There’s pretty a much process to how I blog.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not all legalistic about what I do, its just after awhile, you get a routine down, am I right?
I just sort of instinctively do these things when I write a blog post, its’ sort of become my recipe for blogging.
So here it is.. my blog process that works
I create a blog post and afterwards I share it.
Now why do I say create?
Because for me, its a creation thing, not a calculated thing.
I love to make the images (that’s my favorite part) and I just love writing about stuff in general. I find writing therapeutic and calming.
but yea, these two things are pretty much consistent in my blogging efforts… they’re pretty much the ONLY THING that’s consistent.
I create and I share.
That’s pretty much what we’re all here to do anyway, create and share.
Seems simple right?
It is simple as long as you don’t over think it.
Create the blog post, then share it on social media!
My creating might include something like this….
- a topic
- a title
- images / graphics
- titles to break up the page
- bolding important information
- affiliate links if I have some
- links to other blog posts I’ve written (so important to me)
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I write when a blog post topic comes to my head. Sort of like this one did here.
Once I have a topic in mind, I research a couple of keywords to go with my blog post.
Once I know what keywords to use, I try to come up with a title that uses my main keyword and grabs a readers attention.
There are free title generating tools online that you can use to help you come up with something catchy using your keyword.
Once I know the topic, keywords and title of my blog post, I then proceed to start writing and as I’m writing, I’m flipping through my images trying to place the perfect ones that relate to what I’m writing.
A lot of times I create graphics of my own to use alongside my paragraphs to enhance what I’ve written. All the images that I use are saved with a name that uses a keyword and relates to the blog post. A good blog post has images with good file names, ones that relate to the content.
I use titles to break up the page and add readability. No one wants a big waffle of text in front of them, that is reader repellent. I want to have good visual appeal because it helps me tell the reader my story without boring them.
I throw in some relevant titles in to break up the page; the titles need to go along with the writing and images.
Sometimes I will ask a question as my title and the answer it in the paragraph I write below it.
I will bold certain things in the paragraph of importance so if they are skim reading the blog post, they will see the bold text and the images first.
The bold text and images are what is going to grab the reader, I make sure that the bold text goes along with the images I’m using. Its like story telling for skim readers.
As I’m writing, I add my affiliate links into the text so that it flows with the blog post.
Where I put my affiliate links depend on the topic, but most of the time they are contextual and flow with the paragraph or they are behind an image of the product.
Somewhere in the blog post, I will interlink to another blog post of mine. I make the link flow with the text so that if they’re interested in that information, they can go ahead and click on it and read about it. I always make my links open in a new window so I don’t lose the reader completely off the current page.
Now Why Do I say, Share?
Sharing is caring – about your post and others seeing it…
Sharing your blog posts gets them indexed quicker by search engines and puts it in front of eye balls, I mean afterall, we blog to be seen.
My sharing my look something like this…
Posting the blog post to…
- Facebook Fan Pages
- Google +
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I always, always create images for social media. I have a plugin called Social Warfare that allows me to have a specific image for Pinterest and other social media channels.
Not Good at Image Creation?
That’s okay, editors like Canva have free templates you can use.
This Pinterest trick shown in the video works for any of the templates really, whether you need one for Facebook, Youtube, etc.
Now, how easy is that?
Once the blog post is done and I have all my social media images in place, I social share the blog post on the different social networks.
Sharing is awesome, even if you just put it out there and forget it, that’s doing something!
Sharing gets you ranked quicker and noticed by others on these social media channels.
I like share to my blog link on Google + Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
This is easy to do because social warfare puts the buttons in my posts!
Easy peasy but never sleazy, that’s how I like it.
When I am putting blog links out on Facebook, Google +, Twitter and Pinterest, I like having that nice image I created, that’s where my social warfare plugin comes in, it makes sure the right sizes go out to the right places.
Having a good image is appealing to readers, I know I like them. It’s really easy to make them with that super awesome trick I showed ya.
To Hashtag or Not to Hashtag?
I also like to add #hashtags like on G+ FB and Twitter, but don’t freak out if you don’t want too.
This is subjective, don’t hang me if you hate them, just move on. But I should mention that hashtags will get your work seen by people who don’t follow you.
So That’s It! 2 Words.
When you’re not focused on following a religious routine but more just creating and sharing your stuff – you’ll find blogging to be more enjoyable, and profitable.
Create It and Share It!
Be free with yourself and your blogging, create and share!
It’s the only blogging process that works for me!
If you feel like you are making things harder than they really are, then you probably are. Stop calculating things and start creating them. More will come from your creating than your calculating. You’ve got to learn to flow with the blog life.