So, you’ve decided to start a blog, hey? You've got your domain name purchased, and you've finally set up your page. Congratulations! That is super exciting and an accomplishment indeed!
Have you got your first blog post ready to go? Maybe, maybe not? That's okay! These things are essential to get right. Think of it like your first time meeting your audience. First impressions are crucial.
Therefore, you need to make sure that your first blog post is stellar and knocks it out of the park.
If you want to learn how to do that, stick around because I am going to go fully in-depth with this one to give you a better sense of how to approach your first post. Let's get right into it!
What Should My First Blog Post Be About?
Like I said, your first blog post is essential. Let's talk about some things you should cover to make sure you wow your audience.
Introduce Yourself to Your Audience
As a rule of thumb, I would suggest making the theme of your first blog post about who you are and what your blog is going to be about.
While an about me page can provide your potential audience with an overview of who you are and what you are able, it's going to be pretty short and sweet in terms of content and not really provide any in-depth information of what you are bringing to the table.
Here is some point that you should think about putting into your first post:
Tell your audience who you are: Don’t get carried away with this, however. As much as we want to believe that people come to your blog because of you, they are really coming to your blog because of the content. Therefore, keep it to the point. Maybe like 200 – 500 words max.
Tell your audience why you are starting your blog: This is why the factor is significant because people want to see if you have the same problem as them or the same interest as them. This is more geared towards storytelling.
Tell your audience what topics you will be reviewing: Now, it's time to provide your audience with a brief overview of the types of topics you will be reviewing. This will help them better understand if your blog is something that might interest them. It is also your best selling point.
Tell your audience why they should read your blog: This point ties into the previous point. Now that you have told them what kind of content you will be posting, it is essential to let your audience know what you can do for them. Sell yourself here.
Try and pick a pain point that is relatable to your target audience and let them know how you will help them fix it with your solutions.
You may also wish to provide a call to action that may direct your audience to add their email to your list, subscribe to your blog posts, or even direct them to another blog on your page so they can get a real sense of the kind of content you are posting!
Post Your First Blog Post on a Topic You Would Have Already Posted About
Another fantastic option you can choose for your first blog post is to just go ahead and begin posting on a topic you would have already decided to discuss on your blog.
This, of course, is going to be a little more challenging to do, and you need to make sure that it is SEO keyword optimized as much as possible. You also need to make sure that your post is of super high quality.
So, spend some time on it, and don't rush it. If this is the first thing your target audience will see, you need to make sure it is perfect!
How to Write Your First Blog Post
Now that we know what your first blog post should entail, it's time to put pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, whichever you prefer, and start writing. If you are wanting to know how to write your first blog post, follow these steps below:
1. Plan, Plan, Plan
The first thing that you need to do now that you have chosen either of the two first blog post formats is to do your marketing research, aka look for keywords that will help your blog post rank better on Google.
One way is to go into the google search bar and type in the subject you are thinking of writing about into the search bar.
As you type in your subject, you will notice that Google will generate the rest of your sentence for you in the drop-down menu as potential suggestions.
Why does this matter? Because these are the top searches or questions that are being asked by Google users in your topic.
Therefore, it is also a great way to find your topic for your blog post. Another way is to use Google trends or analytics to look at specific topics and keywords.
However, this takes a bit of time. You can also pay for a keyword search program to show you the best keywords to use throughout your blog.
2. Plan the Structure of Your Blog Post
Now that you have the keywords and questions that you will be embedded into your first blog post, it's time to plan the structure. Take a look at these critical aspects that you should consider and implement:
Write in short paragraphs: Our attention span is more geared to scanning over things than reading significant full sections. Therefore, you will need to keep your paragraphs short and sweet. I suggest between 2 to 3 sentences long.
Bring on the visuals: Another essential aspect of posting a blog is making sure you post visuals and graphics throughout the blog, engaging your reader more!
Proofread and edit three times: There is nothing worse than grammatical errors. Especially when it is your first blog post.
Therefore, you need to make sure you proofread and edit a couple of times to make absolutely sure everything makes sense and is spelled correctly. This will also ensure that the flow of your post is spectacular as well.
