Discover the 6 attention grabbing ingredients to a successful blog post.
Your blog posts should be interesting, descriptive, and engaging. A good reference is to look at magazine headlines. What in that magazine intrigued you to continue to read? The same concept applies to your own blog posts. How can you dare your readers to read what YOU have to say?
1. Captivating headlines
You definitely want an attention grabbing headline. Will your readers learn something new? Are you telling a personal story that will help your readers too? Smart, thought out captivating headlines are essential to maintain a reader’s interest. Many people scan blog posts, so making sure your headline stands out is key. A good headline title can work wonders for your articles.
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2. Compelling paragraphs
Many people’s attention spans are limited. Most of us are in a hurry and like to scan first before we take time out to read something. Therefore, your opening paragraphs are crucial if you want your readers to stay. A good tip would be to start off with a question, or a bold statement. Make it compelling!
Also, bold text and add specific header sizes to help outline the paragraph of your articles.
3. Supporting points – the meat & potatoes of your post
Your articles should support your headline topic and it should also pertain actual facts. Organize your thoughts by making a list of bullet points. Then, continue to write the body of the post using these points as the main sections of your story. It’s also okay to use subheadings to further describe your ideas. Your story should give readers something they can sink their teeth into.
4. Motivate with a call-to-action
After hooking your readers’ attention with good thought out headlines, interesting paragraphs with compelling bullet points, invite your readers to answer a question, leave a comment, or share your post with other social media sites. Make it clear and actionable…don’t leave them hanging. You’d be surprise at the outcome of a call to action if you just ask.
5. Edit, revise & proofread
Always edit, revise and proofread your written work. If you walk away from a draft post and then come back to it, I can guarantee that you’ll always find something to fix. When I use this tactic myself, I’ve been able to update many things on my own blog that I would have missed.
After implementing the above, you’re ready to hit publish. Practice makes best and before you know it, these important elements will become second nature to your blog posting tasks.
In summary, you will always have a successful blog post when you follow the ingredients below:
- Choose well thought out headlines for your blog posts
- Write the lead paragraphs to your post using header sizes and add bold text to emphasize
- List bullet points within your paragraphs
- Write a call to action (what do you want your readers to do)
- Edit, revise & proofread
Now it’s your turn, do you use the above blog structure for your posts as well? Please share your comments below. Thank you!
About the author: Sonia Colon is writer/publisher of My Fashion E-Mall Blog & The Biz Buzz of A Latina Mom Blog. She is also owner at Books About Me. Sign up for the newsletter and never miss a powerful business marketing article plus receive a FREE eBook on ‘How to Rock Your Business with A Blog’.