The Blog Post Checklist: After You Publish Your Post

Last month, I read a great blog post on Daniel Scocco’s Daily Blog Tips entitled, The Blog Post Checklist: Use Before Hitting Publish. In it, he lists 13 different things you should do with each and every one of your blog posts before you take the article live. It’s a very thorough and well-written piece of content that I suggest you read if you haven’t already.

There are a lot of other resources on the web about what you should do before you publish your post, but there isn’t that much information about what to do after – at least not in an easy to read checklist format that you can use, until today.

Why is this important?

Because to me, 50% of a blog’s success comes from the actual posts on the blog itself. The other 50% comes from what happens after that content is published.

Unfortunately, many bloggers tend to work hardcore only on the first 50% (publish and done) and therefore only see 50% of their potential results. Growing a successful blog takes work, and the work doesn’t end with the content on your site. Follow through with your posts and you’ll see better results in less time.

Below, you’ll find a description of each check, but you can download a PDF version that you can print out if you’d like.

Blog Post Checklist - After Publish

Immediately After Publishing

1. Did I read my published article and check for spelling & grammar errors?

Although we should check for spelling and grammatical errors before we publish our posts, we should also do it after as well. Seeing it published and live will make you more aware of the details and you may find some mistakes that you may have missed while proofreading.

If you do find errors, don’t worry. Just go back, edit and update.

2. Did I read my published article and check for formatting or spacing errors?

Luckily, WordPress gives us the ability to preview our posts before they go live, however,  Murphy’s law often likes to make it’s way to our blog posts and screw up how things should look, even when we’ve done our best to make sure everything is perfect before we publish.

Our graphics aren’t aligned,  line breaks aren’t where they should b, or some piece of code in your post made your entire blog lok screwy. Whatever the case, now is the time to fix it.

Thanks Murphy.

3. Did I tweet about my blog post?

You should definitely be tweeting about your published post to your followers.

Make sure you shorten the url to your post using a site like, so you can keep track of the clicks to your article as well. Or, you can tweet using a third party software such as Tweetdeck to easily shorten the lengths for you, and keep track of who is retweeting your articles.

What you say in your 140 character limit really does matter. It’s your “ad copy” for your blog post, and the better copy you write, the more traffic and buzz you’re receive

Choose your characters wisely.

4. Did I share my blog post on Facebook?

If you don’t know why Facebook is so important for bloggers, then I suggest recommend demand that you read The Blogger’s Guide to Facebook.

Like Twitter, Facebook can be a major source of traffic for your blog. In fact, people are on Facebook more than any other site in the world, so you’d better take advantage of this by sharing your post and getting it in front of their eyes.

You might be wondering if it would be easier to use an automatic application or tool on Facebook that detects your new blog posts and pastes them onto your Facebook Page’s wall for you. Although this is easier, I’d recommend posting about each new blog post manually and separately. It will seem more personal, and you can add in your “ad copy” along with the link to optimize your click-through rates.

5. Did I share my blog post on all other social media platforms that I joined?

Twitter and Facebook aren’t the only social media platforms out there. If you’re a part of any other networks, make the most of them and share your post.

6. Did I social bookmark my blog post?

Social bookmarking sites offer a fantastic way to drive traffic and get backlinks to your site too.

I would be cautious about bookmarking my own posts on the major bookmarking sites, such as Digg, Stumbleupon and Delicious, since they crack down on self promoting bookmarks.

Other sites, however, are great for driving traffic and building authority for your post in the search engines. You can use the free tool at SocialMarker to easily bookmark your site across a number of social bookmarking websites.

Soon After Publishing

7. Have I responded to comments made on my post?

One of the best things you can do is come back to your post some time later and respond to the comments that other people have left. They took the time to leave you a comment, and the least you can do is spend a little bit of time to answer them back, especially if they have a question and are looking for answers.

This really helps with credibility and building trust with your readers. Also, it encourages more discussion because people are more likely to comment knowing that they are actually being read.

8. Have I thanked people on Twitter for Re-Tweeting my blog post?

If you tweeted your blog post (see #3), then chances are you will have a few people who re-tweet your tweet to their own followers. Take a moment to thank some of these people, because re-tweeting is totally voluntary and can lead to massive amounts of traffic. If you thank them, they will be more likely to re-tweet your tweets in the future.

