7 Things to do before you publish a blog post

I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years now, and I’m still learning new things about the blogging world. Today I’ll be sharing 7 things you should do before you publish a blog post. First off let me just say that some of these tips I’m sharing I have only just started doing recently and already I have noticed a increase in my blog traffic.

1. Always include a pin it button next to each photo. You can add a widget to your blog html that automatically shows a pin it image when you mouse over the photo. But I like to put each pin it button individual under my photos as I can add what text I like to the pin. If you don’t know how to do this, take a look at my post How to add a pin it button for each image

2. Enter a title for the search description. I use blogger so I’m not sure if every hosting platform has this. But It’s basically what appears in search results under the blog title. ย so for example, in search results this post will appear as – Things to do before you Publish a Blog Post – 7 great ways to help increase your blog posts traffic.

I Have only just been doing this one for the last few weeks, as I never even knew what the ‘Search Description’ was for.

3. Add labels to your post. This makes it easier for your readers to find certain posts. For this post I’ll be adding the label ‘Blogging Tips’. You can than add a few label categories to your sidebar.

4. Change your url. Your permalink is automatically made for each post. for example for this post mine is
you may want to change this depending on what your title for the post is. It’s best to have something that describes what the post is about. If you have a post that is about a great cookie recipe you made but your title is called ‘What we did on Sunday’ it’s probably better to change the url to something like ‘great-chocolate-cookie-recipe’ or something along those lines

5. Add a title and alt to your images. Click on your image then click ‘properties’. You will then have a pop up that says Title text and ALT text. I not quite sure what the difference is between the two, so I always add the same to both. If an image doesn’t display properly on your blog, instead of having an empty box with a cross in you will have the title of your image. This will also appear in image searches.

6. Add affiliate links. This is another tip that I have just started doing. I used to do separate post about each affiliate I work with, but I have just started to add text links within my posts. Like on this post Spicy Bean Wraps I added a text link to a lunch cookbook on amazon. I have a disclosure policy on my sponsor page, but I have heard that the rules about this have changed and you must let your readers know in the post that it contains affiliate links

7. Include some of your past posts. I include a few past post that relate to the post I am writing. If I write a post sharing a kids crafts, I will also include 2 or 3 past kids crafts posts that I think my readers my like. This is a great way to increase page views for old posts.

I hope you like my tips and that you find them helpful. Do you have any tips on things to do before you publish a blog post that I haven’t mentioned? Tell me about them in the comments

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61 comments on “7 Things to do Before you Publish a Blog Post”

  1. Thanks for the tips!
    At first I felt like I was playing bingo
    “sweet I do that….omg that one too….yes! I do this….ohh crap I didn’t know this one”
    haha, thanks again!!


  2. some fab advice I am still fairly new to blogging and I never thought to do any of that I seem to be learning more stuff everyday in regard to my blog great post thanks x

  3. These are awesome tips. I have been blogging for over three years now and I am constantly learning new stuff. For example, I just learned to add labels to my post.

  4. Great post Natasha – if it helps ALT TEXT is short for alternative text for people who have disabled images in their browser or use a screen reader because they’re blind or partially sighted, in which case the reader ‘reads’ the alt text out for them. It’s important to make it clear because Google also mainly uses this to understand what the image is about. The title text is similar as you say but really contains the text that is displayed when you hover over the image or any other element – there’s a good article about it here: http://www.hallme.com/blog/what-is-the-difference-between-image-alt-and-title-attributes/

  5. Great Tips- I’ve been blogging about a year and do some of those but now have a few more to add to my list!! Thanks for stopping by the Wake up Wednesday Party (I’m a new co-host this week) I’m glad you did so I could learn something new!

  6. The affiliate link thing is still confusing to me. I read that you can no longer just have a page or state at the bottom of your post that there are affiliate links, but you need to state at the top of the post that you have affiliate links in your post.

  7. From what I have read, you now have to state clearly that there are or may be affiliate links BEFORE any affiliate links appear in your post….in other words, they need to know before they ever click on one. I have just started putting a blanket disclaimer under the first image on my post saying that there may be affiliate links.

    Where do I find the search description in Blogger, Natasha? I don’t think I’ve ever spotted it before. TIA

  8. This is some great advice. I usually like a pin button, but today I came across a blog that I could NOT get to the Facebook button because the pin button popped up. I must have accessed the pin page ten times before i just quit trying to share it on FB.

  9. For those wanting to have more successful pins, naming the image also means your pin gets a name. Who really wants to pin something called img123445, right.

  10. OK, how do you change your URL?
    And, I have number 8 … read your post out loud. If you hear it read aloud, you will find places where it doesn’t flow just right or even find grammatical errors. Works like a charm!

  11. Hi Natasha! These are great tips! A few months ago I learned about the search description feature. Needless to say, I’ve been revamping old posts with better search descriptions. It has made some difference to traffic too.

    Thanks for sharing.

  12. Thank you so much for joining in with the Say G’Day Saturday linky party! I’ve just shared this on Google+ and Pinterest.

    Hope to see you again this Saturday!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  13. It’s interesting reading
    A little insight into the blogging world
    It certainly does make it easier for us to navigate with links in the posts

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