Automating common blog chores helps you get more done in less time, and lets you focus on staying creative! Here’s how to automate your most common tasks.
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Switching from the technical to the creative part of your brain can be difficult at the best of times. This makes finding a balance between completing common blog tasks and being creative rather difficult. You might feel like you can’t write when you’re inspired because of all the work that goes into maintaining your blog. By automating some tasks and developing systems, you can combat this and spend more time writing about new recipes, nutrition plans or whatever you are passionate about, which ultimately makes blogging more rewarding.
There are a few questions other bloggers approach me with on a regular basis that revolve around saving time. I will answer them as best I can to try to help us all become more efficient bloggers.
How Can I Maximize My Time Efficiently and Effectively?
Create an FAQ page
When your blog starts getting traffic, you’re going to receive a steady stream of emails asking you questions you know you’ve already answered before. As this happens, keep track of the most common questions and post answers somewhere on your blog.
While in-depth answers build trust with individual readers, you can save a ton of time by sending them to a FAQ page where you’ve already responded to what they are asking.
If you’re a food blogger, this may or may not be relevant, since questions are often about specific recipes or tips; you’ll have to decide this based on the type of content you produce. However, there are countless types of blogs out there, and for many, an FAQ page would be quite useful for reaching readers and saving time.
If what you’re doing isn’t going to directly impact how many visitors your blog receives or how much money you’re going to make, it’s a waste of time.
There are a couple of different tools you can use to avoid getting off track. News Feed Eradicator is a plug-in that reduces your Facebook news feed to a simple “Get back to work!” message. Also, Momentum helps you make a list on the front page of Chrome so you can catch yourself when you start to get distracted.
Use your smartphone
Some of the biggest distractions we face come from social media, checking stats and checking emails.
Installing these apps on your smartphone will keep you from checking the various dashboards on your computer. This reserves your computer only for creative work. This way you can train your brain to know that creative mode starts when you sit down at the computer.
If you do use your smartphone to access your social and traffic dashboards, you’re going to want to make sure you’re using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service that is compatible with multiple devices.
Using a VPN on your smartphone, especially when it’s connected to unsecure WiFi networks, will ensure hackers are unable to access your dashboards and potentially switch the payment and login information to their own accounts.
What Tools Should I Be Using as a Blogger?
For most people, keeping the number of tools you’re using to a minimum will be more beneficial than having an entire arsenal in your toolbox. More tools tend to cause bloggers to feel overwhelmed, which ends up requiring more time than keeping it simple and using a couple of highly effective tools. Here are two that are particularly helpful:
Tailwind–This is a great tool for scheduling your social media content in advance so that you don’t have to switch between platforms to post each new update. It will also keep you from wasting time browsing through your friends’ status updates.
Buffer is another great option to consider.
Yoast SEO – Optimizing your blog posts can be a tedious process that eats away at your creativity. Yoast SEO is a plug-in that automatically gives you various alerts to help you streamline the process and get back to creating new content.
All in One SEO is another option. The main difference comes down to user interface, so give each on a try to determine which will work best for you.
Why Is SEO So Important for a Food Blogger?
SEO is critical for bloggers looking to automate what they’re doing because traffic is delivered for you 24 hours per day, seven days per week.
Optimizing your website for the search engines isn’t rocket science and can pay off greatly. If you’re new to SEO, there are some great resources that break it down for you.
Even if your blog posts are ranking at the top of the search results for every keyword you’ve targeted, you will still want to continue promoting your content to other bloggers and on your social media accounts to maintain this position and help distribute new content.
One key thing to learn and remember about SEO is the concept known as First Time to Byte. This is a measurement of how much time it takes for the first byte of your webpage to appear after a request is made. This is significant because a faster FTTB will result in higher Google rankings, since the search engine is most concerned with delivering useful search results that can be quickly used. As you are developing your site, you will want to make sure you are doing so in a way that will keep this metric as small as possible. This will go a long way toward driving traffic to your site.
With so many food blogs and recipe sites currently available, you need to do everything you can to set yours apart from the rest of the pack and make sure people are clicking on your links in the search results instead of your competitors’.
When you want to automate common tasks and spend more time working on the creative aspects of your blog, tapping into the automated traffic that the search engines deliver is crucial. As time goes on, you’ll spend less time promoting your new blog posts and more time creating content your audience wants to see.
Spend some time optimizing the processes behind developing content for your blog to help return blogging to a fun pastime and stop it from feeling like a chore.
About the author: Caroline is a freelance blogger and writer who loves getting things done. Figuring out new ways to stay focused, be more creative and spend less time on the menial tasks of blogging is what drives her content and is her main priority.