Creating a blog post requires a lot of planning. From keyword research to effective promotion, there are a lot of steps that go into creating a great article. If you struggle to get it all done, or you find that your posts aren’t ranking they way you want them to, this free printable post planner can help you to stay organized and on track to get yourself on the road to successful blogging.
As a blogger, it is important to plan your content in advance. This helps to ensure that you are producing quality content that is both relevant and interesting to your audience. Planning your content also allows you to target specific keywords and topics that you want to rank for, which can help to improve your blog’s visibility online.
Additionally, planning your content can help you to better manage your time and resources, as you will have a clear idea of what needs to be done in order to produce quality content for your blog.
When it comes to planning your content, there are a few key things that you will need to keep in mind. First, you will need to decide on the topics that you want to write about. Once you have a general idea of the topics that you want to cover, you can then start to research specific keywords and phrases that you want to target. Once you have a list of keywords, you can then begin to create your content around those keywords.
Additionally, it is important to consider the format of your content, as this can impact how well it is received by your audience. For example, if you are writing a blog post, you will want to make sure that it is easy to read and understand. However, if you are creating an infographic or video, you will want to make sure that it is visually appealing and informative.
Once you have planned your content, it is important to start writing. When you are first starting out, it is often helpful to write a few drafts of your content before you publish it. This will allow you to make sure that you are happy with the final product. Additionally, it is important to proofread your content before you publish it. This will help to ensure that there are no errors or typos in your content.
Finally, when you are ready to publish your content, you will want to make sure that you promote it effectively. For example, you may want to share it on social media or submit it to directories. By promoting your content, you can help to ensure that it reaches a wide audience.
By following these tips, you can help to ensure that you are creating quality content for your blog. Additionally, by planning and promoting your content effectively, you can help to improve your blog’s visibility online.
Outlining Your Post
Using an outline to write a blog post can be very helpful. You can research your topic to find out the common questions your audience is asking and endeavor to cover them in your article. Create a list of headings so that you can include them in your post, making sure to cover them as thoroughly and as succinctly as you can.
It also makes sure you don’t forget anything that you want to incorporate in your post, including keywords that will help your search engine optimization (SEO).
Writing a Description
Writing your description in advance will help you to not only summarize your whole post in advance, pinning down the crux of your post to help keep you on subject, but it will allow you to create your meta data and social media share text quite easily when it comes to it.
Writing a Draft
Get your draft done as quickly as you can. Do your best, but don’t worry too much if it’s not perfect. You can edit it later. Just try to cover all of your questions, and stick to the outline as much as you can. Make a note of anything you may need to add a visual to, and decide what type of visual will work best. Do you need photos, and if so, will stock images work, or do you need original photography? Will a video work better to get your point across? How about an infographic?
You can choose to edit your post right away, or do it later, just be sure to do it before you hit publish. I highly encourage you to learn to do it yourself, but you can also hire it out if needed. At the very least, ask a trusted friend or family member to look it over for you.
Gather your photos, videos and other visuals that you’ll need. Remember that original photography is always better than stock if you can do it. If photos aren’t your strong suit, you can always hire it out while you learn to get better. There are plenty of online classes you can take, and Youtube is there for pretty much everything you need to learn.
Once you have all the visuals you need, you’re nearly there.
Links help to support your information. Find links to help where needed. If you want your audience to be able to learn more about a subject, find the best link you can, and send them to it. You can also find good affiliate links to send them to for any products that you think are worth buying. Don’t promote products you don’t believe in. Your reputation is on the line. Don’t blow it for a few bucks.
Write Meta Descriptions and Create Promo Graphics
Since you have already written a description and created visuals, you should find this step pretty simple. Just add them into your post where needed in the back end. Also choose your categories and make sure the post has incorporated the keywords you chose before.
Do one final check that everything looks good, then publish your post! Congrats! You’re live!
Promote, Promote, Promote!
Pin your post on Pinterest! Share it on Instagram! Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media you are a part of. Don’t forget to send an email to your list. You DO have an email list, right? If not, get on it! Promote it anywhere you can, but don’t spam.
Engage, Engage, Engage!
Make sure you are engaging with your audience. Whether you are brand new with one comment a month or you hit the big time with ten million followers, remember to engage. Answer comments, reply to emails, and show gratitude to those who take the time to appreciate you. There may come a time when there are more comments than you can possibly answer, but until such time, do your best to always respond.
Call to Action
Finally, one of the most important parts of a good post is to make sure you have a call to action somewhere inside. Whether it’s asking people to comment, sharing a link to your Instagram, or urging people to pin your recipe, give them something to DO on each post. Otherwise, they’ll simply read then leave.
On that note, don’t forget to download your free printable blog post planner below. It’ll help you stay on track as you write each post and remind you each step of the way how to get the very best results from your efforts. Good luck!