9. Have I commented on a commenter’s blog post?

I’ve never shared this with anyone before, but I encourage you to do this too if you aren’t already.

On each of my blog posts, I’ll single out one commenter and click over to their own website. If the site is not a blog, then I look for another commenter’s site until I do land on a blog.

Then, I look for an interesting article, read it, and make sure to leave a comment.

Why do I do this?

  1. It forces me to learn new things from other people.
  2. It disciplines me to practice the “old art” of blog commenting, which can sometimes help with backlinking.
  3. Many top bloggers seemed to have lost the motivation to leave comments on other blogs. So, when I do it myself, it really helps me stand out of the crowd and be even more personable than some of the more successful bloggers out there.
  4. It slowly builds even more trust with my readers.

I try to pick out blogs from new commenters and bloggers, because you never know which of the newbies will end up going big someday. Maybe when they get big, they’ll remember my small gesture and hook it up in the future somehow.

Later After Publishing

10. If my post contained audio or video, have I begun getting a transcript made for it?

If you’ve got audio or video in your post, then you definitely need a transcript. If you’re good, then you’ll already have this completed before you publish your post, so you can insert it into the body of your content for people to read or download immediately after it goes live.

But, sometimes transcripts take time, so now it is good time to get started on it.

You can write it yourself, but I would suggest hiring a virtual assistant to do it for you. You’ll save a lot of time.

You can then publish this in a separate post (which is great for SEO purposes), or simply update your existing post and place the text or a download link to a PDF in it.

11. Have I re-written / summarized my post for article marketing distribution?

Many bloggers like to repurpose their content and syndicate it onto article marketing directories.

Never copy/paste your blog post word for word for article marketing. You should always re-write your content, and you can even put a little spin on it to give it a fresh look, while not having to spend so much time writing a totally brand new article from scratch.

You should also always include a link to your blog post from your article to optimize your search engine rankings.

Be sure to read the terms and conditions of each of the article directories you choose to write on for where links are allowed to be put in the articles.

For Your Reference: Some of the top article marketing directories include: EzineArticles, GoArticles, Buzzle and ArticleDashboard, just to name a few.

12. Have I checked the stats on my page including traffic, click-throughs and sources?

After some time, it’s important to check the statistics of your post. Based on what you find, you can act accordingly.

For example, if you find that your post is bringing in more traffic than normal, you can find out why and go to the source to see what’s going on. There may be more opportunities to network with people or get even more traffic if you find out where it’s coming from.

Also, if you placed affiliate links in your blog post, you can check to see how they are converting. If you’re getting 100 clicks to a product a day, but no sales, then you may want to reinsert a different offer, or try a different landing page.

Have I Missed Anything? What would you like to add to this list?

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  • Andrew @ Blogging Guide


    That is a great list. I like the idea of going over to one of your commenters blog posts to comment.

    I don’t do this for all blog posts but I sometimes do the following:

    – submit a summary to blog carnivals

    – send a link to my own lists

    – send to a few private ‘traffic social bookmarking clubs’ I am a member of


    • Dan

      Andrew, you piqued my curiosity on “private bookmarking clubs.” Got any resources on that?

      • Andrew @ Blogging Guide


        If you sign up to Daniel Scocco’s free guide – after a week or 2, you get invited to his. I believe it is in his autoresponder series.


        • Dan

          Hey Andrew thanks for that!

        • Pat

          Yeah dude, once again – thanks!

    • Pat

      Cool Andrew – thanks for sharing those tips!

  • Dan

    Yikes, I believe I’m a bad blogger. I’m going to be checking out on your suggestion here. I think #9 is pretty cool and one of my favorite parts of blogging is running in to new people doing cool stuff.

    • Pat

      Dan! You changed your Gravatar pic! Is that the PI in the background?

      Yeah – I love running into new people and learning cool stuff. What’s nice is that if I find something especially useful, I can post about it on my blog and give credit to them, and hopefully send them some traffic that they deserve.

      Cheers Dan!

      • Dan

        Yeah that’s me playing with an underwater camera in Mindoro. My business partner says I’m looking creapy, next time I’ll smile.

  • Nabeel | Create Your First Website

    Wow what a great list.

    This is the first time that I read a post on ‘Checklist for After You Publish Your Post’. I have seen many ‘Before you publish your post’ posts, but this is a first.

