Awesome Checklist: Things you Must Do after Publishing your Post

In order to promote your blog posts, there are a number of tasks you should do right after publishing your post. I have realised that sometimes I forget to do all these little tasks. Even if I remember most of the tasks, I still miss some important steps to promote my new article to readers.

This is the reason I created a “Blog Post Promotion Cheat Sheet” for myself. In this cheat sheet, I layout the four necessary aspects you have to check right after publishing your blog post, including: checking the blog post again, submitting to social news sites, submitting to social bookmarking sites and submitting to social networking sites.

Things to do after you Publish your Blog Post

Feel free to download or print this cheat sheet for your reference. You can also add your own favorite sites into the to-do list to make it all yours.

Summary of the Tasks

Check your Grammar and Spelling Errors

Grammar and spelling errors are sometimes hard to detect, since you might be blinded to the errors since you have been working on the blog post for a long time and now you just want to publish the post and promote it.

However, checking for spelling and grammar errors one final time can really improve your articles and has many benefits for your readers since they can read the articles faster. Newspapers and magazines are not loaded with spelling errors and neither should your articles.

If I have been working on a post for a long time, I find that it is best if I leave the post in a Draft state overnight, and then re-read the post the next day. You will be surprised at how many errors or improvements you can make. Also try to make sentences as succinct as possible, don’t just add extra words if they are not needed.

Tip: You may want to use GD Press tool for WordPress to delay the time a new post appears in your RSS Feed. This gives you some extra time to look at your article one last time and make changes before it goes to the RSS Feed.

Check your On-site SEO

On-site SEO still plays an indispensable part in the whole SEO machine. Before promoting your post, you have to make sure that you rewrite your URL to make it shorter and keyword-rich. Moreover, you also need to have keywords in the title, meta description and meta tags.

Tip: You might be interested in is how to do keyword research with Market Samurai.

Is your Post Compatible with your Theme?

Sometimes you may have done something wrong in the HTML of your post and therefore is just doesn’t look quite right on the front page. So you want to make sure that you check how your post is displayed one last time, to make sure that everything looks correct.

Submit your Site to Social News Sites

Submitting your site to social news is the fastest way to bring your post in front of readers. Some of the common social news sites are listed in my check list. However, you may also want to search for some of the niche social news sites for your blog on Google as well.

Tip: Check out my post about the top 16 niche social news sites for bloggers to promote their posts.

Submit your Site to Social Bookmarking Sites

Social bookmarking sites, such as Digg or Reddit, can bring you huge traffic if your submission makes it to the front page. Even if it doesn’t make the front page, the submission may get you ten or more visitors to read your new blog post.

Tip: You may want to automate this task with software products such as Onlywire or BookmarkingDemon

Tweet your Site

Tweet your website to Twitter many times a day to maximize the exposure of your new post with your followers. Personally, I often tweet my post 3 times whenever I have chance to do it. You can use scheduling tweet services such as TweetDeck or Hootsuite to automate this task for you.

Share and Comment your Post on Facebook

If you have lots of Fans on your Facebook page, you can use a Facebook app like NetworkedBlogs to auto-publish your new posts on your Facebook wall. Then, you can comment on your post to start capturing attention and start a discussion with your fans.

Anything else that I Forgot to Mention?

If you have any other ideas to add more value to this cheat sheet, please feel free to contact me and I can include your idea and your links.

37 Comments

  1. Well, I have followed your tips here except one–Facebook. I don’t know what’s preventing me from having a Facebook account. :-)

    • lol, you should have one Walter. It’s very important, as you can promote blog post and really start a conversation over there :)

  2. Hey Mike – Great job on the graphic. It’s a great checklist for bloggers. Amplify is a place I go to also, because I have hooked up other micro-blogs to it, and those links get indexed (in my experience) much faster than the social bookmarks!

    Cheers,
    Tia

    • I don’t know how many great sites for bloggers I would miss without your comments, Tia. Thank you very much for this!

  3. Really great tips. I have some of these things that I do after publishing a new post.

    I don’t tweet my new post because I have a plugin that automatically does it for me and other web tools that auto tweet it for me. I always check on the SEO and the other things that you have mentioned.

    Thanks for the great article :)

    • lol, that’s awesome. I just use only one tool to auto tweet for me. The rest of my tweets are typed by myself because in that way, I can modify messages I want to send to my followers.

      Great comment with nice tip, btw, Kharim. As usual :)

  4. Tweet your post 3 times!? When i seen that i immediately thought of just hitting the submit button on twitter 3 times lol.

    It makes sense to schedule them out though, i use HootSuite. It really depends on how much you tweet though, if you only tweet 2-3 times a day then having a tweet leading the same post every other tweet seems a little much.

    Thank you for the PDF though, looks great!

    • lol, I didn’t mean by that. What I mean is you should schedule to promote your post on Twitter 3 times during a day. Hootsuite is good app for that. Tweetdeck is more likely for people who hate to use browser :)

  5. Mike!

    You have outdone yourself with this little graphic!

