Paula and I both blog full time, and blogging is t he primary source of income for our families! This means a lot of time is put into growing our sites.
However, there were days, when we didn’t have as much time to give, and there are still times that we find ourselves with only an hour for the blog because other things came up that day.
Some days we just don’t have time to spend hours on our blog, but we don’t want it to fall behind, either.
I wanted to share a few tips that will help you to grow your blog in just an hour a day.
First off- schedule your social media posts.
Facebook: Before I go to bed, I schedule all of my social media posts for the next day (if you are a morning person, do this when you wake up).
I will schedule my facebook posts using the Facebook scheduler (I have heard over & over that you should not use an outside scheduler for Facebook because your reach will not be as high). This video will help you SO MUCH to learn to do a FB share.
My goal is to schedule about 22 things per day… a few questions, one or two affiliate links, my new post for the day, one other post from my page, and the rest are just share-worthy things. You can see how I write them up on my Facebook page – I do the really similar layouts for each post.
Time: 5-10 minutes up to an hour. (If you are only doing a few posts, give yourself 10 minutes. I do 22 posts a day and it takes me about an hour)
I used to schedule my tweets using Hootsuite or Tweetdeck. Both are easy to use. I actually used one of these services for my Your Modern Family tweets. I used to schedule about 6 of these per day. I also hop on to re-tweet some of my favorite tweets from friends.
NOW- I just try to go online & tweet/respond from my phone a few times a day (more personal this way)
Time: 10 minutes
Pinterest- I use BoardBooster – it is amazing. It is free & you pick boards to pin to and you pick the pins. It will randomly send them out throughout the day! How awesome is that. I aim for 40% of my pins to 60% of my favorite pins, but I normally end up with about 10% of my own pins to 90% of others because there are just so many great ideas out there that I can’t help but to share!
Time: 10 minutes total per day.
Posts- I use a calendar on my WordPress page for this. (wp editorial calendar plugin)
I also have a planner that I write in. So- when I have an idea, I put it on my planner or in the “notes” on my phone, but when I write the post, I move it to my calendar on my WordPress blog and I schedule it (Your Modern Family) so that I know that I will go live at 12:00 am every morning.
I always have my computer in the car when I go out anywhere, so if I have 15 minutes somewhere (sitting in the preschool line waiting for it to start moving), I can just write up a post in my “notes” section and it is ready for my editing when I get home and have internet connection.
Time: this one is up to you! 🙂
Please share your best tips for doing the best in a small amount of time.
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