What Is Content Writing?
Content writing is the process of planning, writing and editing web content, typically for digital marketing purposes. It can include writing blog posts and articles, scripts for videos and podcasts, as well as content for specific platforms, such as tweetstorms on Twitter or text posts on Reddit.
Why Is Proper Content Writing Important?
When most people hear “content writing”, they think “writing articles”.
However, writing content isn’t just important for blog posts.
In fact, content writing is important for all types of different content formats, including:
Social media posts
Web page copy
YouTube video descriptions
Or put another way:
Writing is the foundation for pretty much any content that you publish.
Create an Outline
Creating an outline is a GREAT first step in the content writing process.
Outlines help your content come out better for two main reasons:
First, outlines force you to put all your thoughts down in an organized way (rather than writing everything off the top of your head). Which really speeds up the writing process.
Second, outlines usually lead to a much better structure for your content. That’s because an outline lets you see your content from a “high level” that’s impossible to see as you’re writing.
Plus, because you have an outline, your final content will hit all of the major points that you set out to before you started writing.
So: how do you actually go about creating an effective outline?
Here are three main strategies that work well:
Use a previous piece of content that did well: For example, we tend to publish quite a few https://www.connectingclients.org definitive guides here at Backlinko.
Backlinko – Guides
So when we start working on a new guide, we use a lot of the structure from our existing guides as a base.
Use a template: Most professional content writers work off of proven templates. Here are 5 content templates you can use to create outlines.
Use top-performing content: Check out BuzzSumo to find popular content that you can use as the basis for your outline.
For example, let’s say you’re about to write a guest post about the keto diet.
Well, you’d want to type “keto diet” into BuzzSumo to see what’s already done well.