A new month means new amazing habits that will catapult you towards success, so let’s work on building some today!
Do you work on your blog every day? If not, you should! It’s your plant, your baby, your pet – all rolled into one! You should give it a little lovin’ on the daily with these sweet daily blogging tasks you HAVE to do.
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If you do nothing else for your blog today, take at least ten minutes and brainstorm a few nifty post or series ideas for your blog.
It takes minutes (seriously!), AND I even jumpstarted this for you with 31 blog post ideas to fill up any month.
You’ve got no excuse not to peruse that list a bit and ponder up some amazing ideas for your amazing blog. You can do this!
If you’re still feeling lazy but want to work on even more daily blogging tasks (my bed-headed overachiever, you!) then here are some excellent, and super easy, ways to grow your blog from bed.
Let me give you a little secret here.
The more scheduling you do, the less you’ll have to scurry around last minute to make sure everything is good to go on your blog.
Yep. No more last minute panic while you try to find the perfect image to post on Facebook. No more desperately trying to come up with a post idea an hour before you’ve scheduled yourself to publish.
If you’ve got everything scheduled out then that means you’ve got more time to create endless content, more time to play with your dog, and more time to get these daily blogging tasks done!
With my handy, dandy planner, I schedule out my months, weeks, and days to stuff it full of projects I’m taking on, post series to finish, and the everyday little tasks that can be forgotten easily.
Take time every day to schedule your tasks, check them off as you complete them, and make sure you don’t have a big deadline looming.
3. Get Involved.
Check out your favorite blogs and just look at what they’re doing, accomplishing, and learning!
What about their design or posts do you like? What don’t you like? Take that back to your blog and make it (and yourself) better!
Go and find linkup parties so that you can promote your blog across multiple sites. Comment on blogs that you adore and build a relationship. Help a blogger that’s newer than yourself onto the right path.
You might be the only blogger on your own blog, but it’s so much harder to succeed if you’re facing the internet alone.
By making blogging buddies, you’ll see increased chances of them sharing your content, collaborating with you, and guest posting. Plus, they’re always going to be there to encourage you and help you along as well!
Take just a few minutes to see what’s new and groovy on your favorite blogs and comment or linkup! Here are some of my personal favorites!
You should be communicating with your readers and subscribers every single day.
Reply to their comments, answer their questions, and plan or send out a newsletter.
A newsletter is an amazing way to connect and build that special, intimate relationship with the people that love your blog.
Not only do you need relationships with other bloggers, but you need a strong relationship with your readers as well! They’re the people that will buy your product and encourage you to keep posting because they love your content.
Absolutely do not forget about this step in this list of daily blogging tasks, connecting with your audience is crucial.
5. Post on Social Media.
Throw up your latest and greatest posts on social media. If you’ve planned this out with Hootsuite, then you don’t even have to do this step every day!
You want to make sure that you’re giving your older content a chance to shine, as well, so don’t forget to add that into the mix. Not only will that provide you with a variety of content to show off on your social media outlets, but it’ll also drive readers more across your pages.
Feeling confused with social media? Check out these awesome 150 Instagram hashtags to get you started.
You should also take time every day to respond to social media comments and post new ones on your blogging buddies’ posts.
If you want to truly be a unique blogger and stand out even when your niche gets crowded, you have to pay attention to what your readers are telling you.
What kinds of blog posts got the most attention? What kinds of comments did they leave? Were they satisfied with the post or did they want more?
What social media tends to grab the most attention and gets the most engagement?
There isn’t a strict law for this and there isn’t anything specific I can tell you to do when it comes to exactly what your audience wants.
I can only tell you that you should be noting every day what your readers are saying, even when they offer constructive criticism.
You should check your analytics every day to see how you’re growing and what you may want to change.
In order to increase traffic to your blog, you have to be in the know for what kind of views you’re getting. As your blog gets a little older and your posts accrue, you’ll be able to see a pretty distinct pattern for what posts are searched the most and which ones get the most views.
Look at the search times you used, are they different? What makes that post so special that it’s getting the most attention?
Plus, you want to see how your blog is picking up the pace and how it’s progressing – that’s part of the fun of blogging!
Signing up for Google Analytics is super easy, and if you haven’t done it already then get on that train!
8. Set Goals.
You should constantly be setting both short term and long term goals.
What kinds of views do you want to see this week and how exactly are you going to get there? How many posts are you going to get out?
It can be something as simple as having a productive weekend where you get a head start on checking off your daily blogging tasks.
Goal setting is as vital to your blog’s growth as anything else. Set yourself up for success with your goals. They should be realistic, though you also shouldn’t be afraid to aim high.
What I’m saying is that your goals should be a healthy mix of aspiration and pragmatism, and while that make take a few failures to find, you can absolutely do this.
Don’t be afraid of failure, it’s part of the process.
9. Prioritize ‘Me’ Time.
You should set aside a little time every day to reduce stress and reignite positivity.
The worst thing that can happen to your blog is for you to run yourself ragged and get discouraged.
Give yourself a few minutes to relax and work on something fun. It could be a walk, or yoga, or meditation. Whatever make you feel refreshed and recharged.
10. Don’t Compare Yourself.
I’ve saved this for last because I want this to stick in your mind above all else.
While checking out other blogs is definitely encouraged and recommended, you absolutely cannot go onto these blogs and allow yourself to feel overwhelmed or disheartened.
You’re on your own unique path to successful blogging, and your way may look entirely different than someone else’s. Don’t compare your blog layout negatively, your writing style negatively, or even the amount of comments you receive versus someone else.
Instead, look at what they’re doing right (and what you think you could improve on). Learn from their ways, but never try to mimic them.
There’s only of them, and there’s only one of you.
Be different. Be a rebel blogger.