So you run a blog and you want to know how to write a blog post.
You do some kind of online business and your blog acts as a marketing tool, right?
It doesn’t matter what kind of business you operate, you do it because you want it to be useful to you and to your customers, right?
Any business can succeed only if it provides value. People will be willing to do business with you only if you provide usefulness to them.
If you or your products are not of use to them, they will not do business with you, right?
You need to be useful not just with your products or services but also with your marketing tools – your content/blog posts.
One of the main reasons businesses publish content is to attract customers by offering free value. Without usefulness there is no value for the reader.
Even though the applications or usefulness of blogs are well known, many bloggers still wonder with a few of the following questions: How to write my blog?
How to write a post? How to get your post read? How to write a blog post? and so on …
In this post, I give you 5 tips to help you write a useful blog post.
This post will answer your question: How to write a blog post? Also if your blog post is useful, it is not hard to get it read!
Let’s dive in!
#1 Identify your ideal customer to write a useful blog post
You cannot be useful to someone until you know “who” that someone is.
If you don’t know who is going to use your products, how can you create a product?
If you don’t know who will visit your shop where will you set up your shop?
What will you sell in your shop? And who will you market to?
This is why identifying your ideal customer becomes a very important part of any business.
Unless you know who you are going to serve, you cannot serve them – and in business, if you want to be useful, you absolutely need to know who your target audience is.
Identifying your ideal customer is a mandatory exercise in almost all business training/courses.
It is not a pleasant process to go through with, but it is totally worth it.
So how can you identify your ideal customer?
You can do so by going through an exercise, which essentially helps you with defining your ideal customer persona.
You need to get into every possible detail so you come up with a persona that precisely describes your ideal customer.
Some of the details include your ideal customer’s name, age, his/her likes/dislikes and so on.
You might want to figure out if he/she owns a car, where he/she lives and so on.
I started my first blog without doing this exercise and I went on about a year without doing so.
But then almost all of the marketing courses I took insisted on this one point very much that I no longer could ignore it.
So I sat down one day and started doing this exercise.
Let me tell you this: It was not an easy or a pleasant one.
I took more than 2 days for me to complete the exercise; I did not do it in one sitting (I couldn’t).
But once I completed it, I could clearly see things in my business. It was as if the cloud was cleared and I got clarity.
After that every blog post I wrote, every product I created and every piece of social media update/newsletter became so very targeted on my ideal customer.
And it was only after that I started getting “praise” emails from my subscribers and readers that they found my stuff “useful”.
It was such a great feeling; and not just that, my business because a lot more profitable, naturally.
#2 Identify his/her pain point/problem
A very crucial part of identifying your ideal customer is identifying his/her pain points or problems.
In your exercise for identifying your ideal customer, you will identify his/her challenges.
Things like what he/she struggles with, what does he/she need help with and so on. This is a general, big picture perspective.
Based on this, you need to identify your ideal customer’s problems/challenges/pain points/frustrations and so on.
Of course this is not something you will be able to identify in a day or in one sitting. This is an ongoing process.
You will need to find the opportunity to identify his/her challenges throughout your business day.
When you successfully identify something, don’t forget to make a note of it. This way you will be collecting a running list of ideas.
For each pain point or a challenge your customer faces, you could come up with multiple ideas – you could go deep on the issue and analyze its various facets, and then also branch out and cover additional details.
Your running list of ideas will not only be helpful to write blog posts, but they will also help with creating freebies, doing marketing effectively and also to create and successfully launch products.
And, as I said earlier, this is not an “exercise” that you sit and finish in a day. This is an ongoing process.
As you look around in your industry you can come up with more and more ideas on a everyday basis.
It is not a hard task actually – initially you might find it hard.
But as days pass on you will find yourself coming up with ideas for useful blog posts, products and stuff in a quite easy way.
Don’t forget to record all your ideas! That’s very important.
#3 Come up with ideas to solve their problem
Here’s where you blog posts become useful. Identifying the problem or a pain point is just the beginning.
Just because you are addressing a popular topic won’t make you blog post essentially useful.
It becomes really useful only when you come up with ways/solutions.
People love solutions. They come to your blog for a purpose. They need help with something.
If you just point out about a particular problem, that will not be of any use to them.
Rather you should help them with solving their problem or at least feel good about something.
While writing a blog post based on a particular problem, you have to cover the what, why and how of it. You have to make sure your post is extraordinary.
Now, I am not scaring you here – you don’t have to write an ultimate guide or a complete guide on every topic in your niche, though, doing so will have a great impact on your business.
My point is – you should not leave your readers wondering! That will not make a useful blog post.
Of course you don’t have to completely cover one topic in one blog post.
You can address each bits and pieces in separate blog posts depending upon how heavy the topic is.
