How to Plan Your Blog Posts

Planning your blog posts can be a lil’ tricky – especially when you’re feeling overwhelmed. I currently have over 17+ blog post plans and ideas sitting in my drafts.

Planning your posts are key to help you overcome that fear of feeling overwhelmed or looking at a blank screen and not knowing what to write.

Today I am going to show you how to plan your blog posts like a PRO. You will never have to scratch your head again.

First things first get your self a planner! Luckily, I have a free blog post planner which you can download below. I use this exact planner to plan all of my blog posts.

I feel like every time I write notes on my phone they’re just kinda all over the place! (well, so is my notebook but shhhh).

If you would prefer to plan your posts online, I recommend using Google Sheets and Docs. Both are 100% free to use and great for planning out posts.

For the sake of this post I am going to show you how I use my own blog post planner to plan my posts. Be sure to download it for free below!

Write down your blog post ideas

I cannot stress this enough! Write, write and WRITE your blog post ideas down. I have thought of so many awesome blog post ideas and DID NOT write them down and then I had completely forgotten about them and that was a TOTAL MISTAKE!

Even if you’re like me and add your ideas to your drafts – at least they’re there and ready to be written.

Related Post: 100 Blog Post Ideas for Lifestyle Bloggers

Did you know the more you write down your blog post ideas the more ideas you’ll be able to spark up for future posts?

1. Plan your blog post title

Planning your blog post title is one of the most important things to do! Without a title how will you readers know what your post is about? Haha!

Plan your blog post title – heck think of as many catchy titles as you possibly can and go with the one you think will work best.

If you’re stuck figuring out what your blog post title could be – head on over to Pinterest. By using the Pinterest search box, type in relevant keywords relating to your blog post for example – blog tips and you’ll be able to get ideas for a blog post title.

2. Date to publish

Pick a date you’d like to publish your post. Perhaps you’d like to publish it on the day you’ve written it or schedule it to be published for another day.

3. Category

Determine which category your blog post belongs too. Perhaps it’s multiple categories.

As you can see this particular post fits into the blogging category of my blog.

4. Important notes + keywords

Keep track of important notes and any relevant keywords you can use while crafting your blog post. Again, you can find relevant keywords using Pinterest’s search box.

There are heaps of useful tools to use to find Keywords for your blog posts – the problem is they’re mostly paid tools and the ones that claim to be free – actually aren’t and can be expensive. That’s why I recommend using Pinterest to find your Keywords (especially if you’re on a budget).

Another tool you can use is Google Trends. You can compare and see which keywords work better for your post.

If you are looking for a paid option, I do recommend Serpstat. Their plans start off at $19 per month and you get 300 keyword searches per day.

Back in April they had an awesome deal where you could purchase Serpstat for $39 FOREVER. Of course I did get my hot lil’ hands on it. It would be great if they would offer this deal again!

5. Write your post

Now you actually need to write your blog post! Yes, the bread to your butter. If you prefer you can write your post before you plan out your keywords (personally I prefer to plan my keywords out first before I write my posts).

Once you’ve written your post you can move onto the final checklist!

6. Final checklist

Add images & create your Pinterest pins – Adding images to your posts will help make your post more engaging for your readers. Create your Pinterest pin/s for your post. I use Canva to design all of my pins. Don’t forget to add your keyword rich description to the ALT section of your image.

Spell check/grammar check – Don’t forget to spell and grammar check your post before hitting publish. A great tool to help make sure your posts are on par is Grammarly. Grammarly is a free tool that you can install on your web browser and will check your spelling and grammar.

SEO Optimized AKA your keywords – Make sure your post is SEO optimized before hitting that publish button. As mentioned above you can use Pinterest to help find relevant keywords for your posts. The Yoast SEO plugin is a great tool to use when optimizing your posts.

If you need a little help understanding what SEO is, how to optimize it for your posts and why it is so important I recommend reading this post here.

Schedule your post – Now it’s time to schedule your post! You may choose to schedule your post to go live right away or you can schedule it to go live within a few days, weeks or months.

7. Publish to

Choose whether you want to publish your posts to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest or any other platforms that you want to share your posts.

Be sure to share your new posts with your email subscribers too! They will most likely be the first ones to read your post.

If you haven’t started your own blog yet and you’re not sure how to go about it check out my How to Start a Blog guide right here.

Download your free blog post planner below!

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Planning your blog posts can be a little tricky, especially if you're feeling overwhelmed! This guide will show you how to plan your blog posts like a pro.