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Writing A Blog Post Body The Right Way



Last week, we’ve talked about ways to open your blog post with a bang. If you haven’t read it yet, check it out here. Today, we’re going to work on making the body of your post appealing to readers and discuss ways on how to structure your post and present data in a manner that’s easy for readers.

One of the important blogging tips you should learn is to write using a language and style that a specific audience will easily understand. It doesn’t matter how well-researched your post is if the structure and style turns off readers.

They’re never going to get to the end of your post.

adult businessman in tensionIt’s best to always remind yourself that readers have tons of choices. They can always go to another blog. It’s very easy for them to leave yours and look for one that they can easily understand. And they can also be very quick to go look for one that’s more appealing.

In this fast-paced world where information needs to be delivered swiftly, you need to make sure you drive the point home immediately. And that you do it in an engaging manner.

Aside from creating attention-grabbing headlines and opening sentences, you need to learn how to craft an engaging and irresistible body.

In my opinion, this is the tricky part of a blog post because it’s easy to get reckless. Most writers would spend so much effort on the headlines and opening that they don’t have the energy left to make a great body.

They either digress or write hurriedly. Both sucks for readers. Both can cost you readers. I’m sure you’ve read (and written) some. These are usually those that:

  • Have long paragraphs that don’t say anything new
  • Don’t further explain important points
  • Have cluttered structures
  • Are redundant
  • Are not formatted properly

The body of your post has to make people want to continue reading. To do that, your body needs to be:

  • Relevant
  • Insightful
  • Entertaining
  • Engaging
  • Easy to read

It’s hard to write something that’s easy to read because there are many times when we want to say so much we end up confusing readers. This is why we need to plan and then edit well.

One good thing to remember is that people don’t initially read; they scan.

They have to be able to know what you’re talking about right away. And if, after scanning the post, they like what they see, they’ll go back and then read the entire thing.

To get new leads or sales or simply get a larger following, you must plan your body. Writing a blog post that rocks need careful planning.

Here are few ways that will help you create an engaging post body:

Use bullets

The most effective way to present information and keep readers from leaving is to make sure that everything is compact and easy to read. Using bullets will help you do that.

These make things easy for both readers and writers because they eliminate the need for too much unnecessary words.

Bullets are scannable. Anyone who’s scanning a page will easily understand the content by looking at the bullet points.

But don’t think that you can just sprinkle bullets any way you like. There’s a proper way to use these. More on bullets next week.

Limit each paragraph to less than 5 sentences

Write briefly and concisely. It’s best to write short because you won’t lose readers. Most people don’t like reading a lengthy post. They’ll leave the moment they see how long your post is.

Avoid fluff and resist the urge to digress.

Paragraphs that are less than 5 sentences are also easier to comprehend. Readers will find it easier to remember what you’ve talked about when less words were used.

Make use of headings

Headings make blog posts easier to read. These are also awesome when you find it hard to transition from one idea to another. Plus, these are great for SEO.

Cite authority sources when mentioning data

A diligent and responsible writer makes sure that facts are accurate and can be back checked. Never forget to cite sources of any data or claims that you use. Statements need to be verified to make your post look credible and useful.

Don’t use too much hyperlinks

While it’s tempting to put as many links in your blog as possible, it could end up as a liability. Readers don’t really like to see something that’s doused with too much blue text links.

Hyperlinks can make a post look like an advertisement. They can make your work less credible.

If you’ve used Ezinearticles in article marketing before, you’ll know that they don’t allow links in the body of the article and only allows about 2 links at the author bio. It’s because it makes the articles spammy.

Don’t put too much links in your articles. Save them for your bio box. Or unless it’s really necessary.

S0 there you go. These are some simple and effective tips that you can use when writing a blog post body that doesn’t annoy readers.

What about you? Anything else that worked well for you? Share them below.

