How to Spend Less Time Planning Posts and More Time Writing Them
Content is king – most bloggers know and recognize this fact. So, in turn, most bloggers understand that writing stellar content is what will bring them consistent traffic and engaged readers. Sometimes it can be difficult to come up with posting ideas, and you spend more time brainstorming than you do actually writing your articles. If you follow a couple of these tips, you’ll learn how to spend less time planning posts and more time writing them in a flash!
Create A Posting Schedule
This is a tip that I’ve found extremely helpful in my experience, and that applies to more than just your own blog. (I do a lot of paid writing and guest blogging, and it helps me to outline at the beginning of every week which posts I need to write and how many of them I need to submit to meet my quota.)
When you’re sitting at your computer before you begin to type up a post, chances are that you’re thinking about what type of post to do. Well, some of these may be more applicable to your blog than others, but I’m going to list several types of posts which you can integrate into your posting schedule: if you do three kinds of posts every day, then pick three different types for each day and repeat the kinds of write-ups that seem to be most popular among your readers!
1. How To Posts Or Tutorials
These posts teach your readers how to do something – you’re probably familiar with this kind of article. These posts are often very successful in terms of garnering organic traffic, and your readers will find them useful, but they usually take longer to put together than other posts.
2. Link Posts
Link posts can be a single link to an article that you think your readers find helpful, with your own analysis/description, or a list of links that you feel would benefit your readers. These are great for days when you don’t have a lot of posting time, but they can also generate a large reader response as well as links back from other bloggers!
3. Reader Responses
These types of posts are for bloggers trying to draw out their community – ask your readers a question! Ask them to comment on a specific question, and you’ll (probably) get at least one or two commenters that you can respond to!
4. News Posts
News posts are when you take a bit of time to cover an announcement or happening in your niche – they are informative to readers.
5. Editorial Posts
Editorial posts are ones in which you share your opinion – often this helps to humanize the blogger and create a personal connection. You can also use these posts to link-bait, if you write in a controversial style.
6. Product Review Posts
Product reviews can be great for your readers, because they know if you do or do not recommend a product. Always be honest, and you can’t really go wrong.
7. Series Posts
Series posts, I’ve found, can really give a spike in page views if you have a very engaged audience. Just be sure to link all of these posts together so that they can be easily navigated – remember that posts in a series are all on the same overarching topic. (For example, I could write a five post long series on the topic of Google PageRank, covering a different aspect each day.)
8. List Posts
List posts are what I like to do most often for my geek culture site that I own, but they take a long time to put together if you really want to reap the rewards from Google. List posts, for me, have always done great in the search engines, and I strongly recommend posting at least one each week.
9. Interview Posts
Interview posts are where you e-mail, Skype, Gtalk, Call, or somehow contact an expert in your niche, and ask them questions that you think your readers have. Then, post a summary with quotes and explanation. These can help associate you with an authority, which gives greater credibility.
Having a posting schedule that outlines which types of posts you need to write each day can really help you spend less time planning your posts and more time writing them. Now, you only need to consider the topic of the article, since the structure has already been indicated on your schedule!
Just Start Writing
I’ve found that many of my best posts have come from out of nowhere, and that wasting time produces no posts at all. When you sit down to post an article, don’t waste time on things like attention getter and checking keyword density – do this later when you proofread the article.
Before you worry about the small things, which can be added later, focus on the body of the article – just start writing. You’ll find, as you write more and more articles, that the impromptu writing on a set topic comes more and more easily to you. This is how experienced freelance writers can turn out so many articles daily! You can tweak them later before they get published.
Take Advantage Of Spare Time
When you commute to and from your “real” job or when you’re sitting at a restaurant, waiting for your food, don’t be idle! This is a prime opportunity to come up with some of your best post ideas! Take out a notebook or use a notes program on your smartphone and start jotting down ideas! This way, when you have time later to write a post, you won’t need to waste any time brainstorming ideas!