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This is the EXACT checklist I swear by, and today, I’m handing it over to you! Why? Because I’m all about your success and saving you from the head-spinning confusion I went through when I started! So, let’s dive in and transform your content into a BEAST of a blog post that draws readers in, ranks high, and leaves a lasting impact. Enjoy!

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🎯 Title and Meta Tags

Regarding winning over readers AND search engines, your title and meta tags are the champions. Craft a headline that’s like a warm welcome, and throw in your main keyword for good measure. Meta description? Keep your elevator pitch snappy and engaging, and don’t forget that keyword sprinkling. I adore tools like Yoast SEO – it’s like having an SEO guru right by your side!

🎯 Keyword Optimization

Think of keywords as the stars of your content show. You’ve got your main keyword, but don’t be shy – sprinkle related keywords like confetti throughout your piece. However, keep it real – no keyword stuffing allowed. Want a nifty tool? Google Keyword Planner is your treasure map to keyword gold, AND it’s free to use!

🎯 Content Quality

Alright, it’s showtime! Create content that’s not just another article but a valuable experience for your readers. Structure it like a champ with headings and subheadings that guide the way. Break those paragraphs into bite-sized treats for easy digestion – we aim for engagement, not an endless scroll. Before you hit publish, please give it a grammar once-over. A tool like Grammarly is my trusty sidekick here!

🎯 Images and Media

Who doesn’t love a little eye candy? Optimize your images to load like a breeze while keeping that visual appeal intact. Give those images some love with descriptive filenames and alt text – they’re the backstage passes to better SEO. For resizing and optimizing, TinyPNG or Squoosh are my go-to favs! To optimize Alt Text, I use the WordPress plugin Alt Text AI.

🎯 Internal and External Links

You’re building connections between all your content when internal or external linking! Weave internal links to your other awesome content, creating a web of awesomeness. Don’t forget to show some love to external sources, too – it’s like a digital handshake with fellow creators. Link Whisper is an excellent free WordPress plugin for internal linking your other blog posts.

🎯 URL Structure

Think of your URL as your blog post’s address. Throw in that keyword if it fits naturally. Want to tidy up your URL game? Tools like Yoast SEO (again!) can help with this.

🎯 Mobile-Friendliness

We live in a mobile world – your content better be ready to shine on those tiny screens. Check how your blog post plays on mobile devices using Google’s Mobile-Friendly Test.

🎯 Page Loading Speed

No one likes a slow-loading page! Optimize those images and give your site a little boost. Tools like Google PageSpeed Insights will guide you with this.

🎯 Social Sharing

Ready to spread the word? Add those social sharing buttons like sprinkles on a cupcake. I use the free WordPress plugin Kiwi for social media sharing buttons.  There are also several other popular free WordPress plugins you can check out: Ultimate Social Media Icon and Ultimate Social Media Plus.

Open Graph and Twitter Card tags? Think of them as your blog’s VIP passes to social media parties. They look stunning, and the EveryWhereMarketer Ultimate Guide will walk you through this step-by-step!

🎯 Schema Markup

Level up your SEO game by speaking the search engine’s language. Schema markup adds extra info that makes your content stand out. Dive into Google’s Structured Data Markup Helper, or this can also be applied automatically through the WordPress Yoast SEO plugin (yet again!).  To learn more about implementing Schema Markup through Yoast SEO, click here.

🎯 Readability and User Experience

You’re chatting with friends, not drafting a legal document. Keep things friendly and easy to read. No one likes intrusive pop-ups or ads – be the host with the most by keeping it comfy for your readers. Again, tools like Grammarly can help with this.

🎯 Analytics and Monitoring

Numbers talk, so set up Google Analytics to get the scoop on your visitors’ behavior. Plus, hang out with Google Search Console for insights into how search engines see your content.

🎯 Post-Publishing

You’re not just pressing “publish” – you’re throwing a virtual party! Share your masterpiece on social media, shout it out in your newsletters, and mingle with your audience in the comments. This is where trust and relationships build, so be the gracious host.

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