Irwin creates awesome content for various businesses online. He blogs about writing and other stuff, like Survivor. He also contributes for a lifestyle magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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Blog Traffic Loves Generous Service



Blog traffic absolutely loves generous service. Do you want to succeed? Help oodles of people for free through blogging and guest posting. Toss in helping bloggers by noting bloggers on your blog, by commenting genuinely on blogs and by mentioning bloggers on social media. Traffic flows your way. Because blog traffic loves generous service. The more help you offer through your eBook, course and blog, the more traffic you drive. Simple equation. Give, to get. Keep giving freely and blog traffic finds you. Hug this super simple, powerful law of life. Service prospers you. Blog traffic flows to generous bloggers.

What gives? Why do many bloggers struggle to drive blog traffic? In essence, most human beings vibe mainly from an energy of fear and loss. You and I learn to do stuff with fear being our main driver. So, blogging becomes another outlet through which to do stuff from a dominant energy of fear. Like, publish one post for the week and do no more. Because you fear not getting enough return on investment. Plus you fear wasting time. Plus you fear working hard. Plus you fear looking like a fool if people come across all of the awesome content you create and, due to your increased exposure, you become the object of intense criticism. Ouch; that would hurt, eh? Being burdened by these fears, you play small, be stingy and just publish one post every 1-2 weeks. If YOU are stingy with the Universe, the Universe BE’S stingy with you. Give. Receive. Don’t give. Don’t receive. So, withholding generous service ensures blog traffic gets withheld from you. What a simple strategy to put into action, right? But of course, what an uncomfortable strategy to put into action, too, because facing and feeling fear, never feels all that comfortable. Nobody loves this process. Me included. But ya gotta take that route to be a successful blogger.

Help as many people as possible daily through a few clear strategies. Keep publishing content to your blog. Keep guest posting. Gain immense exposure and gain skills and yep, gain credibility……and of course, gain blog traffic. All occurs because you gave freely of your time and talents. Give freely. Gain blog traffic. But giving freely FORCES you outside of your comfort zone. For example, I publish 9 or more guest posts and blog posts daily, between both. No joke, this taxes me sometimes. I face fears about doing billionaire work and not see billions in my bank account yet. All that crap. Yep, I proceed. I blog into deep fears, feel fears, and clearing these fears helps me drive more blog traffic, leading to increased blogging success. All about that free giving, folks. Give freely, and you shall position yourself to receive more easily.

Be with scary emotions. I feel you. I have been there, guys. Nudging through to feel these energies is the way to clear these energies. Keep giving, and the getting becomes easier and easier in blog traffic terms. Imagine guest posting on 30 blogs over the next 3 months. Visualize how this increased exposure boosts your blog traffic. People see you all over, click your bio link and you get more blog traffic. Your generous service through guest posting put everything into motion.

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Why Ask Blogging Questions Already Asked Thousands of Times?



Ya know what?

I feel awesome teaching bloggers with my friend Sue-Ann. We are currently helping course students via the creative, innovative, never duplicated: How to Bling Your Blog and Feed That Hog course.

Live, interactive and engaging, students already noted how we cover new, different topics compared to virtually all other blogging courses. Sure we cover the basics. But we do so quite differently than your average blogging course. Sue-Ann and I both became successful by doing things differently than most other bloggers. We think. We deliberate. We virtually never do things mindlessly. Alas, many of my fellow bloggers – most newbies – move in the opposite direction. One quick Quora visit reflects this mass sheeple mentality crippling most newbie blogger careers. Again, a few moments ago, I spied at least 4 bloggers asking the same, old, “how do you succeed at blogging” type question again, said questions being asked for the millionth time.

I have compassion for new bloggers. I also understand how every new blogger feels entitled to ask virtually any question. But just because you can ask any question, does that mean you should ask any or every blogging question popping up in your mind? Nope. You should note Why? Asking the successful blogging question wastes your time and my time because tens of thousands of bloggers have answered this question accurately tens of thousands of times across thousands of online platforms. We covered it already. I even created an entire course to devote to answering the question. Why litter Quora and the web in general with the same blogging question for the 10,000th time? At best, it is a time waster. At worst, borderline spam.

