Here are 19 things you can do when your blog post is about to go live. I like to call it the After Post checklist because I’ve finished writing the post and most of the to-do list items below have to do with social media. So if you think tweeting and pinning your posts are the only things to do after you hit publish, this after post checklist is for you.
1. Pin your post to Pinterest
Be sure to use a short permalink when pinning on Pinterest. For example, yourwebsite.com/short-permalink, instead of yourwebsite.com/01/01/2017/title-of-the-blog-post-link. Amy Lynn Andrews has a great post explaining permalinks
and how you choose them.
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It’s important to have a list of things to double check in order to make your blog post the most effective it can be. I’ve put together a list of tips and questions you can ask yourself about every post that is put out. Not all of these tips need to be used on every blog post, but if there is the opportunity to use as many as possible it will make your posts more useful for your readers and for sharing. Every single one of these tips/questions is helpful and useful in improving your blog posts.
An effective and engaging post title that includes post keywords and encourages people to click on it
The post title is one of the most important parts of writing your post. This helps people decide if they want to read your blog post or not. The post title needs to be SEO friendly as well. It needs to have keywords so that it is easier to find in search engines.
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There are a ton of reasons to start a business, but with every business, there are a few questions that you need to ask yourself before you start. I’m going to go over some of the essentials business questions to ask yourself before you get started. These business questions can help you realize if you truly have a great idea, push you forward even more or help you realize maybe I need to go back to the drawing board.
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There are a few things that can help you in preparing to write a post, I call it before post prep. This includes creating a list of ideas or post names through brainstorming and creating content upgrade ideas, which depending on how you share them can get people onto your email list. Here are a few ways to prep for a post.
In order to have anything to write, you need come up with some ideas. There are two types of brainstorming – a brainstorm dump and smart brainstorming. When doing a brainstorm dump, write down anything and everything that comes to your mind. Don’t edit yourself. Editing is for later. I like to sit down and set a timer for 15 minutes and brainstorm. Sometimes I feel like I can’t write anymore and there are 5 minutes left, but I just try to keep writing. During this process, it’s important to remember not to edit yourself. Some of the best ideas can come out of something crazy you write down. This is why it’s called a brainstorm dump because you’re just dumping out ideas and not thinking about it.
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So launch day has come and gone. It’s been a long time coming and I wanted to take a minute to explain my failure to launch. I also want you to know a little more about what you will find here on the Ashley Design Studio blog.
I have tried to start this business so many times this year, but it always seemed like something would come up to stall the launch. And I was thinking about this in mid-September. Why am I having so much trouble getting this business off the ground? Continue reading “Failure to Launch”