Blogging. Its a lot of work! Seriously! Don’t believe me? Just listen to this podcast I co-hosted with Taylor from Boss Girl Creative! The blog related to do list never ends. EVER! And if you’re serious about blogging, and want to make a this a more than just a part time hobby, you’ve got to stay on top of things. The easiest way I’ve discovered to actually cross off some of those things on that never ending list, is take it one task at a time! Got 10 minutes? These 10 things can be done in 10 minutes to improve your blog!
10 Things You Can Do In 10 Minutes to Improve Your Blog:
#1. Update your “About Me” section. Major life event? Add it in! New photos of your self of family that you like? Add them in! Anytime that there has been a change in your life, situation, family or just because you’ve done something cool, you should take the time to update your About Me section. Your readers really do want to know more about you!
#2. Update, Rearrange and Clean Up your sidebar space. Sidebars tend to get over looked these days, especially if its the same-old-same-old stuff! By changing things up, removing old adds, fitting in new images or even just rearranging the order things appear in, you can breath new life into an often static area on your blog.
#3 Create a Branded Image to share on social media. Sometimes you just want to do something fun and creative with your 10 minutes. Use that time to create a new branded image that you can share across your social medias! It doesn’t have to be fancy, sometimes simple is best, but make sure you keep it with in the branding you’ve set for yourself. And ALWAYS put your website on there! You never know when something might go viral!
#4 Re-Share Evergreen Content. Got a post that you worked really hard on from a year ago, 2 years ago? Why not reshare it! If you’ve got buffer, you can schedule it in to go out a few times over the next few weeks or months! If you have Meet Edgar, add it into your content schedule.
#5 Find some new blogs to connect with. Take your 10 minutes and spend it finding some new blogs to follow and connect with. Leave awesome comments related to the post and follow them on social media too!
#6 Respond to comments readers have left on your blog. Hopefully you have readers that like to leave you comments! Do you take the time to respond? Its an important way to connect with the people that visit your site and build a sense of community!
#7 Work on your editorial calendar. Blogging can be hectic and chaotic… its worse when you never know what you’re posting until the night before, or sometimes the day of! Taking the time to write down your ideas and building your editorial calendar is the perfect way to spend a spare 10 minutes! Coschedule is my JAM when it comes to editorial awesomeness. I’ve been using it for over a year and its made life SO much easier!
#8 Write a Post or Series Outline. Got an idea for an awesome blog post or blog series? Take 10 minutes and put your outline together! Save it as a draft so irs already to go when you’ve got a little more time to sit down and get it all written out!
#9 Pitch a Guest Post. Want to gain more exposure for your blog? Guest posts are a great way to do it! But these kinds of opportunities don’t just show up… you may have to go out there and find it! So put together a proposal – out line your post idea, how long it would be, what kind of images you could include, and how soon you’d be able to deliver it – and send it to your favorite blog! The worst that can happen is they say no, and you end up using that idea for your own site! Oh and don’t forget to include a few links to similar/relevant content that you’ve already published!
I can honestly tell you’ve that I have yet to turn down a well written guest post pitch! (Feel free to send your crafty/DIY pitches my way too 😉 )
#10 Schedule It Out! Take that 10 minutes and reinvest it into driving more traffic to your blog! If you use a scheduling service (Buffer is FREE) add some content in and let it do its magical thing! Or, take that 10 minutes and schedule some engaging memes, photos or questions on Facebook! With 10 minutes you can probably schedule 5 to 7 days worth of content for your Facebook Page!
These are just 10 of the things You Can Do in 10 Minutes to Improve Your Blog! All you have to do is START! Turning off as many distraction as possible isn’t a bad idea either!
Got a suggestion for something you can do in 10 minutes to improve your blog? I’d love to hear it! I might even include it (with credit back to you of course) in the next edition of Ten 10 Minute Things!