The Ultimate Blogging Checklist

Come on, be honest. It’s like this blogging thing betrayed you a bit.

Once upon a time, you looked at blogging and thought, “Oh, I can do that. Writing a few posts a week? Piece of cake.” From the outside, it looks so simple, so easy, so fun, and so you rushed off to start a blog of your own.

But then you realized: this stuff is complicated. Blogging isn’t so much about writing blog posts as it is about juggling dozens of little odds and ends, all of them important, all of them demanding your attention, and all of them requiring you to learn something.

And it’s easy to drop the ball, so to speak, and not because you want to neglect anything, but because it’s too much to keep track of.

What you really need is a checklist of sorts — an itemized breakdown of everything you need to do to transform your blog and dazzle your readers. That way, you can stop trying to handle everything all at once and just go through it one step at a time.

So, that’s what I created for you: a checklist of 52 things you need to do to help you learn how to do this blogging thing well.

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5 Tips to Help You Write Like Yourself

One of the biggest challenges a blogger faces is the search for one’s writing style.

Write like yourself… what does that even mean?

It means to know what best suits you as a blogger, and what best suits your personality.

Are you funny? Serious? Formal? Informal? Do you have an encyclopedic knowledge of the world? Is English your first language?

As you write more and more content, your style will develop naturally.

But there wouldn’t be any reason to write a blog post if I didn’t have some cool tips for you… you know… so you can end up writing like yourself much, much faster than other folks (who obviously don’t follow The Art of Blogging.)

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How to Adapt Your Content to Shorter Than Ever Attention Spans

According to scientists, we now have shorter attention spans than goldfish…

In the year 2000, average attention span was 12 seconds. It’s now 8.25 seconds, while a goldfish has an attention span of 9 seconds.

What does this mean when it comes to blogging?

It means that most people who are browsing the web want a quick and simple answer to any question or problem they may have. They want to skim their way to a solution.

And if you make them go through thousands of words of complicated, windy sentences to find what they’re looking for, they won’t ever subscribe to your blog, and they’ll never read another one of your blog posts as long as they can remember that you’re that one blogger who kept them doing the same thing for 10 minutes or so.

So, if you want people to trust you, if you want to be their go-to place for effortless access to the information they need, you might want to take a look at these seven ways you can optimize your content for shorter than ever attention spans.

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Don’t Want to Bore Your Readers to Sleep? Follow These 7 Simple Rules

When it comes to blogging, holding your reader’s attention is everything. 

On average, only 1 out of 10 visitors will read past your headline.

You want to engage your audience, you want your writing to have a certain flow and style that makes them want to read until the end?

Here are a few tips that are going to help you accomplish that.

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Are You Sabotaging Your Blog?

Correct me if I’m wrong: you know you should write a blog post. After all, it’s been a while since you last hit that publish button. Yet, somehow, without you realizing it, you spend hours on Twitter and Facebook “working,” only to wonder later what happened…

You comment on other blogs, telling yourself that you’re “networking,” never mind that none of those comments actually lead to anything.

You have a growing collection of books and courses promising to teach you all the secrets in the universe, but they have been labeled “to be read” indefinitely.

In the back of your mind, you know you can do better. Technically, you even know what to do.

But something inside you refuses to let you, and every day you struggle with whether or not you should just give up or find some other shortcut.

You know how I know this?

Because I’m just like you.

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Check Yourself for These 7 Symptoms of the Blogger’s Curse

Are you burdened by the blogger’s curse?

Many a blogger is hindered with a trait that damages productivity and constrains their ultimate potential.

See if you recognize any of these seven symptoms in yourself:

  1. You start writing, stop half way and hit delete
  2. You often feel like you are your own worst critic
  3. You never feel like you’ve done the best you could
  4. You second-guess your ideas, even when you know better
  5. Other bloggers make you feel inadequate
  6. There’s always something more to learn
  7. Writing would be so much more enjoyable if you could just relax

Thankfully, if you do recognize any of the above symptoms, you are definitely not alone. In fact, I would say each and every blogger I’ve met has felt the same at least once (and likely more often then they’d like to admit).

So relax, this curse doesn’t have to be permanent and is simple to treat. It even has a name.

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What CTA Should You Use at The End of Your Blog Posts?

The infamous call to action. That thing that makes most bloggers feel kind of sleazy for adding it to the end of their posts.

But think about it this way: if, say, a reader is looking for information related to your niche, and they find themselves on your blog. And. lets assume that this reader finds your blog content useful.

How can you keep them from moving on to another blog? How do you turn them into a subscriber? How do you let them know there’s so much more in it for them if they just keep on reading? Or that you have a fantastic product (like this free e-course here) that you know they’re going to love?

Well, it’s all about your call to action, and how you present the offer to the reader.
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50 Ways to Become a Better Blogger

Do you want to become a better blogger? Silly question, eh.

In that case, I’ve got some great news. The best way to become a better blogger is to blog. And to keep blogging.

If this blogging thing is difficult and frustrating, then you must force yourself to do it, and do it, and do it, until you get better at it.

As bloggers, we have to produce words daily – even when we don’t feel like it. Even replying to comments or e-mails is a good way to enhance one’s creativity.

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Five Super Easy Ways to Improve Your Blog Posts

Producing great content for your blog is one of the essential elements of becoming a successful blogger, and this means that your writing must sound natural, conversational.

Write like yourself, as they say. This means you’ll be more productive, enjoy writing and editing more, and get your audience to engage more with your content.

I’ve been writing for over fourteen years, blogging for over seven, and I’ve come to the conclusion that there are some things that never fail to improve a piece of writing.

Below you will find five of them…

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12 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Clicking The Publish Button

Inspiration. One of those words you just love to hate sometimes. It’s unreliable. And when inspiration hits, you just gotta start punching those damn keys.

Nothing wrong with that, but after do you do after you’ve transformed a blank page into what resembles a blog post?

Edit it?

Okay…

And then? How do you know if your post is good enough? How do you know if your post is worthy of being read by other folks on the world wide web?

It’s not like trying to lift Mjölnir, so how can you be sure your post is worthy?

Actually, I believe we could all improve a lot of our posts by asking a few simple questions before hitting that publish button.

Here are twelve questions that I ask myself.

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