Don't Publish Your Blog Until You Do This Checklist!

Last Update: April 08, 2019

A HANDY DANDY CHECKLIST THAT WILL INCREASE TRAFFIC TO YOUR BLOG.

I thought it would be helpful to you if I shared a list I made and use for each and every blog post I write. I actually have a "Before" and "After" Checklist. This way, I make sure I have completed each task I need to before I hit "Publish," and the steps I take afterwards to promote my blog.

BEFORE YOU PUBLISH:

1. Quality of Writing: Write a post that is beneficial to your reader, and that uses keywords and has a persuasive tone. Get friendly!

2. For Easy Reading: Make sure your text is divided into small sections of no more than 300 words in each section, and use headings for each.

3. Internal Linking: Link to previous blog posts from within your text that relate to what you're talking about.

4. Discussion: Ask questions within the text to prompt interaction in the comments section.

5. A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words: Upload appropriate and related "brand" images that are SEO worthy.

6. Alt Tagging: Fill out the Alt Text in your images. They will also be picked up by the Search Engines. Make sure they are keywords or keyphrases. (NOTE: The Alt Texts are highly used by Pinterest Search Engines.)

7. Brand Each Post: Choose and add a "featured" image to each blog post. This will be one certain image that you use on all your posts-- as your sort of emblem that ties all your posts together. (I use the image on my logo with my website name.)

8. Rock the Search Engines: Make sure your post is SEO Stellar!

9. Eliminate Errors: Proofread at least 3 times.

10. Optional: You can also produce and embed a related video into your post, connecting it from YouTube. To learn more, follow along with Jay's April Webinars. Here is his first one: Introduction to YouTube Marketing

AFTER YOU PUBLISH: (This is just my routine--you may have your own.)

1. Pin Your Posts: Use Rich Pins and Pin each post's images to Pinterest. You may want to make a copy and edit them to fit vertically. (Using Rich Pins allows you to add more SEO-rich content. Pinterest will walk you through setting them up.)

2. Share in Group Boards: Now Pin these Rich Pins to Group Boards that are topic-related.

3. Social Sharing: Share your post on FB, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. (You may want to Tweet your post several times on Twitter.)

4. Communication: Respond to any comments you get in a timely manner.

5. Analytics Tracking: Check the analytics to track your engagement.

6. Repeat Pins: Re-Pin your post images in Pinterest in a couple months, or as often as you see fit.

7. Affiliate Marketing: You may add affiliate links if and where you set fit.

Here's a training I wrote to guide you on Pinterest. Pinterest Points

Also, a good friend of mine here has written an awesome post with more helpful writing tips!

From LaurenJean:

How to Improve Your Writing Skills to Wow Your Readers

There you have it!

I hope this Checklist has been helpful in assisting you with your blog process!

PLEASE LIKE and SHARE, if you wish, to INFORM others! Thank You!

Erin :)!

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Cbaxley1 Premium
Great tips on writing and reviewing the blog. I'll use this going forward. I truly want to make it in the blogging world. I need all the help I can get, and your post really helps me go in the direction I need to go. Thanks again for such a great informational post.
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FKelso Premium
Erin, I have been asking all over for the answer to this question, and I'll bet you can answer it. When I use that pinterest P to save pictures in a blog post, it often disappears when I try to click it. I have to sneak up on it. Is there some little secret to getting it to hold still long enough to click it?
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herinnelson Premium
Yes, Fran. For some reason, it is malfunctioning. There are 2 things you can do. Either go to the settings in your WordPress Pinterest Button plugin and make sure where it says, "Show Pin It Button on Image Hover" that it is clicked to "Yes." You can also delete that plugin and use the one I use: "Pinterest Pin It Button On Image Hover And After Post & Page Content" (That's the full name of it)--then go to settings and do the same as above.

Hope this resolves your issue---please let me know!

Erin :)!
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FKelso Premium
I don't have a plugin. Pinterest installed the P.
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herinnelson Premium
I went to your cat site to look more into this--it is AMAZING, by the way--but, I didn't see any P's on your images.
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FKelso Premium
Maybe you don't see them on my site, but I see them. That's how I move them to pinterest. Now I have to go look...will be right back...

Just went to look. When you hover over the picture, it has the P and the word save in red; however, when you go to click on them, they move or disappear. You have to be very sneaky. Maybe I should ask Pinterest. Maybe they only show up on mine? Try it again...see if you see it when you hover over the pic.

https://celebratingcats.com
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DeniseAS Premium
Thank you Erin I love this checklist. I must admit there is some stuff on it I do not yet understand how to do, but I now know what to look for. I have been planning on writing up a checklist/to do list for my daily work routine and this is a great start for blogging. Thank you so much for sharing.
Denise.
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herinnelson Premium
My pleasure, Denise and nice to connect! This will give you a kind of 'heads up' as you write your new posts!

Erin :)!
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Talk2Ray Premium
Thank you for sharing these points Erin. Will have to add this thought process to my work. Every time I think I have it all together I forget where I put it. LOL. I am always learning, and appreciate all the effort you put in to share what you have learned.
Thanks Again.
Ray
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herinnelson Premium
Very nice of you to say so, Ray! It's my pleasure to help you out! This whole ordeal is a learning process, for sure!

Enjoy and Blessings!

Erin :)!
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Barney44 Premium
Erin
One thing that is so often overlooked when posting to proofreading (spellcheck, grammar and readability).