I love ya’s but you need to begin thinking like a successful blogger well before experiencing success. How would a successful blogger go about figuring out how to succeed at blogging? Pay someone to access the answer in 5 or 10 seconds. Hire someone to coach them. Buy a course or eBook in a minute. Why waste 24 or 36 hours waiting for an answer from some blogger when you get the answer 30 minutes after buying and reading one of my 100 plus eBooks? Failures wait for answers to questions asked thousands of times. Winners buy the answer immediately. This is the difference between struggling bloggers and future pros. Strugglers put no thought into the process. Why in the Hades would you ever believe 10,000 bloggers prior to you have NOT asked the successful blogging question? Of course they did! Think logically for 5 seconds. Of course hundreds of top bloggers answered the successful blogging question. And yes, of course you access that question through Google and Amazon in seconds, querying and investing money in instant answers from pros.

No brainer territory, guys. Buy the solution in seconds. Stop being like poverty conscious bloggers who put zero thought and little logic into why they ask a question obviously asked and answered accurately, thousands of times. Blogging gets easier if you think mindfully. Blogging gets harder if you mindlessly give zero thought to the craft. Invest money in getting proven answers to basic blogging questions. Accelerate your online success. Save your time. Save my time.

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When Is It Too Late to Start Blogging?




Ego sometimes clings to limiting ideas. One such idea is the notion that starting a blog at some specific age proves to be futile because of it being too late. I recall hearing Gary Vaynerchuk professing how people in their early 20’s ask him if it is too late to begin a business. Do you see why ego deludes you? Fear manifests as all types of crippling beliefs holding you back. Someone clinging to fear, being 21 years old, asks if being 21 is too old for starting a business. Why? Some 21 year olds observe 14 year olds who create million dollar ventures. Or some 21 year olds see fellow 21 year olds who already became millionaires, when the limited-thinking 21 year old simply has never been an entrepreneur. Guess what? It is never late to begin blogging. It is never too late to begin blogging. I recall a 73 year old new to blogging who bought 4 of my eBooks after I wrote a guest post on Build Your Own Blog. He began blogging at 73 years old. Imagine that? Yet 21 year olds some 50 years his minor fear being 21 is too old for beginning a successful venture.

Fear makes you think silly things. Be beyond fear. Feel fear. Release fear. Move in a direction of possibilities. Move toward opportunities. Now is the time to begin blogging whether you are 21 or 101. Now is the time to begin. Seize the moment. Do you plan to be around for a bit? Blog. Begin blogging. It is never too late to start blogging because you and I sit in the perfect place at the perfect time for our individual journeys. I began blogging in my mid 30’s. 35 years old, to be exact. Being a 35 year old beginner blogger never crossed my mind as being too old because I did not cling to the fear fueling that too old, aged, limiting belief. I saw actual 12 year olds blogging during my newbie blogging days. Who cares that a kid 20 years my junior began blogging? I had 20 more years LIFE experience than he. Possessing 20 more years life experience puts you at a tremendous advantage when it comes to learning the in’s and out’s of blogging the right way. Heck; the 73 year old new blogger may have zero blogging experience but 73 years of life experience. What seems more important at that point in your life? Does knowing how to format a blog post at 73 count more than the fearlessness, serenity and peace you acquired from facing 73 years worth of fears? Dude begins blogging with the mindset of a Blogging Yoda, for all he faced and for all the experience he has. Does THAT sound like it’s too late for blogging?

The only thing I would say is to begin blogging now because blogging experience is your best ally. Do not wait on the sidelines. Even though you can begin blogging at any age, why wait until you turn 45 when you can begin blogging now, at age 40? Why hesitate? Experience benefits you tremendously. Whether you start blogging at 13 or 73, experience earned and learned from, accelerates your blogging success. But you need to see the journey through and you need to begin blogging now. Go ahead. Blog. It’s not too late!


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