When you start working on a blog, ideas aren't hard to come by. You probably started your blog to convey your thoughts; it is perhaps the first time you write content on the web. Many people have great ideas but don't want to spend the time or effort to write about it.
Finding an excellent method to help you writing is essential at the beginning, not to get discouraged or spend too much time writing content.
This tutorial shows you a simple process that I've been using on this blog and other content that I've written online when I need help to organize and write my article. It is not a method that you'd be using daily, but in most cases, this tutorial will show you a way to write a long and informative article without much work.
This process will help you increase your writing speed. You'll be able to deliver more content faster without sacrificing the quality of it. You'll be able to write more articles simultaneously and write multiple items at the same time. It is a relatively simple process that will allow you to go back and forth between drafts without ever being lost.
When you start a new article, and at some point, you are stuck because you don't know what you want or how to say it, you are discouraged and often come back days or weeks later on the article, and you have a hard time getting back into it. It is a normal situation, and I've felt like this many times while writing my articles. Since I've been using this method, I've had no issues coming back later and continue writing my articles.
Let's talk a bit about SEO. You've probably heard it a hundred times, read many articles talking about it, and saw countless ads promising you better results with their tools. There is no magic trick with SEO Optimization.
You can't be in the first place on many requests on day one. It takes time and effort. When you go up, someone has to go down. Therefore, you need to be better than your competitors all the time. This process helped me get better SEO (Search Engine Optimization) results. And no, this is not the magic method that will get you ranked number one in less than a month. It is the process of writing articles that will make sure that once you have a lot of quality content, you'll stay at the top and keep gaining more visitors to your website.
Let's stop talking and get started on the process. It is relatively simple, and after reading it, you won't be able to forget it. I've used it to write this article and have been using it for many other items.
How to find a method that helps you create better content faster?
One simple answer: Do not start writing right away!
Some people can start writing an article without any preparation, and it will be okay. Those people are usually journalists who have written thousands of articles in their life.
Start by laying down your ideas:
- What do you want to talk about?
- What is your expertise?
- How can you provide better content than your competitors?
Is the subject you are talking about relevant to your blog or company? Don't write content about dog food on an IT tech blog just because you can earn money through affiliation. Write about something that you feel connected to.
Some experienced writers can write about anything with just a few hours of research. We, the commoners, certainly can't. Find a subject where you have an experience that you can share. Don't start looking at other people's blogs and try to copy what they are doing. Find what you are best at; if you like gardening, start writing about it. Don't write about something you don't feel connected to. You can; however, it will be much harder!
Let's take a look at the first step of the method: The Introduction.
The introduction is the first thing readers see when they start reading your post. It has to catch their eye and start answering the question they seek an answer to.
Take a paper or open a note and start writing down what you'd put in your introduction.
Here is what you should write down:
- What problem does it answer?
- Make a list
- Explain why they should read the article
What question does it answer?
Your readers have come to your post to get an answer. Start by writing a short solution to their problem. This will help you in finding what you'll put in your introduction.
Sometimes it is a good thing to broaden the question to find more answers to the problem you are trying to answer.
Make a list
Make a list of all the subjects you want to talk about. This list will help you find meaningful things to talk about in your introduction. You don't need to go into a lot of details. Just write down everything you are thinking about.
Why should they read your article?
It is a tricky part. Write down everything that the readers will learn after reading your article. Make it as broad as possible. Don't go into specifics. It is only an introduction.
Let's take an example - I want to write an article about SEO Optimization.
This is an example of what my introduction would look like.
- What is the question I want to answer?
- How to optimize a text?
- Write long and meaningful articles.
- Don't copy the competition.
- How to find good keywords?
- Research your competitors
- Look at tools that give your keywords.
- Etc ...
- What I want to talk about
- Different tools that exist to help SEO optimization
- SEMRush, ahrefs, etc
- How to find good keywords
- Google Search Console
- Google Trends
- Etc ...
- Why should they read my article?
- You need to be better than your competitors.
- It is hard to get started.
- You need SEO to get Backlinks.
- Etc ...
This took me less than 2 minutes to write. I now know what to write in my introduction and what I'll probably discuss in my article. Let's move on to the sections.
Now that we have or introduction laid out and we better know what we will discuss in our article. Let's start working on the sections. They divide your article into categories. It can be sub-subjects or a list of steps to follow.
When you start working on your sections you need to write the following things into them:
- Title of the section
- What question do you want to answer ?
