How To Start A Blog-Write & Publish Content [Episode 5]
This is the 4th of five episodes of the How To Start A Blog series (Episode 5). Before you write and publish content for your blog you have to do keyword research, and knowing what tools to use (paid or free) such as Google Keyword Planner, Ubersuggest, Ahrefs, SEM Rush, fonts when writing, etc. is what we discussed in this episode along with other tips and strategies. Take a listen and leave a comment in our private Facebook group below. Go here if you missed Episode 4.
Resources Mentioned In Episode 5
UberSuggest [Keyword Tool]
Ahrefs [Keyword Tool…Pronounced “A-Trefs]
SemRush [Keyword Tool]
In episode five of the Niche Blogging Tips Podcast, we are going to continue our How to Start a Blog series. And today we're going to talk about writing and publishing content getting that first piece of content out, and how are we going to go about getting other pieces of content out. So we're going to talk a little bit about that.
Andre L. Vaughn 0:31
Welcome to the Niche Blogging Tips Podcast, where we help you start and grow a successful blog. And now your host, Andre Vaughn.
Now that we've did all the steps, we got our we've chosen have our domain name, our blog name, we have hosting, we got all that stuff going, you know, we customize our WordPress blog, you know. And now we want to write and that's what we're doing is for, we're writing, we're producing content, we're producing written content, and one of the first things that you want to do is you want to do keyword research.
Once you have your blog niche down, you know, what you want to write in terms of what subject or what not, now you have to do some research on that particular or in that particular niche. And one of the things that you could do in terms of one of the things you should do in terms of keyword research, is figure it out what route you want to take in terms of, do I want to pay for this?
Or do I want it free in terms of the tools that you're going to use? When it comes to keyword research? Okay, if you have a budget, I'm going to talk about a couple of paid items. But if you are looking for a couple of free tools, the best two free tools out there, to me, is Google Keyword Planner. So your Google Keyword Planner is gonna have it's actually within your Google AdWords or Google ads platform, you'll find the keyword just do a little research on I just google, google, google, google keyword planner, how about that Google, Google Keyword Planner, and you'll see, and there's a lot of different videos and how to how to use it or what not, it's really easy to use.
Another free platform is Uber suggests that's a blogger, Neil Patel's on Neil patel.com. And or I think you think there's a direct link, also, but I think you can go to Neil patel.com, forward slash Uber Suggest, or just Google that also. And it's another easy platform use actually, that is, I think Uber suggests is free up to so many searches, I think it only only allows you, I don't know, three to five searches somewhere in there. And that's actually a paid to, for the most part. So just let you know that our art, I guess I can, that I guess we can consider that a hybrid keyword research tool in terms of free and paid so the other the other tool, the other pay ones, there's a platform called a tool called a hearse, aherf s.com (pronounced "A-TREFS"). Check that out.
That's a pay tool and SEM Rush is another pay to so you can check that out also S E M rush. So just research those and figure out which the best tool for you to do your keyword research on your particular topic. There's all type of ways to figure out how to come up with blog post ideas. So that's what you want to do you want to once you do your keyword research, what I would suggest is once you do that keyword research is to find out the main topics the main subjects I would say pick out find out 10 I guess we can do this exercise you can find out the 10 that are the most popular in your particular niche.
And you can write articles on those but before you write, you want to get like I said you want to get more ideas so you can see what other bloggers in your baseare talking about, go to their site, do some research, you might want him sign up for their email list, you know, see what they're talking about, see what articles they've written, or what have you.
You can do things such as talking to other bloggers, you know, to those bloggers in, in that particular space, send him an email, see what social if they're on social media and, you know, hit him with a DM, slide in their DM's, on Instagram or on Twitter, or what have you, Facebook, and, you know, see if they respond to you.
You can look at the most popular blog posts, and see what the readers like most, I'll tell you another trick also, on whatever particular topic, go to Amazon, Amazon, look up the most popular book that coincide with that particular niche that you're writing about going and see what the reviews are. Look at, like the three star reviews, you're gonna get your most are you you're gonna get your most or your best feedback from your three star reviews on Amazon. So that's a, that's a way to come up with, with cool blog posts, ideas, you want to look up the mistakes in a particular niche, also, and you can learn from those.
So look up the different I guess a different blogging mistakes in that particular niche. Also, um, you know, specific lessons that other bloggers have learned, you know, you can write about that there's so many things to write about. But I would find like, like I said, I will find like 1010 different topics that I can, that I can start off talking about. And then like under those, or you know, even if, if those are, you know, 10 main topics, you can write five posts from those particular 10 you don't maybe there's something something that you can go deeper in, where you can write a separate article, instead of just writing 10 articles you can look at, you know, like I said, the 10, the 10 particular topics and write five articles from that. So there's a lot of different ways that you can mix this up.
