How to Structure Your Blog and Why It’s Important
Date: February 12, 2020
Now that you’ve read about the importance of blogging on your business’s website, it’s time to discuss the importance of your blog’s format. Your blog’s structure is not only extremely beneficial to your readers, but to the search engine crawlers that index your site as well.
Elements Your Blog Needs
For your blog post to be optimally structured, there are many individual elements each piece of content needs.
1. Great Design
First off, the overall template of your blog should be designed with both user experience and SEO in mind – it’s important to have a clean, attractive layout that’s easy for your readers to follow.
2. Title Tag
One of the most basic, but nonetheless important, elements each and every blog post needs, whether it’s a business blog or even a personal blog, is an H1 title tag. Within your title, you should try to include your focus keyword so that readers can easily see what this post will be about.
Just like all writing, your blog posts need to include an introduction. You don’t want to just throw your readers into the most technical or intricate elements straight away. Rather, you can ease them into your post with an introductory paragraph.
Your introduction is your chance to grab the reader’s intention. Great blog posts are often centered around a story. Your introduction is a great spot to captivate the readers with a story; just make sure that it clearly ties into the focus of your post!
4. H2 and H3 Headers
Subheadings are imperative to your blog post’s structure. Before you start writing your post, you should outline it so that each topic is organized under subheads. This is not only important from a writing perspective, so that you can be certain your content flows well and makes sense logically, but also from the perspective of both your readers and the search engine crawlers, as it makes the content easier to process and understand.
If you’re unsure as to what H2 and H3 headers are, look no further than the top of this post! “Elements Your Blog Needs” is an H2 post, as it breaks this blog post down into shorter subsections. An example of an H3 tag is “Title Tag” because it further divides this post into even more subcategories.
This makes your blog much more visually appealing to the readers, as they are generally less likely to read through a long block of text. Using short paragraphs and organizing them under H2 and H3 headers will ensure that readers are not overwhelmed by the prospect of reading through your post.
Search engines utilize crawlers to scour the internet. These bots, also commonly referred to as spiders, will download and process each specific page of a website. They then index all of the information on each page. By employing H2 and H3 headers, each element on the page is explained, making it easier for Google to understand what your content is about and rank it higher.
5. Calls to Action
Since one of the main functions of your business’s blog is to convert your traffic into leads, it is incredibly important to include calls to action throughout your post. These are clear instructions for a next step that are hyperlinked.
While they can be included throughout your blog, calls to action are absolutely essential to your post’s conclusion. After demonstrating clear expertise throughout your blog post, you want to end by suggesting your service or product to the readers.
This is a proven practice to driving leads, so it should certainly not be overlooked!
6. Images with Alt Text
Another important element of your blog is the inclusion of pictures. They not only further break up the text, making your blog easy to read, but they also positively impact the search engine crawlers.
When choosing images to add to your blog, you’ll need to make sure that the picture has a clear connection to your post. If the image just seems randomly chosen and does not pertain to your blog, there’s no purpose in adding it. You also need to make sure that you own the images, as not to breach copyright.
Once you’ve added the images to your blog post, you’ll need to include alt text, also called alt descriptions, to each picture before publishing the post. Alt text is a description of the photo that you must physically write out. It is used to help screen-reading tools let visually impaired users know what the image is.
Alt text not only ensures that all site visitors are getting value from the images, but explains the picture to the search engine crawlers.
7. Meta Description
Meta descriptions absolutely cannot be overlooked! They are short pieces of text that summarize what your web page is about. Every time you’re on Google, you’ve seen them, and your blog needs them too.
These meta descriptions will not only help the search engines understand your post, but it will allow readers to see if it’s the content they’re looking for before clicking it. Properly implementing meta descriptions throughout your post should help include your click through rate (CTR) as well.
You need to make sure that each and every one of your blog posts demonstrates clear value to the readers. Whether it’s a how-to, a guide, list, explanation, or telling a story of your experience, every blog post needs to have a clear and obvious purpose.
Overloading your site with irrelevant blogs that don’t demonstrate a value to the reader will not do anything for your business. If your blogs are not helpful or useful, readers will not be inclined to follow your calls to action, and you won’t see any benefit.
When planning out a blog post, ensure that it will be of obvious value before you start writing it!
Why Your Blog’s Format Matters
Designing a user-friendly blog template, formatting your blog properly and implementing each of the above-mentioned elements is imperative to your business blog’s success.
By keeping your paragraphs short and employing different header tags, your post will be easier to read, for your website’s visitors and for search engines indexing your page.
Employing meta descriptions and title tags will convince potential readers to view your post. Images with alt text will help search engine crawlers understand your page, and calls to action will drive leads to your business, which you will hopefully be able to convert into sales!
If you’re curious about what other elements should be added to your business’s website, contact the team at 9Sail!
9Sail is a search marketing firm based in Fairfield, New Jersey, that combines search engine optimization and pay-per-click management to help businesses solve their issues with lead generation, brand awareness, reputation building and management, and generating targeted website traffic. Reach out to 9Sail today!