Are you publishing LinkedIn articles?
If you’re not, you seriously missing out.
LinkedIn articles aren’t only a great way of giving value to your readers, but they can also help you increase your reach.
In this guide, I’ll show you how to write LinkedIn articles that convert and help you establish your presence on the platform.
Let’s get writing!
Linkedin articles are one of the best ways of giving value to your followers.
They’re essentially like blog posts, but instead of being on your website, they’re present on LinkedIn.
Now using posts is important if you want to expand you reach on LinkedIn. They allow you to showcase your knowledge and give visitors to your profile instant access to your writing without technically leaving the site.
On the plus side, if you’re aiming to be a LinkedIn influencer, having published posts is a great way to show visitors social proof.
There’s not doubt that LinkedIn posts are the way to go, but if you’re looking for a more feature-packed way to express yourself, articles are the way to go.
“What should I write about?”
But, that’s not the question you should be asking when writing articles on LinkedIn.
The question should be:
“How do I give value to my readers?”
A lot of people use LinkedIn articles for traction, traffic, exposure, etc.
However, that comes after you’ve provided value to your potential readers.
Here are a couple of things you can keep in mind when picking out a topic for your next LinkedIn article.
Actionable content is content that can help you take action and get results.
Say, for example, you wanted to talk about growth hacking in the B2B landscape, an actionable way of doing it is to give an instructional on how to get more leads using a particular piece of software.
This type of content packs a lot of value because it tells the reader exactly what they need to do to create for themselves.
Given our years growth hacking, we’ve found that the most engaging types of content are actionable ones. These are also the pages that people frequently bookmark and share with other people.
Actionable LinkedIn articles include guides, instructional, how-to’s, etc.
Make sure you include a lot of screencaps to serve as examples and to make things easier for your reader to understand.
The plain-text founder story is probably one of the best examples of inspiring stories being used to provide value, and they shouldn’t just be limited to your LinkedIn posts.
If you have an inspiring story that you want to share, but find that it’s too long to be fit neatly in a LinkedIn post, consider using a LinkedIn article to share it.
This way you’ll have more space to tell your story and you can even include some media in between.
Inspiring stories work because they’re usually relatable.
However, note that you can just write about anything that inspires you, they still have to be relevant to your target audience so that the messaging will resonate better.
Growth hackers and prospects, alike, love real life examples and case studies.
And, here’s why.
People want to hear about what could have happened to them, without taking the risk of doing it first.
These examples serve as real experiments that they can learn and get inspiration from.
When you add data to it, it becomes even more valuable.
Here are a couple of topic ideas that you can play around with to get you started with LinkedIn articles.
Pay attention to your title.
It’s the first thing that your reader reads, before they even get to the body of your work.
Your first step in crafting a title is making sure that your keyword research.
Since LinkedIn articles are indexed, you want to make sure that your primary keyword is in your title.
Now there are different ways to craft a title.
Here are a couple of pointers than can help you out:
There are different ways to craft the body of your LinkedIn article, and most of the time it is dependent on your writing style.
However, there are styles that work better on LinkedIn than on any other platform. Here’s how to write a LinkedIn article’s body using our best practices.
Writing in the first-person allows you to keep things engaging with your reader, and it’s slowly becoming the style of choice for many professionals.
It’s easier to connect with a person if the style is conversational because it’s a break from the usual formality.
However, this shouldn’t always be the case.
If your writing to a very formal audience, it would still make sense to write in the third-person.
The average LinkedIn reader should be able to comb through your article and grab value in less than 10 minutes. This means you should fight the urge to write an article with complex metaphors or too many anecdotes.
Keep things as simple as you can and aim to engage an emotional response.
This also helps with your mobile optimization – as we’ll discuss later on in this guide.
People who read LinkedIn articles are busy professionals who are coming in from LinkedIn.
Since you’re already keeping articles to less than 800 words, it would make sense not to include any fluff in your writing.
Less fluff allows you to maximize your word count, and keep things lean.
Always make sure that you use your headings.
This doesn’t just help you organize your writing, but it also helps with SEO.
Remember, LinkedIn articles can get indexed by Google. You want to show crawlers how your article has been structured.
There are bunch of ways to end a LinkedIn article.
You can for the old-fashioned approach and just add a couple of takeaways, you can truncate, you can end with humor, etc.
But here’s what matters the most.
Always make sure that you end with a thought that they can take with them after they close the article.
This could be a statement that makes them question the status quo, or a piece of advice that they can apply to their business in the next hour.
Whatever it is, it has to stick in the person’s mind.
There’s a highly probability that your reader is still going to go back to LinkedIn after they’re done with your article.
