sentences (in order to get three paragraphs), would make perfect sense. It’s generally easier on the eye, and it’s soooo easy to write a couple sentences with “flow” than writing many more than that.

2. Make a List

According to most successful bloggers, posts with lists are traffic magnets. Why? Because people like lists. They are short and easy to read (usually).

Income Diary’s Michael Dunlop asserts that his first huge post was one such list-type posts – a post about the top 30 income producing blogs. It was a simple table with the blog name, owner, income, and how the income is produced. He then followed up with descriptions of each mentioned income producing method.

The post received thousands of visitors and thousands of social shares. He credits the post with launching his blog.

An interesting observation can be made here – all of the blogs mentioned in the post also rely on the list-type post to generate traffic.

3. The Tips Article

Similar to the list-type post is the tips article. In reality it falls into the domain of being a “list”, but it serves a different purpose.

Instead of repeating listing the “top” facts about something, or being a “who’s who” of a particular niche; the tips article is intended to provide a solution to some sort of problem.

The basic post formula remains the same. Introduce the problem or situation, provide three to five “tips” to help the reader, and conclude by telling the reader what you just told him or her.

This post actually started out as a list, but morphed itself into a tips article.

4. The “How To” Article

Taking the next step in problem solving is the “how-to” article. The “tips” article may also tell the reader how to do something, but not necessarily.

While tips may help the reader along the way to a solution, the “how-to” article should address specifically – in a step by step fashion – how to successfully solve the problem.

The format should be: Here is the problem we are going to solve (note the “we”. Include the reader). First, do this. Then, do this. Then… and so on. If there’s 10 steps involved, repeat all of them in sequence. Finally, repeat what it is we just solved.

How-to articles do not generate as much traffic as the list or tips styles, but they can make rabid fans of readers who benefit from your knowledge.

5. Link Out to Other Bloggers

Although this may seem to violate the accepted practice of limiting outbound links, there is a good reason to do it.

First, if you’re using a blogging platform like WordPress, linking to someone else’s blog can generate a trackback (or pingback). If the trackback is then approved (sometimes automatically), you wind up with a backlink from a (hopefully) authoritative site with good page rank.

A trackback can also provide some free traffic.

Second, if you link out to someone’s blog, and they find out about it, and they actually like your post (because it says something good about them), they may actually share you post on Twitter or Facebook. Imaging having Darren Rowse of ProBlogger mentioning your site to his followers. Now that’s powerful.

Conclusion

Making use of the advice in this post – using white space, focusing on the different post types, and linking out to other bloggers – can help to make you a better blogger. Of course, the content still has to be worthwhile and fairly well written to be effective. Follow the basic post plan (intro, body, conclusion), and you’ll do just fine.

Above all, be yourself and have fun!

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    • Zlive!
    • December 6, 2013
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    Can I Get Good Traffic To My Blog Making Connections In Social Networks? I find a lot of people belong to the same marketing niche as me. How do I get them to my blog? Can I write a random person from the same niche a message to invite him or her to my profile where I announce my blog posts in status updates in social networks like Facebook? Is it spamming? If not what should I write them? Can I send the same message to many random people interested in my niche? Is it OK? What to do next and what to expect? I don’t want them to be my business partners – I just need blog readers. Do you have an experience like this? Please, share. Thanks

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      Hi, dear Zlive!
      As a person having an account on FB I can tell what I would react to myself:
      1. Write a respectful message to your potential future friends and give a short introduction of your blog/an interesting blog post of yours. If those people visit your blog and like it they are likely to continue keeping in touch.
      2. Only when you have already seen their positive reaction, you can send them a friend request so that they can see your posts on FB from your blog.
      3. In general, the more interesting your content is, the more coverage it is going to get since many viewers will share your blog if they like something there.
      I don’t think this is spamming. My reaction at least would be normal.

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    • Vikram
    • January 30, 2014
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    What To Write In Blog? I have a blog named Techquest and its based on science so please tell me more interesting topics to write in it.

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      Well, …, Since you posted to an astronomy forum, here’s what I suggest:
      1) Astronomy Past, Present, and Future section where you look at 25 years ago today, what’s happening today and then look a head 25 years.
      2) Talk about the Hadron Collider, NASA News, EU Space Agency etc.
      3) Find your local astronomy club and blog about their progress or attend an observing session and write about it.
      4) Research some of the propulsion site s and blog about their progress.
      5) Talk about how technology is affecting you and how you and your friends are leveraging technology make life better for yourselves and others around you.

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    • Vikram
    • January 31, 2014
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    What To Write In Blog? I have a blog named Techquest and its based on science so please tell me more interesting topics to write in it.

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      Well, …, Since you posted to an astronomy forum, here’s what I suggest:
      1) Astronomy Past, Present, and Future section where you look at 25 years ago today, what’s happening today and then look a head 25 years.
      2) Talk about the Hadron Collider, NASA News, EU Space Agency etc.
      3) Find your local astronomy club and blog about their progress or attend an observing session and write about it.
      4) Research some of the propulsion site s and blog about their progress.
      5) Talk about how technology is affecting you and how you and your friends are leveraging technology make life better for yourselves and others around you.

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    • Prettyinpink
    • February 1, 2014
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    Is My First Blog Post Good Enough :/? I really want to get back into blogging! Ever since my Grandpa, and father passed away I stopped. :/ Writing is a muscle that needs to be exercised and I feel I’m not as good as I once was…. Please give an honest opinion! 10 points for best advice!

