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5 Ways to Save Time Blogging

Bloggers looking to build a regular arsenal of readers whether as a show of passion, money, a desire to share or a desire to educate have a few things in common. We’ve all experienced time constraints because little Jesse needs a ride to soccer practice or because a warehouse full of housewares isn’t going to sell itself.

We’ve also experienced the rush of producing a post that has our mark on it, words flowing effortlessly after more words, each sentence more informative, eloquent or inspiring than the next. We’re in our zone, our happy place and it shows.

Whether it’s a lack of time or a lack of ideas and inspiration, I’ve got you covered. Here’s a look inside my bag of tricks.

1. Cut corners, where you can. For $69 per month, I save about two hours per day using TimeSvr. Part of that time is dedicated to making my life as a blogger a fair bit easier. What can TimeSvr virtual assistants do for you? Use this service to:

  • Promote your blog by sending them to the main bookmarking sites, including StumbleUpon, Digg, Reddit, BizSugar (if the blog is helpful to small businesses) and Delicious.
  • Promote your post throughout your social networks, such as Twitter and linked in.
  • Check your posts for spelling, grammar and formatting.

2. Interview startups. Set your Google Alerts to the type of startups you want to interview, such as “educational startups” or “financial startups”. Your inspiration for interviews come to you. If time doesn’t allow you to do an in-person or web interview, email the founder interview questions. You and your readers get insight into up newest developments in your industry.

3. Hire reliable, freelance bloggers for those inevitable dry spells. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ve got to dole out the big bucks, but you might find some people’s work well worth the moola. I trust Corina Mackay to do regular posts for me. She’s my right-hand women and every single one of her posts–such as 3 Ways to Freshen Up Your Social Media Strategy in 2012–have been well received by my readers.

I use Fiverr for more straight forward, standardized posts such as GutCheckit Levels Market Research Playing Field for Small Businesses by  Martie Lownsberry. Every service on this site costs $5, no joking. Find your quality blogger and stick to what they do well.

4. Have guest bloggers submit their posts in html format. This makes inserting their posts as easy as cutting and pasting the copy into your website.

5. Use lists. Harnessing the power of links does two things: it makes for a more efficient way of organizing information and makes for an easier read such as Top 15 Blogging Best Practices.

6. Get your head out of the box. Okay, granted when you’re not feeling creative, this can be challenging, but once you’ve come up with ideas that work, you have the option of sticking with them and saving time in the future.

Are you already following inspiring people on Twitter? Keep track of those killer tweets throughout the month and create your own Awesome Tweets list.

Use Google Alerts to get ideas of what are timely and relevant blogging ideas.
Setup Google Alerts to locate content related to keywords. Your ideas come to you, instead of the other way around.

Have you found productive ways to save time and make the most out of your blogging efforts. What’s up your sleeve?

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3 Responses to this post.

  1. Kimberly's Gravatar

    Posted by Kimberly on 16.01.12 at 11:25 am

    I’ve been trying to encourage people to submit guest posts, but haven’t had much luck.  Of course, I don’t have time to guest blog myself so I try to understand.

    Thanks for these suggestions.

  2. Anonymous's Gravatar

    Posted by Anonymous on 16.01.12 at 11:25 am

    Thank you for popping in and adding value to my post! :)

    My personal experience with finding guest bloggers is that lady luck hasn’t graced me with her fairy dust and provide me with a significant amount of qualified bloggers that really fit with what I’m trying to do with my blog when I’ve been more passive in my efforts, meaning just having a page on my site welcoming guest bloggers.

    The worst outcome of this mismatch has been people submitting articles to me that I can’t use.

    What has worked in the past is hiring guest bloggers, as mentioned in my post, and approaching guest bloggers, that I’ve seen do work on other social media blogs, where I can see the possibility of a great fit with my blog–ultimately leading to the much sought after win-win situation between myself and a guest blogger.

    Moving forward, I think people should also be open about sharing or promoting those guest bloggers that have done work for them and really shine within their industry. In that spirit, the best guest blogger that has volunteered their time to work on my blog has been Heba Hosny. Here’s an article she did for me on content curation at http://su.pr/2YuMSq.

    Best of luck!

  3. NL's Gravatar

    Posted by NL on 16.01.12 at 11:25 am

    Love your idea of the “Awesome Tweets list.”  Sounds like a great way to give some added life to the enlightening and inspiring comments that come our way and then are gone from our timelines too soon.  Thanks for the suggestion!

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