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Writing Your First Blog Post on WordPress – A Complete Guide

Every journey starts with the first step. Writing the first blog post is your first step in the journey as a blogger. If you are ready to start this journey, this article will help you in drafting your first blog post. Remember consistency is the key to blogging.

To build trust among your audience might take time. So you should work on providing real worth to your audience. If your goal is to provide a solution to your audiences’ problem, with your blog, the success will follow you. Let’s start writing your first blog post together.

How to write your first blog post?

1. Start with an idea

To make a start in the blogging field, you should have a niche in your mind. About what you are going to write. If you have chosen your niche, it will be easy to come up with content ideas. You can read our article about finding a niche for a blog.

10 profitable blog niche ideas in 2020.

To make your blogging journey easy, find the answers to these following questions-

  • What is the purpose of your blog?
  • Why are you writing your first post?
  • How is your blog going to help your audience?

If you find these answers, then it will be easier for you to find your first blog post idea. The important thing is that you should know what your blog is for and what it is providing to your readers. If your readers engage with your content, then they will give love to your blog. They will come back to your blog again and again.

2. Start by introducing yourself

Introducing yourself is also very important for blogging. Your viewers would like to know who you are, what you do and what your blog is for. So include a brief introduction about yourself in your first blog. It creates an honest and trusting relationship between you and your viewers.

Before you go live with your blog, keep 2-3 weeks of content pre-scheduled. Keep an eye on your competitors and their frequency of posting. Also, try to provide authentic and researched content to your readers so they actually stay and read.

To introduce yourself, summarize it into one paragraph in your first post at the end of the article.

3. Keyword Researching

Before you start writing the first blog post, do keyword research and try to find longtail and low competition keywords. They help to get easily ranked on Google. You can use free tools for the purpose like Google Keyword PlannerKeyword Everywhere, Ubersuggest tool and others. These tools will give you an idea about the keywords you can use in the blog post.

Use Google Suggestion Area

You can also use Google Suggestion Bar for keyword ideas. Here I am providing an image below- you can look up.

4. Note your focus keyword and other tags in notepad

Whatever keywords you pick for your blog, write them and alternative tags in notepad. Now as you go on writing the first blog post, include these keywords in the article. Do not stuff keywords ( using keywords again and again in the same article) in your post.

Keep your post simple so that your audience can find their interest and stay. Consider the following points for blog posts:

  • Try to include focus keywords in your article. 
  • Don’t do keyword stuffing. 
  • Try to keep your post simple.

Write and publish your first blog post- All you need to know

If you are using WordPress, then simply log into your site’s admin panel to start writing the first blog post. Click on the left side on ‘Add a new post’. If you don’t want to write your post in WordPress’ editor, then you can use any writing application for this. After writing, you can simply copy and paste in a WordPress text editor.

add new post in wordpress
  1. Click on ‘Add New Post’ on the left side in the WordPress Admin dashboard.
  2. Start writing your article. 
  3. If you want to save your post and publish it later, then save it as a draft. You can go back to modify it. 
  4. Write a catchy title so that people would want to click on it. 
  5. You can use the block editor in WordPress to write your post.

Now it’s time to format your post, the following tips will help you with that:

1. Formatting your post

Your post format is a representation of your content to your audience.  Creating a format will make it easy for your audience to navigate through the post effortlessly.

To see all formatting options in WordPress, click on the “Toggle Toolbar”. Here you can find important tools to use in your post. Like:

  • Bold
  • Italics
  • Underline
  • Ordered List
  • Text Color
  • Heading 
  • Insert Link

Use this command “Alt+shift+J” to justify your post. These tools enhance the visibility and readability of your posts.

2. Adding Headings & Subheadings

After you format your post, adding the headings and subheading is the next step from the point of view of the audience and the search engines.

There are six heading formats from H1 to H6 available in the WordPress dashboard. Heading represents the title or the short summary of a paragraph. With headings, users will be able to understand what it is in any paragraph.  It will be H1 heading where you insert the title of your article.

You should add headings and subheadings in every post. Headings help your viewers to navigate through the article content easily.  Adding headings are the best way to tell search engines about your post structure.

How to add headings in your WordPress post

adding headings and subheading wordpress
  • Click on the dropdown box on the top bar to select the headings.
  • Your blog post title is the Heading 1 OR H1.
  • Then add H2 heading to highlight your focus keyword of the content. 
  • Use H3 to H6 according to your needs.

