I’m not going to lie but this is the one thing in my blogging life that I used to struggle with massively – blogging consistently.
But if you take a peek at all the successful bloggers in your niche, you’ll notice that they have one thing in common.
They blog consistently.
Most of us start with fire and passion.
When we just create a blog, we churn out blog posts faster than we can say “cheese cracker” but eventually life catches up with us and we are unable to keep up.
So, what happens?
We burn out.
You tell yourself, “I’m only a week behind, I’ll catch up next week!” And before you know it, 3 months have gone by and your blog is growing cobwebs.
Raise your hand if you’re as guilty as me.
It’s never too late to become consistent.
There’s still hope for all of us. So, let’s get down to why it is important to be a consistent blogger before answering the how.
Why blog consistently?
1. It makes you look like a gosh darn professional
People who love your Blog are going to notice that you’re blogging regularly and will be more inclined to return because they will assume that you know your stuff.
Additionally, they will have more posts to look through when they first visit your blog – indirectly getting them to stay on your blog for longer.
2. It will boost your SEO and increase your traffic
Because you are constantly updating your Blog, Search Engines will start paying more attention to your Website and notice that your website is more relevant than others in your niche and boost it to their readers which will help you stand out from the sea of bloggers out there.
Besides, after 2020, Google pays a lot of attention to volume – quantity.
They will definitely give a higher priority to blogs that have 200 posts on puppies than a blog that has just 2.
It says a lot about the Brand:
- The owner is an expert – because they’ve demonstrated that in answering a versatile amount of questions and topics
- They are consistent – been blogging for months/years
- They care about their users – by blogging for a long time, you show you’re very reliable
3. It will help with Brand Awareness
Publishing blog posts in your niche is the best way to connect to your target audience and your content is the stepping stone to getting your readers to become customers and clients.
The process of a sales funnel is mighty simple.
Additionally, you will also find it easy to keep your regular readers in the loop.
So, now that you’re convinced about the benefits of blogging consistently, let’s move on to a few tips that can help you become a consistent blogger.
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How do you become a consistent Blogger?
1. Understand why you’re blogging in the first place
The reason can be as serious as clearing your education loans or as personal as making a name for yourself in your niche or the desire to build your own Brand.
Remind yourself why you’re blogging every time you feel like giving it up and starting something else.
This will most definitely give you that much-needed motivation you require to sit down and complete your blogging tasks for the day.
You can also write down your main reason on a piece of paper and keep it where you can see it daily.
This will work as an affirmation and help you look at your blog more seriously.
2. Have a monthly schedule
I have 4 blogs.
If I am not organized – I won’t be able to build my blogs.
So, what I do to organize my blogs is I decide at the beginning of the month how many posts I will write for each blog.
Once I have that number, I then dedicate a certain number of days to each blog.
- The first 2 weeks are dedicated to Mind Space Cafe
- The 3rd week is dedicated to Draw Cartoon Style
- The last week is dedicated to my new baby blog
Whatever is published on this blog is mainly documentation, research, and all my findings.
I prefer to be more active on my email list because it’s easier to publish my findings and research. It also makes me feel very close to my readers.
Stray Curls has a very different marketing strategy and it’s more personal than a niche blog.
Anything blogging information that is too detailed or heavy goes into my eBooks which I sell in my shop.
So, when I wake up on Monday, I know what I’m supposed to focus on. This helps me focus on 1 thing at a time.
3. Break down big tasks into smaller tasks
It can be really daunting if you look at your Planner and see “Write a blog post and publish today.”
There is so much that goes into writing a blog post.
So, in order to not feel overwhelmed, break it down into mini-tasks.
For example, I’m going to break down the “Write a blog post” task into smaller tasks.
- Keyword Research
- Decide what topic you’ll write
- Draft 10 headlines
- Complete Introduction
- Outline Post
- Flesh out the post
- Add photos (I’m currently using Canva Pro to get unlimited stock photos)
- Add internal links
- Edit and proofread
- Publish post
Likewise, you can break any task into smaller tasks. I used to use Trello for this – now I use Apple Notes.
You can keep multiple lists.
And add cards to each list. In each card, you can add more information like a description or a checklist. In addition to all of this, you can also set due dates for each card and spread out your cards in a calendar so you can view everything brilliantly.
Nobody explains organizing your Blog with Trello better than Elle.
I like maintaining my tasks in Apple Notes – and I like ticking off each item when I’m done with it.
At the end of the day, you can use any software or planner that suits you. Some people prefer physical blog planners that’s why I made my 50-page blog planner.
4. Create a schedule that works for you
The easiest way to blog consistently is to create a schedule and then stick to it.
Mondays can be hell if you don’t have a schedule for the week.
Let’s say you have a business where you do only 4 blog posts a month because you’re doing other things like Youtube videos, Instagram and Tiktok.
Then, you can dedicate each day to a certain task. Or even batch tasks.
On Tuesdays, you can research keywords and titles for your next blog post.
And during the remainder of the week, you can write a blog post.
Once you know what you have to do each day, everything basically falls into place and you will feel more inclined to work.
You can keep a simple time-table like this:
This is a simple Excel Sheet I used to follow when I only had 1 blog and did many things.
Or you can go all out and get yourself a fancy blog planner like this one.
Whatever floats your boat, really.
Being organized really helps put things into perspective.
And by building a blogging routine, you will know exactly what you have to do a day in advance so you end up saving a lot of time.
