So you have written your amazing blog post. And you have also saved its draft on your favorite blogging platform. Now if your goal is just to write for yourself and you don’t care about traffic to your blog, you will still find this post useful.
1. Check Your Post for Typos or Grammatical Errors
As soon as you have written your post, the first thing you should do is check it out for any typos or grammatical errors and omissions. There is an inbuilt spell check in WordPress which you can utilize to do this or In MS WORD you can use the spelling and grammar (F7) check to do this.
2. Check For Any Broken Links
After you have reviewed your blog for typos and grammatical errors, the next thing can be checking that any links used in the blog post are not broken. You do not want your website visitors to land on that 404 error page or do you?
3. Review Your Post For Formatting and Structure
Use the post preview tool to check the appearance of your blog post. Check out the images, text alignment and how the overall post structure is showing up. Make the required amendments to ensure your post looks great to the eye. This is important because content that is visually appealing has more probability of getting read and shared. See Why Visual Content Will Explode In 2015 – Forbes
4. Review Images Used In Blog Post
Check your images for alt text to ensure that your post looks fine in the event that the images are not showing up. Adding an alt text and description also helps in getting the images ranked on search engine and help build your blog rating.
5. Check SEO status of Your Blog Post
You can also check to see if your post is SEO optimized or not. WordPress comes with a plugin which makes your life a lot easier when it comes to SEO, you can use Yoast or ULTIMATE SEO plugins to ensure that your post is optimized for search engines like Google, Bing and Yahoo.
6. Submit Your Blog Post To Search Engines
Once you have taken care of the things from the above points, you can now submit your blog post to search engines to get indexed faster. The earliest your post starts getting indexed and showing up in search results the better response you can expect in terms of website traffic.
7. Share Your Awesome Blog Post on Social Media
Now is the time to tell your social media fans and followers about your blog post. You can use a plugin like publicize or social media management tools like HootSuite or buffer to do this. You can easily publish your post on Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and other social networks to get website traffic from there and increase the probability of your content going viral.
8. Send Your Blog Post To Your Newsletter Subscribers
Send your blog post to your newsletter subscriber, again if you have a blog on WordPress your job is made easy by email newsletter plugins, WordPress also integrates seamlessly with email service providers like MailChimp and constant contact to ensure your subscribers know about this post and remain engaged to your blog. Each of your engaged blog subscriber is worth 100s of dollars and is a key factor in building your overall brand value. Read Determining Subscriber Value: What’s an Email List Member Worth?
9. Comment on Relevant Blog Posts
Once you have written your blog post, you should do a simple search on Google to check out results which are in similar niche and cover something interesting. You can leave a helpful comment with useful information, your point of view or insight. This will ensure that you get more natural visitors from visitors on the blogs where you left your comments.
10. Back-Up Your Blog Posts
You would not want your hard work to be wasted by a server crash or configuration errors. I always recommend taking a back-up of all your articles. You can use Google drive or Dropbox to do this. I recommend taking multiple back-ups of all your data and ensure your website back-up is also scheduled on the hosting servers you are using. You can also take a back-up of your WordPress blog post easily using the WordPress import/export feature.
So, these were my recommendations on things you must do after writing your blog post, do you have anything to add or think I have missed something? Please let me know in the comments below.