Copy and Paste Your Blog Post Drafts Into WordPress the Right Way

Sometimes it looks this bad...!

[This is part of the Developing Great Blog Content Series.]

If you’re like me and you use another application to draft blog posts outside of WordPress (I use Evernote) then you have to, at some point, copy-and-paste your blog post into the WordPress editor so that you can tweak it, add a few pictures, and then publish.

And unless you’re using a blog publishing system that connects directly to your blog and considers formatting issues, styling, and other elements you’ll probably be copying in un-wanted information (meta information, styling, code) that will mess up your blog post. In fact, it could even have more damaging effects as to impact your meta data in your blog post and limiting the SEO value!

For example, many bloggers draft in Microsoft Word and if you copy-and-paste the content directly you’ll get something like this:

Looks familiar, right?

If you copy and paste this content directly into the Visual Editor you might find it brings in a lot of garbage syntax. It might add “divs,” “spans,” different font treatments and even more nastiness!

So what do you need to remember to do? All you have to do is make sure you copy-and-paste your draft into Paste as Plain Text button in your WordPress Visual Editor:

That was easy!

Put your text in the pop-up window and then click Insert:

Quick and easy.

This way your content will be stripped of un-wanted styling from whatever app you’re using.

Done and done! Although there is a Paste as Word button I’ve found that it’s not nearly as successful as simply using the Paste as Plain Text.

Hope that helps!

[This is part of the Developing Great Blog Content Series.]