When is your blog post ready for publication?

There is a subtle line between a crappy post and a perfect one. If you want to, you can endlessly tweak and improve upon your writing. So, how do you decide if your blog post is ready? When is a post good to go? In this blog post, I’ll share a checklist you can use to help you decide when to hit the ‘publish’ button!

1. Is your blog post long enough?

A post should contain at least 300 words. If you write posts that are shorter, you’ll have a hard time ranking with it in the search engines. In general, long posts will rank a bit more easily than short posts. However, long posts also require strong writing skills. Your article will need to have a kick-ass structure if you write something really lengthy. If you’re wondering how long a blog post should be, please read our article on text length.

☑️ Is your post longer than 300 words? You are good to go!

2. Is your post free of grammar and spelling mistakes?

Before hitting publish, always check for grammar and spelling mistakes. Use a tool like Grammarly to make sure you’re writing in proper English (or in proper Dutch, German or Portuguese). Let someone else check your writing if grammar isn’t your strongest suit. Of course, you can alter mistakes after publishing an article and you will be forgiven for a small error. But, an article filled with typos and errors just isn’t a good read.

☑️ Is your spell checker satisfied? Go ahead!

3. Is your blog post readable?

Reading from a screen can be difficult, so if you want people to read and understand your blog post it must be easy to read. This will get you more returning visitors and a higher conversion rate. Easy to read means that you use rather short sentences, clear paragraphs, and transition words. In Yoast SEO we offer a readability analysis. If the overall check in the readability analysis is green, your blog post is readable enough to hit publish!

☑️ Is the bullet in the Yoast SEO readability analysis green? You have the green light!

4. Is your blog post SEO-friendly?

Before you publish your blog post, you should always make sure it is SEO-friendly. A green bullet in our SEO analysis is good enough. Before optimizing your post, make sure to put some effort into choosing the right focus keyword. Optimizing your blog post for a keyword nobody is searching for will not result in much traffic.

☑️ Is the bullet in the Yoast SEO analysis green! Publish that post!

5. Is your message clear?

Why did you write this blog post? What do you want your readers to know or do after they’ve read your text? The purpose of your blog post needs to be clear. The message of your blog post, the thing you want to tell your readers needs to be clear. Think about the purpose, think about your message and read your blog post once again. Is your message clear? Will readers understand that message? If you’re not sure, let someone else read your blog post. Ask them!

☑️ Is your message clear? You’re good to go!

One final thing before you’re post is ready to be published. If people like your post, they should have enough opportunity to navigate to similar awesome posts. Make sure to link to posts that are of interest. Perhaps you’re selling some fantastic products on your website. Make sure to add links to those product pages!

☑️ Did you add some amazing internal links? You’re all set!

So, when is your blog post ready?

If you’re a perfectionist, your blog post will never be ready. You can always improve and tweak to make it a little bit better. And, even after publication, you can make corrections and small (or bigger) tweaks. The question ‘ when is it good enough’ can be a hard one to answer. Check the 6 things I talked about in this blog post. Did you do all these things? Can you answer all these questions? If so, go ahead and hit publish! Good luck!

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12 Responses to When is your blog post ready for publication?

  1. Mayank Ranjan
    Mayank Ranjan  • 4 years ago

    Hi, Marieke van de Rakt

    I have a question, I have posted some blogs while keeping all these points in mind while writing, but didn’t get many impressions, What should I do?

  2. denny
    denny  • 4 years ago

    Please check for mistakes. I know how easy it is to say your instead of you are or you’re :-)

    “If your not sure, let someone else read your blog post. Ask them!” that was in point No5 of your good article.

    PP. I have 5 websites. Learning. Having problems. Anyway, I will post link for 1 of them.

  3. Nauman
    Nauman  • 4 years ago

    I always write my blog in WordPress as a draft then I make corrections on the blog and finally publish it.

  4. dave
    dave  • 4 years ago

    I’ve read a lot of information on lengthy blog posts and I have tried it with little luck. My posts that seem to do better are around the 1000 wordmark, and my style of writing seems to be comfortable around that magic number; any lengthier than that I seem to repeat myself. And you’re right; I’m forever correcting it.
    I check it over for spelling and grammar and it’s gone.

  5. Hans van Zanten
    Hans van Zanten  • 4 years ago

    Hi Hanneke, the more blogs I write the more difficult I find it to use good keywords. I rely a bit on links to cornerstone content but thats not sufficient. Hard job!
    In addition: maybe a consistent blogstructure even is more important with google’s algo’s nowadays

  6. jafar
    jafar  • 4 years ago

    thanks for your advice,
    unfortunately I published my blog posts.
    I must return to published posts and reform it. is it good idea?

    • Hanneke
      Hanneke  • 4 years ago

      Hi Jafar,
      It’s always a good idea to update your posts when it’s needed!

  7. Daniel
    Daniel  • 4 years ago

    Great advice
    I’ve been having troubles with my viewers relating to my blog posts and i think I should be able to work on it now

    • Hanneke
      Hanneke  • 4 years ago

      That’s great to hear, Daniel. Good luck!

  8. Victoria Tran
    Victoria Tran  • 4 years ago

    I love how you hit all the main key points such as the optimal length of a blog post, grammar mistakes and the readability for your targeted audience.

    For my blog, I always make sure to Grammarly as a Google Chrome Extension so I’ll make less typos and I use Yoast for readability.

    Keep up the work!

  9. Chris Pontine
    Chris Pontine  • 4 years ago

    Great blog post!

    I ask this to myself often.

    I feel sometimes I rush and should really consider a simple checklist to make sure I’m ready to go.

    • Hanneke
      Hanneke  • 4 years ago

      Good to hear that you find this post helpful!