I know you’ve been there. That warm fuzzy feeling you get by hitting “Publish” for the very first time, confident you’ve written an epic blog post.
For most of us, it’s more like an epic fail!
So, how do you write an epic blog post?
There is a system to writing an epic blog post. In fact, every blog post you write should be epic. Don’t freak out, it’s not as intimidating as it sounds.
13 Vital Elements For Writing An Epic Blog Post
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1. Epic Blog Post Title
You’re probably thinking “Duh, Angel, I know I need a title for my post”. No, I’m not trying to insult your intelligence.
You need more than just a title. It has to be the best title ever created about your topic.
It’s the first thing that your potential reader sees, and will be the deciding factor in whether they read your post or not.
So how do you write an epic title for your killer blog post? Ask yourself these questions:
- What is your post about?
- Who are you trying to reach with your post?
- How will it impact your reader’s life?
Take a look at the title of this post. I’m willing to bet that the my headline is what first peaked your interest in reading this article.
It’s very clear what the topic is (writing an epic blog post every time), who it written for (bloggers), and how it will help (teach you 13 ways to write an epic blog post).
The Headline Analyzer offered by CoSchedule will help you craft a stellar blog post title. This tool will get you in the groove of creating awesome titles, that will get your posts read. I use it often and it’s totally free.
Whatever title you decide on, make sure that your post delivers. You’d probably be irritated if you started reading this post and it had nothing to do with creating an epic blog post. Don’t pull and bait and switch on your readers, give them what you promised in your title.
2. Strong Introduction
Sweet. You’re blog post title rocks and your target reader has clicked through to read your post.
First impressions do matter, so now it’s time to make sure Sally or Joe actually reads your post.
A great introduction grabs your reader’s attention and gets them excited about the information you’re about to share with them. It’s your chance to connect with your reader and set them up for how you plan to deliver on the promises made in your post title.
If you don’t create interest with your introduction, chances are, they won’t continue reading. Make your introduction count.
3. Content Outline
Whoop, whoop! Your reader relates to the introduction and can’t wait to find answers on your post topic. Now it’s time to give them the valuable content that your title and introduction have set them up for.
Creating a content outline helps you organize your information so you’re not all over the place.
Create a heading for each point you want to make, with subheadings if needed. Then, write detailed content as it fits under each heading.
4. Your Unique Voice
Don’t be a cookie-cutter blogger, even if you’re providing the same information as other bloggers in your niche.
You are better than them. There, I said it. Believe it. Own It. If you write your content with confidence, your readers will see you as a leader, and an expert on your topics.
5. Long-Form Content
Don’t waste time throwing together lame blog posts. If you can’t write at least 1000 words on a given topic, you may want to rethink your topic. If you’re dead-set on your topic, then do some research to see what you can add to beef it up a bit.
There’s no magic number of words for a post, just make it as long as it needs to be to explain your topic and make your points.
There are plenty of other bloggers spewing out articles full of fluff. Don’t be one of them. If you make every post an epic blog post packed full of valuable information, your readers will keep coming back for more.
6. Streamlined Layout
Most people skim through a blog post, looking for the information they need. You want your readers to be able to scan your post and find the information they’re looking for easily.
Here are a few guidelines for creating a streamlined layout:
- Use black or dark grey type on a white background
- Use a standard-print font, at least 18px in size
- Use Headings and Subheadings for organizing content
- Use bullet points and numbering to highlight key takeaways
- Use bolding, italics, and punctuation to stress the tone of the post
- Use only a few sentences in each paragraph
- Use spaces between paragraphs
- Add images throughout, to break up text
Your blog post content is not the place to get creative with a lot of colors and fancy fonts. Stick to the basics and streamline your content.
7. High Quality Images
The images you use throughout your post can have just as much impact as your content. All of your images should be high quality and complement your topic. Remember, no fluff.
As I mentioned, most people skim blog posts, and images are another way to refocus your reader. Adding images helps to break up the text and give your reader’s eyes a break.
Using screenshots, charts, and other relevant images can help to visually drive home a point in your post.
At the bare minimum, every blog post needs a feature image and a vertical image that can be shared on Pinterest.
Your Feature Image
The feature image will appear at the top of your blog post. It is also the image that is attached to your post URL when shared on Facebook and Twitter. Make sure your feature image includes:
- Your branding (logo, website URL, fonts and colors). You are building your brand and your post images need to reflect that. Your audience will start to recognize your content by your branding, helping establish you as an expert in your niche.
