• Rhona OConnor

Thinking Of Starting A Blog?


Well follow these tips, and I promise it'll help you write blog posts that convert.


1. Know your audience.

Write on a topic that your audience will be interested in reading. IF you have Foodie Followers done write about Cars.

2. Write Compelling Headlines.

A Catchy informative heading will show your readers what the Blog is about. Don’t mislead. Don’t sensationalise.

3. Add Subheadings to break the page.

Make it easy to read, put in natural breaks. Remember with people checking their phones 50 times a day they will probably read your Blog on a mobile phone.

4. Use Bullet Points.

Your reader will be able to quickly scan the bullet points looking for the parts most relevant to them.

5. Add Images to create higher impact.

When you use images in a blog post, it's easier to divide the text into some logical parts and making the whole story more readable. Readers may leave the blog posts without reading a word if the text is not divided into parts and cannot scan through the text to understand what it is all about. Images make it easier to understand complex information.

6. Optimize for SEO.

Utilize keywords throughout your post. Decide on one or two keywords and use them throughout your article and especially in your headlines. These can also be the Hashtags you use in your Social Media.

Reference others with links from your blog. Back links from other sites to your blog are great for SEO and ranking by Google.

Always maximise the SEO benefit of images by adding titles, tags, and descriptions. This also allows visual impaired people to ‘Ready’ your images.

7. Add Clear call-to-action.

Make it easy for people to follow you, collect emails so you can notify people when you publish a blog.



How Long Should a Blog Post Be for SEO?

The result of this research concludes that the ideal blog post length is 1,200+ words. Medium.com had reported that the ideal length of a blog post is 7 minutes or 1,600 words. In short, the ideal blog length depends on your situation. This Blog is a 6 min read and has Characters: 8631


How often to Blog

If you’re going to post every day:

· Keep your posts short and to the point.

· Plan ahead, so you don’t end up publishing sub-standard content when you’re in a rush.

· Vary your post types: try video posts, or image-heavy ones, for instance.

If you Post once or twice a week:

Many readers prefer blogs that post once a week or even once every two weeks as they usually say something genuinely useful – more than blogs that post every day just for the sake of it. If you look at the blogs you read in depth versus the ones you skim, you’ll probably realize that you feel the same way. As a blogger, posting once or twice a week lets you write in-depth, carefully constructed posts—ones that are more likely to get links and tweets. You also get more comments per post this way, and have the time to engage with readers over several days of commenting.


Don’t change things too abruptly: try going from five posts per week to three posts per week, for instance.

Consider surveying your readers to find out whether they’d like more or fewer posts.

Experiment with writing posts ahead of time, or with creating a content calendar.


What to write about

To be successful as a blogger there is really just one requirement: a passion for your topic.

At its heart, blogging is about sharing your knowledge with the world. Choosing a topic that you are passionate about makes the process of starting a successful blog so much easier. Writing about more than one topic is totally fine too. As long as you are writing about things that you are genuinely interested in, your passion will shine through and keep your readers interested.

The Most Popular Blog Types – 2019

• Health & Fitness Blog. A hot blog for those who are focused on fitness is the health and fitness blogs.

• DIY Blogging. There are some who enjoy the satisfaction of making and fixing their own things.

• Sports Focused Blogs.

• Blogs about Politics.

• Travel Blogging.

• Car and Automobile Blogging.



How to Start a Blog

Learn how to create a blog in about 20 minutes following these steps:

1. Pick a blog name. Choose something descriptive.

2. Get your blog online. Register your blog and get hosting.

3. Customize your blog. Choose a free template and tweak it.

4. Write & publish your first post. The fun part!

5. Promote your blog. Get more people to read your blog.


Step 1: Pick a blog name

A good blog name should be descriptive so that potential readers can instantly tell what your blog is about just from the name.

If you are blogging about one specific topic then you will definitely want to include that in some way in your blog name. Try not to get hung-up on just one word though. For example, a cooking blog doesn’t necessarily have to have the word “cooking” in it. The words “food”, “recipes”, and “meals” would also let people know that your blog is about cooking.


If you’re not sure what to blog about, there are a few ways to find a good blog topic:

Hobbies & passions. Hobbies or other interests you are passionate about are a great place to start. Cooking, travel, fashion, sports, and cars are all classic examples. But even blogs about more obscure hobbies can be successful, since the audience is literally anyone in the world with the internet.

Life experiences. Everyone has lessons they have learned through life experience. Sharing this knowledge can be incredibly helpful to others in similar situations. Think about the things you have experienced in life. This could be related to your family (example: a blog about being a stay at home mom), work (a blog about experiences dealing with clients), or other life experiences (a blog about dealing with a troubling time such as a disease or divorce, or about a happy time such as preparing for a wedding or a birth of a child).

A personal blog. A personal blog is a blog all about you. This will include a variety of topics, from things you do on a daily basis, to random thoughts and musings. This is a great way to share you thoughts with the world without having to stick to just one topic.



Step 2: Get your blog online

Now that you’ve got a name picked out it’s time to get your blog online. This might sound hard or technical, but the steps below will walk you right through and make the process easy.

To get your blog up and running you need two things: blog hosting and blogging software. The good news is that these typically come packaged together.

A blog host is a company that stores all of the files for your blog and delivers them to the user when they type in your blog name. You must have a blog host in order to have a blog.

You also need to have the software to build your blog. In this guide I will be showing you how to build a blog using the WordPress blogging software, because it is the most popular, customizable, and easiest to use.


Step 5: Promote your blog

Creating a well-designed blog and writing great content is just the start. In order to get readers for your blog you will need spend some time promoting it, especially when you first start.

One of my favorite ways to get readers to my blog is to post links on my social media accounts like Facebook and Twitter. This is great, because not only do your friends see the link, but if your friends share the link with their friends it automatically multiplies your readers. If you have created high-quality content on your blog then social media is a great way for your blog to go viral.

In addition to getting new readers to your blog, you will also want to make sure your current readers are coming back. This is where email marketing plays a big role. By collecting the email addresses of your visitors (with their permission of course), you can then notify them when you post something new on your blog. This keeps people coming back to your blog, which not only gives you more readers over time, it also allows you to build a closer relationship with your readers.



Finally - Basic Guidelines for Success

1. Unique content that hasn't been published elsewhere.

2. Actionable how-to information readers can learn from.

3. Avoid the basics people already know. Avoid general theorizing on abstract subjects and basic, obvious tips. Your audience may not be new to your field.

4. Link to credible resources if you want to ensure the reader understands the basics please link to credible resources.

5. Use relevant & timely research data and credible sources.

6. Be authoritative you must "know" your subject and it should be obvious in the writing.

7. Don't make claims that can't be backed up; focus on facts, and not opinions.


Hope these have been helpful tips and that you publish lots of interesting engaging Blog Posts they get a great following. Let me kow how you get on … we can even link our posts!


Rhona OConnor



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