Make sure the title starts with “What is…” and runs for 60 characters or less.
Lead into the post with a short 100-200 word introduction. Be sure to highlight:
The reason why what you’re talking about is important.
Who, what industry, or what sector of the industry this applies to.
What you’ll be covering [i.e. “in this post, we’ll define (term), show a few examples of how it’s used in business today, and provide 8 best practices for getting started with (term) in your company”].
What is [Term]?
Answer the question posed by the title of this post directly below this header. This will increase your chances of ranking for the featured snippet on Google for this phrase and provide readers with an immediate answer. Keep the length of this definition – at least in this very basic introduction – between 50 and 60 words.
After the brief definition, dive further into the concept and add more context and explanation if needed.
Why is [Term] Important?
Provide your readers with a few reasons why they should care about the term or the concept you’re writing about. If this is a consumer-level concept, talk about the implications this could have on their businesses, finances, personal happiness, etc. If you’re writing for an audience of professionals, mention the impact this term or concept has on profit, efficiency, and/or customer satisfaction. To make the most of this section, make sure it includes at least one statistic, quote, or outside reference.
Include at Least One of These Next Three Sections
How to Calculate [Term] (Optional)
Note: This section only applies for posts about math and equations.
Provide a step-by-step explanation and example of how to calculate the rate, point, or number you’re providing a definition for.
# Real Examples of [Term] (Optional)
If you feel like it would benefit your readers, list a few examples of the concept you’re explaining in action. You can elevate this section by embedding images, videos, and/or social media posts.
Remember, this post is not a list post – so try to keep this list between three and five examples if you do decide to include it.
# Tips and Reminders for [Term] (Optional)
When breaking down a difficult concept or definition, some readers may still feel overwhelmed and unsure of their ability to address it. Break down a few best practices on how to approach the concept, and/or a few reminders about it. Again, this is not a list post, so keep this short list to three to five pieces of advice.
Wrap up your amazing new blog post with a great closing. Remind your readers of the key takeaway you want them to walk away with and consider pointing them to other resources you have on your website.
Last but not least, place a call-to-action at the bottom of your blog post. This should be to a lead-generating piece of content or to a sales-focused landing page for a demo or consultation.
Checklist Before Publishing
Did you define the term and/or explain the concept in terms that your buyer persona would understand?
Did you provide relevant and accurate examples and statistics to further explain this concept?