But make sure you don’t leave out the most essential bit of “useful” – the solution or the answer or the “how” bit will make the blog post useful.
Including practical, actionable tips in your blog post will make it useful.
Make your post extraordinarily useful – you don’t have to say it all in one post. You can break up your big topic or issue into multiple chunks.
But make sure every post delivers something useful.
Every blog post should cover some aspect of the big issue in a very detailed manner – that’s what will make it useful.
#4 Do research to find what’s already shared
This is a crucial step to make your blog posts useful. Of course you are not the only one with a blog in your niche.
Almost every niche under the sun is crowded and that’s what makes the internet useful.
If you want to make your blog post useful, you have to first identify what is already available on a topic.
I am sure you cannot write a totally unique post on any topic – especially given that thousands of bloggers/companies are creating content on an ongoing basis.
However you can write a unique, useful blog post by doing extensive research on the topic.
Find out what’s already shared on the internet. Find out what the other bloggers are talking about on the same topic.
Collect all the good-great blog posts on the topic and find out what’s missing in them. Find out how you can give your own unique twist to the topic.
Find out ways to infuse your personality into the topic and your own personal experiences if you have any.
Mostly, personal experiences will make unique stories. The way how you approached a particular issue will make a unique solution to the problem.
In the end you can give your readers what worked or what didn’t work for that matter.
You could present a case study.
Or you could simply brainstorm for alternate ways to “fill the gap”.
As you can see, you can fill the gap only if you know what’s already shared on that particular topic.
#5 Give actionable advice
Actionable advice makes a blog post extremely useful. Instead of simply writing conceptional posts explaining topics, if you provide actionable advice you give people something to work on.
If you are talking about solution to a particular problem, by giving out actionable tips, you tell them what to do exactly in order to solve the problem. Sometimes you could give multiple tips!
I love posts with actionable advice.
Even if the actionable tip is not a direct solution to the problem, you could give ways to implement a particular concept or advice.
Instead of simply talking about a concept if you provide ways to implement that concept, your readers will highly benefit from your advice!
How to write a blog post that is useful to your readers? – Conclusion
I’ve given you 5 actionable tips to help you write a useful blog post. If your blog post is useful, it will serve its purpose.
I hope you can implement them in your next blog post to make it useful.
The whole purpose of you running a blog and publish blog posts is to make it all useful to your readers, right?
It doesn’t matter if you write 500 word blog posts or 5000 word blog posts, if your posts are not useful to your readers, there is no point in publishing them.
To recap – there are 5 essential things you have to do in order to make your blog post useful:
- Identify your ideal customer
- Identify his/her pain points and problems
- Come up with ideas to solve their problems
- Do research to find out what’s already shared
- Give actionable advice
Implementing these steps will help you successfully publish useful blog posts!
Now you know the answer to the question “How to write a blog post (that is useful to your readers)?”, don’t you? So go ahead and write one (or many!).
Mi Muba says
Thanks for sharing another blog-buster post that has lot of new info for writing a valuable post.
For whom to write, why to write for whom and on what topic to write are the basic three questions which put lot of value in your post.
You gave a great advice to first research what has already been share to avoid duplication and then search some new and most valuable solutions for your readers.
It is equally good to find as much solutions as possible and then put the best ones which are the most fit for your readers.
Once again thanks a lot for sharing a very unique post on an oft-repeated topic with a good mix of new tips and tricks.
Jane Sheeba says
Its usually the initial questions that we ask help us write useful posts. And a lot of research 🙂 Thanks for your comment Mi.
Thanks Jane for sharing this post. This is a very useful 5 tips for those who have website and good product(s), and want to earn money. I recommended this post for them.
I haven’t any products to offer. I have only recipes and advice for healing and healthy living based on nature (whitout harmful chemical supstances) for free, but people weren’t interest
for that, and I was quit from my website. Best regards to you, Adnan…
Jane Sheeba says
Sorry to hear about that Adnan. You could hone your content to make it useful and interesting to your readers, so they will come! Good luck!
Another awesome post to help us write it the right way.
Researching for customer problems definitely helps and you will what you to add..
The post must be concluded with something useful as a takeaway. Its just so confusing if after reading we keep wondering what to do next. 🙂
Jane Sheeba says
Well said Poo. A great post without actionable takeaway cannot be applied (or useful) for that matter.
ID. ARAVINTHAN says
Again one more importantant and informative post. Thanks a lot for useful tips…
Jane Sheeba says
You are welcome Aravinthan 🙂
well, i like your 5th point, make a blog extremely useful, as everyone says content is king. good job
Jane Sheeba says
You are welcome Ajay.