    All your points are valid and bring up insightful thoughts.

    Regarding the social bookmarking, I have also heard about, as it also auto-syndicates your content to 150+ social bookmarking sites.

    “I would be cautious about bookmarking my own posts on the major bookmarking sites, such as Digg, Stumbleupon and Delicious, since they crack down on self promoting bookmarks.”

    I never knew about this as people have recommended me to do the exact same.


    • Eric | My 4-Hour Workweek is pretty cool. For some reason, I don’t like having my content auto-posted to social networking sites, although it may make sense to do it with some of the lesser used ones (i.e. those besides Twitter and Facebook). Like Pat said, it’s nice to be able to add a personal touch or even some extra “ad copy”-type language to further entice people to check out your content.

      I would think if you do a good job of making interesting and captivating post titles, the auto-syndication route would be very effective.

    • Pat

      Nabeel – thanks for the blurb about overwire. I’ve heard of it before but I’ve never looked into it. Is it something you have to pay for, or is it free?

      • Nabeel | Create Your First Website


        Sorry, I checked again and it’s actually 36 Top Social Networking Sites and not 150.

        I have not used myself, but I have heard It makes it a lot easier to manage the submissions and it also saves a lot of time.

        There is a free version (with some sort of condition: “use ad-supported version of OnlyWire for FREE by adding the Bookmark & Share Button to your website or blog. You still enjoy the same functionality as the paid version through ad support and promotion.”) and a paid version.

        Paid version costs $2.99 per month. I think that’s not too bad for the time it saves.

        But the only downside is that the first time you use it, you have to manually enter all the websites login and passwords (you will have to signup with the various networking sites, but only once).


        • Pat

          Thanks Nabeel – I think you’ll have to do that with any automated type bookmaking service. It’s the same with SocialMarker, and it takes a while to get through the first time.

          Thanks for following up!

  • Dev | Technshare

    Hey Pat,

    Nice check list. I think checking for the grammar and typos should be done before publishing the post.
    Thanks for sharing this great Post as usual.


    • Pat

      Dev – you’re absolutely right, and I mention that in the article. However, for some reason we tend to overlook a few mistakes even if we check it 100 times before we publish.

      • Andrew @ Blogging Guide

        I can’t see my own mistakes. My wife checks all my blog posts and emails before I publish.


        P.S. She doesn’t check comments – so hopefully no errors here!

  • Jonathan Beebe

    Hi Pat, thanks for sharing this. Strange, I just submitted a guest post to another blog detailing MY strategy after publishing a new post (well, for pillar articles anyway).

    I especially like your advice to re-write/summarize the post for article marketing distribution. I think that would be a great way to build links and drive some initial traffic to the blog post.

    This is my current post promotion strategy:

    1) Ping the post (I have auto-pinging turned off in WP because I have a tendency to update a billion times after publishing, with small corrections that I somehow missed during editing).

    2) Submit the post to twitter, then schedule it using socialoomph to go out multiple times throughout the day (for maximum exposure for those in different timezones than me).

    3) I use IMAutomator to submit to 15 socialbookmarks automatically (free).

    4) I use sharoholic to submit to another 9-10 social bookmarking websites (also free).

    5) I vote for some articles on Blogengage that I found helpful and then submit my postt there.

    6) I do the same at

    7) I submit my post to all relevant Blog Carnivals using the free submission form at

    8) I go through my RSS reader and get current on my blog commenting (to drive more traffic to my blog while my new post is at spot #1).

    Thanks for sharing your strategy Pat, I think I’ll go through my own strategy and revise it to see what I can take from yours.

    I love your actionable posts and your easy-to-follow writing style.

    • Pat

      Thanks for the kind words Jonathan, and also for sharing your strategy.

      How automated are IMAutomator and sharholic? Are they anything like socialmarker? Never heard of those, which is why I’m asking – I’m always looking for the best tools online.

      Blogengage sounds pretty interesting too – it looks like a Sphinn type site that could potentially bring in some traffic.

      Cheers dude!

  • Gary David | Drive Thousands Of Traffic

    Thanks Pat. I agree that we should do those things especially taking time to answer each reader’s comments. We should take a look back at our post and interact with our readers. We don’t want our readers to feel like they’re talking to no one. I also like the idea of thanking everybody who retweets our post, as it really make our audience feel like they’ve been recognized.

