Do you struggle with writing your blog posts at a faster pace or in a more effective manner? Well, no need to worry any longer. In this blog post, you will learn how to implement my strategies so you know how to write blog posts, how to write a blog post fast, how to write blog posts for SEO, and a few other things along the way.
As I have been blogging, my main focus has been on how to do exactly that. This is because I will be going back to school for a Master’s in the fall. So, I needed a system in place that would allow me to blog and do my school work.
I know many of you work, have kids, or just need a system of your own so that blogging can be more fun and less work! Because of that, I decided to share with you my tips and my system to blogging quickly and effectively.
Plus, the bonus is that I will have a checklist at the end that you can have for free! So let’s get into the nitty-gritty of it all and make your blogging life easier!
How To Write Blog Posts Faster
Okay, I have a lot that I want to cover in this post, but let’s start with how to write a blog post fast. You may be struggling with having a lot to say. Or you may not have a system put in place, thus hours and hours go by and you only end up writing one or two posts.
If you want to know how to write a blog post fast, then the simple answer to have a system. My system includes having blog post ideas in advance, using reusable blocks through the WordPress editor, and in some cases, having blog post templates to use as a guide.
This system eliminates the problem of spending too much time in the actual writing process of my blog posts. Having a system also helps me to stay focused. Staying focused gets rid of the issue of blabbing onto the blog post. If you just spill everything you have into a blog post without any real organization, you aren’t providing value. Value is what your readers want, so stay focused!
Let’s digest my system by breaking it up individually.
Strategy Tip #1
The first is having blog post ideas in advance. I am a big fan of having notes for all things pertaining to my blog and you should too. You can do this by having a physical notebook, an excel sheet, or a note program like Evernote.
How you do it is up to you but basically, anytime you have an idea, jot it down immediately. That way, when it comes time to write a post, all you have to do is pull from your list of blog post ideas. My Ebook goes in-depth about coming up with blog post ideas, get it now so you can be the best of the best!
Strategy Tip #2
Next, I am a big fan of using WordPress’ editing tool of reusable blocks. If you want to know how to write blog posts quickly, this is the way to do it. Here is a screen recording of the reusable blocks that I use for almost every blog post I write. It saves time in that I don’t have to type out the same thing over and over again. Many people are still getting used to Gutenberg but I love it because of features like this.
Additionally, here is a screen recording to show you how to create a reusable block.
This is an example on how to create a reusable block
Strategy Tip #3
Okay, so the last thing that is really helpful for writing blog posts is having templates. This can only be helpful is you write the same types of posts. For example I have templates for my book review posts, list posts, and book tag posts. If you are a book blogger, it may benefit you to have templates of your own similar to mine.
If you are any other kind of blogger, I know that having a list post template would benefit you too.
Ultimately it up to you to notice if you write the same types of posts. If you do, I strongly suggest creating a template so that you have less to think about when you go to write your blog posts.
How To Write A Blog Post For SEO
SEO seems to be a problem for a lot of bloggers. They look at it like it’s the boogeyman or something. It really isn’t that hard! Especially since we have so many tools out there to help. Ultimately, the best tool to learn how to write blog posts for SEO comes down to learning. Read posts like these or ones that are completely dedicated to SEO. This takes time though, and you and I will always be learning. So, what are some tools that you can use right now? One of those tools that I use is Yoast SEO. I know a lot of people talk about this so I won’t go into too much detail about it.
Essentially, all you have to do is follow directions. Plugin your key phrase and get Yoast SEO to give you the green light.
Some simple things to remember when it comes to SEO are:
- Images and alt text matter!
- How much you use your key phrase matters (not too much and not too little, think of Goldilocks)
- Your title and your accompanying slug can make all the difference
Coming Up With A Keyphrase
You may be wondering: how do I come up with a keyphrase? I will tell you. If you want to know how to write blog posts for SEO, you can’t start with the Yoast SEO plugin. You need to know your keyphrase first. Here are the quick little steps I use in order to find out my keyphrase:
- Choose from one of my blog categories (ex. books)
- Think about what I could talk about within that category (refer to strategy tip #1 at the top of this blog post)
- Go to google or Ubersuggest. If you use google, use extensions that will help you with SEO like a keyword finder. These extensions will let you know important information like how many searches per month a phrase gets, it’s competition, etc. I also use the MOZ bar to find out other sites’ domain authorities. Ubersuggest will do the same exact thing plus a heck of a lot more, plus they also have an extension you can use.