Nothing to me will turn me off when reading an article or a book that write has used the wrong word (to/two) or words are run together.

A great article/book that has lots of errors indicates writer is just wanting to get published and does not care about the quality.

This morning I was reading a post that almost every paragraph had at least two sets of words run together.

Just my thoughts. I know I sometimes find errors even after having a professional proofread my book.

Barry
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herinnelson Premium
Yes, it's easy to overlook errors, Barry. That's why I take pride in reading everything at least 3 times before publishing. I'm an English buff at heart. I guess it's because my Mother was a teacher and my daughter also teaches. I even re-read and sometimes edit my comments here! HAHA! Great insight---thanks so much!

Erin :)!
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neilc Premium
Nice list, Erin :)

I'd like to add my own 2 cents.

When it comes to alt tagging, this is actually a crucial step for rankings (as I discovered).

I kinda forgot to add tags to images in 100s of posts (oops!). It took weeks of painstaking work lol.

But after doing so, it boosted my Domain and page authority by 4 points each.

So is a MUST for SEO.

Second of all, ensuring your meta titles and descriptions (with keyword inserted) Is also a MUST for SEO and rankings.

As soon as I switched from All In One SEO plugin to Yoast, I saw that a lot of my titles and descriptions were in the red - either too short or too long.

Additionally, I kinda forgot to add full review keywords into meta descriptions, so spent another few weeks updating the meta lol.

Which improved overall rankings in Google.

I highly recommend switching to Yoast. Best thing I ever did. AIOS is a pile of crap that failed to show where I went wrong.

But ensure to export your SEO settings before making the switch.

Bottom Line:

If you don't use alt tags, and your meta settings are also off point, it WILL negatively impact your rankings and traffic.
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herinnelson Premium
Hey, Neil! Great comment and feedback, my friend! I've used Yoast since day one here. I love the red light / green light methodology they use! I definitely find my posts more visible with Yoast. However, I do have All-In-One SEO plugin, which I only use for the General Settings.

I also use Schema to get noticed online. Here is a post I wrote about it. The Alt Tags are directly searched by the Pinterest searches, also. So, that in itself is one good reason to Pin your post images. We seem like we're a lot alike in our thinking! Thanks for your valuable input! I truly appreciate hearing your thoughts on this!

Erin :)!
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neilc Premium
Thanking You, Erin! :)

Cool, Yoast is great! It's far from perfect but still beats AIOS lol.

Thanks for the schema post. :) Had used schema in the past with some reviews, but Google chose at random when to display the stars and article author. So I just gave up with it lol.

Yeah, alt tagging is deffo a bonus with Pinterest.

Great minds think alike, and all that ;)
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herinnelson Premium
I absolutely agree about Yoast! However, I'm not seeing the effectiveness of Schema either--as first intended, but will still plug away with it. Hopefully it will improve my traffic at some point. See you around!
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GomMagtibay Premium
Thanks for sharing these tips. I'd like to ask, which one should come first? Pin and re-pin the pictures to Pinterest? Or, publishing the blog post first?
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herinnelson Premium
Hey, Gomer! Pinning comes after you publish. Then, when your blog post is completed, you can Pin and send people to read it.

Erin :)!
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GomMagtibay Premium
Thanks for clarification. It's been a while since the last time I used Pinterest, so I almost forgot how it works.
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JM80525 Premium
A very useful post. Thank you, Erin!
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herinnelson Premium
You're quite welcome, my new friend! Happy to connect!

Erin :)!
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PPeveto Premium
May I copy and save and use this?
This is great!
Pete
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herinnelson Premium
Absolutely, Pete! Glad to help you out, my friend!

Erin :)!
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PPeveto Premium
Thanks Erin!

And much congratulations on your success!!

Pete :)!
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herinnelson Premium
Thanks, Pete! Same to you!
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accad Premium
They are basic steps to ensure a post is a quality one.
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herinnelson Premium
Precisely, Jimmy! Enjoy!

Erin :)!
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ashdew Premium
A very good checklist. Thanks Erin.
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herinnelson Premium
Glad you will be able to use it, Ash! Thanks for your nice comment!

Erin :)!
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JaneMahlehle Premium
Thanks a bunch Erin 🌷
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herinnelson Premium
My pleasure, Dear One! Love the tulip! xo

Erin :)!
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JaneMahlehle Premium
😊
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Dhind1 Premium
Nice list Erin,

I will incorporate into my blog posting.
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herinnelson Premium
Glad it will help you out, Alex! Nice to see you!

Erin :)!
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Elaine28 Premium
Thank you, i will keep in mind! Thanks for sharing!
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herinnelson Premium
That's great, Elaine! You're so welcome, my dear! xo

Erin :)!
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apache1 Premium
Thank you, Erin, a vital and essential list to have next to you

Well done

Andre
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herinnelson Premium
You're quite welcome, Andre--and thank you!

Erin :)!
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apache1 Premium
No Thank you Erin a much-needed list as I said for many to have nearby.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Andre :))
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herinnelson Premium
What a nice reply to my reply, Andre! This has been a great weekend! Hope yours was, too!
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apache1 Premium
You deserve the accolades and yes I had a nice weekend glad you did too.
blessings :))

Andre
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TherapyJet Premium
Great info, thanks Erin
Jane
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herinnelson Premium
My pleasure, Jane! xo Nice to have you come by!
Erin :)!
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