Everyone around who starts their blog, feel very frustrated when they are writing their first blog post.
I know writing first blog post seems like a daunting task but if you have a solid plan, you can actually kick-start your blogging career with a boom!
I remember when I was going to write my first blog post, I was feeling like how people are going to react on it? What if they don’t like? What if I receive negative comments?
But…A harsh reality is…
Your first post isn’t going to rock because you are starting out, you would be having 0 social followings except for your family members or friends.
But this is actually a blessing in disguise!
You will learn as you go because that’s where everyone has started. You will get additional time to improve your writing mistakes, and most importantly you will get over the fear of writing and will be able to break the shackles.
1. Picking the right topic to write first blog post
This is the pro tip that every writer gives” choosing the right a topic”. This can be the reason why people usually take more time in writing a blog post because they don’t know what they are going to write about.
You have to choose a topic in which you have some prior knowledge so that you have to do a little research.
By this, I don’t mean that you have to have tons of writing material before sitting down, but little know-how will do the trick.
Now, you shouldn’t be writing about a topic that no one cares about…
You have to choose a topic for which your audience is searching on the web. This way your piece of content will get the attention it deserves. Otherwise, there would be a sound of crickets.
Now you might think how do I know what my targeted audience is looking for?
This is where tools come handy…
Go to buzzsumo and type the keyword that you would be targeting in your article. Oh, I forgot to mention how you can do keyword research. Hell No! I have written through a guide on how to choose keywords, that’s why I won’t be discussing it here.
Now, when you have chosen your keyword, type your keyword and select the option for the past 1 year, this will show the top-performing content on the web, the number of social shares will help get an idea if readers are enjoying this topic because nobody shares a blog post if they don’t enjoy?
Another benefit of using buzzsumo is that you can get the content ideas to write first blog post. If you are smart enough, you can easily find those gaps and fill them with your blog post. This way you will not be competing with hundreds of search results, instead, you would be targeting a handful of readers.
One last thing that I recommend before choosing a topic is to look for its popularity in google trends. It is a free tool from google, it will show you the trend for that topic in a range from 0 to 100. If the trend is steady or increasing, then you can go with it but if you see a downwards trend then it is advisable to look for some other topic.
Before moving to the next section, make sure to search that term in google search, and look for the content which is ranking. I would suggest reading them also
2. Outlining the content
One of the biggest mistakes that I see beginners are doing, is they just start writing their first ever blog post without a clear outline.
This eventually causes to forget some important thing worth mentioning. It is seen that outlining can speed up your writing as you will now be just focusing on what to write instead of how to write.
To have an effective outlining, just focus on what you have to write, and start making small sentences or keyword phrases out of it. Before going further, re-check if you have missed something important?
Now, you have all your content packed in the form of subheadings, now arrange them in effective order so that your readers might not get confused. This is also important if you have certain goal to achieve with this blog post.
This is an optional step, but as I do so I wanted to share it with you. I recommend writing 2-3 lines in each sub-headings with resources that you are looking to mention in it. This will create an extra layer in making a strong article foundation.
If you are reading till now then congratulations! You are among 12% of people who read a blog post till half! Literally?
Over to next step…
3. Proper time allocation
I know most of you find it difficult to focus when you start writing. I know because I have been in a similar situation as yours.
Proper time management differentiates a good writer with an average writer. I am not saying that you should spend hours in writing your first ever draft.
Instead, you should use this simple
I know it is difficult to check the clock again and again, that’s why I use this free browser add-on Forest Stay Focused, which uses the same theory.
This will help you focus for 25 min, this time all distracting websites like Youtube, Quora or Reddit will not be accessible.
I assume this to be the top writing tips for beginners who are writing their first blog post.
At first, you need to write a shitty draft, I am calling it shitty because there will be numerous mistakes. But you just need to write whatever comes in your mind. If you start correcting at the same time, you would be wasting a lot more than time.
4. Writing an appealing introduction
I know you might be thinking whether I missed this point earlier? But this is actually the right approach.
Before writing an article, you don’t know in which direction this article would go. So, writing an intro before actually writing an article doesn’t seem to be a good move.
