Weekly Link Roundup # 14 – Simple, Effective and Practical Tips to Writing Better Blog Posts

tips to writing better blog posts

Tips to writing better blog posts!

What does “writing better blog posts” mean?

Blog posts are supposed to be engaging. They are supposed to keep your readers hooked onto it until they finish reading the post. But, how many such posts do you really see these days?

Poorly structured posts that appear like an essay, posts that are just there without a real strategy behind publishing it and lack of interaction are just some of the reasons why blog posts look monotonous and un-engaging.

Simple Tips to Writing Better Blog Posts

The tips to writing better blog posts are pretty much old school and the basics. If you have ensured that you stick to the basics, there is no reason why your posts wouldn’t turn out to be engaging and interesting.

In this week’s link roundup we picked up some nice posts which spoke about some excellent tips on blogging. If you follow these tips, your posts are sure to be a feast to the reader.

16 Tools to Create Better Images for Your Blog Posts

Rich media is an important part of a good blog post. Posts without images and videos, look like nothing more than a block of text. And readers soon lose interest in what they are reading.

The addition of images render a freshness to the post and help readers’ eyes stay glued onto your content.

wpbeginner.comDo you want to create better images for your blog posts? Images create a huge impact on how users engage with your content. However, most users are not designers and are unable to create professional looking images for their blogs. In this article, we will show you some of the best tools to create better images for your blog posts.

Images are highly engaging. They communicate ideas and invoke emotions.

They help you get more likes, shares, and traffic from social media. Users visiting your site spend more time and view more posts. Images can even help you get more comments on your posts.

Image Courtesy : wpbeginner.com

Read more at wpbeginner.com

8 Common blogging mistakes to avoid

The best way to put across a point is by talking about the mistakes that it could avoid. And maybe that is why “mistakes posts” are always interesting to read.

This one here is a post that talks about some of the basics in blogging. Yet, when you read it, you will realize that most of them are mistakes that have crept into your publishing strategy as well.

I’ve been a blogger and worked with other bloggers for years now; over time, I’ve noticed a lot of the same mistakes being made over and over again by different blogs. In this article, I’ll be going through 8 of the most common blogging mistakes to avoid. So if you’re thinking about becoming a blogger, struggling to keep your blog afloat or have just recently started blogging, this is a post for you.

One of the most common mistakes bloggers make is that they don’t know who their target audience is. They will create content about everything and anything, with no regards towards what their readers (or potential readers) would want to read, see or hear.

Read more at lilachbullock.com

Telegram’s blogging platform Telegraph is super simple and anonymous

All of November, Telegram and their blogging platform Telegra.ph was trending. While I am somebody who wouldn’t bother to look at any other blogging platform except WordPress, the fact that Telegraph was different, made me learn a little more about it.

Telegraph might not be for everyone. It for once, is not at all something for the professional blogger. But if you are somebody who like hobby blogging and don’t want to mess with hosting, domain, platforms etc. then you might want to give Telegraph a try.

The post at mashable has a lot more details about this blogging platform.

mashable.com

With platforms such as WordPress or Tumblr, starting a blog has never been easier, but in most cases, you still have to go through a simple registration process before you can start publishing.

Now, messaging platform Telegram has made it even simpler with Telegraph, the blogging platform that doesn’t require any kind of registration.

Image Courtesy: mashable.com

Read more at mashable.com

9 Ways to Generate Sales from Your Last Blog Post (Without Being Salesy)

Are your being salesy in your blog posts?

That question is enough to push a lot of the bloggers into an introspective mode. Because being salesy is considered to be bad, at least in blogging.

But why?

All blogs have an eventual goal of making money. And you cannot make money with selling. So there is nothing wrong with being salesy.

But according to Neil, you can also sell without being salesy. And how you do it is what this blog post is all about!

quicksprout.com

These days, “sales” is perceived as a negative five-letter word.

Sales has gotten a bad rep. When you hear the word “sales,” you probably think of pushy salespeople or telemarketing calls.

The stigma of sales affects bloggers too. Lots of bloggers are afraid to sell to their readers. They don’t want to lose the audience they worked so hard to build.

Well, I’m here to tell you that you can successfully use your blog posts to sell without being salesy.

Image Courtesy: quicksprout.com

Read more at quicksprout.com

Do you have to be a great writer to be a great blogger?

You want to be a blogger but you are not a great writer. What would you do?

Blogging is about writing and hence the obvious answer to the above question will be – you cannot be a blogger.

But that is a myth. You don’t really have to be a writer to be a blogger. Blogging is an art that you can learn and you don’t really need an inherent quality of writing to be a good blogger.

businessesgrow.com

If you’re not confident in your writing skills, can you still be a great blogger?

Let’s be honest.  Good writing matters. But there are a few simple ideas any one can learn to dramatically improve the quality of their blog posts. Let’s take a look at a few tricks of the trade to help you sharpen your writing skills.

“I feel like you’re talking to me.”

That’s common feedback I receive about my books and blog posts.  If you can’t write, you can still talk, right? I suggest that you literally read your blog posts aloud before publishing. If something does not roll off the tongue in a natural and conversational way, change it.

Image Courtesy: businessesgrow.com

Read more at businessesgrow.com

11 Factors to Consider When Shaping the Content Strategy for Your Blog

To wrap up the roundup for this week, I have a podcast from Problogger. I couldn’t avoid including this one in this week’s roundup because of the awesome content in this episode.

In this episode, Darren talks about some very important things that you might want to consider when you are planning the strategy for your blog.

He talks about 5 different types of voices you can use to write a blog, which is a very interesting and unique approach to the entire blogging activity.

In today’s lesson, I want to share 11 factors to consider when thinking about developing your blog’s editorial strategy and thinking about your blog’s editorial style.

The success of your blog hinges on many factors but among the most important of them is your content. Putting thought into what content you want to focus upon creating is crucial. What I share with you today will help you to create a framework for content that not only serves your current readers, but will hopefully make your blog stand out from the many other blogs in your niche.

Read more at problogger.com

Over to You

Which of the posts in this week’s roundup, did you find most interesting?

Do let us know by commenting below. If you come across an interesting post that you would want to be included in our weekly roundups, don’t hesitate to send it over to us and we will include them.

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