    • Pat

      Taking just a few minutes a day to respond to comments has been so worth it – at least for me, and I’m sure it’s the same for other sites like Viperchill that follow the same practice.

      A thank you goes a long way – especially online.

      • Gary David | Explode Your Website Traffic

        You’re right. Interacting with your readers makes it more lively. I’ve seen a lot of blogs that owner doesn’t interact with their readers. The result? Number of comments continues to go down.

  • Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot

    Yes, the work’s not over when you hit publish. I do all of these except the social bookmarking and article marketing. Should probably be doing that when I’m checking my stats again and again. If anyone links to my post I leave a comment on their blog thanking them. Apart from that this seems exhaustive:)

    • Pat

      Yep – it actually doesn’t take very long to bookmark and re-write and re-purpose your articles for article directories. Well – the first time it takes a while because you have to sign up for all of the bookmarking sites, but after that initial investment the ROI can be well worth it.

  • Mars Dorian

    heck, that’s one large list. It all makes sense. And I actually do everything already.
    Except for Ping. I will check it out, it sounds useful.
    Being there when the first comments rush in is also absolutely vital. It shows that you care, and that your blog is alive.
    I also personally contact bloggers if they have written exceptionally grrreat content.
    I luv to encourage fellow crusaders, it’s part of the game. No one is an island.

    • Pat

      I love your last line – I think encouraging people to just be hardcore followers is what we all should do, because it’s those followers who will back you up and support you through thick and thin (and promote for you even when you don’t ask).

      Cheers Mars!

  • Susan

    This is a great post Pat! I’ve started blogging on my fitness blog again and trying to figure out how to get readers back to my blog. Definitely going to use this checklist! Thanks!

    • Pat

      Awesome Susan! Wishing you all the best! Cheers!

  • Jaime

    Started a BLOG not long ago and I find this an interesting post, as any help I can get is welcome. I’ve found that most of the points I’m following in a natural way anyway. One thing I always do after hitting the “publish” button is to go back to older posts, and find ways in which I can link them to the recent one. I already use a “related post plugin”, but I find this manual way useful too. Is this something you do? or do you use an automated tool for this purpose.

    Thanxs for your reply upfront, I always read your BLOG through my RSS reader, and this is the first time I’ve found my comment may be useful.

    • Andrew @ Blogging Guide


      That’s a good tactic. You might want to check out the ‘Insights’ plugin that helps you easily find related blog posts on your blog.


      • Jaime

        Thanks for the tip @Andrew, definately will check that one out.

    • Pat

      Hey Jaime – that’s a really great idea that I have actually done in the past, but only on followup type articles, or series posts. I think it should be done as often as possible, to keep people reading your content.

      Thanks for bringing that up!

      And like Andrew said, the insights plugin may help with finding out where you can link your new article on your own blog.


  • Tyler WebCPA

    Cool that you go and comment on some of the blogs of the people who leave comments for you. Of course, that’s pretty easy for me but a very nice touch for an A-list blogger like you.

    • Pat

      Thanks Tyler, although I wouldn’t call myself an A-list blogger. ::blushes::

      It honestly doesn’t take more than a few minutes, and it can come back at you in ways that you’d never imagine.


  • Samuel

    Hello Pat. One extra thing that i do is to verify that all the inserted links behave as desired: open or not on a new window (or not). Sometimes the links take the readers out of our post.

    • Pat

      Hi Samuel – great point. Even just to see if they are working links! Sometimes our links, for whatever reason (misspelled, forgot a colon, etc.) just don’t work like their supposed to!

      Cheers Samuel!

  • Profit Addiction

    Pat, I love the idea of re-publishing your existing content to help build links. Great idea and not very widely utilized to my knowledge.



    • Pat

      Jeremy! I was wondering what your name was! Hehe! Thanks!

      Yeah – and it doesn’t take very long. Plus, after you publish on article marketing sites, other people may use and pickup those articles, expanding your audience and link base even more.

  • Eric | My 4-Hour Workweek


    Great post – definitely a lot here to keep in mind after you publish a blog post. Your point #1 (Did I read my published article and check for spelling & grammar errors?) is always the one I find most amusing. It’s almost funny that you can read your post through 10 times before publishing and think you’ve weeded out all of the errors, only to find that when you actually publish it, there are a few glaring mistakes that pop out at you immediately. I guess we’re in a somewhat different mindset when we read something knowing that it can be read by the entire world.

