So you want to know how to write your firsbt blog post and get over that fear of writing?
Then keep on reading because in this post I’ll share with you 10 easy steps for beginners on how to write your first blog post!
Yay, you finally created your blog and you’re SO ready to just start writing your first blog post!
Well, a lot of people actually feel stuck right after they created their blog and they have to start writing.
I felt like that myself.
I FINALLY settled on a design (being a graphic designer who needs everything to be perfect is truly a curse..) and then I suddenly felt very lost.
- Where to begin?
- What to write about first?
- What would people think about my new blog?
- Would anyone even read it?
Those were just some of the thoughts I had when I sat down to write my first post. Actually, I postponed it for days.
That’s why I want to help you overcome this fear of writing so you don’t waste your time overthinking when writing your first blog post.
1. What should you write about?
This first step might be your biggest obstacle
What should you write about?
This was also my biggest hassle when I sat down to write my first blog post.
You could write about anything, right? So how do you choose exactly what to include in your first blog post?
Well, chances are that you already picked a niche.
- Are you a fashion blog?
- A beauty blog?
- Camera gear blog?
- Golf blog
- Or a coupon code blog?
There are many different options and chances are you already have an idea of what your blog should be about or specific interests of yours that you want to talk more about.
So what should your first blog post be about?
Well, that’s really up to you.
I know – that’s what you don’t know right?
But the truth is – only you can figure out what you want to write about in your first blog post.
And for me to make a list for you to pull from would really not help you a lot.
Instead what I could do is to give you some tips on what to consider when writing your first blog post:
Write evergreen posts
When writing your first blog post you should really consider writing evergreen posts instead of seasonal or event-related posts.
This way you make sure you build a foundation of posts that can be read over and over again.
Those kinds of posts will overtime drive more traffic to your blog compared to a Christmas or SuperBowl post.
And this is especially important when writing your first blog post as your traffic probably isn’t very high.
Have a monthly theme
Another thing you could consider when writing your first blog post is to pick a monthly theme and create posts around that.
This way you make sure you have a lot of posts to start out with.
But you also have a lot of related posts you can refer and link to throughout your posts to hopefully keep your readers on your site longer.
Are you launching something?
When writing your first blog post it is also a great idea to look at your other projects or social media and see if there’s anything you could tie together.
- Maybe you have a launch coming up in your business?
- Do you have a new YouTube video coming out you could write a post about?
- Are you in some sort of challenge that could give you some blogging post ideas?
Considering your other social media accounts or looking around to see what’s trending is such a good idea when coming up with ideas for your first blog post.
2. Keyword research
Now you finally figured out what you want to write about in your first blog post and you just want to get all your thoughts down on paper, right?
And while that might seem like the natural thing to do there’s one thing you should do first.
Yup that’s right – before writing a single word you should go on and figure out what people actually search for.
Otherwise, how are they going to find your content?
We might as well set ourselves up for success – so keyword research it is.
Now keyword research really is a whole other post – I could talk about it for days.
So instead I will just give you a short list of places to go to perform keyword research:
- Keywords Everywhere – Google Chrome extension to quickly see how often people search for different keyphrases
- Google analytics – here you can see more in-depth about what people search for, how often and related searches
- AnswerThePublic – really a great tool to easily see all the things people search for within a topic.
So when you’ve found different things within your topic that people search for you should write them all down on a list.
This list you should have beside you whenever you’re working on your first blog post to make sure you include as many keywords as possible.
You should also include those keywords as often as possible to really help out your posts SEO.
3. Start writing
Now that you’ve figured out the topic of your first blog post and you also figured out what keywords to target you’re all ready to start writing!
But like everything else, it’s not just sitting down and writing your heart out.
You need to make it interesting to read but also very easy to read.
So while you’re writing your first blog post you should keep in mind:
- Writing short and easy to read sentences
- Writing smaller paragraphs
- Including keywords as often as possible
- Creating heading for all your different sections
- Dividing all the sections into smaller sections with subheadings
Keeping this in mind when you’re writing your first blog post is really going to save you time later on.
And when you’ve created a couple of posts it’s really not something you think about anymore.
It simply just becomes the way you write your blog posts.
Creating a hard copy
When writing my blog posts I always start out by writing them in Google Docs.
This might not make sense – why not just write them directly on my blog?
Well, I like to keep everything organized on my blog and I only store finished and scheduled posts on there.
I also just like to have a hard copy of my post – just if anything goes wrong before I get to save it on my blog.
Google Docs also has a great feature where you can have notes on the side while writing.
I like to keep that list of keywords on there so I can always look at it.
You can also add tasks like creating Pinterest pins or remembering to insert all the right links.
So it’s really a great place to write out your blog posts before inserting them into your blog.
4. Install SEO plugin Yoast
So now we’re almost ready to create our first blog post.
However, I do recommend you download the SEO plugin Yoast before publishing any posts.
It’s a great tool to help you optimize your posts to rank on Google and Pinterest.
