How to Develop a Great Writing and Blogging Process

How to Develop a Great Writing and Blogging Process

Do you struggle with writing and blogging?

Do you find the writing process difficult?

Do you know how to use H (heading) tags properly?

Do you remember to optimize your blog post for SEO?

I hear you… all this can be frustrating!

But… it’s not that hard to learn how to learn these things!

This post will give you the tips you need to how to develop a great writing and blogging process. By the end of it, you will be able to overcome these issues and know how to do all of these things!

You can also download a free checklist of the main points,,, and even save it to your Google Drive if you want!

Develop Your Writing Process

Most writers know that their words won’t be perfect right off the bat. They will need editing, rearranging, and polishing. Paragraphs will need to flow consistently, from one idea to the next.

Paragraphs will need to flow consistently, from one idea to the next.

The writing process will be different for everyone, depending on their level of knowledge and skill set, as well as what they are writing. For most, however, crafting compelling works should follow these basic steps:

  1. Brainstorm. Jot down all ideas and main points.
  2. Outline. Choose an order in which to present the ideas.
  3. Write Draft #1. Write about each main idea, using stream-of-consciousness writing.
  4. Edit the first draft. Fix any typos. Create legible sentences and paragraphs. Ensure your grammar is correct.
  5. Let the work sit for a day or two.
  6. Add any additional points you may have missed, thus creating Draft #2.
  7. Edit the second draft. Keep a copy of each draft, to refer back to as needed.
  8. Polish your work, thus creating a final version.
  9. Repeat as needed, until you think things are perfect.
  10. Get someone to proofread your work, so they can catch pesky little things you will miss, like misused homophones such as their, there, and they’re.

Points to note when you are creating a blog post:

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Protect your Website with the “UNDER CONSTRUCTION PAGE” Plugin

Protect your Website with the Free UNDER CONSTRUCTION Plugin

The “UNDER CONSTRUCTION PAGE” plugin is something most bloggers will need and should have.

It’s helpful to use when you are working on your website.

For experienced bloggers:

Instead of your visitors getting a 404 error, it will show them that your site is still there, and is still active, but that you are working on it to make it better!

For new bloggers:

It also works great as a “coming soon page”! For example, you can publish the “under construction page” even while you’re still searching for a theme you’ll be using on your website (if you’re a new blogger, or if you’re changing the theme), etc.

This FREE plugin will also protect you in Google while you work on your precious website! You will not lose any of your rankings! 🙂

Tell Me More About the “UNDER CONSTRUCTION” Plugin 

The “UNDER CONSTRUCTION PAGE” Plugin has many features.

It is easy to use, beginner-friendly, fast, and has various designs for you to choose from!

The “UNDER CONSTRUCTION PAGE” plugin also comes with free email support if you have difficulty using it.

There is also Google Analytics support available, as well as various social media icons available to choose from.

And the best part? It’s optimized for SEO!

Plus, when you install this plugin, you have MANY designs to choose from!

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Why Blogging can be a Ridiculous Waste of Time

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I often get asked, “Do you make money from blogging?”

This is a tricky question, because I actually make money as a result of blogging. Sure, I earn some money through affiliate sales and AdSense… and The Essence of Blogging (+ How to Earn Money Online) lists the other ways I have expanded my income sources. I now have 9+ revenue streams! 🙂

But…

No one pays me for creating blog posts for my own sites.

No one pays me for promoting them, either.

However, if I DIDN’T blog, no one would know who the heck I was!

They wouldn’t learn about my freelancing writing and editing services.

Nor would they know I’m an independently published author who has another website where I talk about my books, and all other things, including poetry, book review, and true stories about my life.

Nor would they know I help others become authors too.

Blogging is a way to get your content in front of the right people.

So is guest posting! 😉

Is Blogging A Complete Waste of Time?

Some people think blogging is a ridiculous waste of time. I’m not kidding.

The truth is: IT CAN BE.

Or, at least, it can feel that way… sometimes. There is A LOT TO BLOGGING. Read 5 Things New Bloggers Need to Know.

