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Write better blog posts using these 100% actionable tips

Writing better blog posts is not common

Admit it.

You’re no better at the craft.

You’re like “What’s happening?”

Struggling.

You’ve read a lot. And you’ve written more posts than ever.

Yet, you’re heartbroken.

Thank goodness, you aren’t paralyzed.

You still have a chance; because I have these 100% actionable tips to help you breeze through.

  1. Recognize your assignment

We’re here on earth for a purpose.

I believe we’re assigned to help each other. Created to solve someone’s problem.

Our assignment is not to look for money.

And that’s the only reason why most bloggers aren’t making money with their blogs – they’re not solving a problem.

Want to know your assignment?

Okay.

First, ask yourself:

“What do I invest most of my time in?”

Your answer becomes a clue.

It’s obvious; you become what you spend your time doing.

Meaning: to improve writing better blog posts, spend time doing what I’m sharing with you today.

You’ll succeed when your assignment becomes an obsession.

Let me know in the comment box if you disagree.

Secondly, know what makes you cry. And what grieves you.

You can get a clue from those, too.

You can only write on what you’re interested in. What you’ve been assigned to do. It may be your passion or whatever you choose to call it.

Focus on that – your assignment.

The world today is run by ideas. You know that.

So, to be better at writing blog posts, don’t be money conscious.

Be genuine and zealous to help someone by searching for an idea that can solve a problem.

For whatever you create to help people stays.

You may be wondering by now:

Who’s this ‘someone’ that needs my help?

He’s a person you must know, even before he visits your blog.

  1. Have someone to talk to

Always have an imaginary friend in mind.

And you’ll end up writing as if you’re talking to one friend.

Your tone and choice of words is determined by him – your friend.

The best part of having him – a persona – is it makes you consistent.

The thing is: you have to know him, his dream, and what he likes.

And that’s love. You love your friends. Don’t you?

Now, to write better, continue to educate yourself this way:

  1. Get out of your comfort zone

This is crucial.

You want to help him meet his needs (your assignment), right?

Time is up to deliberately learn and practice to succeed.

It hurts – a little – to do things that are not easy for you.

Work hard to bring life into your writing.

Mastering this craft solely depends on you. Make that move. Thrive.

  1. Read more blogs

It means, read other blogs.

Polish your ability, there’s no limit here. It depends on what your audience wants, and how far you want to go with your topic.

Seth Godin reads more than 50 blogs every day. He said so. And that’s a deliberate move.

The benefits are as he puts it: “reading more blogs is one of the best ways to become smarter, more effective and more engaged in what’s going on.”

Simply put:

First, it’s the best thing to do. I agree.

Secondly, it’s one of the best ways. There’re other ways. I agree to this, too.

In that statement, Seth disclosed the source of his ability to write great blog posts every day.

To add to reading more blogs, I suggest you…

  1. Get out of the web

It’s a way of not repeating what’s already on the internet.

And dodging writers block.

Spy outside. Watch movies. Read books that are closer to topics you want to write about.

Result?

You get fresh ideas. Better angles of approach. Vim. And zeal to write better blog posts – posts with matured perspectives.

You’ll always learn something new by getting out of the web.

Aren’t you unique now?

Time is up to…

  1. Collect writing examples

Here’s an opportunity to conquer writer’s block.

Get inspired, and improve your writing by collecting examples of blog posts and pages on topics.

How?

I do my collection using 2 methods.

My first method is the Seth Godin’s style of blog collection.

It’s about using the best spam-free RSS: Feedly.

Click the button below:

Use feedly to collect your blog posts examples

 

 

 

On Feedly’s page, open your account.

Start adding more blogs on whatever topic you want to master.

Visit your account page every day to learn.

Feedly has an App, too. Go for it.

My second method is what most pro-writers use.

I’ve used it all my blogging and writing life.

Henneke Duistermaat, a prolific copywriter, blogger, and the owner of enchant marketing has a much better way of showing you how to use this method.

Learn all you can about it from her blog post.

I never had enough to pay for courses online.

There were quality ones I dreamed of joining. But lack of money said “no way, Francis”

I decided not to give up by using the Swipe File approach. Even before I discovered Feedly.

Note: You need to humble yourself when learning from your collected examples.

Pride blinds.

And

Point is you’ll definitely…

  1. Follow someone closely

Allow yourself to be taught.

Find the greats. They could be dead, no problem.

Learn their secrets. How they do what they do.

Something sets them apart, find out what it is.

