How NOT to Write a Blog Post.
This blog was born in 2007 and it quickly became our most important marketing tool. Since the first post the family of people who have subscribed to these branding thoughts has grown to over 86,000. Plus 80,000 additional readers follow the blog on LinkedIn every week.
But today’s post is different. Today is not about how to write a post. Today is about something more important. Today is about how NOT to write a blog post.
The most important part of your blog is the headline. Because if the headline doesn’t intrigue the reader to read more, the rest of what you’ve written doesn’t matter. Like the proverbial tree that falls in an empty forest, if no one reads your blog it didn’t make a sound.
Do NOT make the headline about you. Why? Because no one cares. With the names changed to protect the wrong-headed, here are real-world examples of headlines you should NOT emulate:
I’m not about to tell you how to write your blog. The subject, poetry, and context you choose should be yours alone.
But I will tell you how NOT to write a blog. Do not write about anything that does not/cannot/will not intrigue your audience or improve their lives. If your post is not All About Them, why should they care?
Perhaps your company bought new equipment, won industry awards, hired a new executive assistant, or opened a facility in Sphincter, Wyoming. Congratulations! Those are great things to tell employees, vendors, and the customers who are affected. But they’re not blog-worthy.
Because outside of the limited audience of people who are directly impacted, nobody cares. And even if they do, do you think they’re still willing to take time out of their busy lives to read about your accomplishments? If you think so, you have bigger marketing problems than your blog.
Regardless of what you heard from Kevin Costner’s character in Field Of Dreams, if you build it they will NOT come. The days of a blog post being read and distributed simply because it was posted on the Internet ended more than a decade ago.
Instead, you need to have a well thought-out and executed distribution strategy. You need to think about who you’re writing for and why they should care. And you need to figure out how to get your words in front of them in a way that will both invite and incentivize your readers.
Distribution techniques NOT to count on include:
What do these techniques have in common? None of them will produce your desired results if you expect them to work on their own. Well-read blogs get that way because they are not only interesting and targeted but because their authors consistently promote them.
Here are some promotion techniques that ARE worth your time and effort:
The simple, overriding strategy that will get your blog read and forwarded is to be sure what you write is NOT about you but is All About Them. For more techniques on how to do this, direct your browser HERE.