Advertising

5 Tips For Writing Top-Notch Content That Shares Itself

5 Tips For Writing Top-Notch Content That Shares Itself
Advertising

There are hundreds of millions of blogs on the Internet, so why should anyone care about yours? If you want to write top-notch content people care about, you need to do everything within your power to stand out from the pack. Apply the following 5 tips if you want to craft emotionally powerful blogs that your reader can’t resist talking about.

1. Know Your Audience

Before you pound out a blog, consider the characteristics of your reader. Are they busy people who appreciate concise material that gets straight to the point without one iota of meandering, or would they appreciate a good in-depth personal story to illustrate your point? If you’re not sure, experiment with short action-based posts and long story-based posts to discover what format results in more interaction, shares, and traffic. Be a relentless self-experiment until you discover what makes your audience tick.

2. Keep It Real

Trying to write material that connects with every single person will guarantee that you connect with no one. Think about it: do you enjoy reading generic content devoid of personality or purpose? Let your personality shine because phoniness can be detected from miles away.

Advertising

3. Illustrate Their Pain and Provide a Solution

Every post you write should solve a problem your reader is struggling with. Hook your reader by illustrating their pain in agonizing detail. If you need some help, ask yourself the following questions to get started:

  • What are some common shared goals of my target audience?
  • Why do they typically fail to meet those goals?
  • What negative thoughts are they telling themselves that prevent them from taking action?
  • How would taking action directly benefit them today?

4. Be Aware of Why People Share

People share content online as an extension of themselves, so you need to be aware of the psychological triggers that lead your readers to engage with your material. The easiest way to grasp this concept is simple: think about the last few blogs or articles you shared and ask yourself, “Why did I share this particular piece of material?” Below are the most common reasons people click the share button:

Helpful: If a reader was helped by a blog, they might feel inspired to share it with their friends so they can benefit too.

Advertising

Funny: People love to show everyone how witty they are, so they will be more than happy to share some laughs with their friends.

Exclusive: The best bloggers make their readers feel like they are part of a special club or movement. If you can make your audience feel like insiders, they will be unable to resist talking about you.

When in doubt, consider the firmly held beliefs of your audience and write a blog that is in complete agreement with their existing worldview. Pay attention to the comments people make on shared articles and you’ll probably notice things like:

Advertising

  • Amen!
  • This is SO true!
  • I couldn’t have said it better myself!

In other words, no one ever changes their mind about anything important because of a blog on the Internet. Write material that speaks to the beliefs of your reader and they will share your content as an extension of themselves.

5. Use Power Words Full of Emotional Weight

Tell me which passage sounds better:

“Losing weight can become frustrating if you keep trying and trying without achieving any results. Click here to learn about 10 sure-fire ways to lose fat.”

Yawn.

 “Are you sick and tired of crash diets that don’t include enough food to feed a mouse? Click here if you want to build a sexy body that allows you to walk with confidence and swagger… no restrictive dieting required.”

Now we’re talking! To craft top-notch content people care about, don’t merely consider what your audience wants but become aware of why they want it. Help your reader visualize the specific benefits they desire by using power words that elicit a strong emotional response. Click here for a comprehensive list of 317 power words that will instantly make you a better writer. To maximize the impact of your new-and-improved vocabulary, combine those power words with these 8 qualities of powerful writing.

Advertising

More by this author

Daniel Wallen

Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

Less Thinking, More Doing: Develop the Action Habit Today 10 Reasons Why New Year’s Resolutions Fail How To Hustle: 10 Habits Of Highly Successful Hustlers 9 Things to Remember When You’re Having a Bad Day facebook addiction 5 Reasons for Your Facebook Addiction (and How to Break It)

Trending in Productivity

1 7 Effective Ways To Motivate Employees in 2021 2 How a Project Management Mindset Boosts Your Productivity 3 5 Values of an Effective Leader 4 How to Motivate People Around You and Inspire Them 5 The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

Read Next

Advertising
Advertising

Last Updated on July 21, 2021

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
Advertising

No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

Advertising

From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

Advertising

The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

Advertising

But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

Advertising

Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

More on Building Habits

Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

Advertising

Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

Read Next