How to Write a Blog Post in 5 Steps and 15 Minutes

Filed as Guides on March 28, 2011 10:00 am

Can you really write a quality blog post in 15 minutes?  Yes, but that should just be your time actually writing the post, and not the time doing the research and preparing to write.  I don’t want to mislead anyone here. If you are writing about a topic that you don’t know much about it could takes a couple hours just doing research.   But a quick 15 minute article should be written about what you know, what you enjoy, what you are passionate about.

The part of writing an article that can take the longest is doing research.  This is why I recommend making it a habit of doing research on a regular basis.  This way, when it is time to start writing you already have a head full of information.  But you can’t be expected to remember everything you read, so always do research with an eager mind and a ready pen.  Write down any stats, thoughts, and figures that you think might be useful.

You also should be making a list of titles you want to write about in the future.  Whatever niche your blog is in, you should be constantly absorbing information about it.  Always be reading what the biggest bloggers are saying, what the newspapers are saying, what people on Facebook and Twitter are saying, and really become well acquainted with your niche like it’s a long lost friend.  You can think of these great titles and topics anywhere and anytime so always be ready to write down another thought or make a digital recording memo on your cell phone.

Then you can start at step number one.

1.  Choose a title from your list. So how do you know which title to use?  Write about the one you have been thinking about the most.  This topic should be the easiest for you to write about as the words should just flow out of your fingers and onto the keyboard.  The more emotion this topic evokes out of you the better.  Sometimes the hardest part about starting an article can be getting the title just right.  So don’t.  Don’t worry about the wording of the title until after you are done.

2.  Make a list with bullet points of all the things you want to talk about. This is the fun part.  Just go crazy writing down anything you can think of that you want to talk about in this article.  Turn these thoughts into short statements that are as parallel as possible.  People love to read articles with short quips set up in bullet points so they can just breeze through the article and get a gist for what it is about.  The great thing is that it’s easier to write articles like this as well, as it gives you structure.

3.  Organize that list into headings and subheadings. You will notice that some of your bullet points will blend together.  There may be 3 points that are all very similar so you can put them under one main thought.  Some of these thoughts may not fit at all with the rest and you might find it will make a great topic for a whole other article.

4.  Write as fast as your mind will let you and worry about grammar later. The more you worry about spelling and grammar the more you are stifling creativity and imagination.  Remember, the only reason someone wants to read your article is because it’s entertaining and imaginative.  Grammar is only something that is noticed when your grammar is bad.  But good imagination is always remembered and appreciated so only write with that in mind.

5.  Jazz up your article.  After you have corrected your grammar and made sure you didn’t make any egregious spelling errors you can add things like underlining and bolding.  This is quick and easy to do, but is much easier after you have written your article.  Bolding a few key phrases also makes it easier to read and gives a reader a more enjoyable experience on your blog.

Not everyone will be able to do this in 15 minutes, at least not at first.  But once you have done all of the prep work, you will find that it is not unreasonable at all to get a great article done in this time frame.  If you enjoy what you are writing about you will find it all too easy to crank our article after article.  Just keep readers in mind with every article you write, and don’t give a second thought to the search engines.  It may not be what every SEO will tell you, but it’s something that a human visitor will come to appreciate.

Guest Bio: Jon is the owner of www.CashCoach.net where you can get internet marketing advice and find advice like how to make sure you are not relying on Google too much for traffic.  You will also find helpful tips on using social media and marketing techniques to maximize profits and bring in targeted traffic to your website.


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