Creating quality content on a daily basis is a challenging task for any blogger. Though many experienced and successful bloggers can do this quite efficiently; in fact many successful bloggers will produce more than one quality post per day, every day.
Creating a quality blog post is one hurdle; the other is to optimize your post to make it more appealing to your audience.
In this post I’d like to share with you some tips and suggestions on creating almost the perfect blog post, and we’ll also take a look at how you can make good use of the tools available in WordPress to enhance your post further.
OK, so let’s begin…
Blog Post Title
Your blog post title needs to be a convincing one. You need to be able to grab your reader’s full attention with it. Forget SEO for the time being; when creating a title make a note to make it as compelling as you can so that your end users will want to read it.
As mentioned earlier I’m not going to explain to you in-depth on how to write your content; I’ll leave that for a later post perhaps. However here a few pointers on how your content should effectively be structured.
- Keep it within 4 to 5 lines per paragraph
- Avoid writing essay long posts like the one’s found on this blog!
- Always start off with content and not ad blocks, so not to put off your readers
- If you need to use in-text advertising don’t over do it!
- Make good use of header tags where need be
Adding resources to your blog post helps to create need and show’s that you aim to provide solutions to your reader’s problems. Your resources could be in the form of links, video’s, graphs and charts, testimonials and more.
When uploading images ensure that you optimize them for the web first; images help to make your posts look more appealing and can be used to illustrate your theories quite effectively.
One of the things I would suggest is that larger images are always better than using silly little thumbnails in the body of your post. I’d also recommend that you host your images elsewhere on the web such as Flickr, as this is less likely to take up valuable disk space on your hosting account, as well as affect the loading time of your blog posts.
Cross Promoting your Posts
If you use Google Analytics as you should be, check out the content overview panel to see which of your previous topic related posts has had the most amounts of views. Then cross-promote these high traffic posts with your new ones. This is a great way to get more traffic to new posts from within your blog, as well as help improve your page per visitor and bounce rate in your Analytics report.
If you use WordPress I’d strongly recommend uploading and using either the Yoast SEO for WordPress plugin or the All in One SEO for WordPress.
Using Preview Button in WordPress
The preview button in WordPress is something that I frequently use to see what my post will look like when it is published. If you’re use to saving as draft before viewing a post, then stop doing this immediately, as all you are doing is saving unwanted revisions of your post in your blog’s database.
Schedule Your Posts
Finally, one of the things you should also fall into the habit of doing is to schedule your posts frequently. This is especially useful if you are writing multiple posts per day.
The tips above are nothing out of the ordinary, but use them effectively each time you create a new post and your blog will grow into a successful one at that.