Effective Blog Writing Styles


Effective Blog Writing Styles

​I came across a comment question on another related marketing blog the other day concerning effective blog writing styles. To be honest with you it had me a little bamboozled!

How can you possibly answer that sort of question?

Isn’t everybody individual?

I don’t really think that blog writing styles exist – I think decent blog posts are more of a mash up of specific key points to be honest with you.

So today I thought I’d share with you some of the key points that make up an ‘evergreen’ blog post. These points are part of the checklist I constantly use to get visitors to this site and keep them ‘on page’ for as long as possible…

Writing Effective Blog Posts

When I start writing a blog post, I always identify how useful the post will be to my readers. I think this mindset is a perfect way to start off with:

  • Will the article solve any problems?
  • Will it make the reader think?
  • Is it going to be entertaining?
  • Will it strike up a conversation in the comment area?
  • Is it going to feel educational ( will it teach my readers something? )

​​1) Have a Conversation

I often find I get a load more engagement on posts I write in a laid back style – when I write conversationally. If I aim to write like I’m having a chat at a local bar with a mate it seems to work out a whole lot better!

The simplest way to achieve this with your writing is to use the ‘I’ and ‘You’ language. This style of blog post writing connects much easier with readers.

2) The Headline Power Punch

Headlines ( post/article titles ) can be the deciding factor on whether someone reads a post or not. It makes good sense to base them on keyword research but also give them a degree of impact.

Sometimes I decide upon the headline early on but by the time I’ve finished I have completely changed my mind. A lot of writers prefer to write the article then pull the title from the finished content body.

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3) Relax – You’ll Never Please Everyone!

The sooner you make peace with this reality, the better! Writing free and flowing content relies heavily on how thick your skin is.

Don’t expect everyone to agree with your views and be prepared for a few dickheads or trolls to show their faces every now and again.

4) Captivating Introductions

If you lose the reader in the first few paragraphs, or even sentences of the introduction, they will stop reading even before they’ve given your content the attention it deserves.

You want to give the reader a BIG reason to keep on reading through your work – you want the introduction to connect with them and draw them in.

5) Organization

When I first started out in the blogging world I had no real idea on how to organize my work for the reader’s eye. I used to post big blocks of text, paragraph after paragraph – it was not the most inviting content layout!

Sometimes, blog posts can have an overwhelming amount of information, for the reader and the writer.

You don’t want to intimidate the reader with articles that look like they were constructed by a professor. You want your content to be welcoming and friendly – you want people to feel at home when they are learning from it.

The organization can take many different forms – sections, lists, tips, whatever’s most appropriate. But it has to be organized!

6) Mix it up a Bit! 

For a text to be attractive to a reader, it should be very varied. I always try to keep the long and droning sentences down to a minimum ( short sentences make screen reading a lot easier! ).

I also find that a lot of bloggers tend to overuse certain words in their content and this can also be hard for the reader to digest. Try locating a few synonyms that you would not normally use and inject them into your writing.

Effective Blog Writing Styles

We all bring our own unique blog writing styles to the table when building out a website. Some of us are natural writers whilst others lack that sort of skill.

Practice very much makes perfect in this game – the more you write the better and more comfortable you will become with it!

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13 comments on “Effective Blog Writing Styles

  1. It’s a good topic. I agree that everyone has their own style of writing but like you say a few points must be addressed such as a post being engaging, solving problems, educational etc. I have my own style and it’s when I write I try to think and feel as my readers would think or feel about it and it helps me answer all possible questions that may come to their mind. I think a post should not be too long and it should possibly contain practical instructions and recommendations. Finally it requires some time before you can work out your own style and your readers will start to love your writing style.

    1. Hi Rufat,
      Yeah I think that relaxing and writing naturally helps your content no-end. As for length – I generally aim for over 700 words most of the time but I don’t lose any sleep if it ends up shorter! Besides, Google likes sites where the posts are varied in length 🙂

  2. Hey Chris!

    This article saved my day. I always wanted to learn how to write an effective article for my website. Being a non-native English speaker adds another level of difficulty.

    I agree with you that everyone’s style is different, your first five points on mindset really helps.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. No problems Edmund – glad you found the first five points helpful! Good luck with your content creation ( keep blogging! )

  3. Hey Chris.

    Awesome post, man. I really enjoyed it.

    I just have one question though…

    You listed “Captivating Headlines” at number 4…

    Do you have any training on how to write a captivating headline?

    Headlines aren’t my strong point. So I will be really looking forward to your reply.


    1. Hey Julian!
      For free training on all things content I suggest signing up for the Wealthy Affiliate’s tutorials HERE. As I mentioned, they’re FREE so get moving now 🙂

  4. As a fellow blogger, I found myself laughing in agreement with these points- mainly about writing as though you’re talking to your mate.
    I’m sure that in some of my posts I’ve put off some of my older readers (definitely not by swearing….) but that’s OK! My target audience are my age, and they seem to like it, so yeah- a few readers lost, not the end of the world.
    Great points here, thanks for sharing.

    1. No problems Chloe,
      I often put certain readers off with my style but that’s part of the parcel I’m afraid – if they don’t like it they can always sit in front of Wikipedia for the day! 🙂

  5. Hi Chris

    Nice post. I will definitely follow your tips. In my opinion, the most challenging for me is to know if my post is entertaining or boring to the reader. I mean, sometimes is difficult to know for sure as everyone can react in a different manner. I am really scared of making people bored. So, I think the #3 is very relevant in this aspect – you won’t please everyone!

    1. Don’t be scared of boring people Stefan – just write from the heart and relax as you’re doing it! People can tell when they are reading something that was a struggle to write!

  6. I always like to write my articles with an introduction leading through the article and then ending it with a conclusion.

    There are some small things that you can also do to keep people reading such as putting in a question that you bold out or something surprising.

    As you also mentioned, conversational writing is also very important. Will bookmark this article for later use.

  7. Thanks for these great tips!

    I agree that it’s important to blog like you’re having a conversation with your reader. Nobody likes to be lectured to on the internet.

    Organization is needed as well to prevent the big block of text. I almost never read them when I see them on blogs. Not only are they hard to scan, they can get boring really quick.

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