After having blogged for 7 years, I have gotten how I do my posts down to a science. So, I decided to make this checklist for each blog post just for you!
Before You Write Your Post
- Get inspired. Your thoughts, your day, your family, experiences, faith, knowledge, opinions, and anything you see can be turned into a blog post.
- Write your ideas down. I use OneNote and the voice memo apps on my Phone to keep track of my post ideas.
- Use a calendar to plan out your posts.
- Just write it out.
- Go back and organize into paragraphs with a good logical order. Make sure to do a grammar and spell check.
- Add in quotes or links.
- Add in images.
- Create at least one pinnable image. Use a high quality photo you’ve taken or use a royalty free image. I typically get mine from pexels.com or unsplash.com.
- Use a photo editing program. I use the free versions of Picmonkey and BeFunky.
- **I will do a later post on how to create pinnable images.**
- Insert your images where you want them. It is preferable to have them be the width of your post and center. Make sure horizontal and vertical images are the same width.
- Make sure to add an alt tag to at least the pinnable image.
Finish Your Post
- Add in your signature and a call to action (question, challenge, something at the end to engage your readers).
- Select the categories and tags for your post.
- Work on your SEO. I am still new to this, and as a WP user, I have the Yoast SEO plugin which makes it sooooo easy!
- Preview your post to make sure everything looks good.
- Schedule it out or immediately publish.
- Use the link to share your post on different social media. I typically schedule out my social media for the entire week on Saturdays, so I use schedulers.
- Use Tweetdeck to schedule out tweets with a hyperlink. I tend to only do it three times a day. Include an image for at least one of these tweets.
- Use your blog’s Facebook Page to schedule out a post–make sure you include an image.
- Use Latergram to schedule out an instagram image. Try not to use your pinnable image if it has text (especially if it is the title of the post). When the Latergram notification comes up to post it, make sure it links to at least Facebook. This will get it on your personal page.
- Join linkups!
- Join comment or share threads on different Facebook blogging groups! But, make sure to pay it forward!
- Reply to comments as soon as possible–you’ll get more engagement that way.
- Pin it to at least one relevant board on your Pinterest acount.
- Schedule out to have it pinned on different relevant boards and group boards intermittently throughout the next few weeks. I use Tailwind.
So, there you have it! I typically write all my posts for a week on Fridays/Saturdays and follow this checklist for each one. Meaning, I’ll go through this entire checklist for Monday’s post before beginning on Tuesday’s post. It works for me, I know exactly what to do and when, and it gets done.
What is your current Blog Post Checklist?