100 Days to 5000 Daily Visitors, Day 2: Write High Quality Content
“Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein
Yesterday’s activity: 68 visits, 25 visitors, 170 page views.
Why You Need High Quality Content
The more that I read online, the more I am realizing the necessity of writing articles that will inspire people to share your content.
Several years ago people made a lot of money by filling blog posts with a plethora of keywords. These posts didn’t provide any real value, but they were able to trick the search engines. I’m sure you’ve come across those articles before, with the same few sentences reworded a dozen different ways. The article would show up in Google, and you would click on it, but it was a complete waste of time.
Thankfully (for those who are focused on more than just making money with spam), Google’s logarithms have changed. Now, it takes quality content that people actually want to read in order to keep people coming back. People, not computers, determine the quality of your content.
Here are several tips for writing high quality content:
Focus on the Reader, Not on Yourself
It’s important to think about what the reader, and write for them. If you are begging the reader to purchase your product, click on your affiliate links, or follow you for no good reason, you won’t have many readers. Yes, some people make it big writing about themselves, but that’s because they do it in an entertaining way – people want to read about their lives, because of what they do, how they do it, and why they do it.
Use Decent English
Fifty years ago, the only content anyone read was written by the best, edited by the best, and published by the best. Now, you can be the writer, editor, and publisher. This means that now, everyone can be a well-read writer!
However, a lot of web writing is rather low-quality. Part of this is because people are trying to publish a lot, without taking them time to ensure the quality of the work. And part of this is because we live in the age of texts and twitter – where we “got 2 move fst” and don’t have much time to double-check our writing. If you want a well-read blog, make sure that you spend some time reviewing your writing for decent grammar, spelling, and flow.
But fortunately for me, because we do live in the age of bad grammar, you can still draw in a large following – even if your English skills are dreadful!
Write in a Way to Entertain
This is something that I am having to work on a lot. After 6 months of reading and writing academic business articles, my style of writing has become as monotonous as a Kevin’s (from the Office).
Nonetheless, it is essential to keep your writing interesting. What is “interesting”? That depends on your audience. Take some time to read what the best writers in your niche are doing, and try to implement some of their tricks with your own style.
Choose Topics that are Interesting
Finally, this should be obvious – write what people want to read. See what others in the field are writing about, keep up to date on the news, and use the Google Keyword Planner to find popular searches. Many people will find you through search engines – so write about what people are searching for.
When You Need Help Editing…
The more you studying writing, the more you read, and the more you write yourself, the better your writing will become. However, what if you need to have high quality content now?
If you blog daily, you may not be able to afford paying someone to edit every article you write. It may be beneficial, however, it pay someone to edit your seminal pieces. If you write one or two foundational articles a week, consider having these edited by a professional.
After spending some time searching around Fiverr, I have collected a list of a few talented copy-editors that will improve your writing for $5!
Focus on providing value to your readers, and they will keep coming back for more.
Do you have tips or thoughts about writing high quality content? Furthermore, if you have any suggestions as to how I can make this site more valuable, please share.