One question for you, Do you have a blogging schedule? Or is blogging something you do whenever you feel like?
In my many years of blogging, I’ve come to understand that one of the greatest challenges to running a blog is not really what to blog about, but rather how to do it in a strategic, consistent, and timely manner.
You must be wondering; why do I even have to create a blogging schedule in the first place?
I have learnt that the easiest way to win your audience over is to consistently make out time for them, so perhaps that should answer your wondering question.
5 Steps To Create The Perfect Blogging Schedule
Follow the five steps below to jump start your blog, and more importantly, keep it going once its started.
Step 1: Make a Plan
First, Ask yourself this three question And provide answers to them;
- Are you hoping to make a living by writing?
- who are your targeted audience?
- Will this goal assist me in achieving my aim, or is there something better I can aspire to?
- is your blog your side-project, something you’re personally interested in and hoping to grow into something more?
Planning will help direct what kind of articles you write, what kind of structure you’ll need, and who you’ll be writing for. It gives your blog shape and direction.
You need to clearly understand your blogging plans. It’s often good to set long-term plans and goals as it’ll give you long enough time to see if your strategy is working, and then you can adapt and tweak your goals based on the results you’re seeing.
Step 2: How often do you want to update your blog?
After you have successfully planned out, Decide how often you want to update your blog. You can only create a blogging schedule after you have decided how often you plan to write?
There are different task associated with writing Post such as;
- Creating High Quality Content
- Using the right blogging tools
- Avoiding ridiculous blogging mistake
- Content promotion and the format of writing.
And to tackle these tasks, you’ll need a lot of hardwork and of course consistency in your writing.
After writing hundreds of articles, I can tell you that it takes between 2 to 3 hours to craft a high-quality 500-word article. This includes the brainstorming of an idea, researching, drafting, writing, proofreading, and publishing. However, it all depends on your niche; I do know that some niches can take longer.
So now, you need to sit down Craft the maximum number of articles you indeed to create
Can you afford to handle 5 or 10, or maybe just 1?
Listen to me; there’s really nothing wrong with writing one blog post per week.
As a matter of fact here on speedyminds, I create 3 articles per week and I am comfortable with that.
It’s just a matter of knowing your strengths and your abilities and making sure each one you write is of really high quality.
I’ve seen bloggers that publish seven (10) posts/week (1/day), and I’ve yet to understand how they’re doing it other than copying and pasting.
You must realize that QUALITY IS KEY, this is what matters.
Your site is not the only one these readers visit; you need to give them some breathing space and you also need to rest too!
Step 3: Set a daily word goal for your blogging schedule
So now that you have a weekly blogging goal, how are you going to go about meeting it?
The next step is to know which days of the week you’ll be publishing those posts, usually on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays I create new post, on Saturday I visit my few old articles for update.
But if that doesn’t work for you, figure something else out. Find a schedule that works for you.
A good way to start is by writing out specific titles for posts, so you’ll always know what to do when it comes time to write your posts. I always draft them right here on WordPress. You can use notepad or handy book if you want.
Step 4: Schedule and Publish
It’s advisable to schedule posts ahead of time so you’re never left looking for content. Knowing when your posts should be going live is something you have to figure out.
What I personally do is schedule my post to be publish every 6 pm. This is going to take some trial and error and constant monitoring of your Google Analytics account, but as time goes on, you will be able to see the ideal days and time for your blog posts.
Step 5: Monitor Your Progress
Now that you’ve created a consistent blogging schedule, doing this is as simple as looking at a week’s or a month’s worth of measurements for your content and averaging the numbers.
If everything is working out for you as planned, then you need to stick to what you’re doing and keep improving on it.
if things are not working out so well, what you should do is re-evaluate your steps and see where you’re getting it wrong.
- Is your content quality good enough?
- What about your content length, do you need to increase or reduce it?
- Are you also using other content formats?
- How are you engaging with your audience?
Answering all these questions will eventually help to position you on the right track to ensure you’re creating a working schedule that will help you reach your goals.
Consistency and determination are the two most important elements for a great blog that achieves its goals. Figure out what you want to achieve, write a schedule that will support those goals, and stick to it, day after day, week after week.Nic Rowen
What does your blogging schedule look like? How has it helped you achieve your goals? Let me hear your thoughts in the comments below!
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