If you’re new to using WordPress to create new blog posts, here is a quick and easy checklist of things to do before you publish your new articles.
During my January Blogging Challenge, my partner provided an incredible amount of support in adding new articles to my WordPress blog. He was new to WordPress and I’m quite fussy about getting my articles right before they are published so we made a list.
Here is the checklist we came up with of things to do before publishing a new article in WordPress
1. Create New Post
2. Add the headline, ideally including keywords
3. Add the content. Use the Heading styles from the Editor to format your article, instead of creating your own
4. Add the “Insert More Tag” which tells WordPress where to stop the snippet of text used in your full list of blog posts which people can then click through from to read more of the post.
For example, our full list of blog posts, including the snippets of text used before the “Insert More Tag” are found at
5. Shorten the Permalink URL, ideally include just the main keywords
For example this article is called “Blog Post Checklist for WordPress Newbies”. I shorted the URL to read
6. Upload images. Resize them first and set a Featured Image if needed
Find out more about why you should do this in 3 reasons to resize images before uploading them to your blog
7. Add Categories
8. Add Tags
9. Copy the Headline to the Title field of the “All in One SEO Pack.”
If you have a different SEO plugin this step will be slightly different. Also, if you want to write a headline that reads differently than your SEO Page Title, you can make the adjustments in this step.
10. Write a meta description that’s around 150 characters long and add it to the Description field of the “All in One SEO Pack.”
I like to try to the write the introductory first sentence of the article in such as way that it can be modified and used as the Meta Description.
11. Preview the article and make sure everything looks OK
12. Make any necessary adjustments
13. Publish the article
14. Ideally if someone with a pair of “fresh eyes” is available, ask them to read your new article to make sure you haven’t missed correcting any obvious errors
15. Share on Social Media such as Twitter and Facebook.
Also have a look at the Blog Marketing Checklist for a few new ideas.
What did I miss that you regularly do to your new blog posts in WordPress before you publish them?
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