How to Write a Great Blog Post
This post explains how to write a blog post on ExploringTM1.com. It covers writing the post, making sure it is well structured from an SEO and readability perspective, and the meta-information that is required.
The target audience for ExploringTM1 is a professional TM1 administrator or consultant (with a preference for administrators).
ExploringTM1 has a specific style that we’d like to maintain. It is friendly, slightly laconic, professional and informative.
Go to ExploringTM1.com.
Write Blog Post
After logging in at the top of the page, click “+ New” and select “Post”
That will create a new post and present you with the editor.
Enter a descriptive title. This is what Google will display as the primary link in search results. Make it descriptive and enticing for a reader to want to click on.
You can assess how good your Title is by looking at the top right corner of WordPress and you will get a score. Try to get above 70 if possible! You can see where I started with “How to Write a Blog Post” and then modified it to “How to Write a Great Blog Post” and the change in the Heading store to 72/100.
In the body of the post
- Add an introductory paragraph
- Insert a heading that describes the issue being solved. Style it as “H2”
- Add a paragraph that describes the issue you will then be discussing how to solve below.
- Insert a heading that describes the solution. Style it as H2
- Add a paragraph or two that explains how to resolve the problem statement.
- Add a Notes heading and style it as H2
- Enter a short paragraph including any relevant notes.
If you are pasting in code (from, say a rule or TI), please format it as "Preformatted" and then select "Code". This will mean that when it is copied and pasted, it will not include all the formatting junk with the code.
Images are vital to a great blog post. To insert them take a screenshot of what you are trying to illustrate, rename it so it is relevant to the blog post (so just the default file name!), and insert it into the post.
Warning about Micorosft Word and Google Docs
Please DO NOT copy and paste from Word or Google Docs. Both applications include a heap of junk along with the visible copy. Write your post directly in WordPress. It is very easy and makes for a clean post!
Yoast analyses your post for two things: SEO and Readability. We want to end up with two green lights in Yoast.
The first thing to do is enter a keyphrase that you want Yoast to assess your post for. For example, if this guide was a blog post, I would enter “Write blog post”. Yoast will then assess the post for that expression and advise you below about the use of the keyphrase through the post.
If you can use synonyms for your keyphrase, add them in the section below the primary Yoast analysis.
Note Yoast will interpret not just explicitly the keyphrase, but the combination of words in it
The meta description is what Google will display when it displays a link to your post. This should be informative and must encourage the reader to click. The meta description should be between 120 and 156 characters.
The slug is the text that appears after the domain. This auto-populates based on the title. Take a look at it and if it looks great, just use it. You are welcome though to change it if required. It should include the keyphrase
On the right-hand side of the WordPress window, you will see a sidebar with a whole lot of metadata you can assign to the post. The following is really important to make sure that your blog post writing is not in vain!
The category structure is well established and should be followed by using the Categories that are available. Please don’t add a new one without talking to John first. Please choose just one or two, a maximum of three, and if more than one, select one as the primary category.
Tags are more freestyle. Many tags already exist, so start typing and then select those that are appropriate for your post. You may select or enter as many tags as are appropriate, without going overboard and confusing both the site and search engines.
This determines if someone has to login to see the entire post. If this is desired, tick the “Explorers” access level.
If your post is a ripper, let’s feature it on the Home page by ticking the Featured post box.
ExploringTM1 is a very colourful site. People like the fun tone and images. Find a great image from somewhere, rename it (this is an absolute must!), and then set it as the featured image. The featured image needs to relate to the post, but will probably not be some techy image or a screenshot (for example, when talking about children in a dimension, I used an image of a family, or on a post about cells, I used an image of a gaol cell.
It is suggested that the featured image be at least 1200 by 675 pixels. I try to do that, but am not too fussed if it is slightly smaller than that.
Written a Blog Post? Now Publish it!
Now that you have written your blog post, you need to publish it. Just head up to the Publish button in the top left corner and hit Publish. If you are an Editor, you will be able to publish immediately. If you are a Contributor, then you will need to Submit it for Review by an Editor. Most people are Contributors.