Hey blog fam! In this post I will be as explicit as I can in sharing some ideas that will help you create a successful blog. Using my daily routine I will layout a plan for you as a new blogger.
I believe blogging success is subjective, so I will be giving you practical ideas that you can implement and create your own version of success.
There are bloggers who make $1,000 per month and for them that’s success. There are also bloggers who make $10,000 per month and that is success to them too.
How to Create a Successful Blog and Maintain it Daily/Weekly
My reader part of having success is defining what success means to you. Having crystal clear goals will help you move closer to your destination.
I struggled in the beginning with my first blog because I was so overwhelmed with everything.
What theme should I use? What size should my images be? How do I setup my blog menu? While these are legit questions I was missing the big picture.
With your blog/online business you will need to define specific goals for what you want to accomplish in your business.
If you don’t pay attention to details you could end up with a website and no visitors, and feel like you’ve wasted your time. This post will help you identify certain areas that you need to focus on in your business.
Let’s get it!
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I believe this should be one area you spend a good amount of time in. Our job (passion) is coming up with ways to inspire, motivate, instruct, or be helpful in some way to our readers.
Coming up with great content for your readers is a major part of this whole blogging thing. It is up to us as content creators to use our platform to deliver an insane amount of value.
Taking time to come up with a new topic is something I do in general throughout my day.
I’m always looking for inspiration to come up with the next blog post. I toss ideas around in my head then head over to Google and Pinterest to see if people are interested in my idea.
After I confirm my topic’s popularity then I get to the research phase.
Let me say this-there are so many ways to research your topics, I had to come up with something that works for me and I will suggest you get your preferred method also.
Starting with Google I use the auto suggest to get related questions for my main keyword. The auto suggest will show what other searches are related to your keyword.
I will also do this in Pinterest and with the results from both throw all the auto suggests on a spread sheet.
Doing your search with different tools can give you more ideas to consider.
I searched “blog tips” in Google and Pinterest. As you can see there are different related searches I discovered that can be used in my article.
Next check monthly search volume and difficulty scores with Moz keyword tools and Ubersuggest.
I’m looking for low search difficulty and modest search volume, anywhere from 250-1,000. This is how I come up with sub topics for my outline.
I spend 3-4 days weekly on different topics, researching and writing. My goal is to have new content to publish daily (this doesn’t always happen).
The longest daily streak I had was 19 days which was kool. I have this daily goal in mind to stay in the habit of writing, (creating a routine). It’s my way to stay productive and always have content that’s either ready to go or on my next up list!
So here’s a real life look
- Daily topic ideas (add to iPad notes)
- Researching Topics 3-4 days per week
- Testing headlines daily
- Writing a blog post daily
- Technical aspects of posts daily (links internal& outbound)
- Create images for blog posts daily (Pinterest pins, Post images)
- Launch new blog post 2-4 days per week
For me at this stage of my blogging journey I’ve prepared myself to commit a majority of my time to coming up with content.
The time I spend usually equates to 2-5 hours a day. You can decide how best to use your time based on your business goals.
This includes responding to emails, direct messages, blog comments, and checking my website analytics.
I participate in different affiliate programs so I’ll include time to monitor what products are moving.
You may not end up getting everything done in a day, which is fine-you can adjust your priorities based on what you feel needs the most attention.
For blog comments, I respond to them as they come in usually. I use the WordPress app for IOS to respond to comments.
Whatever I’m doing in my day I can jump in the comments super easily and approve, delete, send to spam, and respond.
Responding to comments are important to me, I have found new readers after replying to a comment. The WordPress app is a great tool and makes it so much easier than getting to a desktop or my laptop.
Emails and DM’s are similar, I use my iPhone or iPad to scroll through and sort out business related and other important emails.
Analytics-I spend about 30-60 minutes daily in my analytics (not all at one time).
I am sort of a numbers person and a bit obsessed. BUT! This helps me to drill down on what content is most popular and what may be like a one hit wonder.
