5 Secrets To Writing Blog Posts People Will Actually Read

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This is a guest post from marketing writer Matt Brennan. You can learn more about him at the end of the post.

5 Secrets To Writing Blog Posts People Will Actually ReadIt’s all so familiar. I sit down at the computer. I devote a little morning time to reading the latest industry posts. Time well spent. Except when it’s not. Some of the blog posts are awesome. They’re helpful, entertaining and useful.

One of the primary goals of writing blog posts is to keep people coming back to read more and that’s no easy task.

I’ll be honest. Some of the blog posts suck, and I don’t return to that blog. They suck for various reasons.

One of the primary goals of writing blog posts is to keep people coming back to read more and that’s no easy task. In this day and age with everyone’s short attention span, you have to work for every subscription, share and comment.

Here are five secrets to writing blog posts that will keep people coming back to read more:

People Love Peppy

It’s true. Upbeat, punchy and positive rule the day. Here are a couple of tips:

  • Your blog readers have a problem. Position yourself as the likeable solution.

    Deliberate on your word choice. Strong verbs are like gold tokens in this world.

  • Keep the larger picture in mind through the tone of your piece. Your blog readers have a problem. When you position yourself as the likeable solution to that problem, both sides win.

Don’t Be an Industry Typist

If you’ve spent any time at all reading your industry blogs, chances are you’ve come across the same nuggets of advice multiple times. That’s not permission to copy them verbatim. Instead:

  • Put forward your own ideas when you can. Set the agenda.

    Tell us why you agree with them, why you disagree with them, or include an anecdote.

  • Do something with it to make it your own. Or even better yet, put forward your own ideas when you can. Set the agenda.

Write for Short Attention Spans

That’s right, folks reading online can have the attention span of a gnat and readers will drop your blog post mid sentence if you don’t work to keep them engaged. Make sure you:

  • Don’t use words your audience will need to leave and look up. They may not come back.

    Use short sentences and paragraphs.

  • Don’t use words your audience will need to leave and look up. They may not come back.
  • Add subheads and lists, both of which are great ways to break things down a bit further and keep people feeling engaged from point A to point B.

Get a Little Personal

If your readers found you through search, chances are you came in a pile of thousands of search results.

The key is to look like a real person instead of a faceless business.

If they found you in social, chances are you did something right to stand out in a fast-moving newsfeed for Twitter stream.

The key is to look alive. Look like a real person instead of a faceless business. This means revealing a little about yourself, connecting new ideas and letting your readers know who you are.

Spell it Right

Yes, I know this tip makes its way on to every list post on how to blog. It’s that important, though.

Don’t let grammar and spelling errors into your work – it erodes your readers’ trust.

When you consistently let grammar and spelling errors into your work, it erodes your readers’ trust. The question in their minds goes like this:

“How much do they really know about _______ if they can’t even use the right
form of the word ‘They’re?'”

A basic-level understanding of the English language is really important to this whole blogging thing.

The Payoff

When you can move people from start to finish in your posts, really cool things begin to happen.

When you can move people from start to finish in your posts, really cool things begin to happen. You may start seeing comments. People talk with you about your blog. Your readers begin to look at you as a valuable industry resource.

All of these things build your platform, increase your audience and improve your business.

Matt Brennan is a marketing writer helping companies increase their audience by telling better stories. He regularly provides content marketing strategies and blogging tips for businesses. 

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Comments

  1. Yes Matt these are great tips to keep in mind. I especially liked the attention span of gnat.

  2. Matt, another gem post by you.
    Short attention spans- A great thing I learned here and have never seen anywhere else. They are so effective and interesting and really grabbed my attention.

    I also agree about being personal: Personalized blogs connect better to visitors’s heart. My favorite blogs I can remember are personalized ones only, because I have bloggers in mind, not the blog. I will better remember “Matt Mansfield”, not mattaboutbusiness.com!

    After soooo long time, I found an awesome author and inspiring blog I enjoyed reading.
    Blog’s design and layout is delicious, enjoyable to read! I have joined your email list and will be waiting for awesome posts. Keep sharing your secrets of your success!
    Also will be reading your previous posts.

    • Jignesh,

      I wish I could take credit for this post, but it was written by my friend Matt Brennan – a suburb blogger himself.

      Thanks so much however for your kind words – they mean a lot to me! I hope you enjoy the rest of the site and keep learning from my future posts.

      -Matt

  3. I especially liked your 2nd point in your post. Although I don’t think my blog reads as an industrial type and I put myself as the example in most cases, I still don’t think I’m reach my reads very often. Your post here has inspired me to look into this more.

    • Glynis,

      I’m right there with you – one of the biggest challenges we face is to personalize our post topics enough so that readers relate to them while also receiving enough original insights/ideas to make your post worth reading along with similar posts on other blogs.

      Best of luck in your explorations!

      -Matt

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