Blogging can become a huge work week when you don’t schedule and know what you’re going to do next. Too much time can be spent on one thing without working on anything else. For example, you can forget to post for a while while focusing on social media or editing old posts, or the other way around. Setting up a good schedule that works for you is a great way to keep on track and with your goals.
I’m going to give you some hints about how I got on a schedule for my blogging then an example of how much time I’ll take each week doing each step.
I got on a schedule with my blogging by realizing that, yes, time can be spent doing something, or nothing. Like me being distracted by Pinterest. (oops 😛 , you can’t say it’s never happened to you! heh)
I decided to make a monthly goal for my blogging. This includes social media, email lists, writing blogs, editing old posts, keeping track of my status’, income and expenses, sponsored posts and anything else I may need to do.
So, this is a lot! I’d like to keep track of this stuff on at least a monthly basis. However, I need to schedule things week by week to make sure I’m getting everything done before the month is up.
So what do I spend the most time on? This can vary week to week.
My average schedule is:
4-6 hours a week new posts. This includes writing, research if needed, adding links and checking links if needed, creating images for my posts and publishing or scheduling to publish. I like to try to get at the least 2 new posts a week but I prefer to do more if I have time. I like to post quality posts, so I’ll stick with two posts a week to get the quality over quantity.
2-3 hours on social media. This includes posting onto my social media accounts, scheduling posts through Tailwind (a free scheduling app to get your posts automatically posted for you onto Pinterest & Instagram), and making sure my links are up to date. If you want to read the best Pinterest guide, no bs, completely worth it, click here to check it out.
Email sign ups are important but I haven’t set them up yet and I seem to be doing well without them. I do want to set one up eventually but at this point in time I’m alright without it. Most people will spend around an hour or two a week replying to emails and making newsletters to send out. You can break this up by doing ten or fifteen minutes a day to make it less tedious.
1 hour on comments. Approving comments, replying to comments, following up with people, commenting on others accounts. This will vary based on how many comments you get and I honestly don’t time myself on this so I guessed an hour per week. This part doesn’t take too terribly long.
1-2 hours a week revising old posts. I need to update them if information on them needs changed, make sure the links are working and the information is relevant. If I need to, I’ll also make a new image for an old post and share it during my social media time. This will sometimes help an old post get more popularity again. *This amount of time will vary. If you don’t have any posts that need an update, you don’t need to do it. If you only have one, it may not take too long. Just do what you need to do and don’t worry about the specific amount of time.
1 hour per week on sponsored posts. I don’t really do many sponsored posts. I like to help my followers out with real, true information. Now, I will do a sponsored post here and there when I’ve used a product or have worked with a company. That’s because I want to make sure my followers are getting honest answers and honest reviews.
1-2 hours a week with site maintenance. There may not always be something on your site that needs fixed but it’s a good idea to check. If you have ads, check to see that they’re still showing. If you’ve got products for sale, make sure those are in good order, clickable and people can order them. If you haven’t made your blog yet, check out BlueHost. They’re cheap and super easy to use.
1 hour a week on budgeting. This will include tracking your expenses and revenues. It’s also when you can see if something is working for you, for example, an ad in a different place on your site getting zero hits, maybe switch where you placed it for a while. I also use this time to keep track of other things like my status’ for my blog and my social media’s.
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What is your weekly or monthly goal? What do you plan on doing differently, or even keeping the same?! I’d love to hear from you in the comments! 🙂