Do People Actually Read your Awesome Articles?

Contemporary Strategies for Expert Bloggers

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Do People Actually Read your Awesome Articles?

You are a prolific blogger, but you start to wonder if people actually read your awesome articles.

Over time, you spent countless hours meticulously crafting your phrases and tirelessly compiling your posts. But every time after you hit Publish, you find out that nobody reads your precious words.

No comments or critiques. No tweets, no Facebook or Instagram sharing. Ample reason to launch the most stable writer into the bottomless pit of chronic depression and kill the motivation to continue to produce engaging and inspiring content.

If you want to know what we, here at Angie’s Diary, do to get the public at large to read our articles, please read on.

Titles and Descriptions

Your title is the single, most critical factor in receiving organic search traffic. The second is your description of the article. Several online services can help you create the perfect title for your work. Analyzing titles is based on these factors:

  • Title Length
    Where possible, use complete sentences to convey an impactful impression.
  • Branding
    Depending on the article, it may be beneficial to mention a brand in the article.
  • Alert Words
    Engage your audience by wisely using strong emotional words like alarm, risk, utopic, health scare, bliss, etc.
  • Article Content Keyword(s)
    Use the most relevant words from your content to convey the message of your piece.
  • Possible Added Value
    Write in the second or third person. Add a celebrity’s name.

Title and Headline Quality Score

Check out these online tools to give you a sense of what a good headline requires:

Relevant Keyword Placement

People, as well as search engines, quickly pick up if an article is stuffed with irrelevant keywords. You want to make sure you are using ‘solid’ keywords that have high relevance to your topic. The longer your text, the more keywords you can use.

Look for ‘natural’ opportunities to use your selected keywords throughout your article, title, and sub-title, but do not overdo it as you risk penalties by search engines (by excluding your articles and the websites that feature them from searches) for ‘keyword stuffing.’

Writing and Style

Keep it Short and Sweet

Shorter sentences. Writing less, but styling your text, so it’s easy to read, could be the simple solution to attract and hold the attention of the reader.

Small Chunks

Break up your text into digestible paragraphs, so your reader is not instantly bored or intimidated by never-breaking blocks of text. You want to make a reading session as attractive and effortless as possible.

Complex Topics

When you need to cover a complex topic, you could consider breaking it down into several posts, published chronologically. It is easier to read when presented with size-controlled articles. It is also a productive way to get readers coming back for more.

Alternatively, you could structure your post by breaking up your content, adding engaging headings and sub-headings for convenient oversight.

Strategic Content Highlighting

As with headings and sub-headings, you can help the reader to quickly find specific words in your text by formatting certain concepts in bold or italics.

Bullets & Numbers

  • Create bulleted lists as they create a certain fascination irresistible to readers.
  • Bullets are easily scannable and are perfect to present multiple issues.
  • They look different from the other text in your post.
  • They present a visual break for your reader.

Numbered lists can be even more effective in some cases

  1. Numbered lists keep the reader oriented.
  2. They can make certain issues more inviting
  3. They capture attention

Captions

Research has shown that image captions (also called ‘deep cations’) are persistently some of the most-read texts in a post. Deep captions are generally two or three sentences long – enough to intrigue your reader enough to start reading your piece. These captions should be placed under a powerful image included in your article.

Images

The use of images cannot only attract extra attention to your content, but it can definitely make or break your article. Of course, search engines can’t (yet) see images, but they do read their alt texts, which carries relevant information about the visual.

Images in books or journals published before 1923, will be in the public domain. These images can be used freely with few or no restrictions. Other images, published on a later date, may also be in the public domain, depending on copyright notices, or when the copyright was renewed.

Creative Commons

Wikimedia Commons offers an extensive collection of images that use the Creative Commons licensing system

Copyright

Learn more about how copyright applies to U.S. Government Works.

Add Relevant and On-topic Links

Internal links to content you wrote, will guide readers to your best publications.
External links show that you researched the topic at hand and endeavor to cite other experts.

Each article should have a balanced amount of internal and external links to enhance your reader’s grasp of the subject and add extra value.

Final Tips & Checkups

Visual Outlook

Now sit back and look critically at your text without reading the content, just look at the headings, the image(s), the bullets, and the highlights you created. Does the reader get it? Did you manage to show the reader, in the blink of an eye, what your piece is about? Can it still be improved upon?

Spelling & Grammar

Respect your reader and editor by submitting flawless articles. Not only check your spelling and grammar, but also look at your style, sentence structure, and punctuation. Go for a walk and check your work again. Is it good enough to publish? Or can you further enhance the used vocabulary?

Promotion

Remember, you want people to read your articles, so make sure your author profile is up-to-date and contains all relevant info that can help your readers to get to know you. Share your work on all social media in your portfolio and use your best work or your ‘author page’ on Angie’s as links in your email signature. Example: Bart’s author page.

Authority

As a blogger, it is essential to establish your authority and presence on the net to successfully promote your articles. You need to continue writing articles on the topics of your expertise and passion until you attain a critical mass of readership. Only then you can expect people to read your articles.

 

 

7 Comments
  1. patgitt says

    A well written reminder not to bore your readers and suggested ways to improve our essays.

  2. Angelica Pastorelli says

    Thank you, dear Pat,
    Sometimes it takes me a long time to address issues that haunt us on a daily basis.
    Let’s see if it enhances the regular submissions – Hope is what keeps us alive 🙂

  3. Patricia Gitt says

    You are not alone…we all work and hope. That is what we do. Every success. Pat

  4. Joyce White says

    As a writer, I often worry if people are reading my work. We writers
    have to remember we are writers and readers are readers which is
    why we get few comments. I do believe readers do not know how
    hard we work and how much time it takes out of our private lives.
    We are usually emotionally and physically exhausted when we have
    a good article to post. Unfortunately, we can’t quit and hit the couch.
    It is time to do all the things, Angie mentions in her informative article
    below. I like to entertain and inform. I like to use quotes to reinforce
    my views. I like to try and think out of the box, and look at subjects
    in an unfamiliar way. If the subject has been exhausted, try finding
    humor in your subject, and post it in your own unique way. Yeah
    for writers and Yeah for readers. We all are awesome when we pour
    our hearts out for the benefit of others and for our own wellness.

    1. Angelica Pastorelli says

      Thank you, dear Joyce, as always, your feedback is much appreciated.
      As I oftentimes state, when receiving requests for guest posts, “if we consider it of interest to our readers, we’ll publish your piece.”
      However, this is also the reason many guest posts end up in the trash 🙁

  5. Avivit Ben Moshe says

    Very helpful. Thanks for sharing your wisdom.

    1. Angelica Pastorelli says

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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