Blogging Tip: 11 Questions To Ask Before Your Post Goes Live
By: Taylor Davies

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What goes through your head just before you hit “publish” on your blog posts? Anything? We all have different little checklists we go though and routines we’ve established, whether we realize it or not!

Since quality should rank pretty high up there on our goals for each post, it can be helpful to try and answer a few questions for yourself before you content gets shared around the Internet. From staying “on brand” to watching for little details, here’s a list of questions (11, to be exact) you might want to ask yourself before your next post goes live!

1. What is the point of this post?

Every post should have a point, a reason for being, a goal to accomplish in your editorial calendar. Is it answering a question, fulfilling a need, providing entertainment or advice? The “why” is always important!

2. Who is my reader, and will he or she like this?

Remind yourself of your audience, picture your typical reader in your head and ask yourself if that person would enjoy or benefit from this content.

3. Will this post title make people want to click-through and read?

How you title your posts is so important. Think about keywords you could use, enticing adjectives, questions you could ask, it is a “how to” or a numbered list – these are all attention grabbers for people on social media.

4. Have I used keywords in my headline, tags and/or content to help search engines find my post?

Keywords are a blogger’s not-so-secret weapon. Use them wisely!

5. Have I included affiliate links where possible?

Odds are you’re probably thinking about how to include your affiliate links from the beginning, but if you’re working on a deadline these little things can slip by, so just remind yourself to double check.

6. Are all my links working?

If you’re linking out to products, other sites, your photographer or an image source, double check each hyperlink is working correctly.

7. Are all of my photos sized and formatted correctly?

It’s always a good idea to preview your post before it goes live, just to make sure everything looks the way you want it to.

8. Have I read this over for spelling and grammar slips?

We have a few common grammar errors to watch out for here, they’re easy to miss and we all make them!

9. Are there brands I can mention in my social media promotions?

Make sure to link out and “@” the brands you mention in your posts on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc!

10. Is this post timely?

Content that is timely will almost certainly gain more traction in your networks than content that isn’t tied to a season, holiday, current trend, event or recently popular cultural topic (celebrity, travel, politics, etc). If it isn’t is there a way you could work in a timely element?

11. Would I read this content myself?

Well, do you? Putting your own personal stamp of approval on each and every post you publish is the most important step you’ll take. Producing content you are proud of and happy with is the best thing you can do for your blog.

Comments

  1. Avatar of Petya
    Petya says:

    I realize this now, but I ask myself a lot of these questions before I publish something.
    But all of the are important!

    http://instyle21.blogspot.com

  2. I literally just posted one a few seconds ago! I think i have all these in check :)

    http://lazyobsession.blogspot.ie/2012/12/get-taylor-swift-i-knew-you-were.html

  3. Avatar of Adrienne Nguyen

    These are the same questions I ask myself before posting anything!

    Content is key :D

    http://adriennenguyenn.blogspot.com/

  4. Avatar of Shir

    What is the best way to include all of these tips when your blog doesn’t follow the usual format, especially number 4 and 5? I write each of my posts as short stories, and wonder how I can reel in readers.

    Thanks.
    xShir

  5. Donna says:

    I don’t have a checklist written out, but in my head I make sure that if I’m naming products, that I have the name correct, that I use SEO in my tags, and that I have as good a headline as I can think of. If I had to have everything in your list, I’m afraid my posts would stop sounding natural. I write for ordinary women, educated, professionals. I like to read posts written in every day language. I don’t want to notice obvious marketing tactics.
    But I read some like Man Repeller and Girls of a Certain Age where they include affiliate links in a very unobvious manner. That shows me it is possible, I just have to remember to do it.
    Donna
    http://www.prettysparklythings.blogspot.com

  6. Good list of questions, but maybe you need to repeat #8 on your own post. LOL! Tee hee… sorry just was funny!

    “Since quality should rank pretty high up there on our goals for each post, it can be helpful to try and answer a few questions for yourself before you content gets shared around the Internet.”

  7. Avatar of Miss City Chic

    wow this is great! i always try to preview my posts several times before I publish them. the worst is reading another person’s post and there is a spelling error or something!

    http://www.misscitychic.com/

  8. Avatar of Bree
    Bree says:

    Great post! I definitely think it’s great to ask these questions before posting, a few of them I had already been doing but now I have a few more to add to my list!
    http://www.theurbanumbrella.com

  9. Gull says:

    I agree with most of the questions there, especially one that I try never to leave unsatisfactorily answered before I publish. That one would be the question of the quality of my content.

    But, that said, I have fallen in love with your articles!

