What if I tell you that writing an article and learning how to ride a bicycle is almost the same? Yes, me and my crazy examples. But, hey, let’s back up a little, and let’s see how crafting an amazing article and riding a bicycle are the same things.
First, I need to share a few interesting facts and figures to motivate you.
In 2021, with all the shifts in daily life due to COVID, around 409 million people view nearly 20 billion web pages. 77% of the total internet population is interested in reading a blog. 71% of blog posts published on WordPress are written in the English language.
The count of posts published on WordPress by a user having paid and unpaid domains is around 70 million in a month. And these posts are getting around 77 million comments by the readers in a time frame of 1 month.
Now some statistics related to bloggers.
In 2019, while surveying bloggers, it was found that 17% of bloggers take 3 to 4 hours to write an article of approximately 1500 words. And a total of 19% of bloggers reported that they take nearly 6 hours to finish an article of 1500 words.
The survey further reported that bloggers who write articles with more than 2000 words are likely to get a better result, and their blog analytics will be significantly better than others.
People have an emotional need to have feedback, and usually, they want others to praise them, not criticize them.
Another survey shows that only 46% of bloggers were confident enough to have faith in their work. At the same time, 54% rely on others to proofread their work.
As compared to the good old days, 66% of bloggers nowadays are publishing new content, 50% less than they used to do in 2014. So now the bloggers are more focused on how to do SEO and how their old content still helps them earn revenue.
In another survey conducted, it was reported that people from the USA spend 3 times more time on blog posts than the time they spend reading emails.
43% of the readers use the skimming technique to read the article. In comparison, 36% of the readers prefer to read list-based headlines only.
And the last point from the statistics will be the love of how-to statement. Believe me when I tell you that this is the third most used word to start our search with. In numeric terms, 17% of the total searches done on Google nowadays start with a how-to.
Where to start from
The statistics you have just read are the evidence for you to know that now would be the right time for you to start blogging. If you are seriously thinking of adding another revenue stream parallel to your business, blogging is the answer.
Still confused and don’t know how to start this. Luckily, I am here to simplify things for you and make you understand the earning through a blogging revenue stream.
Today, in this article, I’ll make you understand how to think like a professional writer. I will then show you how to use your writing skills to write an interesting first blog post using six simple steps.
These steps will talk about what and how to write a blog that people want to read. So are you ready to get started? Let’s get started.
Plan your blog
Before you push yourself to sit down and start writing your blog, I have to share a list of steps you need to follow to have a good carrier start as a blogger.
If you want to write articles as per your will and you are not looking for revenue generation then this article is not a perfect guide for you.
But if you are looking to have a second well source of income then continue reading and follow the steps to build your blog.
Brainstorm blog topics
You are starting a blog to earn, which means you have to check for the interest of your users and write about it. Because that’s what your customer will look for.
That’s how you will make your customer stay on your page more than ever before. So the first thing for you to do is to understand your customer.
Or you can always ask Google to help you. Google will help you with the top keywords and key phrases. And that’s a good start to search and finalize topics that you feel confident writing about.
Know your customers
After finalizing the topics you will be writing about, the second step is to understand your customers. You need to know who your customers are and what they do when they are on your website.
The only for you to have a constant viewership on your blog post is by understanding what your customer wants to read. Therefore, it is the understanding of how well you can write about the things your customer is looking for.
But always remember that you have to keep your writing easy, clear, interesting, and engaging. Your blog post needs to be so interesting that your customer shares it around themselves without you putting in the effort. Anticipating the kinds of people who will be reading your posts will help you create interesting, engaging, and shareable content.
The Punch line: Headline
You can’t make your content read more often until and unless you have a compelling heading. This heading on this article is a perfect example of having an irresistible headline.
You will always require a powerful headline to engage your customer. A headline is like a gateway, you have to make it so compelling that people get eager to read it.
As I told you, writing is a skill. And you learn gradually. So writing a compelling headline will require you to come up with a how-to or any other catchy blog.
It has to be catchy but it also needs to be clear, specific and should offer an answer to any situation.
Write engaging content
Your blog needs to have compelling content divided into three sections equipped with words and pictures. Writing a blog includes three sections:
- Introduction: here you have to explain to the customer what he will be reading.
- The text: here you have to let the customer drown in detailed information and pictures.
- And a conclusion: you have to give your final argument and close the article.
Once again, this looks compelling and easy but it’s not until you give it time.
Optimize for SEO
And once the article is written, it comes down to SEO, a set of principles used to rank your work in higher places. SEO lets you optimize your article both before and after writing it.
SEO helps you with keyword research as well. For a highly effective ranking, add your keyword in Metadata. Use SEO wisely for a higher ranking. The revenue increase will directly depend on your ranking.
Publish your blog
By the end of the article, you have to go through the article again and check for errors. These errors include the ones you made in grammar, repetition, coherence, and any unprofessionally presented context.
I would advise you to use Grammarly more often. Although the free version comes with limited options the available ones come in handy always. You can ask a friend to review your work. And once they are with what you have written, it’s time to hit the publish button.
That’s all. But that’s not this simple if not practiced well.
Blogging looks fancy. Almost everyone around you is blogging these days. It looks as if blogging is the easiest job.
How difficult can it be? Maybe all you need to do is to sit, think and write.
The article which you have just read is the evidence to negate blogging being easy.
It’s a lot more difficult to have a revenue-generating blog than you can think of.
But with exercise, experience, and learning from your mistakes, blogging becomes easy with time.
And if you are a quick learner then I have to say, that you will be a professional blogger within a very limited period.
I believe I have covered all the aspects of writing a blog and making you a professional blogger if you continue to practice and improve your skills.
But if you think that something is not covered or if you have any queries, leave me a comment in the comment section and I’ll answer them all.
Now take up thy pen and be the blogger people immediately subscribe. What is stopping you to be the rock star of your life & why won’t you?
Blogging is a second permanent source of income. But to earn you need to be a professional writer.
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