- Your blog post title. Add a text overlay that includes your epic blog post title. Without it, your audience will have no clue what your post is about if they only see the image.
- Your content-upgrade. If you have an awesome content upgrade in your post, reference it on the feature image. Who doesn’t love free stuff? This is one more opportunity to grab the attention of your target audience.
Your Pinnable Image
Pinterest is used as a search engine, just like Google and Bing. Users of Pinterest love to pin their favorite content so they can come back to it later or share with their own followers.
Because of that, you want to include at least one image in each post optimized for Pinterest.
- High-quality, relevant image
- Be a vertical image, 600px x 900px
- Include your blog post title on the image as a text overlay
- Include your branding (logo, colors, fonts)
- Include your website url as a text overlay
- Have a keyword-rich description
- Link back to the blog post when clicked
8. Internal Links
Once you have your target reader on your website you want to keep them there. Every epic blog post uses internal links to related content for that very reason.
All of your blog posts should include at least three internal links, leading to other valuable content on your blog. Your readers will actually appreciate the nudge to other relevant content that dives even deeper into a topic.
Remember, you’re establishing yourself as an expert in your niche. The more valuable content that you expose a reader to, the more likely they will look to you for answers in the future.
9. Content Upgrades
Providing useful content is great, but adding a content upgrade can make your blog post epic.
A content upgrade is a piece of related bonus content offered in exchange for the reader’s email address. Upgrades can include worksheets, workbooks, checklists, cheat sheets, etc.
If you’re covering a lengthy topic (3000 words or more), you may consider using that to your advantage. Long blog posts have potential for an epic content upgrade. Here are few ideas to consider:
- Bonus Content – Give them 50% – 75% in the blog post, then offer the rest of the information as Bonus Content, in exchange for their email address
- Turn the post into an e-book
- Create a drip email course or challenge with the content
You can turn anything into a content upgrade. If you really can’t think of anything, it can be as simple as a PDF version of the post that reader can download.
10. Your Conclusion
Once you have made all of your points in your epic blog post and discussed them in detail, it’s time to write the conclusion. One or two paragraphs that summarize your article and tell your reader what to do next is all you need.
The whole point of blogging is to get readers interested and engaging with your content. Use your conclusion as another opportunity to offer your content upgrade and ask for what you want.
- Download your content
- Follow you on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram
- Leave comments on your post
- Check out a related post or page on your website
- Social media shares
If you don’t ask for what you want, you probably won’t get it. Just like you, your reader is human, and the majority of them are not mind-readers. If you give your reader direction, they will usually do what you ask them to.
11. Call To Action
With a zillion blogs to choose from, once you get your reader to your website you don’t want to lose them. Get that email address! Without it, that reader will mostly never visit your blog again.
A CTA, or call-to-action, should be offered at the beginning, middle, and end of your post. Don’t just assume they will know what to do.
Offering a content upgrade will get the most conversions, but at the very least, ask them to sign up for your newsletter. If you don’t have a newsletter yet, get on it! Even if it’s just an update of your recent posts, you’ll be getting them familiar with your brand.
12. Delayed Proofread
You’ve finished your epic post and now you can’t wait to share it with the world. My best advice? Don’t.
Save your final copy as a draft and simmer on it for one day. Then, go back and proofread your post, watching for grammar and spelling issues.
Why not do it as soon as you finish your post? When the content is fresh in your mind, you will naturally miss common misspellings and grammar issues. The following day, you will notice obvious improvements that can be made. You can also use a tool like Grammarly to check for these mistakes easily.
My most common flaw? Long sentences. Sentences should be as short as possible. I tend to use commas A LOT, creating these absurdly long sentences. Reading my post aloud helps me correct that.
13. Back To The Beginning
Now that you’ve written your epic blog post content, there’s just one more step before you hit “Publish”.
It’s time to circle back to the beginning. No, you don’t have to start over. You should, however, revisit your headline and introduction.
Those two elements decide whether or not someone reads your epic blog post at all. Now that you’ve finished your post, you may have better ideas for the beginning.
I often try several different headlines to determine which one really fits my finished post. It doesn’t hurt to take a second look.
Conclusion – Writing An Epic Blog Post
The foundation of any successful blog is great content. Not only do you have to know what your target audience wants to read, you have to stand out from the competition. If you haven’t already, download your Epic Blog Post Checklist to remind you of these 13 strategies (and more!) every time you write.
You’re now prepared to hit “Publish” with confidence!
Do you already use some of these strategies in your blog posts? Are there any tips for an epic post that I missed? I love getting your feedback on my posts, so please leave a comment below.
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