  10. Stella says:

    I am running a new blog and I have checked all the points.. Except I din’t include any affiliate link in it. Can you please tell me some affiliate sites.

  11. Avatar of Rachael
    Rachael says:

    Just finished writing a post after using this check list! Have a quick look: >>>>>>>>>>> http://www.rachnoir.com <<<<<<<<<<

  12. Advertising – This somehow relates to my previous point about design. Just some friendly tip: If you decide to start sponsoring other blogs, make sure that your overall design + blog button are pleasing to the eyes and attractive.

  13. Avatar of Keiran / Leanne

    Hi ,

    Thanks for the tips, checking over your content and asking yourself the above questions are key. Your blog has to be relevant to your audience. At fashspiration we always implement these checks.

    Leanne & Keiran

    http://www.fashspiration.com

  14. Jana says:

    Great tips! I need to print these so I remember. lol
    I just want to be natural and real. Thanks!

    http://www.blondalice.com

    Blondalice *

  15. Siyin Smith says:

    I love the 11-questions check list. After reading it, I went back to update the post I made this morning because I didn’t think I tag it well. I am not too good with words, but I hope the my “witty” title and visual will make an impact or at least encourages one to click to check it out.
    Here is the latest post just in case anyone is curious :p
    http://asueba.com/weekend-treat-sixteen/
    Thank you.

  16. Avatar of NERLINE GERMAIN

    Not putting my affiliate links was one of my number 1 mistakes. I am learning now.
    http://www.chicfromhair2toe.com/

  17. Ebenezer says:

    Hello,

    I read through your blog and I must say, it was an interesting read – I like it. I’m the social media rep. for a new fashion leather Accessories Company based in Georgetown, D.C., O’Bazzië Classics. We are in search of fashion bloggers willing to feature us on their blog sites. Please, feel free to contact us if interested: obazzieservices@gmail.com. Feel free to visit us on Instagram: @obazzieclassics

    Cheers.

  18. Avatar of Silvia de Almeida

    I am going to have all these on my check lists now.
    It’s great to read all these useful articles as a beginner blogger!

    http://www.theforestelf.com

  19. Avatar of Nancy
    Nancy says:

    These are great tips. I do a lot of these but I often forget to think if my readers will like my content and who they are.

  20. Avatar of Eshna
    Eshna says:

    All these tips are actually very helpful. I subconsciously think all of them. But the timing part is a bit difficult due to the global nature of blogging these days. In most fashion capitals stars are shining bright when I publish my post!

  21. Avatar of Maggie A
    Maggie A says:

    I find that I always go back to read my posts from the reader’s point of view to see if I would get the same experience from my blog the way I feel about other people’s blogs.

    xo
    Maggie
    Love Mavin

  22. Avatar of ilaria
    ilaria says:

    I consider the 8th (8. Have I read this over for spelling and grammar slips? We have a few common grammar errors to watch out for here, they’re easy to miss and we all make them!)

    the MOST IMPORTANT ONE

  23. Avatar of Sophie Spaldin

    This is a good list, never really thought of keywords before!

    Sophiespaldin.blogspot.com

  24. Avatar of Liliana Espino Beltran

    I try to always do this but I’m not so good at remembering to add the links. Great checklist!

  25. Avatar of Fashion PR Girl

    I definitely need to start incorporating adding a mention to the brands via twitter. All the rest I pretty much go by and will continue to follow.

    Absolutely great ideas to try out! Thank you for sharing.

    xo, OmegaFashion.info
    // http://www.angelaricardo.com

  26. Avatar of Courtney
    Courtney says:

    now I use this as a check list before I post anything(: Thanks for the tips,as always(:

    aswestumblealongg.blogspot.com

  27. just noted some of the things that i need to add to my routine.thanks guys
    http://thefunshionmistress.blogspot.com/2014/03/what-i-wore-all-black.html

  28. Anastasia says:

    Would I read this content myself? IT’S A KEY POINT!!! I guess it’s always helpful to make a double check, get a critical look at what you put on the blog. As each picture, each word helps to build or ruin the image of blog and yours as a blogger, right?

    http://www.fashionpeekaboo.com

  29. nora says:

    I’ve just posted my first article today so finding this post is helpful but there are still many dos that I’ve to learn

    http://stylishafairs.wordpress.com

  30. Tre says:

    I really like this as a checklist to make sure everything is covered.

  31. Tiffany says:

    Very helpful. I think everyone needs a great checklist. I can’t tell you how many times I have had to go back and edit once I have already published a post…Annoying

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