Admit it or not, most of us want to get Freshly Pressed. I am only 1 month and 9 posts old but I’ve realized the potential of being Freshly Pressed. Stats shoot up for once and the generous comments encourage the writer in you. Who doesn’t like all the attention? I do and I’ve been trying for some time now. Getting the attention of WordPress Editors is no easy task. They have innumerable blog posts to scrutinize and chances are, they might pass you off. Here are 5 essentials that can help us with our Mission Freshly Pressed.
1. Be Original
Plagiarism is not acceptable. Original content is your best bet at getting Freshly Pressed. Create content that expresses your thoughts and opinions. Be your own voice not someone else’s. I agree that extensive research might be needed for certain subjects. Don’t be hesitant to explore and know what others have to say. In the end what matters is your take on the subject but always do your homework. You can try this, Small SEO Tool to check the uniqueness of your content (Anything above 80% is fine). The more genuine your content is, the better your chances.
2. Clean Content
WordPress discourages posts that are plagiarized or contain adult/mature matter, copyrighted images, spam and advertorial content. If you plan on getting Freshly Pressed ensure that you don’t make these mistakes. Give due credit to the websites you referred to by citing links. Use quotation marks when quoting others.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world”
– Mahatma Gandhi
3. Quality Beats Quantity
What’s the use of having 50+ posts that don’t add value to your blog? Your followers (if any) will not have anything (interesting) to look forward to. This was what I did at the start, wrote just for the sake of writing. Content is what makes or breaks a blog. I learned that pretty soon. Blogging is fun when you have to say something not when you’re forced to say something. Don’t force yourself to write when you have nothing to express. You are probably trying to be consistent at posting, I understand. I’ve been there and done that. These were my filler posts
Filler posts are substandard so don’t expect them to get Freshly Pressed.
4. Visual Appeal
Imagine reading through a blog post. What do you notice first?
The answer is ‘Pictures” especially if they are original (right from the blogger’s digicam)
There is nothing like original photos. WordPress loves original photos, who doesn’t? You showcase your life to the world through pictures. This is one thing I lack but I hope to resolve it by purchasing (need to collect money) a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. Invest in a good point and shoot camera (for hobby bloggers) or a DSLR (for advanced photographers). You will not regret this. Cellphone photos are fine but nothing beats the picture-quality of a DSLR or a high end compact camera.
5. Simplicity Rules!
Keep it simple.
- Short Sentences are better than long complicated ones.
- Choose common words used by people in their day-to-day life over rare unheard words.
- Short paragraphs are easy on the eyes. Try to eliminate unnecessary words and sentences.
- Present your matter in the form of bullet points, lists and headings. Viewers don’t have the time to read each and every word you’ve written. Time is precious.
- List posts are always helpful like my posts, 15 People You Will Meet In Your 20s and 5 Simple Tips For Selecting The Right Career Path
These were 5 essentials that can help you get Freshly Pressed in my opinion. To know straight from the horse’s mouth, check WordPress’ So You Want To Be Freshly Pressed.