You have just written a fantastic blog post and you are really proud of it. You can’t wait to publish and share it with the world. But stop and take a moment, what should you do after writing a blog post? As a consistent blogger, I thought this would be useful for myself and for other bloggers out there who are new to the art of blogging.
After much research, I have come up with a checklist of questions to make sure your blog post is up to par and ready for publication. Once, you can say yes to them all, you are good to go.
Is your content keyword rich
Images matter least when it comes to writing content for a blog post. You need to focus on the title and use Google AdWords research tool to make sure your blog post is optimized and keyword rich.
Have you shared each post on multiple destinations
An RSS feed (Really Simple Syndication) is technology being used by web users to keep track of their favorite websites. It allows you to subscribe to the website and receive up to date information (news feed). By using this RSS feed, you can automatically share your blog content with subscribers, social media and business sites to increase your viewership. These sites may include: Facebook business pages and LinkedIn profiles.
Are your page URLs short and snappy
By keeping the page URLs short and to the point, you can get more space on twitter and it allows content writers to gain useful insight into your post’s success. Short and snappy URLs are easy to remember too.
Are your status updates customized
When writing for a specific audience, the status update needs to be appropriate for those accessing each individual destination. E.g. your audience on twitter may be different than those on facebook, so make sure your status updates reflect that.
Have you posted teasers for your blog post
Are your blog titles boring and bland? Change this now! By posing a question or writing a compelling headline, you can effectively reel in your audience. Provide some brief commentary and the shortened URL, then lastly ask readers for their feedback. Through visitors’ comments, you can start an engaging discussion with readers.
Did you bookmark your content
You can post your content to popular bookmarking sites (Digg). This is a great way to gain exposure, backlinks and a fantastic source for site traffic. Why don’t you give it a go?
Have you considered commenting on other blogs
When you provide helpful comments on other blogs, it can be an excellent way to generate site traffic, build good rapport with readers and increase your following. At the end of your comment, add a back-link to your site.
Why don’t you try offering your assistance on twitter
Twitter is a great way to communicate with your readers and increase your following quickly. Search for relevant discussions on Twitter and participate. Give your advice and follow up with your article’s shortened link. Don’t lead with the link as it seems pushy, and makes you seem only interested in your own article. Readers will be less likely to open the link.
Have you shared content with your target audience
Keep an email list of all your target audience and share your content with them as and when content is published. That way, once you publish a blog post, every reader who has subscribed to the blog will receive an alert.
Can this content be added to your newsletter
You think this is some of your best content, right? Why not place it in a newsletter that will be distributed to subscribers on a regular basis? Use analytics to learn which of your blog posts are most successful. This can give you more information with regards to future posts.
Have you asked other bloggers to mention your post on their blogs
Use this only in special cases. Don’t overuse this novelty. Ask bloggers to mention your post on their social media accounts as a favor. You can even include a pre-written tweet with a back-link so that bloggers won’t have to put too much thought into it. Remember this is a favor, make it easy for them. Their time is precious too.
Now that you know what to do after writing a blog post, why don’t you write an article and put these points to good use. If these prove fruitful, share your success stories with us. We would love to hear from you.
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