You’re permitted to steal from their work – hey, I didn’t say plagiarize.

Look, I didn’t also say “steal their work.” I said “steal from their work.” Note the difference.

All writers are thieves.

Who wants to challenge?

Drop your “against” in the comments box, and let’s debate.

I follow bloggers, and writers. I learn from them. They’re my mentors.

You need a mentor, too.

He has been there, and has seen that danger before.

Allow him to help you.

Why?

Life is too short to experiment with.

You’re lucky, he’s everywhere.

He’s all over the internet and in books. Even at home with you.

Truth: someone is mandated to help and protect you.

Your mentor can paralyze enemies that come against you. Hope you get it.

He’ll help you grow. He’ll help you write better.

Use wisdom to blog, my friend.

  1. Study and use proven writing recipes that rock the internet

How you write a post is an art.

Let’s learn from the experience of Jon Morrow, CEO, and founder of Smartblogger:

In his post, Jon revealed how he imitated Brian Clark’s blog post to write a post that touched the hearts of more than 5 million people.

I’m talking about the “Three-Act Story.”

You see, we’re permitted to steal as writers.

Okay, writers don’t steal. They copy, because “Jon Morrow Is a Dirty, Despicable Copycat”

That’s why Brian said to Jon:

“Dude, I’m honored. You could’ve written that post a dozen different ways, but you chose to use my work as inspiration. You couldn’t have given me a bigger compliment.”

Any comment?

Drop it in the box.

Anyway, he went further to form a new recipe out of the Three-Act Story. He termed it “The Storyteller.”

The most shared post in the history of Problogger was later released using the new recipe he created – The Storyteller.

Now you know 2 recipes that work wonders, right?

Have you noticed List Posts?

It’s a proven one, too.

Syed Balki loves this recipe. Everyone loves list posts.

Why?

It’s magic.

So, take time to study, and use proven writing recipes that rock the internet like those I’ve mentioned.

Jon took 5 years to find and perfect different “recipes” for writing popular posts.

Meaning, a great writer like him learn from people.

Copy how he developed a recipe from one of the oldest recipes of all time to develop yours.

Read about some other writing recipes from

…Syed’s blog post.

Your chosen recipe/s is set. What’s next?

  1. Write Simple and to the point

Trying to be a blabbermouth?

Write what your blog audience need. Just help your readers solve their problems.

Write persuasive sentences that keeps them.

It makes you objective.

Tighten your prose.

Why use redundant words? Remove them.

Let every word add meaning.

Want to sound elaborate?

No!

I’m not sure you’ve gone looking for a “Thesaurus” since you started reading this post.

Difficult words avoided.

That’s how I do it.

No jargon. Maybe, a little.

In all, be warm. And show your readers the ways in which you’re like them.

Dalai Lama once said: “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito”

So, think big and…

  1. Keep writing

Don’t panic.

Let nothing intimidate you.

Keep writing, even when you want to quit. Write every day. My least in a day is 250 words.

More grease to the elbow, my friend.

You can write better now

Yes, you can.

There’re better ways of doing everything.

Not until you discover how, you’ll continue to shake in whatever you do.

Never give up.

For everyone has the ability to write better.

Follow these actionable tips and let’s see what happens.

Let me hear from you, too.

Drop what you think in the comment box below and let’s have fun writing.

29 Comments

29 Comments

  1. Robin Khokhar

    July 24, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Hi Francis,
    This post is really different but there are lots of new things to learn. You have done a great job.
    Kepp it up.
    And thanks for sharing.

    • Francis Quarshie

      July 24, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      I agree, Robin. The angle of approach is different.
      I didn’t want to sound like most how to posts on the web. New things to learn? Yes, we’ve over a trillion to learn.
      Thank you for showing up here to give me that boost, bro.

  2. Hussain Omar

    July 24, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    Hey Francis,
    Amazing post!
    You have mentioned great rules, when followed they will produce epic posts for sure.
    You’re right, some bloggers live in their comfort zones, doing the same activities and expecting different results, that will never work. To get outstanding results, you should dedicate outstanding efforts.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Regards
    Hussain

    • Francis Quarshie

      July 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm

      I use to live in many comfort zones, bro Hussain. I’m getting out of them gradually. I never knew some were even c zones. I discovered them after reading some blog posts.
      Thanks for adding your voice here, sir.

  3. Donna Merrill

    July 24, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Hi Francis,

    Each and ever point here is excellent. If a blogger follows these principles they sure will be successful at blogging. There is always something that we are not comfortable with, but we must get out of that comfort zone. It sure feels great when we do that!