    Awesome, and a really great mini version of my Viral Marketing Blueprint post I did (not implying anything – just uber impressed with how you did it! LOL)
    I would only add maybe one web2.0 property, say Squidoo.
    But the rest – BRILLIANT!

    Thanks for sharing

    • Hey, I just check out that post from Famousbloggers. It contains so many precious tips that outdone my little checklist, Alex :) I think you can sell it for very good price, don’t you think?

      I agree with you sites like Squidoo and Hubpages play an important role, but I think those sites are more likely to be a long-term project, right? Personally, I haven’t had time to check them out yet but I will definitely do, after reading your post, Alex :)

      • Hey Mike – thanks mate – that’s really awesome of you to say (funny thing is I am currently debating with myself as to whether I sell it or give it away – leaning toward the give away I think)

        Web 2.0 is definitely a long term thing – but so is everything we do, and the bneauty of say Squidoo is that you can create a lens and syndicate your awesome content to an authority site – all in about 15 minutes work

        • That’s awesome. I haven’t known we can create a lens in just 15 min. I will try to create one today lol Thank you for the tip, Alex :) I owe you one.

  6. Very useful information Mike. Also thanks for the cheat sheet you’ve shared to us. I will definitely use it though I already have my own, I will add the other marketing sites for more exposure.

    Thank you very much.

    – Felix Albutra

    • Yup, add your own stuff to it, Felix. It’s not a full cheat sheet yet because I have found I miss many things. Maybe I will add them later :)

  7. That list can really prove helpful in some situations, especially for the social media part. After posting an article on my blog, it is quite often that I forget to either add it to BlogEngage or to tweet it for instance. Thanks for sharing that Onlywire thing – might prove a big time saver.

    • You’re welcome Daniel..feel free to use it, no obligation :) I’m tired of jumping around after publishing a post as well so this checklist surely a nice thing to follow

  8. Hi Mike, I see everyone else agrees with me. This is an awesome post and the graphic just took it to the next level. I agree with Tia about using Amplify. If you start using it be sure to check out my video tutorial on customizing your sidebar.

    I’m retweeting this 3 times (using HootSuite of course). :)

    • Nice.. I haven’t known you have a tutorial for Amplify. I have subscribed to your blog by RSS and hope to see some more great posts on your blog :)

  9. I’m been pointed here by Ileane through a comment she made on my post. She loves sharing gems whenever they are discovered.

    Thanks Mike for this great post. I’m gona print that graphics and paste on my board. Really useful.

    • Thanks Suresh.. I think sharing and creating are two awesome things that I have a chance to do as a blogger, don’t you agree :)

  10. Great graphic Mike, I currently use an Excel Checklist for the things I have to do, but I love the fact that you made it in to a graphic, looks a lot more fun to do and a lot less repetitive!! Great work!

    One thing I try to do with each of my posts is contact at least one person about it, whether it’s a friend, family member, fellow blogger, or someone that is related to the blog, I will tweet @someone directly or post it on someone’s wall on Facebook, that way I can get direct feedback right away, support and their followers or friends may just see it also 😉

    I also just subscribed to your RSS feed, and thought you should know I discovered your blog through this post on MMOSocialNetwork so the steps aren’t done for noting :)

    • lol, sometimes I emailed one or two commentators to let him know I have post a new article..just the one that I think it will has great benefit to them, so I don’t anger them with spam mails :)

      I also have applied your way and the response rate is great. I learned it from somebody else and I said “Awesome! Why don’t I think about this before”

      And glad that you did the Excel Checklist, Jamie. It’s great way to remember and mark things off as you do it.

  11. Nice check list there, very handy Mike, thanks for the free download!

    • You’re welcome, Dan :)

  12. I could hardly access to your blog with Firefox as my download manager always capture a .gz file and then it stops loading.
    Very nice post and graphic, Mike. It is quite the same to my to-do list :)

    • lol, what download manager is it? Try Free Download Manager, it’s really good & it’s open source software

  13. Oh, this is great! I made a list on Excel to help me remember all of the places to update after I make new posts. My Excel sheet was so boring so I’ve only used it a few times. Your graphic will be very useful. Thanks.

    • Oh, thanks Laura. You can write few things that I don’t cover into my sheet and make full use of it :)

  14. All great suggestions – it will bring traffic after some hard work.

    • Thanks, Jay

  15. Awesome post especially for a beginner like me, I didn’t know I have to do more than half of this stuff.
    I usually just post and tweet it once.

    Thanks a lot for the great info, please keep sharing those awesome tips :)

    • Thanks for the comment, Sayed..yeah, sure, I’ll post more content like this so stay around :)

  16. Another place you could put your post is in the groups at Linkedin that center around your business. I get some nice traffic out of linkedin.

  17. Mike, thanks a lot! That’s a great list! Absolutely loved the graphical to-do!

  18. Really enjoyed the article. Thank you Mike!

  19. I’m going to bookmark this article. thanks!