    “” I haven’t blogged in over 2 years, so please bare with me as I try to make the best out of my blog posts! Writing has always been something I loved. Whenever I feel stressed, or need to get something off my chest I write! Usually in old notebooks, that I shove back under my bed for nobody to read! Sometimes it is nice to have an audience though. To share my life, and experiences to those interested.
    Lets rewind back to high school. My rebel days! Though I wasn’t anything close to popular, I had my group of friends… with that group of friends I found myself in crazy predicaments. In school suspension, mall cops, a probation officer. I was known for skipping school! I put my mom through hell.. I’ll never forget the many times I made her cry. She was stressed enough with my brother, that I just had to add more drama and commotion to the table. Of course we laugh about some of it now. I’ve learned from these experiences, it has made me a more mature person in the long run. I can honestly say I haven’t gotten into trouble since I left school. I can also honestly say that some of it was fun, and I don’t regret much of it. We only live once! However, I would never put my mom through that again. ? My rebelling days are officially over. “”
    Thanks ? It was just a little piece, not done yet. My dad wasn’t around much he was a drug addict and passed away on my 17th birthday… but that will be for another blog.

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      I know what you mean. Blog a full blog somewhere first and capture and paste the http:// here so we can see it.

      As far as what you have written here it is mildly amusing and very interesting. I wish you would expand though.

      “I was known for skipping school! I put my mom through hell.. I’ll never forget the many times I made her cry. She was stressed enough with my brother, that I just had to add more drama and commotion to the table. Of course we laugh about some of it now.”

      I want to know more about your mom, and what did dad say ….

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    • Anonymous
    • February 3, 2014
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    I’ve Been Asked To Write A ‘blog Post’ But I Am Clueless Technically.? Hi. I am a writer and am contributing an article to a website. Normally I would just write my essay on word and attach it to an email but he has specifically asked me to ‘write up a blog post’ and send it to him. Does this mean he requires me to do something special with it? If so what is he after? I’d rather not make it clear that I do not know what he is talking about just yet!
    Ah, it is his own blog post he wants to include me in as a guest writer so probably he just wants me to send him the article? There is no set format in which I need to present it to him as a blog in this case?

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      Its one of 2 things either he wants you to write a post on a blog and send him the link or he wants you to write up a post for him to review and after he reviews it he will upload it to a blog himself.
      Or he is confused hehe.

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    • Rebel With A Cause.
    • February 16, 2014
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    What To Put In Your First Blog Post? What do you put in your first post, if your blog is just about your life?
    How would you introduce yourself?

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      • Admin
      • February 16, 2014
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      Well maybe write a short post why you started a blog and what is your plan to write about. Tell a brief description about you and maybe some hobbies too.

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    • Kirsten
    • March 14, 2014
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    Thoughts On Blog I Wrote? Please give me your feedback on this blog post. If you comment on it, bonus.
    Thanks!

    http://wearethereblog.wordpress.com/

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      I think it’s a great blog. Very informative and promising. Keep up the good job.

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    • Ibrahem
    • March 26, 2014
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    Blog’s Question……? Do I have to have blog post an article or there’s some sort of a “public blog” where I can register and post (like http://www.igotfunny.com and no this is not a spam… this is the only example i found)

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      You can submit blog posts to sites, and whether they accept them is up to their discretion. However, note that an “article” is different than a “blog post”.

      BLOG JOB BOARDS:
      http://www.bloggingtips.com/2008/01/03/the-five-best-pro-blogger-job-boards/

      GUEST BLOG:
      If you have a specific topic to write about, then you can find existing blogs on that subject in which to submit posts. See http://www.problogger.net/archives/2007/03/02/how-to-be-a-good-guest-blogger/ , http://www.problogger.net/archives/2007/03/01/how-to-get-guest-blogging-jobs/ , and http://www.problogger.net/archives/2009/06/04/how-not-to-get-a-guest-post-published-on-a-blog-in-11-easy-steps/ .

      You may want to check out sites for print and online magazines as well. They may be looking for guest bloggers.

      GENERAL SITES ACCEPTING WRITING ADMISSIONS:
      Wikipedia: http://wikipedia.com
      Buzzle: http://buzzle.com
      Squidoo: http://www.squidoo.com/squidoo
      Blog Carnival: http://blogcarnival.com
      Blog Catalog: http://www.blogcatalog.com/
      Articles Writers Blog: http://www.thearticleblogs.com/
      The Printed Blog: http://www.theprintedblog.com/index.php

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    • J@Ke
    • April 12, 2014
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    Help With Blog Posts? I write a blog (Mebejae.com) and I do a daily post everyday. I’m a very good writer so usually things just come to me to write about. I try to write about things that I think other people will want to read and talk about. So I’m taking a quick survey just to see the topics that you guys would really enjoy reading about. Make a list if possible

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      Try reading http://januel.webs.com for some ideas… try to be loose about it, your blog could use more, it seems pretty much- well to be frank boring, to much about your own life, not enough about what other people are interested in, or even makes them laugh. good luck!

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    Good article. However, after you create a blog, how do I get more people to visit my blog? How can I promote my blog it?

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      • WallyDay
      • October 10, 2014
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      If you use WordPress, or Blogger, or any other modern blogging tool for that matter, the search engines are “pinged” and know right away that you have made a post. So, don’t worry about submitting it to search engines manually (and for heaven’s sake, don’t pay someone who claims to do that)!

      In general, the best method nowadays is to generate some social traffic. Post a link to you post to Facebook, Twitter, pin your post’s featured image to Pinterest.

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    Thanks for updating the knowledge. Thanks for sharing it. keep it continue.

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  3. Reply

    Hi WallyDay,
    Great tips for writing perfect blog post for a beginner as well as for those bloggers who are in blogging from long term but didn’t know how to write a blog in a perfect manner. Thanks for such a great tips sir.

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