You want to log into your WordPress dashboard. And that's going to be your the domain name you bought. your.com name forward slash WP dash admin. And you should have you should already have your your username and your password and you log in there. Once you log into the dashboard, you're going to click on the posts button. To the left, you'll see posts and the box, the boxes that'll come up all posts, add new categories tags, you're going to click on the Add New button. Once you click on the Add New button is going to take you to a brand new clear white page that's going to say add new posts and it's gonna have you add, add your title or what have you. And you can start writing your content there.
Also, if you go all the way at the bottom, if you installed the Yoast SEO plug in, that's going to help you also because it's going to give you a visual of how once you add your title and once you add you know your content or whatnot, it will help you write and it will help you write your content because it's going to have it's going to show you it's actually going to give you a grade and tell you also you know what you need you know you need some internal links, you may you may need an image you know you may need you know your content should be written this much you know that type of thing. So, Yoast SEO plugin and it'll be if you scroll all the way down at the bottom once you install that plug in, you'll see what I'm talking about.
Okay, even though we're in the WordPress dashboard, here's the trick. Listen, it is this is very, very important. That's where you're going to publish your content. But here's what I would suggest you never to do. Don't write your content inside the WordPress dashboard because you could accidentally delete your work.
And so what I would suggest is doing something such as Google Docs go into Google Docs and write your article there. You can take it and then you can put it inside of the WordPress dashboard, copy and paste it, or what have you, I would do that because in Google Docs is going to automatically save your work. Yes, you can save your work and all of that within the WordPress. But if that's the only place that you wrote your article, if something happens, that article is gone. So keep that in mind also.
Make sure you keep SEO in mind when you're writing that blog post. Because like I said, with the Yoast SEO plugin, once you go down there, you'll be able to see your URL, and you want to make sure all of that is right. So it's going to ask you, you know, your, your keyword and all of that stuff. So make sure all of that is right, and it looks good. In other words, let's say you're writing an article about podcasting. You know, I'm starting a podcast, you want to make sure it says, niche blogging tips, as an example, nicheblogging,tips.com/start-a-podcast, or if it's how to start a podcast How To Start A Podcast. So you want to make sure that the URL is correct. And that I'm telling you that SEO, that Yoast SEO plugin is a as a game changer to me.
When you are writing, make sure that people remember you're writing for people, you know, even though we talk about the search engines and all of that, and Google, remember, you are writing for people. Remember that and they're gonna let you know in the comments, once you, you know, start producing more and more content and people will start interacting with you, or what have you. Or maybe if you have a, you know, a social channel. Also, you know, you can have discussions within there.
Also, make sure that you really understand and know what type of typography or your fonts, make sure you know what font you're using, and make sure, make sure it looks decent, you know, you can get some good feedback from your readers. Also make sure that things such as your, you know, your sub headers are perfect. Make sure you use a feature image or a relevant image, feature image, you'll see that on the right hand side of the WordPress, you know, once you have all of that stuff, open up your posts open up, you'll see that on the side where you can add a featured image.
But your font size, make sure your font size is big enough. I would I would go somewhere in the 14 to 16, maybe even 18 point font range, but make sure that it's readable. So make sure that your blog posts are readable.
And after you press Publish, and you get everything out, make sure that just make sure you have a plan, make sure you have a content plan. So a plan for maybe you want to put out 60 posts, or maybe you want to put out 30 however many blog posts you want to put out just make sure you have a plan for a plan in terms of a this is what I'm going to write about a plan in terms of this is when I want to produce that content. Maybe you want to write every day some people say I don't write every day, I would suggest it's not a bad thing if you're writing every day. If you're first starting out.
Now, can you get burned out? Yes, you can. I'm not suggesting you to do it, but everybody is different. So just keep that in mind everybody is different. Maybe you want to put out three posts. If you're just starting out, you want to put out three a week just be consistent, whatever you do be consistent. Also scheduling also real quick, with your with your content plan is just going to provide us a roadmap to get to where you want to get to in terms of your blog and journey but your your schedule, make sure like I said be consistent, you know within that work within the WordPress platform also to give you some options to schedule the posts. So even if you write posts, you don't have to produce it that same day. You can, you know schedule it to be published on whatever day that you set out to be whatever day that you set out for it to be. So schedule it however you like but be consistent.
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In episode six, we're going to discuss marketing, to promote your blog, and also how to monetize your blog. We're going to combine both of those in our final episode, our final episode, our final episode of the How To Start Blog series, of course, we're going to have more episodes after that, but how to start a blog series so.
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