So, you’ve spent a considerable amount of time writing your latest blog post. You’ve even searched some royalty free image websites so that you can add some relevant images to the post. Think you are all ready to hit the publish button and unleash this latest post into the big wide world? Not so fast!
Before you do post your latest blog post, there are a few last-minute checks that you need to carry out. These are just so that you can make sure your post is as good as it possibly can be and that there won’t be any reasons for you to go back and edit it at a later date.
So, ready to take one final look over your blog post to make sure it is 100% ready for the public to read it? Here are all the final checks that you need to make.
Are you sure that there are no spelling or grammar mistakes in the text anywhere? It’s a good idea to have one final proofread so that you can correct any small mistakes that might have crept into your text. To make sure that there are no errors left in, you might want to ask a friend or relative to quickly read over the blog post – they will find it easier to pick out all of your mistakes!
Even if you use some creative commons images in your blog post, you still need to credit the source. Otherwise, you could get into some trouble with the original photographer. It’s easy to credit an image; you just need to link to the original source underneath it. It’s also important to preview your post so that you can make sure the pictures look good once published. Some blog platforms might shrink or make them too large once published.
You need to add plenty of links into all of your blog posts so that their overall SEO rating increases, which will make it much easier to attract more web traffic to your site. That’s because your blog will start to appear right at the top of the relevant Google searches. Hopefully, other blogs that you link to will notice. It’s then only fair that they add some SEO backlinks to your blog, which will increase your SEO further. Another great way to get some backlinks is to make sure that you are posting unique and current content on a regular basis!
Does your blog post title have some keywords in it? If not, then you need to add some before you press the publish button. These keywords in the title will do wonders for the SEO. It’s also a good idea to make sure that there are plenty of related keywords sprinkled throughout your blog post as well.
It’s always good to invite comments under your blog posts as these will improve reader engagement. This will encourage people to keep on returning to your blog and connecting with you and your content. So, you should double check that you haven’t accidentally disabled the comment section underneath your blog post somehow.
Categories And Tags
You also need to make sure that you have added plenty of categories and tags to your blog post. This helps to organize it on your website and will make it easier for people to find using the search function on your website. Not only that, though, but adding plenty of tags can also help to improve the blog post’s SEO ranking.
Call To Action
Have you added a call to action somewhere in the post? These are important as they prompt your readers to carry out something that you want them to do. For instance, you could try and persuade them to sign up to your newsletter or you might add a call to action that encourages them to leave a comment underneath. These calls to action are useful because they can help you get more subscribers and comments and achieve all the goals that you have set yourself!
Prepare Post Promotion
Do you know how you will promote your post on social media? If not, it’s a good idea to draft a few tweets and facebook posts before you publish it so that you can start to promote it straight away. Don’t waste any time with your promotion as that could lose you some readers!
Once you have carried out all of these checks, you are good to hit publish and put your post out there!