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Ten Tips for writing a blog post

The following post on tips for writing a blog was submitted by Lyndon from Flockblog who in his email to me with it described it as a simple ‘back to basics’ kind of post. Thanks Lyndon.

Get more Blog tips from our Blog Tips for Beginners series.

Here are ten tips that help me with my blog writing.

  1. Make your opinion known
  2. Link like crazy
  3. Write less
  4. 250 Words is enough
  5. Make Headlines snappy
  6. Write with passion
  7. Include Bullet point lists
  8. Edit your post
  9. Make your posts easy to scan
  10. Be consistent with your style
  11. Litter the post with keywords

1. Make your opinion known
People like blogs, they like blogs because they are written by people and not corporations. People want to know what people think, crazy as it sounds they want to know what you think. Tell them exactly what you think using the least amount of words possible.

2. Link like crazy.
Support your post with links to other web pages that are contextual to your post.

3. Write Less
Give the maximum amount of information with the least amount of words. Time is finite and people are infinitely busy. Blast your knowledge into the reader at the speed of sound.

4. 250 is enough
A long post is easier to forget and harder to get into. A short post is the opposite.

5. Make Headlines snappy
Contain your whole argument in your headline. Check out National newspapers to see how they do it.

6. Include bullet point lists
We all love lists, it structures the info in an easily digestible format.

7. Make your posts easy to scan
Every few paragraphs insert a sub heading. Make sentences and headlines short and to the point.

8. Be consistent with your style
People like to know what to expect, once you have settled on a style for your audience stick to it.

9. Litter the post with Keywords.
Think about what keywords people would use to search for your post and include them in the body text and headers. make sure the keyword placement is natural and does not seem out of place.

10. Edit your post
Good writing is in the editing. Before you hit the submit button, re-read your post and cut out the stuff that you don’t need.

I hope you enjoyed my tips for writing a blog post – feel free to share your own blog writing tips below.

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Comments

  1. decapper says:

    Quite new to all this but love your tips. Blogging is starting to become an addiction for me..So writing one is just round the corner.

  2. priya says:

    Your blog is so simple and interesting..thanks for sharing the tips..hope you coul dview my blog and evaluate……if u have the time…..

  3. When I finally get going with my blog on copywriting and running a small business, I’ll follow these tips!

    If only more bloggers did!

  4. Neil Hocking says:

    Thanks for the tips. Will be starting my blog tonight so am cramming for some late tips.

    One of my own, coming from a blog reader, don’t make private anything that’s not necessary. When I’m checking out a blog I get annoyed if I get excluded from banal topics such as ‘my favourite movie’. Why? If you’re setting up an online clique, fine, but if you want publicity let your readers get hooked by lots of free access stuff and then, if you really feel the need, set up members-only sections.

    Also, the cliche ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’ doesn’t necessarily apply at all times. e.g. Google doesn’t care about your images, just their labels when it’s searching for your site!

  5. Rudi says:

    Nice Tips man, hope i can apply it :D

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  7. Thanks for the tips. Very nice and a good list, I will surely follow it. Thank again.

  8. Thanks for your nice tips.I’ll keep all these tips in my mind while posting the blogs

  9. hey its good tips please add this tips:

    - make a blog post link at the bottom of each posting means next and previous posting link with custom title tag.

  10. Darren Rowse,

    Thanks for your instructions for “writing a blog spot”, its look easy and everyone can understand. Sure it will be useful for new users. the tips for creating snappy, eye catching headlines or titles never fail to catch reader ideas are very interesting.

    Thanks,
    Ioffersearch.com Blogs – Just another Ioffersearch.com weblog

  11. Lemizeraq says:

    Hi,

    Just wanted you to know that I saw a post almost word for word the same in most parts here:

    http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/594579/eleven_tips_for_writing_a_blog_post.html?cat=3#comments

    Thought that you may want to know about it as the article was later and very likely taken from yours.

  12. Very good guidance on writing a blog. Really good site I will be coming back to it.

  13. Great tips and this tips are all the major ones in the internet marketing. Many business people follow this and got succeeded. Also if you are interested in creating blog articles, please share and post in Bloggingnews.net.

  14. plutoman says:

    Oh well. I’ve just started a blog. My posts regularly exceed three times the word limit. Maybe the subject matter of my blog means I’ve got to just get it all out there.

