Hello World: How to Write Your First Blog Post

White screen fear must be real! I know this for sure. It took me months to learn some basics of Word Press, but it’s not the technical side that kept me from writing my first post. It is this text on the first post-template Word Press installs by default! I had no clue then I thought my first post should be about how to write a first blog post!

Is this keeping you from writing your first post? “Welcome to Word Press. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then write!” If so, read this post on how to write your first post & start writing ASAP!

Instead of writing, I got more and more into technical stuff! I moved from one page-builder to another, from one theme to another, and from one plugin to another. Thought that was part of learning more about Word Press, but I was just distracted with those details. However, these are only tools!

I might get back to using old school SMS anytime; it’s not impossible. I believe that the core message has more value than the channel. I had never tried blogging before and didn’t know where to begin; After thinking about this for a while, I thought my first post should be about “my first post”! A way to help me get rid of that “Hello World!” post and is fun to write.

I will share some thoughts and answers for “first post” questions.

If you are a first-time blogger, please reach out with your questions and comments. I hope the answers provided here would help other newcomers. It is my pleasure to link to your first post and add it here if you think it can inspire!

How to Write Your First Blog Post?

The life cycle of writing a blog post is similar to other types of writing or content creation. It starts with brainstorming and research to get some a plan, then putting that plan into action and the content is created, and sharing that post. It is never a final product as you will be altering or updating it as needed.

Steps to write awesome blog posts:

  1. decide what to write
  2. plan your post
  3. create your content
  4. cut, edit, and rewrite
  5. share your post with the world
  6. keep your content up to date

1: What To Write? What should your first blog post be about?

To know what to write, we need to consider three factors: your audience, potential keyword value, and your planned blog categories.

A- Starting point: Your Social Media Accounts

Make use of consumer profiles to tweak your blog topics, your writing style and even the image assets you use. Knowing your readers helps you target them better. Your audience is part of your content, and they can be active co-authors sometimes.

Nobody has no audience! You can quote me on that. We all write or create content with some audience in our heads. Regardless of how small that audience might seem to you, they are defining your writing in many ways.

Also, starting a new blog doesn’t mean you have no audience. I suppose we all have some social media presence before we jump into blogging, and this can be a gold mine of information and an excellent starting point.

You can check your Twitter profile, click on the “analytics” menu, and check your “Audience insights”. You will find loads of information there about your current tweeps (i.e. your Twitter followers), including their interests, demographics, lifestyle, and mobile footprint.

Try to use those interests in the form of a question that you think will appeal to your followers in light of their lifestyle and demographics.

Another source of information is your LinkedIn profile. You can use it in three different ways.

  • The first way to use your LinkedIn profile to select or tune your blog is by checking your connections. Try to filter your first (or second degree) connections according to location, position, and other dimensions. A filtered LinkedIn connections list will give you a good view of your current audience demographics.
  • The second step is to check your most active connections on LinkedIn and make a list of articles they post on the platform. Writing on LinkedIn is another form of blogging for a professional audience. If you pay close attention to what is going on there for a reasonable period, you will end up with an interest-map and hopefully some inspiring ideas for your first, or even your 100th blog posts.
  • Another source of information on LinkedIn is the discussions and comments you find on other users’ posts.

Tip: Try to use a note-taking application like Google Keep or Evernote (affiliate link) and take notes, bookmark articles whenever you find something interesting on your social media accounts.

B- Be Your Best Self

Try to match your target audience to your best skills or field of experience. This mapping is vital for finding your website niche, or your specific space among the crowded internet space. To know your niche, ask yourself if your blog is a hobby blog, a healthy food blog, etc. So if you are still not decided, try to compare yours to other websites in those categories.

C- Write Your Title

I am sure you have read the “popular” advice of writing titles following what some bloggers call “The Ultimate Headline Formula”. It is a magical formula that usually includes several steps to follow or places to visit, etc.

My expectation regarding titles like “ten ways to write your first blog post” or “Five ways to write a no five-ways blog post!” is that they are overused and will lose their appeal (if it is not already).

