How to Write a Blog Post

writing blog posts

How hard could it be to write a blog post? If a teenager can do it, you can too, right?

Well, writing a blog post isn’t hard at all, but writing a great blog post is very difficult.

Over the past few years, I have started two blogs. Although my first blog was a Technorati 100 blog, the content was crap. Readers didn’t care to read the content or engage in the conversation (comment on the blog).

Quick Sprout, on the other hand, isn’t a Technorati 100 blog, but you actually read the content and engage. I am constantly getting great feedback from you and requests to write more content.

I know I am not the best writer out there, and I still have a lot to improve upon, but I feel I have a good formula when it comes to writing blog posts.

Download this 7-steps cheat sheet you should refer to before writing a blog post.

Here is how you can write blog posts like me.

Break with your old ways

Do you remember writing term papers in high school or college? If you don’t, lucky you! If you do, writing blog posts is going to be a difficult task for you. You have to ignore all the things your professors taught you about writing.

You aren’t here to write a term paper—you are here to create a conversation!

If my blog posts sounded as if I was talking at you instead of to you, wouldn’t you get bored and irritated with me? Make sure you do the same: talk to your readers—not at them.

Know what you want to write about

Before you start writing the first word, you have to know what the last word is going to be. I don’t mean this in a literal sense, but you have to know how you are going to start off your blog post, the points you are going to convey, and how you are going to wrap everything up.

If you are one of those people who like to be spontaneous, that’s great. As one of those people, I have realized it doesn’t work well with blogging. It will only cause you to spend more time writing than you need to.

Plus, I am pretty sure you are already strapped for time. Right? So why waste more of it?

Create an awesome title

Are you ready to start writing now? Wrong! Until you can come up with an awesome title, you shouldn’t start writing your blog post. You could have the greatest content, but if your title sucks, most people won’t read it.

To come up with some cool titles, I tend to turn to three blogs:

  1. Brian Clark from Copyblogger has written some cool blog posts about titles.
  2. Leo Babauta from Zen Habits usually uses cool titles for his blog posts. Although his blog isn’t about blogging, it is a great place to go to for some inspiration.
  3. And last but not least, Darren Rowse from Problogger also uses catchy titles.

When browsing these three blogs, I look at not only what titles they have used but also the number of comments each blog post received. What I am doing here is correlating how readers feel about a particular title because blog posts with good titles usually get read more, which means more people comment on them.

Hook your readers

You have only a few seconds to grab people’s attention. If you can’t grab someone’s attention within the first few sentences you write, you have lost them.

The way I hooked you into reading this far was through:

How hard could it be to write a blog post? If a teenager can do it, you can too, right? Well, writing a blog post isn’t hard at all, but writing a great blog post is very difficult.

If you look at the paragraph above, you’ll notice I have done a few things:

  1. I created a conversation with you.
  2. I showed you anyone could write a blog post, which makes you feel you can do it too (which you can).
  3. I enticed you to read further by alluding to the fact that not everyone writes great blog posts.

In the second paragraph, I use social proof to demonstrate I am not just an average Joe who is giving advice. If you are new to this blog, you might need that proof.

Over the past few years, I have started two blogs. Although my first blog was a Technorati 100 blog, the content was crap. Readers didn’t care to read the content or engage in the conversation (comment on the blog).

Seeing I was a top 100 blogger helps you take my advice a bit more seriously. At the same time, telling you I screwed up shows you I am not perfect and that you can always improve.

Everyone has different writing styles, so I don’t expect your introductory paragraphs to be like mine, and that’s fine. As long as you use some of the elements I used, your readers will be engaged.

Get into the nitty-gritty

For a moment, take a quick break and go to some of your favorite blogs. Chances are these blogs are pretty popular. What you’ll notice when reading these popular blogs is that most of them contain very detailed content.

They don’t just cover the basics; they actually get down into all the little details. Sometimes, they go into it so much that it seems like they are holding your hand and walking you through whatever they are talking about, step by step.

When I first started Quick Sprout, I was writing decent blog posts, but for some reason, the blog wasn’t growing in traffic. I couldn’t figure out why, but one day, I wrote a very detailed blog post (unintentionally), and my traffic started to grow. Ever since then, I have been writing detailed blog posts, and traffic has been going up.

I hope you’ll learn from my experience and not waste your time writing mediocre blog posts.

Wrap it up

Remember in school your professors told you to summarize what you wrote in your conclusion? That works great for an essay, but it doesn’t work well in a blog post.

