Heard a lot about blogging. But don’t know how to write your first blog.
Are you clueless about what to write and where to publish it?
If the answer to any of this question is YES, go ahead and read further.
Here in this blog, I will try to help you with answers to these questions. This blog that I am writing will help all new bloggers who need guidance on how to write an engaging blog.
In this blog, we will discuss,
- How to select a topic
- How to create an outline of the blog
- How to write a catchy headline
- How to write a headstart for the blog
- How to write the body of the blog
- Where to write your blogs
But first, let us start with What is blogging?
Blogging is a means to share your thoughts on a particular niche/topic. Here in blogging, we try to provide a solution to our readers.
As a blogger, there are many different ways in which you can earn money. It can be through Google Ad Sense, Posting ads of third parties, Affiliate marketing, and many more. It can be used as a support to build your personal brand.
It is a gold mine that can create a passive source of income for you.
So let’s get started to understand how to start blogging?
How to select a topic for your first blog?
You have to be careful while selecting a topic on which you write.
For this, you should know your passion, i.e., interest. Also, you need to know your talent.
Say, for example, you are passionate about coding but don’t know anything about coding, then that can’t be your topic.
Also, the topic that you decide needs to have a market too. Otherwise, you will not find an audience for your blog.
To get a perfect topic, mix all the three ingredients(market demand, passion, and talent) to get a great topic to start writing on.
Once you have decided on your topic, try to do some more research that might be needed to provide value to your readers.
Now once you have the topic, start with keyword research, and then you can start blogging.
How to create an outline of the first blog?
It would be best if you created an outline of your blog before you start writing. It is similar to brainstorming about the blog content.
Once you know the topics and sub-topics you want to include in your blog, it becomes easier to write it. By creating the outline, you will see the flow and the structure of the blog building.
Also, an outline will help you and you will not miss any important content.
You can use a Mind map, a visual diagram that helps create connections between various topics.
You can create a Mind map using,
- Mindmeister on Windows Desktop
- MinNode on MAC laptops
- Or use a notebook and a pen(for people who love the smell of books)
How to write a catchy headline for your first blog?
The headline is all that will attract readers to your first blog. It is the title that is displayed by Google search engines. And if this is attractive, 60% of the job is already done.
It should force the reader to click on the blog link and start reading your blog.
Now to write a compelling headline, it should clearly explain what this blog is all about. It should not misguide the readers.
You can also use some tools to generate headlines like TheHoth, SEO Presser, and Portent to give you suggestions for an intense but compelling headline.
I prefer to use the Headline Analyzer from the “coschedule” website. It tells me the score of how useful my headline is. It is easy and free to use. Best suitable for new bloggers.
Once you finalize the headline, then you need to get started with the introduction of your blog.
How to write a headstart for the first blog?
When you start a blog, you need to grab the attention you have gained from a catchy headline. It would help if you kept the attention of readers intact. If you don’t start well, no one will read ahead, no matter how practical and useful your remaining blog might be.
Understanding your audience will help you to write a good introduction.
As the heart is to a human being, an introduction is to a blog.
You can always start your blog with a question. It could be the problem/issue the reader might be worried about for which hey might be looking for a solution.
You can also start with a story or your personal experience. It should grab the eyes of your reader on the blog. Also, by sharing a personal experience, your audience will be able to relate to you.
You can also start with statistics that have been published by recognized authorities.
It would help if you also briefly explained what the people could expect while reading your blog. Also, specify the intention with which you have written this blog.
Then, you can also mention the prospective people that must read this blog.
It is just the beginning. Don’t give the solution here itself.
Instead, lay the grounds for the problem.
How to write the body of the first blog?
Now in this part comes the real solution for the user. It needs to answer all questions that you have promised to answer at the start.
Here you will share the things that you have learned related to that question. You will discuss the different possible solutions that you have come across for that problem.
Like in this blog, I am trying to explain the different things you need to take care of while writing a blog, to clear a few of your prominent doubts about writing.
Also, at the same time, you need to share what you have learned while applying the same solution you are vouching for.
It will help the reader understand how they can also use this solution, and then they will relate more.
It would help you to establish a connection with your readers.
Every reader reading your post should be able to take learnings from your blog and implement them.
Before you end the blog, you should not forget to ask for feedback, as this will help you understand your audience in a better way. It will also help you in writing your blogs in the future.
Now once you have a brief idea, how to write the blog, you need to get started. You can either write it in MS Word or Google Docs. From there, you would need to copy it to your blogging site.
Now the next question that will come to your mind is which blogging site to choose.
Where to write your first blog?
As a beginner, you may choose to start writing on different platforms like LinkedIn, Facebook, Quora. You can easily create accounts on this platform using your Gmail account if you don’t already have one.
You can also write on several other blogging sites like Medium.com or Blogspot.com. These sites allow you to create your sub-domain that you can share with your friends and family while sharing your blog. However, this is not your property. These sites have the right to revoke your accounts in case of any malpractice.
Another option would be to buy your domain and host it on a reliable server. Then you can post your blogs on your website like I am doing. All the blogs you have written will be your property, and no one can revoke you from using the user data.
You can go through my video below to understand how to use each of the tools that I have mentioned above, to take you on the journey of blog creation.
That’s it from me. I hope this article on Blogging would have given you some necessary information to start as a Blogger.
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