    – Eric

    • Pat

      Hey Eric – I agree with you 100%, which is why I included it here, even though it’s something we should do before we hit publish. I always find SOMETHING reading it live that I somehow missed before I hit publish – it’s really weird how that happens.

  • Jackie

    I think I’m going to print out this list. It’s a great resource. I just wish I were better at seeing typos and mistakes in my posts. Do you have any additional tips for that?

    • Andrew @ Blogging Guide


      My wife checks all my posts before I publish. I simply cannot see my own mistakes.

      Could you get someone to check for you? You could even outsource to a proof-reader.


    • Pat

      Yeah – I think having someone else read your post, if possible, is a great way to avoid typos and mistakes, for sure.

  • Matthew Needham

    Some really great tips here Pat and a really useful checklist.

    I particularly like the idea of submitting the post to article marketing sites. Do you submit a different article to each site or the same one?

    • Pat

      It depends on the site. I usually submit to eZine first, and then the others second. eZine is where you get the most bang for your buck, and sometimes I re-write or re-structure the articles for the others.

  • Richard Scott

    Hi Pat. Great list. I would add a couple of more: Check your alt tags on images to make sure you are optimizing them properly, and cross check your post in different browsers. You never know what errors you will find. :)

    • Matthew Needham

      Hi Richard, how do you add ALT Tags to the images?

      • Richard Scott

        You add the alt, along with the title right into the img src. i.e. Pat’s image above has these lines in the img tag:
        title=”blog-post-checklist-after-publish” src=”blog-post-checklist-after-publish.png” alt=”Blog Post Checklist – After Publish”
        That way Google will see what the image is about along with people that have images turned off. :)

    • Pat

      Yeah, you can go in after the post is live to make sure those things are done too, however I’d recommend making sure your alt tags are done before you publish, and that your site is compatible with other browsers so you don’t have to worry about it after each post.

  • Tiffany

    Thanks for the great list. Although I usually do most of these things on the list, I don’t do all of them all of the time. Thanks for the reminders!

    • Pat

      NP Tiffany. Cheers!

  • Julius

    I especially like the idea of commenting on a commentor’s blog. This gets us involved in the blogs of other people. I think it can also invite other bloggers to check us out.

    • Pat

      Definitely, Julius. It helps to spread everyone’s network around and keeps the blogosphere healthy in my opinion!

  • Michel J. Gagnon

    Thanks Pat for another useful post. We can easily get lost on the web: writing comments, discussing on twitter, doing research, thinking about a new post. The checklist is a great tool to keep you focused and make sure you don’t forget anything.

    You’re making my life easier. Thanks again.

    • Pat

      Cheers Michel!

  • Elge Premeau | eMarketing Strategist

    I’m so glad you wrote this. You saved me a bunch of work! Just today and client email me (and I quote for real!) ” Hope you can clue me in on how we get people to read the blog. As it is right now, I can put all kinds of useful info in a blog and unless we have some way to get people to read it, it’ll do no good. What am I missing?”

    Now I’m going to email him a link to this post and when we have lunch on Thursday explain what this means for his To Do List.

    • Pat

      Haha, awesome! I love when things work out like that. I’m glad I could help!

  • Karen

    Hi Pat!

    Thanks for the inspiration! I’m looking forward to your webinar tonight!!

    • Pat

      Thanks Karen – actually, the webinar is tomorrow night, June 23rd :)

  • Gregg Swanson

    Hi Pat, great and very useful info…as usual :-) I really liked “#10. If my post contained audio or video, have I begun getting a transcript made for it?” I’ve not thought of this before…actually I’ve not posted much audio except for interviews. No I can see the power in combining both audio/video and text. Great tip! Now I’ll have to develop some audio pieces for my blog. Thanks again!

    • Pat

      Text will definitely help! Cheers Gregg!

  • Moon Hussain

    Pat, nice post. These are all things I try to do, but it’s nice to have an official ‘checklist’. I’ll be using this checklist from now on 😉

    • Pat

      Thanks Moon – glad you found it useful! Cheers!

  • Onibalusi Bamidele

    Really great post Pat!

