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Blog Post Checklist: What You Need to Do
If you’re here for the printable, it’s down below. But you should read the whole post, I’ll include a bunch of tips to help make this process easier for you.
Catchy Blog Post Title
Blog post titles are more important than just describing your post.
With tons of other blogs and content online, your titles need to capture the attention of the reader to help bring them in. You’ll be competing with all this other content and readers will be skimming blog post titles to find the content that’s right for them.
A catchy title will increase clicks to get you more readers.
The purpose of categories for your blog is for the organization.
Categories help you classify each of your posts into broad sections.
In a WordPress blog, this can be done under the document tab right in the post editor.
This post, for example, would go under my “Blogging” category.
Just like categories, tags are used for your blog’s organization. Tags, however, are used for a more specific organization.
In this post, I would use tags like “Free Printable,” “Blog Post,” and “Checklist.”
Each post should have 3-10 tags per post. I try to use tags that I think people would use to search.
Call-To-Actions (CTAs) are hooks that bloggers use to get their readers to do a specific thing.
Comment CTAs. Boost interaction on your blog posts by including a reason for your readers to comment.
You can also use CTAs to get readers to subscribe to your newsletter, to make a purchase, and even on your social media.
In WordPress, featured images are mainly cosmetic. But don’t write it off because of this.
Images are a great way to capture readers’ attention. Just look at how successful Pinterest is – it’s just a search engine with images.
Here’s an example of a few of my featured images, I made really simple ones with Canva.
Images to Compliment your Post
Images are a great way to help you explain your post and make your post look more visually appealing.
Each post should contain at least one image. This image should be relatable to the content of your post.
Image Alt Text
Image alt text is an image description that tells what readers and search engines what is going on in the image.
This alt text can also improve your blog’s SEO ranking.
Money Making Machine
Ads are a super easy source of income for your blog. You won’t make millions but you can definitely earn a bit even on a newer blog.
You can either choose the placement of your ads yourself or you can have the site you deal with your ads choose the placement for you.
Are you using affiliate links in your post? You need to make sure that your affiliate links are placed where they should be.
ALSO – and this is a big one – make sure that your affiliate links lead to where they are supposed to go.
If you have any kind of affiliate links or you are writing a sponsored post, you need to have a disclaimer.
I like to put all my disclaimers right at the top of my post so that it’s easily visible. You can also put a disclaimer right next to each link if you want.
Keyword research is a must – if you want anyone to find your blog. If not, then it isn’t a big deal.
Google Adwords has a free keyword planner to help you out.
The SEO title is the title that comes up in search results on sites like Google. This title can be the same as your post title or completely different.
You can easily edit this with the Yoast SEO plugin – which is a must-have plugin!
The meta description is a small summary of what your post’s content is about.
When searching in Google, this description will be under the SEO title.
External & Internal Links
External links are links in your post that lead to other websites. Where internal links will lead people to another post or somewhere else on your blog.
Having external links and internal links will help your site’s SEO.
Pinterest is an amazing FREE source of traffic for all kinds of blogs. It’s almost like a giant blog post catalog – where people are looking for posts just like yours.
You can create your own pins for FREE with sites like Canva. Canva can also create designs for your other social media accounts – and a lot more!
You’ve already done some keyword research earlier, but this is specifically for your Pinterest pin descriptions. Searching for keywords on Pinterest is super easy.
Here are my top ways to find Pinterest keywords:
- The Search Bar. Type in some keywords you’ve already discovered from above. Pinterest’s search bar will give you suggestions. Find more by actually hitting search and you’ll be able to scroll through a bunch more popular search options.
- Ads. And no you don’t have to pay for anything. Head over to “Create an Ad” under the tab button. When creating your ad, you’ll be able to search and choose relevant keywords for your ad. This keyword search will even give you the number of monthly searches each keyword has.
It’s time to put your research to work. Since Pinterest works like a search engine – and you want people to find your pins – add the keywords into your pin’s description.
If you’ve been blogging – even for a little while – or thinking about starting I’m sure you’ve heard of Tailwind.
Tailwind is an AMAZING program that lets you schedule pins to your Pinterest account. You’ll see a crazy boost in traffic from Pinterest once you start using Tailwind. You can read more about that here.
Tailwind has this really cool feature aside from pin scheduling, called Tailwind tribes. You join these groups called tribes that have similar content to yours. You’ll share their content and your tribemates share yours.
On the fence about Tailwind? Find out more about it here.
Looking to get more views on your post? Share it on social media!
Not only should you put tweeting out your new posts but you should look into a plugin called Click to Tweet. With the Click to Tweet plugin, you can add a ready-made Twitter post for your readers to share. Like this:Write better blog posts! Download your FREE checklist to start blogging right the first time! Click To Tweet
Since Instagram is a visual platform, you can create graphics to announce new blog posts. These can be created with free tools like Canva.
A Facebook post that announces your new blog post can be written or an image. Just remember that images tend to get more attention than a text post. You can even reuse the Instagram image you created in Canva.
Let your subscribers know when you publish a new post by emailing them. This is mainly why you
Summary to Get Your Best Blog Post
Here’s a quick recap of all the things you need before posting your perfect blog post:
- A catchy blog post title
- Featured Image
- Blog Post Images
- Image Alt Text
- Ads/Affiliate Links
- Keyword Research
- SEO Title
- Meta Description
- External and Internal Links
- Create Pins
- Pin Keyword Research
- Pin Description
- Tailwind Tribes
- Post To Social Media
- Email Subscribers
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