Powerful Steps To Plan Your Blogging Day

by derek on December 16, 2011 · 21 comments

Blog Planning

Efficient scheduling of time should be the main focus of successful project management. You should also pay attention to delegating the perfect amount of tasks to each time slot. The ratio of balance you achieve between your efforts, available time, and realistic expectations, might translate into either significant profits or considerable losses.
Why am I talking about project management?
Well, there’s a point…
Blogging is a vital project that requires all these aspects of project management. Your very first step towards professional blog management is your blog planning. You can delegate the day’s schedule orientation as the first task or the wrap up task of the day. However, even better is instead of per day basis blog planning, you put aside a day per week to review your blog’s success and shortcomings.
This is a more concentrated way of planning your blog and needless to mention, it proves to be quite efficient. However, do not underestimate the enormity of this approach and take to the appropriate method to increase its effectiveness.

Scope out your blog

You cannot understand what is working for your blog and what constitute as shortcomings without analyzing every aspect of your blogging process. Scoping out your blog will give you relevant insight in to the way your posts and pages are being perceived by your readers.
Start by creating heat zone maps for your each of your blog’s pages; to demarcate the zones that get more click-through-rates.
Use analytical tools to get the statistics of your posts, reader activity on vital areas of your blog as well as per day performance of your blog. All these bits of information, pieced together will give you a full accountability report on your blog’s performance for a sustained period.

Check your promotion plan

A significant fraction of your blogging process, and its eventual success, will depend on an efficient marketing plan for your blog. Fortunately, with the rise of the social marketing sites, networking and blog promotion methods are more far reaching now, than ever. However, it depends on how effectively you employ these methods for your blog’s promotion.
Start out by picking the most likely social media sites that have the potential to support your marketing campaign. Create attractive profiles and pages on these sites. Follow the correct protocol to get a grip on the particular site’s promotion scene before you begin to employ individual creative ideas that give you an edge over the crowd.
Always make sure you have plug-in(s) for all your social media pages on your blog. Promote your most popular blog posts (get them sticky!) all over your social media promotional campaigns.

De-clutter and audit your blog

You can delegate this step as a monthly responsibility rather than working on it at frequent intervals. However, skipping the step entirely can ruin the effectiveness of the other measures you take and bring down your blog’s efficiency.
We audit our discount coupon blog that features weight watchers and nutrisystem discount deals once in a fortnight and declutter any broken links, expired coupons and also do SEO of old blog posts.
Schedule a time slot to audit your blog’s search engine optimization techniques. Compare the outcome of the existing techniques with the estimate of any new technique that you intend to put through with your blog.

Follow up responses for comments and emails

It is essential to cultivate your network over the Internet. Regularly responding to the comments and emails that you receive will take you one-step further in this quest. Delegate this responsibility as a part of your blog planning day to adjust the frequency. This way you will accumulate a certain number of comments and queries to get in your inbox, before you start responding to them.
Also, use this time to sift through the biggest competitors in your niche and link with them. This will improve your position in the niche and have a domino effect to improve the quality of your blog posts.
You should also make some time to specially help new readers get acquainted with your blog. This is a simple gesture but it will help the new readers to relate to your blog and build their trust on your expertise.
Send in a word of thanks to fellow bloggers or readers who might have inspired any of your ideas for a new post or mentioned you flatteringly over the Internet.
Your blog planning day is not restricted to brainstorming about creative posts. While, that still remains an integral part of the day, you have to distribute your attention in relation to priority, to each of the above mentioned aspects of blogging. However, the expected outcome of the total exercise is a smooth running, successful blog; so, the efforts are worth all of the time you put in to them.
About the Author
Jane has used the above steps to plan her day and effectively promote her diet blog WeightLossTriumph.com where she shares Weight Watchers codes. She also publishes reviews of women and men who lost weight with proven diet plans like Nutrisystem. Weight Watchers is a diet program backed by more peer reviewed scientific papers than any other weight loss program. Nutrisystem is a popular meal delivery diet.
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Jesse@The Brooks homes December 17, 2011 at 9:25 am

This is so true. Planning is really required if you want to be successful in this line of business. I want to add that when you’re planning your task, it’s better to attend the most difficult task first. In this way, easier tasks will be more manageable by the time you’re done with the difficult ones. Also, you need to break your goals into do-able chunks in order to make it easier to achieve.

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Jack@Wall Heaters December 30, 2011 at 3:33 am

I fully agree with you, Jesse. For success, clarity is quite important. You’ve got to know the in’s and out’s of what you’re into, so as to be able to handle situations well and get the results you desire.
Clear planning = increased clarity/specifics = easier success. Great post, Derek.

