The first blog post I ever wrote I didn’t publish for three days. I’d log in every day, open up the post and stare at the “Publish” button trying to work up the nerve to “just go for it”.
“What if no one reads it?”
“What if they do and think it’s terrible?”
“What if I misspelled something and get made fun of for it?”
Most of all, I was terrified people wouldn’t find it interesting and never come back. If you’ve ever had that same fear… don’t worry, we all have.
Since then, I’ve spent a ton of time figuring out how to make my blog posts as interesting as I can. I don’t claim to be perfect at it, but I’ve found a ton of good tips that have helped. Here’s 13 of them:
1. 4 Delightful Editing Tips to Make Your Words Dazzle and Dance
Do you ever read back a draft of your writing and wonder what happened? Red-cheeked, you thought your draft was complete. You felt excited. Brimming with enthusiasm. You knew it … this was going to be superb. Probably your best-ever blog post. Yay!
You poured yourself a beer, feeling elated with your success. Any minor editing and proofreading could wait until the next day. But, the next day … you feel disappointed. Your writing sounds bland. Your sentences seem to stutter.
What can you do? Let’s explore four things:
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2. A Simple Strategy for Increasing Blog Post Ideas
When you first come up with an idea for your new blog, you can get filled up on a huge rush of adrenaline. You’re start off with a big enthusiastic bang, putting all the right pieces in the place so that your blog has the best chance at making it big. You have all these great ideas for blog posts and you turn into far more prolific a writer than you could have ever imagined.
And then, before you know it, the well runs dry.
You go from publishing multiple blog posts a day to having extended periods with no new posts at all. A week goes by. Then two weeks. Then even longer. Suddenly, the rabid posting activity on your blog has quieted down to near utter silence. And you wonder why your blog isn’t doing so well.
So, what can you do?
3. Why You Need To Make Canva Your #1 Image Tool
Canva has been around for some years now but I only discovered it a few months ago and since then it has quickly become my go-to image and graphics tool and has saved me a lot of time asking our in-house designer to knock me up custom images for blog and social media posts.
4. 51 Quick Hacks That Will Make You Write Attractive Headlines
The headline is the most important part of a blog post. Majority of people that see your posts will see the headlines only. Without a compelling headline not many will actually click to visit your article.
To attract visitors and draw them in you must write powerful, relevant and eye-catching headlines for your posts. Your headlines must be sharp, they must make people curious and prompt them to click on your link no matter the distractions and the competing choices in their news feeds.
If you achieve this your headlines will help your posts get more clicks, more shares and more engagement.
5. How to Create Stunning Infographics for Your Blog Post
As someone said, “A picture is worth more than 1000 words.” In the present scenario, a picture is a very good way to share and summarize your blog content. You can use chart, Information and text together to create an Infographic. Infographics are quite popular on Social-media sites & readers love it as it convey the message in an easy to understand format.
Most of the bloggers think that you need to be a highly skilled designer to create an infographic, which is not entirely true. These days there are many online Infographic maker sites are there to help users like you & me to create Infographics for our blog post. This is your handy guide to learn everything about designing Infographics for your blog even if you have not done it before.
6. 5 Powerful And Stimulating Ways To Improve Your Blog Writing
Are you struggling to improve your blog writing? Want to captivate more readers to your blog?
With hundreds of thousands of blogs out there in the online space, it can be difficult for your blogging voice to be heard.
To encourage an audience towards your blog, it needs to be world class, professional, and highly beneficial to your readers.
Within this action packed blog post, you’re going to learn 5 powerful and epic tips and tricks to propel your blog writing, so not only does it entice new readers to your blog, but it will keep your readers on your blog for longer, which is crucial within any blog or website.
Create an epic blog for your readers with these simple but massive tips!
7. Your Voice is Louder than Words: Interview with Todd Henry
Most creatives think finding their voice is as simple as digging it up in the backyard. But the reality is this process is shrouded in a lot more mystery.
My friend, Todd Henry believes your voice is developed in layers. It’s something you uncover and develop over time. Ultimately, it’s how your collective body of work speaks. It is louder than your words and bigger than a single event. I like that.
