One of my goals for 2019 was batching and automating tasks.
In order to streamline as many as my processes as possible, I had to get creative and strategic. One of the changes I made this year was creating a blog post template.
This may seem silly, since setting up a blog post in Squarespace doesn’t take that much time, but when you’re scheduling multiple blog posts at once that time really starts to add up.
Not to mention, using a blog post template ensures each blog post looks the same and I’m not forgetting any important details along the way.
In this post, I’m going to walk you through how to create and use your very own blog post template. Let’s jump into it!
How to Create a Blog Post Template
First, let’s discuss how to create a blog post template. It’s really simple.
Step One: Navigate to your blog and select the + icon.
Step Two: In the pop-up window name your new blog post Blog Template
Step Three: Add all of the elements and placeholders you would like included in your blog post. We’ll get into what these elements might be in the next section.
Step Four: Save the blog post as a draft. Be sure you don’t publish it!
Step Five: When you’re ready to use your template, simply open the Blog Template draft and select Duplicate.
This will open a copy of your Blog Template that you can start filling in.
What to Include In Your Blog Post Template
Depending on what you are blogging about or what your blog includes, you may want to consider adding a few of these elements or place holders to your blog post template.
With each blog post I write, I include a blog post graphic. This graphic helps break up my content and can be shared on Pinterest to help other users find my blog.
In my blog post template, I include a image block so that I can easily upload it to my post each time.
If you write a lot of blog posts that include affiliate links, you may want to include a disclaimer in your blog template. This ensures you are always approaching affiliate links legally and ethically without the fear of forgetting to include them!
Your newsletter has the ability to bring in loyal blog readers. Depending on how you choose to present your newsletter opt-in, it might be a good idea to include it in your blog template to make your job easier!
As you can see below, I have mine set up as a clickable image.
I recommend including related posts at the bottom of every blog post. This motivates your blog readers to stay on your website longer and engage with more of your content.
Unfortunately, Squarespace doesn’t have a simple way to include this section to each of your blog posts automatically. That’s where your blog post template comes in! Add it once and you’re done
At the end of each blog post you should include a call-to-action. A call-to-action, or CTA, is when you ask your audience to do something. This may be signing up for your newsletter or leaving a comment on your blog post.
Be sure to leave room for your call-to-action in your blog post template.
Sidebar (if applicable)
Depending on the Squarespace template you are using, you may not have a sidebar.
If you don’t, it can be a huge help to use a blog post template that already contains your sidebar. That way you don’t need to recreate it with each new blog post.
Do you use a blog post template for your website? If so, why or why not? Let me know in the comments!