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Jean @ Used Tires December 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

I’ve always been a stickler for planning, although not always the best at execution of those plans. Lately, I’ve started to leave ‘buffers’ in between scheduled tasks to allow for the inevitable procrastination periods that factor in now and then, be it an extended snack break or an online conversation with a buddy.
-Jean

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anns_F@cheap wedding dresses December 19, 2011 at 7:15 am

Planning before doing anything really help me become more organize and help me finish my articles as fast as it can be.

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Rca ieftin December 19, 2011 at 7:49 am

Great article. It’s very useful.

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Kostas@Online Opportunities December 21, 2011 at 4:26 am

Even though many believe that blogging is a hobby if you really want to succeed as a blogger you have to spend a lot of time each day. There are so many tasks that you have to do that organization is the key for your blogging success, thanks for sharing these advices…

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Jean @ Used Tires February 18, 2012 at 4:07 am

True. While being able to blog for a living might seem like living a dream, there’s a lot of boxes to check every day to the point where sometimes it feels like the fun has been sapped out of it.
-Jean

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joko December 21, 2011 at 9:45 am

These ideas are basic. The money get you will get is minimal for
the time involved and I value my time (REAL hourly wage) much more.
There are some exceptions in the list though that gave me ideas.

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William eagleston December 23, 2011 at 11:08 pm

Hey Derek. I agree with your article, specifically time management. I’ve found for myself to be fully productive, I have to use an online stopwatch. Just using a clock on the computer doesn’t work for me. Otherwise I start to flounder and tasks that need to be done start slipping.

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Settlement Purchaser December 26, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Great breakdown! It is important to stay on top of everything while blogging. Staying engaged and responding to your readers really helps.

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James@Survival Gear Guru December 26, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Like so many other bloggers I wear all of the hats: webmaster, content creator, social media expert, SEO expert…all while still having a day job and being a husband, father, grandfather (18 grandchildren), and student. Time management is critical.

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Kyle@ Prince2 project management December 27, 2011 at 11:11 am

Thank you for the article Derek, project management is essential for anyone in general who is self employed. Maybe I would have put down some nice free project management apps or maybe your Microsoft variates.

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James Caron December 30, 2011 at 3:50 am

This is a great blog and I really liked it. I am sure many of the people would agree that this is one of the most informative blogs ever read. Thanks for posting and enlightening us.

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Rolly@Air Conditioning Palm Beach January 8, 2012 at 4:00 am

It’s my 1st time to visit your blog Derek, just want to say thank you for this post. I’m a newbie blogger and still learning so much from other bloggers. Sometimes I have difficulty following my daily task on what to do. Do you have tips on how to stay on tract? I always end up procrastinating at the end of the day.

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derek January 8, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Thanks for stopping by the blog! If you’re anything like most people, including me, you might be having a hard time getting things done because you get distracted by other things too easily. When a new email comes in, do you go read it right away? Or do you have a set time to read all email like the beginning of day and end of day?
For things like twitter or Facebook, set a timer and allocate 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or whatever – but when the timer goes off, you close the site and don’t come back to it until your next scheduled time.
Doing small things like that can go a long way to making more productive use of your time. Hope that helps!

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Sheila January 10, 2012 at 6:41 pm

I’m a newbie blogger and still learning so much from other bloggers.But I am interested in your site I learn a lot while reading..Thanks for sharing..

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James@basic computer skills January 10, 2012 at 7:02 pm

One thing I find that helps me is to force myself to take a break every hour or two. Otherwise, I can find myself getting sidetracked and not being as focused. It is very easy to get distracted when you are in front of a computer with no set hours.

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Russ@Michigan Web Design January 14, 2012 at 3:43 am

Blogging daily has always been an issue with me. I guess you could call it permanent writers block lol Since you have one of the best and most interesting blogs I’ve seen in a while do you have any tips on getting in the swing of writing a great blog?

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watch January 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I like the idea of taking time to review your blogs performance to determine its strengths and weaknesses and what improvements can be made. The bounce rate is an important factor in establishing which topics are of interest to your visitors and whether you are connecting with your audience.

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Pawel January 27, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I like to write all I have to do on a piece of paper. It’s hard for me to work effectively without such a list, it’s really easy to get stuck somewhere in the blogging process. Thanks for this article, must test some of your ideas.

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James @ custom aquariums April 24, 2012 at 11:31 pm

The planning part really hit me. I’ve always thought of updating my blogs but really didn’t create any plans on how and when to do this.

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