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When it comes to a blog (or blogging), you will hear the phrase “content is king” a lot. They are referring to the fact that people frequently search for content online. Thus, by having your content online, they are suggesting that people would…

  • find your content.
  • consume your content.
  • discover your business.

Google, of course, influences this because its search engine algorithms focus on content, and they prefer people creating that content. In other words, they have an insatiable need for content. Without it, searching online wouldn’t be as fruitful.

Thus, content is king…

However, simply putting content into the digital landscape is not enough. In fact, it is a colossal waste of time without a strategy. To be discovered, the content must be structured so that the search engines, like Google, can recognize your content as valuable and serve it up to the people searching. This structuring is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

There are many parts to SEO, but I will focus on the blog post itself in this article. These best practices must be followed consistently to increase the likelihood of your blogs being discovered online. So here they are…

Keyword or Key Phrase

You need to have a keyword or keyphrase chosen before writing the blog. If you don’t do that, you’ll have to rewrite your blog post to meet the parameters of your keyword or key phrase.

That being a fact, I highly suggest you first develop the subject matter you want to write about. Then do your keyword research as the very next step. Once the keywords are decided on, you may write the blog entry with those keywords or phrases in mind.

When you write the article, the keyword or key phrase must be in the…

  • title of the article.
  • very first sentence.
  • body of the article (2-5 times depending on the size of the article).
  • one or more of the subheadings.

Blog Subheadings

For ease of reading, break up the body of your blog content with subheadings. The idea is to give the reader breaks on the page. So it’s good to have a subheading for every 250 words.

Readability

Once again, for the ease of reading, it’s best to stay at a 4th-grade reading level and have shorter sentences. This one trips up a lot of writers out there because they would prefer to write at a higher level to look smart. They are missing that to keep a reader engaged, writing on a lower reading level is a good idea.

There are exceptions to this rule. If you’re a scientist or a doctor, you naturally have to write at a higher reading level. Forcing your writing to a lower reading level would only allow the ‘tail to wag the dog’ and come off inauthentic. Use your best judgment here. Know your audience.

Active Sentences

There are both active (i.e., ‘you will’) and passive (i.e. ‘you could’) types of sentences. Having your writing be far more active than passive will allow your written voice to be seen as having more confidence. That confidence will gain the trust of the reader.

Hyperlinks

Linking is an integral part of blogging because that’s what ties content together online. Those ties help the Google algorithms recognize the content (if it’s structured correctly) as your web of content builds over time.

At a minimum, you will want to link to something internally (i.e., your web page and/or an anchor post) and externally (referencing someone else’s content).

Alt-Text

Always add a relevant image to break up the reading for the viewer. It’s also essential to ensure you add the keyword or key phrase to the Alt-Text of the image. This is just another part of the keyword building blocks.

Call-To-Action

Lastly, you should always include a single call-to-action on each post so that people can continue down their digital journey with you.

As you can see, there’s way more to a blog post than people will let on. So the next time somebody wants to tell you “Content is King,” just understand there’s more to the story.

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