Editorial Calendar: Prepare your Blog for the Launch
Preparing a new blog is not something easy to do. Let’s assume that you already found a niche that you are interested to blog about (that’s a start!). But I don’t think that you can act recklessly when building a new online venture, you need to do some preparation.
When I was in the process of creating this blog, after deciding that I wanted to share information about Making Money Online (that’s my daily routine after all), I asked myself which categories I was going to use to structure the blog and sort things out.
I already explained in previous posts some important aspects that you need to work on when launching a blog, these includes How to increase your social sedia presence using WordPress plugins, as well as How to dramatically improve your WordPress SEO with just a few clicks, but today, I’m going to focus on content itself.
I also went into a rather long process of brainstorming to prepare some blog posts ideas. The goal was to produce some decent content at a quick rate after opening to get people’s atention, and it was pretty obvious that I would not be able to write 1 or 2 posts per day for the whole opening month.
As much as I wanted to use this blog to make myself a name in this industry and to share valuable and exclusive content with my readers, I just couldn’t put aside all my other online ventures. I still needed to expand the other sides of my business.
So, I have to admit it: most of the posts that you did read on my blog during the first month were written during the last few months of 2010. It was a lot easier for me to write a post every 2 or 3 days for a few months, and it also prevented me from ending up with nothing to say!
Using WordPress, you an easily schedule posts by just changing the post timestamp in the sidebar of the post creation page. But here, I’m not talking about scheduling a few posts because you are going on weekend with your family. I’m talking about scheduling several months of posting and doing that months before.
This would have been a painful process if WordPress Editorial Calendar didn’t exist!
The editorial calendar gives you an overview of your blog and when each post will be published. You can drag and drop to move posts, edit posts right in the calendar, and manage your entire blog.
- See all of your posts and when they’ll be posted.
- Drag and drop to change your post dates.
- Quickedit post titles, contents, and times.
- Publish posts or manage drafts.
- Easily see the status of your posts.
- Manage posts from multiple authors.
The installation couldn’t be easier:
- Backup your WordPress database.
- Upload the plugin directory editorial-calendar to the wp-content/plugins directory.
- Activate the plugin through the ‘Plugins’ menu in WordPress.
- Click the new ‘Calendar’ option under the ‘Posts’ menu.
Now let’s prepare your schedule for the upcoming weeks!