In-fact, when you have written your article, it would be a lot easier to come up with the compelling intro and grab the attention of your reader from the start.
Studies have found that writing an article from introduction take more time, as you start thinking what am I going to write?
While, when you start writing from your first point, it becomes a lot easier to write and break those shackles which are hindering you to start.
I believe you have got my point?
5. Coming up with an awesome headline
Writing a catchy headline is an art which most people learn along the way. A headline is actually a gateway which will attract your readers.
I know there are many techniques for writing a good headline, but I will make this section bit shorter and simple for your clear understanding.
It is found that headings with numbers tend to have higher CTR and social shares. By this, I am referring to list posts, as these types of post get way more traction than other forms of posts.
Next, use power words in your headlines. Power word tends to have an emotional touch, resultantly it will bring more clicks.
According to brain dean, a pro tip for writing a headline for beginners is to use brackets and parentheses.
One last tip is to use year in your headline, this conveys to people that this is a new content. Keep in mind that you have to just write the year of publishing in headlines only, and not in URL because you can easily update headline for the next year but changing a URL would become difficult as you have to set up redirects.
Hope you are getting me till here, let’s dive into some further tips to write your first blog post.
6. Time for proofreading and formatting
This is the next step when you are finished with writing your first draft. I usually recommend a break after writing a draft and then start proofreading because in some cases we actually slip those mistakes.
I usually recommend is to take a little nap before starting proofreading since then you will have a fresh pair of eyes and each mistake will be quite visible.
Start with correcting typos followed with grammatical errors. Then read the whole text and look for sentences or words which are not making sense. Try to replace them with sentences or words that are more clear and focused.
It is a good practice to challenge each sentence but don’t be too selective, and don’t eliminate humorous words that you added in your draft as human interaction is also very important.
After you are finished with this process, its time to format the blog post in the WordPress ( i think you are using it). Use appropriate tags for headings. Add attractive images or videos (if any) to make your blog post something more than just a slum of words.
If you are using SEO plugins like Yoast or rank math, use their suggestions to optimize your blog post.
When you are finished, hit the publish button (the most difficult task I had to face) and don’t worry about mistakes as you can update it whenever you want.
Don’t be afraid of thinking that it might not be a good blog post, just think about it, if I am liking it everyone out there is also going to like it.
7. Start Marketing
The process of writing fist blog post doesn’t end here, you have to handle marketing also if you are a solo person like me.
The first thing is to post on your social media accounts. This depends on how much social media channel you prefer in your marketing strategy. You have to craft separate headlines for social sites to attract visitors. I usually prefer adding a thumbnail, but if you are new into marketing, it is absolutely fine to use stock images.
Then visit forum sites like Quora and Reddit and search for your topic. You will find many people who are looking for an answer. Just answer them there and provide a link to your blog post for further reading. But don’t spam your answers with links, as you will be running into risks of getting your account banned.
The last thing is to email your subscribers list and tell them about your latest blog post. They would be more than happy to be your first reader ( If you don’t have a mailing list, it is fine as I started. But keep this tip for future). As email has a higher conversion, so it is expected that your subscribers will be the one who would provide those tickle traffic at the beginning of your published blog post.
It is seen that if you have an initial burst of traffic, then search engines pay attention a lot quicker, that means your post will be ranked in a quick time.
The marketing process doesn’t stop here, as it continues till the blog post is present on your site. I use a tool called recure post. It takes care of all the re-marketing process so you don’t have to waste your time again and again in marketing single blog post.
Wrapping it Up….
I would close with a saying, “You can’t accomplish your goals without even starting”. I know it would be difficult in the beginning to start but as you write more and more you will eventually become good at writing and you will fast track your writing.
Just start with a clear plan, do some research before starting as it saves time when you begin writing.
Then follow the outline and set a proper time for each task to maintain your productivity. At last, leave ample time for proofreading and formatting as this is where you post will look different from others.
The most important step is marketing, if you don’t do marketing, your post will end up in the trash as nobody is going to see you have written a marvelous piece of content. This is an ongoing process, in fact, marketers say to give 80% of your time to marketing and just 20% for writing.
I hope this blog post will help you in writing your first blog post.
Do share your thoughts in the comments, I would love to answer them.