5. Decide on a posting schedule
It can be very tempting to publish over 5 blog posts a week in order to boost your traffic.
But if you are not used to this, don’t do it.
Because eventually, you will burn out and not be able to keep up. So, set a realistic schedule right now and stick to it. Additionally, create a business plan so you can stick to a regime!
Once you are consistently writing 5-10 blog posts a month, increase it to 12 and see if it works.
Then increase it to 15-20.
I currently write over 30+ blog posts a month for my 4 blogs and I can do this only because:
- I have built this schedule over time
- I have multiple blogs, so even if I skip writing for a blog, my risk is low
- I don’t do much social media and focus 99% of my efforts on only blog post writing
6. Keep all of your blog post ideas in one place
I usually decide on my blog post ideas for a whole month in advance.
This really makes my work easier.
Likewise, decide in advance what your next quarter will look like.
If you have 4-5 categories, take a peek at them and add posts in each category that you’re going to be writing in the next few weeks.
Aside from that, decide on a call-to-action for each post.
Do you want to use it to promote your eBook? In this case, you will have to write posts that cover the chapters in your eBook in order to spread awareness.
Or do you want to get more email sign-ups? In this case, you will have to write posts that help promote brand awareness and offer more freebies.
Once you understand what you want to accomplish with your posts, writing posts that go viral quickly becomes easy peasy lemon squeezy.
You will also not have to waste time coming up with a new blog post idea every week.
Trust me, this is one of the best blogger time hacks out there.
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7. Talk to someone
Because we are cooped up all day at home, blogging can get really lonely.
Also, it becomes very easy to get de-motivated when you have no one to talk to in your field.
At the end of the day, it’s very difficult to explain what you do to your family and friends. And not all of us will be lucky to have people who understand.
However, you can find these people, online.
Join 3-5 Facebook groups and just go out there and engage. Don’t bother promoting yourself. You don’t want to come off as needy and spammy. There are a lot of paid mastermind groups you can join and it helps you feel like you’re part of a community.
The more confident you are, the easier it will be to make friends.
And once you have a few friends, you can set deadlines for your goals and touch base every few days to keep each other motivated.
Additionally, you can also get yourself a Blog Coach (Did I mention that I now offer blog coaching services?)
A Blog Coach will not only keep you accountable but will also help you speed up your growth.
8. Focus more of your time on high-value tasks
If you look at everything that you’re doing to run your blog, you can divide your tasks into 2 broad categories – high value and low value.
In layman’s terms, you dedicate more of your time to the tasks that bring you closer to your goals and this will help you reach more success quickly.
I talk more about this in setting realistic blogging goals.
These tasks will propel your business forward.
I’m definitely going to bring my lunch up now.
If your goal is to make more money blogging, creating more pins and scheduling them will get you more traffic (and therefore more ad revenue) so this is a high-value task.
Replying to comments or emails may not directly contribute to your finances so this is a low-value task. That’s why I open my email only 2 times a day.
Get my drift?
So, what I find that really helps is the night before, I list 2-3 high-value tasks in my Planner that I really need to finish.
And by morning, I am mentally prepared to tackle them head-on.
I either use my breaks to reply to emails or comments or do this at the end of the day when I’m mentally tired and can manage light work.
9. Take frequent breaks so as to not go nuts
You may think that taking breaks is a huge waste of time. But au contraire mon ami, it will actually help you work faster.
If you work for 3 hours at a stretch, you will eventually burn out and become more slow and more unproductive.
So, for every 45 minutes you work, take a nice, solid 15-minute break.
Here are a few things you can do:
- Get up and go drink a glass of water
- Make some tea and sip it quietly while catching up on a few pages of your favorite book
- Do a few quick stretches or jumping jacks
- Lift weights to help tone those arms (typing won’t help build those biceps, believe me, I’ve tried)
- Get yourself a healthy snack
- Play with your pets because they’ve been giving you puppy dog eyes for the past 10 minutes
- Call a friend to have a quick, happy chat
- Get on Duolingo and practice a few language lessons
Your break should motivate you to continue working.
This means you need to stay away from distractions like social media or games. Unless you’re socializing on Facebook Groups that are related to Blogging or Business; in that case, go right ahead and mingle.
By taking frequent breaks, you will sharpen your mind and be prepared to work for the next 45 minutes without distractions.
You can also use your break time to pick up a completely new skill.
Because I love sharpening my drawing skills, I watch a few online courses whenever I have spare time.
10. An alternate technique: Batching tasks to save you a ton of time
Switching between tasks actually is a huge time-waste.
And there is a small trick I’ve recently learned that you can use to save more time!
So, this week, I want you to try this productive hack called batching.
Let’s say your task for Monday is to draft headlines for your Blog Post. Instead of doing keyword research for 1 post – do it for the next 5.
This will save you a lot of time and you won’t have to repeat this particular task for each blog post of the month. You can use this time to focus on other high-value tasks that will bring you closer to your goals quickly!
Isn’t that a neat trick?
You can thank me later.
If you blog consistently, you will notice the surge in traffic within 3 months – I guarantee this.
Blogging requires a lot of patience and most people give up because they don’t see quick results.
But pushing out good quality content consistently is what sets apart good bloggers from the rest.
And if you nail this, your blog will grow faster than normal.
So, if your blog is not growing at the speed you want it to, try and implement a few of these hacks and see the difference!
Let me know which blogging hack is your favorite in the comments below!
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