Introduction to How to write your first Blog Post
How to write your very first blog post.
Do you wonder how and what to write as your very first blog post? Does the thought of that alone keep you from starting a blog?
That blog you’ve been talking about starting for months now.
I know exactly how you feel. Not so long ago that was me.
I Googled the heck out of the keywords ‘how to write your very first blog post’. All I got was conflicting answers. Every post I read gave me a different answer.
I ended up back to square one. Frustrated to say the least. But then I realised, all my research was not for nothing. I did learn a few things from those posts that I read on how to write your first blog post.
Read on to learn how and what to write as your very first blog post.
Let’s get started.
In the beginning you want to know how to write a blog post. Which is pretty obvious because you’ve never done it before. Everything we’ve never done before, we don’t know how to do. That is just a fact. So the only way to know how to do something is to learn. That brings me to my first point.
1. Learn how to write your first blog post.
How do you learn? By reading articles. Learning from bloggers who are doing what you want to do. Read tons of blog posts. It will teach you how to write.
Analyse different types of articles. People have different writing styles. You can learn something from everyone. When you do that, you will learn what you like, don’t like and what you want your writing style and voice to be. he
2. Learn by doing/ Just write
You can read blog posts all day every day. But if you don’t practice actually writing and learning through doing, then you will not learn much.
Your writing will be crap in the beginning. You will cringe each time you read one of your articles. I still do. But you will become better at it. The more you write and practice the better you will become.
3.What to write as your first blog post
Like I said you will hear a bunch of conflicting messages. As one would expect. Some will say to introduce yourself and tell your audience about you, who you are, something personal, your plans for your blog and how you can help them.
But I call BS. People don’t want to know about you. They don’t know you so they don’t care about you. Harsh but true.
What they want is for you to help solve their problem.
You have an about me page for all that stuff about you and how you plan on helping your audience. So put all that jazz on there. Your first post is much more important and deserves to be treated as such.
My first blog post was a long in-depth post about how to start a blog. People want to know how to do that.
This type of blog post kind of set the stage for other posts that you will be writing. It lets your audience (the audience you will be growing with these posts) know that you are a serious blogger. And that you are here to help them. So help them.
These types of in-depth posts are called pillar posts. Write at least five of them. Very detailed, helpful articles to set the stage for your blog. Everything you learn about blogging, teach it to your audience. Don’t hold anything back.
Give them your best and I promise you, you can’t help but succeed. You will grow your traffic, a loyal following and make money with your blog.
4. The writing process
4.1 Do your research
Think what you want your topic to be. What do you want your first post to be about? We already decided that you have to write about something that helps people. Something they are searching for, and want to learn.
Once you have that idea, start researching it. Look what people are saying about that topic. Take some ideas but never copy or steal others’ content. Take inspiration from their posts. Then create your own. Adding more points and creating a much better in-depth helpful article.
Make sure to include a number of keywords. If you don’t know yet what a keyword is, just try to be helpful and give your audience the answers they want. Chances are, you are already using keywords. You just don’t know it yet.
What is a keyword?
A keyword or keywords, (long tail keywords if it’s 3-5 words long) that you type in Google search web searching for something.
4.2 Create your outline
You have your topic and you’ve done your research. Now you have to actually start writing your blog post to make it easier. We start by writing an outline. It consists of an introduction,some main points and a conclusion.
Very simple and easy. That’s what you post should consist of. Add some keywords and some points into each section and that is how you outline a blog post.
4.3 Write your very first blog post
You are basically halfway there now. The prep work is done. All you have to do now is fill in your outline. Use your key points to expand on your topic.
Create subheadings in your main points and write short paragraphs, consisting of two to three sentences. Remember to leave a lot of white space to make it easy for your audience to scan your blog post.
Repeat your keywords throughout your post and be as helpful as possible by providing a solution to the problem that your audience has.
Let’s talk about word count
Your word count can be anything from 1000 to 3000+ words. Whatever you feel is best for you and the amount of time you need to cover all the points that you want to cover in this blog post.
Some blog posts don’t need as many words. Whereas others need thousands of words to explain your topic thoroughly and solve your audience’s problem in depth.
If you don’t have much to say about your topic then don’t bubble on just for the sake of increasing word count. You don’t want to waste your audience’s time. Say what you want to say and call it a day
4.4 Add a Call to Action
Add a call to Action at the end of the post. What do you want your reader to do next? Do you want them to leave a comment? To subscribe to your mailing list? Or buy a product?
Tell them what you want them to do. They will leave and never return. And you would have lost a possible loyal follower. Don’t make that mistake. Tell them what action you want them to take, they can’t read your mind on what you want them to do.
I hope I have covered everything it takes on how to write your very first blog post. And that you’ll be able to write your first post now.
The important thing is to just start. Just right. It won’t be perfect at first. It probably never will be. I’m not. But you will never be any good if you don’t start.
So don’t wait for everything to be perfect. Don’t wait until you feel you know everything about your topic. No. Dive in.
You will learn on the job. That’s the best way to learn anything.
Do your research but don’t stay in research mode because of fear. Give yourself an hour to research and then start writing an outline. Fill in your post, include keywords, pictures and include your call To Action and that is it.