Last updated on August 1st, 2018 at 06:50 pm
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Do you have daily blogging tasks that need to be done on a regular basis?
If you’re trying to grow your blog, you know that it can definitely be a challenge. There’s always so much to do and not enough hours in the day to do it. It’s especially, hard if you’re a new blogger and you’re doing everything by yourself.
Now that Summer is here, it’s definitely harder for me to concentrate on my blog. I love being out in the sunshine and we actually just started kayaking.
We purchased some kayaks on Memorial Day weekend and try to get out on the lake every weekend.
While it doesn’t always happen, especially, last weekend, when I had to put my 16 year old Pug Mindy down.
I love spending time on the lake. In fact, I’ve stopped mountain biking so we can spend more time kayaking.
There’s something about being out on the water that makes me feel so relaxed.
As you know, I started this blog so I can move away from freelancing. My goal is to move towards affiliate marketing and digital product creation.
To tell you the truth, I’ve never worked on a blog long enough to reap the rewards. I’ve always found myself jumping from one shiny object to the next. I guess, I just found it easier to keep trying new things than to keep working on something that didn’t produce instant results.
This blog is different, I am NOT going to walk away from it, as it is going to help me break away from freelancing. Now I still do offer my limited WordPress services.
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I’ve also got my first digital product on this blog called JumpStart WordPress, you can check it out here.
You also know that I share my blog growth reports every month. Hopefully, by sharing what I’m doing will help you grow your blog.
Growing this blog has definitely been a lot of hard work. However, it’s been fun and exciting to watch my hard work pay off.
Today, I wanted to share some of the tasks that I do on a daily basis that are responsible for this growth.
My Daily Blogging Tasks
When I first started this blog, I was running around trying to do everything. I was trying to spend time on all the different social media channels, comment on other people’s blogs, spend time networking and creating images and videos.
It was extremely exhausting…
At the end of the day, I felt like crap. I was so tired of trying to do everything that my blog wasn’t growing. Nothing, I wasn’t getting any new email subscribers and yet my head and shoulders hurt from standing in front of my computer.
Yes, I stand all day, as I have a standing desk. My back no longer hurts from sitting from 8 hours, but I still get tired if I don’t take breaks throughout the day.
Anyway, I wanted to share some of my daily blogging tasks that I do. I no longer spend hours and hours in front of the computer. I now have a system that works for me. Of course this system is tentative to change, depending on what’s actually working.
These are the tasks that I do each and everyday, regardless of what day of the week it is. Well, I don’t do them every weekend, especially, during the Summer.
When I started my blog, I didn’t have a clue how to start promoting it. I remember reading that you should spend 80% of your time promoting your own content. However, how do you start?
Well after reading Ryan Biddulph’s “How to Build a Blog Empire Through Commenting.” I figured why not pick up a copy as it seems he’s built a great empire using that method. Plus you can’t beat the price.
I’m glad that I did, I learned a lot just by reading that book. However, we all know that you can’t accomplish anything just by reading. If you want to see results, you need to apply what you read.
I’ve been using Ryan’s methods for about 2 months now. I can say that it’s a lot of work, but I am finally starting to see some results.
Everyday, I visit blogs in my niche as well as other blogs that I love reading. I’ll read the entire article and then leave a comment that adds value.
I’ve been using this method to build relationships with other bloggers. In fact, this method has opened up the doors for me to start guest posting.
To date, I’ve managed to guest post on 5 blogs. I know that wouldn’t have been possible, if I hadn’t taken the time to build the relationships through commenting.
Sharing Other People’s Content:
I am by no means great at using social media. In the past, I avoided it like crazy. With this blog, I’ve decided to start learning how to use it.
In fact, I invested in this Facebook course and this Pinterest course to cut my learning curve in half. While I still have a lot to learn, I am finally starting to see some traction from both Facebook and Pinterest.
If you do pick up any of those courses, you want to give the strategies time to work. It’s taken me a while to start seeing traffic from Pinterest.
One of the biggest take aways I’ve learned from reading so many blogs about using social media, is the importance of sharing other people’s content.
I’ll spend time finding great content that I can share using Smarter Queue. I’ve stopped using Smarter Queue for my Facebook posts and only use it for Twitter.
As I mentioned, social media is still new to me. However, I am learning as I go and eventually, I’ll get better with using it.
It’s not hard to share other people’s content and I make sure that I am sharing some everyday.
We hear it all the time, bloggers need a lot of content. I’ve started writing blog posts on a localhost site I set up using Desktop Server.
I write all my blog posts on my local WordPress installation. It doesn’t matter if they have a home when I sit down to write the article. I just know that eventually, I’ll find a home for it.
The post will either be given away for a guest post or I’ll publish it on my blog.
My main goal is to just make sure that I am writing at least 1,000 words each and everyday.
I know what you’re thinking, I can’t write 1,000 words everyday. I used to think like this as well, until I started seeing my blog as a business.
If your goal is to turn your blog into a full-time business, you’re going to need a lot of content.
By writing everyday, I now have 3 months worth of content written in advance. This is perfect, especially, for those lazy Summer days, when I don’t feel like doing any work.
It doesn’t matter if you can’t do it everyday. Make it a goal to write 3x a week and then work your way up from there.
Working On Clients Work
As you know, I am still working as a WordPress freelancer. Unfortunately, I don’t get to work on my blog full-time yet.
Hopefully, one day I’ll be able to move completely away from freelancing.
I always work on my blog early in the morning before I touch any of my client’s work. It’s important for me to do these tasks everyday.
My blog is growing slowly but at least it’s growing and that’s what’s important to me.
I know that some of you have jobs and life tends to get in the way. However, if you want your blog to grow, you need to make sure that you’re doing some daily blogging tasks that will help it grow.
Always Be Flexible
As a blogger, we all know that things change. I’ve started keeping track of what marketing methods are actually working.
If I see something that isn’t helping my blog grow, I’ll stop doing it. After all, the last thing you want to do waste your time with those non-productive tasks.
I’ve also started paying attention to the blog posts that my readers like. Google Analytics makes it extremely easy to see which posts are driving the most traffic.
Since my stats showed me that my blogging duties post was popular. I figured why not write a blog post on my daily blogging tasks.
Of course, as I mentioned these tasks are not set in stone. If I see something else is working, I’ll focus on that. If something’s not working, then I’ll stop doing it.
If you’re unsure of what you can do to start driving traffic to your blog, this eBook helped me out when I started my blog. Lena covers several strategies she used to help her grow her blog from 17k to 400k in 10 months.
One thing that I’ve learned in my short-time blogging, is that just because something works for someone else’s blog, doesn’t necessarily mean it will work for your blog.
Be willing to test things out and give it time to work. If you don’t see any results from your efforts, try something else.
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Final Take Away
I am by no means an expert in growing a blog, however, I am persistent in my efforts. I’ve learned that the only thing that separates people who are successful from those that are not is their persistence.
The successful people refused to give up. They developed habits that helped them create their success. If you need a little bit of inspiration, read this.
If you haven’t started using blog commenting as a method to grow your blog. I highly recommend that you do. Commenting won’t bring you a ton of traffic, however, I can say that it has helped me get my foot in the door with guest posting.
I know that a lot of people say to spend time on Pinterest. However, I would rather spend time guest posting and commenting. I won’t have to worry about the Pinterest algorithm changing.
Yes, I still use Pinterest for my blog, I just choose not to put 100% of my effort into it.
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Which daily blogging tasks do you use for your blog? Let me know as I may have missed something that can help others build their blog.