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Ideas on How to Write a Blog

A few days ago a friend told me that he has so many great ideas for a website, but he “was bad at writing” and he “didn’t like writing.” He is also a busy bee, going back and forth all day long, and so he finds it hard to make time to write an article. We talked about ideas on how to write a blog, but he insists that writing is just not for him, and who am I to argue, right?

I love writing, but I understand that we can’t all like the same things. Nonetheless, during my online journey as a blogger, I have met several bloggers who said that they used to be bad at writing or that they did not use to like it, and now they absolutely enjoy the process of writing a blog post.

Ideas on How to Write a Blog

My friend may not change his mind, though. Even in the past, before I started blogging, he frequently asked me to help him with some articles he needed for his business. I think that he could still set up a website and hire writers or have guest bloggers. It’s worth mentioning to him 🙂

So, What is Important to Write a Blog?

1. Create a Website

Let’s start with the very beginning. If you already have a website, then you may skip this part and scroll down to the next paragraph.

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2. Write down ideas for your blog posts

Once your website is ready, you have chosen your niche, and you have your “About me” and Privacy Policy” pages set up, you can start blogging. Before you begin, it is a good idea to write down a list of ideas you have for your blog. You can organize them according to theme or how they relate, but that is entirely up to you. It’s your blog, after all 🙂

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How often should you blog?

You can’t really put an exact number on it. Some people blog every day, others do it once a week or even once a month. I do, however, not recommend blogging once a month. That is not enough and since Google will see little to no activity on your website it will soon go into oblivion among all the other millions of websites that are out there.

You want your website to be seen, right? So, although I said that I would not place an exact number, I think that you should publish minimum two blog posts per week.

3. Research Keywords

When you have written down your ideas, it is not recommended to just start writing without researching your keywords. They are essential to getting your posts noticed. You could write the most amazing article, but if it doesn’t have well researched, high ranking keywords, no one is going to see your little masterpiece.

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When someone searches in Google, based on the keywords he or she types in, a list of articles will appear. The ones with high ranking keywords that match the user’s search will appear on page 1. Consequently, those articles will get the most traffic. This is why it is essential that you research keywords and implement them into your article.

However, do NOT fill your article with keywords. That won’t go down well with Mr. G (Google), and your website may likely lose ranking, since it may be considered spammy. The best thing to do is to add the keyword to your title and then include it in your first paragraph. That’s it, no more than that. Twice is enough.

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Remember, no one likes spammers. Google doesn’t either.

In the Jaaxy keyword research tool below, you can perform a search right now, for any keyword you like. You will see how high or low the word(s) will rank and how many searches per month are done for this (these) particular keyword(s). Jaaxy gives you a lot of useful information which will help you decide on the right keyword and improve your title for better search results.

The other cool thing about Jaaxy is that in case you are running out of ideas for blog posts, a little search on Jaaxy (especially the alphabet soup feature) will soon bring you many new ideas. You’ll keep on writing 🙂

4. Start Writing

Now that you have a title and your researched keyword(s), you are ready to write an article that will increase the chances at ranking in Google. The higher the ranking, the higher the possibility of people reading your article. You want people to read what you wrote, don’t you? 🙂

5. How Many Words?

Everyone says something different, but we can all agree that your article should have at least 1000 or 1500 words.

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Longer articles rank better on Google. So, if you write an article of 2000 or even 3000 words, that is even better. No worries, though, don’t be alarmed by those numbers. Start with 1000 – 1500 word articles, and in time you can increase your word count, if you like.

6. Divide and Conquer

I am talking about paragraphs, not war tactics 😉

Please avoid typing long text blocks that make the letters swim in front of your eyes. No one – not even the most avid reader – wants to read that. I love reading, but long texts online without a single break make my eyes water, I have no patience for it.

That is why you must divide your text into paragraphs. This is extremely important if you want to keep your reader on your website!

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Additionally, include images that relate to your content. They could be photos you took with your camera or free images that you can download from online platforms such as Unsplash, Pixabay, Pexels, etc.

Most people are visual, and a text that is neatly separated into paragraphs and shows photos that illustrate your content is much more attractive than a long essay with no paragraphs and no pictures.

If you don’t want people to click away when they land on your website, point nr. 6 should definitely be taken into consideration.

7. After You Hit That Publish Button

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Good, you clicked on publish. Your baby is out there on the world wide web. Now what?