    I wondered how I missed this post 😉

    All your tips are absolutely right, and I will look more into the last one on analytics.

    Thanks a lot for the great post,

  • Jodi Kiely

    I agree, the checklist format is really useful. Thanks for posting! I’ve already shared this with others.

    In regards to having a transcript for all audio posts, can anyone recommend good programs that do this?


  • Ireti / Centre for Personal Development


    That was a good write up. Of recent, have been thinking about how to draw up such a list for personal use. This post came at the right time and am so happy for that.

    I will put it to use straight away.

    You’re a great and marvelous guy. Thanks for churning out valuable content always.

  • Mark Bell

    Hey Pat,
    Excellent post – I will keep that check list. As a novice blogger it is gold to me!

    I am a member of Digg. Is posting all your own articles not spamming?


    • Pat

      Posting all of your own articles on Digg is spamming, by their rules. I’d either try to get it on digg from someone else, or just do one or two of your own every once and a while, making sure to digg other articles too that are not your own.

  • Alexander – Legit Make Money Online

    Thanks for sharing this great checklist. I forget about a few of these things more than I would like to admit. I will definitely be using it from now on before I publish blog posts. Thanks again!

    • Pat

      Cheers Alexander. Thanks!

  • Kelvin C

    Your list is great; it’s probably one of the most comprehensive ones I’ve seen. Thank you. I’ll try these strategies next time I blog.

    • Pat

      Thanks Kelvin – I appreciate. Good luck to you!

  • Howie

    Good stuff here, Pat….unfortunately, I haven’t quite ventured into my own blog yet (I know…I know…what AM I thinking to not have a blog yet?) lol…..

    Not having a blog kind of feels similar to this girl Gary Vaynerchuck called on stage after he asked his audience, at one of his speaking events, who in the crowd DIDN’T own a cell phone…..

    One person hesitantly raised her hand….lol….he called her on stage, and proceeded to ask if he could “sell her on eBay”….NOT having a cell phone seems nearly as rare as NOT having a blog nowadays….lol

    My book is totally crushing it, though, so I may take some of those earnings and invest in a blog one of these days. :)

    • Pat

      Yeah, I still can’t believe you’re everywhere online, without a blog – that’s pretty amazing actually. Congrats again on the book – keep up the good work man!

  • Nathan Rufus

    Pat, how’s it going?

    There’s so many things on this list that I’m not doing. Only started my blog about a month and a half ago and am getting round to implementing all these things.

    I remember speaking to you via email a long time ago (was part of IBM) and as soon as I started my blog I remembered watching one of your videos on how to increase blog comments.

    I’ve used the tips that you gave and I’m building a real community over there now. Got to give you MASSIVE thanks for that.

    This checklist is going to help me out no end.

    Thanks a lot Pat.

    Reach new heights,


    • Pat

      Reach new heights indeed Nathan. Good luck, and all the best to you. Cheers!

  • Patrick

    I wrote you earlier that I am starting to create content for my website. Now this will be a really helpful guide. Thank you! Still struggling a bit with how to start creating the content, think I’m going to use your mindmap tip. Keep up the good work!


    • Pat

      Mindmaps are awesome. I do one or two every week for blog posts, new sites, or new ideas. Glad you found the checklist helpful. Cheers!

  • Sherri

    Wow, this was a very timely post! I’ve only just recently started up my blog, and was looking for tips and ideas on how to do it better. I’m still a novice at Twitter as well, so hadn’t thought about trying to track the retweets.

    Since I’m a newbie, is tweeting it with a URL done so that you can track exactly how many people came to you via social networking as opposed to other sources?

    Thanks for creating such an amazing resource!

    Take care,

    • Pat

      Tweeting with a URL helps to 1) shorten those long or ugly links, and 2) like you said, to track the number of clicks. You can make different bit.lys for the same link, I believe, so you can put them all in different places to see which ones are providing the best click-through.

      Thanks for the comment, Sherri!

  • Kevin Tang

    This was a fantastic blog post Pat as are most of your blog posts. Just wanted to drop by and make my first comment because I’ve been reading your posts for a while, but just as a lurker. I am now also beginning to make some money online and am just looking forward to doubling and tripling my income as time goes on.

