Last updated on August 1st, 2018 at 06:50 pm
Here it is another brand new week, wow time flies doesn’t it?
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I can’t believe that it’s been a little over 7 months now working on my blog. When I first started my blog, I was a mess. I didn’t have a structure of what needed to be done.
So I worked on things that really didn’t matter. I was always busy, but I wasn’t actually doing anything worthwhile. Now, I am writing down my goals of what I want to accomplish and working on those goals.
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I am finally getting a rhythm and I’m even getting to a point where I have my weekly blogging duties down to a T. I don’t write them down in stone, because if I need to tweak something, I will.
But at least now I have some type of roadmap that I’ve created that’s actually helping me grow my blog.
Well, I’m not really that organized, I wish I was. However, I’ve been listening to some productivity podcasts and trying to get to a point where I know what I’ll be working on when I get to my computer.
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It doesn’t always pan out that way, but I am getting a little bit better. So I wanted to share with you my weekly blogging duties that are subject to change depending on the results they bring.
My Weekly Blogging Duties
I am not as organized as some people who have their duties broken down to the exact minute. Instead, I have mine broken down by day of the week.
I’ll work my system like this for a while and see how if it helps me get things done on a timely manner. If not then I’ll tweak it until I am able to come up with something that helps me become more productive.
The main thing I want to focus on with this system is being as productive as possible. While focusing only on the things that matter in my business.
As you know, I don’t have all day to work on my blog. I am still working on my freelancing gig, so I whenever I work on my blog, I need to make sure that I am using my time wisely.
So here are is an inside look at my weekly blogging duties that I’ve been using to help me grow my blog.
While I was trying to take more time off on Sunday’s I am now using it to prep for the week. As you know, I’ve been trying to improve my Pinterest traffic and have been using Sunday’s to watch the Board Booster tutorial videos. I’ve also just started fixing my images and making them more Pinnable.
I changed one of my images last week and was amazed at how many times it actually got re-pinned and clicks. Now I know that re-pins and clicks don’t mean anything if you’re not getting people to take action.
The action I want people to take on my blog is to sign up for my 7 day WordPress course. I am constantly trying to improve my email course to help people. I love it when people send me emails like this one. (it makes me feel like I am really helping people)
After all, I really want to help people with WordPress. Right now, working on the techie side of WordPress is my strongest suit.
Growing my blog is a work in progress, that’s why I’ve decided to share my progress with you.
Maybe, through sharing the steps I am taking will help you grow your blog as well.
After fixing that image, I got 4 people last week to sign up for my email list. Which is the most email subscriber’s I’ve ever had in a day 🙂
So maybe there is something to creating awesome images.
Now I am using Sunday evenings, to go back through my top blog posts and fix my images. I am also using Sunday’s to pin images from the Tribes that I belong to using Tailwind.
Tailwind is the pinning scheduler that I use to help me automate Pinterest. (It’s $10/month or $120 for the year, which is the one that I purchased). It’s helped me get to the point where I am pinning 35 pins per day, without me spending all day on it.
Monday is when I usually spend time working on a new blog post. I also have a new blog post scheduled to go live every Tuesday, so I’ll spend time checking my scheduled post for Tuesday and make sure that everything is good.
I usually don’t spend more than 5 minutes checking that blog post, as the post is already written and I’ve already created the images, I just go in and re-check everything to make sure that I didn’t miss anything.
I’ve now started spending Monday’s working on writing. As you know, I make it a point to write 1,000 words every day. I’ll be honest, it doesn’t always happen. Sometimes, I’ll have to stop working on my blog and work on my freelance business.
However, my goal for Monday, is to get at least 2 blog posts pre-written. I have a Google Drive document that has tons of blog topics that I can write about.
I have an exact clone of my live site on my desktop, since I use Desktop Server. This is where I write all my blog posts and guest posts.
Every Tuesday, I publish a new post on my blog. All my blog posts are published around 5:00 AM. As soon as I get up that morning, I’ll spend time promoting my newly published post.
I’ve gotten my promotion technique down to where it only takes me 15 minutes to promote my new blog post as soon as it’s live.
After my blog post promotion, I’ll spend time editing and working my YouTube video that is scheduled to be published Wednesday morning. Currently I have about 22 videos on my YouTube channel.
Usually, my video is already created (hopefully) so I’ll just make some quick edits inside of Final Cut Pro to add my intro and make any quick edits. Next, I’ll use Canva to create my custom Thumbnail and write out a description of my YouTube video.