SEO is important to get organic traffic, but there are other ways to get your article some attention. Share it on social media. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, you name it. That will help you get more exposure for your website. People will like and share it on Facebook, heart and retweet it on Twitter, re-pin it on Pinterest, and all these actions will lead to clicks on your website.

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Of course, not every like and share on social media implies a click on your website, but it increases activity and visibility for your site.

Final Thoughts

I hope that this article gave you some ideas on how to write blog posts and what else is involved in it. It isn’t only writing but also SEO, social media, and lots of research, and a lot more.

When I mention research, I don’t only mean keywords, but also information and sources for your articles. Some blog posts require thorough research and a mention of your sources to show where you found your information. This is especially important if you are writing in the health niche, but it also applies to many other niches.

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You cannot come over as someone who doesn’t know what he or she is talking about. It is important to be knowledgeable about the topic you are writing about. That’s how readers will pay attention to you. If someone gives the impression of just babbling incoherently without any firm basis or sources, I doubt that many readers will spend much time on your site. So, research is an important part of the writing process.

If you have any doubts, comments, or questions, please let me know in the comments below. I will be happy to answer them. Thank you for reading!

14 thoughts on “Ideas on How to Write a Blog

  1. You have some very perfect idea on how to write a blog. I think it will be really nice for me to learn this because I have not been able to start writing since I started my website last week but this is not only a lesson but also an inspiration for me because I’m sure if like to start writing now. Thanks!

  2. Thank you so much for all you shared here and I would say that I value all these here. In all honesty, the tips you shared here are really immense and can make the difference in a long while when it comes to writing worthy blog posts. Surely, this is great to see and the tips here have been jotted down. Thank you

  3. Christine, a very comprehensive, yet straight to the point guide of how to go about the blogging process. I am sure many will find this information very useful.

  4. Hi Christine,

    Straightforward and informative. A great guide to get anyone started online writing a blog.

    I think back to your friend and I know have encountered many people who are the same.

    Admittedly, writing may not be for everyone, but I have always felt that you’ll never know until you try.

    I’d like to add another tip if that’s okay.

    To get into writing you need to create a habit. And the best way to achieve this is to write something every single day.

    Now I’m a great believer in setting small daily goals, as these still add up over time.

    So, rather than attempting to write War and Peace on a daily basis, setting a goal of just writing 100-200 words every day will get you into a great habit.

    Some days you may feel inspired and write a lot more – 1,000 2,000, 3,000 or even 10,000 words, who knows?

    However, as long as you stick to just aiming to write your minimum number every day (100 words) then you can still consider that day a success.

    Thanks
    Partha

    1. Hi Partha,

      Thank you for this excellent advice! And I absolutely agree, as long as you stick to writing a minimum number of words every day, then you can indeed consider that a success 🙂
      Thank you for your helpful comment!

  5. hey! that is really a great and inspiring article for everyone who wants to start writing! The most difficult part for me is to write frequently, but as you said, it has to be at least once a week! You got it all covered, here, thanks for the info!

  6. This whole concept of blogging and monetizing it can be a bit overwhelming. There are so many components to it that add up to make the process a whole. You have broken it down nicely here to give me a better idea of what is all included should I want to take this route. I also agree about the research part. I have read other blogs that have stated false information and it is a huge turn off for wanting to further read on their page. How long does it take one to get started and posting blogs? Thank you for the helpful information.

    1. Hi there,

      It takes less than a minute to create a website. Then, after installing an SEO package, writing your “About me” and private policy pages, you can start blogging right away. It could be on the same day, or a day after you set up the previously mentioned pages. I would wait a day. Writing the “about me” and privacy policy pages also takes some time, so I would not pack too much work in the same day. I hope that helps. 🙂
      Thanks for your comment!

  7. Hi Christine,

    Everyone can write, this is for sure, and it’s just like to cultivate a daily habit. I always say this to people that ask me the same thing “If you can brush your teeth twice a day, why can’t you have the habit to write things for your blog? We are not born to brush our teeth, it’s a habit that our parents teach us to do, right? So, you can write!”
    And, it’s really nice to know that building a website only takes in 30 seconds, which is a time saver from anyone’s busy schedule. I have a website too, and it’s just like what you mentioned here that writing an article needs researches which are time-consuming, not to mention SEO & keyword researches.
    You share those powerful tools that we can use for our websites, and they are really helping.

    Cheers,
    Matt

    1. Hi Matt,

      I agree, habits are created and we can create new habits such as writing a certain amount of words every day. I have seen your website and it looks great! Wishing you the best of luck with it! 🙂

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