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Checklist: 12 Things You *Must* do After Writing a New Blog Post [with Infographic]

Learn how to be a better content marketer with this 12-point checklist.

I see a lot of great blog posts go to waste simply because the writer or marketer didn’t understand how content marketing works (if this includes you, read this post on 98 Content Marketing Articles to Make You an Insomniac). These people are relying on the “build it and they will come mentality” which just doesn’t work unless you have a giant powerhouse with a massive existing readership.

So how can you get the word out about your latest and greatest?

The infographic below is a 12-point checklist that walks you through an excellent process.

  1. Keyword optimize your post: Focus on the title of the post and use the Google AdWords keyword research tool to help.
  2. Syndicate your content: Automatically feed the blog content via your RSS feed to multiple destinations. Including your Facebook Business Page, LinkedInProfiles, Plaxo and Ning.
  3. Shorten your post’s URL: Gives you more space on Twitter and allows you to gain some insight into your posts success through the analytics provided by shortening services like Bit.ly.
  4. Tailor your status updates: Write for your audience, so the message is appropriate for the people hanging out at each destination.
  5. Post teasers on other sites: Write a compelling headline or question as a forum post title, then include some thoughtful commentary followed by your shortened URL. Lastly, ask for readers to provide feedback on the forum to continue the discussion
  6. Bookmark your content: Posting your content to popular social bookmarking sites (Digg, StumbleUpon, Delicious, SERPd etc.) can still be a great source of traffic, backlinks and overall exposure.
  7. Comment on other blogs: Providing helpful, valuable comments on other blogs can be a great way to generate traffic, develop relationships, build a following and add backlinks.
  8. Seek and assist on Twitter: Search for relevant discussions happening on Twitter and join in to provide some advice. Follow this up with your shortened link. Don’t lead with the link though, establish yourself in the conversation first.
  9. Add to your email signature: Wisestamp for Gmail will pull your latest blog post headline into your email signature automatically.
  10. Share your blog post with target customers: If you have an email list of customers, share the content with them in an effort to help them do their own jobs more successfully.
  11. Add your blog post to your next newsletter: If you have a newsletter, add your best content to it – then check the analytics to learn which content is most successful – this will give you ideas for future content.
  12. Ask other bloggers to mention your post: Don’t abuse this, but if you have an extra special post, reach out to your network and ask them to tweet it for you as a favour. (Remember to mention that you’ll do the same for them in return). Conversion tip: The most effective way to do this is to include a pre-written Tweet and a link built using ClickToTweet.com so that people don’t have to put much thought into it.

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How do you promote your blog posts? Got any new tips to share?
— Oli Gardner


About Oli Gardner
Co-Founder of Unbounce. Oli has seen more landing pages than anyone on the planet. He is an opinionated writer and international speaker on Conversion Centered Design. You should follow Oli on Twitter
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  1. Max

    I miss you shorten link to this blogpost :)

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  2. Linda Sherman

    Smart to have both the steps in search readable text and the infographic. Great steps but surprised you don’t reference some of the tools that are more recently popular like Reddit (rather than Digg) and Pinterest. Found this article thanks to Pinterest.

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    • Oli Gardner

      Totally agree with you re: Reddit and Pinterest. Hacker News too on occasion. Digg is a bit past it for sure.

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    • Goran Candrlic

      Found this article on Twitter. As for Reddit, you really need to know it’s audience. Digg is a bit dead. Pinterest, yes, but it’s audience is also a bit tricky.

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  3. Sumon @ WP Cypher

    All the things are so important to get exposure after writing an article. Thanks for sharing this useful infographic.

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  4. Sharma Henderson

    Great infographic for novice and seasoned bloggers! Love the one last thing :o)

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  5. Ryan Cunningham

    Nice Post. All of these things should be obvious to most people but it definitely helps to have a check list of reminders. Thanks, Also love the infograph (the world needs more infographs!)

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  6. Marc Ensign

    This is a great reference tool to revert back to when publishing a new post, thanks!

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  7. David Gadarian

    Great stuff. Quick update – tweetthis.com is not showing up. I was curious… : )

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  8. Terry

    This is one of those posts where everyone knows what they should be doing already, but need the reminders to actually follower through.

    Infographic is also great!

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  10. Stacie @ WomanInLeadership.com

    Oli,

    Thank you for sharing the valuable tips in this post. I learn something new everyday from Unbounce. I just put #9 to use. WiseStamp is an awesome tool!

    I have a question. May I share this post on my blog? I will of course credit your work and provide links back to you and Unbounce? My readers could definitely learn from this post.
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  12. Wally

    This is a great post. Thank you for the reminders on what to check for when doing a new blog post. About traffic, I believe Pinterest may not be the best since it has high bounce rates. It is better to get only targeted/relevant traffic.

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    • Oli Gardner

      Pinterest is one to watch out for (and get in early). It has great potential and is leaning more towards marketing.

