Action Steps for Productive Blogging

When the idea of blogging came about, I thought of focusing on the parenting niche but decided to put a hold on that. I did not see myself being consistent with it and that’s how I decided to not only blog about blogging but also help beginners monetize their blogs by sharing my blogging journey with them.
If you have just started a blog, don't be stuck. These action steps will help you become more productive with your blog.
When starting a blog, It is important to have a blogging plan in place. This is to stop you from getting a writers' block.

If you have just started a blog, action steps for productive blogging may be on your mind right now?

Guys and girls, I will just be honest with you at this point. This is my 22nd day in this blogging business and I cannot find the words to explain how overwhelmed I’ve felt this past week. Not going to lie! I realize how casual I was in creating my checklist(s) and that’s why I have all these beginner emotions brewing inside. Wait, another thing. This week I also didn’t know what to write about, so I decided, heck! Why not give my fellow beginners some action steps to boost their productivity in their quest for content creation?

I am one of those people who read an overly ambitious yet misleading blog titled ‘How to Start a Profitable Blog in 30 minutes’ and boom! That was it.

Well, at least I knew what WordPress settings needed configuration; what theme to use and what plugins to activate. I thought from there it would be simply typing away my ideas and hitting Publish. Shock! On! Me!

Yes. I know you are wondering:‘’Why would a beginner think she has authority to tell us what and when to do?’’ Simmer down. I have a family. This blog of mine is a do or die affair and I will move mountains to ensure content is always created but in smart ways I am willing to share.

By smart I mean, going out of my way to be intentional in creating action steps that inspires me to achieve my life and blogging goals. Action steps that will inspire you to be more productive with your new blog.

But so far, on this 22nd day of my blogging career, let’s highlight what I have done and the actionable steps for you too.

Week 1, Day 1

I researched and planned on what to niche on.

When the idea of blogging came about, I thought of focusing on the parenting niche but decided to put a hold on that. I did not see myself being consistent with it and that’s how I decided to not only blog about blogging but also help beginners monetize their blogs by sharing my blogging journey with them.

What steps did I take in my research?

  • I decided on what I should blog about.
  • I keenly followed all bloggers in my niche. I read their blogs; subscribed to their freebies; investigated their keywords and how many links they had pointing to their site.
  • I brainstormed domain names. I decided to buy my domain with my host, Siteground. There are however a plethora of good sites you can buy domains from. Sites like Namecheap and GoDaddy have excellent domain name availability checker tools. I preferred to get a domain with my host just to save myself the hustle of setting up my nameservers.

Action steps for you

  • Decide what you want to blog about.
  • Find blogs in your niche to use for research.
  • Look for a domain.

Week 1, Day 2

I started my blog with Siteground.

Now that you have a niche and domain name in place, you can now start a blog. If you are serious about making money blogging, then you have no option but to go for a self-hosted blog on WordPress.org. I mean you can always start one on a free platform like blogger, wix or wordpress.com, but it will be so hard to monetize it.

Action steps for you

  • Choose a host of your choice. Siteground, Bluehost or Hostgator.
  • Choose your hosting plan. I advise you to pay for a 3-year plan and forget about hosting until when it’s time to renew.
  • Install WordPress.

To start a blog with Bluehost, read this.

To set up WordPress the right way, read this.

Week 1, Day 3

My third day blogging, I installed a theme and to make my blog look just as I wanted it to, I purchased a theme builder. This blog is powered by the free version of Astra and Elementor Pro. I also created a logo for my site with the free version of canva and activated all the necessary plugins.

Action steps for you

  • Select a good theme. I suggest you choose one from either Astra, Generate Press and WP Ocean.
  • Create a good logo.
  • Choose a theme builder.

Week 1, Day 4

I created my ‘About me’, Contact me, Disclaimer and Privacy Policy pages.

On your About page, include what your blog is all about. Don’t shy away from adding all the necessary links that will help your readers stay on your site longer. Also add a picture of yourself so that people can know the face behind the blog.

To create a more organized Contact page, I would recommend that you download a Contact Form 7 for WordPress. Also, include the services you offer on this page.

Make sure that your Privacy and Disclaimer pages outline very clearly the role your blog plays in protecting your readers’ data and any other disclaimers you see fit. This is to cover your behind from any legalities that may come for it in future.

Action steps for you:

  • Create About page.
  • Create Contact page.
  • Create Privacy page.
  • Create Disclaimer page.

Week 1, Day 5

I set up my header and footer menus. To achieve this, I simply downloaded ready-made custom templates on Elementor Pro. If you can’t justify the Elementor Pro cost, you can still use your free theme to create your header and footer menus, though they will look so basic.

Action steps for you:

  • Create headers and footer menus with the theme of your choice.

Aaaand just like that, you have completed setting up your blog and it’s now shiny and a tempting to go ahead and start posting content. Congratulations, but, Hang on! I did not do anything on day 6 and 7 because I did not want to burn out. At this point, I would advise you to not touch your blog until the 1st day of week 2.

The difference between you and someone who keeps saying they will start a blog is that you actually started one. Congratulations, friend.

Week 2, Day 1

This week I was super stoked. I mean, it was my chance to put blog posts out there for the world to savour! Before starting my blog, I had 3 blog posts pre-written on Word, just to give myself the confidence that this niche was for me.

If you don’t have any pre-written content yet, worry not. This is a perfect chance to create some.

Also, prolific bloggers in my niche advise it’s okay to create categories at this point, because from these categories, you will know what posts to come up with. For example, if you have 5 categories on your site, create a post for each. These first posts form the foundation of your blog and play a role in informing search engines what your blog is about.