I take a 3-prong approach to my conclusions:

  1. Keep it simple, stupid – good conclusions aren’t long: they are short and to the point.
  2. Add your final thoughts – don’t just regurgitate what you talked about within the blog post—say something new and meaningful.
  3. Leave things open – if you want to get more comments on your blog, you have to leave your conclusion open. The easiest way to do this is to ask your readers a question.

Adding the final touches

Don’t you feel relieved you are now done writing your blog post? I hate to break it to you, but you still aren’t done yet. You have to check for spelling, grammar, and, most importantly, flow issues.

We all make mistakes, so not only should you check and double-check for these issues, but you should have someone else read through your blog post before you post it.

And after you do all that, you have to find a cool picture to add to your blog post. Reading content off a computer screen can be hard on the eyes, but if you add a picture to your blog post, it will make it a bit easier on your readers’ eyes.


The way I write my blog posts may not fit your writing style. This doesn’t mean you have to adjust your writing style, but you should take the elements I described within this blog post and incorporate them into your writing.

And lastly, you’ll never perfect your blog writing skills. But don’t worry, no one else will either. There is always more room for improvement for all of us!

In that spirit, do you have any recommendations on how to write a great blog post?

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  1. Online College :

    My favorite is K.I.S.S, and it has been for years. It reminds me of one of my friends, who when giving directions goes into stupid minute details when all you need is the basics like… you know, turn here, then there.

    Great Post and good advice.

    • CanadaImmigration :

      what is K.I.S.S?

      • New Jersey Injury Lawyers :

        K.I.S.S. = Keep it simple stupid

        Apple brand and products’ user interface embodies this phrase perfectly. This methodology is the reason why my girlfriend and many other people probably go out to purchase their products. Their products allow consumers to get what they want– quickly and error-free (I’m talking to you, Microsoft).

        • lol! The concept is so simple it self, but unfortunately, most people stay away from it.

          • Online College :

            These days you can get in trouble for calling someone stupid at the workplace (even if it isn’t meant in damaging manner). Why is it that today so many people are hung up on being PC,prim and proper. I had a friend quit because his boss called him a retard; now he has been jobless for months. Yea it hurts but swallow your pride and keep making money the economy is too bad for everyone to take things so seriously. Can i say “Lighten up Francis!” or “Stifle Yourself” if you can’t.

        • SEO Cheshire :

          LOL, very good – keep it simple… I always wondered what the second ‘s’ was for in KISS! 🙂

      • Keep short and sweet.

    • Simple = usable and I advice companies and individuals on a daily basis the value of simplicity.

    • Its a line that I’ve used for many years that has repeatedly been proven to be effective.

  2. free movies :

    Ok, good i liked the way of writing a blog post really marvelous but what is grantee that traffic will come by writing such blogs.

    • ArticleMarketing :

      There are many ways to drive traffic to your website.As far is longevity is concerned however, the organic traffic is the way to go. Results are not as quick to generate as pay for traffic, but organic traffic can bring traffic to your web site for weeks, months, even years to come.Above these basic guidelines will get you started to great content writing. Many great contents are bringing in substantial traffic to the writers website where in turn they have the opportunity to make money.You can see here at NEIL’s blog

    • If you write about what you’re passionate about, people will read it. Write great content first, then worry about traffic. Read more about social networking 😉

    • Talha Siddiqi :

      There is no guarantee to anything in life. The same goes to a venture or blog. Perseverance is the key!

      I agree with Niel on writing great content. Majority of the “pro-bloggers” always emphasize on the fact that content is king on Blog Planets.

      Perseverance and the will to succeed definitely helps! 🙂

      • Right, as long as you right from your passion and not you empty wallets, you’re golden. Focus on the topics that interest you.

  3. I my opinion great blog posts can be written by investing lot of time into it.

    Make sure to proof read the article(as you said in the above article) and make sure you have added everything that you wanted to tell.

    • CanadaImmigration :

      Many of us spend hours, everyday, on fulfilling our writing assignments including emails, articles, documents and other. It is necessary to keep it correct and professional.

      • So long as it’s your main source of income, yes. If you have a separate side job like most people do, create a schedule to do your assignments after work hours.

        • or before them. I’m planning on waking up at 5:30 each morning to blog. Simply because I’m a student, and after hours go to sports and homework and eating.

    • That is the exact challenge. How do you find the time to get a great post out ;-).

