Publishing regular blogs means all-important new web content that Google loves. It also gives you something new to share with your contacts. Here’s our advice on how to write great blogs in WordPress…
In the left hand menu on your WordPress dashboard, click on Posts and Add New. This takes you to a page with everything you need to create your new blog post.
Give some thought to the right title
This is crucial, partly to keep Google happy. WordPress generates the URL (otherwise known as permalink) for your blog post based on your title – you can override their suggestion, but the key thing is to make sure your title is relevant to the content and search terms you want Google to pick up.
Also, according to copyblogger, whilst 8 in 10 people will read a blog title, only 2 in 10 will go on to read the actual post. So, as well as including your main keywords in the title (to help Google find it), you should also make sure it’s engaging and intriguing to readers.
Oh, and keep your title short and sweet – 8 words or fewer if possible, so Google search results will display it in full.
Make your blog post easy to read
As a guide, your blog should be at least 300 words long – with enough keywords for Google to pick up on, and plenty of content to engage and inform your readers. 500-600 words is ideal – anything longer, and your readers are likely to lose interest.
Divide up the blog post into easy-to-read chunks – short paragraphs with sub-headlines are a good way to do this, like we’ve done in this blog!
For more information, check out our tried and tested guide to writing successful blogs.
Always include a ‘call-to-action’ – what do you want people to do after reading your blog? This may be to view other content on your website, contact you, or complete an enquiry form, etc. Thanks to the magic of Google, many visitors will come straight to your blog from a search – so remember to include everything they need to know on this page!
Make your blog more appealing by adding images. It’s easy in WordPress – simply position your cursor where you want the image to go, and click on Add Media. Then choose Media Library to add an image you’ve uploaded before, or Upload Files to add a new one in JPG, PNG or GIF format. When you’ve added the image, click on Edit Image to change the size and positioning.
Categories and tags
Consider setting up categories and tags for your blog posts to help readers find your other content on the same topic. Categories provide a broader grouping, and tags are more specific – usually keywords.
For example, on a recipe website, categories could include starters, main courses and puddings – and tags could be specific ingredients like fish, chocolate, fruit, nuts, etc.
Use the Categories and Tags module on the right hand side of the text area to add relevant categories and tags to your blog post. You can select existing categories and tags – or add new ones.
Maximise your SEO impact
Along with a raft of other great SEO features, this clever piece of software evaluates your blog post as you write it, and gives simple traffic light results to show how well it is optimised for SEO. You can then adjust any elements highlighted in red to make them more SEO-friendly, before publishing your post.