Another one for the bloggers – we are a busy bunch and need some time saving blogging tips.
You might be blogging for a living, you might be blogging for fun or you might be blogging alongside your career. However you are doing it, I’m pretty sure you are spinning more than just your blogging plates in the air and so you need a few quick tips to save yourself some time each day.
These are the easy time saving blogging tips that I have used over the past year to hone my time at the laptop.
- Schedule your social media. For most people social media will be your biggest referral of traffic but if you are not sharing enough then that simply will not be the case. Not all of your social media should be automated but you do need a steady stream of content to keep plugging away in the background – particularly on Twitter. I use Social Oomph to set up my tweets and it saves me, probably hours, doing this. It’s free to sign up but I use the paid for version which is just a few dollars a month and allows me to set up lists of my posts to tweet out. I literally just add a post to my queue and forget about it. You can also set up queue’s for seasonal posts and set them to be active within a set period – so for example, I have all my Christmas posts on there and I’ve set them to tweet out between Nov-Dec each year.
- Use a daily blog check list for all the tasks that you do need to do on a daily basis. If you sign up to my newsletter using the subscription box in the side bar then you will receive the check list that I use and can’t live without in the first issue.
- Keep a notebook with you at all times. You never know when inspiration will hit and you might want to jot down an idea before the kids push it firmly out of your brain again.
- Create lists of your Instagram hashtags in your notes folder on your phone. I have mine set up into categories for different types of images that mirror the posts on my blog: Sophie – Zak – Siblings – Me & Sophie – Me & Zak – Outdoors shots – Working Mum – Mama Style etc. You can just copy and paste them into your post when you need them.
- Use Instagram drafts. Upload all your pictures for the week to Instagram, apply the chosen filter and caption if you know it and then save it to drafts. You can even add in the hashtags that I just mentioned. I don’t tend to do this though because I pop the majority of my hashtags into the first comment when I’ve published the picture as it helps boost engagement. All you need to do is press publish during the week. For more tips on growing your Instagram account read this.
- Do one thing at once. Set aside dedicated time to write your posts and focus on doing only that. I imagine it will be during the evening or early mornings when the kids are asleep (ha!) but set a time and try to stick to it. If you are doing a million small things all at once then you will feel like you are never achieving / completing anything.
- Use Canva to create a pin template. Pinterest is my latest love so watch out for a post on that soon. I have seen my blog traffic increase exponentially since creating a pin for each post and working the system. It used to take me ages to create a pin using Picmonkey but now it takes just literally a minute. Set up a template in Canva (it has templates you can choose from) and then each time you want to make a pin you just have to drop your own image on to it and alter the text. So easy and has saved me so much time faffing.
- Use free images from trusted sources instead of scrabbling around looking for decent ones. Unsplash, Pixabay, Kaboompics and Shuttershock all have images you can download and use.
- Use keyboard shortcuts for anything that has to be typed regularly. If you don’t know how to do this then google it – it’s really very simple but different across different operating systems so no point in me listing them here. It will save you a massive amount of time.
- Have a set stock of responses to generic emails. I always reply to all of my emails whether I want the job or not because that’s the professional thing to do. However, it doesn’t mean I don’t have a stock response list waiting to help me out that I can copy and paste into the reply.
So that’s it. Quick and easy but these time saving blogging tips really will save you a hell of a lot of time if you implement them now.
If you have any other time saving blogging tips then why not share them in the comments below so we can all benefit.