- Write a small sentence or make a list of the things you'd like to talk about in it
- If you need to create a sub-section, repeat this process.
Title of the section
The title of the section should be informative and yet reasonably short. You don't want your readers to get lost in a very long title.
The title of the section is essential. It conveys to your reader what you'll be explaining in detail.
What problem/question do you want to answer?
Write a small problem that you want to answer in this section. This should be very helpful when you start writing your article.
Same as the introduction. It is often wise to broaden the question you want to answer. It will allow you to go into more detail when you start writing small sentences and list what you want to discuss in this section.
Write small sentences and make a list
Now that you have the title and the question you want to answer start writing down every possible thing you'd like to talk about in this section. It is a straightforward process and requires some research in some cases.
Repeat process for subsections
If you feel like you need to go into more detail about a subject you wrote in the previous step, start the same process for your subsection.
You should not repeat this process more than twice. Your article will be hard to read if that is the case, and you might lose your readers.
Let's take the previous example that we used for the introduction and use it for the sections.
We clearly defined multiple axes that we wanted to talk about in our introduction:
- Section 1 -> Why should you optimize your content for SEO?
- Seo is free marketing.
- Question: What does it mean?
- You don't need to pay for it.
- It is better for the long run.
- Get users regularly without investing money.
- etc ...
- Section 2 -> How to optimize your content?
- Use keywords
- How to select good keywords?
- How to use them in your article
- etc ...
- etc ...
- Section 3 -> What are the best tools ?
- Google Analytics
- Introduction to google analytics
- How to use it to find keywords
- How to use it
- Is it work the price?
- etc ...
- Section 4 -> Etc ...
We could create many different sections on this subject. Here is just an example of how I would write my sections before I start writing my article. This process allows me to know what I'll talk about in each section quickly, and it makes the perfect bootstrap when I start writing.
Now let's look at how to bootstrap the content part of your article. We've done all the work on the introduction to find what we'll be talking about, and then we looked at the sections. You've probably figured out by now what we'll do in the content section. I won't go into many details in this section as it is relatively simple, and you are starting to get the hang of it.
What should you do for your content? Take the sections that you wrote and add more details to it.How?
Here is a small list of what you can do:
- Start by writing a small introduction to your section or sub-section that answers the question.
- For every point you wrote for your section, make a list of things you want to talk about inside and write small sentences about it.
- Don't forget to add an opening for your next sections at the end of your section. It is a great way to transition.
I won't go into details, and I'll show you. Let's look at the third section that I showed you earlier.
Section 3 -> What are the best tools?
Here is a list of the best tools I've used to help me in my quest for a better SEO rank. Those tools are essential for my day to day writing. Etc ...
- Google Analytics :
Google Analytics allows you to see what articles your visitors are reading on your website. It is a great tool to understand what your users are looking for. Etc ...
- Introduction to google analytics: Write something
- How to install google analytics: Write something
- How to use it to find keywords:
Now that you have google analytics installed on your website, you'll be able to find the page and content that your users are reading. You can analyze where the traffic is coming from, etc ...
Do not try to copy what I've written in the previous example. Some of the sentences are not related to the content. It is just an example.
Now let's look at a simple way of how you can improve your SEO quickly.
Before you start writing your article, there is a quick and easy way to increase your SEO rank without much work. At the top of each section, write down the few keywords you'd like to use more often. I generally do 4-5 keywords for each section.
This will allow you to remember the keywords you want to use more often in this section and increase your overall ranking on those keywords.
Try to keep the keywords relatively close in meaning. Do not talk about dog food and king for example in the same article or section.
Now let's look at the conclusion. You got the hang of it, so here is the list.
- A small recap of what you talked about
- Go further
- Question for the user
The visitors that are reading your conclusion are those who are interested in your content. Don't hesitate to summarize your article for them, then go further about the topic, and at the end, to encourage the readers to engage with your content, ask them a question.
It is now time to write. If you've done everything correctly, you'll be able to:
Write any section, in any order
Stop and come back whenever you want without feeling lost.
It takes time to train yourself for that method, but once you have gotten used to it. It will help you write better content faster. However, it takes time to get started, and it is not suited for small articles if you are not used to this process.
Here it is! You know everything about this process. It is relatively simple. You need to lay down your ideas before writing and organize them. The further you go down, the more details you add. We could add much more, but we should keep it as simple as possible for my sake and yours. If you've used my process or liked it, please share your articles or ideas to improve it. I'm eager to know what you are writing about.