      And if you leverage it right it can work really well. fortunately my Dir. of Social Media kicks ass at that stuff.

      Seriously though, don’t write it off, research what people are doing and follow along.

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  14. Annie Sisk (Stage Presence)

    Great post – but I’d quibble with the automated feed to Facebook suggestion. Generally, any kind of automated push to Facebook (i.e., Networked Blogs, etc.) will result in greatly diminished interaction and response, and seems in many cases to keep the content out of your fans’ feeds altogether.

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    • Oli Gardner

      Actually, I agree with you here. You’re right, especially on FB it’s key to be posting organically and being their to respond to reactions right away (same with all platforms) but seems more so with FB.

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      • Terry

        Oli,

        I definitely agree. With some social media networks you can get away without much participation. With the way the communication layout is on Facebook, you’re subject to significantly more scrutiny if all you’re doing is posting, and not communicating with your followers.

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  15. Imelda Dulcich

    Great list and thanks for the tip on WiseStamp. Now using it in my signature on gmail. Thank you.

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  17. Jackie Bigford

    Thanks for the checklist, some good reminders. The only thing I see missing is maybe Pinterest!

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  18. Desgr.com

    As you can see, I’ve taken piece of advice #7 to heart! Great post, useful info as always. I’d love some more insight into powerful ways to syndicate content beyond just feeding to Facebook. Any good articles you can point me towards?

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  23. George

    check your conversion tip 12 and update your post:

    “tweetthis.com (TWEETTHIS.COM) is for sale”

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  24. Kimberly Castleberry

    Quick headsup that tweet this is now going to a sedu sales page.
    Kim

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  25. Dee Sarwan

    Oli,
    A blog is only as good as its exposure, a statement I agree with. Your list of tips is very useful and recently I have started writing blogs for my that hair salon training courses, so I will definitely use some of your ideas to give it more exposure. I have only recently been exposure to this kind of marketing and I thank you for putting it out there for other people, like myself to reference back to. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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  26. Mye

    Those are really good ideas to promote your lastest post, giving to it a good marketing campaign

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  27. willsmith

    Great post, useful info as always. I’d love some more insight into powerful ways.if you are going to publish some thing specialPublish Your Article

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  28. Towing Service

    Great tips for new bloggers! Nice infographic, saved to desktop as reminder.

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  29. David Newton

    Great ideas – but I dont agree with shortening your url, (twitter etc do that for you) you need a long url to be found on google. The other ideas are good, thanks.

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    This would really help content writers who have not much knowledge about optimizing their articles to reach a broader audience. Most often, I see articles that are written flawlessly but still have no page ranks and such; after reading articles I hope such writers understand the importance of keywords and online marketing.

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  31. 2lessons

    Now a days blogger has introduced a great feature called “Search Description”. Here we can specify exactly what we want as a description at google search results. I always use it for each of my articles.

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  32. Helen

    Clear, concise, informative and a good reminder for new bloggers who are just doing their first steps in blogging. Thanks for pointing out some tips I missed (like sending one link to many sources at a time, etc.)!

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  33. Ind Tv Serials

    Found this article on Twitter. As for Reddit, you really need to know it’s audience. Digg is a bit dead. Pinterest, yes, but it’s audience is also a bit tricky.

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  35. Stephen Da Cambra

    Hi Oli,

    As always, a very helpful post. To increase the number of social media and forum mentions they can generate from a single post, bloggers can use sub-titles and paragraph headings.

    For example, a link to your post can be tweeted with the headings from each of your 12 points. 12 tweets, each one completely different.

    Repeating content in tweets and mentions is never good, but in this way you can repeat mentions of the post without repeating the content of the mentions.

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    i found this post very helpful thanks more grease to your elbow !

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  40. raj

    Hi Oli,
    Very smart infographics.I guess guest post works superb for content marketing but only in relevant blogs.

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  41. Farmer Doug

    Helpful information, Oli. My website designer says my next step to build traffic is to set up a Facebook account. As well, she has been encouraging me to check out other blogs and comment on them. I have certainly received some additional traffic as a result of doing this more regularly…but few new subscribers. Patience will out, I suppose. Best regards, “Farmer Doug” @ Ladybug’s Mew in Yellow Point (on Vancouver Island).

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    thanks, it’s usefull checklist. should try this.

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  44. Marcus Rockey

    This is a great resource to have available.

    Thank you very much.

    Marcus

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  45. Sreejesh

    Awesome infographic, Am I allowed to include this infographic in my blog posts? I would love to, if not, can you please recommend any simple tool to create such awesome infographic

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    Great post. Some really good tips I have not thought about in a long time.Building out your Blog does take time and commitment.I think it is important to keep a Blogging schedule and stick to it.Thanks again for some awesome tips.

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    If you are writing a new blogpost, you must keep in mind the above mentioned 12 things, then you will be able to generate more revenue from your site.

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    it is very nice article….very helpful for new bloggers

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