61-Point Writing Checklist for Optimizing Blog Posts

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Before you publish your next blog post, use this blog post as your writing checklist to make sure that you optimize your content both for readers and crawlers.

Writing a great blog post that gets shared and linked to is both an art and a science.

This complete content writing checklist will ensure that you don't miss out on the little things that make  whole lot difference.

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    Checklist for Writing Blog Posts

     

    1. Deep Keyword and Topic Research
    2. Create a Starter Headline to guide you
    3. Define your post-specific audience
    4. Define your post-specific purpose
    5. Come up with your primary keyword
    6. Use a few Latent Semantic Indexing Keywords
    7. Minimum of 1000 words
    8. Use of Short and Sweet Sentences
    9. Use of active voice in your writing
    10. Action-ability of Your Content
    11. Primary Keyword used in the headline
    12. Primary keyword in image files names
    13. Primary Keyword in Images Alternate Tags
    14. Primary keyword in at least one subheading
    15. Use secondary keywords in the body
    16. All keywords are naturally used (not forced)
    17. Posts Illustrations e.g. analogies, examples
    18. Visual Content: Add Supporting graphics
    19. Proper sourcing and citations
    20. Compress images before uploading
    21. Avoid image copyright infringement
    22. Write an inviting meta description
    23. Include primary keyword in meta description
    24. Primary keyword in the first 100 words
    25. Link to relevant and authoritative sites
    26. Internally link to your best related content
    27. Use clean simple urls in all your posts
    28. Primary keyword in your post url
    29. Restrict meta description to 320 characters
    30. Use power words in your post headline
    31. Restrict your blog title to 60 characters
    32. Aim for 0.5 to 1.5% keyword density
    33. Monitor using Yoast SEO plugin
    34. Have a strong Call to Action at the end
    35. Proofread your post for errors
    36. Write additional 10 or more blog titles
    37. Select the most efficient title
    38. Break your post with subheadings H2 & H3
    39. Optimize for social sharing
    40. Benefits-focused writing
    41. Visually appealing: layout & white space
    42. Right category and right tagging
    43. Set Featured Image
    44. At least one pinnable image
    45. Content upgrade where applicable
    46. Proper blog post marketing plan
    47. Simple and clear language
    48. Optimized for readability
    49. Preview your post before publishing
    50. Click to tweet quotable blocks
    51. Captivating Excerpts if your layout uses them
    52. Offers complete solution to a single problem
    53. Is it Evergreen?
    54. Introduction has a hooking effect
    55. Every word has earned its place
    56. No fluff and bluff.
    57. Benefits-focused writing
    58. Blog post monetization: affiliate links etc.
    59. Affiliate disclosures where applicable
    60. Do a final edit
    61. Schedule for publication and marketing

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    Mysson Victor

    Mysson develops strategies and processes that help businesses attract quality prospects to their websites. He creates compelling content in online business, SaaS, and Digital Marketing niches. He thinks he's the founder of PennyMatters, is he?
    Mysson Victor

    Mysson Victor

    Mysson develops strategies and processes that help businesses attract quality prospects to their websites. He creates compelling content in online business, SaaS, and Digital Marketing niches. He thinks he's the founder of PennyMatters, is he?

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