This week on The Portfolio Life, Todd and I talk about using your voice to create lasting impact. Listen in as we explore deep ideas like active patience, authenticity, and vision.
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8. 11 Powerful Tools to Create Brilliant Content
There are so many factors that contribute to your blog’s success. SEO? Sure.
Having a good headline that will hook the readers into clicking on it? Check.
Having a website that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but not to overbearing? Got that, too.
Social media presence? Ditto.
All of these are pretty much necessary, yet rendered completely useless if your blog is missing its most important ingredient: great content.
9. How to write a blog post that your readers will love to read and share?
So you put your sweat and blood to write a blog post. You are so excited about the blog post.
You’ve done all the editing to polish your post and it reads great! Now you are extremely proud to click that Publish button and you do so.
You look forward to comments, shares and all sorts of social media interactions. That’s quite reasonable isn’t? – given that you’ve spent so much time and effort on it.
But that doesn’t seem to happen. Why is that? Why are your blog posts avoided by readers, even though you write them with all your heart?
Why do the blog posts of your peers do very well among their audience but yours fail to perform well.
Let’s discuss six tips to help you write blog posts that will get your readers to read and share!
10. 9 Secrets To Write Interesting & Engaging Blog Content
Blogging has become hugely popular over the last few years. At first, it was just a hobby for teenagers, who created their blogs to tell about their lives and things they like. Nowadays blogging has grown into a profitable business. It seems practically everyone has their own blog, and the range of subjects these blogs cover is mind-boggling.
However, not all blog owners have noteworthy blogs. One of the quickest ways to make readers quit your blog in no time is miserable content. Below is a collection of powerful tips for writing unforgettable content that is not only interesting to write, but even more interesting to read.
11. 7 Exercises to transform your blog from sloppy to savvy
The web is getting noisier by the minute and you have so much information put out there. People in fact have overwhelming amounts of information on any topic under the sun.
So even if you are running the best blog out there, the chances are you will go unnoticed by anyone.
But there’s good news. When you see a plateau in your earnings, or traffic, or your progress in general, there are certain things you can do to transform your blog.
The transformation is not only a nice thing to your blog and to your readers, but it is an uplifting thing for your business too.
And it is a mandatory thing to do. Here are 7 blogging exercises that will help transform your blog from sloppy to savvy.
12. The Blogging Tactic No One Is Talking About: Optimizing the Past
Nine months ago, I analyzed a report that would transform not only my role on the HubSpot blogging team, but also the whole blog’s editorial strategy. The results have been nothing short of eye-opening. And I’m not just talking about the findings from the report — I’m also talking about the business results we’ve generated from the shift we made in our blogging strategy because of those findings.
That shift is an ongoing internal project we call “historical optimization.” The goal? Update old blog content and generate more traffic and leads from it in the process.
Great for us, right? Hang on — it’s great for you, too. I’m writing about all this because any experienced blogger who’s tasked with growing and scaling the results they generate from their blog needs to know about it. The thing is, no one is really talking about it … yet.
13. 11 Free Blogging Tools to Help You Identify and Understand Your Audience
Your blog has to reach those who’ve barely heard of you and need convincing that you’re the right provider of a solution for them (i.e. the vast majority of your website visitors).
And in order to develop a better quality signal to search engines, you have to create the right content for your visitors – and this content is most likely going to benefit from the support of a blog behind it.
But wait! What is the Number One thing you have to do before typing a letter? Identify your audience.
Your blogging will be wasted if you are not a) writing up solutions to your potential and returning visitors’ problems, and b) writing it in style that reflects your audience. Luckily, there are a ton of free resources out there to get you started on your research to write the best, most targeted blog posts you possibly can!
Wait, wait wait… this is too much!
Feeling overwhelmed? It’s okay… together these are a lot to take in. Instead of doing that, though, I recommend you bookmark this post and tackle these one at a time.
You can’t suddenly implement 100 different ideas at once. Instead, use these as a guideline to constantly improve your blog in the coming weeks, months and years.
Also published on Medium.