Post Publish Checklist to Get Traffic

Post Publish Checklist

You’ve done it, you just finished one more final proof. Everything looks perfect, you anxiously hit PUBLISH on what you know is a great post. All you have to do now is wait for the comments and page views to pour in, right? Wrong. No matter how good your post is, how pinnable your graphic is, your work is far from over. If you want to get the page views you know your post deserves you can’t close your laptop and claim mission accomplished, you have to get you post in front of people. Right now I receive about 35,000 page views per month and I’ll tell you straight up it’s not because I hit publish and call it a day. It’s because I market the shit out of each post.

Social Media
The first and most obvious thing to do is share it on your social media accounts. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest and Google +. Then share it on your personal Facebook page. Make sure that that awesome graphic is there. Write a sneak peek description that makes people want to read more and ask a question that gets people engaged. Be sure you are sharing multiple times over the next week on Twitter.

If you aren’t actively using StumbleUpon not only are you missing out finding great new content to read and enjoy but you are missing out on a major traffic source. I just checked my own Google Analytics and StumbleUpon is my second highest social media referral.
Like any social media platform you can’t be selfish on StumbleUpon and be a success, but unlike others, it can hurt you and limit your ability to benefit from the platform. I post on my blog normally 2 times a week and always share on StumbleUpon as a part of my automatic marketing. For each of the posts, I share on StumbleUpon I probably stumble 20-30 other posts from other sites. Remember folks, sharing is caring.

Related blogger groups
Facebook is such a great source for blog traffic because….I’ll let you guess…..come on you know this one…..okay I’ll tell you. Bloggers read blogs! If you haven’t checked out my post Blogger Facebook Groups 101 check it out, as well 4 Tips for Leaving Comments and Creating Connections. Just like StumbeUpon give to get. Don’t just share you link and go, comment and interact with other blogger’s posts. If there is no mandatory comment limit in the thread I try to at least comment on 3 of other blogger’s posts.

Digg is an article and video platform sharing and showcasing the best of the internet. While I can’t give you the numbers of impressions with Digg, the platform is so easy I don’t know why you wouldn’t at least try. You can sign up for an account or use your Twitter or Facebook account to sign in and share your link. That’s all.

I am a huge fan of the Blogher/She Knows community. I fell in love with Blogher last year when I attended Blogher 15 and have even been lucky enough to have my posts featured on their homepage a few times. Blogher allows members to repost their content on their platform. It’s a great way to be seen if your piece is picked up on the front page. If you haven’t signed up for a BlogHer account do it!

Just list Digg and Blogher Medium is an article sharing site. It allows you to post using the blogs link and make edits before publishing. Easy peasy.

Email List
Just like your social media list, hopefully, this one goes without saying, but in case it doesn’t I’m saying it. If you don’t have an email list start building it and make sure you are sharing your content with the list. Just because someone liked your blog enough to subscribe doesn’t mean that it is on the forefront of their mind and they have your posting schedule memorized. Just make sure your email is more than a bunch of links.

Share with people who would want to read and share your content
Search your keywords that relate to the blog topic on Twitter. See if people are asking questions your post answers and share it with them. If you mention another blogger’s post let them know. It can be an email telling them how much you enjoyed their piece and sharing a link to it or as simple as a tweet says “Hey shout out to @____ in my new post on interval training.”

These actions will add to your to-do list but can provide awesome results with not a huge amount of effort.
What is something you always do after you hit publish? What is your biggest source of traffic? Are there any post sharing site you use not listed?

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Post Publish Checklist


  1. candy

    I have got to get on the stumble upon you always remind me of how I can improve.

  2. Dia

    Thank you! 🙂

  3. Tee

    My God I’m doing none of these things. But I’d say I’m learning for sure everyday from people like you. Bookmarking this site so I can keep coming back 🙂

  4. Dia

    You totally should it’s so quick and simple.

  5. Dia

    Thanks for checking it out Michelle.

  6. Elizabeth

    This is a great list, thanks so much for sharing. I need to make a little checklist so I can just do these things automatically once I publish. #bloggingtribe

  7. Dia

    I just added my checklist you can subscribe to get it 🙂

  8. Dia

    Thanks so much Tee 🙂

  9. cori

    YEP! After my posts are up, it’s social media time!!! I also put on my lists if I need to do reciprocal commenting so I don’t forget.

  10. Angela

    oh gosh I’m not doing half these things! I don’t get stumbleupon at all!!

  11. kp

    Great checklist!
    There’s so much more to a blog than just hitting “Publish”. Stumbleupon is slowly becoming my favorite place to find and promote my blog. I was an avid stumbler when I was in university, but then stopped using it as much … until now!

  12. Amber Starr

    Great post! I was just thinking about stumble upon and you’ve totally made me realize I need to use it. Thanks!

  13. Cara

    Awesome tips, Dia! I definitely agree sharing on social networks is a great way to bring in referrals to your website as well as Stumbleupon! 🙂

  14. Dia

    StumbleUpn is a huge!

  15. Dia

    I’m glad good luck 🙂

  16. Dia

    It’s free marketing how can you not lol

  17. Dia

    Angela get on it!

  18. Dia

    Even besides the blogging side it’s just a great place to find new stuff.

  19. Jenny

    My SU traffic has gone down lately so I need to try stumbling 20-30 posts each time I submit mine.

  20. Justine Y @ Little Dove

    That is something I’ve been thinking about lately, how much time the social media aspect takes when it comes to blogging. Promote, promote, promote, and it’s a little exhausting sometimes! I will say I just recently started a newsletter when I re-branded and I am enjoying that, although it’s just one more thing to do, lol.

