Are you a new college blogger struggling to create good content for your website? Or, are you a college blogger who wants to take their writing to the next level? I have good news for you! In this article, we will break down 7 writing hacks college bloggers should know.
Most of the techniques in this blog post came from Ann Handley’s Book “Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculously Good Content“. If you want to take your blog to the next level and start making money get the book! Before reading her book I struggled with creating high-quality content.
After implementing the techniques in the book I saw a spike in web traffic to my blog. If you want to become a serious blogger the book “Everybody Writes“.
Creating Viral Headlines (With Templates & E-book)
Bloggers tend to spend hours creating high-quality posts and minutes creating headlines.
The truth is, no one is going to read your blog post if the headline doesn’t catch their attention. Spend time thinking and creating attention-grabbing headlines, if you want to turn your blog into a business.
Create 10-20 different headlines for your new blog post to ensure that you pick the best headline.
Below I have listed 3 headline Hacks I learned from The Copyblogger’s Free Guide that will help create viral headlines!
How To Headlines
How-To Headlines are great because it lets the readers know that you are about to solve their problem.
If you read a headline that stated “How To Study Less & Still Get A 4.0 GPA” would click on that article?
Template: How-To [Mundane Task] That [Rewarding Benfit]
Example: How To Start A Blog In College That Pays You 1,000 a Month
Numbered List Headlines
Numbered List Headlines is one of the most used headline hacks because they let the reader know that they can scan through the article. Being able to scan a blog post quickly has become one of the most important traits of a good blog post.
(College Blogger Hack: Odd numbers tend to perform better in headlines than even numbers)
Template 1: # Ways to [solve a problem]
Example: 9 Ways to Save Money In College
(College Blogger Hacks: Combine both How-To & Numbered List Headline)
Example: How To Increase Your G.P.A With These 3 Secret Study Hacks
Who Else Wants…
Kevin David, A Internet Entrepreneur, once stated: “People are weird, but they are consistently weird”.
What does that mean?
Even though everyone is different, we all want the same thing. Whether it’s passing an exam, chilling out with friends, or going to Miami for Spring Break, we are all similar in one way or another.
That’s Why “Who Else Wants [Desirable Outcome]” works perfectly
Template 1: Who Else Want [Desirable OutCome]
Example: Who Else Wants More Fun & Less Studying In College?
Example: Who Else Wants Less Studying & More A’s In College?
RELATED: 7 Tips For College Content Creators
Organize Your Blog Post
Readability is one of the most important aspects of SEO (Search Engine Optimization). One way to ensure that your blog post as good readability is to make an outline before typing your post. In the book “Everybody Writes,” Ann Hardley gives an excellent framework for bloggers who struggle to organize their blog post.
- A Single line at the top of the page explaining to readers what your blog is about
- Make a list of key ideas or stories that will support your main idea
- Expand those ideas (3-5) to make a paragraph
- Organize those paragraph so the blog post a smooth flow
- Add transition words through each paragraph to help the reader transition into the next topic
There’s no right or wrong way to structure and organize your blog. If you are having trouble just follow Ann’s blog post template.
Your Paragraphs & Sentences Should Be Short (By Unversity Standards)
If your blog post looks like something you would give your college professor DO NOT publish that blog post. Writing content for your blog and writing a paper for your professor are two totally different things.
First, your sentences need to be shorter. Nobody wants to read a blog post that sounds like a thesis paper. Most of your content will be read on a mobile device which makes it harder for your readers to digest longer sentences.
The same rule must be followed when you start formatting your blog post in WordPress. Your Paragraphs should be no longer 5 sentences MAX! Most bloggers shoot for 3 sentences for per paragraph which will make your blog post easier to scan.
“Don’t Write A lot Write Often”– Jeff Gions
Many bloggers have the misconception that you have to sit down and write a 2,000-word blog post every Saturday. Although that might sound productive, the best way to stay consistent with your efforts is to write every day.
Instead of writing that 2,000-word post once a week, your target should be writing at least 300-500 words a day.
Writing every day will help you become a better and more consistent blogger. You should set a word-count target every day even if it’s just 300-words.
Jeff Gions, a best-selling author, once stated that “if you’re doing something once a week, it’s only a matter of time before you stop doing it.”
Place Important Ideas (Words) At The Beginning of Your Sentence
Most bloggers tend to put important concepts and ideas at the end of their sentences which causes readers to work harder to understand their content.
This will cause the reader to leave your blog and never come back again.
(Tip: The subject & verb of your sentence should be placed at the being of your sentence)
Instead of putting modifiers and qualifiers at the beginning of your sentences, place the most important words and ideas at the begging of your sentences.
Bad Example: According to The College Solution Report, The Chronicle of High Education‘s Almanac conducted a study in 2011 and found, 33% of full-time undergrads, who are 24 or younger, work 20 hours or more a week”.
Good Example: “33% of full-time undergrads, who are 24 or younger, work 20 hours or more a week” according to The College Solution’s Report, which was released in 2011, by The Chronicle of High Education‘s Almanac.
The First & Last Sentence of Your Blog Are Very Important
The first and last sentence of your blog post will make or break your blogging business.
The first sentence of your blog post should include one of the following:
- Question (Are you tired of being a broke college student)
- Story (My first day as a college student I felt over-whelmed because ……….)
- Statistic (53% of Millenials take a spring break vacation)
- An alarming fact (85% of woman are annoyed by their Facebook friends)
The last sentence in your sequence should include a CTA (call-to-action). A CTA is basically telling your readers what to do next. You do not want to leave your readers hanging because they will never return. A CTA can be as simple as telling them to answer a question in the comments. If you want to make money from your blog the best CTA will always be a lead generator.
A lead-generator is something you give to potential customers for free in exchange for their contact information (E-mail, Phone Number, Name)
Below I have listed proven Lead Generators that will grow your E-mail list
- E-mail Courses
- Exclusive Content
Link To Reputable Websites
Linking to other websites in your blog post (known as outbound links) has many benefits. Linking to other sources will help boost your SEO. Boosting your SEO will help your blog rank high for the keywords you choose. Ranking high on Google means that you will receive Organic (Free) traffic from Google.
Linking to other blogs will also help your website build trust with Google. Building trust with Google is important if you want to monetize (make money) your blog
Another important benefit to outbound linking is the networking opportunities you’ll come across. When you link to other blogs in your niche reach out to the owner and let them know you linked to their blog.
Building relationships in your niche will determine how fast your blog will grow. Yes, you can spend a lot of money on advertising, but how many college students have money to blow on advertising.
(College Blogger Hack: When you are linking to other websites make sure you open the link in a different tab)
To wrap up this blog post lets go over the hacks covered in this post:
- How to create viral headlines with templates and a FREE E-book
- How to organize your blog post
- Your paragraphs & sentences should be short
- Don’t write once a week! Instead, write every day!
- Put the most important ideas (words) at the begging of the sentence
- The first and last sentence of your blog post will make or break your blog post
- Outbound linking is key
It doesn’t matter if you’re a “new” blogger or an “experienced blogger, your writing can get better. Remember, if you want to improve your writing buy the book “Everybody Writes: Your Go-To Guide to Creating Ridiculous Good Content“.