  15. NatalieAllan says:

    Make your comments amusing would be the 11th good writing tip. People like to be amused and if you’re adding an opinion to something that really gets on your nerves, people don’t want to depress them, they want it to amuse them. This way it cheers them up and they’re more likely to come back if you give them something to titter about.

    The 12th also would be: be honest. Brutally honest. If people want to read all about you, then they want to know everything – especially what make you tick. Think Big Brother – they are not famous, but they bear all and the public love it.

    The 13th and most important: don’t swar at your reader, if the reader finds it distateful they will go away and never come back. However, dropping the odd profanity into 1 in 50 posts can be palatable or even amusing! Use with caution!

  16. Michael says:

    Instead of blogging, I am trying to create a website where everyone, writter or not, can use writing to express emotions that they normally would not. Please check it out, and if you are interested in linking your blog with my site let me know

  17. Anne says:

    Great tips.. Thanks a lot.

  18. You gotta blog to kkep people up to date with whats going on. Blogging is the fastest way of growing content on the net.

  19. “make sure the keyword placement is natural and does not seem out of place.”

    I couldn’t agree with this more. Keyword placement without keyword loading is an art. All the keywords and keyword-phrases in the world won’t help if the post is bloated with them. If it’s annoying for you to read it will certainly be annoying to others.

    I sometimes re-read my articles many, many times before posting them. It always amazes me that I find some more fat to be trimmed or spelling and grammer mistakes the fifth time through. :/

    Great job posting this up Darren, Lyndon hit the nail on the head.

    “Litter the post with Keywords”

    I’d would have preferred he used “Pepper”.

    ;)

    -Becca

  20. lataminoka says:

    as a new comer, this hint is very useful. I really want to expose and post a good article and picture. I want to do it consistently.

  21. Annabel says:

    Be controversial too, but be prepared for naysayers. Titles are super important but it’s had to pick between a throw away line which may attract hits (or not) like “Give Fear the Finger” and a sensible one like “Live the Life You Want.” which is so dull. In this instance I cheated and used both to create “Give Fear the Finger, and Live the Life You Want.”

    Well, it makes me happy:)

  22. Pro-Vamsi says:

    Great tips mate!! Its always good to get basics right!!

  23. SEO India says:

    Great tips! Really these tips are very useful to me for writing a blog. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Joanne Grey says:

    Some good tips. My main failing is making my posts too long.

    It’s probably from writing articles that needed to always be between 800 and 1000 words for the newspapers! I think it’s easy to get used to one particular style.

  25. raphnexx says:

    Thank you very informative.It a good start for freelance writers.

  26. Thanks Darren Rowse for sharing great tips for blog posting start up. Actually, I am new to your blog and really like these tips too much.

    Best regards,

  27. Good post and thanks for sharing quality tips.

  28. Flic Manning says:

    Interesting post. I have been blogging for years and use these same techniques but its nice to see you have posted it up for people to learn from. You’re so right about your opinion being important in these sort of medium. Flic. http://www.flicmanning.com

  29. We’ve recently started our blog and I am sure these tips for my writers will be effective to produce a good blog write up

  30. Web Design says:

    It’s not just a good summary but a really good headline. This is the first thing people will be attracted to.

  31. John says:

    Very helpful. I thought my posts were too brief, but based on your advice some of them could use trimming.

  32. Hey thanks for this posts. I’m myself a beginner in blogging but these tips can be vital to me in doing my job well.

  33. Paola says:

    Great article! thanks for sharing it. We have just started our recipe website as well as our blog, its all about food!

    Check it out:

    http://www.foodberry.com

  34. Marie says:

    Thank you for the tips! I’ve started my weight loss and health blog at http://mtclosetowin.blogspot.com/, so please check it out! :o)

  35. TechPinas says:

    Thank you!

    I’m now working on making my blog http://www.techpinas.com more interesting for my readers and your tips can definitely help me in achieving that. :)

    Sincerely,

    Mark

  36. turisuna says:

    I always make short post, not because I don’t have any idea to write, but I’m still learning English, so sometimes the problem is not about the idea, but what words should I use lol.

  37. neon says:

    Everything is very open and very clear explanation of issues. was truly information. Your website is very useful. Thanks for sharing.

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