My 10 Tips To Blog Article Writing

Since I’ve started blogging I’ve had many people ask me about my writing process so I’ve decided to share it with you today.

I usually have about five or six different ideas for articles that I put through the process, I’ve outlined below, all at the same time. Now, for some people this may not work, but it works for me and saves me a lot of time.

6 things you like…..

Sometimes I get in the mood to develop the topics I want to write about. So I sit down in front of my laptop and type a phrase or word as the title of the topic. I create a long list of about 50 or so (well as many as I can think of at the time) all on one word document. I save that doc to my blog folder on my hard drive. Then on future days I can go through my topics and create their key points. Working through several articles at a time allows me to rapidly develop quality content for each day of the coming week, or even month.

Do the topics have to flow from one to another? I don’t think so. I just write what I want to write about. It’s my blog……:)

Her are 10 tips that I know will assist you with developing your articles.

1. Developing a Topic

As soon as an idea pops in my head I save it in my black berry before I forget it. You can write it down on anything. Use your cell phone, or whatever. I hate it when I think of something that I want to write about when I’m in the shower. I forget the details of it by the time I get out and get dried off. So if your not in the shower when you think of your topic, document it right away.

2. Creating the main points

At the moment that I document a topic in my Black Berry, I begin developing the main points at the same time. If it’s going to be a list post, I begin by writing down as many items as I can think of. If it is going to be an essay style post then I try to think of about three to five main concepts that can be discussed and I put them down as points. This will allow me to have the creative juices flowing when it comes time to develop the entire article.

The key here is to let the topic determine the number of points. You want to come up with enough ideas to provide a comprehensive look at your subject without creating overkill.

Like I am doing with this topic.

3. Video is a MUST

Use video as much as possible. People like to see real people, really doing something. Need I say more?

4. Develop an exciting introduction

Once I’ve determined the meat and potatoes that I plan on discussing in an article I have effectively established the direction the article will be going. This allows me to create an opening paragraph or two. The goal here is to sell the article. While creating the introduction you should have a sentence or two that describes what the entire article will develop in to. Humor is always something that works, but remember to not over do it.

First impressions are lasting impressions. The first sentence is there to make people want to read the second sentence. The second sentence is there to make the reader what to go to the third and so on. If you can’t pull the reader in during that all important first paragraph or two then you are probably are not going to get them to read the whole article.

It’s important that your first paragraph be powerful so that you can make a strong first impression and draw the readers in.

5. Expand on each point

After I have an introduction paragraph and a list of points, I move on to developing each point. You don’t even have to start on your first point. Pick out whichever point you feel is the most important. Sometimes I choose point 3 or 4 and sometimes I go in order. There’s are no rules as I see it.. Just work through until you have a paragraph or two that describes each of your key concepts.

Just write what comes to you. Don’t focus on spelling or grammar. Just take your thoughts and ideas and get them into the post. And have fun with it.

I do most of my writing in the early morning.

6. Revise the post

If your blogging software has a preview feature that allows you to view the article in your blog’s theme (WordPress does) as it will be seen by your audience then I highly recommend that you use it for this step. I want to be able to look at it in every way seeing it as my readers will see it.

It’s important now to read through your post from beginning to end. Remember before when I said that you didn’t have to develop each point in order. During this step you should be checking to make sure that each step logically follows from the point before it. If it doesn’t then tweak it up a little bit until it does.

You should also be looking for spelling and grammar errors. There is nothing more irritating to an educated reader than to read an article from someone who writes as if they are illiterate. I like to use microsoft word for this. You can also get
OpenOffice.org. It’s a free office suite that will blow you away. My son uses it on his laptop. Many students are using it today.

It is also during this revision that I look for places to add dynamic adjectives. I look for places where I can spice things up just a little bit or make sentences sound just a little bit more exciting.

7. Optimize and Intensify the Headline

This is KEY!

Never settle for simple boring headlines or titles. Think about what will grab your readers attention. I get so many ideas from the spam I get daily. I just scroll through it and when a subject pops out at me I save it in my subjects document.
Take a look at my blog section, for more ideas on writing and developing copy.

8. Create Meta Data and Tags

If you are using Word Press (my choice of programs) or a blogging platform with tagging enabled then create between 8 and 10 tags that directly describe your article. Use those same tags as your meta keywords if you like. Don’t use those automated plugins. I experimented with some automated keyword generators and decided that they are generally useless. These plugins would scan the article and attempt to automatically create tags based on the content. Usually they would pick words that really were not important to the topic so I quickly got rid of those and I now take the time to develop my own tags and you should also.

9. Revise the Post…Again

Go over your work one more time. Make sure that your thoughts and concepts flow smoothly between points. Make sure everything is spelled correctly and that you don’t have it filled with poor grammar.

I always assign a future date to most posts before I hit the publish button. I use future dates because I want to have a couple of days to read it over and revise it again if necessary. The more you go over it the better it will likely be.

10. Publish

Push the publish button. This is the easy part. Find a way to take this process and make it work for you. If you need to mix up the order of a step to help you think and be creative then go for it. Do whatever it takes to get your creative juices flowing.

Happy Marketing,

Gerry Schroeder
http://www.gerryschroederonline.com

Skype: gerry.schroeder
Office: 705-524-1286

Gerry Schroeder is an expert online business builder and MLM marketing coach in the Network Marketing Industry. He assists others with creating their true wealth working from the comfort of their home.

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