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7 time hacks for busy bloggers

 

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We already discussed how being busy can impact blogging in last weeks #socialbloggers chat. I wanted to put together a post with things you can do to keep on top of things even when you’re going through a busy period.

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1. Schedule social media updates on Buffer. 

Buffer is probably my favourite thing in the whole world. Apart from cheese. Cheese is good also.

Buffer is platform for scheduling things to your social media accounts straight from your browser. What I love about Buffer, is that once you have the toolbar installed, you can share webpage you are on and set it to either:

  • Post right now.
  • Post next.
  • Schedule for a time.

You can also use any image on the webpage and share that, which includes a link to the page it is on, too.

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On the screenshot above, you can see what prompt comes up when you choose to share something. You just click which social media sites to send it too. You can edit the message to add something else or hashtags.

Another thing I like about Buffer, is that you see the stats on each thing you’ve scheduled, like below:

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This allows you to see what is performing the best and also ‘re-buffer’ posts – which adds it back to your queue.

You can set what times of day to post – so every time you add something it will simply sit there until it hits the time you’ve set, then buffer will auto-post it.

How I use it:

Every morning before I go to work, I take 10 seconds to schedule about 4-5 things, usually by re-buffering if my latest post isn’t published yet. It’s quick, easy and works for me. It’s the easiest way of sharing blog posts with pictures included by far.

2. Schedule tweets on Twuffer.

Although buffer is fantastic, you can only schedule 10 posts unless you pay to upgrade. So it’s great for scheduling a day or two of posts, but if you are away from the computer for longer, Twuffer might be the way forward.

As far as I can tell, you can schedule as many posts as you like – but there’s not many features such as tweeting photos or posting the same thing to several social media sites. It’s quick and easy, though!

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How I use it:

When I went to Florida for two weeks, a scheduled a tweet or two to go out each day just so my page views didn’t nose dive completely if I couldn’t get online as much – I get a lot of my traffic from Twitter!

I also use Twuffer to schedule the #socialblogger questions.

If you find it difficult tweeting your posts daily, you could always spend 10 minutes a week scheduling a generic ‘have you seen my latest post?’ tweet once a day or so for the following week or two!

3. Have your posts auto post to social media. 

Did you know you can have Bloglovin tweet and post on Facebook when you publish a post? I didn’t until recently. Now, every time a post goes live, so does a tweet!

Also on WordPress, you can connect your social media accounts up to auto-publish as soon as a new post goes live too. I’m not sure about blogger, but I’m sure there must be something similar!

How I use it:

My bloglovin auto tweets a link to the post and I have WordPress setup to publish my post on my Facebook page and Google+ account. Before I did this, it felt like such an effort to manual link my post to all 3 sites!

4. Take and edit photos in bulk.

I’ve seen this tip shared before, but it works! Take loads of photos at once – even if you don’t plan on publishing it for a few weeks.

I love doing this because I like to photograph products before I use them.

Edit them all at the same time too – I’ll often edit them in bed before I go to sleep as it’s a good thing to do that doesn’t need me to type. It’s hard to type in bed, but easy to use the touch pad!

How I use it:

I take my photos in bulk on my days off and in day light. I then edit a few at once, either in bed or if I’m watching TV. I then like to get them into a draft post ready, so all I need to do is write the post before it’s ready to schedule, this helps with the next tip…
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5. Draft posts at opportune moments.

You don’t have to sit down and write a full post all in one go – it’s fine to write a few paragraphs, or write the main post and come later to edit. If you find yourself with a bit of extra time in the evening, get started on a post!

How I use it:

I’m the queen of half writing posts and coming back to them. This is why I like to have my photos in the draft ready to rock and roll, then if I have a spare half an hour or so, I can start working on it. This saves me having to write all my posts on my days off or the night before in panic!

For example, I wrote the title to this post around the 1st November, I wrote the headings to the 7 points a couple of weeks later. I wrote the full post on the 12th November and then edited, added photos and proof read on the 13th. Then on Sunday the 16th, I did a final proof read and scheduled it. Woo. I usually have about 5-8 posts complete at any given time, and about 10 in some stage of progress.

6. Set a date to finalise your posts. And stick to it.

This is probably one of the most important things you can do if you’re busy – if you want a set amount of posts in the next week, have a plan for when those posts are all going to be complete so you can go about your week or weekend without having to worry about getting tomorrows post done.

How I use it:

By the end of Sunday, I like to have the next 7 days of posts scheduled. This is where the previous 2 steps all come together – because most of the photos are done and around 4-5 of the posts are already written, it’s not as hard as writing 7 blog posts seems. A lot of it is tidying up spelling and grammar, adding in SEO and ensuring I’m good to go for the next week.

If I had to sit down and write all 7 posts at once, as well as sort out the photographs, it wouldn’t get done! People often seem astonished that I publish a new post daily, but I’m in the habit of using any spare time to my advantage so it just seems second nature to me now.

7. Only check your e-mail twice a day and stop obsessing over your stats.

This two go hand in hand because they can be real productivity killers.

I’m sure you’ve been there: You check Facebook, then twitter, then you check your e-mails, then your page views, then your adsense account, then if anyone has liked a post or followed you on bloglovin.. before you know it, 10 minutes has passed and you’ve not done one single productive thing.

Then 30 minutes later, you do it all again.

These aren’t things you need to do as often as you feel like you must. Most of the time, you’re doing it to procrastinate anyway (I’m aiming that comment at myself!). While it’s good to know how your blog is performing, you don’t need to check every hour, or even every day!

E-mails don’t need checking hourly either. Even though it only takes a few seconds, the act of stopping an task to check, then restarting probably takes more effort and time thank you think!

I know I don’t work as well with interruptions, or if I’ve taken a break, I can sometimes feel like I don’t want to go back to my task!

How I use it:

Honestly, I’m not fantastic at this and it’s a piece of advice I need to start taking more seriously. While I’m a lot better about checking my stats less frequently, I’m not so great at checking my e-mails only twice a day! I hardly ever check my twitter follows but I’m often guilty of refreshing bloglovin several times a day (or hour!).

I check my page views on WordPress daily, but I only check webmaster tools and google analytics every 1-2 weeks, unless something prompts me to need to check it more, such as a sudden increase or drop in traffic!

What are your top time hacks?

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