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11 Steps to Start a Pilates Blog
Step-by-Step Guide

It’s no longer a luxury  to have a blog on your website – it’s an absolute, 100% necessity.  If you’re not blogging, you’re way, way, way behind the times.  You might as well be on Planet Mars.  The reason is that Google love nothing better than websites who blog on a consistent basis.

Step 1
Learn About Blogging 

Here are 43 Quick Blogging Tips to get you started…

  1. Include photos of yourself in pilates exercises
  2. Create an EPIC blog post out of your next pilates lesson plan
  3. Get ideas for blog posts from your students (e.g. wrist exercises if a student has weak wrists)
  4. Tests blog post ideas on Twitter first
  5. Write about stuff you want to learn more about (e.g. yoga and pilates for golfers)
  6. Use each blog to build your free newsletter
  7. Finish blog posts with a call to action (e.g. join your class, signup to newsletter, like your Facebook page)
  8. Provide a download to a pilates lesson plan.
  9. Be consistent (write a blog post every week or two)
  10. Be different
  11. Allow your personality to shine through
  12. Don’t write to impress (formal writing is boring)
  13. Write like you talk (conversational style)
  14. Write eye catching headlines
  15. Make the blog post worth bookmarking
  16. Make the blog post so darn good that your visitors email it to their friends
  17. Find a niche (e.g. yoga & pilates for runners or yoga & pilates for golfers)
  18. Write about something you love (e.g. yoga & pilates for runners)
  19. Add the blog post URL to your Business Facebook Page
  20. Add the blog post URL to your Twitter
  21. If you have an image of yourself in the post, add it to Instagram
  22. Add images.  People love images
  23. Keep an eye on web analytics (are your blogs working?)
  24. Allow easy following (RSS feed)
  25. Get personal
  26. Talk about your failures, pains and struggles
  27. Spell check it
  28. Get someone to proof-read it
  29. Edit it (Google loves it when you edit your old posts)
  30. Use royalty free images
  31. Turn the blog post into a Youtube Video
  32. I use Camtasia, green screen, yeti & logitech c920 HD webcam to create Youtube Videos
  33. Turn your youtube videos into a Pilates DVD
  34. Turn the blog post into a Podcast
  35. Turn your blog posts into a PDF ebook
  36. Turn your blog posts into a Kindle ebook
  37. Have somebody evaluate your blog and give you constructive feedback
  38. Share something personal to show you’re a real person
  39. Enjoy yourself (Put some music on when you write)
  40. Research like a crazy person (I spent hours researching for this blog post)
  41. Research what other pilates teachers are doing (can you do something similar?)
  42. Always over-deliver (give away more than expected)

Step 2
Which Blogging Platform

If you’re not using WordPress, you may want to consider using it as it is widely recognised to have the best SEO (search engine optimisation).  If that doesn’t convince you, consider why most websites on the net using the WordPress blogging platform. They are by far the best!

7 Reasons To Use WordPress 

  1. Easy to use
  2. Free themes
  3. Lot of different layouts
  4. Loads of free plugins
  5. Easy to add images
  6. Easy to categorise posts
  7. Visitors can comment & share your posts

Step 3
Pick Your Topics 

The first thing you need to do is choose which topics (“categories” in WordPress lingo) you want to blog about.  What are you particularly interested in?  It’s a whole lot easier to write blog posts about topics you’re on fire about.  The good thing is that you’re a pilates teacher expert (pat yourself on the back), and have lots of topics you could get tucked into.

Possible categories:

  • Anatomy
  • Contests & Giveaways
  • Fitness
  • Healthy food
  • Human Body
  • Killer legs
  • Killer core
  • Killer buns
  • Morning routines
  • Personal development
  • Pilates equipment
  • Pilate for athletes
  • Pilates for football players
  • Pilates for golfers
  • Pilates for pregnancy
  • Pilates for rugby players
  • Pilates for runners
  • Sports Medicine
  • Workout challenges

Step 4
Write EPIC Posts

These days you need to write EPIC BLOG POSTS to be noticed by Google.

EPIC Definition
Heroic or grand in scale or character

There is a saying about blogging:  “Content Is King.”