    My two favorites here are Read many blogs as you can per day. Comment, and share them. Also when writing a blog keep it simple and to the point. As we write for readers, we want to convey one message that they can benefit from.

    Great Stuff!

    -Donna

    • Francis Quarshie

      July 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      I’m blessed to have you here, Donna.

      I must confess that it’s often difficult for me to get out of my comfort zones.

      I often do add prayers to my efforts.

      And sure it does feel great when I finally get out.

      I’m encouraged to strive. There are better days ahead.

      Thanks for dropping yours.

  4. Avenue Sangma

    July 24, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Thank You very much for sharing new ideas about better blog post 🙂 really highly appreciated.

  5. Monna Ellithorpe

    July 25, 2016 at 12:14 am

    Hi Francis,

    Great points, suggestions and points to follow in blogging and writing. In fact, I am taking your advice about Feedly and I have set up my account. Thank you.

    You gave so many great suggestions, I couldn’t begin to pick one but if I had to, I think this would be the one I would say is the most valuable.
    Keep writing

    Don’t panic.

    Let nothing intimidate you.

    Keep writing, even when you want to quit.

    Have a great new week.

    • Francis Quarshie

      July 25, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Hey Monna,

      Glad to see you here again.

      You make my day when you drop yours.

      First, thank you for reading.

      Secondly, I’m happy to hear you’ve set up an account on Feedly.

      And thirdly, I thank God one of my points is recognized as the most valuable.

      Do you know what you’ve done to me?

      You’ve added more grease to my elbow.

      Stay blessed. And have a great week, too.

  6. Ali Raza

    July 25, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Hello Francis!

    This is my first post on your blog and let me tell you it was an amazing read! Very well summarized. Hopefully will follow your last tip for sure! keep writing at any cost. 🙂

    • Francis Quarshie

      July 25, 2016 at 7:18 pm

      Thanks for stepping here to give me a boost, bro Ali. I’m glad to hear you’re going to follow the last tip. And I promise myself to write at any cost. I appreciate your love.

  7. Joy Healey

    July 26, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Hi Francis,

    That’s a great list of tips for improving our writing.

    I particularly like the one about “Getting off the Internet”, because so many times we read “the same” post on many blogs, just slightly differently worded. I confess I have been guilty of it myself, then I decided to try and avoid doing it by bringing in stories from “real life”.

    (I don’t mean your Brian Clark/Jon Morrow example – I was thinking of one of my first posts where I described how to change nameservers – duh.)

    One of my faults is being over-wordy, but I’m “working on it”. And the Yoast “readability” indicator is nudging me in the right direction.

    I visit as many blogs as I can in my limited time (this is a part-time venture for me) – look forward to the time when I can spend longer doing that.

    Thanks for some great tips,

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

    • Francis Quarshie

      July 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm

      I’m so happy to see you here again, Joy.
      Getting out of the web and reading around required topics is the strategy I’ve adapted right now. I’ve noticed you doing same.
      It makes me feel unique after writing my articles.
      The millions of regurgitated posts on the web has made it tough for most bloggers today. And I’m running away from them.
      Yoast “readability” is really helping us all. It’s a great tool. Some developers are so intelligent.
      And I also wish I could spend more time blogging. It’s not easy doing part-time blogging. It demands time.
      You’re doing well, Joy. I’ll keep following. Thanks, and do have a great week.

      Francis

  8. Enstine Muki

    July 26, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    Hey Francis,
    You’ve got all the points covered here buddy. I think you know why you put the first point first. I’ve said it a couple of times that the best way to start making money is to forget about the money and focus on solutions. Once you can identify problems and come out with solutions, you won’t struggle to make the money.

    I think if one follows your steps strictly, there is no reason to have failure as a companion.
    Solid points and exciting writing style.

    Keep it up buddy. I can see you on top of the ladder

    • Francis Quarshie

      July 27, 2016 at 6:38 pm

      That’s the deal, Enstine. Identify problems. Solve them. And no struggling making money.
      What I mentioned there is from experience. I don’t care about money now. It’ll surely come. It’ll chase me. First things first.
      Thank you for your kind words and contributing to my success.

  9. Ravi Chahar

    July 28, 2016 at 1:42 am

    Hey Francis,

    Sometimes writing a blog post may be challenging. It’s not that you just start writing anything. You should know about the niche and the perfect way to craft your post.

    Reading more blogs can give your new ideas. Having an imaginary friend is something we all should do.