When I find content that is under performing this an opportunity to spice up that content.
I look for commissions everyday, and all throughout the day! I need to know what’s in my register (or not) at all times.
I’m checking emails to see where i’m at and logging in to different platforms.
Here’s a quick breakdown
- Respond to emails (daily goal but no more than every other day)
- Respond to blog comments daily using mobile (ok if it becomes every 2 days)
- Check Google Analytics different times daily but after midnight PDT my numbers update officially
- Check cashflow daily (hit affiliate websites, email, SendOwl etc)
Next up is promoting
Looking at my weekly promo strategies- use this as a guide to model your promoting. Add to it, make changes, and come up with your best workflow.
I’ll break this down daily!
This will help paint the weekly picture. FYI- your week to week promoting strategies should be flexible.
While I have some specific things I do every day, there are a few things that I may or may not work on.
An example of this could be if your writing your own ebook, or launching a digital product.
Since those are specific tasks once you launch your course or book your weekly strategies will change.
Where To Promote
- Social media campaigns (daily)
- Facebook group sharing threads (daily)
- Facebook group Pinterest threads (daily)
- Pinterest manual pinning daily (so much has changed here)
- Twitter threads (daily)
- Twitter comment replies (daily)
- Facebook Messenger (daily but I delete bogus messages)
- Answer questions on Quora (every 2-3 days)
- Facebook daily sharing (answering questions from group members)
- Email campaigns (automated)
When it comes to promoting and growing your blog/brand you have to be aware of “where your at”
Daily numbers are an essential part of your success.
As you understand your daily numbers you will be able to find content that is popular with your readers and do more of whats working which will help towards your promo strategies and business growth.
How to Maintain Your Blog Daily/Weekly
With blogging it’s sort of hard to say do these 10 things and that’s all you have to focus on to have success.
Much of blogging is trial and error. I had to find out what’s working for me and continue to make adjustments to keep things working.
For you my reader have the understanding that you will need to be flexible and spotting whats working, what’s not working, and being able to get unstuck fast so you can keep moving forward.
All blogs are different and the skill-set you bring to the blogging game is different so be patiently impatient during your journey and keep it pushin’
What you need to do to get your blog to the next level, and maintain your blogging tasks without driving yourself insane should be broken down into a few specific areas.
- Creating content
- Promoting your content
- Backend support work
Practical’s to Create A Successful Blog
You can do this!
Commit time for your success! Lots of us are working jobs 40 plus hours a week, and we have ZERO EQUITY in that job!
For those of you who say “but I love my job” and they love me. If your job stopped paying you tomorrow how much love would you have for them?
All I’m saying is these days it’s great to have a plan B, and C. How much time are you willing to commit for you? Your family, and loved ones? Why not create a successful blog?
I recommend setting your weekly to do goals and also creating weekly to dream goals.
If you haven’t already established what your blog/brand is and what it will become lets do that now!
Your mission statement- I learned this from another great blogger and it has been super helpful for me in my business.
Having a mission statement is simply what you want your blog to represent today.
Your vision statement-having a vision for your blog is basically what it will be in the future, 3-5-10 years.
Establishing goals in alignment with your mission and vision statement will give you the fuel you need to keep it pushin’ when things may not be going as planned.
All you’ll need to do is take time out weekly to dream and believe in you and your brand.
Your To Do List
It’s time to go to work. All the planning, scheduling, delegating, whatever methods you need to organize will need to come together in an actionable plan.
Using everything we covered so far decide how much time daily you will devote to blogging tasks. Set goals and review them to track your progress.
It’s easy to skip checking your emails, or putting off writing. This is not good. Set deadlines, within your schedule and hold your self accountable.
Adjust your flow when something isn’t working or something has changed.
If your brand new to blogging you will have:
- Blog setup
- Create content
- Blog growth (promoting)
Identify what you need to do in each of those areas for the next week.