      • ArticleMarketing :

        Yha right.Life is name of challenges n challenges lead towards success.your passion would let you help to find out time for your great post. don’t let down it:P

      • You simply make time :D. The excuse “i don’t have the time” is bull. So many successful people in this world work with millions of dollars, yet they have the time to do 100x more than most people. create a schedule and follow it.

    • My blog posts sometimes take me up to 4-5hours to write. Provide good content and your readers will see the value.

      • Kelly Carter :

        I’m glad to hear it takes someone else that long, too. Posts of mine that involve lots of computer screenshots (“how to” articles) can take me 8 hours or so. And people wonder why I don’t post more frequently!

        • Exactly Kelly, but then there are people who post like crazy and post a bunch of crap. It’s stuff like that which makes it easy to tell the difference between the good quality sites and the bad.

      • Software Testing :

        Thats where the problem is.. People don’t understand that quantity of posts does matter but quality should not be sacrificed just for the sake of getting more posts.. Provide really useful content to your readers and they will surely like it.

        • That is why you only see quality content being promoted through out the web compared do a bunch of useless crap. Take a look at digg, mostly all well worked on articles.

  4. Thanks for the post! Your right.. Its not just about web 1.0 talking at you, reporting info stuff it’s having a CONVERSATION with your audience and engaging them.

    • CanadaImmigration :

      yes right Neil Putted out most logical point here ..Blogs are becoming ever more popular online and it looks like there is no slowing down. Internet traffic is at an all time high. If you want to get a lot of free blog traffic coming your way write a blog post that people find valuable.

    • Also in Seth Godin’s words conversations have a power to “Create Tribes”. Here is where he talks about it:

    • ArticleMarketing :

      In order to keep conversations flowing, you have to stay aware of each discussion in progress. Unfortunately, we are still in the early days of blogging, and many blogs do not include notification technology to let you know where there has been a new post. And even if a blogger receives notification that you have commented on his/her blog, does not mean that you will receive notification when that blogger replies to your comment. If comment email subscription is available, it is wise to subscribe. You may also choose to use tools such as or Cocomment for tracking comments online and subsequent follow up. But, ultimately, you may have to monitor for comments manually to make sure you keep the conversations alive.

      • It’s VERY important to stay on top of what you have going on, it shows how much you care for starters.

    • Right, like on twitter, answer questions, ask questions, create a conversation, a group, a society etc.

  5. BunnygotBlog :

    This is a very resourceful article. I have been blogging for a year and still find sites like your great influence for me to improve on.

    • My blog didn’t take off up until just recently. It took me years.

      • Software Testing :

        Yaa the way Neil write posts, I feel he does a great amount of research and time..Its just impossible to write a quality post in half an hour or so. Even I do take 5-6 hours to write posts for my website.

        • Yep, you gotta do it if you want to make your readers happy. If your readers are happy, they’ll bring more readers.

  6. CanadaImmigration :

    Give value, value, value. Don’t just fill a blog full of affiliate links. Of course there is nothing wrong with affiliate links but offer value first. If a blog post is about a product, show readers how it can better their life and fix their problem. If a blog is on entertainment is there anything to blog about to give the reader a smile? The best blog writers give first, take second.

  7. If you are a good communicator, this should all just be common sense. Blogs are a tricky proposition. Plenty of people that wrote great term papers in school are not good communicators using either the written or spoken word. There are also many great writers that can’t hold a conversation to save their life. And of course there are those that you can talk with for hours that don’t have the first clue of how to achieve the same effect through writing. Therein lies the challenge of blogging: combining all the aforementioned talents by offering engaging information and conversation with well-written articles and posts.

    • Excellent comment!

    • ArticleMarketing :

      Whenever you are over the Internet, there can be thousands of audience online listening to you or are interested in your writing/products but unless you have good communication skills the readers/buyers wouldn’t be attracted to listen/read to at least whatever you are saying.The best i can mentioned here is Barack Obama.His good communication skills and friendly nature gave his tremendous success.

      • That’s the power of the internet. Anyone able to learn the right chops has to ability to prevail on the internet.

    • Very insightful Kevin. That is a challenge that many will begin to over come throughout time and experience.

  8. Mohamed Alkady :

    I have about 10 blog posts I want to write, all of which I have started the title and a few sentences so i can remember what it is I need to write about.

    The reason none of them have been posted come back to this article, exactly what I needed to get over a hump that I hit. I often weary of writing long blog posts and messages, but have learned from you that really, if someone wants to and is truly interested they will spend the time to read it.

    Just like I did.


