Learning how to blog effectively is an important step in getting recognised online. Your posts need to be easy to read and informative. They also need to be easily found by the search engines, so they can rate them and bring you more targeted visitors.
Getting all that right, while you keep a natural flow going, even if you don’t feel your best skills lie in writing, is not easy.
It does get easier! You do grasp it, even though your first posts may be a bit stilted. So don’t try to be perfect. Just keep learning, keep writing and you will get better.
When I look back on my first posts, I do shudder! And when I recall how long they took me to write, I have another shudder!
It’s all about learning a new skill. It takes time, patience and repeated efforts.
Be original. Don’t plagiarise. By all means use someone else’s topic, but make sure the blogpost itself, as well as the title, is original to you.
There is one thing you can get right, from the beginning, which can be important. And that’s your grammar and spelling. People can be put off by this. Spelling is easy because of the automatic spell check, but similar words like
their and there
its and it’s
your and you’re
or to and too, or even two
or here and hear
drop through the net. This can interrupt the flow as the reader wonders what it is you are trying to say.
So do re-read each blog post before publishing it. Or the day after, with a fresh mind.
Another tip on learning how to blog effectively is to keep the paragraphs short. No longer than five lines. It’s easier to read that way. And keep the sentences short, too.
Sprinkle a few relevant pictures in the post, too. That makes reading much easier. One for short posts, two for longer posts and three or more if the post is very long. The image size needs to be kept above 200 pixels, but below about 500 pixels so the post doesn’t take an age to load.
Pexels is a wonderful site to download free pictures.
Be careful about taking images from other sites. You may be infringing copyrights.
Learning how to blog effectively is covered admirably by Bloggers Roadmap. I strongly advise purchasing this guide. It will save you many pitfalls. It’s better not to fall into the traps many bloggers do.