Review that Blog!
Hello Readers. Well, as promised, here is my review of the top three sites Google took me to when I asked the simple question "quick ideas for writing a blog post." Remember, about 176 million links showed up, but I am going to focus on the top ten!
I would answer in less than 5 seconds with at least 3 minutes worth of dialogue.
No prep. No outline. No research.
However, if I were trying to write an article entitled “The 7 Reasons Your Idea Will Never Become A Business”
Gridlock. All dry. Words … are … hard.
There is something fundamentally different with writing about a TOPIC as opposed to answering someone’s specific QUESTION.
So, when you are stuck, try the following steps outlined by Bryan in his post:
Step 2: Transcribe your audio
Step 3: Pretty it up
Step 4: Write 5 different headlines
Step 5: Publish
He has some great videos and an excellent easy to understand explanation about buffer analytics and how they can help you reach your audience more effectively.
- Tell your story– it is one of the key things that will make your content stand out of the crowd
- Share how you feel – it will take your readers to a deeper place and make it more relatable
- You’ll never please everyone – the sooner you make peace with this reality, the better!
- Write about things that matter to you – passion is infectious and your readers will catch ahold of it. Tell the world something important.
- Inform, inspire and interact – aim to do these things every week (read more on this)!
- Experiment with different styles of writing – it will help you find your voice
- Mix up the length of your posts – short can be sweet but long can be epic!
- When an idea strikes – drop everything and capture it!
- Do everything you can to understand who is reading your blog – it will make you much more useful to them.
- Before you publish – ask what you want your reader to do after reading your post – and edit accordingly. Calls to action are important!
- Become hyper aware of problems – and obsessively write posts that solve them.
- Put aside time to create quality content – it doesn’t just appear
- Put aside time to edit and your posts – it will take them to the next level
- Get a life – you’ll be a much more interesting writer if you’ve lived a little
- Ask your readers questions – it will make them feel like they belong and you’ll learn a lot from their answers!
- Take your readers on a journey – posts that build from one to another can be powerful. Build momentum and create anticipation and you'll hook readers for the long term.
- Brainstorm regularly – generating ideas for future posts now can save a lot of pain later and help you keep things rolling. I highly recommend mind mapping.
- Not every post needs to go viral – shareable content will help you grow but it may not serve your current readers best.
- Write, Write Write – the more you practice, the better you will get
- Publish selectively – you don’t need to publish everything you write
Ok, so Neil Patel seems to be as busy as I am, so I checked out his blog to see how he stays afloat.
For full details, check out his post, but the main points are:
From his post:
You’ll never succeed at content marketing if you can’t create content on a regular basis. In essence, you need to learn how to streamline your content creation.
The good news is it’s not that hard. I’ve figured out how to streamline my content creation process. It works so well that I write eight blog posts a week. I publish three times a week on Quick Sprout, and I guest-post five times a week.
Here’s how I streamline my content creation, and here’s how you can too:
Step #1: Generate a list of potential topics
Step #2: Create an outline
Step #3: Write
Step #4: Proofread, add a picture and schedule
Once you decide on the frequency of posting, make sure you create a few extra posts in addition to the required number. That way, if something doesn’t work out, you’ll have a few backup posts. Your readers will feel you are consistent even if you drop the ball with your content creation process."