If you’re new to the site – Welcome! Be sure to check out these posts, too, to get started on your journey:
- decided to start a blog
- found our niche
- bought a domain
- chose the blogging platform
- set up your blog and made it all pretty 🙂
- signed up for and installed Google Analytics
- added copyright to the website footer
- added an About Page
- set up our email newsletter
- learned how to choose and install a new plugin
- checked out my list of must have plugins
- discussed ways to grow a blog fast
- come up with an SEO checklist
- how to start vlogging
- how to start making money through sponsored posts
- Backing Up Your Blog: A Cautionary Tale
- how & why to Start A Blog Post Spreadsheet
What To Do After Publishing A Blog Post
Every time you write a blog post there are certain things you want to make sure you do. Once the blog post is published on your site there’s another whole list of things you need to do.
Just because you publish a blog post doesn’t mean ANYONE will see it – except maybe your Mom… lol That’s why you need a checklist of things you do after you publish your posts. Sometimes I try and wing it and not look at my checklist – and inevitably I end up a few blog posts later realizing I had been skipping an important step or two. So, I keep my checklist handy and make sure to follow it every time so that I don’t forget anything. Playing catch up is no fun – as we saw in the spreadsheet post.
I thought I would share my checklist with you and it will give you a basis for making your own checklist. Not everyone’s checklist will be the same depending on your objectives.
For my checklist, after I hit publish, I follow these steps:
- Pin my post to Pinterest to my relevant boards
- Pin to my relevant group boards
- Post to my G+ account
- Post to my Facebook page
- Add to any other social media accounts
- Add to Bing Webmaster Tools
- Add to Google Search Console
- Add to my blog spreadsheet
- Add to your email newsletter
You might have more than one board on your Pinterest account that is relevant for your post. Choose all relevant boards and post away.
2. Pinterest Group Boards
Also, don’t forget Pinterest group boards, they are so important to your social media strategy as they can be seen by other people’s readers, which expands your reach.
Google Plus is a misunderstood beast. That is mainly because Google keeps changing the rules. They used to say it was the most important social media channel to get noticed and indexed properly for Google search. Then they kinda abandoned it, but, some of the features are still important to them. Which is perfectly understandable if you understand Google. Google is a secret society… well kinda – they are super secretive about the exact ways you can get to the top of Google search (which would give you a TON of traffic) because people would (and have) manipulate the system. So they keep it hush hush and tell us half (most likely less..) of what we need to know to be successful with Google search. All of that to say – post here. lol
4. Facebook Page
Always post to your Facebook Page. Some people are super successful with Facebookand some have literally no success at all no matter how hard they try. But, if it works – it works well and it’s simple, so post here.
Years ago when I first started blogging we always said Facebook was for readers and Twitter was for brands. Alot has changed over the years and readers are becoming much more emgaged on Twitter and brands are still very active on Twitter, so to reach your readers, new readers, and maybe connect with some brands you’ll need to Tweet!
6. Other Social Media
These would Instagram, Tumblr, LinkedIn to mention just a few. There are new social media platforms popping up ALL the time, so don’t spread yourself too thin. Try to find where your readers and potential readers are active and focus a good portion of your attention there, but, don’t put all of your eggs in one social media basket… they can change the rules (and DO!) at any time leaving you with NO readers because you focused solely on one.
7. & 8. Add Url To Bing & Google
Google and Bing both have Webmaster Tools that help you with your traffic from search. Google has changed the name of theirs to Google Search Console (formerly Google Webmaster Tools). In both of these you can add your site and then add your urls as you publish them. Bing assures us that once you have added your url to their tool it is “immediately” added to their index, which means your post is searchable and able to be found. The way to make sure it is found when searched for, is to use an SEO Checklist when you are writing your post.
9. Blog Spreadsheet
We about making a blog spreadsheet before, it is super important and will help you so many times I cannot even tell you!
10. Email Newsletter
Whether you email your readers once a week, once a day, or somewhere in between always make sure to email them about your new posts. They won’t magically know that you have added a new post unless you remind them. Some people like to put the whole post in their newsletter. I prefer an excerpt with a link to the post – I prefer that so that I get the traffic. If they can read the entire post in the email why do they need to come to your site?
That’s my Checklist Of Things To Do After You Publish A Blog Post. I hope it was helpful. Again this is mine, you might find that other things need to be added or removed to work for you, this is just a place to start!
This is one in this series of posts. We are covering topics on how to start a blog, how to make money blogging, and how to enjoy blogging. Be sure to read all of these posts so you don’t miss any of the steps you’ll need to start your own business and be able to work from home! As I write new posts you’ll see them added to this page.