    Glad to read this article.
    Hope you are doing fine.
    ~Ravi

    • Francis Quarshie

      July 29, 2016 at 2:54 am

      Hey Ravi,

      New ideas and approach makes us leave the web to uniqueness.

      You can only get it by learning from others. Many might think this post, for instance, is about blog post. But no. See how I approached it. It’s all about writing better as a blogger. Learning from others is humility, bro.

      Thanks for partying with me here. See you on your blog.

  10. Sam Adeyinka #Coach

    July 28, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    Hey Francis, it’s nice to be here on your blog. What a blog! 🙂

    So you shared awesome ways to not struggle with writing as a writer that we are and I reckon with all the mentioned points. Kudos bro!

    Actually, I love the part of reading as many blogs as you can read daily. It really have a rippling effect on the kind of person we turn out to become and yes, our blog becomes the better for it in traffic a numbers of engagement it gets.

    Thanks for sharing these resource with us man!

    Sam

    • Francis Quarshie

      July 29, 2016 at 2:46 am

      Welcome here, Sam.

      I do what I know. And share what I learn. Just being me.

      I’m able to blog because I read more blogs. It’s one of the fine ways I used to get out of the struggle.

      Thanks for dropping your thoughts, bro.

  11. John VanDerLaan

    July 29, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Hey Francis,

    You’ve covered a lot of great tips that should help any aspiring blogger create awesome posts!

    I love the tip to “keep writing”.

    It is like any other skill in life. The more you do it the better you become at it.

    I know some bloggers that get through writing blocks by simply speaking about their subject and recording themselves. They then go back and transcribe the rcording.

    I’m sure there must be some tool for transcribing speech to text.

    Thanks again Francis for these awesome tips!

    Have a great weekend!

    John

    • Francis Quarshie

      August 10, 2016 at 4:40 am

      Hey John,
      Happy to see you here again.
      Not until you start doing, there is no way you’ll get better. So, it’s ideal to keep writing. You make the mistakes. Discover your strengths and weaknesses. Build yourself up one step at a time. That’s what I’m doing, sir.
      And yes there are tools for transcribing speech to text.
      Thanks for dropping yours, John.

  12. Umesh Singh

    August 6, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Hi Fanncis,
    When I started blogging I was scared because I didn’t know how to write a perfect blog post that readers love to read, share and comment.

    I learned all the required blogging skills that needed to write a good blog post. All the points which you have mentioned are amazing and important for writers.

    Thanks for sharing this post with us.

    – Umesh Singh

    • Francis Quarshie

      August 10, 2016 at 4:29 am

      Hey Umesh,
      There is no perfect blog post, I believe.
      The key thing to do is exactly what you chose to do – humbling yourself to learn from other bloggers. I did the same. See how you’re benefiting from it today.
      Thanks for stopping by, bro.

  13. Igert

    August 15, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Hi Francis

    You covered it all and you covered it well.
    Start off by knowing what you want to do. The realize that others have done it before. Take the best of what is already out there and try to reach that level.

    You won’t reach perfection but you can strive for it and in the process be the best that you can be.

    No man is an island. Learn from others but be true to yourself.

    Amazing post.

    • Francis Quarshie

      August 15, 2016 at 6:44 pm

      Hey Igert,

      Welcome once again to gallople. Glad to see you.
      I must say that blogging and everything internet is about humility.
      I’m always in the I don’t know mode to help me succeed.
      I research and learn everyday from others.
      Thanks for your kind words and for stepping here to contribute. I appreciate.

  14. Kimsea Sok

    August 16, 2016 at 5:15 am

    A nice article, by the way.

    I love what you said about reading. Sure, it’s the basic ways to improve better writing and self-development. Actually, writing isn’t difficult, but need more practice and time. Sometime, I don’t know what to write, but after a few reading of blog posts I found some new ideas for writing blog post. I noted it down to my text file.

    Disconnect your notebook from internet is great idea to keep writing and focus on your work. Think about a private message from your friends and other people comments on your article. Sure. I always quit writing and take a look of those.

    One thing I just want to share. When faced with writer’s blog, I stop writing, but use speech recognition software to write. I speak to my notebook and ask it to write itself. It works.

    Thanks for sharing..

  15. SURESHA B

    December 16, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    HI Francis
    We know writing something its a not a easy task. its Need knowledge and the Language!. This post helps more sir.
    and finally
    Thanks to sharing!

  16. Narinder kumar

    January 3, 2017 at 4:22 am

    Thanks for sharing important writing blog post tips

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