    • ArticleMarketing :

      Creating a direct but catchy title really gets the attention of the readers. Though there are thousands of blogs on the net that are quite similar to some blogs of particular niche, creating a unique title will always do the trick to beat them.

      • CanadaImmigration :

        Article title is very important. It is the very first thing that your website visitor will see when they want to read your article. Neil’s tips has shown you how you can write “simple” and “catchy” title so you can easily grab your website visitor attention.

      • Title is VERY important as it’s usually the only thing people see.

    • You need to place your focus on 1 at a time my friend.

  9. Florian Hoppe :

    Thanks to you, Neil.
    I like this article, just startet blogging about one month ago, read a few articles about blogging and other stuff which helped me to get some detailed informations on improving my writings. Your post did it too, hope you keep going.

    Kind regards


    • Is where you blog? If so you have done a good job encapsulating it in the google translator in your hyperlink so that people on this blog can read your blog in english!

    • I’m glad to hear to you jumped on board 🙂 How is it going so far?

  10. I am sure you have outlined most of the tips in your post. I am a blogger and therefore need to update my blog daily. After reading this, I know exactly how to improve. Many thanks for the information Neil.

  11. Thanks a lot, Niel.
    Once I commented in one of your blog post as you are an encyclopedia of small things. Happy to say you proved again.

  12. Dean Saliba :

    Good post Neil.

    I was directed to your blog by someone over at (might have been in a post by Shoe).

    My problem has always been making myself write, I always find reasons and excuses not to write anything (must take the dog for a wlak, that toilet bowl won’t clean itself, etc)

    It would be nice if you could produce a post about that kind of thing in the future.

  13. As always a great and inspirational post. Thanks, Neil!

  14. SavvySmartass :

    Really informative and useful, I am checking out the other sites you mentioned for titles and I think that they will help out.


    • Neil has the best sites for recommendation. I don’t know if he has a delicious account we can all tap into to get what he is reading or marks as fav.

  15. where do you pick up pictures for you blog posts? You have the best contextual pictures you use. Please educate and advice.

  16. Neil do you have a or another bookmarking account where we can know what your fav links and daily reads are?

    • ArticleMarketing :

      Harnish please have a look on BlogRoll. Neil has mentioned his favorite sites. Just chill 🙂

  17. ArticleMarketing :

    This is a perfect, concise, guide on how a business should go about creating a successful, worthwhile blog. It is so hard for many to grasp the no-self-promotion idea, but it’s really necessary to get interest in what you have to say.

  18. When you speak about “Know what you want to write about”, personally I like to draw out a mind map, to see how I am going to layout the post, and to draw out some topics/points that I would like to hit upon on my post. And I always spend the time to re-read my posts constantly before hitting that publish button, and alot of times I may even read it again once it’s published.

    Till then,


    • CanadaImmigration :

      The map itself becomes not only committed to memory but is actually stored in the brain as a neural pathway. This pathway radiates out to the cosmic mind with its full intention and then the coincidences and enlightenments start to happen ….. and where it gets really funky is when you embed your timeline into the map.

    • That’s always a great idea as many readers can be turned off from spelling/grammar errors

  19. yuvraj awasthi :

    Hey… it was a gr8 post…loved it, can you blog more on this.. like how to write down summaries of videos or how to re write an old information…converting it into a new one..??

  20. Thanks for the great tips Neil, it is true that i need to ignore all of the things that my professors taught me about writing… sometimes I am confused in writing my post because the way I write my post is the way I make my news report way back to college and most of my trainings and subjects in college are all about news writing and scientific writing.. that’s why I don’t have a lot of readers. but as what you’ve said there is always room for improvement.. wish me luck and surely I will follow your advice.

    • There are a lot of blogs out there that teach you writing skills, persuasion, etc. Use those as tools!

  21. Dr. Afaq A. Qureshi :

    Is it a manual for good blog writing or what? You can either write or you can’t. For the later category there may be tips; which are plenty here. Or maybe I’m too disillusioned and depressed. What difference would it make; my ramblings.

    • If you can provide your readers (Potential) with interesting content, people will read and your blog can grow.

  22. Make sure you check for grammar and spelling. For example, the second sentence in this blog post has an error:

    “If teenager can do it, you can too… right?”

    You’re missing an “a” before teenager.

    I use Gramlee:

    • ArticleMarketing :

      You may have been quite confident on what you are writing, but are you sure it is written perfectly enough? Little do you know that somewhere along those sentences and those catchy lines are embarrassing wrong grammars. This affects your efficiency and reputation to people reading your writings. That is the least thing that you would wish to happen right?