They easily show you what you should work on and how to make your post more SEO friendly.
If you’re using WordPress to host your blog you can simply just go to
- Add new
- Search for ‘Yoast’
- Press install
- Press activate
When you’ve activated the plugin you will see a new section under the post when creating your first blog post.
You can just leave it for now as we’ll go over everything in step 8.
5. Create your first blog post
And now we’re ready to create our first blog post.
I run my blog on WordPress, so if you do that as well your blog post editor might look like this:
Or it might look like this:
The first picture shows the Gutenberg version.
Personally I’m not a fan of it – the old version is just simply easier to navigate, especially if you like to code some things yourself.
So if you’re using WordPress and you like the old version too there is a plugin you can install to give you the old version back.
How to get the old editor:
- Go to Plugins -> Add new
- Here you search for ‘Classic editor’ (usually it’s already showing in the top)
- Then you install and activate it
- After that, your editor should have the old layout
Now I just go in and insert the whole text into the post.
If you’re copying your text from anywhere online or your text already has different heading and such you should always press ‘Text’ before inserting the text.
If you’re inserting it directly into the ‘Visual’ the text could contain some previous formatting or coding which Google is not a fan of.
Therefore we need the text to be completely clean before formatting it in our post ourselves.
6. Format the post
When we’ve added all the text to our first blog post it’s time to format it.
Here we’re going to add things like:
- H2 and H3 to make the post more readable
- Any list we might include (like this one)
- Links – both internal and external (remember to choose ‘Open link in new tab’ if you’re linking away from your site)
- Bold and italic
So basically anything that will divide the text and make it easier to read.
7. Add images
When we’ve inserted the text we’re ready to add all the images.
I like to have one in the top, right after the introduction text just to make the post very visual from the beginning.
After that, I like to include my Pinterest pin design along with a little ‘Pin it’ text to remind people to save it for later if they like the post.
The top image size is 1024px x 512px while my Pinterest image is 735px x 1102px as that’s the standard on Pinterest.
Even though I do have access to Photoshop I usually make all the graphics for my blog on canva.com as I find it’s just easier to make a good design on there.
It’s a lot faster, you know exactly where your designs are located and you don’t have to go and look for all the fonts, background and elements yourself.
So I mean – what’s not to like?
Before uploading images to your site you should always check the image size.
Images should never be larger than 1MB as large files will slow your site down over time.
1MB is also more than enough to have good looking images.
The ones I upload is normally around 500-700kb and they look absolutely stunning.
So if you do have a picture that is more than 1MB you should ‘save it for web’ in your preferred image editor or search online to find a good image compressor.
You could also upload the image to Canva and then download it as they usually don’t go over 1MB either.
Now that we’ve added some images to our first blog post, it’s very important that we go in and add an alt text to all of them.
An alt text helps Google describe what this image is.
It also helps people that use an app to hear the post instead of reading it, as the app now will know what this image is for.
Therefore Google favours the people who actually add an alt text to their images.
After I’ve added all the images to the post I usually go in and add all the different ads I want to show in my post.
I usually don’t like my posts to be long paragraphs with text so I like to break it up with images.
When I don’t have any more images to include I fill out the spaces with ads.
8. Fill out Yoast
After we’ve formatted our first blog post we’re ready to take a look at our Yoast score.
Ideally, a lot of these things should already be alright:
- We included our keyword phrase in our post
- Made short sentences when writing the post
- Divided the post into smaller sections
- Added H2 and H3
- Added alt text to our images
- Linked to other posts as well as to other sites
But there could still be some things like the paragraph length, the keyword density or something else.
But if we scroll down under the post we will she the Yoast section and luckily they will tell us very easily what things need to be improved.
Ideally, we want to have as many green ones as possible, but sometimes it’s just not possible.
However, you should go in and work a bit with the text to adjust as many improvements as you can.
It’s also here you’ll add the focus keyword you chose and create a snippet for google.
9. Add categories and featured image
Now we only need one more thing before we’re ready to publish our first blog post!
And that’s to add categories and a featured image.
As for the categories you want to make sure you create very specific categories.
You want it to be easy for people to find your posts so having very clear categories is really going to help people looking for specific content.
You can also add tags to your posts if you want to, but personally I don’t use them for now.
After that you also need to add a featured image – that’s usually the one that will appear on your blog’s home page.
I always just use my Pinterest pin design, just so I don’t have to go in and create a new design.
10. Publish your first blog post
And when that’s done you’re all ready to publish your first blog post – YAY!
It’s really just all about breaking it into smaller pieces.
I hope this post on how to write your first blog post gave you some inspiration and hopefully motivated you to just go create that first blog post.
Because the first one is truly the hardest to write.
I procrastinated for around 4 days before I wrote my first one and now I can easily write 4 in one day.
You really just need to get over your fear and just write your first blog post because you can’t write number 1000 if you don’t write your first.
Save it for later!
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