- Plug your blog post idea into google or Ubersuggest (ex. best book series)
- Find a keyphrase that includes your blog post idea AND has a good amount of searches per month(I usually go for 100+ searches/month) and a low competition score (I try to do 20 or less). Ideally, I also try to use phrases that other blogs with similar DA’s as mine are ranking for. All of this information combined lets me know I have a good chance of ranking for my particular keyphrase. (EX. best book series of all time; according to information as of 09/2020)
Final Tip For You SEO Buffs!
My last tip to you when it comes to learning how to write blog posts for SEO is to do the above steps in advance. Earlier I mentioned you should keep notes of your blog post ideas as they come to you. The next thing would be to do you keyphrase research in advance.
The most organized way to do this is to come up with what blog posts you are going to write in advance. An example of this would be one month out. As you plan this, do your keyword research. This will help you when it comes to writing your blog posts because then all you have to do it write! See, everything comes full circle and before you know it, you are writing your blog posts lightning fast!
Blog Post Writing Tips
Okay, enough learning about SEO. Let’s move on to some more generic writing tips. When it comes to writing my blog posts, I have picked up a few key things that make writing my blog more effective. This mainly has to do with the readability of my posts.
Here are some tips you can apply right now to your blog posts:
- Write your post the whole way through and then edit
- Use smaller paragraphs
- Use images, Gifs, videos, and basically any visual that will help support your post
- Write about what you enjoy AND what people search for. Using this combo will make blogging fun all the time
- Schedule your blog posts in advance
- Use Grammarly or some kind of tool to catch spelling and grammar mistakes
- Learn your personality and write that way. People want to connect with you while also learning from you. Don’t under any circumstances try to copy someone else’s writing style.
- Utilize lists and info-graphics
- Think about how you read through blog posts, other people are doing the same thing. Think about posts that you can scan through. Your blog post is scannable if it has quick bites of information like explanatory subheadings and bold sentences
Blog Post HTML That I Use
Another tool I use to write blog posts effectively is learning and utilizing HTML. I actually started doing this because I was using up too much space on my blog with images. This was slowing down my blog so I needed to find a way to speed it up while still being able to use images. Ultimately I found a way through HTML.
Now I use HTML for several aspects of my blog posts including images, pins, galleries, my book review format, featured images, and my purple star ratings. It has helped immensely to not only speed up my site but speed up the time it takes for me to write my blog posts.
I keep all of my HTML codes in a google doc so that I never lose them. All I have to do is copy, paste, and adjust accordingly.
Let me know in the comments below if a blog HTML code template would be useful for you. I may add it to my VIP Freebies Vault (subscribers only) if you guys would be interested in it!
EDIT: Upon request, I have written a post dedicated to the HTML codes that I use to speed up my site and the time it takes to write my blog posts. Read here for more info on HTML codes you could be using in your blog posts. This will be especially beneficial to you if you run a book blog or talk about books on your blog.
Blog Post Checklist & Ebook
Hopefully, this post and all the tips I have given you are useful. One thing that I know will be helpful to you is my blog post checklist. This is a free resource for those of you subscribed to my email list. Not only is it a checklist, but it walks you through the steps too. So, if you want access to it, all you need to do it subscribe!
Let’s Talk About It!
Okay, so to recap, I gave you some tips that I use to blog effectively. These include learning how to write blog posts faster, how to write blog posts for SEO, and some general blog post writing tips. I love being as helpful as possible and I am constantly learning about how to blog. I’m sure you are too. Did any of my tips help you out? What are some things you have learned along the way as a blogger? Let me know in the comments below!
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Hi! I am a book blogger primarily. The aim of this blog is to help readers and writers alike. I also write the occasional travel related post. I am a nerd like you with a passion for neuroscience and learning. Hence, my love for books and the authors who write those books!