You would still need a catchy title that can attract your audience. After you have selected your category and have a clear idea about your blog post topic, you can search for “how to write a blog post title?” and check the examples in search results.

Another way is to make a list of 3-5 influencers or established blogs in your field and copy the titles of their blog posts (for the last few months) into a data sheet. This sheet will be more than enough to select yours.

All that research and brainstorming should lead to drafting a good ideas list then finding an excellent topic to write about.

Tip: First thing to do after installing Word Press is selecting your permalink structure (Permalink Settings). After you post content on that website, Do NOT change your permalink structure. Changing URLs can severely damage your SEO.

Based on mere personal observance, I think bloggers and writers fall into four classes in writing their titles:

  1. The first group starts with a title that inspires the full writing process, and they stick to it. I will call them “Title Inspired Writers”.
  2. The second group start with a title, then while writing, they find that their flow of thought was going somewhere else, and change the title. Let’s call them “Process inspired Writers”.
  3. The third writers don’t even start with a title. They select a topic and wait until they complete the writing process. They give it a day or two to get “out of the text” then they reread it trying to get inspired with the best title. I will call them “Outcome inspired writers”.

Sometimes, I have to say; we don’t choose our topics titles. They haunt us asking to be written! And that will be the fourth group.

Your social media accounts should also be used to pilot your interesting blog post ideas. Try to tweet the first paragraph, or the central question of your post, or even the title you drafted. If that doesn’t get enough engagement or interest, then try to rewrite it or reconsider that topic.

D- keywords & Some Blogging Technical Details

Search engines use some algorithms to read and test your content. That evaluation determines where and how your website, blog or post will show on the search results page.

Before you publish your blog post, check your search engine for these keywords “blog post SEO”. I will update this post soon with links to some SEO guides.

Let’s say that established companies are targeting one keyword with their professional posts and massive social media reach; then it could be better to avoid competing for that exact keyword. Competing with those words means that our posts will have less chance of being shown early in the search results. So do you remember the last time you went checking websites beyond the second page of search results? You want your blog to have a better chance to show earlier on Google results.

Write your high-quality content, share it with your network and boost it with some work on SEO keyword choice. Also, keep in mind that keywords should flow within the text. Over staking keywords with no real content will take your post nowhere.

Do you remember the last time you kept checking search results beyond the second or third page? You want your blog to have a better chance to show earlier on Google results.

Write your high-quality content, share it with your network and boost it with some work on SEO keyword choice. Also, keep in mind that keywords should flow within the text. Over staking keywords with no real content will take your post nowhere.

Most bloggers use Word Press as their content management system, and if that’s the case, then you will need an excellent modern theme to help with your SEO. It will work like a matrix where content and SEO elements will be embedded. Besides that, you will need an SEO plugin. This plugin will check your website or blog for missing details and show you how to add them. You can also use it to check your blog post language and make it more search engine friendly.

Sharing your post on social media channels is the best way to gain more exposure. Whenever you share something on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook, those channels pull some data from your blog. They create a card including an image and some description or post summary. Social media rich-cards is another area where you will need to use SEO plugins.

2- Plan Your Article

3- Get things Done: Write Your Article

Do some brainstorming before you write and keep the SEO keywords clear in your sketch. A keyword sketch will help you integrate all planned keywords in a balanced way in your article. Select the images & videos you are planning to use in your post. Start with a mind map and even try to embed one in your post. Readers like infographics and mindmaps that users can print out and saved for later, and they also make your article more exciting and consumable.

For grammar and vocabulary choice, don’t use advanced English unless there is a valid reason for that (audience, filed, or other factors). Instead, try to use B1 – B2 CEFR level English. Plain English will give you better online exposure. Your topic and your niche will decide the field of language to use. It would help if you didn’t use academic writing for a food recipe blog post.

It will help if you use the new grammar checking apps and services before you publish your post. I also recommend sharing your post with friends and try to ask them for feedback.

