The Quick 10-Item Checklist for Publishing Blog Posts

I know you want a quick and easy way to understand this process of publishing blog posts. You’re busy trying to get your various blog articles published on time. That’s why I made this article as succinct as possible. I want you to find what you need quickly so that you can get back to your own work asap.

Publishing Blog Posts: Intro

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Proofreading

1) You’ve proofread your final draft in full at least once (preferably twice or more) for grammar and spelling.

  • Don’t trust spell check in Microsoft Word.
  • Trust only your eyes and the eyes of other human beings.

2) You’ve checked for content accuracy.

  • Do you have the right dates and other information?
  • Is your content up-to-date based on the subject’s evolution over time?

3) You’ve checked all hyperlinks included with your text.

  • Do your hyperlinks work, leading visitors to a different page or website?
  • Do your hyperlinks go to the page or website you intended?

4) You’re confident in your article’s headline and overall content appeal as well as structure and length.

  • Did you run your headline and content by others to see if they found them appealing?
  • Are your content’s structure and length suitable for your existing visitors and designated target audience?

5) You’ve added only original images or otherwise cited the image source.

  • Have you found a tool to help you create your own images?
  • If not, are you attributing the appropriate, legal credit to each image’s owner?

Publicity

6) You’ve created your social media promotional content for the next week or two.

  • Is your new blog article ready with custom content for each social platform?
  • Have you scheduled your social updates to go out at ideal times?

7) You’re ready to share your article on other blog sites as a guest blogger – customizing content to work for each site.

  • Are you signed up to be a contributor on different syndication sites?
  • Have you created different, customized drafts of your content that fits well with each guest site?

8) You’re ready to promote your article in blogging communities and elsewhere.

  • Do you have a list of go-to blogging communities where you are active?
  • Have you found ways to help others rather than just yourself in these communities?

Follow-Through

9) You’re able to commit the time to responding to most, preferably all, relevant interaction on your blog site and social media.

  • What strategy do you have in place to handle blog post comments and social media interaction?
  • Have you reserved time to respond to any and all comments or interactions?

10) You have plans for how you’re going to keep your article relevant and up-to-date over time.

  • How often do you check your post archives to see if any articles need a refresher?
  • Do you ever create new articles out of old content to start fresh with the topic?

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I hope that’s short enough that you’re able to get out of it what you were hoping for, and I hope it has helped you with your blogging efforts. If not, I highly recommend the following articles and blogs:

The Ultimate Content Marketing Checklist: 40 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Publishing Your Next Blog Post

Best Practices Guide for Making Sure Your Posts Look Good on Social Media

The Anatomy of a Perfect Blog Post: The Data on Headlines, Length, Images and More

How to Make the Best Blog Graphics (For Non-Designers)

A 20-Point Checklist to Making Guest Blogging a Big Success

The Compact Guide to Grammar for Busy People

If you have any questions or input, I welcome you to leave a comment. I’d love to hear what you think!