The Ultimate Guide to Writing you’re First Awesome Blog Post: Example from my new BLOG
Here we go, guys! This is the Ultimate Guide to writing you’re First Awesome Blog Post using my first blog post from my new Blog as a walkthrough example.
Are you scared, excited, worried?
You can do this stick with me!
(If this post contains affiliate links please see our full disclosure policy although i have to warn you it is quite boring, but if you really must read it you can find it Here)
How you can Overcome your fears and Write your first post and the first steps you need to have undertaken.
- You really must go self-hosted rather than having things like wordpress.com or blogger.com after your site name. If you want to run things as a business then this is a must
- Buy your domain name
- Buy your hosting package your domain name can be included
- What do I mean well if you buy years worth of hosting it can work out a LOT cheaper. Yes it seems like a long time but you really do need that extra time to get things together so don’t discount paying for a year of hosting –
- Install WordPress on your Cpanel of your hosting company
- Jump over to WordPress and Install your theme – Paid or free this is always a debate
- Install your Plugins not too many you don’t want to slow your site down
- Make sure your Google Analytics and Google Console are installed
- Think about your why! Here is a recent post that will help you with that
- Add your Privacy and Disclosure
- Get ready for your first post.
How to find your Blogs why.
Finding your Blog WHY and Starting a Craft blog as a Case Study Are you struggling with your blog and traffic? Not getting anywhere after nearly a year of blogging? Frustrated? Yep me too! So how do you make a go of things? You need to find your WHY! (If this post contains…
Still with me if you haven’t started your BLOG yet then grab my FREE How to start a blog PDF?
I can make it easy for you I have a FREE PDF of all my How to start a BLOG series of posts to walk you through the steps above.
How to Start a blog Series- The Ultimate guide for Beginners. Step by step PDF guide on how to start your own blog on WordPress.
Want the shorter version how about my Checklist to How to Start your Blog to make sure you have everything ticked grab it below.
If you are stuck on any of the above steps – Yep I have too so you are not alone even though I have done all this before it has taken me a few days to work it all out. Here is where I came unstuck:
- How to properly install my theme ( using Total Plus from Hash themes ) they have upgraded it so not quite the same as my previous install
- How to redirect my domain name from 123reg.co.uk – If you bought the complete package from Siteground including your domain name you won’t need to worry about this step
I won’t lie it does take a few weeks to get everything set up.
Here is how my new Website is looking so far after I have completed the steps above
Wow, you got this!
Need help then get in touch I can help you out.
What next guys?
Two biggies on Starting your Website
- Social Media – be sure to grab your website named social media so for me I have grabbed Smartpennieslife on Instagram and Pinterest try and keep the colour and images the same throughout your website and your social media – even I haven’t finished all of this step I still have to claim my Facebook page!
- Email list what do I need to do that for well because the money is in the list – a lot of it can be guy’s so its really important to crack this nut as well! Create your first Optin ahhh whats – check out my post also part of my How to start a blog series for some help here – I have two posts on the subject so get reading!
Strategies for email list building. If you are a beginner or starting from scratch then this post will help you with proven tactics to grow your Email list.
What sort of emails should you send to your subscribers? If you are struggling to decide each week what to send then check out this post for 17 great examples of types of emails you could send.
OK, NOW YOU ARE READY!
Your first post guys?
What should you do publish one or two or what?
Most bloggers recommend you wait and have at least 5 pieces of content available for your readers to your blog – me I figure why bother – in the beginning you will not see much traffic and in 3 weeks you could potentially have at least 5 posts written.
Make sure you don’t have too many categories 3 to 5 is a great number have a look at what I have on my new homepage.
You want to have a post in each category for two reasons-
- You will find out what you enjoy writing about
- Visitors will have something to read when they are browsing throughout your site in each category
Stuck About what to Write on your new blog?
So my new blog is in the lifestyle niche so there is a lot of topics I could choose from.
Yes but how do I know it will generate any kind of traffic and should I be thinking about that now?
Yes and No – it is good to take a quick look at this aspect of writing your first post but don’t go too deep you want to get your post out there you don’t want to be struck by
PARALYSIS BY ANALYSIS
So down and dirty trick to finding some quick topics
( I recommend Pinterest when you are starting out to drive your blog traffic don’t worry its not that hard to master)
I even have a post to help you out with that too!
The strategy I used to go from 260k monthly views on Pinterest to over 600k monthly views in ONE month. Interesting in winning at Pinterest read the post.
Using my new BLOG as an example for How to write your First Blog post
My Categories include
Printables and Bullet Journals
Life hacks – I have a subcategory for beauty, money and organization I am not sure how to structure this as I am not sure whether to leave them all in as I am not sure whether to write about all this as well
Resources – you definitely want this category it will be a list of all the things you use on your blog including affiliate links
See even I am not sure about what to include – don’t dither about it just do it add the categories if you think you will write some posts and if not fine you can remove them later –
REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT MAKING IT PERFECT IT IS A WORK IN PROGRESS
START START START
Sorry got side tracked easy to do!
Yes picking a topic
How to Pick Your First Post Blog topic
Ok, I am assuming you have set up your Pinterest profile correctly if not
I have a great post coming out so check back for the link.
I suggest you have SECRET boards for each of your categories.
So why do you need that?
