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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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.
mrkmccllch Premium
Thx for that "Easy Way" to write a 500 word article, awesome actually. Reminds me of a strategy I once learned and had long forgotten... "Tell em what your going to tell em, tell em, tell em what you told em." There is definitely some comfort in a structured approach as a fall back or simply as a go-to.

Thx Again Nathaniell

paulkaz Premium
Wow Nathaniel, this is an awesome lesson and I have marked it as a favourite!

It really breaks down the process if creating an article. Before reading this I would probably have dived right in without a structure.

However, having a structure really does make it easier to write 500 words by taking it in bite sized chunks!

You are a born teacher Nathaniell, this is a fantastic post.
QFIntrepid Premium
Nathaneil, this tutorial was really informative to me. Thank you so much also for the embedded/linked articles by kyle. Being such a newbie on the whole SEO ranking & conversion rates concept, this really opened a valuable aspect to my thinking regime relative to content readiness. Once again just simply rad.