Alongside the linguistic part of your post, you will also need to pay attention to the media files you will use. Images and videos should be yours, or you will need a license to use them. Many websites will give you access to a vast library of free stock photos licensed for commercial use. You can also use your search engine image search to include only image and video files (or even audio files) with a suitable license or permission.

If you quoted something from another source or website, state that by referring back to the source. Links to resources and references will also help in adding high-value links to your blog.

Another critical factor in making your post more readable to both humans and search engines is the blog post structure. Adequate use of white spaces in your text and proper use of bullet-points will make a huge difference.

Please keep it simple, unless you don’t know what you are talking about!

You can reach out to authors you follow and blogs you like and try to communicate the influence their content have on yours. This might be an excellent starting point for making new connections and getting more exposure for your blog post. Try to avoid thin content where blog length or core content is less than needed for your audience or for search engines to consider that post as quality content.

4- Cut, Edit, and Rewrite

5- Share Your Article, Again!

Make sure you have your article ready for sharing with rich social media cards and images all set up. Stat by your close network and ask them for their feedback. Expand that list to more connections and more social media platforms, asking for feedback and trying to add value with each share.

If you have a service or a product to sell, wait for your readers to find your content useful and enjoy reading it. Also, try to avoid overselling your service and wait for things to take their time.

The more exposure your content gets, the more familiar you will be to your audience. People buy from people they know, and let’s say you won’t be a total stranger after an article or two.

Give your post a few days to make sure search engines index it. Ask yourself “When is the Best Time to Post on LinkedIn?” then post a summary of your post as a LinkedIn article. Don’t forget to link back to the full post on your blog.

Tip: LinkedIn articles stick to your profile while LinkedIn posts will get lost in the timeline. Tweet your LinkedIn article too & give it a boost.

6- Keep Your Article Up To Date

  • It is not only about how to write your first blog post, but it is also about how to make that post a go-to destination for both your current and future readers.
  • People prefer reading recent posts. We tend to think they contain up-to-date information, and this also applies to search engines. Now and then, try to revise your content and update it. You can stress that by leaving a current comment or some timestamp to show the latest update date.
  • Remember to update only if that adds value to your post. You are writing to build trust and have to avoid false updating some use to trick search engines.

Article Published. What’s Next?

  • Give your words voice and create a podcast, or a face and create a video. You will find yourself editing the three versions to better ones during this process, and will boost your reach.
  • Don’t let comments on Word Press show without manually accepting them. And you should also pay attention to the comments you will get on all those channels (including spam).
  • All in all, think of blogging as an ongoing process. Don’t track your metrics daily, but rather keep improving your content with more original ideas. Connect with our audience on social media channels and try to help.
  • Finally, leave a comment here if you think you can add a link to an article (or to your content) and inspire new bloggers like me.

Things To Keep In Mind

  • Fight distractions.
  • Focus!
  • Take notes all the way. And use your downtime to draft ideas.
  • Start writing and stop waiting.
  • Knowing how to write your first blog post even will help you even if your website design is not totally finished yet.
  • Now is the right time. (You can quote me on that!)
  • Nobody is perfect, and no post is complete!
  • Write to build trust and not to build interest.
  • Get things done!

4 Comments

  • This is a great post, for newbies and those who have been blogging for a while.

    It’s so easy to forget the basics and that is that we started a blog to share what we love, what we’ve learnt, what we’ve seen and our journey.

  • Trying this again! So, I wrote my first blog post thinking I knew exactly what I was doing. (I’m a freelance writer, how hard it could it be, right?) And I just got so many things wrong but I kept hitting publish and adding posts. I’m slowly working my way back through those older ones to try to improve them for SEO, tailor them more to what my readers want and need. These are great tips for the beginning blogger who’s about to publish their first blog post as well as the blogger who’s been at it a while and still needs some direction.

  • This is a great guide! That first post is always the most challenging. If you can make it through that, then you’ll discover you’re far more capable than you ever thought possible!

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