How To Write Your First Blog Post
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Today we are going to show you how to write your first blog post like an expert. If you need to go back a step and learn about how to build a website for FREE please click here.
Many people when they are first starting out with WordPress get confused with the difference between a Post and a Page. I think the confusion is because the website author creates content in an identical way.
On a typical website, you are probably looking at around 90-954% of all website activity will be done via your Posts.
Click here to see a video explanation of Pages V Posts.
Video Author: Build Your Own Blog – Blogging Tips Video Date: Feb 17, 2015
The things that Post and Pages have in common are:
- Both Pages and Posts are constructed using pretty much identical steps.
- Both Pages and Posts have a Title AND body copy located in the same spots.
- Both Page and Posts can be used as Menu headings
- Both Pages and Posts can be date stamped and sent out to your newsletter subscribers.
- Both Pages and Posts have a URL (Permalink) so your content can be found via Google, newsletters, Facebook Groups etc.
- Both Pages and Posts use Meta Tags and Meta Descriptions. This is the information that gets shown to your audience when they do a Google Search.
The main differences between a page and a post are:
- Posts can allow for website visitors to leave comments if they like the articles you have written. Pages are “social” or “engaging” because of this.
- New Posts can automatically be sent to your “Blog roll”. This means that your “freshest” blog posts are seen first and previous posts that you wrote a long time ago get pushed down the “blog roll” and cannot be seen as readily.
- Posts are time and date sensitive and can be linked to your RSS feed (so they can be sent as a “newsletter format”)
- For new websites this feature is set as a default to your “Home page”. This feature can be reallocated to a dedicated “Blog Roll page” or even turned off with a few quick clicks if you want it.
- Posts can be sorted into “Categories” for better filing and navigation.
- Posts can be found via “tags” and other search tools. This helps with “User Navigation” and overall website experience.
- Pages are “static” and don’t “move” around the website when new Pages or Posts are published. This one item is actually a really HUGE difference.
- Pages are “Timeless”. They don’t have a time or date stamp attached to the content.
- Pages are linked to your “Home Page” and can be navigated to from this “Home page” starting position.
- Pages don’t allow for visitor engagement through “comments”. You have to insert a “plug in” to enable feedback or communication with your audience. The reason for this is that you don’t always want visitors commenting on your Pages. An example of this is that I don’t want feedback on my “Privacy Page” or my “Affiliate Disclosure Page”. This information is for “housekeeping” purposes and I am not looking for visitor engagement regarding these topics.
- Pages are best saved for ideas or concepts that are “cornerstone” or very powerful information on your website that you won’t be updating often. An example is that I can create many quick Posts of between 500-1500 words on a variety of topics which can be updated regularly. When I come across a “powerful concept” that I don’t want to update often, I often flesh this concept out to around 2,000 words and then have it as a PAGE that will sit there in “static” form that my website visitors can access easily.
- Menus are often the cause of some confusion. As such, so that this Post can remain as simple and straightforward as possible, I will cover the topic of Menu’s later in a dedicated Post. If you would like to know more about customizing menus immediately, please click here to see a Wealthy Affiliate tutorial.
- Pages are considered “Hierarchical” and need to be ordered via “Page Attributes”. Don’t worry if you don’t understand this part day 1, you will get better with this feature over time and with experience.
OK that said, as a new person do the differences really matter? Truthfully, if this is your absolute first website…… hmmm my answer would be No. Don’t worry to much about the in’s and out’s of the differences between Pages and Posts. It is actually more important right now to simply start typing and get some experience and build up your skill base. Day 1 I think it’s enough to know that differences exists, but as long as you are writing content that is relevant to your audience and can offer value to your readers, then the differences between Pages V Posts will fade away into the background.
Top Tips On Fleshing Out And Writing Your Very First Post
OK now that you have your website up and running, now you are reading to insert some content.
If you are like many people – myself included – you would probably have lots of ideas buzzing around your head that you just can’t wait to start sharing with your audience.
The best way to process all this creative energy into something really focused that will make you money someday is to either grab an old-fashioned pen and paper, or do it the more modern way and open up a clean document on your processor. Now take all those wonderful ideas that you have bouncing around in your head and simply write down an “ideas list” full of all the topics and useful hints and sources of information that you would like your audience to know.
This is your “ideas list” and it will become invaluable to you as you flesh out your website with more and more content.
If your website is about “shoes” then your ideas list would cover different types of footwear that your audience might like. For example, runners, cross trainers, high heals, office wear, construction wear etc.
Now under each heading think of different topics you could use to flesh it out.
For example, under construction wear shoes we could pick, Safety Toes Shoes, Steel Insole Shoes, Metal Instep Footwear, Metatarsal Shoes (things falling on feet from above – think “fridge removalists”) and Electric Hazard Shoes.
In this example we are going to build a sales website, under each heading I would list different brands that are available under each solution. For example under Electric Hazard Shoes, I could write three different Posts talking about three different brands of Electric Hazard Shoes and their features, benefits and price points.
It’s now time to write your Post.
Please remember that Posts are designed to be updated quickly and easily. For this reason, I like to think that Posts can be created and published quickly and easily as well. In order to help me stay on track, I like to set a timer and give myself 45 minutes to just type, type and type away. I am not tempted to correct my spelling or insert graphics etc. Really it’s just about getting the first draft of my content down onto paper. Studies have shown that by finishing a task off without interruptions you will get the task done quicker and to higher and standard than if compared with constantly “Stop / Starting” the task.
After you have “fleshed out” the draft now it’s time for proofreading, inserting graphics and finalizing the draft ready for publishing.
The steps that I like to take to publish a new Post are:
Step 1) Go to the back end of your website. Log in using your password.
Step 2) Now you should see your “dashboard” menu.
Step 3) click on the “pin” symbol with the word “Posts” next to it.
Step 4) start typing out the content of your post.
Step 5) When draft one of the content is finished, read the document out aloud to myself so that the sentences make sense and flow nicely.
Step 6) Run my spell checker, grammar checker, punctuation checker etc to make the document sound as professional as possible.
Step 7) Insert any graphics etc to make the document appear “prettier” and more visually appealing to my audience.
Step 8) Go over my headings and add “H2 or H3” headings where appropriate.
Step 9) Insert my keywords into the Meta Title and Meta Descriptions (more on this topic can be found in at my Post regarding On-Page SEO.
Step 10) Select the right “Category” for this Post to be stored under so my website visitors can find them easily.
Step 11) Preview my Post prior to publishing on my website.
Step 12) Make any final edits if required.
Step 13) Publish the Post to my website.
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