What is a blog post?
One sentence is provided for each type of knowledge. Refer to the links in the previous step by clicking them and reading about what they’re talking about if it’s not obvious. They are used on blogs and I think the same goes for magazines, right? On Word Press, we can make posts using our word processor. There are many different types of posts – personal, informative, editorial review, [Fill out the remainder of the article with these examples. Try and get at least 10 different categories/types and refer back to them (either specifically or generally) whenever you use the word ‘blog post’].
How to make a blog post on Word Press:
These are the steps to making professional-looking blog posts on Word Press. Imagine you’re writing something like this for an audience of people who’ve never used Word Press or anything like it before (so they won’t know how to do it, but will be able to follow simple instructions). What would you say? Would your tone be professional yet friendly? Let’s find out! First, go into your ‘Posts’ panel and click ‘Add New’. This is where all the content goes that will appear on your website. Next, fill in the title with something interesting – not just “Post #1” because that doesn’t help readers out.
Think about what your readers want to know, and craft a professional-sounding title that appeals to them. Once you’ve done that, you can start writing! Make sure your paragraphs are properly separated by hitting shift + enter (If you’re on Google docs like me, this is shift + return). Add images where necessary (don’t forget to cite the source) and make sure everything is professional-looking but also easy to read.
That’s all there is to it – now go write some blog posts of your own! I’d like to see them once you’re finished! Share them in the comments below if you like.
Remember: Write every single sentence as though this were an actual post on Word Press that professional writers would see and see how professional you can make each sentence.
A professional blogger would only include the best, most professional sentences in their actual postings – there’s no reason that we can’t either!
Stage #1: Getting feedback
The second stage of this process is getting some feedback on what you’ve written (from your peer group or professional editor). I’m going to focus on professional editing advice here because it’s always better than just peer feedback and my peers may not be able to see the bigger picture in all cases. Here are a few tips:
Tip #1: Hire a freelance editor
When you’re first starting out, professional editors are expensive – but not as expensive as writing posts full of mistakes! If you are actually serious about becoming a professional writer of some sort then it’s worth shelling out that money for professional advice. From personal experience, I know that professional editing does wonders for my own pieces and even just having someone else look over something will often open your eyes to new things.
It’s especially important to listen to professional opinions when you haven’t had much formal training / can’t always tell what’s right and wrong on your own yet – so hire an editor now if you aren’t sure whether or not freelancing is really for you or not because it will provide both helpful knowledge and be professional enough to help impress clients/employers. You can use professional editors at sites like Freelancer to make sure you get good people who will really help you out, and they’re a great way to start a career in any type of writing).
Tip #2: Read AP style guides for grammar / punctuation
This isn’t just some random tip – it’s the tip that I think every single writer should take some time to read. It makes perfect sense why proper grammar helps with our entire audience understanding what we’ve written, but many of us have been conditioned to “just write” so much that we forget about things like this even being important. Here are the links:
These aren’t actually all there is… if you look around on Google or YouTube you can find even more information about writing and it’s sometimes even better than the AP style guides. The reason I haven’t included much elsewhere is that there are simply too many sites to cover, so it wouldn’t be very helpful or professional to list everything that may or may not help you out in the long run. With all of this said, these two resources provide a lot of great knowledge and should serve as good reference points when we’re trying to fix common mistakes and learn how to write better blog posts.
Take some time (if possible) to view other sections on your site after you’ve finished writing an article – do readers like what they see? Does it convey your message well? Is there anything preventing people from reading your article that you can fix?
Stage #2: Editing (after feedback)
The fourth and final stage in the process is editing an article after getting some peer / professional feedback. I’m sure at least one of you reading this has actually edited something, but I want to give a bit of an overview for those who haven’t before or don’t have much experience with this section. Here are a few tips:
Tip #1: Formatting exists for a reason (including spaces, capital letters, etc.) – follow it!
If we edit out all the rules on formatting then the posts will look inconsistent and unprofessional. In some cases, there’s some wiggle room with different sites, but in most cases, they have a set of rules that we need to follow in order for the post to look or read well. Even things like capitalization and spaces between words all add up when someone’s reading an article – it doesn’t seem like much but when you’re writing a bunch of posts it can add up very quickly.
Tip #2: Check your links (especially your “click here’s)
There are few things more annoying than clicking on something in an important blog post only to have nothing happen, so check your links before pushing publish! I recommend using a plugin called “Yoast SEO” which will report back any mistakes or missing pieces so that we don’t have this problem at all. Yoast is actually one of the most popular plugins out there and it’s great for checking everything – just click the link below to install it on your site, then take a look around.
Here are some other well-known/popular Word Press plugins that might come in handy:
Word Press SEO by Yoast WP Super Cache Contact Form 7 Google Analytics for Word Press Jetpack Simple Photo Press AntiSpam Bee Akismet All in One SEO Pack WPtouch Pro Login Lockdown WP Maintenance Mode Vault Press BackUpWordPress Duplicator Click here to learn more about these fantastic tools
Tip #3: Add images (if necessary)
There are two main ways to add images to our blog posts – either use an image editing software like Photoshop or Gimp or upload them directly to our media library using the Word Press plugin.
Both of these options require us to organize and name the images before publishing them – here are some main tips for organizing your images:
The image names should always reflect what they are (i.e. “Lion-1.jpg” or “Leo-the-lion-tiger.png”) If there’s more than one version (different sizes) then use something like “-square”, “-medium”, etc., in the name If you’re adding random pictures taken with your phone, etc., then it might be helpful to add a year like 2017 or 2016 if possible For further organization you can also group images into folders (it may not matter much now but can be quite useful in the future and in larger sites with lots of content)
There’s a lot more we can add to this section, but I’ve covered most of the basics.
Tip #4: More proofreading is always encouraged!
Writing articles is only one part of the process – it doesn’t matter how well you write if your article isn’t readable or understandable. In some cases, grammar mistakes aren’t too noticeable, but when someone’s reading an entire blog post they’ll notice right away if something feels off.
In fact, there are a few signs that you should consider looking out for when proofreading any of our articles:
You might have made a mistake on a verb tense or name You might have forgotten to capitalize/italicize something You might have accidentally added spaces or omitted words It’s possible that you’ve made an error in punctuation – for example, leaving off the period at the end of a sentence
As always it’s important to be consistent with capitalization, spelling, etc. while we’re writing these posts! Not only will this help us create better content and keep our style consistent across multiple articles, but it will also help our readers know what to expect and how they can interpret everything we write about.
Also, remember that Yoast SEO is a great plugin for finding and fixing most of these errors automatically before we even publish anything!
Tip #5: Set up redirects (for old URLs)
Sometimes we might want to change the name of a post (because we made a mistake when we wrote it, etc.), or perhaps move content to another part of our website. Luckily this is fairly easy with Word Press – there’s even a plugin that will help us out!
The plugin we want to use is called “Redirection” and it does exactly what the name suggests. All we need to do is add the old URL and create a new one for different pages on our site. This way whenever someone tries to access an article through its original link then they’ll be taken. To the version that we want them to see – just like magic!