Your text is polished and WordPress Related posts plugin is activated to take care of automatically adding related posts from your blog to your post. You're done and ready to publish, but are you really? Don't hit the Publish button just yet - take a look at the following checklist first and then publish like a pro.
Publish like a pro checklist
- Check your spelling and grammar, at least for the most obvious things. You don't want a random grammar nazi to pick on you, do you?
- Admit it, a beautiful quality image makes even mediocre post look better. You know that so you inserted this perfect image you found on Google.
- Everything posted on the Internet is in public domain, right? Wrong.
- Using copyrighted images may cost you money.
- Not sure what to do? John Saddington wrote this great must-read complete guide of using images in your blog posts.
- Are there any links in your post? Don't fear them, but don't abuse them either. Everybody hates spam, even the Penguin.
- Have you been inspired by posts from other bloggers and didn't link out to their posts? Of course you can link only to your own posts, but this is like taking photos on a unforgettable road trip with friends and ending up with tons of selfies - of you. Not convinced? Keep reading why hand picked posts are better.
- You probably already use search engine optimization. I 'd like to assume you're not one of those SEO spammers who think that keyword stuffing, cloaking and other black hat SEO tactics are totally acceptable. Any form of spam is bad - bad for the Internet and eventually bad for you. Sure, our plugin makes it easier for you to find relevant content, but at the end of the day it's up to you to decide whether something is relevant to your topic or not. Play it safe and read Beginner's guide to SEO and Google's SEO starting guide [PDF] before you do something stupid.
How did you do?
Automatic posts are nice, hand picked are better
We're quite sure that once you start using our plugin you'll be quite happy with related posts that are automagically added to your post after publishing. Awesome, isn't it?
I wonder though... do you really want to end up with something like this?
What about giving relevant exposure to other bloggers... to get exposure? You don't even have to give up on links to your own blog, but only if you are part of our network.
Check our guidelines if your blog fits into Zemanta blogging network. If you blog in English, you can find related posts from around the web below the editor and easily add them to your post.
One post, two posts, many posts, a habit
One post will not bring you a ton of readers, neither will two or three, but don't give up. If you keep up with publishing good content this might change.
One way to achieve consistency is to turn blogging into a habit. Do you know how long it takes to form a new habit? I didn't and now I learned that it doesn't happen over night. Two simple tips to help you with forming your blogging habit are:
- build traction by blogging on consecutive days or
- create a series of posts and schedule them.