If you can, add your contact information and how they can view more of your products or services, or schedule a quick meeting with you. This helps turn the LinkedIn article into a passive lead generation mechanism.
Alternatively, you may choose to truncate the article.
This means posting only half an original article and hosting the full version on your website.
This helps keep your LinkedIn articles shorter and also aids in driving traffic and sessions into your website.
However, you still need to have a CTA with a link to the website. You also need to make sure that it is clear to the reader that the article has been truncated and that isn’t offered in its complete form on LinkedIn Publishing.
You can even use ellipses to splice our truncated articles, this helps build a little mystery and gets people to click on the full article links on your website.
Your cover photo is as important as your title.
It takes up a lot of visual real estate and its primary purpose is to get people to click on it.
Think of it as a visual CTA that serves to covert.
There are several ways of crafting an article cover photo, and we can’t use the same rules as your LinkedIn profile cover photo.
Read more about LinkedIn photo dimensions here!
If you in a pinch, you can use a drag-and-drop graphics tool like Canva to get you a quick cover photo.
Make it a rule to use at least one photo or graphic for every 200 words in any piece of content that you’re putting up online.
This doesn’t just help you break up the text, but it also serves to brighten up the most and make it more engaging.
Make sure the photos that you’re using are royalty-free, and as much as possible, you want to make sure that they are branded for your organization.
Personally, I like using screenshots and graphics that are made in-house, this allows me to create streamlined branding.
Using original pictures also shows your reader that you’ve made an effort to add value to the article that they’re reading.
A significant amount of your readers are going to read your article on their phones.
When given a choice to optimize for mobile or desktop, always pick mobile.
Mobile-optimized articles look good on desktop, but desktop optimized articles look pretty text-heavy on mobile.
So, how to write a LinkedIn article for mobile?
First, consider your paragraph lengths.
At most, we highly recommend that you stick to 1-3 lines per paragraph with four-liners seldomly being used only towards the middle of your article.
This keeps your LinkedIn articles from becoming text-heavy. Remember, text-heavy articles are an eyesore on mobile given small screens and limited attention spans. You don’t want to make your article look intimidating.
The aim of the game is to make things easily digestible and non-intimidating for your readers.
Hashtags help LinkedIn figure out the subject matter of your article and organize it accordingly.
You will want to add hashtags so that it can be put in front of people who find the article relevant depending on what topics they’re interested in.
It’s useful to not that even though you can edit article after they’ve been published on LinkedIn publishing, you won’t be able to edit the hashtags.
Make sure you pick the appropriate ones in the beginning, you can’t switch them later on.
Promoting your article is an important of the process.
This gets people to actually read the article and engage with it.
There are several ways that you can promote your freshly-written LinkedIn article.
Since LinkedIn articles are indexed by Google, it helps to add a little SEO-optimization to the article before you publish it.
It is strongly advised that you do regular keyword research even if it’s just a LinkedIn article. Use your main keywords in your title, your secondary keywords can go into your headings, and also include some LSI in the article itself.
Check your images if they have alt-text before you upload them onto the platform.
We understand that you can’t go all out with on-page and off-page optimizations, but simply adjusting your headers and your titles accordingly can make all the difference.
You can use your other social profiles such as Facebook and Twitter to promote your LinkedIn link.
This helps streamline the content release on other platforms, and feed traffic from one medium to another.
Just like viral posts, LinkedIn articles also need some momentum to show the LinkedIn algorithm that it’s worthy of being shown to more people.
You can use LinkedIn pods to promote articles that you’ve written so that they can get an initial round of engagement.
Also, there’s another reason why it’s nice to have some engagement on your LinkedIn article, it shows people that are about to read the article that it’s worth a look.
Give LinkedIn pods a try and get yourself a little LinkedIn engagement.
Now that we’ve taught you how to write a LinkedIn article, it’s time for you to write another one!
You can build on the initial topic you write about and create a weekly series, repurpose the entire post for use in another medium, or even come back to it again after a year and write an update.
If you don’t feel like you have the time to continuously churn our articles, think about truncating some of the posts on your website.
LinkedIn articles are powerful.
They allow normal people on LinkedIn a publishing platform to voice out their thoughts and get recognized for their expertise.
People who publish articles on LinkedIn are usually industry and thought leaders, if you’re aiming for influencer status, they help build the reputation and social proof that you need.
Also, remember this.
Knowing how to write a LinkedIn article is an essential part of your skillset as a growth hacker.
A growth hacker should be well-versed in a number of disciplines, and promoting content is one of them.
If you aren’t publishing LinkedIn articles yet, then you’ve got to do something about that today.
You already know how to write a LinkedIn article right?
Does your business need more awareness, leads, and sales?