Must-Have Qualities For Your Blog Posts 26 comments


I cannot believe that I have been blogging for almost a year. The things that I have learned are bountiful. I think that I have come a long way. Here are some things that I have learned to consider when drafting a post. 

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Pinnable images

 

Inserting images in your posts give readers a visual insight for your content. It breaks up the text, yet ties the post together. As a BAW reader, you probably know my fascination with Pinterest. Especially as of late.

 

I try to incorporate images in my posts that signal its content when viewed on Pinterest boards. And makes for a great thumbnail for my blog and for uploading posts to linky parties. PicMonkey is my “go-to” site for creating images that stand out. It’s great for simple banners or to give a personal photo a little something extra.

 

generates income

 

I have written sponsored posts as well as partnered with a number of affiliate and referral programs. I would do many more, but I choose programs that fall into my niche and I can relate to. I may tweet about dog and cat food ads, but I don’t write posts about it–because I don’t have pets.

 

I have posted previously about the Blogelina online blogging classes that I have taken. And how I transferred my blog from Blogger to WordPress with that site. I inserted referral links in my posts for readers to use if they wanted to do the same. I have had some success with sales due to this. This applies to my posts about making money too.

 


meets a need

 

Even with my television review posts, I see a need being met–because the people want to know! LOL. But seriously, I enjoy sharing things that I have learned and witnessed in blogland with others. Most of the knowledge that I have acquired has been from seeing and reading and THEN doing. So I pass it on. Let’s face it. Most bloggers love reading posts about how to be better bloggers. Am I right?

 

In this universe of evolving technology, there are always new things sprouting. Then we have to figure out how to utilize it. How do you do that? You read a post that educates you on it. Spread some of what you know around.

 

falls in your niche

 

Many new bloggers are unclear as to what they should write about. I was. However I always heard the phrase in my head, “Write about what you know.” And that’s what I do. But I try to keep it within my Happier, Healthier, and Wiser motto. From that stems posts about entertainment, blogging tips and tools, rigged recipes, productivity tips, and how I balance it all as a WAHM.

 

As I said before, I don’t have pets therefore I cannot blog about them. There’s jumping out of your comfort zone and then there’s jumping off a cliff. Consistency is also important for readers visiting your site.

 

share worthy

 

Ask yourself if your post will make a great tweet, Facebook post, Sverve tip, or Pin(terest). How about all four? Sure, you will share the post to promote it.

But will readers feel the urge to do it as well?

Not as part of a giveaway, linky party, or other incentive. Simply because the post is something that they can’t keep to themselves.

These are the must-have qualities that I consider when writing my posts. I make sure that they possess at least 1 of them before I hit PUBLISH. 

 

What would you add to this list?

How often do you share posts by other bloggers?

How do you share your posts?

What is your niche?

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26 thoughts on “Must-Have Qualities For Your Blog Posts

  • Jenny

    Kimberly,

    You are right in this point and I agree with you. Quality is the king. Besides in 2014 if you want to get PR you must need to post high quality content. However, here I have learn some new tricks. Thank you.

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      Yes, indeed! It shows through your post if you are passionate about it. Thank you for stopping by.

  • Allie

    I know I’m probably the last blogger on the planet to NOT be on Pinterest (and I just wrote a post about it!) and I think I’m ready to join. I LOVE tweeting and sharing other bloggers posts on FB…now I get to start pinning! Thanks for all the great tips and advice.

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      I feel like I’m the last blogger NOT active on Instagram. I have a profile but only a few pics. Maybe in 2014. Thanks Allie!

  • Holly

    Hi Kimberly

    Great post — I just wish I could migrate to WordPress, for a couple of reasons, but I can’t spend money on the blog and I use Picasa/Google for my photos — that would have to all be redone!

    Please link this post on my December Choral monthly linkup — I think us niche music bloggers need all the help we can get!
    🙂

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      If you ever do decide to switch to WordPress, Blogelina.com has a great service to transfer it. They offer specials all the time. Your pics, posts, and comments will all transfer over too. Thanks, Holly!

  • Kim

    I’m also horrible at sharing posts and pinning. I loathe Pinterest most days and quite often when I’ve shared others’ posts there was little reciprocation. Granted I do things without expectations of anything in return but it does sting quite a bit when you bust your butt and get nothing for your efforts. I have no problem sharing and supporting my fellow bloggers but when they fail to do the same for me (especially when I’m struggling) I lose interest and eventually move on.

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      In the spirit of Thanksgiving and because we have the same name, allow me to provide an example of someone who will do the same for you. I am following you on Google +, Pinterest, facebook, and have subscribed to your blog posts via e-mail. If my twitter following wasn’t restricted currently (because I’ve followed 2,000+), I’d be following you there as well. I’m breaking the cycle, Kim. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Stacey Gannett

    This is an amazing post, Kimberly! I feel like, since I have been at it myself, just under a year…there is still so much more to learn. I have done all of my trailing and learning from the many amazing posts, just like this one. Thank you so much for sharing on Meandering Mondays! Have a wonderful holiday!

  • Alison Hector

    I agree with all of the points, Kimberly. I’d add “make it readable”,as in use clear language, short sentences and paragraphs, bullets, lists, headings, bold and italic to bring emphasis where necessary and make it easier for the reader to get through to the end of the post and not bounce.

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      I agree with your additions. When I worked in the corporate world, I used those methods with e-mails. Thanks, Alison!

  • Clotilde/Craftybegonia

    Visiting you from The SITS Girls. Love your post, it has lots of valuable points and very good information. I am a very visual person myself and has seen lots of growth on my blog by making it visually rich, my followers and visitors love it.

    • beingawordsmith Post author

      Pinterest and Twitter are my favorite ways to share posts also. Pinterest is great for bookmarking posts that I can go back and read again later. Thank you for stopping by, Allison!

  • Joi

    I’m with you on these. I say always add questions. Sometimes I read a post…especially DEEP writers and I don’t know WTF they were talking about. The question would clear that up 🙂

  • Kim

    Truthfully, I’m terrible at sharing posts – I try to occasionally but I read, comment if I have anything to say and then leave.
    I did Pin this to my blogging board though – I’m trying to share more!!!
    Great tips for posts – I think I fail at several – oops!!