So you’re the one everybody goes to when they want to know how to do something. That’s how you know you’re good but you do get tired of answering everybody’s questions all the time. That’s where a nifty blog comes in handy. You can make brilliant how-to blog entries about the hobbies, activities and work-related skills you’re good at. With a really good one, you can just direct people to your nice page that will answer all their questions.
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Step One: Find Videos
Step Two: Make A List Of The Stuff They’ll Need
Step Three: Provide Concise Step By Step Instructions.
- Write down the exact steps you would take to complete the activity. By taking it from start to finish in your mind, you can build a better how-to article. That way, you won’t forget something that might be obvious to you but won’t be quite so obvious to people visiting your blog.
- Choose the plug-ins you need. I have plug-ins for quizzes and polls, along with one that prevents copy-and-pasting my blog entries to another site.
- Proofread. Remember what I said about spelling and grammar? Go over it a few times, catch your mistakes and get a buddy to take a look at it before you hit the Publish button.
- Don’t be afraid to go back and add detail. You can and should add details and new observations to your blog entries as you think of them. I hate to push the SEO thing, but Google likes frequently updated blogs better than ones that look abandoned.
- Add pictures. Take pictures of yourself going through the process of your How-To topic. Upload them to your computer and then to your blog entry, and don’t forget to tell everybody that they were taken by you.
Use HTML to highlight important points! Don’t overdo it, but a short blurb with a border can highlight points like safety warnings and information you want to make sure your audience doesn’t miss.
Step Four: Close It Out With A Good Conclusion
A good conclusion is an art form. It’s like putting the finishing touches on that nifty DIY project or closing the lid on that new laptop you just built. You sum up everything that you said before. You’re almost ready to hit the “Publish” button and show your work to the world. Will it get seen, shared and liked by the world? It depends on you, so be sure to do a good job and share your work on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.
Step Five: Invite Questions
If people are genuinely interested in your topic, they might ask you a question. These questions can help you improve your How-To blog in future updates. If you have any questions about making a how-to blog entry, you can post them in this guestbook.