Last updated on August 1st, 2018 at 06:56 pm
A blog post checklist can help you when you’re a brand new blogger. Blogging is confusing and this blog checklist will help you understand what you should be doing whenever you hit publish on your blog. If you’re just publishing new content and not taking the time to implement these tips, you might be wasting a lot of time.
Growing a blog is hard, you have to write the content, create the images, videos and everything else that comes with growing a successful blog.
Sitting down to write an amazing blog post is one thing. But what do you do when you’ve written that amazing content?
It can be confusing and if you don’t have a blog post checklist that you can refer to on a regular basis. Chances are you might not be making full use of your content.
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Why You Need A Blog Post Checklist
If you’re a brand new blogger, you might not really understand what you’re supposed to do after hitting publish. Back in the day when I first started with my very first blog, I had no clue what to do.
I had the mentality that as long as I was publishing great content, people would eventually find my blog. Guess what, it doesn’t happen that way.
Fast forward several years later and the competition in blogging has just grown. There are literally thousands of blogs being started every day.
Many of you will say that this is a bad thing. That there’s just too much competition to be able to create a successful blog. However, I am a true believer that there is enough room for all of us to have a piece of the Internet dream.
You Can Still Succeed
Regardless of what anyone tells you, I truly believe that you write amazing content that helps people. Then eventually over time, your people will find you.
The downside is that these people won’t find you overnight. Sometimes it takes a while for people to find your blog. So don’t let the fear of competition scare you.
As long as you are continually publishing great content that actually helps people, I think you can create a profitable blog.
Of course, it takes more than just publishing great content.
12 Things You Need to Do After Publishing A Post
These are not written in any particular order. As long as you take the time to do these tasks, you will get people to see your content and your blog will start to grow.
#1 Pin Your Blog Post On Pinterest
As you know, I am a huge fan of Pinterest and that’s where most of my focus goes. One of the first things you should do is is pin your blog post to one of your Pinterest boards.
I always make it a point to pin my new blog posts to my most relevant board. When I first started using Pinterest, I would pin my new pins to my Susan Velez Posts Board.
However, after experimenting with my pins. I’ve noticed that my pins do a lot better when I post the new pin to the most relevant board before pinning it to my Susan Velez board.
If you need help on getting your staying organized with your pinning strategy, I’ve created my Daily Pinning Pinterest Templates that show you how I keep up with manual pinning on Pinterest.
#2 Schedule Your Pin to be Pinned to Any Relevant Boards and Group Boards
Once you’ve pinned your pin to your own board, it’s time to start scheduling it to go out to any relevant group boards. I personally use Board Booster and Tailwind to help me with my automated scheduling.
While I do some manual pinning, the truth is that I don’t have enough time to always do manual pinning. That’s where the automated tools come into play.
They allow me to enjoy the weekend or focus on other important tasks in my business without having to log into my Pinterest account every day.
#3 Share Your Post on Facebook Groups
While I have to admit that I don’t do a lot with Facebook. I always make it a point to share my new blog posts on the walls of the Facebook Groups that allow people to share new blog posts.
Right now, I currently share my new blog posts to 4 Facebook groups every time I hit publish. I actually haven’t taken the time to find more Groups to share.
When I first started sharing my blog posts, I wouldn’t get any engagement. Now, that I’ve been publishing new blog posts 3x per week, I tend to get better engagement from the group.
There are usually people letting me know that they’ve either shared my content or they just love it. Either way, I appreciate all the shares and engagement that I get from Facebook Groups.
So if You start sharing content in the groups and you don’t notice anything but crickets at first. That’s okay, just keep sharing and eventually you will start getting people to engage with your content.
#4 Tweet Your New Blog Post
When I started this blog, I knew nothing about Twitter. At times, I still don’t think that I know a lot. However, that doesn’t stop me from tweeting my blog posts as soon as they go live.
While Twitter does bring me some traffic, it’s nothing amazing. However, it’s so easy to share your blog posts via Twitter, especially if you’re using the right social sharing plugin.
I currently use the Social Warfare Plugin for my blog posts. It really doesn’t matter which social sharing plugin you use as long as it’s easy for others to share your content.
Related: Why I Use Social Warfare
#5 Schedule Your Post on Twitter Several More Times
One of the mistakes that I used to make with my blog posts is that I would just Tweet the post once as soon as I hit publish. For some reason, I was scared to Tweet it throughout the day.
Now, I make it a point to Tweet it a few times throughout the day and then I’ll also schedule it in Smarter Queue to be set up on auto-pilot.
As I mentioned, it’s important to make sure that you have the right tools that will help you grow your blog. You can’t expect to do everything manually.
Especially if you’re a one-person show.