    • Fantastic resource, thanks for that link!

  23. ArticleMarketing :

    Make sure your writing is accessible and engaging.Your beginning is not the place to try out some experimental stylistic device or to stump your readers with a puzzle. You want to make your readers think, but you don’t want them to feel stupid or say, “Huh?” If the reader feels frustrated and confused right away, you can bet they won’t sign up for 300 more pages of it.

    • Exactly, you want to grab your readers attentions span within the first few seconds of them going on your site.

  24. Great advice Neil. Thanks.

    This is definitely getting tagged and bagged for sharing.

  25. Step 1: Create a blog.
    Step 2: Write about how you created a blog.
    Step 3: ???
    Step 4: Profit.


    • CanadaImmigration :

      Step 3: Do let to tell others peoples about your blog 😛

    • StocksonWallStreet :

      Lol that is a good point how many blogs are there out there about how to make money blogging. Why don’t people actually start blogging themselves?

      • CanadaImmigration :

        I remember when I first decided to blog, I hadn’t read anything about how to blog, blogging topics, niches -blah, blah, blah. Maybe…just maybe, that was a good thing. Right now, I just write about what I think is interesting or what I want others to know. Also, blogging can be purely academic if you want to blog about a specific topic – but frankly, I think that can get boring if you comparmentalize yourself so early on (in the bloggin world). I could be wrong. The blog-curious could also be overwhelmed, otherwise, with the amount of information available about blogging. Sometimes, if you have too much info – you can be paralyzed into not choosing anything.

    • lol, nicely posted. The answer is networking with other bloggers and get your message out there. Also add 3.5. This can take years!!!

      • CanadaImmigration :

        sorry Neil did not your 3.5. point.what does it mean?

        • the 3.5 was in reference to the main comment above left by stevo:

          Step 1: Create a blog.
          Step 2: Write about how you created a blog.
          Step 3: ???
          Step 4: Profit.

          So I added a 3.5 to his little chart saying that it will take years. then step 4 equals profit.

  26. Ok, good i liked the way of writing a blog post really marvelous but what is grantee that traffic will come by writing such blogs.

    • No guarantee, so just blog about what your passion is…promote it through social networking and network with top tweeting people.

  27. The most difficult aspect of the matter is to find appropriate images.

    Picture is worth a thousand words

    • Finding a picture isn’t difficult, but being creative about it is bit challenging. If you find the write picture, it can make or break the emotion people have when they read your blog.

  28. Is it legal to use copy paste pictures on our blogs?
    Or should we buy

  29. I have been writing mediocre blog posts, and I am sorry Neil. Thanks for showing me how to create engaging posts!

    • Well I’m glad to hear that you’ve been inspired. Mediocre posts will get you mediocre results at best.

  30. Andrew DiFiore :

    Great post and something that bears repeating. I’m asked this all the time. Thanks saving me the trouble of writing this up.

  31. Chance Stevens :

    Hi Neil,

    I was watching your interview on Mixergy yesterday and decided to come here to see what else you’ve been up to. Your posts and your interviews are definitely different. You probably don’t have the time to do any video posts but you say what you think and you’re passionate which are two things sorely needed in the online space.

    My in my first year running my own blog and while I’m not able to retire, it’s incredibly fulfilling. I only wish there was someone like you but for the little guy. I’d love to know how to take my site which ranks to drive even more traffic. I’ve learned a lot of SEO on my own even though I have a crappy pagerank (PR2), but I know I still have a lot to learn and am eager to discover.

    Thank you for sharing, and please keep doing so. It’s obvious that the internet is a better place because of it.

    • Andrew Warner :

      Neil, I hope you and Chance get to know each other in person, if you haven’t yet.

      Chance, like you, was one of my top interviews on Mixergy.

    • Thanks Chance, I appreciate that. Basic SEO applies still and actually goes a long way, so never give up on that. Your goal should be to focus and connect with even more of the successful people on the web. Twitter for example can help you rich tremendous levels of success. I’m sure this is all more than familiar to you, other than that, it just takes time.

  32. Software Testing :

    The most important thing as Neil said while writing a blog post is the title which should be very catchy. Moreover, thorough research should be done before writing a blog post. Quality of post should be taken into consideration instead of the quantity.

