If you routinely start out your posts with “Sorry I haven’t posted in a while”, this post is for you. If you maintain several blogs in addition to juggling other responsibilities, this post is for you too.
Let me start by telling you a little bit about myself. I’m a freelance copywriter/blogger. I’m running a one-man show, so the success of my business depends on how much work I’m able to handle on a daily basis. With years of experience, I’ve learned quite a bit about being a more productive writer, and now, I want to share some of my best tips with you.
By the way, if you have some of your own productivity tricks, share the love by leaving a comment!
- Outline a few posts at once—One of the things I do to save time is lay out ideas for a few posts at once. I’ll open a few different documents, put in the headlines, main bullet points, and a short intro for each. Then, whenever I have more time to write, it only takes a few short minutes to fill in each post because I already have a template to follow.
- Save everything!—Whether you type out your blog posts in a Word doc, Google docs, WordPress, or whatever else, make sure you always save your work every few minutes. There’s nothing more frustrating than losing what you’ve written. It wastes time, and it kills your momentum. Save! Save! Save!
- Schedule time for blog maintenance—If you try to approve every comment as it comes in, you’ll waste a lot of time all day long. That’s why I recommend setting aside a few minutes each day for your blog maintenance tasks. Put aside 15 minutes or so for approving and responding to comments, and focus on other tasks during the rest of your day.
- Study your blog analytics—You want to make sure you aren’t wasting time writing posts that won’t help you grow your blog. Check out the analytics on your blog to see which posts get the most traffic, which keywords are performing best, and also, which content your readers aren’t interested in. This will help you focus your writing on topics that can help you get more for your efforts.
- Know when to throw out a post—At this point, I’ve written thousands of blog posts, articles, and other content. Occasionally, I’ll start writing something, and it just never comes together into a cohesive, quality post. The key is to be able to know when a post isn’t working out, so you can scrap it and move on to something else.
- Accept guest posts—Finding time to write every single day can be challenging. Accepting content from guest bloggers can give you a little break from writing, so you can focus on handling your other responsibilities. Your blog will also benefit from the increased exposure you get from your guest writers. Sign up on My Blog Guest to connect with eager, well-qualified guest bloggers.
- Create goals and plans—What do you want to accomplish with your blog? Do you want to hit a certain number of unique views each month? Do you want to achieve certain rankings for targeted keywords? Write down specific goals you want to achieve, and create a plan for achieving them. This helps you stay focused, so you don’t waste time on tasks that won’t benefit your blog.
What productivity tips would you add to this list?