Google is in awe of amazing content! We’re all aware of this, right?
And what’s THE most important part of a post or article? That very first paragraph!
So, you should give that introduction paragraph some extra attention!
The start of an article is important for letting the reader know what the story is about. Additionally, Google places a lot of importance on a post’s introduction.
But why is an introduction so important? And how can you be certain to craft an introduction that is SEO-friendly?
In this post, we’ll talk about how to write captivating introductions and give practical tips on how to write an awesome first paragraph!
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1 What is an Introduction Paragraph?
An introduction paragraph in WordPress is a short paragraph that introduces the topic at hand and sets the stage for the rest of the article. It should be concise, to the point, and organized well.
With this said, introduction paragraphs need to do more than introduce your topic. An introduction paragraph is supposed to grab your reader’s attention.
The introduction is your chance to provide just enough details and intrigue your reader to say, “Hey, this topic sounds interesting. I think I’ll keep reading this post!”
The opening paragraph should be well-written and extremely well-optimized as it is the most essential element of the post. The demands on that paragraph are higher than those on the rest of your text.
It’s the roadmap to your remaining post, the forecast for your argument…it’s your introduction paragraph, and writing one can feel pretty intimidating.
But when you learn how to approach each part of an introduction, writing one won’t seem so scary!
Here are a few tips that’ll help you write amazing introductions for your post.
2 How to Write an Introduction Paragraph
To write an introduction paragraph for your WordPress blog post, you’ll need to provide enough information for your readers to understand what you’re writing about and why they should read on.
Tip: You can also use our Blog Post Introduction AI tool that’ll help you write your introduction with ease.
2.1 Create a Hook
One of the most popular approaches for beginning an introduction paragraph is to create a hook.
So what does hook mean here?
Think of it this way: when you start watching a new Netflix series, you look up a few hours (and maybe even a few episodes) later and say, “Whoa. I guess I must be hooked on this show!”
That’s how the hook should also work in an introduction paragraph: it should get your reader interested enough that they don’t want to press the proverbial “exit” button while reading it. In other words, a hook is designed to grab your reader’s attention and keep them reading your post!
It will be much simpler to create a hook (and the remaining part of your post) if you clearly understand the issues they’re encountering and the solution your article brings to the table.
Here’s an example of how we try to hook our readers on our blog post.
2.2 Introduce the Problem
Introduce the message of your article. After your hook, you can write two or three sentences introducing the main problem you’re solving in the blog post.
You immediately grab the readers’ attention by highlighting a pain point in your introduction. It tells them they’re in the right place and you understand their problem.
For instance, here’s how we’ve highlighted the pain points of our readers who want to add a search bar to their site.
2.3 Inform Readers What to Expect
When you unfold a pain point, you start a ticking clock. If you don’t tell your audience how you’ll help, they’ll quickly lose patience and bounce. Once you’ve agitated the pain point, you must deliver a solution in the rest of your content.
Your introduction needs to meet the expectations and answer the reader’s question: “Is this worth my time?”
You make this decision much easier by informing your audience what they can expect. It’s important to show them you know what matters and that you’re there to help them solve their problems.
In all our blog posts, we inform our readers what they can expect from a particular post.
2.4 Use the Focus Keyphrase
Use your focus keyword in the first paragraph if you truly want to create an SEO-friendly introduction. You want your target audience to recognize what they are looking for in search engines instantly.
Use that precise phrase as your introduction’s key phrase. It will persuade your audience that what they are reading is appropriate.
Rank Math’s Content AI offers smart suggestions for related keywords, queries, and links directly inside your WordPress editor. Not only this, but Content AI will also help you know what phrases or words to use in your content, headings, or SEO metadata.
2.5 Keep it Clear and Make it Fun to Read
A blog is not the same as a novel – unfortunately, many newbie bloggers tend to forget this simple yet important fact.
Visitors who read your blog posts want to breeze through them without much effort. When browsing the Internet, most of them are impatient to find the information they are looking for, so your content needs to be presented such that even skim-readers can quickly get a pretty clear idea of what it’s about.
Introduction paragraphs must be well spaced out –
- No more than 100 words per paragraph.
- You should try to use a line break to separate each paragraph. Your text will be simpler to read, which should keep readers on your website longer.
Include quotes, statistics, stories, etc., to make your introduction interesting and enjoyable to read. While stories can make your post more fun to read, quotes and figures will help you be more persuasive.
2.6 Explain the Benefits
Some people read the posts as they’re keen on learning something to help them make their lives easy. Whether it’s instructions on making pancakes or a guide on increasing customer retention, your readers want results.
Make your introduction more compelling by explaining the benefits of your content. How will reading your content help them to get the desired results?
Here’s an example of Backlinko. The introduction clearly states the article’s benefits in unambiguous terms.
If you’re writing, you want your writing to be read. You want your audience to understand what you’re trying to say. You want your content to rank higher in the search engines. So, make sure to pay additional attention to the introduction, which is the most crucial section of your text. Give the first paragraph some extra SEO love.❤️
The more you write, the more you’ll discover new tricks of the trade when it comes to making your posts stand out, inevitably helping keep the visitors on your page for longer.
These tips are worth a try to write compelling introductions. What tactics do you use to create attention-grabbing introduction paragraphs? Let us know by Tweeting @rankmathseo.