We have now reached the point in our journey were we are now ready to create our blog post in WordPress.
First I would like to go over some quick tips that I have learned in my blogging process that I feel bloggers don’t put emphasis on.
Since I started implementing them, it has helped me drastically reduce the time I spend creating my blog posts.
Let’s jump into three tips I highly recommend doing before each post.
Carry a Notebook to plan, plan & plan some more.
This is an extremely important step.
Why? … HOW YOUR POSTS ARE PREPARED, IS WHAT DETERMINES HOW YOUR BLOG WILL SUCCEED.
Make time to plan your posts. Get your points, photos, supporting information, and/or links together. It will drastically cut down on the time you spend creating a post as a beginner. Planning will also set you on the right path for success.
You need to treat our blog as a business from the start if you want to grow. YOU NEED TO PLAN.
My blogging process starts with writing ideas (I think of spontaneously or when inspired by something) in a notebook I carry with me.
I highly suggest carrying a small notebook where ever you go. Get in the habit of jotting things down in a notebook that way you do not leave everything to memory.
Personally, I have so much much going on to leave things to memory, I get distracted and tend to forget. Ive been on this boat before. I would have an idea and tell myself I’ll get to it later (never write it down), then when later comes I completely forgotten what my idea was.
Why make your brain work harder than it needs to? If you are like me…get yourself a small notebook you can take with you.
I then take my ideas and transfer them over to my blogging binder. My blogging binder is where i keep a more organized breakdown of what my post will consist off.
Once i started implementing this step, I have been able to successfully batch create my blog posts. In other words, I’ve been able to create several outlines for a couple of blog posts back to back.
Create all your blog post images and graphics FIRST.
Save time and batch create at least 3-4 graphics for each blog post you have planned. Go ahead and get those out the way. I personally use Canva to design my graphics. Canva has an amazing platform with easy to use features that allow you to crete any graphic you want. Canva is a HUGE necessity for me and my blog. Best of all, they have all-ready made templates that I use for my blog posts. I look for the templates I like, adjust to my branding, add my photos, add title, adjust the font and bam!
I dedicate a day of the week, usually Friday night or Saturday morning (depending on how my week goes) to create several graphics for up to 5 schedule posts. By doing this you will cut down dramatically when it comes time to build and share your post.
Use Google Docs For Your
Blog Post Draft
I highly recommend taking advantage of Google Docs to write out your blog post. I found when I wrote out my blog posts directly in Elementor it was kind of a headache.
I brainstorm in my notebookWhat I do is write out my post. I include the basic outline and body of my post. Then,
ONLY focus on writing your blog post and separating your titles from your body.
DO NOT focus on design or pictures in this step. Only focus on the words. Google Docs is only meant to be used for rough draft and proof-reading only.
Become familiar with copy and paste. Rough draft in Google Docs. Separating your titles from your body text. makes it easier to build your blog post in WordPress.
Sign into your WordPress Dashboard.
On the main menu to the left of the screen you will need to select “Posts“
As soon as you select “Posts,” a smaller menu will appear, here you select “Add New“
After, in the screenshot below shows the areas in the Yoast SEO Plugin that I believe to be vital for your blog post.
Elementor – this is where you access and design your post layout through elementor.
Blog Post Title & Body – This is where you set the heading of your blog.
Posting Controls – Save your draft in your editing stages, Preview your design & when done publish your post
Yoast SEO – SEO controls for website rankings.
Post Status – control the visibility of your post, select author (if more than one person posts for your blog)
Post Templates – Select the layout of your blog post. This feature ties with elementor for a full canvas layout (removing your blogs default sidebar) or the default wordpress blog post layout.
These areas that I recommend getting familiar with early on. You will find yourself at one point going over these areas for your post.
Things to remember...
Your posts should always be about the reader
When it comes time to set up your blog post you have to take the reader into serious consideration.
For successful engagement, your blog posts should be madeanswering your readers questions. Your readers come to you in order to have their questions answered based on what information you have to give.
Don't be afraid to talk about the your fails
Readers want to know your struggles. Usually, it feels like this huge taboo when it comes to talking about your struggles. But, talking about your struggles will allow your reader to feel connected, as well as, help your readers resonate with what you have to say.
Use your bad experiences as a learning tool to assist other readers in their journey. Especially those looking for answers when they are stuck.
I hope this has helped give some insight on what you would need to structure your blog.
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