How do you format your blog post for better readability?

How to format your business post for better readability

Well formatted blog posts rank higher in search engines.

Why? Because when reading well formatted posts, people stay on the page longer.

Which of the two samples below do you find easier to read?

Sample A

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

Sample B

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.

We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live.

It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this. But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground.

The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.

The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.

It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion

—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—

that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

The difference?

White space.

Nothing more. Yet the use of white space make the post MUCH more readable.

WordPress provides editing tools for formatting content, both for people and and for search engines.

Do you know how to use them for your business blog post? Do you know how you take advantage of them?

In this article, we will show you how to use the WordPress editor when it comes to publishing readable and SEO-friendly blog posts.

For People

Use whitespace

Something as simple as leaving blank links between very short paragraphs make it much easier to read on a screen.

Use contrasting colors

Have you ever visited a website that has a light blue font against a light green background? Don’t do that. Always use a dark font against a light background or visa versa. This should go without saying, but we’ve all seen the occasional site that violates this simple rule.

Organize your content in Lists (outlines)

Lists help your readers easily scan your blog posts for the most important information they are looking for.

Use either bulleted list or numbered lists for how to post that provides a step by step direction.

Creating lists in WordPress is the same as other word editors. Put your list in bold (as appropriate) to improve readability of your blog post.

Bold text

For the main ideas that you wish to draw people to, use bold text to make them stand out and easy to find. Don’t overdue it.

Use quotes for quotes

WordPress provides an easy way to identify quotes. It makes your quotes visually pleasing. The WordPress quoting feature is used above in this post for the text of the Gettysburg Address.

For Search Engines…

Organize your content in Lists ( outlines)

Lists help your readers easily scan your blog posts for the most important information they are looking for.

Use either bulleted list or numbered lists for how to post that provides a step by step direction.

Creating lists in WordPress is the same as other word editors. You’re your list in bold to improve readability of your blog post.

SEO friendly titles

For SEO purposes titles should be 55 to 70 characters in length, contain as many “good” words as possible. For SEO purposes bad words are “a”, “the”, “or”, and the like. These words take up characters and provide zero SEO value. You must use these types of words, but strive to keep them to a minimum.

Use header tags

Search engines use header tags to pinpoint the main idea.

On your blog post tittle, use H1 tag and the main points of your post should be in H2 tags.

Don’t forget image titles, alt text, and descriptions

In search engines, images are searched for and therefore plays a role in search engine optimization.

By optimizing your post images, you make them more indexable and more findable.

Optimize your images by including image titles and alt text.

  • Title: this is the file name of the image on your WordPress site. It has SEO value.
  • Alt text: describes your image in plain English. One sentence, maybe two.
  • Description: provides extra information about your image. Should be about 150 words or so.

Conclusion

WordPress makes it simple to format your posts both for better readability by humans (which matters) and for search engine robots (which also matters).

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