We asked a cross-section of bloggers the below question.
Do you have a checklist for publishing blog posts, and if so what is it?
Here is what they had to say.
“My checklist is really plain and simple:
– spell check
– formatting check to make reading easier (using headings, making certain sentences or words bold)
– checking hyperlinks are working properly
– choosing at least one category for the post
– adding tags to the post
– using the review function before the post is submitted
I generally write the post title in my notebook, tick it off once completed, write the date it has been published or is scheduled for and then have social media columns that I tick off once promoted across various platforms. If it’s something that can be shared in a kinky I will write in my diary when I need to link up so I don’t forget.
“Every good blog post starts with an idea. My first draft is all about getting the idea down into words. Once that is done, then I can edit and refine my words.
Edit, edit, edit! You want to make sure every post is as professional as possible so that the message of your post does not get lost among spelling errors.
Finally, I used to worry about coming up with a title for a post right off the bat, but I’ve learned over time that a good title is something that can come near the end. After spending a day or two putting together the content of a blog post, it is much easier for the perfect title to pop into your head.”
“Here’s the checklist that I use before I publish a post.
– Include a featured image at the top of the page
– Try to include at least one other high-quality image within the post
– Test all internal links
– Have the post proofed by at least one other person
– Meet a minimum word-count of 600 words
– Try to link to at least one internal page
– Preview post on mobile devices before publishing
– Plan out social shares
– Make title length between 50-60 characters
– Write an enticing meta description between 135-155 characters
– Add descriptive image alt/title tags
– Add a call-to-action to the page”
I use an editorial calendar. When I have an idea it gets on there. If I have the calendar not handy I send myself an email or text to copy it in the calendar later.
“Before publishing a blog post, the checklist would always go something like; photos, aligned text, blog signature, publish. Then after publishing, I would ambush my social media platforms to publicise the post.
Now, however, things are a little more civilised and orderly; text aligned, photos centred and enlarged if necessary, blog signature, check for spelling and grammatical errors, add links if necessary and add tags, check spelling again and again after that, then hit publish!
After publishing, I post once on every social media platform that I use for my blog, then again I post three days later, and then a week after that, and a month after that.”
Check all pictures are properly tagged for search engines
Quick double-check if any hotlinks have disappeared
The thing that has changed the most is remembering to add something for ‘properties’ on pics (I work in Blogger). I think I picked up this tip at BritMums Live.
I always feel a little apprehensive when I click ‘Publish’ – and I still don’t know why!!!”
“I always proofread to check for spelling mistakes and also to check it all makes sense! I find previewing the post easier to do this and you can see how it is going to look to your readers.
I also make sure I have included the relevant tags and descriptions along with changing the url to match the post. These are things I never concentrated much on when I first started but are essential to every post now.
The last thing I do before publishing is to include a page break, with the read more option. This again is another new thing to my blog but definitely has its benefits”
“I do. It includes all the things I need to do to set up the blog post, including:
- summary break
- featured image
- removing image links
- attaching link to the first image
- links to follow me
- links to style/products
- spell check
- schedule time
- direct link
- schedule twitter posts”
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