Write a Cracking Post With These 6 Helpful Tips

I’m back! After a relaxing cruise away to Moreton Island I feel energised and ready to knuckle down and deliver some handy content.

Today’s post will be about how to create a winning post for your readers. Starting off blogging can be ridiculously intimidating, especially when it comes to your first post. I remember that step and felt embarrassed to even talk about it.

It is okay to feel like this!

For some of you, writing may be a completely new hobby. If you are like me, you may feel intimidated about the writing component. How will you readers think about your writing? Will it be terrible? Will my blog fail?

I want you to ignore all these doubts and take this step-by-step approach to writing your first post. I want you to take the first leap and publish your first post!

Are you just starting out? Leave a link to your first post ❤ I would love a read!

Grab a coffee, pen and notebook and let’s get cracking on your first post ❤

1 Brainstorm

I love this phase. Grab your notepad and pen and jot down possible ideas that you could write about.

Two helpful starters:

  • How to… (Write a post on how to do something)
  • Top 5… (Everyone loves a decent list)

2 What’s your point?

Your writing needs purpose and a point.

  • What will you be promoting today?
  • What problem will you be solving?
  • Will your content be valuable for the readers?

Your blog will flourish if it consistently delivers valuable content that has a clear purpose.

The success of your blog is largely determined by your content and how useful it is to your readers.

3 Create a Draft

You have the foundations of your new post. Now it’s time to structure it. Check this out:

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4 Avoid Waffle

Keep your writing short and sweet. Your readers are always just a click away from moving on. Keep your writing to the point by having sentences no more then 2 lines long. If you are new to writing, I would completely recommend this to begin with.

The quality of your post is not determined by how many words your write, but how you choose to use your words.

5 Space Out Your Writing

Do not overwhelm your readers with a bombardment of never ending content. I’ve seen this multiple of times and cringe. Break up your writing with paragraphs, images, quotes and even coloured text.

Allow your readers to enjoy what they are reading and encourage them to keep coming back for more!

6 Spice Up Your Writing.

Your writing needs captivate your readers. Use words that generate intrigue, spike interest and overall pleasure.

These words may include action verbs, emotive or descriptive words.

Use the list below as a guide:

CHEAT SHeet

Writing a blog is not rocket science, however, having a little helping hand can help to get you on your feet. Good luck my friends!

Jess xxx

Naturally Jess Joins Twitter!

“Social Media is about the people! Not about your business. Provide for the people and the people will provide for you.”
Matt Goulart

Follow me on twitter and I will follow you back ❤
@Naturally_Jess2

I have a confession: I have never actually used Twitter…

Last night I decided to take the plunge and open up my very own Naturally Jess account!

All last night, I have been playing around with the mechanics and testing out how it works. All I can say is, I wish I started sooner. It is so easy to use and I love how you are about to retweet amazing content. It is so easy to interact with like-minded bloggers.

As you know, social media is a key player when promoting your blog. It will enable you to extend your reach and generate more traffic. However, before jumping into the social media world you need to be smart and have a marketing plan in place.

Here is mine:

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Name: @Naturally_Jess2

Purpose of this social platform:

  • To interact and get to know other bloggers and their content;
  • To upload recent posts from Naturally Jess;
  • Upload and retweet interesting and valuable content that will motivate and inspire subscribers; and
  • Allow readers and subscribers to receive personally insight to my lifestyle.

Targeted audience:

  • All ages, beginner bloggers.

How often will posts be made?

  • A minimum of 2 per day (this includes retweets).

How many followers did you want to aim for by the end of the month?

  • 20 followers (Due to my lack of knowledge).

How many followers did you want to aim for by the end of the year?

  • 500 followers.

What do I place into each post?

  • Content that will inspire, inform and motivate bloggers;
  • links to recent blog posts;
  • relevant hashtags; and
  • images that will engage with subscribers.

Comment your Twitter username and I promise to follow you and your twitter account! Lets get talking about blogging! ❤

Have a great day!

Jess xxx

9 Cringe-worthy Blogging Mistakes to Avoid

“The first thing you learn when you’re blogging is that people are one click away from leaving you. So you’ve got to get to the point, you can’t waste people’s time, you’ve got to give them some value for their limited attention span.”
Alex Tabarrok
Blogging is a powerful medium that will increase traffic to your website and business. However, thousands of new bloggers are joining up every day, making the blogosphere increasingly competitive.

If you want to stand out of the crowd you can’t afford to make these blogging mistakes.

Continue reading “9 Cringe-worthy Blogging Mistakes to Avoid”

How to Find Time to Blog

“Failure isn’t final until you quit.”
Michael Hyatt

The are many bloggers that are super lucky to make a generous income from their online work. However, unfortunately it is just a dream to the rest of us. Our blogging fits in around work, children, sport and fitness, adult chores and supermarket trips. This leaves us with barely the opportunity to post more than once a week.

Our love for blogging is shoved aside and forgotten as we follow through with commitments and daily chores. Personally, there is nothing more frustrating. Continue reading “How to Find Time to Blog”

What They Don’t Tell You About Affiliate Marketing

“It should feel genuinely good to earn income from your blog – you should be driven by a healthy ambition to succeed. If your blog provides genuine value, you fully deserve to earn income from it.”
Steve Pavlina

If you are after a quick dollar with blogging, I can tell you that you will be severely disappointed.

Setting up the blog is the easy part. However, making money from your blog is a whole other ball game.

Continue reading “What They Don’t Tell You About Affiliate Marketing”

5 Easy Steps to Find the Perfect Niche

“Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”
Herman Cain

You want to begin your blogging career, but there is one fundamental thing you find yourself stuck on… What are you going to write about? Some may have it already figured out (that’s awesome!), but for others this can be an incredibly difficult question. Continue reading “5 Easy Steps to Find the Perfect Niche”

The Canva Hack You Need to Know

““If you want to continually grow your blog, you need to learn to blog on a consistent basis.”
Neil Patel

In my previous post, I made reference to Canva, your literal bible when blogging on a budget. However, one huge drawback that I had mentioned was the limited amount of fonts. Because Canva is online, you are unable to add to the fonts already available. Additionally, the sizing is restricted to specific numbers… Argh. 

But before you go rushing off to spend hundreds of dollars on Adobe Photoshop I have an answer.

Continue reading “The Canva Hack You Need to Know”

Blogging on a Budget: Why I Choose Canva

From subscriptions, to hosting, to designing your blog … things can get pretty pricey pretty fast. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to cost a bomb to create beautifully crafted blogs.

My secret weapon is Canva. This miracle of a website offers free signup (as well as paid subscriptions) and allows you to create blog banners, stylised documents, logos and so much more. I am literally in love ❤ Continue reading “Blogging on a Budget: Why I Choose Canva”