One of the most difficult elements to starting a website or blog is at the very start when you sometimes have no idea how to start adding content. In this post, we’ll be looking at ways that can ease your transition into a content marketer and blogger.
Publishing that first blog post can feel like a very difficult task. You may have no idea what to write about or more importantly, you might not feel confident enough to hit that publish button, releasing it to the World Wide Web.
But, if there is one helpful piece of advice I can offer, it is to continually write and publish quality content on your website. Even if it isn’t the most perfect post in the world, your content will still have a chance to rank and gain increasing authority overtime. This will increase the health of your website and its authority. So now, let’s look at the following steps & techniques that can help you effortlessly publish your first helpful and high-quality blog post that people will grow to love.
#1. Begin by targeting down your niche & creating categories
What you want to do before you even get started on your very first blog post is targeting your niche down into categories. If we look at affiliate-sale for example, we’ll see that there are at-least 20 categories onto this site.
Here are some examples:
- Affiliate Marketing
- E-mail Marketing
- Keyword Research
- Product Reviews
- Traffic Generation
You get the idea. Once you’ve got all your categories down, then you can focus on writing a blog post, one at a time, for each category. Why is this helpful? Well, it not only makes the content creation process easier, especially in the beginning, but also leads to a better and more established framework for your website.
#2. Look for trending topics in your niche
In order to become a trending website in your niche, you need trending topics to go with your site. You need to think of topics and questions that people are really on the lookout for. Look for sources and other websites in your niche as examples and use Google Trends to confirm that the topic you’re writing about is something people are searching for.
#3. Create your headlines for various topics
Once you’ve cracked down on a few awesome topics for your various categories. See if you can make a catchy and engaging title or headline before you even begin to write your post. This can make writing your first blog post a lot easier as you now have something to go off of. Keep in mind that the title of your post can always be changed later on.
#4. Think about how you want to structure your post
One important criteria to having a well diverse website with plenty of content originality is with the structure of your posts. For example, one day you could write a review of a product and another day could be focused on say a numbered list or countdown. This post for example is titled 7 Steps To Begin Writing Your Very First Blog Post. Another post could be a how to tutorial or informational post. Whatever the topic is on, always make sure to mix up the structure of your content so it doesn’t feel overly redundant.
#5. Adding images and video
Once you have your blog post written out, the next thing you want to do is consider the type of images and possibly even videos to enhance your post. After all, what’s a blog post without an media? Videos definitely shouldn’t be tacked on to every blog post, but if you know or have seen something helpful, then be sure to add it. Adding images, on the other hand, is something you’ll probably want to be doing much more often. They’re not only pleasing to the eye, but can also help in getting valuable points across.
#6. Leave a question at the end for comments & engagement
One last thing I like to do before finishing off a blog post is leaving a question for thought. This leads to better user behavior and activity on your site by having enticed them to leave some thoughtful comments and questions on your post. It’s a way of showing your visitors that they are more than welcome to engage with your site before they take off.
#7. Edit and Publish!
Finally, once you’ve done all that, it’s time to edit your post for any spelling or grammatical errors and publish your post. The better your post reads and the more flawless it is, the better your post is bound to rank. Be proud and feel encouraged that you’ve published your first blog post. It’s a big step that should hopefully lead to bigger and better things for both you and your website.
Need help publishing or coming up ideas for your very first blog post? Feel free to leave any thoughts and comments down below!