Every blog is its own creation and inherently unique in that way. But there is a formula for the look of blogs. Below I’ve listed what every blog needs, plus some additional sections that you may want to think about when creating or updating your blog.
When it comes to your navigation bar, less is more. You don’t want the navigation bar cluttered with too much stuff. If it’s too cluttered, people will have a hard time finding things. Keep it simple. You probably don’t need a button that says home because clicking on the header sends you home. If you can put some of the stuff you were gonna put in the navigation bar in the sidebar that’s a great option. Only the most important info needs to be in the navigation bar. Make the navigation bar easy to understand, don’t put different names for things. I have a small navigation bar and one sort of odd name, The List currently, but I am thinking about changing it to newsletter because that’s easier for people to understand. When you see The List what do you think? Leave it in the comments below.
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There are so many different online tools that help me with blogging. I’ve talked about a few in the before post prep blog post. There are blogging tools that help me write posts, research posts, create graphics and communicate with other bloggers. So let’s go through some of my favorite blogging tools and without them blogging would not be much less organized.
Brainstorming Blogging Tools
First, let’s start with research. I always get ideas from other bloggers, either I agree with them or I disagree with me. Ideas I get can come from something they’ve written about or something that I thought should have been written about in a post that I read. There are three tools I use to help me with research and brainstorming.
– this gives me inspiration, whether it’s the way a post was written, the graphic, something said in the comments or the topic itself.
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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 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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