Are you always trying to find extra time to create content for your blog? Rank Fuse knows it can be difficult to generate blog content with all the other things that you need to do every day, but we have a few tricks up our sleeves for creating blog content quickly without taking up your valuable time.
Before You Get Started
Take a few minutes before you start trying to write by getting prepared. Rank Fuse recommends having your topic selected before you sit down to start writing. Make a list of topic ideas out of things as you see them and have that list saved to your Desktop with at least rough dates next to them.
If you have the capacity to build a content calendar, that is even more helpful. Jot down the keywords you are thinking about using next to each topic to help you remember the direction you want to take the piece. You get bonus points if you can categorize your content calendar! When it comes time to start writing something new for your website, pull from your list.
Pull up all the content creation tools you need ready before you even try to start writing your blog post. Gather any of the pages you want to link to in your browser; get your source pages opened up. If you need multiple screens, have everything ready where you want it. If you know what you want for an image, find it before you start writing.
Lastly, get your workspace prepared for a session of writing. For some, this means clearing off the clutter and getting a cup of coffee. For others, that means plugging in headphones and pulling up Spotify. Whatever you need to get in the writing zone, do it before you sit down.
Preparing your environment and topic before you get started will make it easier to get started on your next blog post. This seems like a lot to do, but in reality, it should only take about five or so minutes to get ready to pump out a quality blog post.
Getting Started on Blog Content
Writing isn’t always easy work! Be prepared to put in some hard work, but try to do the easiest work first. Start off by writing the introduction and conclusion of your blog post. Those are the easiest part of any post, because you probably already have an idea of what you could say for the introduction and conclusion floating around your head before you even sat down.
Write sentences as they pop into your head. You may have 12 one-sentence paragraphs, but that is a good base for your blog post. This is a kind of as-you-go outline. While it might seem silly at first, remember that you can build upon those ideas as you go. You should be editing your work at the end anyway, which means that you will catch any place in your post that needs more information.
Remember to only include information from credible resources. Your research needs to be valuable, and crummy information from lackluster sources will not help readers trust you.
Get Down to It
Now it is time to get the bulk of your article written. It is a good time to work on filling in all the missing pieces of your article. You can also start working out an informative, catchy headline to match your content.
Don’t forget to use keywords that will help boost the SEO ranking of your article in search engines such as Google and Bing. These keywords will get your article seen by more people on the Internet, so it is extremely important that they match the topic and how people might search for it.
When you are nearing the end of your article, go back and add in all the links that you need to include in the article. Make sure to use short phrases for your links and not just individual words, because phrases will make the links more noticeable to readers.
Edit and Post Blog Content
Go through the piece at least twice looking for typos, spelling errors, incorrect punctuation, and any other issues. The first round can be a rough edit. On the second pass, look for continuity problems or places where you need to add or remove information. Clarity is going to be important to your readers, so try to read the post through their eyes.
If you have created an outline, remember that the outline isn’t law. Upon reviewing your writing, you may decide that you need to move things around, and that is perfectly fine. It is better to make sure the finished piece is cohesive than to worry about sticking to an outline.
Double check your headline and subheads as well. These are often forgotten about during the editing process, but an error in your headline ruins your credibility before your readers have even gotten started.
After you have the article edited and ready to go, it is time to post it on your website. Be sure to include an image that matches the content of the piece. Consider sharing the post on your social media websites for additional traffic.
Rank Fuse is dedicated to proving quality content to our customers, so if you find that writing your own content just doesn’t work with your schedule, give us a call today at 913-703-7265. We are experts in SEO and quality, well-written blog content.