Blog Copywriting Basics: FAQs
If you’re venturing into the blog copywriting world with
your nonprofit or small business, here are some basics you need to know.
Q. What is a blog?
Blogs (“web logs”) first emerged in the 1990s as online public journals. They have since grown to be known as informational web pages. A blog can be a standalone website or part of a larger one. They may be written by an individual or a team.
Each blog entry, or post, typically focuses on a specific topic. Blog posts are usually arranged in reverse chronological order so that the most recent appears at the top of the page. Topics are categorized when posted so that readers can surf past blog entries on a specific topic.
Q. Why should I write a blog?
- To inform your readers. You’re up to speed about your cause,
so blog about it and share the wealth. A blog is a terrific opportunity to stay
in front of your readers on a regular basis. When you follow news about what’s
going on in your niche and know the latest information and statistics, then share
them on your blog so your readers can know about them, too
- To add content to your website. The more useful content you
add to your site, the more appealing the site will be to readers. (The key word
here is “useful.”) If you carefully structure your blog posts to feature
keywords in your niche, your pages will pull in more organic web traffic,
thereby increasing your cause’s visibility.
- To feature a new program, product, or service. Write blog
posts as introductions … at the release … as the new program is in action … after
release in testimonials about its impact.
Q. Is blog copywriting different from other kinds of nonprofit
Here where it’s important to differentiate between a couple
of different kinds of copy you write.
copywriting – most commonly used in appeal letters, ads, email campaigns,
and even case statements – is meant to persuade. Its goal is often a hard sell
(an “Ask”), working to convince a reader to come around to your viewpoint and
take a clear action.
- Content copywriting’s
purpose is to share information. Articles, features, web pages, how-to’s,
social media posts, and profiles are all designed to give the reader facts,
news, stories, and data. While content may present a sell (an “Ask”), it’s
usually a soft one. Content copywriting’s primary goal is to cultivate the
reader so he can make his own decisions.
A blog can use either approach. Having said that, blog copywriting is conversational, most often written in first person. A blog’s appeal is it’s
personal tone. As you read a good blog, you can’t but help hear the writer’s
Q. What kinds of blog posts should I write?
Here are a few ideas:
- Stories about your beneficiaries
- Information about your cause (add these as web pages and
link them to your blog)
- Latest studies and trends about your cause
- Testimonials from partners
- New programs
- Volunteer profiles
- Q & As from experts in your niche
- How-to videos
- Profiles of ministries related to yours and how they fill a
niche that complements yours
- Events reports
Q. What can a blog do for my business?
- Increase your online exposure
- Position you as an expert in your niche
- Attract new readers and prospect
- Educate people
Q. How often should I post a blog entry?
Set up an editorial schedule that works for you. Some
bloggers post daily. Others let weeks pass in between posts. A good rule of
thumb is a minimum of once a week – more often if you’re working to increase
web traffic or in preparing for an important campaign (whether it’s a program
or fundraising push.) Any less than once a week and readers start thinking
you’ve fallen out of the blogosphere.
More Writing Tips for Blogging and Social Media
How to Build a Content Writing Strategy for Your Blog or Website ...
Picture This: Where to Find Free Images for Your Blog or Website ...
How to Create a Content Calendar ...
3 Tips for Writing a Tagline for Your Blog or Biz ...
Is Writing a Blog Worth It?
Should You Write a Blog?
5 Writing Tips for Bloggers in a Time Crunch ...
How to Create Writer's Guidelines for Your Blog or Biz ...
20 Types of Evergreen Content that Build Traffic on Your Blog ...
Free Download: Top 10 Blog Writing Tips Checklist ....
Blog Post Length: How Long Should My Blog Post Be?
4 Writing Tips for Starting a Blog or Website ...
Tips on Blog Writing: 3 Kinds of Blogs ...
Blog Writing Template: How One Blogger Writes 5 Quality Posts a Week ...
Writing Blogs vs. Writing Articles: Is There a Difference?
Tips on Writing a Blog: 5 Blogging Myths Busted ...
How to Write a Blog: Tips for Choosing a Blog Post Type ...
Top blog writing tip: The One Point Rule ...
How to repurpose your blog post into additional pieces of content ...
Tips for writing a hook ...
How to write a conclusion: 3 tips ...
6 Quick Tips for Writing Social Media Posts that get read ....
Checklist: 10 tips for writing social media posts ...
The Top Online Copywriting Tip ...
Tips for Writing a Hook for Your Blog Post ...
3 Tips for Writing Conversationally Online (and Off) ...
Nonprofit social media for newbies ...
Writing Tweets Simplified: 3 kinds of posts to write for Twitter ...
5 effective Facebook posts for nonprofits ...
Ways for nonprofits to use social media in your marketing mix ...
More Blog Writing Tips on our Pinterest board ...
Return from Blog Copywriting Basics for Nonprofits and Businesses
to Nonprofit Copywriter home
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Powered by SBI! Learn more here.