How I Saved My Blog with Batching

I’ve never believed in batching. Truth is, I always thought it was something lazy people do. You know, those people who want to build their empire without doing a bit of work? Boy, oh boy, was I wrong. So wrong, in fact, that I am actually swallowing my pride and eating a larger than life slice of humble pie.

 

blog batching and why it works
 

When I started my new job, I knew that I won’t have as much time to blog, so I needed to take drastic steps to figure out how I can save my blog. I didn’t want it to die, as I’ve really worked hard to get it where it is today, but I also knew that I couldn’t devote a few hours each day to my blog anymore.

 

So, what did I do to save my blog? I started batching. 

 

What is batching? 

For those of you not familiar with the term “batching”, let me explain. Batching happens when you write all of your content within one specific day (or a sitting). By doing this, you eliminate that rushed feeling of having a to finish off a blog post, “because it’s Thursday and my blog post must go up or my readers will hate me”. Yes, we’ve all been there.

So, why batching? Well, here’s a list of the reasons I batch all of my blog content.

 

Batching saves time (and keeps me stress-free)

(and time is money). Every Sunday, I schedule my blogging time in the afternoon. For 5 hours straight, I focus on writing my content for the week, scheduling my social media and just working on my blog. With batching, I can also ensure that I send out awesome, informative and mind-blowing content to my readers. Knowing that I have a post that will rock your world, ready and scheduled really just makes this entire blogging extremely stress-free.

 

I stay on schedule 

Another reason I love batching is because I stay on schedule. I have changed my posting structure and with batching, I ensure that I am always on schedule. All of my blog posts are scheduled two weeks in advance, and that way, I always have awesome content on my blog.

 

Related: Time-Saving Hacks for Bloggers with a Full Time Job

 

I feel more productive 

Nothing empowers me more like having a smashing day where I ticked off everything on my to-do list. By taking a few hours out of my Sunday, I manage to focus purely on my blog and creating super awesome content and ticking off the things on my to do list. And man, do I feel good afterward. Seeing a to-do list with everything ticked off just makes me feel like I can conquer everything. And it feels bloody great!

 

It frees up my time for other things 

I love blogging, don’t get me wrong. But I also love spending time with my friends and family. By batching my content, I free up my time for all of the other important people in my life. (Yup, I count you guys under my list of important people in my life.) I know that all of my blog work is up to date and therefore, when I spend time with my loved ones, I can enjoy it fully without having to worry (to some extent) about my blog.

 

Related: 5 Tips and Tools to Help You Blog Faster

 

Do you batch (let’s make it a thing, shall we)? Let’s chat about it in the comments below.  

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10 Blog Posts You Must Read to Rock Your Blog

It’s been a while, right? Never fear, after a short break, that seemed to do my blog more good than harm (YAY!!), I am back with a quick, new post for you.

10 BLOG POSTS ON BLOGGING TIPS AND ADVICE
 

I share so many awesome blogging tips and advice on the blog, and even though I try to make all of the content easy to find, some of the posts go missing and you guys might not get to see it.

So, to help you guys out, and to make life easier, I have decided to share my Top 10 Blog Posts about Blogging Tips and Advice with you. Some of these posts you may have read before, and some of these might be new to you, but rest assured, all of these posts contain extremely awesome blogging tips and advice.

So, here you go 🙂 My top 10 blog posts on blogging tips and advice:

SEO Tips and Advice for Bloggers

Investments Worth Making for Your Blog

How to Write the Perfect URL for Blog Posts

Anatomy of the Perfect Blog Post

The Biggest List of Blog Resources

How to Create a Media Kit for Your Blog (with FREE template)

9 Time Saving Hacks for Bloggers with a Full Time Job

How to Create a Pinterest Action Plan for Your Blog

5 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog (Guest Post)

5 Tips and Tools to Help You Blog Faster (Guest Post)

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The ONE Thing Bloggers Forget When It Comes to SEO

 

I chat about SEO a lot on the blog, and today is no different. SEO is something that lies really, really close to my heart and I know many bloggers out there start to sweat when SEO is mentioned in their vicinity.

 

Working with and chatting to bloggers about SEO on a daily basis made me realise something – many bloggers out there are extremely freaked-out when it comes to SEO. At first glance, SEO can seem very challenging and very confusing. But the truth is that once you understand the basics of SEO, you will soon come to the understanding that SEO is one of the BEST things you can ever do for your blog and your online business. Many bloggers simply ignore the benefit of SEO because they are scared about the technicalities and all that jazz.