You need to do a search on Pinterest for a topic for instance say I was wanting to write about Bullet Journals then I need to put this into the search bar in Pinterest these are the results below each of the tiles are Keywords that Pinterest uses for Bullet Journals and you should use these in your Pinterest Descriptions. The Most left hand Pins are the most popular so you can see the types of topics people have written about and shared.
So there are TWO ways to figure out which pins are popular firstly click on the pin this one here Fabulous November bullet journals you want to find out whether this is something worth writing about here is how:
click the pin and the page above appears you will want to click on the three dots to bring the drop down menu up as above and click down to Embed you will then see the following
From the Embed section you can sometimes not ALL the time see the pins for Embedding and they will have a total repin count this one is 2k so its not super popular but a bit.
Another way to figure out what to write about is click on the pin and go directly to the blog page and some Blogs will have Pinterest share counts.
Start writing but don’t forget your Disclosure and Privacy statements – check out mine for some ideas
Where should you write your post outlines
I use Google doc because its free and you can then upload straight from there to my WordPress website.
Next outline your post roughly I like to start off using headings and some blurb to go under each heading.
Should you worry about SEO for Google – well again yes and no here is a no frills way to do a down and dirt SEO for Google using possible Keywords WITHOUT A keyword finder and if you can use some of these keywords in your headings all the better!
Choose a topic like Bullet Journals this is a bit like what we already did on Pinterest to find Pinterest hot topics which also gave you Pinterest Keywords to find Google Keywords search for bullet journals.
Write down all the blog posts what come up on the first page of Google most will have keywords in common take a note of them all including any Google suggested questions or similar at the bottom of google page search these are all great keywords people have searched for and are the top searches.
Try using so of these words in your Titles and subtitles if you are still stuck there is a great new tool out called Ubersuggest and you can try it here its FREE.
Start writing your post don’t go back and correct your work it will interfere with the flow just write it and go back to it later!
Join some affiliate networks especially ones where you can join a few different advertisers within the network for instance
And of course the biggest one of all
You want to join programs you know and trust to promote through your affiliate links on your Website and obviously they need to be relevant to what you are writing about.
So here is an example of my first post on my new site that contains an affiliate link don’t wait to start monetizing you can begin start away.
If you want to add a border around your affiliate link to make it more visible then you need to add it to the text editor in WordPress rather than Visual editor.
Here is what you do add this :
I have deliberately not add an arrow going left here as it will create a border and you won’t see the code there rest of the code is as follows
div style=”border: 1px solid red; padding: 16px;”>
Add your text here
If you want to increase the size of the border then change border 1px by changing the value of 1 with solid red being the colour of the border and padding is the size away from the text higher the number the further away it is from the text.
How do you add a link?
When you add an affiliate link you can either add it via a plug in like PRETTYLINKS this is what I use and it’s so easy it allows you to set the link up on PRETTYLINK and you can use it again and again in any other post.
If you choose not to add Prettylinks plugin then you MUST ADD an nofollow to the link.
Not sure how to do this then checkout this post from Amylynn here.
Once you have added your Affiliate links next step is to make sure the rest of your links are added to other websites and other pages on your site when you eventually have more posts.
Its important to INTERLINK your posts on your site especially to your top posts and your posts that have affiliate links as these are the ones you want to get the maximum traffic too.
How do you find out which posts are doing well – you need to installl Google Analytics if you are not sure about how to do this then check out my post on Installing Google analytics here
Haven’t a clue How to Install and use Google Analytics & Google console? Then this post walks you through simple ways to install them both.
What next add some images to your posts these can include Pinterest Pins that you created for the post and also other related images to break up the text.
Format your headings it is especially important that for your BLOG TITLE you ensure that as well as being in the TITLE box it is also at the top of the post and the format for this needs to be H1 – ONLY FOR THIS the rest of the subheadings should be H2 and smaller.
Let’s check back- make sure you have done the following:
- Found a great topic for your first post
- Add your Disclosure
- Add your blog title
- Picked your keywords for Google SEO
- Have your subtitles
- Write your post
- Have your affiliate links added
- Add your images
There are still a few things you need to add!
The permalink – I am assuming you have the preset to postname for the structure if you haven’t been sure that you go back into settings for your permalink and change it to postname.
Your permalink will be pulled from the post title you want to shorten or change the permalink slightly so that it is short and easy to for people to see at a glance what the post may be about when they click on the link.
If you have also installed the YOAST plugin then this will also help you with your Google SEO. You need to fill in the sections on the WordPress post at the bottom here
- Edit the snippet – this is a short description that will be included below your Title the Google search results to describe your post make sure you have your Keywords in this description.
- Readability refers to how well your blog post text reads and you should try and optimise this as suggests but it is not super important
- This part is super important to make sure you add your FOCUS KEYWORD this the keyword that is in your Blog post title and throughout your text, it basically sums up what your post is about.
Make sure you also add your Pinterest Pins if you are looking for a great tool to use to design your pins then checkout PICMONKEY you should also make a featured image for most WordPress themes the ideal size is 300 x 300 which you can also custom on Picmonkey.
If you have a look at my other website you will see all my posts have featured images look here.
Once you have followed all these steps you will be ready to publish your AWESOME first blog post!
Once you write a few posts this will be second nature don’t worry it’s NOT too hard.