What are the most crucial tasks that are worthy of your blogging time?
Imagine your life as a successful business owner. Visualize having more time to spend with your family. Can you see yourself having more time for fun? Building a successful blogging business will require much more than hard work, it will require smart choices and proper time management.
These 5 tasks are quite necessary if you want to create a high traffic blog. I will show you here how much time you should dedicate to each.
Critical Tasks Ordered
- Write compelling articles. If you only have one hour each week to spend, spend 55 minutes writing an article, and five minutes submitting it to blog carnivals (see #2). This method alone can help you to build a successful blog from scratch. If you write articles that are worth reading, you will make it eventually. As you create more income you can dedicate more time to your blog. No matter how much time you work, spend 50-70% of it writing.
- Submit to blog carnivals. I submit my best articles to about 10 blog carnivals. I usually get into them all, so that means I will get at least 10 links to that article. I often get 15+ links because I get the original 10 plus 5+ more from people that read my article that they found at the carnival. It wouldn’t work if I didn’t budget enough time to #1. Links from blog carnivals are highly valuable, especially if you have keywords in the titles of your articles. They usually use your article titles for the words they make the link out of. I would submit to more blog carnivals if there were more that were on topic. Numbers 1 and 2 are absolutely vital and if you don’t have time for those each week, I would consider another business type. 🙂 Fortunately you can submit to carnivals very quickly, it will take less than 1% of your weekly time. You should still make sure you do it every week.
- Be a blogging socialite. Your social efforts will be a lot more effective if you socialize within your niche, so use Facebook to find blogs that are similar to yours. Leave constructive, intelligent comments after reading what they have to say. Many of my loyal readers found me through comments that I left on their sites. It won’t do you any good whatsoever to write cheap, fast, or uneducated comments. Spend 10-20%% of your time socializing.
- Guest blog. This one would probably appear as #2 if it wasn’t more difficult than numbers 2 and 3. Submitting your articles to popular sites can help you to instantly reach a much larger audience than would otherwise be possible. Find the top 3-5 sites in your niche, and submit an article to each of them. Doing this regularly will get you some instant, free publicity. If you disregard this, you won’t ever reach your full potential. I know that some of you will be afraid of writing for someone else’s site. I know because I’m with you.
- Read your competitors work. You will probably never be better than your competitors if you don’t read their work. This task slid to #5 because I believe that you can make it without this step if you are good enough at #1, which is the step that makes all of these other tasks work. Never let your pride get in the way of learning from your competition. They got to where they’re at for a reason! Spend 10-30% of your time learning about your niche by reading other sites, blogs, and books.
These 5 tasks are obvisouly not an all inclusive list of what you can work on to better your blog. They are, however, high leverage ways to get better. Hopefully you have found a new perspective on what you should spend your time on, I know I have.