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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