No matter what you do online – you’re most likely consuming content, whether it’s written, video, or image content.
But if you own your blog – one question remains. How to start writing a blog post if you’ve never written a blog post before?
You might feel like you have a lot to say & share – but you don’t know where to start?
No worries. Everyone can feel intimidated by a blank editor. Being a content writer myself – I’ve made my own way that helps me get going systematically – no matter the topic of the post.
And if you’re wondering how to start writing blog posts, quickly and efficiently – this is the right post for you.
I won’t only tell you what to do – but I’ll show you how I do it, so keep on reading! By the end of this post – you’ll feel like an experienced blogger!
Do Your Research Before Writing
Some of you will know what the topic is going to be – but some of you won’t, and that’s totally fine. That’s why research is the number one thing you have to do, even before opening the editor.
When I started writing content, I used to often write about topics I didn’t know much about – but plenty of research actually helped me write.
Nowadays, even when I know my topic – I still do some type of research, whether it’s to confirm the facts & statistics or to simply find out related things to my topic so I could include them in my post.
Alphabet Soup Technique
Kyle from Wealthy Affiliate has introduced a technique called Alphabet Soup which is basically opening Google.com in your browser and starting to type out phrases.
Google will then show relevant queries which could be useful in finding a topic of interest. Here’s what I have got.
And here’s what else I found by just adding one more word to my query.
As you can see – now I have about a dozen possible subtopics on just one topic. This is one of the easiest ways to find a bunch of topics, and believe me, you will never run out of ideas in the future.
I prefer writing all the ideas I come across, so every time I am out of inspiration – I can check out my list and simply choose one topic or do a bit more in-depth research on one of the topics.
Finding a Keyword
In case you would like to make money blogging – driving traffic to your site is something you’re after.
The easiest way (which is also free) to drive traffic to your blog is to incorporate keywords related to your topic into your post.
Keywords are simple phrases you’ve already typed into Google when you followed the alphabet soup technique I’ve explained earlier.
However, keywords can tell you how often people look up these phrases, how many people look up for them, and how hard it is to rank for a certain phrase.
There are plenty of paid keyword research tools such as Ahrefs or SEMRush, but my favorite (and most reliable) tool is Jaaxy which is FREE.
All you have to do is write down your phrase, and check a couple of stats to see if this keyword would be a great fit for your blog.
In my other post, I showed how to do keyword research for free and how to target the right audience so your post gets read by people who are already looking for something you wrote about – so make sure to check that out!
Note: This step is optional and you don’t need to do keyword research for every one of your posts. In fact, your blog posts will already have plenty of keywords you’ve naturally placed without even thinking about it.
Draft an Outline
When you know what you’re going to write about – it’s time to get prepared before jumping straight into the editor.
What most people do is just open the editor and start writing. While this is not a bad idea – I found a better way to be a bit more productive.
The key is to know what you have to get written down. Therefore, drafting an outline and writing down your thoughts is a good way to stay right on track from start to finish.
Here’s what my simple outline (for this post) looks like:
As you can see, it’s a very simple outline – but it has everything I need. It has the desired word count, keyword, title, and even subheadings & ideas I would write about in the post.
If your post is a bit more technical and you require a bit more research – your outline might be a bit more complex. However, if you’re just starting out, this is a good starting point.
Write in Between the Subheadings
Now when you have drafted an outline for your blog post – it’s all about filling up the blank space between subheadings with text.
Depending on the length of your blog post, such an outline could be ideal for a post ranging anywhere from 500 words to 2000 words.
At this point, if you need to do a bit more research to help yourself write each subheading out – I highly recommend taking the time to do it.
However, if you’re writing about something that doesn’t require you any research (let’s say – a personal experience) – then all you have to do is concentrate and do your best!
I find it a lot easier to write a blog post when I know what I am writing about and how will I construct the post.
This helps me stay productive, write faster, and stay right on track – and that’s why I highly recommend it!
Optimize the Post
While most people optimize posts for search engines, it’s as important to optimize your post for your readers. After all, you will have people just like you and me reading your posts – just the way you are reading my post right now.
Therefore, this is something to keep in mind when writing and polishing your post before publishing it.
Here’s what I do when I write my post:
- Proofread the post
- Add images within the post & optimize them adding alt text & title
- Set featured image
- Add links
- Add tags (if using WordPress)
- Add categories
- Write a meta description
- Preview it & publish it
That’s about it. When you write a post – you are not done just yet. Sometimes, polishing a post before publishing it requires as much time as it did to write it (but it depends on the post type & length).
This is the process that helps you optimize your post for both search engines (known as SEO) and visitors who will read your post.
Hit the Publish Button!
There is nothing better than hitting a publish button once you’ve written a good post. Most people take a lot of time to optimize the post after writing – but there’s one thing you should keep in mind.
You will never be able to write a perfect post from the first try. However, since you’re writing a digital post – ink never dries.
Therefore, you can always come back to the post and edit it to perfection – but make sure to understand it doesn’t happen instantly and that’s it’s okay.
It’s hard to look at a blank editor every time you have to write a new blog post – but as long as you have a plan and you know what you’re about to do, you won’t have a problem getting started.
I always follow the process I’ve shown you earlier in this post because it gets me going and keeps me on the right path whether I’m writing a 500-word or 2000-word blog post.
If you’ve read this post until the end, you know how to start writing a blog post that and even optimize it for both readers & search engines.
Do you have a problem writing the introduction of a post?
Feel free to leave a comment down below or ask a question – and I’d do my best to help out! Also, I’d recommend you to bookmark or share this post so you can come back whenever you need it!