Wednesday, I’ll upload my video to YouTube and add my description and thumbnail. Next, I’ll add a call-to-action to my video.
YouTube will automatically post my video to Google Plus and I will add it to my Facebook page. I could automate the process, but for some reason, I just don’t.
After that, I really don’t spend a lot of time promoting my videos. I know that I should, but as I mentioned, I am just getting to a point where I am getting a rhythm with my blog. If I try to throw in more tasks right now, I may end up getting frazzled again, and I can’t have that happening.
I guess this is the reason why my YouTube channel only has 27 subscribers right now. Oh well, I’ll eventually come up with a productive plan for marketing my YouTube channel.
Thursday or Friday
This isn’t a task that I do every week. However, when I find that it’s time to create videos for my YouTube channel, I’ll usually create them on Thursday’s or Friday’s.
I’ll pull out my Blue Yeti and open up Camtasia and spend a few hours creating videos.
Just like my blog posts, whenever I create my videos, I’ll create several at one time. I won’t spend any time editing, creating thumbnails or descriptions.
Instead, I just focus on recording. Right now I have 3 videos that have already been recorded, so this means I don’t have to worry about creating another for a few weeks.
I have several topics on what type of videos I’ll create as I have them written on Google Drive just like I do with my blog posts.
Tasks I Do Monday – Friday
Everyone who has a blog has those daily tasks that they do each and every day to help them grow their blog. I’m no different, in fact, these are tasks that I do no matter what.
I spend about 30 minutes every day commenting on other blogs. Commenting on blogs is a great way to start networking with other bloggers. Blog commenting has helped me land 3 guest posting opportunities, that I probably wouldn’t have found without taking the time to comment.
Share my blog posts with Facebook blogging groups. (I’ve found several Facebook groups just by doing a search in Google and finding which groups my favorite bloggers were in!)
Whenever I come up with some new blog post ideas, I’ll add them to my Google Drive document to help me stay organized.
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Find a plugin that makes it easy for people to share your content. I personally use Social Warfare plugin. I’ve even written tons of tutorials that will help you make the most of this plugin that is responsible for my blog’s growth.
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Areas That Need Improvement
You may have heard so many bloggers say that Pinterest is a goldmine of traffic. Right now, it’s my 2nd biggest traffic referrer. I know that I can definitely improve those stats, so as I mentioned, I am working on improving the images for my top posts.
Networking with other bloggers. As I mentioned, I do spend 30 minutes per day commenting on other blogs. However, that’s really not enough. I need to start reaching out to other bloggers using social media and other networking channels.
However, for some reason, I’ve been holding back on actually reaching out.
I’m not as consistent with blogger outreach as I could be. I’m working on fixing that and I know I will. It just takes time, like everything else when it comes to blogging.
I’ve heard so many people say that you should create a spreadsheet of the blogs that you would love to guest post for. I still haven’t taken the time to do this, not sure why, I guess I’m just being lazy.
Just by implementing these weekly blogging tasks I’ve found myself to be more productive. I still have those days when I find myself working on things that really won’t help my blog grow.
I’m human, and I expect to mess up a little. I just know what I want to achieve and I’ll remind myself that I need to focus and get back on track.
Personal Areas I Work On Every Week
Growing my blog is my main goal so I can walk away from freelancing. However, I do understand the importance of working on myself as well.
I make it a point to spend time working on my personal development every day. I also make it a point to walk away from my computer and exercise every day. (it’s hard sometimes for me to walk away, especially, if I am in the middle of something)
I actually just invested in the Fitbit Surge to help me stay in tip-top shape and reach some health goals. My goal is to start working on building muscle mass.
I used to be a member of Planet Fitness, but now that the weather is warmer I love doing my workouts outside in the sun.
I really do enjoy exercising, so it doesn’t feel like a chore.
Final Take Away
Whenever I get in front of my computer to work on growing my blog, I have to be sure that I am using that time wisely. As I mentioned above, these daily tasks are NOT written in stone and I’m always flexible and willing to change things up according to what’s actually helping me grow my blog.
As a blogger, it’s important to find out which daily tasks are actually helping you grow your blog and reach your goals.
This is why it’s so important to check your Analytics on a regular basis. It’ll tell you which posts are most popular, where your traffic is coming from and etc…
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What do your daily or weekly duties look like? Let me know in the comments below, I always love reading what people are doing to grow their blog!!