How To Write Your First Blog Post (With Ideas!)
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Writing your first blog post can be scary - especially if you don't know where to start. I've been there, staring at the screen, suffering from writers block before you even get started!
But the first step is always the hardest. So why don't we just dive right in and do this!
start your first blog post
To begin writing your first blog post, log in to WordPress and go to Posts > Add New.
From here, you can make changes like adding a title, changing the slug (the URL of the post), adding a featured image and choosing your category/tags.
If you're using a free WordPress theme you can start creating your article using Gutenberg blocks.
The advantage of using a blog builder like Divi is that you can build not only your blog design visually, but your blog posts as well.
find the right topic to blog about
Your first blog post could very well just be an introduction to you and your blog, so this step is optional.
Before I write any blog post, I do some keyword research first. The easiest way is to simply use Google auto-complete to find a blog topic worth writing about.
Type in a word or two relating to your niche into Google and see what suggestions they have. Every keyword phrase that shows up are actual searches Google users have done.
Here are some ideas that are perfect for your first blog post:
THE "INTRODUCE YOURSELF" IDEA
I find it helpful to have your first post be an introduction of who you are and what you hope to accomplish with your blog.
This type of post is easy because it requires no research. You just write naturally and let the words flow out. There’s no way you can make a mistake by speaking from the heart.
Let the reader learn the following about you:
Having a personal introduction as your first post is an awesome idea. But it doesn't give value to your reader much, does it?
Well, the next idea sure does!
THE "ULTIMATE GUIDE" POST
Want to knock their socks off? Start your blog off with a MF'n BANG! As your first blog post, how about an Ultimate Guide On X?
Whatever your blog niche is, write a comprehensive guide on the topic. This post should be long - very long. It’s something we in the biz call a "pillar post" or "cornerstone content".
This post will end up being one of your most popular posts. It’s going to be the post that you link to from most of your future blog posts.
Having an insanely great first post is bound to turn some heads. Write an ultimate guide post as your first blog post and you'll start growing your following from day 1.
Link to other authority websites in your niche. Then, notify them via email of your mention. Doing so will help you start building relationships with other bloggers which might lead you to being mentioned on their blog too.
THE "QUOTES" POST
This next idea for your first blog post is super easy.
If you're so giddy about getting your first post out there, but aren’t feeling creative enough to write something, consider the Quotes Post.
Compile a list of your favorite quotes that are relevant to your niche. Do a Google search and copy+paste some of your favorite quotes.
Then write a catchy headline like "43 (Ridiculous/Hilarious/Awesome/Insane) Quotes About (Your Niche)."
This type of post isn't the greatest in terms of quality, but it's your best bet to going viral on Twitter and Facebook.
To make this type of post more effective, add a Click To Tweet widget to each quote to encourage Twitter sharing. You can do this with the Social Warfare plugin.
THE "ROUND UP" POST
Gather up a list of the authority bloggers in your niche along with their contact info. Email each one asking for advice on a topic important in your niche.
If your niche is finance you can ask for their opinion on if it's better to rent or buy a house and why.
If your niche is homeschooling you can ask other bloggers in this niche about their best tip.
Let them know you plan to create a round up post of experts and will be linking back to their site.
Most of them will write back with their tip, as pro bloggers never want to miss an opportunity for a free backlink!
Don't forget to also add your own opinion in this article. It will group you together with these top bloggers and make you seem like an authority too.
When the round-up post is live, contact them again and share the link! You can then ask them to share it on social media and/or mention it on their blog.
GET INSPIRATION FROM OTHER BLOGGERS
Don't know what to write about on your first blog post? Worry no more! I've saved the best tip for last.
Look at other bloggers in your niche to see what they are writing about.
Want to know a secret? The first blog posts of some awesome bloggers actually SUCK!
Every blogger, no matter how big, had to start somewhere. They were where you are at this moment.
Once you see just how bad some bloggers' first post was, you'll see there's no need to fear writing your first blog post.
If you instead want to look at the best posts from a blog, look at the sidebar! These articles are typically their most trafficked pages. If those post topics worked for them, they can work for you!
USE TRELLO TO KEEP YOUR BLOG POST IDEAS
When you're new to blogging there should be lots of ideas on what to write. It's downright impossible to create all the content all at once. So what you need is to have a space where you can jot down your article ideas.
I use the Trello app and have a Blog Post Ideas list. You can add more lists, for example an In Progress and a Published list.
You can assign dates to each article, then add the free Calendar "power-up" to create your own content calendar.
A really cool part about Trello is that you can move your cards (ideas) from one list to another. That way you visually see the progress of your ideas, all from inception to completion.
You can add notes and checklists within each card. Use the checklists to list out what main points you plan to discuss in the article. Another checklist could be used for article headline ideas.
If all of this was been too overwhelming, realize that blogging is a process.
You will get better.
So don't worry about crafting the perfect first blog post and just do it already!
Messy action is better than no action at all.
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