Last Updated on: October 22nd, 2017
Do you struggle with writing and blogging?
Do you find the writing process difficult?
Do you know how to use H (heading) tags properly?
Do you remember to optimize your blog post for SEO?
I hear you… all this can be frustrating!
But… it’s not that hard to learn how to learn these things!
This post will give you the tips you need to how to develop a great writing and blogging process. By the end of it, you will be able to overcome these issues and know how to do all of these things!
You can also download a free checklist of the main points,,, and even save it to your Google Drive if you want!
Develop Your Writing Process
Most writers know that their words won’t be perfect right off the bat. They will need editing, rearranging, and polishing. Paragraphs will need to flow consistently, from one idea to the next.
Paragraphs will need to flow consistently, from one idea to the next.
The writing process will be different for everyone, depending on their level of knowledge and skill set, as well as what they are writing. For most, however, crafting compelling works should follow these basic steps:
- Brainstorm. Jot down all ideas and main points.
- Outline. Choose an order in which to present the ideas.
- Write Draft #1. Write about each main idea, using stream-of-consciousness writing.
- Edit the first draft. Fix any typos. Create legible sentences and paragraphs. Ensure your grammar is correct.
- Let the work sit for a day or two.
- Add any additional points you may have missed, thus creating Draft #2.
- Edit the second draft. Keep a copy of each draft, to refer back to as needed.
- Polish your work, thus creating a final version.
- Repeat as needed, until you think things are perfect.
- Get someone to proofread your work, so they can catch pesky little things you will miss, like misused homophones such as their, there, and they’re.
Points to note when you are creating a blog post:
– add relevant links where appropriate
– be sure to include both OBLs and IBLs (outbound links and inbound links)
– back up statistics with proof (screenshots are great for this!)
– add visuals such as images, graphs, screenshots, infographics, videos, etc. (Read 6 Ways to Add Visuals to Your Blog Post)
– format the headers and subheaders using the example below
– add Click-to-Tweet links using one of these methods
– highlight important points (If you want to get real fancy, you can use one of these 4 methods!)
– save your work often!
– preview your post to make sure everything looks good
– give it a final edit (and try to get someone else to proofread it for you, too)
I could go on and on about the different writing processes people use, depending upon what they are writing, but the best advice I can give to you is to practice and persevere!
If you still find yourself struggling, then hire someone to help you or coach you when you need assistance… such as me! 😉
Format Your Blog Post Using H (Heading) Tags
Here is an example of an outline for a blog post on the writing process.
This example will show you how to use H tags properly:
H1: (title) The Writing Process
– Introduction and purpose of post
– List ways of doing this
-Intro to 4 ways
H3: (way 1) Use Stream-of-Consciousness Writing
H3: Write Blindfolded (or with your eyes closed)
– mention the benefit of doing this
H3: Use a Pen and Paper
– relay a personal story
H3: Write Section-by-Section
-say how to do this
H2: Revise the Outline
-as you write, you will get more ideas and may need to reorder things
H2: Take a Break
– let things settle before beginning the next step
H2: Edit Your First Draft
– proofread, rearrange, rewrite
H2: Get Feedback (if possible)
– ask others their opinion
H2: Give it a Final Edit (or send it to an editor such as myself)
H2: Conclusion and Call-to-Action
– summary + what you want your readers to do
NOTE: I can go more in-depth with sub-points and H4 and H5 tags, but you can clearly get the picture of how ANY blog post SHOULD BE formatted!
*Do not forget to include visuals, bolded text, italicized text, and colors!
And don’t forget to download your free writing and blogging checklist!
Use Blog Post SEO Basics
Ranking factors and SEO methods for blogging success are constantly changing! They are always different with each Google algorithm update too.
However, there are a few basic things you can do (and SHOULD always do!) to optimize your post for SEO:
1. Write for the readers, using a conversational tone.
2. Ensure your site is responsive (mobile-friendly).
3. Ensure your post contains both OBLs and IBLs (outbound links and inbound links).
4. Ensure your post is long (long-form content is best).
5. Ensure your post is valuable and informative (it needs to be the BEST article on the subject).
6. Ensure your post has a good readability score (use the Yoast plugin to get this score).
7. Ensure your post contains images that have a description and metadata added to them. (You can do this easily in WordPress.)
8. Ensure your post is written using proper English and correct grammar.
9. Ensure your post has a “green” indicator by Yoast’s plugin. (The Yoast plugin is available for free.)
10. Publish your post then ensure your post is indexed by Google PROPERLY (be sure to submit a sitemap to Google of your site so it gets crawled regularly by the search engine spiders).
These are the basics of SEO that all good bloggers know.
It’s also important to make sure your blog post contains these 20 Blog Post Must-Haves.
Follow these tips and your post will be great!
Everyone has a different writing process, but yours should begin with a brainstorming session and an OUTLINE!
- List your main points. (These will later be your H2-Headings.)
- Create sub-points. (H3-subheadings)
- Write the “meat” for each. This is the bulk of your post. Several sentences should make up one paragraph.
- Put it all together, in order. Add images. Add links.
- Edit it. Vary your sentence length. Check the grammar. Correct any typos. Simplify convoluted language.
- Format it. Leave a lot of white space between paragraphs.
- Optimize it for SEO.
- Give it one final edit by reading it OUT LOUD. Fix anything that sounds “off” or “weird.”
- Hire me to help you if you cannot do it yourself. My business name is Wording Well, and that’s what I do. I offer both writing AND editing services! Let me help you!
Don’t forget to download your free writing and blogging checklist!