  33. I like this post. I’m having no real visitors now and I’ve realised that I’ve tried to blog about things that I’m kind of half hearted about and it’s just not good enough and if MY heart isn’t in it I can’t really expect the hearts of my readers to be in it either.

    I think passion plays a big role in blogging and that’s where I will be making a gradual change on my blog. What do you think? Do you think this is the right approach for me to take?

    • If your not interested in writing about something, you should absolutely stop. Writing about your passion shows, so if you can’t see that from your writing, Don’t expect your readers to either.

  34. Hi,For those of you who post regularly, how long does it take to author a blog post? I guess I’m looking for half personal answers as well as if you’ve got an idea of how long it takes professional bloggers like those writing for Weblogs, Inc.

  35. Thanks for the excellent advice.
    I’ve been producing bloggery on being a London Cabbie for six months and you’ve come at the right time.
    Unfortunately some of your sound advice re: plug-ins is of no use to we users.
    Maybe I should just put my hand in my pocket and go self hosted.

  36. Great Post Neil,

    This is the first time I have been to your site. I am currently devouring everything I can get my hands on when it comes to blogging and SEO. As a Financial Professional this stuff is very foreign to me. However, the more I learn the more engrossed I become.

    I am not a natural writer either so this post really helped. I was always under the impression that short posts are better. Sometimes I find it difficult to get my point across in only 500 to 700 words. I am encouraged that you actually started seeing more success as your posts became more detailed.

    • Just practice as often as you can. If you want your blog to become successful, just be sure you are able to provide valuable information.

      • Yes once, I get the basic information that I want to get out on the blog as far as options for consumers to deal with debt, I am going to expand the blog into a personal finance blog with the theme of course being, getting and staying out of debt. The sky is the limit once I open it up as more of an educational personal finance blog.

        So I don’t anticipate running into the issue that you talked about with the blog before this one. Plus I will keep it to 1 or 2 posts a week so it doesn’t become a chore to write.

  37. Is keeping a blog up to date important or one quality post normally enough to generate traffic and comments

    • Keeping a blog up to date is very important and also posting quality blogs is very important. Don’t do one or the other.

  38. Twenty Twenty :


    Grandpa used to say, “write like you speak”.

    He was big on being real.

    I think you would have appreciated him, and he you.

    Have a great day!

    Mr. Twenty Twenty
    That guy who changed his name to the number of perfect vision, to help inspire you to live yours!

    • That’s great insight! Write how you speak because people don’t want just information on the web, they want it to come from your style. Thanks, I’m glad you brought it up!

      • Hi Neil, I googled “how to start a blog” and clicked on your site. And I totally agree, if your writing does not have style (who u r as a person because of how u think) you will not have much success. Good Journey Neil…………

        • Thanks Lisa, that’s exactly how it starts. You need to write as “YOU”, thats why outsourcing isn’t that effective of a strategy, it’s not you.

  39. pays to live green :

    I agree as well. It definitely makes a more enjoyable post to read when somebody is engaging you more and has the feeling that you are talking to them.

    Engaging the readers, especially with a closing question, can really bring in more comments to a blog post. I have had great success with that along with choosing topics that people can actively respond to. When choosing a bad topic, people will often just respond with generic topics.

    Great post as usual and keep up the great work.

  40. How to make $100 a day :

    I believe that having a great title for your blog post is absolutely critical.

    When people see that you have posted something via RSS or twitter or some other social media they typically read the title and decide if they want more information.

    So if your titles sucks it won’t matter how great your content is because no one is going to see it. We live in a world of information overload and people make snap judgments about your content based solely on your title. So choose a good title!

    The other piece of advice I would give on crafting a blog post is to focus each post on one topic or idea. Keep it simple and don’t meander through a maze of topics.

  41. Danail Donchev :

    I really like your honesty telling “I am not the best writer out there” I read 1000s of articles and I could tell that your far better from the average.My personal opinion is people are bored short of time and “keep it simple and brief” is the best formula.One more thing if the author try to be more entertaining it is better.

    • Getting your readers hooked is difficult, but stay in a particular niche and write content that’s only in that niche. Readership will grow immensely.

  42. My friend,I think nobody is great writer,except for professional writer.But important thing is that everybody can write freely his feelings and thoughts.If you can write your opinions freely and someone can think about what you right on your blog and participate your opinions with small article,I think it is enough to be good writer.

    • You don’t have to be a professional to be a great writer. In fact anyone can be a great writer, you just got to put in some practice.

  43. Randy Allen Bishop :

    I have writing on my blog for about a year. I post what I am interested in. Is this a good way to post or should I be more on one topic?

