Guest post by Blog Manager Robbi Hess
Don’t you wish
there was a magic formula for writing the perfect pet blog post? Well, it may
not be a
magic formula, but there are some steps you can take to amp up the
Google love and draw in the readers.
Here are my
favorite seven magic bullets for a blog post that people will want to read:
the perfect blog post title. Your title is what will make you most searchable on Google.
If your post is titled, “How to write a blog post” you could certainly
glean from the title what the blog is about but if you wrote, “Tips for
writing a pet blog post that shines” is more exciting, isn’t it? You don’t
want to give away the farm in your title, nor do you want to be so vague
that the reader is perplexed. If you’re writing a list post (and readers
love them, btw) put your list in the title, for example “Seven tips to writing
a searchable blog post.”
right into the action of your blog post. The title will draw the readers
in, but if you have to work your way up to the actual good stuff included
in the post, you should step back and do some editing and cutting of
content. Your first paragraph is the hook to grab the reader’s attention
and keep them reading until the end.
and videos make your post more enjoyable. Break up the text with a photo
that illustrates the point you’re making in your blog post. Are you more
likely to read a blog post or a social media status update if there’s an
image attached? If you’re like most people, the answer is a resounding
yes! Use eye-candy to your advantage.
forget the links. If you’re writing about a pet topic and alluding to a
blog post you’ve written previously, link to that in your post. Link to
keywords in your blog post. For example, if you’re writing a blog post
about, “The best way to bathe your poodle,” link to the word poodle.
you writing about a complex pet subject? Can you break it down into
smaller, more bite-sized morsels? How about breaking the subject up into a
series of smaller posts. Why not interview an expert on the subject
matter. Remember, what is a simple concept to you, is not necessarily that
simple for your reader. While you certainly don’t want to talk down to
your readers, you shouldn’t assume they are a subject matter expert – that
is why they came to your blog – to learn something!
up your blog posts into more readable “chunks.” Use bullets or numbers.
Write short paragraphs, short sentences. Subheadings are also a great way
to break up a long blog post into different sections for your readers to
your reader gently toward the conclusion but don’t let them off the hook!
Pose a question. Ask for a comment. You’re looking for engagement in your
blog posts, now is the time to request it!
What steps can you take to amp up your blog posts? How can you
garner more engagement? I’d love to know!