How to write a good article – Basics

Creating A Post In WordPress

Now, there are a couple of ways you can get your draft into Massadopted to be published.  Simply log in  and add a new post, which you can do one of three ways:

  1. Click the plus sign icon in the header.
  2. From the WP Admin dashboard, go to Posts in the sidebar menu and click Add New.
  3. Also from the WP Admin dashboard, use the Quick Draft widget.

Three Ways To Add A WordPress Post

Whichever option you go with, click into the text editor box and start typing. If you aren’t publishing it right away – for example, if you have to stop in the middle of writing, or you want to revise it later – click the Save Draft button. This will save your draft so that you can go back to it later, even if you log out.

And don’t forget to SEO optimize your post title. Try to choose something catchy that people will want to click. You should also add in some keywords so that you’ll hopefully show up in search results.

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The second way to add your draft to WordPress is to write your post in a word processing program and copy and paste it into the text editor in WordPress. This can be tricky because sometimes the formatting will change or cause problems when you copy and paste it, so if you want to go this route we recommend using a basic editor like Notepad or TextEdit.

Clear Post Formatting

If you really want to use Word or Pages, then just make sure to paste your content into the “text” tab when creating your WordPress post. If you forget, and paste your content in the “visual” tab you can use the “clear formatting” button to remove text formats (bold, italic, strikethrough) – but you will still have to click over to the text tab to look for any spans or tags.

Formatting Your Post

Once you’ve created your content, you can make it better by adding formatting. WordPress has tons of great options built into the post editor to help make your content more readable, both for actual human readers and for search engine bots. To see them all, click on the “toolbar toggle” to open up the kitchen sink.

Kitchen Sink Blog Post Formatting

The Basics

Some important options that you’re likely to use should be obvious from the button icons. Bold, italics, underline, bulleted and ordered lists should all be familiar. These are important tools to help increase the readability of your blog posts, and to emphasize your keywords for search engines.

Blog Post Formatting

When creating your post, you might want to add in links to related content. This is great! Linking out makes your content more valuable to your readers, plus search engines like it when you link to reputable sources. Just highlight the text you want to add a link to (called the anchor text) and click on the insert/edit link button. Make sure when inserting your links to check the box to open your link in a new window or tab, this way your readers will still stay on your site.

Blog Post Links Formatting

Another link tip is to add a title attribute in the “text” side of the editor (and if you don’t want to do this, or don’t know how, we’ve created a simple plugin that will automatically add title attributes for you). Link titles are important since they let readers know where you’re sending them, as well as for SEO since you can add a better description (with keywords) for your link as opposed to relying on the anchor text.

Adding Headings & Subheadings

You should add headings to pretty much every post you write. These might even be the same headings you used when originally outlining your post. Headings help your readers navigate your content and follow your flow of thoughts. For SEO, your heading structure tells search engines which content is the most important (so don’t forget those keywords).

Blog Post Headings Formatting

Just click on the dropdown box to select your headings. Typically your blog post title will be an Heading 1 (which uses the H1 formatting tag), meaning that it is the most important phrase on the page. After that you should use H2 headings for your main sections of content, followed by H3 subheadings below. You can keep going (H4, H5, H6) but unless you’re dealing with very detailed content it’s usually overkill, and after your H3 headings you can simply use bolded text instead.

Publishing Your Post

WordPress includes a few options for when you’re getting ready to publish your post. You can choose if you want your post to be public or password protected5, and whether you want to publish it immediately or schedule it to be automatically published at a future date and time. There’s also a button for previewing your post so you can see what it will look like live.

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WordPress Categories & Tags

You also have the option of adding categories and tags to your post, which we recommend doing before you publish. Categories are more broad, and should be the general topics that your blog covers. For example, here at WPExplorer our blog categories include WordPress Themes, Tips, Reviews, Giveaways and a few others. Tags are more specific, and should be very focused. If tags were added to this post they might be blogging, writing, beginner, blog SEO or something similar.

As you can see, categories and tags are very important for your website SEO, and once you have several posts you should add one or more category and tags to each one.  will help keep them organized for future reference, and help readers as they browse your posts.

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WordPress Images

The very last option you might want to add is a featured image. You can insert all kinds of media into your WordPress post, but the featured image is selected using the option to the right of your content.

WordPress Featured Image

Featured images are a great tool since they will appear in image search results. When you upload a new image, remember to give your image a good, SEO ready title and alt text. The image title is more for accessibility, and will be used by screen readers while the alt text is what search engines will see.

Adding WordPress Featured Images

With all of these options set, you are finally ready to publish your post! Just click the Publish button, and you’re done. Click the button to take your post live, where people and search engines can find it!

Need To Make A Change?

If you ever feel the need to go back and change anything, or if you realize you’ve made a mistake, you can go back edit published posts at any time. You can do this from the “Your Stuff” widget on your dashboard, or from the “All Posts” screen.

 

Hope this will help you out .

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