And it’s true!

There is nothing that gets Google more excited than an EPIC blog post. These days limp, half-hearted, mediocre blog posts just does not cut the mustard. Your EPIC BLOG POST needs to be filled with useful information that the viewer to your pilates website can immediately use (e.g. how to perform a certain pose).  If you don’t have a website, look online for Pilates Website Design and get started.  These days a website is a lot cheaper than you think.

Keep these points in mind

Don’t Reinvent The Wheel  
If you find an interesting blog post somewhere online, write a similar post injecting your own personality.

Top Notch Advice
Give your readers top notch advice.  Don’t be afraid to write a lot about a niche subject (e.g. the anatomy going on within the butt when practicing boat pose.

Add Humour
Don’t be afraid to add a touch of humour.  For example if you’re writing about boat pose, you could include a bit of humour about the anatomy going on within the butt to create killer buns.  You could then include a photo of your bottom if you happen to have particularly tight buns (obviously make the image as humorous as possible otherwise people could think they’re on a different kind of site).

Add Images & Video 
Add images and videos.  People are visual creatures and love to browse with their eyes.

Bullet Points 
People like reading bullet points, so include them.

Share Your Story
Share you own stories to engage your readers. This also helps brand you as an expert.

Make It Long
The longer the better.  I’ve been blogging for many  years, and long blog posts always get more shares and likes. Make sure your post is entertaining.

Make It Actionable
Make sure your reader can take action on something (e.g. how to get killer buns practicing boat pose).

Step 5
Promote Your Posts 

The very second after you publish your EPIC blog post, immediately do the following to promote it…

  • Share it on your Business Facebook Page
  • Share it on your Twitter
  • Share it on Google+
  • Share it Linkedin

It’ll only take you  a couple of minutes and it’ll be well worth your time.

Step 6
Email Your Students

Email your students asking them to put the following on their Facebook pages:

Hi [Student’s Name]

I just wrote a new blog post called [YOUR BLOG POST NAME] today.  I’m asking for a small favour to share the blog post URL on your Facebook and Twitter feed. It may be useful to your friends who are interested in keeping fit.

You can use the script below: “My pilates teacher [YOUR NAME] has written a blog post called [YOUR BLOG POST NAME]. He publishes great content and useful tips. Feel free to have a look: [YOUR BLOG POST URL].”

Step 7
Be Proactive On Twitter

Go to twitter.com/search.

Type in the keyword(s) that are related to your blog (for example: “pilates exercises for runners”).

Search results from twitter.

Check their profile.

Reach out to them in 140 characters (e.g. Hi, you previously tweeted Pilates Exercises For Runners. Maybe you’ll find this article useful: [YOUR BLOG POST URL])?

Step 8
Seek Out Similar Blogs

Become an active commentator on other pilates blogs. Don’t spam!  Leave useful comments that attract people to read your blog.  Getting into discussions doesn’t take much time and drives laser-targeted visitors to your blog.

Step 9
Link Building 

Go to Google.com and search for queries like: “intitle:YourBlogTopic inurl:resources” or “intitle:YourBlogTopic inurl:links”.

Now go to the contact page and send the following email:


I was reading your blog this evening and saw that you have a fabulous resource page.   So, I’ve added it to my resource page.  See it here: [YOUR WEBSITE RESOURCE PAGE].

I have a similar, but non-competing website that might be helpful or useful to your audience.

See it yourself: YourPilatesWebsite.com

Perhaps it’s worth mentioning on your resource page?

All the best,

Step 10
Social Bookmarking Sites 

Submit your site to the following social bookmarking sites:

Step 11
Create A Video Of The Post 

I would say that this is no longer a choice, but a necessity.

The reason is because Youtube is now the second largest search engine on the planet. Only Google is bigger.  Amazingly most bloggers don’t add videos to YouTube.

It’s easy!

All you need to do is record a short video about the blog post (I use a screencasting software called Camtasia) and upload it to YouTube. Write a good description under the YouTube video. Be sure to add a URL link in the first line of the description to your website. That will get you more clicks to your website.

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George Watts

Yoga & Pilates Teacher
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