If you are new to WordPress then writing your first blog post can be a little daunting.
All of a sudden you start to have second thoughts about blogging because you don’t think that anyone will read your posts.That happens to the best of us.The self-doubt syndrome
The more you write the better you become and you build your confidence with time too.
I don’t think there is any blogger out there who would hate to have lots of shares and comments. I know I wouldn’t.
It can be so frustrating when you spend so much time creating content and it goes unnoticed.
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How do you write your first blog post and get lots of comments and shares?
1.Craft a Kick-Ass headline
The first thing you need to do when writing your first blog post is coming up with a catchy title is that will attract people to your post and make them click on it.
From the title alone your readers should be able to tell what’s in for them too. How will they benefit from clicking on the post?
- Include a keyword in the title. Keywords are words you want your blog to rank for which will help boost your SEO in the long run.
- Keep the length of your headline short. Between 8 -12 words
- You can add some powerful adjectives before your keyword phrase.For example 5 secrets to a catchy blog post title.The adjectives are meant to evoke some emotional connection with your readers.
Some of the headlines that do well are the ones that share experiences, list/numbers, how-tos, and tutorials.
5 different ways to style a denim shirt
The biggest mistake I made in my first year blogging (how to avoid it too)
Step by step guide on how to start a successful blog
With time I have also noticed that personalized blog titles do well too. Use I and my in your headlines. An example is: How I grew my email list from 0 to 500 subscribers in one month.
Once you have brainstormed a few blog titles you can use Coshedule headline generator which is a free headline analyzer, it will test how good your blog post title is.
If you want to get lots of shares and comment on your first blog post then don’t write for yourself write for others.
Good blog posts are the ones that add value to your readers.
Posts like How I spend my Sunday afternoon won’t get you shares nor will you get comments.
Not to be rude, but unless you are a celebrity no one really is interested to know all about your Sunday afternoon.
You can change it to something like how to have super fun on Sunday afternoon and on a budget(Not the best title but I hope you get the idea.)
You need to find out what your readers are struggling with then give them a solution.
Since this is your first post figuring out the pain points of your readers can be a bit tricky because you are just getting to know them.
A simple trick you can do is to join Facebook groups in your niche find out the question that is frequently asked them write a post on about it.
People don’t share what they don’t like.
The easiest way to make your first blog post on WordPress get lots of shares is to use appealing pictures. We live in a visual world and pictures are everything.
You can use your own pictures this is mostly if you are in the fashion, food such niches or you can opt for stock images.
If you don’t have a good camera, hiring a professional photographer is also an option.
Using pictures will actually break the monotony in the blog post especially if it’s more than 1500 words.
Avoid using heavy pictures as they will slow down your load time which can be frustrating if someone visits your websites and one page is taking forever to open.
You should also make sure that you have optimized all your pictures for SEO.
Some of the things do are: you can simply rename your file name(the folder where you have saved your pictures) with a keyword.
You can also rename your pictures from to Dsc 9510 to first-blog-post (rename with your keyword)
4.Format your post properly
Make your post easy to read.
Picture this, you land on a post that you really want to read but you can barely tell where the start or the end is. It’s one continues story with no paragraphs no bullets nothing. Am sure you would close the page and give up.
People are busy and most get impatient when they see a long post.
You can help them by making sure your post is scannable and easy to read.
Use subheadings. When I was writing my first post I had no clue how to use subheadings.
I mostly use H1, H2 & H3.Subheadings are good for SEO too Read more on this post
Use short paragraphs. Like 2 or 3 sentences.
Plain background. Avoid having a busy background which can end up being a distraction from your awesome post.
Have lots and lots of white space.
Make use of bullets and numbers. This will make your post scannable.
5.Call to Action also known as CTA
Having a CTA will initiate engagement. This can be a question or any lead magnet.
Something like; Let me know which is your think one is your favorite method and why (this of course depend on what your post is all about)
This will also ensure that you get meaningful comments on your posts.
Also, make it easy for your readers to comment. I personally hate it when for me to leave a comment I have to sign in, fill it a form or some that I have to confirm am not a robot I avoid commenting on such websites because I find it time-consuming and it’s a lot of work.
6.Proofread your posts
This is a very important step. You need to proofread your work.
Yes, we are all human and we are bound to make silly mistakes such as punctuations, irregular verb conjunctions.
Grammarly is the best free grammar tool out there and it basically corrects any grammatical errors.
Publishing an article full of mistakes can be a turn off for many people and you might end up losing readers along the way.
There is so much to talk about when it comes to SEO which is a whole post in itself.
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8.Promote your blog post
The hard truth is that if you don’t promote your post no one will know that it exists well apart from the few family members and friend you shared it with but you definitely want more than that.
Days are gone where you would create content and cross your fingers hoping that someone will magically see it.
There are so many posts being published every other hour think of thousands and thousands so putting your content out there is a must. The more you promote your blog post the more people will remember you.
As new blogger you the 80/20 rule works perfectly. This is where you spend 80% of your time promoting your work while the other 20% you create new content.
There are so many ways you can drive traffic to your new post but what I find most effective are Facebook and Pinterest.
You need to join as many Facebook groups as you can (the one that you can manage) and keep an eye on promo threads.
Most of the groups have days where you share your latest post, a pin you want to be repinned, stumble upon threads, twitter threads. Utilize Facebook well and you will see your traffic skyrocket.
For Pinterest, I suggest you pin as much as you can. For you to be able to do that you need to join many group boards. Just to prepare you, joining group boards can be a lot of work which is worth it at the end so don’t give up when you don’t get any feedback.
I do manually and use tailwind which is a scheduler tool.
Tailwind helps me to schedule as many pins as I can and that means so don’t have to be online throughout. You can sign up using my link and get a free month of tailwind.
How many posts should you have before you start to actively promote your blog?
At least 5 posts in my opinion. This will make your readers to stay longer on your site. Which means more traffic for you.
9.Make your post shareable
This is a no-brainer really. If you want to get many shares then you need to make it possible for your reader to share your post. You can install sumo me or Shareaholic
The most common places to place your sharing buttons are on the side and at the end of your blog post.
Install also “click to tweet”, which will enable your readers to be able to tweet within your blog post.
I do all my writing in a word document. I find it easy to edit compared to WordPress dashboard.
Then I copy paste to Grammarly where I edit. Then copy and paste once am done on the WordPress editor.
Once you log in, on your WordPress dashboard on the left side you will see posts then add a new post.
Most of the icons are self-explanatory am sure you have used them on the word before.
I hope you enjoyed and found this post on how to write your first blog post helpful.