Tips for writing content for the web effortlessly and easily
According to the experts, writing content (good, unique, new content) for your blog or website is essential to making your website easier for customers to find and building your business. And it’s true. But when outsourcing your writing is not an option, how in the world can you keep up with writing enough content?
If you have trouble keeping up with one new blog post per week, then get ready to trick your brain into being able to pump out perfectly intelligent sounding articles in about 30 minutes each.
1. Relax. Quit stressing.
This is the first tip on this list because stress is the #1 cause of writers block. Relax. Whatever it is that you are stressed about can be managed. No one is perfect right out of the gate. In fact, most of the experience writers still write the occasional boring article, or misspell an easy word or miss a post. It’s ok, it’s probably not going to bankrupt you overnight.
Do whatever you’ve got to do to take the stress out of writing content.
2. Make it easy.
You already should have some knowledge of your topic, so make it easy. You can start by repeating that knowledge in a way that is useful and/or entertaining for your readers.
A good way to do this is to write a ‘tips’ article with the top 5-7 tips that your audience should know about your topic. That’s one page. Then you can expand any one of those tips with another article that has 5-7 tips on that sub-topic if there is enough information about it.
3. Check your website outline for holes
If you created a website outline to begin with, then review it and start checking off the pages that you’ve already created. What’s left to write? Pick the easiest of those topics and start writing an article about it.
If you haven’t created a website outline, a day when you’ve got writer’s block is the best time to buckle down and do it. It will give you ideas today and get your juices flowing, and it will also make it easier the next time your mind goes blank and you don’t know what to write.
4. Keep track of new ideas for writing content
As you write content, you may realize that there is a hole somewhere or there is another article you could write to expand on that subject.
Keep track of these ideas!
I put mine on a whiteboard so I don’t have to open another computer file and take my attention away from my current article. Whether you use a notepad and pencil, a scrap file on your computer, or a whiteboard, keep track of these ideas somewhere and add them to your website outline for next time.
5. Write a myth-busting article
Identify some common myths related to your topic or line of work. These are probably the things you talk about to your friends/family/co-workers after hours and get laughs out of. Describe the myth and why people believe it.
Then describe the reality and give your readers tips to help them out. This can be a very entertaining kind of article to read.
6. Do something else
One of my greatest writing secrets is taking ample breaks. Writing for hours in a row is not productive for most people. Doing something other than writing content will give your brain and eyes a bit of a break, but more importantly inspiration comes from real life, not a computer screen. Get away from your desk and come back to it later.
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Create a website outline If you are having trouble thinking up things to write on the spot, try creating a website outline and then filling it in piece by piece. No more writers block!
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