Whether you are writing a lifestyle or business blog, or you are guest writing on somebody else’s website to support your business, your blog content is the most important part of determining the success of your writing – after, of course, how well you write it.
Do you understand what goes into determining article content, how it is done, and just what you have to do to ensure it is successful? If not, you aren’t alone. There are many businesses that don’t know how well articles can promote a business online. And there are many lifestyle bloggers who spend a lot of time and effort on their writing, only to find very few are actually reading what they write.
One good tip to attract readers to your article is to name a list or include numbers in your title. Studies have shown that people are more likely to read something if you arrange your blog content in a list-style format or you offer a number of ways to do something. Take advantage of this, when both writing your article and choosing a title, to attract the most readers.
Another good tip is to remember to write only for your readers. While a large part of article syndication is appealing to search engines and article databases, if you write your articles for them, you are bound to lose readers. This includes such tactics as keyword stuffing or over-use of internal links or outbound links. Losing these readers actually will place you lower on search engine lists if your pageviews and unique visitors numbers are dropping, essentially having the opposite effect of your original intentions.
When guest writing, it is important that you stick to the topic that was asked for. Many sites do not want to use an article that rants on and on about a totally different subject. If you are unsure of what to write about regarding a specific topic, you can always ask the requester or website owner for more information. Choosing good blog content that is relevant to your or somebody else’s website (if guest blogging) will help your writing be successful.
Include links and keywords that are only relevant to the subject matter of your article’s content. There should be a connection between everything in your article: links, keywords and content. If things do not seem to flow in a sensible way, search engines will be confused, and so will the readers. If outbound links to other sites don’t have anything to do with the content of the article, readers not only will not continue with your article, but will not click on the links and might even stop reading anything else our write.
A great tip to use if you’re writing a lot of content is to first map out the basic structure of your article, then simply write it from beginning to end without trying to edit the article as you go along. It is usually best to write your content as it flows for your article, then walk away for a few hours without thinking about it. If you spend too much time fixing mistakes or moving content around while you are writing, you will lose the flow of your article and may end up with a choppy article that won’t read well. Then, after some time, you can go back with fresh eyes to edit the article and fix any mistakes. This way, you’ll end up with a better-written article and you’re not likely to miss the obvious mistakes.
First-hand knowledge of your blog content is always the best, but you can also do a little research behind what you are writing. If you have spent time learning about your topic keywords, then your writing will come to you much easier and will also take less time. If you are having to stop every few minutes to figure out what you are talking about, then you will be losing precious time and your article might end up reading as if you don’t know what you’re talking about.
Don’t allow your lack of experience in blog writing hold you back. You can always learn more about the strategies of article content and you will begin to see how well it can work for you. If you put this article to use, you will be able to see how these tips can help you become a better writer.