44 Rock-Solid Ideas For Creating Remarkable Pieces of Content

content-mattersWhen you take away all of the social media sites and tools.

…take away the marketing hype and sales pitches.

…strip out the design elements and ads from your blog, you’re left with the only thing that matters.

Content.

Content is what makes the web work no matter what niche you’re in.

Content is king and here are 44 rock-solid tips that will help you make the content you create a bit more remarkable.

Planning is Essential

1. Before typing one word on the screen, figure out what problems you can help your audience solve.

2. Be strategic. Are you writing this post to engage your audience, get lots of social shares, or strengthen your U.S.P? Keep reading to find out the different post functions.

3. Don’t reinvent the wheel. Model articles that got the results you’re looking for.

4. Grab a notepad and write down your ideas and main points. Outlining makes writing easier.

5. I planned this posts for days before I sat down to write it. Take the time and you’ll be rewarded. I can almost guarantee this posts will be shared like crazy.

6. Think about what information your audience needs to know, already knows, and might want to know before you write anything. This brainstorming will help you craft a post that covers all the bases.

7. Whether you’re writing it for engagement, social sharing or to strengthen your U.S.P, there’s an action you want your readers to take. Keep this in mind as you begin to write because it’s important.

Formatting is Important

8. Make your ideas easy to understand. Break your content up into bite size tips that are easy to consume.

9. Use headlines and sub-headlines. They make your articles “scanable.”

10. Bold (or italicize)  words and phrases for emphasis. If it’s important, make sure your readers know.

11. Images make your blog posts 10x better. Just be sure to use one that is relevant with what you’re writing about.

12. If you’re publishing a podcast, create show notes. It makes it easier for your listeners to visit the sites and resources you referred to in the episode.

  • 13. Use bullet points; they’re cool.

14. Link to other posts on your blog. Your audience will thank you for helping them make sense of your content.

Embrace Simplicity

15. Avoid using a million different fonts. People come to your site for the content, so keep it simple. 3 fonts – that’s all you need. Even DaFont.com keep it simple.

16. Headline – Introduction – Subhead – Make your point – Subhead #2 – Make your second point – Conclusion. That’s how you craft a blog post.

17. Leave the flashy graphics for the giant brands. If you want to add the “wow” effect to your blog posts, simply add audio or video and you’ll do fine.

18. Edit your articles and leave the industry jargon out of picture. You audience wants to understand what you’re sharing with them, not spend time deciphering it.

19. If you stick to one topic per post, two thing will happen. You readers will get something out of your content every time they visit; and you’ll have content ideas for months.

20. Include one call to action; why one? Because ONE call to action is enough. Ask them to do more than one thing and they’ll choose to do none. It’s the paradox of choice.

21. Follow proven headline templates. “How To..” – “Ways to..” – “10 Tips to…” – again, keep it simple. Don’t try to reinvent the wheel.

Keep Both Quality and Quantity In Mind

22. At the beginning I recommend adding as much content to your site as fast as possible. It won’t be your best stuff, but the practice will make you a better writer.

23. Quantity is important for search engines. The more of your content is indexed in Google’s search results, the more traffic you’ll get.

24. Quality is crucial in order to grow and maintain an audience. Focus on creating pillar articles that successfully solve a problem and you’ll be on your way to a successful blog.

25. You won’t always write remarkable pieces of content. It’s just not sustainable. But you can get better at determining which posts will do great the more your create.

26. Post length is irrelevant. If it takes you 493 words to get your message across, then great. If it takes you 1,589 words, then that’s great, too.

27. Think useful and write to inspire others.

Don’t Ignore Your Audience

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28. Your audience will make you famous if you treat them right. Give them what they want and they will share you with the world. (or at least their network)

29. Your readers will tell you exactly what your next 5 posts should be – all you have to do is listen.

30. If your articles aren’t getting noticed or shared, then there’s a disconnect between what you’re doing and what your audience wants you to do.

31. Talk with your readers when they comment. These conversations might spark an idea for a remarkable piece of content.

32. Don’t ignore the critics, sometimes they have something good to say that can help you put together awesome posts.

Use Different Post Types

33. Different post types have different functions. Learn how to use each one to get the results you’re looking for.

34. Shareable posts get you lots of traffic. These are List posts, Round up posts, and Resources Guides.

35. Engagement posts help you build a community. These are Ask the readers posts, Contests, and Challenges.

36. Cornerstone articles strengthen your U.S.P. These are thought-provoking posts, ultimate guides, and manifestos.

37. Experiment with new ways of sharing your content. If you haven’t tried video, record one. If you haven’t tried infographics, try to create one. I did, and it worked out great.

Google Isn’t Just Bots… People Use It!

38. Search engines send traffic to sites that people love, so make your site people friendly; as well as Google-friendly.

39. Avoid any black hat SEO tactics that can get your site sand boxed.

40. Use H1, H2, H3 and H4 tags within your blog posts so that Google knows what you want the bots to look at.

41. Use ALT tags and relevant images in your blog posts. It helps with search engine optimization.

42. Use SEO plugins to optimize your blog posts a bit further. All in One SEO pack, and SEO Slugs are essentials.

43. Use the Google keyword tool, not to get more keyword ideas, but to understand the language people are using to search for your topic.

44. Don’t fill your articles with keywords just so you can rank well in the search engines. It doesn’t work that way anymore.

Did I miss anything??

Is creating great content easy? Uh no, but with  consistent effort it can get easier for you. It can start to feel natural and you’ll be more in tune with your audience.

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Comments

  1. says

    Thanks for writing this post! I am going to print this list out and start referencing it while working on my blog posts so that eventually they become second nature and my writing will improve and my blog will thrive more! Love everything you write about blogging, you are definitely in tune with the industry!

    Thanks!

  2. says

    Thanks for sharing man – this is a great list.

    The different post “types” was a good reminder to always mix things up. Sometimes I think we all fall into the trap of creating the same type of post.

    I appreciate the wake up call :)

  3. says

    Awesome – excellent work!

    Items 8-14 are imperative for readability – and can’t be stressed enough.

    If you want visitors to read your content, it must be divided into sections (the more paragraphs the better!) crowned with sub-headers. Readers can scan your text and grab hold of the info relevant to them – it’s all about the reader – and the easier you make the experience, the more they’ll appreciate you (and your content).

    And everybody loves (to read) bullet – like a spoonful of sugar, it makes the medicine go down – and the content much easier to fork up and chow.

    A big, long block of unbroken text, or fat, bloated paragraphs are like a giant imposing mountain – only the most adventurous (probably with a little too much time on their hands) will venture forth and make the effort to reach the summit.

  4. says

    Great list! I like this one:

    26. Post length is irrelevant. If it takes you 493 words to get your message across, then great. If it takes you 1,589 words, then that’s great, too.

    I agree with this, I am a firm believer in providing rock solid content and getting the point across without extra fluff. Extra fluff wastes people time, and creating a longer article doesn’t always make it better.

  5. says

    Great article, I think keeping quality in mind is crucial, good content is so key with the amount of competition that is out there. The better your content the more likely it is that your visitors will return and bring others with them!

  6. says

    Thank you so so much for posting all of your tips. Your information is really good stuff and is super helpful. Thanks again and keep up the GREAT work.