#6 Create Another Pin for Pinterest for Your Post
While I don’t always create multiple pins for my blog posts. For the past two months, I’ve been making it a point to create more than one pin for my posts that I see starting to take off on Pinterest.
This means that you need to start paying attention to your pins on Pinterest. Once you start seeing people pinning it, then it means that it’s popular and people are loving it.
That’s all I need to justify taking the time to create another pin for that particular blog post. Plus, I have created several Pinterest templates that I use for my blog posts.
This makes it easy for me just to replace the text and images for my new pins. It’s definitely a time-saver instead of having to try to recreate the entire pin from scratch.
#7 Submit Your Pin to Tailwind Tribes
However, I’ve learned that the early stages of your pins are so important. That’s why I will make sure that I am sharing the pins on relevant boards for a few days before I actually submit them to the Tribes.
I’m actually not sure if this makes any difference or not. However, I want to make sure that Pinterest knows what my pins are about before I start saving them to Tribes.
Do you submit your pins to Tribes right away or do you wait for a few days? I’d be interested to see what you do when submitting your pins to Tribes.
#8 Let People Know You Mentioned Them In Your Blog Post
If you’ve mentioned anyone in your blog post, then you definitely want to make sure that you take the time to let the bloggers know about your newest blog post.
While there’s no set way to do this. I’ve found that just by sending them a direct message on Twitter has worked best.
When I first started doing this, I was actually scared to let others know that I mentioned them on their post. I didn’t think that people would actually jump over to the post and share it.
But guess what, most of them will actually take the time to share it. So if you mention anyone in your blog post, be sure to let them know about it.
Who knows they may just take the time to share it with their readers.
#9 Create A Content Upgrade for Your Post
Creating content upgrades are so time-consuming. When I first started this blog, I was creating all my content upgrades manually.
At one point I stopped creating them because it was just too time-consuming. It wasn’t until I found out about this plugin that has enabled me to easily make the most of my blog traffic.
The cool thing is that I don’t have to do anything but add some shortcode to my blog posts. You can read more about how I create my content upgrades with a simple plugin.
#10 Submit to StumbleUpon
If used correctly StumbleUpon can be a great way to get some traffic to your blog. The downside is that most of the traffic that comes to your blog from StumbleUpon will just bounce away quickly. (at least that’s my experience)
However, if you’re a brand new blogger then you definitely should be submitting your blog to StumbleUpon. Who knows, maybe you’ll have a better experience with the traffic than I do.
Here’s a great article that I found online that shows you how to get a boatload of traffic from StumbleUpon. Give it a try and let me know what you’re experience is with it.
Hopefully, it’s better than what I’ve seen from this type of traffic.
#11 Respond to Comments
Once your blog post goes live and you start promoting it, you want to make sure that you’re actually taking the time to respond to comments.
I make it a point to respond to my comments within 24 hours unless it’s the weekend. If people take the time to leave a comment, it’s just common courtesy to respond to them and let them know that you appreciate them taking the time to leave a comment.
#12 Add Post to Your List Page
One of the things that I have done that has helped me get more subscribers and make it easy for people to find my helpful blog posts is to create a list page on my blog.
If you follow Darren Rowse on ProBlogger then you know that he calls it a sneeze page. Here’s the podcast episode that you can listen to to get a better idea of what I’m talking about.
I have two sneeze pages on my blog. On one of them, I put all my blog traffic reports, which makes it easy for anyone to find out what I’m doing to grow my blog and see the results that I am getting month after month.
My second sneeze page has a list of all my helpful blog posts that will help a new blogger start, grow and monetize their blog.
Not every blog post goes on these pages. Only the blog posts that I feel will help take a blogger from point A to point B. Don’t forget to add an email opt-in form on these sneeze pages.
My sneeze pages have some of the highest conversions on the blog.
Final Take Away
These are just a few of the things that I do whenever I publish a new blog post. The truth is that there is so much more that I left out that you can do to promote your new blog post.
If you’re a brand new blogger, don’t try to do too much. I did that when I first started this blog, I was trying to do several different marketing strategies.
You know what I learned?
It’s impossible for you to do it all. Focus on 2-3 traffic strategies and learn how to master those strategies before moving on. I suggest starting with Pinterest because it’s been so good to me.
While I am still learning a lot and continue to implement new strategies. I’ve personally found it to be the best marketing strategy that works the fastest.
As long as you don’t go into it thinking that you’re going to have overnight success. You can learn how to use Pinterest to drive traffic to your blog.
If you still haven’t started your blog and you need help, check out my step-by-step guide to starting a blog on SiteGround. It has everything that you need to get started.
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What steps do you take every time you hit publish on your blog? Let me know, I’d love to see what is helping you grow your blog.
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