  44. These are some of the most basic tips, however, they are still the most effective. Focusing on each of these tips will really freshen up any blog’s image.

    • They are basic, but it is a step by step guide that you just need to follow if you want to launch something in the right direction.

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    • Very true…. there are just way too many news sites out there. If you want to differentiate yourself from the rest, find out ways to do things uniquely instead of like everyone else.

  46. Its really difficult to write good blog post. To be frank your blog posts of are really interesting as i have not come across a similar site. Your contents are all unique and we learn new things while reading the posts.

    • Thanks Guildford… it is really hard because people are interested in spending 5-6 hours on each blog post… instead, they spend 20-30 minutes and throw it up on the wall hoping it will stick.

  47. Thanks for posting tips on how to be a great blogger. I’ve been trying practically forever to be a good writer and blogger but I have yet to achieve that dream. Even so, reading this particular entry has given me more insights on how I can improve my blog. Thanks again…

    • Being a great blogger takes time… a lot of it. My blog took me almost 2 years before it started getting some momentum. Be patient!

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  49. This was the thing that I probably struggled most with…

    I kept just writing things that I wanted to say, rather than making it interesting for the reader. It wasn’t until someone pointed out to me that I needed to make my posts actually relevant to the people reading them that I started to think of it in different terms.

    Thanks for the structure. It’s going to make things easier.

    • It helps to know exactly what to do… step by step. One of the most important things you can do is build a solid foundation before you grow too fast.

  50. Prabhat; Star_Perfection :

    Hey any one listening me out there, its a its. I have just loved the way you taught the way to blog out in a simple tutorial way. I have enjoyed reading it. It is best said that never try to make yourself proud of your own. I have liked what you said: There is still better environment of improving the writings in the blog and learn more, no one is going to be expert in blogging ever but will ever go on learning it. ….(:- -:) : : (;:;) . . . . . . . . . . .

    • I’m not sure what those dots at the end are, but yes, thank you. Becoming an expert in anything takes years and years to do… with blogging, it really just comes down to your unique style of writing… and CONSISTENCY!

  51. Even an old guy can learn something new! Can a guy over 40 cut it as a Blogger using social network marketing? I believe I can. Thank you Neil for this wonderful Blog post. I have been strategizing how I might kick off a Blog in the next few weeks…..You have inspired me.

    • He sure can… in fact many have. Time is never the problem…else you would just go into a casket and wait, wouldn’t you?

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  53. Simon Townley :

    I broke it down into 12 key steps that get you from the initial idea through to posting:

  54. I agree, that awesome title its big part of success! exactly ritght title forces the user to click on link.

  55. I was looking on the internet to find some help on write good blog posts so that I can attract more visitors to my site.

    This post was simply awesome.

    It has given me so many ideas that I can’t wait to put it to use.

    Many Thanks!

  56. I am impressed! Every time I read about blogging I am told that it is one of the hardest way on the Internet to make a living. Here you are at such a young age doing what everyone is saying is so hard.
    I mean to be a professional blogger like yourself is just so cool!
    Thank you so much for this important format for blogging

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    I have about 10 blog posts I want to write, all of which I have started the title and a few sentences so i can remember what it is I need to write about.

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  59. Lucas, Miami Web Design :

    This is a great article and it will educate many of my customers. Now a day a blog is a must specially if you want to speed up the search engine rankings.

  60. The most important thing as Neil said while writing a blog post is the title which should be very catchy. Moreover, thorough research should be done before writing a blog post. Quality of post should be taken into consideration instead of the quantity…

  61. Great post .Thank you 🙂

  62. JennKCollins :

    Another blog with great titles and catchy intros is I love her sense of humor. She is me in a way but, she expresses herself so much better. Then again so would I if I took a moment to think BEFORE I speak 🙂

  63. Ramiro Rodriguez :

    Over the last couple of weeks I’d been struggling with writing blog posts. I used PLR, changed it up a bit, but I still wasn’t happy with it.

    The other day I said screw it….I’m going to write my own stuff from scratch. It isn’t so hard!

    And guess what, I was a lot happier with what I wrote than with the PLR junk. And it wasn’t so hard.

    Now….if I can write like you I’ll be OK. Thanks!

  64. Hi Neil,

    The two posts that drive the most traffic to my site are very detailed posts that are over 1,000 words long. People are searching for good info, not just banter, so give it to them.


