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When you start to blog, it can be difficult to wrap your head around what’s “absolutely necessary” for success. You’ll read boat loads of suggestions helping to insure you have your blog set up correctly, but what’s really important? First you need to get the readers to your blog! Your blog post titles will draw your reader in and tempt them with a benefit.
Ensure That Your Title Matches Your Content
It’s easy to come up with a great post title, but what if it doesn’t entirely match the content you’ve written about? You should scrap it, or save it for a different post. This happens more often than not when trying to write an affiliate post or guest post.
This is a proactive action on your part. Don’t mislead people with your titles. “Free Guide to Boost Your Traffic and Gain Influence!” is a decent title but only if you are actually giving your readers helpful related information.
Never, ever use click bait as a blog title. Deliver what you promise. You always want to give your reader a solution to a problem, never just a promise.
Organize Your Posts
Organizing doesn’t have to be difficult. The first thing you need to decide is how often you want to post and if you are sticking to one topic or alternating.
Make a list of 10 different blog posts you want to complete. This will keep your mind on the prize while writing each of your posts.
Take a look at your list and see if the topics relate to each other at all. If so, that means you can set up your posts to alternate between your favorite topics. For instance:
1: Family tips
With this type of schedule your readers will know exactly what to expect and therefore can tune in to the topics they love and hopefully stay for your other words of knowledge too. With catchy titles and topics on rotation people are more likely to stick around.
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Descriptive But Not Redundant
Make your title tempting! Let’s look at an example:
“Tips to Make You a Good Blogger” – Boooooooring. We’ve seen a million of these posts right? In this example we have “tips”, “good” and “blogger” none of these words will gain credibility on search engines simply because everyone of them is used all the time.
“7 Tips to increase your credibility as a starting blogger” – In this case we are successfully quantifying the post with the amount of tips given also the word ‘credibility’ is a good keyword as well as directing “new” readers to your post.
Know your audience and figure out which words they are most likely to search for. Easy fix: What do YOU search for?
You want your post titles to evoke emotion from your reader and get them to click. People usually click for very simple reasons, like curiosity or gain.
Explore Search Engine Optimization
The post title is what draws your reader in and gets them to click. That’s obvious isn’t it? But what makes someone want to click is based on what the reader is looking to gain from reading your post or clicking your pin.
Use popular keywords in your niche and your SEO will begin to take care of itself. It’s easier than it sounds, I promise.
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Think About Keywords for SEO Similarly to Your Hashtags
When a hashtag is popular and used often that means tons of people are utilizing it at all times. When someone searches that hashtag or keyword and if you weren’t the most recent person to post, you will be lower down in the search results.
I’m not saying you should avoid popular keywords and hashtags. Use a variation of the more popular keywords in order to be more relevant in search engines for a longer period.
Adwords will be a great resource for you, so don’t disregard the easy to use program. Think about the words you search, as you are part of your own audience, and see how they fair in Adwords. You might be surprised just how popular certain keywords are.
For an extensive list of hashtags, and helpful printables check out: Watch Your Traffic Explode With the Power of Hashtags! it details an array of helpful hashtags in many niches.
Make It Pinnable
Pinterest is a huge game changer for your blog, your followers and people who decide to follow you. Your blog post titles need to be on point but if your images aren’t formatted to share on pinterest. Hardcore pinners, that are looking for quality content, won’t have time to write your pin descriptions. Use your alt description to detail what the post is about EVERY TIME, ON EVERY PICTURE.
Small images do not look good on pinterest, they aren’t as shareable and they look unprofessional. You NEED to be making pins for all of your posts, pins that are at least 700 x 1200 pixels are best. A larger/ longer pin is more pinnable and will have a much higher repin rate.
Make at least 1 pin for every post using a free program like Canva.com. 3-5 images is better, but always publish a post with at least one image geared towards pinterest sharing.
Take Free Help
I would absolutely recommend getting the Yoast SEO plugin as this will drastically increase the quality of your blog posts, links, pictures, written grammar, and even post structure. The program is free. It’s simply a plugin and it analyzes your post top to bottom… again ‘for free’. Another benefit of Yoast is that it will rate your post’s SEO quality score and make suggestions to improve search engines ability to find your post.
Here are some Titles to get you started! To get the entire list of 100 please subscribe at the top of the blog or in the right column.
10.____ (#) ways to succeed in ____ (career, objective)
11.____ (# objects) things that have improved life
12.Why I decided to break away from ___ (action) and how you can too
13.____ (#) secrets you weren’t taught in school about ____ (subject)
14.The most valuable information you learned from ____ (person, movie, book)
15.____ (#) ___ (adjective) conversations to have with ____ (person) to better your life. (boss, spouse, friend, sister)
16.____ (#) quotes from _____ (pick your favorite author or influencer)
17.Quick and easy ways to live a clutter free life
18.____ (#) Exercises to do when you are ready to feel ____ (emotion)
19.____ (#) Amazing reasons to go back to school and why now is the time
20.Why I’m proud I ____ (event) and how you can achieve (objective) too
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