A Simple Way to Write Your 1,000 Word Posts
I'm a writer by trade, so I am always pumping out words and getting articles, blog posts, and even books written on a deadline. Something that may seem tough for many is usually easy for me (unless I'm writing on an obscure topic I know nothing about . . . research slows me down!).
Since I do have a method of writing faster, I thought it might be helpful to some people here. If you're struggling to get your posts written, here's the method I use. It might be useful for you.
Step 1: Come Up with a Topic
Obviously, you need a good topic before you can write a post. I like to write down ideas as they come to me, so I always have a long list of potential blog topics. Pick a topic that isn't too narrow that you'll get stuck after writing five lines. For example, "What causes tooth darkening" would be a good topic, while "how to get rid of lines on your canine tooth" might be tough to write about for 1,000 words.
Step 2: Get Your Keyword List
You can either do your keyword research when you think of the topic, or right before you write. There's so much information on this here on Wealthy Affiliate that I'm not going to go into detail on it. However, you should have a list of any keywords you want to use in the post.
Step 3: Write Your Main Points
Now it's time to start outlining. What do you want peopel to know about your topic? What areas are most important? Write these down. I recommend having at least 5-8 main points for a 1,000 word article. Here's an example of what this might look like:
1. Symptoms of tooth darkening
2. Causes of tooth darkening
3. How to fix darkened teeth
See? It's pretty simple to do this. If you run into trouble coming up with ideas for your main ideas, you need to do a bit more research on your topic. Spend a few minutes looking on forums or FB groups to find out what people are asking about, related to your topic.
Step 4: Add Subtopics
Now, under each main point, you are going to add 2-3 subtopics. In some cases, you might need to add more. These will help explain your main point. Example:
1. Causes of tooth darkening
c. Root damage
Just write the basics. You're not quite ready to start working on paragraphs yet. By the end of this step, you should have a nice, detailed outline to work with.
Step 5: Fill in Your Paragraphs
Now you're ready to really start writing. Everything is already laid out for you, so it's ready to go. You just need to write your heart out now. Start by writing up your main points. You can use the original point as a heading, if you like, or you can just incorporate it into a paragraph.
Each subpoint can be its own paragraph, so for each section, you'll have a simple introduction to the concept or main point, plus 2-3 paragraphs on the subpoints. Example:
"Tooth darkening can be caused by a number of factors, so it's best to see your dentist about the issue. However, certain causes are fairly obvious.
Aging is one of the main causes of gradual tooth darkening. As we get older, the enamel or hard coating on our teeth wears down. This means the dentin or softer tissue, is easier to see. Since dentin is darker in color than enamel, it can cause the tooth to look gray. "
Step 6: Write an Intro and Conclusion
Now that you have the main part of the post written, you're ready to create a really awesome introduction that will capture people's attention and make them want to read. There's an old saying . . . "tell them what you're going to tell them, tell them, then tell them what you just told them." It's good advice, so follow it!
Your introduction should include a hook, or a line that will grab people and make them want to read the whole post. Something like "Have you noticed your teeth getting darker?" or "Sick of unsightly, grayed out teeth?"
Then make sure you let them know that in this post, they'll learn all about the causes of darkening teeth.
The conclusion should cover what was most important in the post and should also include a call to action. If you don't tell people what to do next, they won't know what to do and may end up just clicking away. A call to action can be anything like:
- Click here
- Buy now
- Check out this ____
- Sign up for ____
- Go here to ____
See? Nice and simple.
Step 7: Create a Kickass Title
Wiith a completed article, you need a great title to get the reader to look at it anyway. Remember that you should be using your main keyword in the title, so add that. The best titles often include numbers, like "7 Reasons Your Teeth Are Going Dark" or "3 Ways to Reverse Teeth Darkening."
Again, there are tons of resources for creating titles, so spend some time researching this. I highly suggest reading anything on Copyblogger. They also offer some good, solid headline templates.
Step 8: Review and Edit
It won't do to send out flawed content, so take some time to review your work and edit it. Look for spelling or grammatical errors (WA has tools for this), awkward phrases, and sentences that ramble on. Polish it up and you're ready to move on to . . .
Step 9: Publish Your Work
It's time to make your work public! You've written, polished, and perfected your post and it is ready for the world to see it. Hit publish and enjoy the traffic.