What an effort!!!
After hours of research, you found your topic, your angle, and pitched your post topic.
Perhaps you’ve built a relationship with the owner before all of this. Now what?
We came to the most important part: writing the post. This is what is going to be on the guest blog.
This is what will bring you traffic, increase your credibility and build a relationship between you and the author of the blog.
Everything you did can be worthless, if you don’t get this thing right.
Doing this wrong means that you may not be able to reach that blog again after that.
They will know that you’re a bad writer and you won’t be able to land on their blog after that.
So, make sure to read this post carefully.
You can write the high-quality post that you need in less than an hour. So continue reading.
The steps to creating high quality posts in less than 60 minutes
To get your posts finished in less than 60 minutes, you must plan well for it.
If you have not researched your guest blog, I recommend you do so now.
Here is what to do:
- Find the popular content on the blog. You could use a tool like Ahrefs Content Explorer. Read at least 10-20 articles. Dissect each part of it.
- Read 10-30 recent posts and also dissect each part of it.
- Read as much comments as your brain could do to understand your audience and speak their language. This is crucial for your post to become popular.
You don’t need to do the research every time you’re writing on the same blog. But I recommend you do it before writing the post to guarantee you’re moving in the right direction.
Done with the research? Move on.
When it comes to writing, here are the 3 steps that I use whenever I want to create my next high-quality guest post in less than 60 minutes.
Ready to see the steps? Here they are:
- Outline your post: Without outlining your post, you will get off course and not focused on the topic and the angle you want to write about.
- Write the post: After you outline your post, you should start writing your full post. Just write about the outline you made in step 1.
- Edit the post: Sending your post without editing will give a bad impression to the blog owner. He or she may refuse the post for this reason, even if it’s really great.
Did you see how simple it is?
Writing a post as a guest post is like writing a post for your blog but trying to adopt with the style of the host blog.
Let’s see every step in more details and how can you apply the tips to write your post in less than 60 minutes.
BTW, you could use these tips to write your next post for your blog.
Step #1: Outlining the post:
As I said, without outlining your post, you’ll end up on a road where you don’t know where you want to go.
Of course, it will be harder to get there without outlining your post. The best part is that this process can be done in less than 10 minutes, but it may save you from going off-topic and scraping parts of your post.
It may take you some time at the beginning, but after some time, you will see that it’s very easy.
It may even take you less than 5 minutes!
When you have everything outlined, you can start writing and get everything finished in less than 40 minutes. ?With practice, you can make it in less than 30 minutes.
The question now is, how to outline the post?
There are many formats that your post could take depending on the nature of the topic and the type of the post. Outlining a list post is different than outlining a how-to post.
Here is the structure I try to follow whenever I could. It helps me make the post more useful for their readers.
- HEADLINE: This is the title of the post. Try to make it as attractive as you can. You can check Copyblogger’s Magnetic Headlines to know how to write headlines that persuade readers to read your post.
- HOOK: This is the introduction of your post. Try to hook them to read your full post. The function of the headline is to make them read the hook, and the function of the hook is to make them read the full post. Show the symptoms of the problem and give them a hint that you know the answer, but don’t give them the answer.
- <!–more–>: This is the more tag, which makes the content below it appear when you click the “Read More” button.
- PROBLEM: Now you will show your readers the problem that they may have. Try to make them relate to what you say. Try to describe the cause of symptoms.
- ROOT OF THE PROBLEM: Show them where the problem is coming from. Show them the reason why they have the pain they have now.
- SOLUTION: Show them how to solve the problem. Make it as easy as you can.
- IMPLEMENTING THE SOLUTION: Now give them a step-by-step guide that they can start implementing directly after reading the post, to get rid of the pain they have.
- ENGAGEMENT-BUILDING QUESTION: End with this question to get more comments and build your community.
- BY-LINE: This is the place where you can add some info about yourself and add the link to your blog.
Add a line or two beside each point, so you know what you’ll write about when you start writing.
Step #2: Start writing the post
After you have a clear outline of what you’re going to cover in the post, start writing it.
When you start writing, make all your focus to put words out on the paper. Don’t think about editing it. Don’t return to the previous sentence.
You’ll do all the editing in the next step, but until then, your job is to write your post based on the outline you have.
After you’ve finished writing the post, move to the next step.
Step #3: Edit the post
After you have finished writing the post, it’s time to start editing and polishing the post to make the post appealing to the author and to the readers.
Here are the best tips to edit your post right:
- Leave it for some time: This will make your mind fresh and look at it from a different perspective. You could leave it for a day or two, but if you need the post badly, then leave it at least for a few hours.
- Try to add what’s missing: After you leave the post for some time, read the post quickly and see if there is a gap you could fill and write without editing. Your post isn’t polished yet. Make sure that your post is valuable with the information it includes.
- Read it out loud and edit while you read: When you’re happy with the information in your post, print it and edit while reading your post loudly. It’s essential to read it out loud. When you stop, put a comma or a full stop if it’s at the end of a sentence. Just read as if you’re speaking to your friend, and your editing will be of higher accuracy. Just remember we’re not in high school.
- Hire a proofreader to check it after you: Maybe, you need another person to check your post and look at it from a fresh point of view. This is optional, but it may be essential when you’re guest posting on big blogs which have hundreds of people queuing to be published there. It won’t cost a lot, but it’s really worth it.
After you’ve had the post edited, you’re good to go. You can reply to the email you received with the acceptance of your idea and send the post in a word file or .txt/html file.
If they don’t tell you in the guidelines which format to send the post in, send it in both formats, or you could ask. Or you could just send it in word file and see what happens.
You’re About To Be Featured On More of Your Dream Blogs
Now you know how I write, on average, 1,200- to 1,400-word posts in less than 60 minutes.
It may be harder for you at the beginning.
Don’t worry: just start applying the tips and everything will be easier. Pitch the author about the post if you haven’t done so, and then start writing.
Follow the above tips.
This is the most critical part in the process.
Having it wrong means that you didn’t do anything.
Tell me now in the comments what frustrates you most, so that I can write about it in our next posts.
And make sure to tell me about your published guest posts. I’ll be happy to check them.