  • Andy Fling

    Great post! I started a music education abut 2.5 years ago, and add a ton of printable resources to these websites, particularly free sheet music. I have great luck marketing these resources with YouTube and Flickr. As soon as a new piece of sheet music is up I head to Flickr to add a thumbnail image of the music, along with a link to the sheet music on my website. Next, I create and launch a video to YouTube that lets YouTube visitors hear the arrangement.

    This whole routine takes about 15 minutes for each sheet music arrangement. The traffic that I receive is amazing! I currently see almost 1,300 referrals per month from Flickr, and more than 2,500 referrals per month from YouTube.

    Hope this helps someone. :-)

    • Pat

      Great tips – thanks so much for sharing Andy!

  • James F.

    Thank you Pat! I am working on my blog and trying to get it popular.. will def try to implement this list into it.

  • Darla

    Great tips and I follow almost all of them except #12 hangs me up. I just plain forget to check my stats …. :) Will work on that.

  • Nick

    This is a great post. I’ve done most of these things, except for Social Bookmarking. But it’s nice to have a checklist. Thanks a ton for all you do Pat. I like the new idea of commenting on a commenter’s blog. That’s a very interesting approach. I would do that if I had more, or any, people commenting on my blog. I guess I need more visitors for that.

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  • Alex

    This is an absolutely superb article on properly and respectfully promoting your content online in the social media vacuum. As someone who recently started up a site it’s so nice to see people actively building up the community by providing this key and, I would think, common sense dialogue on what really is the well-spring of community building.

    Really good stuff here.

  • RedBoys

    Yeah. all this important for blogger. thanks for writing this. like it.

  • eddy

    good checklist..thanks

  • Jas

    Nice checklist

  • Samuel

    This is really awesome Pat! Yeah, I do most of those things you listed…. It’s mandatory for bloggers to carry out those operations… Thanks so much for sharing. Have fun :)

  • Micheal

    Pat just wondering if you’ve found a way to link this checklist with each post? I use a “pre-publish post” reminder plugin to help me remember various things before I post, but I can’t seem to find a post-publish plugin. How do you keep track of what you’ve completed for each post you make?

  • Teena

    Hey Pat, I really enjoyed this list – and the comments :-)

    Another thing to do is make sure to thank Youtube folks who comment, and then comment on their Channel or one of their videos too. A video comment is even better :-)

    I love checklists, but when you have too many it IS hard to keep track of things.

    Michael – this might help you with Post Publish reminders kind of …

    I’ve created a Google Doc (for each website/blog) as an “online tool” where I type/paste in :
    – the url of new blog post
    – Title
    – Date
    – and have check boxes for all the other things to do.

    If I fill this out after I publish the post I can get a few things done a.s.a.p. I simply ‘send’ the document/form/checklist when I need to move on to other tasks. I can go BACK to the Google Doc spreadsheet (which contains my checklist and what’s been done already) when I want to review what I’ve done, and what still needs to be done.

    Having a Google doc checklist like this for each website is an easy way to manage this “after the blog is published” scenario.

    to Andy Flynn – I had read that tip about Flikr a looooong time ago! Great to hear it’s working so well for you – now I’ll need to try it for myself – thanks Andy!

    Pat, Re – free
    – go to and search for onlywire – let someone else set up the accounts for you for $5 (using a new gmail account you set up just for onlywire sign-ups)
    – there is a WordPress plugin to make it all easy once the post’s published.

    This is so easy, just sign up and paste in the URL of one of your posts/pages.
    Choose the 15 day incremental drip feed to make it look more natural.

    Thanks again Pat! Love your work :-)

  • krbhola

    Interesting post! Learning based post is always welcome to newbie wm like me

  • Fahad

    Hi Pat, this was really a good article, your wordings were absolutely correct about the first 50% and second 50%, many of us struggle hard to make an eye-catching article but what about marketing it? Well i have a list of social promoters where my article reaches around the globe through Social networking sites and it really helps me getting massive free traffic.

  • vir

    That’s really a great tutorial for new bloggers.

    Thanks Pat.

  • Darla Hanger

    Pat – I think people forget the THANK YOU’s … . realizing that they are the second contact and reinforcement that makes people WANT to participate in your success. I try to always thank the Twitter people in particular. I am not as good at remember to comment – as time is tight. Those comments though do help SEO juice and help keep the conversation alive. Thanks for the checklist it is awesome!

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