For example if you have a goal to publish 2 new posts next week. Decide how much time you will give for researching topics, creating graphics, and writing your posts.
Allow time daily to handle tasks. Allow time daily to complete your tasks .
If you can block out hours at a time great! If not-break your tasks up into shifts.
Be flexible something is bound to present itself to get you unfocused. When this happens handle it and move forward.
Last but not least-take some time off! You have to unplug. I’m sure you know this but it’s important to actually schedule time to not work on your blog.
When you create a routine for your self you can be more productive. Add downtime to your routine to keep your sanity!
Related Posts to kick-start your blogging career
- Simple Guide To Start Your Website
- Tools For New Blogger Success
- 10 Things to Know Before Starting Your Blog
- Tips For Writing Your Blog Posts
Now over to you
I’m curious? For active bloggers how do you create a successful blog? What do you do daily, weekly to maintain your blog/business? Leave a comment below it would be great to hear from you!
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Great tips! Being consistent and promoting your blog are two tips I see people share regularly and I agree that they are some of the best tips to do. I find that interacting with other bloggers and commenting helps too and I love doing to-do lists. I try and plan my week for my blog and sometimes it doesn’t always work but it helps to write down what I’d like to achieve each week. Thanks for sharing these tips and advice!
For sure Chloe interacting with other bloggers helps tremendously…thanks for taking the time out and reading!
I always try to write tasks I would like to complete for the week and then try to complete them, but it’s not easy to do. We have to juggle a lot as bloggers. However, I’m able to keep my sanity because I batch similar tasks. Batching is a big part of my blog schedule. I don’t want to be all over the place because that won’t get me anywhere. Batching helps me to get more work.
Yes Remonia batching is an excellent way to reduce work loads
This is an awesome guide. It mirrors a lot of what I’ve been doing for myself and clients over the years. Some things in here I really need to get back into, such as Quora, but I haven’t yet found the time or desire 😛
Thank you Richard it is great to hear from you
This was so interesting! I am a newish blogger (Jan of this year) and what started as a college assignment has turned into a bit of an obsession! I love everything about food blogging, but sometimes I have moments where I feel I *must* be doing everything wrong because I don’t have the views I should have (I’m a numbers person, too, lol!) and there’s so many things I don’t know about, or how to implement. Thanks so much for this outline! It’s good to see I’m definitely on the right track.
I find the part of social media to be overwhelming. I have scaled back and time blocked for this task, but, it’s still a lot of work. More time consuming than I thought it would be.
Yes Jenny it can be.. I would recommend to focus on one platform at a time to not be overwhelmed
These are really great tips. I’ve had my blog for over a year but have just recently gotten serious about growing my audience and promoting it. These tips are very helpful. Thanks!
Awesome Samantha let’s get it goin!
Love these tips because creating a schedule is pretty important and l love how you gave examples because that’s how I learn! Now that I actually now how to batch tasks, I tend to do that with everything but writing the articles themselves. I do my keyword research and titles for multiple topics, then create all my graphics on another day (or time), and I would like to get to the point where I write my articles that way too. I think it helps me get more done.
Great tips! I need to do more keyword research.
Thank you Cassie for dropping by
Thank you for sharing, these are fantastic tips. I think that I need to do more research on content and this definitely gives me great ideas for the planning side of things.
Carletta thanks for reading. Glad this was helpful to you
Such a great list! I can’t believe how much time you spend crawling through your Analytics, that’s kinda commendable! But you can really learn so much by looking at your stats (what people read and then leave, or what makes people read and stick around!)
Katie | katieemmabeauty.com
Yes Katie there’s a bunch to discover in those stats! Thanks for stopping by really appreciate you!
This is really helpful! Thank you for the info x
This post is awesome. I learned a lot of strategies to make my blog a success. Thanks for taking the time to share this
This post is really amazing! It is detailed but not overwhelming! I’m always looking for tips and tricks to manage my blog. Thank you for sharing!