3. Don’t Stress About It too Much
Stressing about your first post is going to deter your further from writing it. Therefore, just write what comes to mind and edit later!
You also don’t want to stress so much that the personality behind your blog disappears and becomes robotic. Remember to have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously!
4. Find Your Voice
As I briefly mentioned in the previous point, finding your voice when blogging is key to developing your blog identity.
It is a great way to give your blog and content personality. At the end of the day, this is what makes your blog unique from others. Additionally, it is also going to allow you to relate to your readers.
For example, if you are blogging about business, you are most likely going to be using a more formal tone of voice, whereas if you were blogging about lifestyle topics which you can get away with being more casual and humorous.
5. Look at Authoritative Bloggers in Your Niche
Another point that you should look to do is to look for authoritative bloggers in your niche to see how they structure their content. This can help you draw some inspiration from your post.
Just remember not to copy anything from their page. Simply look, admire and take notes about what they are doing well and see if you can implement that into your blog posts.
6. Remember Who You Are Aiming Your Content At
It always comes back to who your target audience is. You want to ensure that your writing speaks directly to them.
Whether it is providing them with some form of information, solving a problem, they may be having, or even answering some frequently asked questions that may come up a lot in your niche.
This is an essential factor because at the end of the day, if you are not posting content that your audience is going to like and appreciate, then they aren't going to feel inclined to read it. And this is why a lot of newer blogs fail.
7. Always Insert a Call to Action
Inserting calls to action where ever you can (that work, of course) is key to keeping people on your page longer to explore what other content you may have on your blog for them.
For example, do you have an email list that they can sign up for to receive exclusive tips and tricks from? Do you want them to comment down below and contribute to the conversation? Do you have free resources that could potentially be useful for them to use to help with a problem they are having?
These are all calls to action that you need to be making sure you include into your blog post to persuade people to subscribe to your blog and keep informed about what is going on.
8. Link Your Social Media Platforms
Never forget to link your social media platforms to the end of your blog posts!
Over time, once you begin building up an audience, people will start to share your content to their profiles. Therefore, they need to have the option to share it!
This, in turn, will not only boost your engagement but will also put you in front of a larger and newer audience that may not have known about your blog until the one you're your readers posts it to their other accounts.
This is an excellent way of advertising for free. So, make sure not to forget this!
First Blog Examples
If you are still having a hard time thinking of first blog post ideas, take a look at this list of example topics that may help you narrow down your search:
Listicles: Listicles are ideal because they are easy to get through, are super straight forward, and you can use them in any blogging niche
Tips & Tricks: Do you have some useful tips and tricks that many of your followers may not already know about a specific topic? Try a tips and tricks list that will be valuable to your target audience.
How-To Post: Is there a specific task that people in your niche may have difficulty doing? Try a how-to post. These types of posts are great for engaging your reader and a fantastic way to show your target audience what you know about this topic.
Here are two real-life examples of first blog posts that nailed it:
1. At Home with Ashley
Ashley used her first blog post to introduce herself and her family to her target readers. It also indicates what her intention for her blog is going to be about as well. It's super short and sweet but gets the job done right.
2. Young House Love
Young House Love blog is run by couple John and Sherry. Their first post explains what is to come on this blog post while keeping it engaging and easy to read.
As you can see, there are so many aspects that go into making your first blog post pop with your audience. However, with the right amount of planning and research, nothing is holding you back from posting something unique.
Remember not to take it too seriously to allow your natural tone of voice and personality to shine through in your writing. Worst comes to worst, you will need to edit your page a couple of times before getting it perfect in your eyes, and that is okay!
There is nothing wrong with taking your time with this. It's better to make sure you have all your bases covered rather than rushing your first post and having it become a total flop.
And there you have it, my friends! Another blog post for the books. Like always, it's been an absolute pleasure. If you have any other suggestions on topics that you can use for your first blog post, make sure to comment down below.
I also want to see your first blog posts once you have posted them, so don't be afraid to comment your blog names down below as well so I can check them out!
Thanks again for stopping by –it's been a slice! Bye for now!