It’s no secret that there are many pros and cons to blogging. After we look a the benefits, we’ll look at some of the pitfalls. Read More

How Blogging and Freelancing Go Hand-in-Hand

How Blogging and Freelancing Go Hand-in-Hand

I’m pleased to present you with a guest post today from Ryan Biddulph, the nomadic dude who lives all over the world… island-hopping, traveling to new and exciting places, encountering strange people (like the guy who stole his $1 flip-flops!) and living life on his terms as a blogger, an author, and a freelance writer.

I met Ryan online when he first became an author. Ryan and I have a lot in common. We are both authors, bloggers, and freelance writers.

He, however, is a bit more famous than I am (wink wink!) because he has been featured on Forbes, Fox News, Entrepreneur, Richard Branson’s Virgin Blog, John Chows Dot Com and Neil Patel Dot Com.

Ryan has also written and self-published 126 bite-sized e-books, which he sells on Amazon! 

Some of his top-sellers include:

7 Steps to Build a Full-Time Income-Earning Blog

How to Land Guest Posts on Authority Blogs

6 Tips for Work-at-Home Entrepreneurs

10 Tips to Be a Smarter (and Richer) Blogger

How to Become a Successful Home Based Marketer

How to Build a Profitable Blog through Twitter

How to Become a Successful Freelance Writer

How to Find Your Writing Voice

How to Create and Publish a Successful eBook

7 Tips for First Time eBook Authors

10 Strategies for Increasing Blog Traffic through Automation 

6 Tips to Grow a Rabidly Loyal Blog Community

… and many more!

Be sure to check out his books later, after you read this post!

Take it away, Ryan!

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Peanut butter and jelly.

Frick and Frack.

Bert and Ernie.

We all love a good match.

Blogging and freelance writing, like the above duos, are perfect together.

When I asked my buddies if they wanted me to write a guest post for them, Lorraine was all over the opportunity like bees to honey. Or like feisty critters to the house where Kelly and I are currently living in Thailand, with centipedes, scorpions, tarantulas and foot-long Tokay geckos!

Anyway, I love the blog topic we both agreed on because Lorraine and I are freelance writers as well as bloggers. I see a few parallels between running a thriving freelance writing business and a successful blog.

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How to find Content Writers (That Won’t Cost an Arm and a Leg!)

How to find Content Writers (That Won't Cost and Arm and a Leg!)

Blogging is time-consuming, and so is writing. Creating quality content takes time, it takes a lot of research, planning, outlining, and drafting, and polishing before you can complete the publishing step.

Yet millions of blogs rely on fresh content each day.

As a website owner, entrepreneur, or business owner, it is oftentimes easier to hire content writers to produce quality content for you.

But where do you go to find good content writers? Especially ones who won’t cost you an arm an leg?

And what kind of qualities should you look for when hiring content writers?

This article is going to answer these questions for you.

I’m also going to share a secret that many freelancers don’t know!

The Secret Most Freelancers Won’t Tell You

I am more than a blogger. I am a freelance writer and editor. I’m an author. I’m a content creator. I’m a business owner, too.

I do coaching. I help others become authors. In fact, there are many jobs I do online, and there are many tasks I’m responsible for.

I’m more than just a blogger… and I have various income sources.

Related read: The Essence of Blogging and How to Earn Money Online

I sometimes outsource tasks to others to make my various jobs easier. This includes hiring writers to do research for me and draft articles, which I then add to, edit, and either publish or give to my clients.

My standards are very high, and that is why EVERYTHING must meet with my own personal approval before they are shared with others, with my readers, or with the world.

When I first started freelancing, I did everything myself.

As my business grew, I realized that I needed help. I could no longer do everything myself!  There simply are not enough hours in the day!

While speaking with a fellow freelancer, I learned that she outsourced many of her tasks… including the writing projects she was hired for!

I was a bit flabbergasted. I was surprised that she did this! But the more she explained it to me, the more it made sense, from a business standpoint.  What she did was hire a writer to write the article she was hired to write. She paid that writer a fraction of what she was paid. Read More