For Effective Planning
There are quite a few things that go into planning out a blog post! I thought it would be helpful and interesting to make a list of all the things I do before scheduling and posting a blog and then what I do after the blog has been posted.
The things I do before posting a blog are:
■ Brainstorming: I have a constant list on my phone and on my laptop of all of the ideas I have for posts. I occasionally take time to intentionally brainstorm and write out all of the ideas that are swirling around in my head.
■ Planning. Planning for me is so important. My goal is to post twice a week (Thursdays at 10 PM and Sundays at 3 PM) and I have been successful so far! Posting twice a week means planning content ahead of time and coming up with quality content.
I keep a running calendar of all of my blog posts in a file:
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This is the third month that I have used this system to plan out what I want to post and when, and it really works for me!
If you would like to read more about how I Schedule & Plan click on the link!
■ Write blog post – After planning and brainstorming, I will work on writing the content for the actual post.
■ Add pictures as needed – Sometimes my posts need pictures from an event (such as travelling or making a new recipe). I often take photos of the product that I am testing for a brand. Other pictures would be for a book review, adding a picture of the front cover of the book, etc.
■ Create graphic for blog post – I usually use <<Canva>> to create the graphics for my blog and let me just say, I LOVE Canva! It is free and user-friendly. I cannot recommend Canva enough.
■ After the post is mostly all put together, I will read through it to proofread and edit it.
■ Next I will go into the Yoast SEO settings and work on improving my readability:
I usually just type keywords until it turns green!
■ Set tags and category. I will then add my blog to a category and then add tags that are relevant.
■ Schedule post. I try to write all of my posts ahead of time so that I don’t worry about not having a post done on time.
I love that WordPress gives me an option to schedule my posts ahead of time, and then I don’t have to worry about it!
After blog is posted:
■ I will click on the post, just to make sure it reads okay and that all of the pictures are in the right place.
■ Share on social media. My biggest platforms right now are Twitter and Pinterest so I am working on getting more views from Facebook and Instagram!
■ Create Rich Pins. This ties in with the last step, but making sure that I actually share my posts on Pinterest and take the extra step to have a good caption with relevant hashtags is also super important!
■ Engage with other bloggers!! This is the fun part! Like and comment on other blog posts, start a conversation, share the love!
I hope you enjoyed this blog post!
As always, thanks for reading!
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