When you’re first getting into blogging, there’s nothing worse than spending 6 hours on a post that doesn’t get any visitors.

When I first got started, I would spend hours and hours writing huge walls of texts to only get a trickle of visitors.

The cool part about blogging is that eventually that trickle turned into a steady stream, but I think there’s a better way to go about it.

It comes down to publishing content consistently, building a social media audience, and bringing that audience to your blog and email list.

And it’s going to be much easier to be consistent if your post only takes an hour or two instead of 17.

Because of this, I created my own 7 step rapid blogging checklist to be efficient and effective.

Let’s get right into this.

1. Write And Publish The Blog Post

This is one of those “no kidding” parts of the process, eh?

But this is also one of the biggest things that holds up most bloggers.

You can’t be a blogger if you don’t blog.

So pick a topic you know a lot about (or are highly invested in learning), and get straight to writing.

And don’t worry if someone has already written about your topic before, just put your own spin on it.

Do you think no one has written about a blogging checklist before?

They’re all over the place, but they aren’t the same as my checklist.

Get to writing and publishing that post of yours.

It’ll feel great once it’s live.

2. Send It To Email Subscribers

If you’re not building an email list, start immediately.

Grab a free Mailchimp account, create a landing page using their software, and link to it from your blog.

Or you can use a blog theme like mine, linked in my resources page, which can integrate with Mailchimp directly.

Once you have that set up, start sending your content to your email subscribers.

Even if you only have 1 subscriber, yourself.

Everyone starts from zero, so it’s better to get in the habit now so you’re ready when your list starts growing.

There are two ways to do this: (1) you can send a teaser email with a link to your blog post or (2) you can send the entire blog post in the email.

Option 1 is better if you do a lot of affiliate marketing, but option 2 is better otherwise.

Either way, always be building your list and staying in touch.

3. Share On Social Media

The next part of the process is to share your blog post on social media.

Personally, I just share my link on Twitter, Pinterest, my Facebook page, and Google+.

There are many more places to share like Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Facebook profiles and groups, but I just don’t use them yet.

I truly believe it’s better to focus on a few than too many.

In fact, as of writing this I don’t put any effort into Facebook or Google+, but I still get a visitor or two from those sites.

Every visitor counts.

At the same time, this is meant to be a rapid checklist so focus on what matters most.

4. Tweet 10-15 Times

Speaking of what matters most, Twitter has been my number one way to meet like-minded people.

It’s also been a great source of website traffic over the years, as I built my first account to over 3,000 followers.

Even my current personal account of 695 followers has given my content a lot of attention.

All you gotta do is follow big and small accounts who tweet about your same topic and tweet every day.

I’d suggest 9 tweets of pure content to 1 link, but you should experiment on your own too.

You can use a tool like Buffer.com to schedule tweets in advance and save time.

Building a Twitter audience is a great way to build your blog audience even further.

5. Pin 10-15 Pins

To be honest, I have no idea what I’m doing with Pinterest but ever since I started pinning 10-15 pins per day on there, my account has been growing.

What I do know is that you can easily find pins related to your topic and repin them to your own board.

Of course, share your own blog content there too.

I’ve also heard that it’s good to focus on building one board first before adding more boards.

That’s all I can really say for now.

I’ll experiment further and share what I learn down the road for sure.

6. Study Direct Response Copywriting

This is a highly underrated way of building your blog.

Becoming a streamlined communicator with a real purpose is a great way to get the right visitors to your blog and turn them into readers and even customers.

The best way to learn how to do this is by studying direct response copywriting.

I’m far from an expert, but I’ve been reading books like The Ultimate Sales Letter by Dan Kennedy and The Boron Letters by Gary Halbert to understand what drives people to take action.

Especially people who never heard from you.

This blog post is not an example of direct response copywriting, but a great example to learn from is Ben Settle.

Every day, he sends a non-boring email to his list and gets people to take action.

Imagine being able to call out your target audience and turn them into your readers on a daily basis.

How powerful would that be?

7. Go Live Life

Another important aspect of building a blog is living a life that isn’t boring.

Being bored causes you to have lower energy which makes writing anything damn near impossible.

You don’t have to jump out of airplanes or party all the time to live a more exciting life, but even just being social and exploring a bit can get your writing juices flowing.

I’ve come up with tons of ideas with zero effort just going out with friends.

Personally, I love lifting weights and lot of the challenges in the weight room can relate to blogging easily.

Next time you’re struggling with the first step above, even something as simple as grabbing a coffee and taking a walk can really help.

Go live your life and you’ll grow your blog.

Sounds weird when I say it that way, but it’s true.

The Most Important Step To Blogging

If you want to grow your blog, these 7 steps can help for sure.

But they won’t do anything if you don’t do anything.

The most important step to blogging is taking massive, productive action.

That is why I created this 7 step rapid blogging checklist, which I’ll share again here.

1. Write And Publish The Blog Post
2. Send It To Email Subscribers
3. Share On Social Media
4. Tweet 10-15 Times
5. Pin 10-15 Pins
6. Study Copywriting
7. Go Live Life

If you do the first 5 things every time you publish a post, you’ll save time and get consistent results.

If you do the last 2 things every day, you’ll become a highly effective and exciting writer.

Combine these two and there’s really no limit to what you can accomplish with your blog.

Don’t believe it yet?

Watch as I take my blog from zero to 100 visitors per day real quick.

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Talk soon,
-Gabe