5 things to check before you hit publish

Do you have a mini blogging checklist to work through before you hit publish (or schedule)? Do you take time to check the preview?  Here are 5 top things to check for.

blogging checklist

  1. Is the post “neat and tidy” – sometime images might look different and need you to alter the text around them on make sure they are centered etc. Text might have shifted or be in a different font, look at the layout is it too wordy? Are images, bullet points used to break this all up?
  2. Spelling and grammar – its so worth having a quick read through again. I know I sometimes am writing so fast I miss words out!  I use Google Chrome which always underlines spelling mistakes but most platforms (wordpress/blogger) have a spell checker.
  3. Call to action – this can be anything from comments like “do you agree“, “have you had the same experience” to “Follow me on Facebook” or “share this post on Pinterest
  4. SEO – if you are using an SEO plugin have you filled in all the boxes? Are you on green or is there room for improvement? If you don’t have a plugin – have you checked that links work? Have you used your keywords? Have you backlinked to previous posts? Have you added tags? Is you content in categories? With a good title?
  5. Images – good clear, sharable images can make a huge impact upon your blog.  Are they a good size? Have you added alt tags? If they aren’t yours or free downloads have you stated the source and/or asked permission?


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  1. May 13, 2014 / 1:43 pm

    Great tips – I never understand what to do with the SEO plugin – sometimes it’s green other times it’s red and nothing I change make it work!
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    • May 13, 2014 / 2:30 pm

      We need to have a chat lol 🙂 it will show up a list of how to improve from the red, orange, yellow to green 🙂
      Make sure that the title of your post is not the SEO title as you don’t normally use your keywords in it for example this post is called “5 things to check before your hit publish” the SEO title is “Blogging Checklist” which is the keyword for the piece.

    • May 14, 2014 / 1:16 pm

      I think we have all been there especially if its a post you are passionate about

    • May 21, 2014 / 5:48 pm

      excellent points Ryan 🙂 Thanks for commenting

  2. lisa
    February 28, 2019 / 8:24 am

    Develop an eye for good design, keep things clear, plenty of white space to make your blog readable. Thanks!