How to Build the Perfect Blog Even if You Don’t Know How

By: | May 19, 2015 | Tags: , , , , , | 42 comments

bUILD A BLOGBlogging is like a puzzle.

If all the pieces fit together perfectly, you have success.  Do you know what the pieces are that comprise a successful blog?

By following the advice in this post, you will be able to expedite your blogging since you will have a checklist of effective criteria at hand.

Not only will your blogging be quicker, it will be more successful since the tips in this post are based on proven methods.*

 

How to Build the Perfect Blog

1. Write Your Headline.

  • Check to make sure it contains a keyword.  The keyword of my headline is “blog”.
  • Check to make sure your headline is a list or a “how to”.  My headline is a “how to”.  Your headline can be a question as well.  Questions make great hooks.
  • Check to make sure your headline sounds positive.  According to CoSchedule Headline Analyzer, posts with positive words get shared more on social media.  The “positive” word in my headline is “perfect.”
  • Check to make sure your headline is 55-65 characters long.

2. Write your introduction.

  • Is the first sentence a stand-alone sentence?  Did you indent again afterward?
  • Do you have a hook that will enable readers to think you understand their feelings?
  • Is your keyword (see #1 bullet #1) in the introduction?  The word “blog” is in my introduction.
  • Do you have an internal link back to another post in your introduction?  The earlier your internal links are in your post, the more likely it is that they will be read.  While my internal link is not in my introduction, it is early in the body of this post.

3. Write the body.

  • Are your points backed by research? Notice, I have already cited CoSchedule as a reference.
  • Is your second paragraph no more than two sentences?
  • Are all your sentences a maximum of 25 words?
  • Are your paragraphs a maximum of 3 sentences?
  • Did you write something shocking?  It is a good idea to include something unique that is backed by research.

My post 4 Ways to Make Your Blog Posts Go Viral explained there are only four criteria to writing a post that has unusually high page views, and one of them is that there must be at least one shocking fact in your post.  All my posts that went viral had that criteria.

  • Does your post help your reader solve a problem?  This post helps my readers solve the problem of how to put together the elements of a successful blog.
  • Did you repeatedly mention your keyword in the blog post?  Notice I just wrote “blog” again, which is my keyword.
  • Is your post between 1,000 and 1,500 words?  This will help search engines to find your blog.  (Do as I say, not as I do.  This post is only 795 words.  However, my posts normally are at least 1,000 words.)
  • Does your post end with at least one question that your reader will feel compelled to answer in the comment section?  In blogging lingo this is called “a call to action.”

4. Did you proofread your post and make any corrections necessary?

5. Did you include “pinnable graphics” in your post?

The more graphics you have, the higher your chances are of getting traffic from Pinterest.  Even my screenshots bring me Pinterest traffic.  They count as “pinnable” images.  This post has two graphics, so my chances of it getting traffic from Pinterest has doubled.

6. Does your blog offer a freebie in exchange for becoming an Email follower?

7. Do you have social sharing buttons on your site?

Share #blogs on #socialmedia with these social sharing buttons.

Positive words in your headline will get your post shared on social media.

The social sharing buttons enable you and your readers to share your posts with their social media.  However, you should also share your post with groups not on social media.  For example, WordPress no longer has a social sharing button for StumbleUpon, but it is still a great place to post your link.

8. Did you embed a Click To Tweet quote in your post?

[bctt tweet=”Tweet: Grow #blog traffic, get social shares, and rank well in #SEO” via=”no”]

9. Publish your post.

By following these nine points, you will have a blog that helps you increase your traffic, rank well in search engines, get social shares, and greet new followers.

Readers, if you feel people can benefit from these tips for creating and maintaining a successful blog, please share.

Which tips have been the most effective for growing your blog following?  Many of my readers are new bloggers.  Which of these tips would you recommend for them?  I look forward to your views.