3. Adding links to posts

If you have posts that are related to each other and want to add links to related content, then add links to internal or external sources. It gives more value to your viewers, they can check other posts easily by clicking links in your post. To add links, you can follow this given step:-

how to add link to a text in wordpress

Just select the text where you want to insert the link and click on add insert/edit link in the toolbar. You can choose if you want the links to open in the same window or new window.

4. Link to your social pages

Adding social page links in the blog or within a post builds a solid relationship between you and your readers. Create social media pages for your blog and include links within a post, so that people can share your posts.

You can also use emojis to count the reaction of your audience about the post. There are many plugins available in WordPress for “react and share”. You can install and use them for free.

5. Insert table of content in your post

If your article length is more than 100 words, then you should use the plugin ‘Table of Content plus’. So, If people don’t want to read the whole article, they can click the links in the table of content that they want to read. This saves their time.

adding table of content in wordpress

6. Add FAQs

Google loves websites that focus on solving user queries. These queries in the form of FAQs get ranked faster on Google. If you are adding FAQ for your audience, then it will enhance the readability of your post. People also stay on your site if they find all answers on one platform.

FAQs can be added directly from WordPress block editor in the structured content.

adding faqs into a a blog post wordpress

7. Meta title and description

The meta title defines the visibility of the page in search results. It is used by search engines to show your post title in the search results. The ideal length for a meta title is between 50-60 characters. You should include your focus keyword in the meta title.

One more important thing is that if you don’t use a meta title and meta description for your post then search engine crawlers will automatically pick up the suitable title from your post. If you don’t use a meta description and meta title, then it will not affect your ranking on the search engine. Meta Description and Meta title increase your visibility and readability for the audience.

The meta description shows a summary of your blog post. The ideal length for a meta description is between 155 to 160 characters.

To meta description and meta title in your blog post, you can use Yoast plugin and All in One SEO Plugin in WordPress. Both plugins have good reviews and are used by many bloggers.

8. Categories & Tags

You can also add categories and tags to your post. Once you have created your categories on your blog, you can easily define your posts in one of those. If categories are broad, you can also create focused categories for your posts. When adding posts, you can see the ‘categories’ option in the right sidebar. Choose the category for your post before publishing.

Like the categories, you can also add relevant tags for your post. Categories and tags are having important roles from an SEO point of view.

adding categories and tags in wordpress

When your categories your post, it gives the users facility to browse content on your blog.

You can also add featured images in the post and all types of media like (Video, PDF, etc) in your post. To add featured images in the post, you will find the option on the right sidebar.

Featured images show in the image search results and can direct the audience to your site. Also, add alt text to your images, it helps search engines in showing images in relevant searches.

9. Publishing your post

Once you have all options set, now you can publish the post. To publish your post, you will see the ‘Publish’ button on the right side of WordPress. When everything is done, you can send it to live for the readers. Also, optimize the post URL with your specific focus keywords.

publish update reschedule post wordpress

10. Need to make a change or update your post

You can update your post from time to time and reschedule it if you would like. Updating content once a month can help search algorithms in keeping it relevant.

So, if the day has finally arrived and you have registered a domain. And congratulations that you have just completed the basic step to start your blogging journey.

As a beginner, you might be a little worried about writing your first blog and publishing it. Writing the first post on your blog can be a challenging task for beginners. But don’t panic about it. Use basic points from this article about how you can create your very first blog.

Enjoy your blogging journey!

FAQs

How do I write blog posts faster?

There is no need to write blog posts faster. Publishing two blog posts are sufficient. But if you want to increase the writing speed, I would suggest you to use writing tools like Grammarly. Before you start writing a blog, first lay out the structure and major points you want to cover. Then write them one by one.

Where do you get blog post ideas?

To create ideas for a blog , first decide your niche. Once you have a niche on your mind, check online if someone else is working for that niche. Pick competitors. Analyse their content, you will see lots of good content ideas there. Also engage with the audience on social media and Q&A forums. There you will find many ideas for blogs.

What are some good tips for writing a Blog?

As beginner in blogging here are few tips:
1. Be consistent in posting new content.
2. Optimize your article for SEO purpose and voice search.
3. Write few but well researched content.
4. Try to answer the user queries as much as possible
5. Keep patient in the beginning, even if you don’t see immediate results.

How to write the first blog post?

Follow these steps to start writing your first blog post:
1. Start with an idea.
2. Start by introducing yourself.
3. Research Keywords
4. Determine your focus keywords.
5. Create a format for article
6. Follow content structure that fits SEO

About Nandini

Nandini Yogi is Co-creator and Senior Editor at Online Business in India . She is Writer by Heart and Business Developer by Profession. You can connect with her on LinkedIn and Instagram.