Action steps for you:

  • Upload the Yoast Plugin.
  • Create optimized categories.
  • List down at least 5 post ideas for each category. You can even do 10.
  • Out of the 5, select a blog post idea that will form the basis of that category.

Week 2, Day 2

Now is your chance to write a draft of your first post. I assume by now you have read so many blogs post by others in your niche. You now know that almost all blogs are done in a passive voice and that most successful bloggers have a minimum of 1500 words per post.

Action steps for you:

  • From the list of post ideas you brain stormed, pick one.
  • Research on it and outline key points on a piece of paper.
  • Draft a post with a minimum of 1500 words.
  • Re-read the draft.
  • Look for images on Pixabay. You can also use your camera or screen shot your desktop screen using the snipping tool app.
  • On your computer, save images with keywords in their titles.

To know how to optimize your posts for search engines, read this post.

Week 2, Day 3

This is the day you have been waiting for.

Now that you have a draft of your first post, you will want to ‘perfect’ it. By perfect it, I don’t mean going all OCD with anxiety. You will achieve perfection with your first blog posts as you get used to creating content. You can always come back and edit published posts.

Action steps for you:

  • Post your first draft on WordPress for editing.
  • Add the images you saved on your desktop.
  • Ensure your images have Alt Texts on them.
  • Ensure your subheadings and sub-subheadings are on H2 and H3 tags respectively.
  • Use Yoast to optimize the post for search engines.
  • Publish your first post.
  • Check how it looks on the front end.

Congratulations. Can you believe you now have some of your content on the World Wide Web? You should be feeling unstoppable right now.

Things to remember:

At this point, you cannot change your permalink structure as it may lead to broken pages.

Never download images from other people’s websites. It’s illegal. Instead, get free images from Pixabay or Pexels. Or design your images with Canva or Picmonkey.

Week 2, Day 4

This will also be a day for you to create a blog post from one of the ideas you brainstormed in the beginning of week 2.

Action points for you:

  • Select a post idea from another category.
  • Research on it and outline key points.
  • Draft a post with a minimum of 1500 words.
  • Re-read the draft.
  • Look for images on Pixabay. You can also use your camera or screen shot your desktop screen using the snipping tool app.
  • On your computer, save images with keywords in their titles.
  • Pate the draft on your WordPress editor.
  • Add the necessary optimized images.
  • Use Yoast for SEO analysis.
  • Hit publish

Now that you have the actionable steps to take towards publishing your cornerstone posts, repeat the above for Week 2, Day 5.

Congratulations for the 3 posts you have published. You will always edit them as you grow with confidence in your niche. Now Google and the rest can know what your site is about.

Take a break on day 6 and 7.

Week 3, Day 1

This is the week I felt overwhelmed with beginner emotions, but, you know what? I found little ways to work on my blog. One of them was researching on affiliate marketing platforms to join. I applied to join Bluehost Affiliates Program and got accepted. I also applied to join Maxbounty and now awaiting a phone call interview with my potential affiliate manager.

It should be easier for you to apply and get accepted because you have a website. Most affiliate programs require a website during the application process.

Action steps for you:

  • Research on Affiliate programs to join and apply.

Week 3, Day 2

Repeat the actionable steps you took in week 2 to create your blog posts.

Action steps:

  • Create blog posts centred around one of the affiliate programs you applied for.

Note, I think as they go through your website and notice you have promoted them first before applying, they are highly likely to accept you. It worked for me with Bluehost.

Week 3, Day 3, 4 and 5

Repeat the actionable steps you took in week 2 to create your blog posts.

Action steps:

  • Create blog posts centred around one of the affiliate programs you applied for.

By end of week 3, you should be having a total of 6 published blog posts. But is there anyone reading them yet? I don’t think so. Well, at least for me. We’ll see what we can do about that on week 4. But for now, take a rest.

Week 4, Day 1

Remember the Yoast Plugin we uploaded and activated on week 2? We’ll use that a bit more this week. Now that you have some content on the front-end of your site, it’s time to submit your site to Google.

Action step for you:

  • Verify your site with Google Search Console.
  • Submit your sitemap to Google search console

To learn how to let Google notice your site, read this post here.

Week 4, Day 2,

Set up the relevant social media pages for your blog.

Action steps for you:

  • Create a Pinterest profile
  • Create a Facebook profile
  • Create a Twitter profile
  • Create a LinkedIn profile
  • Create an Instagram profile

As you create these profiles, remember all the names should be similar to your site’s.

To discover to to fine a niche for your blog, read this.

Week 4, Day 3,4 and 5

You can use these days to create more blog posts as guided in the earlier action steps.

  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Week 1 Research on your blog niche. 

Use availability checker tools to look for a domain name.
Start a blog.

Install WordPress.
Choose a theme.

Create a logo.
Create About page.

Create Contact page.

Create Privacy page.

Create Disclaimer page.  
Create header and footer menus with the theme of your choice.
Week 2
Upload Yoast

Brainstorm post ideas
Draft first blog post Edit and optimize first post for search engines using Yoast.

Publish first post
Draft second  blog post.   Edit and optimize second post for search engines using Yoast.

Publish second post.  
Week 3 Research affiliate programs to join and apply. Draft third (affiliate) post.

Publish third (affiliate) post.
Draft fourth (affiliate) post.

Publish fourth (affiliate) post
Draft fifth(affiliate) post.


Publish fifth (affiliate) post
Draft sixth (affiliate) post.

Publish sixth (affiliate) post
Week 4 Submit your site to Google. Create social media profiles. Draft 7th(affiliate) post.

Publish 7th (affiliate) post
Draft 8th (affiliate) post.

Publish 8th (affiliate) post
Draft 9th (affiliate) post.

Publish 9th (affiliate) post

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