Related Posts:

How to Grade Your Blog

How to Start a Blog

How to Create a Blog

Source: CoSchedule*

 

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    • Janice Wald at 8:44 pm

      Hi!
      Thank you so much for reading what I wrote and writing me. Thank you as well for the kind words. I have many tips like this at my site! I will add you to my Email list I send out once a week, so you don’t miss a post. Nice to meet you.
      Janice

  1. DarleneMAM at 1:50 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know that the length of a blog post has increased to 1,000-1,500 words. Nor did I know the 25-word max sentence and 3-sentence paragraph. Can you cite your source so I can learn more? Thanks!

    • Janice Wald at 8:53 pm

      Hi Darlene,
      Thank you so much for reading what I wrote and writing me. May I ask how you found me? I always wonder. As far as my source: I had a footnote to my source which I cited as CoSchedule. The reason is this–when I used their headline analyzer, I found the article. I can’t remember if it just came up, or, if, when I followed the admin, Garrett, I got the download. I believe I got something else as their download–their power words, so I think it just came up, and I clicked on it.
      I’m sorry I can’t remember any clearer than that. However, I have about 160 articles with information like this at my cite. I will add you to my mailing list, which I send out once a week, so you are always kept apprised.
      Nice to meet you.
      Janice

    • Janice Wald at 9:06 pm

      Hi!
      Thank you so much for writing me and the kind words. I offer tips like this at my site all the time. I will add you to my Email list that I send out once a week, so you always stay apprised of my posts.
      I was wondering if you know Mini2z and Kristin 2z. Thank you again for writing me.
      Nice to meet you.
      Jannice

        • Janice Wald at 5:44 pm

          Hi,
          Work up the nerve to try Picassa or hyperlinks?
          Hyperlinks–piece of cake easy. Try it, any problem write me. Was the post I sent helpful? If not, I’ll try and explain it better. Very important Melinda. If you link back to old posts, you will get traffic on them again.
          Picassa–no need to work up the courage. I suggested 2 other ways to use special effects, and one of my commenters suggested another method too.
          Sunday, yesterday was quiet for me. Holiday weekend I guess. How was it for you? I mean as far as your blog readers–quiet day for me.
          Janice

          • purpleslobinrecovery at 6:58 pm

            Both! I don’t track my stats every day. Is that important? I feel like I’ll never catch up with all you’re teaching! But, I’ll just keep slogging along, till I get there. Somewhere!

          • Janice Wald at 9:05 pm

            1. “Both” what?
            2. If you want more traffic, you should track your stats. Do you want to know where your traffic is coming from so you can put your promotion focus there? The bulk of my referral traffic comes from Facebook, so I make extra sure I take time to promote there.
            Janice

          • purpleslobinrecovery at 9:18 pm

            Both- trying Picassa, and embedding hyperlinks. I do post on FB, as myself, and as PurpleSLob. How much do Linky Parties help?

          • Janice Wald at 10:03 pm

            Hit and miss. I love it when I get new followers from linky parties because I don’t expect it. I’m really going to support the blogger. Also, you’re guaranteed a comment since they come and welcome you.
            The earlier you get to the party–the closer you are to being #1–the more it will help since everyone who comes has to pass you to get to the link. They’ll see your graphics and title.
            Janice

  2. Anonymous at 9:28 am

    I’ve been blogging for a while, but don’t know how to take it to the next level. Thank you for these tips.

  3. mummascribbles at 1:01 pm

    Fab tips as per usual Janice! I love reading your posts – they are such a massive help so please do keep them coming 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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    • Janice Wald at 9:07 pm

      Hey!
      I always like hearing from you. I’ve told you you were one of my first followers. I heard it takes six months to build a loyal following, and I just celebrated my six month blogversary. You proved what I heard true–you stayed with me. Awww… Thank you!
      Janice

  5. D.G.Kaye at 7:44 pm

    So great of you to share this sharing info Janice. I also wrote a blog a while back about the value of the sharing buttons. I found after that post, many more people sharing my posts. When we are busy writing and blogging it’s sometimes hard to keep up with all the technology and many aren’t aware of how the sharing process works. The more we share this info, the more people become aware and share. 🙂

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