Paragraph 1 is our introduction to the concept of our article. remember, we want to fit our keyword somewhere in here as well, preferably in the first sentence if we can.

This is the “set up” for the rest of our article. It’s gong to introduce the idea for the post, give some background, and possibly hint at some of the points we will cover.

If you are still struggling to write an introduction, divide it into 5 sentences, and we can make a 5 Sentence Paragraph!

1. Introduction

2. Support Idea #1

3. Support Idea #2

4. Support Idea #3

5. Conclusion

Yes, doing things in this manner will sound a bit robotic. But if you are struggling to get the word out, something robotic but informative is better than nothing at all!

Here’s an example of an introduction paragraph following this formula:

Here’s that same example written with a bit more style to it.

Both are acceptable, and we’ve now completed the first 100 words of our 500 word blog post!

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Imageguy55 Premium Plus
Great Lesson. You really take the mystery out of writing an "SEO friendly" post.
Sometimes when I look at other websites, in my niche area I see great looking websites with great content, then I say to myself," I can't write like that" This lesson is very helpful, I don't have to be a great writer just good enough to give pertinent information to visitors.
herinnelson Premium
All your links that I've clicked and read to get to this one are outstanding! You have an incredible way of explaining directly and to the point with a great sense of understanding! Thank you for all your resources and opinions. They are a huge help to me! Great trainings! I'm a fan!
Zarina Premium Plus
Awesome tutorial, Nathaniel!
I personally use a free-writing exercise: It's a great way to unleash one's creativity for sure. I always recommend it to people who have writer's block :)
gardenguy Premium
Thank you Nathaniell.......this was a really beneficial post. I've been having a terrible time crafting article ideas, into sensible and uncomplicated articles. This post is very good teaching for me and I have bookmarked it, as well as printed it out. My common sense viewpoint is if it works for you, it'll work for me.

Zeph23 Premium
Very interesting nathaniell.

It is simple, straight to the point and takes away the fear that comes with writing.

I can relate to this as a language teacher. Whenever I tell my students that we are writing a 500 word essay their first reaction is 'What on earth shall we do to have 500 words!"

But by the time I start breaking the process down, they realize it possible. Strange enough the end result is always amazing. That is holding them down to 500 words and not more. When they find the topic interesting, they always want go beyond that.