  65. Most people get hung up by the idea of writing the “perfect” blog post.

    There is no such thing as perfect. Get out there and publish your blog post. The fear of not being perfect may be holding you back.

    Writing a great title, hooking the readers and use of bullet points may all be necessary. But unless you get it out, you never know if people like it or not.

    • True. You have some great ideas Adarsh, I would like to check out your blog sometime. Do you have an email?

  66. web designer :

    thanks for the writing tips, let me try again writing my blogs. I have written 3 posts on wordpress but those are so much like infant write-up.

  67. Thanx, it is nice tips. I like your post.

  68. This is good advice that any blogger can take no matter what their niche is!

    Thanks for the references to other great blogs such as Copyblogger!

  69. Indeed is hard to write great posts! And the paradox is that it’s even harder if one was good at writing and literature. I was good at writing essays in school, but when I tucked up for my first blog post…wow, it was completely different and I felt like a newbie :))). I’ve noticed in my own writings that it’s so much better when the reader feels like talking to me, when empathy breathes throughout the lines.

    • Definitely, I had similar experiences. Writing for school and writing for the real world is entirely different. You really have to know your audience and cater the messaging towards them!

  70. Ripu Daman Chopra :

    I envy you Neil……………well blogged you young blogger.

  71. Rizwan Baseer Khan :

    Can anybody tell me how to write a blog like where to put it. which website ? I haven’t ever written any blog so please help me

  72. Hi Neil, thank you for sharing this post! Our site is launching soon, you are welcome to join us to share your expertise in your area with us 🙂

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  74. Tutto con il Pc :


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  75. Marco "PDF and Word" :


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  76. i still don’t understand the logistics of writing and posting a blog.
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  80. Great Post..Loved it..I have also started writing blog, but I guess something lacks in my writing..Want to improve my writing as well as English…Please visit my blog “” and give your suggestions. Hope will get reply soon 🙂

  81. I always have trouble with the titles, I feel like they are not creative enough to attract readers. I’ll be following your tips, really enjoying reading your site.

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    Hi Neil,
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  92. Hi Neil,

    When you say write detailed content, does it need to be around a specific word count. I read some tips on Problogger and they pointed out that content should be around 2500 – 3000 words long, in order to be more valuable and have weight. I thought quality mattered but does quantity (in terms of length) also matters?

    • Azi, typically when you have quality quantity comes along with it. With that being said you should always focus on teaching your audience something new.

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  94. Helen Evans :

    Hey, great article! My biggest problem is to figure out time and make myself start writing) I do have a lot of sketches and drafts but I don’t have time to organize them into a decent article. And also I know that I should make it visual. It is not clear for me, should I make my own photos or find pics in the Web? And in the second case, should I buy them?

    • Helen, it’s all about just allocating the resources and time to writing and then just putting pen to paper. As for images whatever strategy works best — test it out.

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        Thanks for answering) I Think I should develop a kind of timetable WHAT and WHEN to write and post. The thing is to make myself do everything in time)

  95. Hardeep Singh :

    Hey Neil,
    Article was great! helped me a lot in understanding way things should be done, but i would like you to clear me up about this :

    ” Reading content off of a computer screen can be hard on the eyes, but if you add a picture within your blog post, it will make it a bit easier on your readers’ eyes”

    How can it be easier to read with one picture on the starting of the post. when the reader is going to read a way too long(detailed) Post ? Like you use single picture in most of your posts.

  96. Adding some pictures, videos or other resources to the post carries a lot of value as it captivates the readers’ interest.

  97. Thanks a lot…. you are my guru in online marketing….. doing great service…especially you create foundation and awareness…to people like me… google’s adsense cpc for India is low it is so.. because we Indians majorly lak knowldge of paypal and online business.. terms.. My yoga guru of Isha used to say SKILL INDIA DONT KILL INDIA… And you exactly do that.
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    • Vivek, thanks for the support. I like to give back 🙂

      Let me know if you need any specific help for content generation.

  98. This is really helpful. Some of my friends and I are writing a blog in TAG, and we are kind of in the baby-steps of it. Nobody has really read it yet, but we are planning on advertising our blog soon. We have worked with writing blogs in the past years, but we haven’t been serious about it. Thank you for sharing this information online, we will definitely use it.

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    • Bubbles, glad to help. The key is to engage with each and every person that comes across your site and leaves feedback.

      Also, find something that resonate your audience and educate.

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  101. Your all tips are really awesome ….i’ll surely try them while making an article.thanx for such a great post..!

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