Thomas Zinsavage says
One of the main things is to simply have engaging content. If you can provide value in some way or simply something really worth looking at, then people will want to see what you got to show/offer.
Jane Sheeba says
Well said Thomas! People love valuable content and if you offer it, they will stick with you.
Well-written post Jane, thanks for your actionable advice.
Writing blog post by targeting visitors and providing solutions for their problems would certainly be a viral post. I’m agreeing all your points and will follow the missed ways.
Jane Sheeba says
Glad you like the post Nirmala.
Alex Taylor says
Thanks for sharing this great post,
The most useful tool I can think of in the growth of my blog has been committing to using my own voice. Writing is something that I love, and it comes fairly naturally (if not always easily) to me.
Jane Sheeba says
Ah! That’s good for you Alex. Writing is an area where most bloggers struggle (and eventually quit). You’re blessed!
Nice and very informative post
I truly believe that if your blog fulfills its primary and most important purposes then it will surely succeed in the web. Most people use blogs to drive traffic and make a way to earn money. But there are many other blogs which do not work well. There could be many reasons, but the primary reason would be not having great or at least good content.
The above article has explained 5 great points for writing a useful blog post. It is great work and I have got many good tips after reading it. The main motto lies in satisfying the user or readers. Helping them with their queries makes the relation ship even stronger .
Great post and I hope this post would help many bloggers especially the beginners.
Thank you for sharing.
Jane Sheeba says
Sagar – yes. “Useful” means giving the readers what they wanted. Giving then what they expected and what they came for. If our readers got what they wanted they will find the information useful!
Majharul Hossain says
I’ve seen many blogger are writing on various topic and they think that it will attract all type of readers.
But, it is the reality that focusing on a particular topic is more important to attract a whole group of people. For example- we all consults with a specialist whenever we ill badly! there are no chance for a quack doctor!
Exactly like this- you also need to be a specialist on a particular subject to attract the whole group of traffic.
Jane Sheeba says
Yes it is vital to know what the reader wants rather than what guessing it for ourselves.
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Kostas Chiotis says
Excellent tips Jane thanks for sharing. I have always said that the important thing in blogging is to create something useful that will educate or solve a problem for your reader.
Priya Singh says
I love your way of writing , as i am following you from starting of my blogging career . and yes you are right Content is king always we can deliver good costumers also if you have written a great explained review of any product .
so blogging is very powerful but make sure you must having quality articles.
Nice very explained article !
Praveen Verma says
You have provided great tips that will help to write a useful blog post. Content is still king and we need to make an effort to provide useful articles to the readers. You are right, people will be willing to do business with us only if we provide usefulness to them.
All your tips are very informative and I like the ways you have explained the whole post. I just read this post and learned many crucial things about blog post.
Thank you so much for sharing this post. Will share this post.
Have a great day ahead.
Emma Ballet says
Motivational post for writers to write an awesome, useful blog post. I like the way as this post was well created.
Binod Jha says
I was not including these things while writing.
Now, I started writing like reader what question basically they can ask regarding the given post content. First, Notice and write down then start writing about is really engaging content and help in reducing bounce rate as well.
Thanks! For sharing
I prefer to like to focus on content and not on the optimization. Also i use social media for branding my blogs. This help in getting loyal audience to the blog. I run a monthly google analytics and compare it with previous month. This helps me in generating content which have higher traffic and what audience is looking for, i do minimal seo optimization for meta tags.
Hey, thanks for the great article. I’m doing everything on my own so it’s a little bit hard for me.. writing blogs, and need to keep updating & updating. But nevertheless, great post! Really useful for us. Cheers!
First thing I recommend is writing down a plan in bullets. Those can help you to stay focused on main threads. You can use them as headers between paragraphs and be sure to use proper keywords (usability + SEO objectives)
Content is King for any blog.You have provided great tips that will help to write a useful blog post,your tips are very informative and you have explained it very nicely,i learnt a lot.Thank you so much for sharing this post.
Sudakshina Ganguli says
Thanks Sheeba for sharing such a wonderful article. You inspire me a lot to start writing a blog. Kindly check my blog on parenting which may be very useful for everyone.
Hitesh Bisen says
Yes, research will surely help in getting the idea of blog posts. It is my personal experience. I was writing content and posting on my website but I was not getting any traffic and leads. Then I researched about the blog post ideas and my reader. I wrote down things which my user and reader like to read. After the research now I’m getting good traffic as well as leads from my website. Thanks for sharing.
Amandip H kaurr says
Hello Jane Sheeba,
First of all, a very lovely name. The most important thing is that I love this post and I can see lots of scope with this concept that you have shared. I will give it a try.
Thanks a lot
Thank you so much for the tips. I just realized what mistakes i’ve made so far, and one hundred percend i’ll work on it.