  21. Shelly

    Thank you so much for all of these tips! As a new blogger, I love finding these types of posts! 🙂 I’ll definitely have to check out your other posts soon!

  22. Marette

    I haven’t been using Digg; thanks for the tip!

  23. Jenn

    I tell ya, I learn something new with each of your wonderful posts. I’ve not heard of Blogher, Digg, or Medium. I will be checking these out today!! Congrats on your page views. It does show that you are working your butt off once you hit publish. I’m pinning this one for later!! Thank you so much.

  24. Dia

    I feel like it really helps with making me seem like a more viable and engaged stumbler.

  25. Dia

    It’s always something new to do. I’m sitting here feeling anxious cause I have so much I want to work one right now but one thing at a time.

  26. Dia

    It’s really easy so why not try it 🙂

  27. Maintaining Me

    Love this list! I was just looking for something like this the other day!

  28. Dia

    Thanks so much Shelly be sure to check out the resource library.

  29. Dia

    Thanks always for the kind words Jenn 🙂

  30. Nila Duggan

    Great tips, I definitely haven’t been doing some of these. Now all we need is a wordpress plugin that automates it! I’d pay for that 😉

  31. Melanie

    I’ve never heard of Digg or blogher. Thanks for sharing I’m so checking both of those out. Good post.

  32. Georgiana Daniels

    I’ve always been hesitant about Stumble because I didn’t really understand it. It appears I should take time to learn! I’d also heard of Blogher but not really checked it out. Thanks!

  33. Sara

    I had to visit as I have a very similar post on my own site. This year I started a new blog (I’ve been blogging since 2007) so I set out to get my first 1,000 page views and subscribers.

    I do much of the same things as you except I’ve not used Digg yet. I call my checklist the “The Speed Racer Traffic Checklist” LOL.

    Anyhow, this is what I do after each post:
    – VCB – A great community of co-promoters
    – Copromote – exactly as the name implies
    – JustRetweet – same as above
    – FB groups (which I love – headed over to your post after this comment)

    And a bunch of other things. Glad I found you. BTW, 35,000/month is stellar. ^_^

  34. Klauss

    Thanks for useful tips! I would also add services (completely legal) for rapid indexing of new post (page)

  35. Emily

    Wow, embarrassingly I’ve never posted my blogs on Stumble Upon. Other people have posted my posts, but I haven’t! Thank you for this tip!

  36. GiGi Eats

    I head over to Facebook and share my post around the FB groups! I get lots and lots of traffic from FB from like-minded people which I love! I also hit up GOOGLE COMMUNITIES and then of course Pinterest! Stumble Upon is also a HIDDEN GEM!

  37. Jessica

    I JUST started using StumbleUpon yesterday. I’m doing most of these, but haven’t used Digg or the BlogHer network. I’ll definitely have to give those a try!

  38. Dia

    Haha I would too lol

  39. Dia

    OMG you need to get on Blogher like yesterday!

  40. Dia

    I seriously consider BlogHer the go to place for female bloggers.

  41. Dia

    Thanks so much Sara and that’s for sharing these. I’ll have to check them out 🙂

  42. Dia

    I love Stumble Upon! Blogher is a must as well.

  43. Dia

    I need to use Google more to share.

  44. Dia

    Get on it Em!

  45. Dia

    What services?

  46. Dia

    I hope it helped 🙂

  47. Kerry

    I need to get better about sharing my posts. Right now I post them once on FB, IG and Twitter and call it a day! I need to look into automated sharing apps.

  48. Amberly

    This is a great list! I always forget STumbleupon!

  49. Nellwyn

    Thanks for this super helpful post! I just signed up for BlogHer but haven’t quite figured it out yet so that’s on my to-do list! I also didn’t know about Digg and Medium so I’ll have to check those out!

    Nellwyn |

  50. Nicole Hood

    Love reading blogging tips from other bloggers! Thanks for sharing.

  51. Jessica

    Love my Facebook groups! I am going to look through a few of these others though!

  52. Dia

    I can’t believe how many bloggers haven’t heard off it. I really can’t tell you how great the community is.

  53. Dia

    Kerry! No! You have to reshare. Your blog is too good not to. 🙂

  54. Dia

    Of course. Thank you for stopping by. 🙂

  55. Dia

    It’s so great and so many good finds!

  56. Dia

    Good luck on Blogher! 🙂 You will love it.

  57. Dia

    Thanks for stopping by Nicole!

  58. Dia

    Yes, I’ve met so many awesome people on StumbleUpon.

  59. Shann

    Great tips! I need to use Stumbleupon more, and I’ve never heard of Digg. Gotta check it out.

  60. Sarah

    Great list there are few things I hadn’t heard about which will be added onto my to do list 🙂 Thanks

  61. Erica @ Coming Up Roses

    Awesome list girlfriend! StumbleUpon is a FAB resource for upping pageviews. When you’re trying to grow…it’s IT!

  62. Sherry Nappa

    What a great article! I pinned it to my Blogging 101 group Pinterest board.

  63. Susannah

    Woohoo! I do pretty much all of these! #winning 😉

  64. Dia

    Get it girl!

  65. Dia

    Thanks so much Sherry!

  66. Dia

    I’m so honored to see you in the comments. Guys check out her blog, she convinced me to stop writing for free.

  67. Dia

    It’s worth a shot for sure.

  68. Dia

    Thanks for stopping by Sarah 🙂

  69. Lana @ The Joy Blog

    Great tips! I’m going to add a bunch of these to my posting routine. Thank you for writing this up!

  70. Dia

    Thank you for stopping by Lana.

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