In my last post, I wrote about the reasons every company should have a business blog. In this post, I will be covering the key components you will need to include in your posts to have success when writing blogs. Writing blogs that actually generate traffic to your website and convert visitors into leads for your business is a very specific art. I will break down each essential part you will need to include when writing blogs for your business (or personal brand) in this step-by-step guide to writing complete blog posts for conversion.
Choosing a topic is hands down the most important step when writing blogs. If the topic is one that your target audience is not searching for, and has little interest in, then you will not find the success you are looking for in regards to engagement, “share-ability”, or conversion.
Tips for choosing blog topics:
Once you choose your blog topic, ex: “ a DIY guide to building patio furniture”, make sure you keep a razor sharp focus. Don’t go off on tangents about accessories to pair with the new patio furniture you have created. Writing blogs is all about educating your audience on one subject at a time. If you jump around, it becomes too much information to take in at once.
When writing blogs, make it easy for people to follow along and even skim if that’s what they would prefer. Make your post easy to digest and fun to share. How you structure and format your post will go a long way. If it’s not clean, well organized, and logical, people will check out before they have even given the content a chance.
Tips for a well-structured blog post:
People will decide whether or not they are going to read and share your post based on the title alone, so make it intriguing. Sometimes, people even share articles they haven’t read if they trust the source, and it has a stellar title. Writing blogs with an awesome title is a MUST!
What would make YOU be compelled to click a link?
Tips to writing a “click-worthy” title:
Getting your audience to click a link is one thing, but the next essential part in writing blogs is to make sure the actual content is valuable to the reader. No one wants a bait and switch. The more content you write that educates and provokes thought or emotion in a reader, the more trust you build with your following. If the body of your blog posts is something to talk about or share with friends, you’re well on your way to conversion of your readers becoming leads for your business.
Tips to writing blogs with remarkable content:
Your audience doesn’t like to be confused or have to guess where your post is headed. When writing blogs, make your content “skimmable” as I said above. Headings help your reader figure out the overall story, and decide how in depth they want to continue reading. It allows people the option of only reading the sections that may apply to them.
Tips for creating logical headings:
No one likes to click on a link and see dense blocks of text with nothing to catch their eye or draw them to. It helps to break up the text in a visually appealing way when writing blogs. A picture is worth a thousand words, and a video? I’m sure you can guess. A picture or video can help drive home your point and describe something is a shorter more concise way.
Tips for choosing the right image or video:
When writing blogs, it’s helpful to include links for your reader that go more in depth on a particular topic that will help provide background to what you are writing about. If you are referencing something you have previously written about, or something your reader may not be well versed on, include a link to a post or article that will further explain. Including links to other authors’ posts is also a great tactic to create a link building relationship for SEO, and hope that they return the favor and link to your blog at some point.
Tips for best links to include:
As I mentioned earlier, writing blogs is all about explaining a topic and answering a question to provide value. The closing of your post should wrap up everything you have written about in a pretty little bow. Often, your closing could contain the meta description (the mini description you see in Google or a Social Media post) that describes the entire post in one sentence. Much like writing a term paper, your closing should reiterate your point and cover what should have been learned.
Tips for wrapping up:
The entire purpose of writing blogs is to hopefully build and continue your relationship with your reader. How do you expect to convert traffic to leads if you don’t have a CTA that leads to a form? Including a relevant CTA at the end of your post is essential to turning web traffic into continued readership, into a lead, then into a client or customer. The CTA should provide the reader with a natural progression of action from the blog post to an offer (whitepaper, webinar, guide, etc.)
Tips for the CTA:
People won’t share if they don’t have the option to. Make sure you have your social plug-ins (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, etc.) readily available for your reader to share if they so choose.
Tips for social sharing buttons:
If you include all of the components mentioned above when writing blogs, you will see increased traffic to your site, engagement on your social pages, and conversions of web visitors to leads. Although, remember: practice makes perfect. The more you write, the better you will get, and the more your personal style with begin to shine through. So, keep writing!!