Last week, we shared ideas to help you brainstorm a ton of blog post topics. We’ve posted those ideas here, in case you missed them or want to keep them handy.
But now that you have all those ideas, you’ve got to put them to work. Of course, keeping up with a blogging schedule isn’t always easy, so here are a few tips to keep you on track.
1. Create a Schedule You Will Actually Keep
It’s easy to be overzealous with your blog plan. Yet the more ambitious you are, the harder it may be to stick to your schedule. Choose a schedule that you know you can realistically follow through on.
If you find that you have more time in your schedule to blog, you can always add more posts to your schedule. Position yourself to possibly exceed reader expectations rather than being forced to reduce your efforts once readers have become accustomed to your schedule.
2. Have a Backup Plan
Life throws challenges in the way sometimes. If you have a backup plan, those occasional challenges won’t derail your blogging schedule.
A backup plan might include PLR (Alice has some PLR here, if you need it) that you’ve polished for your needs.
Or your backup plan might include a guest blogger or two.
You may have a ghost writer on your team (if you don’t, hire us to help you with your blogging) or a nice bundle of emergency blog posts – think of it like an emergency savings account and only use them when you REALLY need to.
3. Stay Excited and Motivated
It’s much easier to stick to your blogging schedule if you’re actually excited about what you’re blogging about. Stay on top of news and trends. Interact with your readers and learn from them. Commit to learning more about your niche and your audience and use that information to provide valuable content – it’ll keep you excited and interested too.
4. Plan and Prepare
It’s much easier to stick to a blogging schedule when you know what you’re blogging about. Create a blog plan that includes topics, publication dates, goals, and even your call to action and linking strategy. Consider planning one month in advance. Then set aside a day each week to write the week’s blog posts. This makes it easier to stay on schedule and to create compelling content that helps you achieve your business goals.
By the way, we offer a topic research service to make planning a snap.
5. Track Your Results
Okay, you know tracking your blogging results is important. However, you may not realize that by identifying the successful blog posts and reviewing the analytics, you’re actually more likely to stay focused and stick to your blogging schedule. Why? Because you’re motivated to achieve bigger and better results. Reviewing your analytics helps you stay connected to your business and your customers.
Blogging can be extremely rewarding, but it’s not worth beating yourself up for it. If you have trouble sticking with your schedule, consider adjusting it. You can also hire help and make sure that what you’re doing is really working. Focus on the most profitable aspects of blogging and you’ll do great!