 

THE ONE THING BLOGGERS FORGETS WHEN IT COMES TO SEO FOR BLOGGERS
 

On the other side of the SEO battle, I’ve also come to realise that most bloggers are too concerned with SEO and not at all concerned about writing great content for their readers.

 

Here’s the deal though – before you start to bite your nails about SEO, you will need a solid foundation for your blog. And this means that you will have to write awesome content that your readers will love! And if your readers love your content, and go crazy with that share button, search engines will start to love you too. But first, you will need to write super awesome content for your READERS!

 

If there is one thing that completely freaks me out is that when I land on blogs and I can see that they have written their content for search engines and not for their readers. Seriously, stop! Search engines don’t read your content, your readers read your content!

 

So, in order to rock your blog’s SEO, you will need to always keep your readers front and center when you are writing content!

 

“Google only loves you when everyone else loves you first.” — Wendy Piersall

 

Writing, in general, is a skill.

 

To capture the attention of your reader and to keep them on your blog, you need to write in a style that is appealing to your reader.

 

In order to do this, you need to layout your blog posts in such a way that the reader finds it easy to read and easy to understand. Yes, focus on your reader, before you focus on SEO (I can’t stress this enough, friends).

 

Writing awesome content for your blog (that search engines will love) is as easy as going back to English class:

 

FOCUS ON LAYOUT

The basic rules of writing applies to writing blog posts too. This means that you should include headings, sub-headings and paragraphs in your blog posts. Write a captivating introduction and a jaw-dropping conclusion to get your readers to comment and to click on that “share” buttons. (Yup, you thought you’d never use the skills you learnt in English writing class, right? Wrong!)

 

If your blog post is easy to read and appealing to the eyes, then your readers will be more likely to share the post with their friends and family, which in turn will increase your ranking!

 

WRITE CONTENT YOUR READERS WILL LOVE 

And therefore, the first step to writing SEO-friendly blog posts is to write content that your readers will love and share. Before you start optimising your blog post for SEO, your piece of writing should be damn good to begin with!

 

If you are serious about your blog, you will take the time to make sure that the content you are putting out into the world will change the lives of your readers! This means that instead of just writing down everything that comes to mind and just going about the writing process all willy nilly, your content should kick some serious butt!

 

WRITE CONTENT THAT GETS THE SHARES

Anyone can churn out 5 blog posts a day that gets shared once or twice, but it takes some special skills to churn out one good blog post per day that gets shared a hundred times. It doesn’t matter how much you optimise your blog post, if the content you are putting out there are pure garbage, you will not see your blog post rank! Also keep in mind that the longer the content (no babbling about random stuff to make up for word-count – keep it jam-packed with information), the more likely it is to rank in search engine results. Keep your blog posts over 300 words for maximum results.

 

Search engines love a good blog post, that is filled with great content, great information, SEO keywords AND that is easy to read!

 

Challenge: Take some time to think about your next blog post. Draft out a killer outline and think about your heading, introduction, body and conclusion for your blog post. Forget about SEO for a moment and focus on creating a blog post that will blow your readers away. Practice writing great content for your readers, before you freak out about SEO, and see how this will help you improve your blog.

 

P.S. In the Blogger’s Guide to Search Engine Optimisation, I discuss valuable on-site SEO tips and advice that will enable you to take your blog to the next level. If you are serious about growing your blog through SEO, then check out this guide.

SEO Tips and Advice for Bloggers

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5 Tips and Tools to Help You Blog Faster

Hey all! The lovely Imka has invited me onto her blog today to share some of my best tips for speeding up your blogging process with you. Whether you have 20 hours a week or 20 minutes to spend on your blog, working as quickly and efficiently as possible is going to help you put out your best content, but not sweat the small stuff. Here are my top 5 tips and tools for helping you blog faster:

5 TIPS AND TOOLS TO HELP YOU BLOG FASTER Glamorous Glitter

  1. Create templates for your graphics

Image templates are a MUST for bloggers, no matter what niche they’re in. Not only do templates speed up your process,they also give a consistent style to all of your images, and therefore, your brand. And having a consistent brand is what’s gonna make you recognizable and memorable online, so it’s super important when building up your audience.

If you’re looking for an awesome tool for creating your graphics, Canva is where it’s at. Canva is a photo editing site that’s not only super simple to use, but also completely free. They have custom-sized templates for you to choose from, depending on what platform you plan to use your image on (Twitter, Pinterest, your blog, etc.). Canva has a lot of great pre-set options and design layouts as well, like font combos, social media icons, and more.

The thing I love most about Canva is that it automatically saves a template of every single image you create. So the next time you need a similar image, you can just go back into the original graphic and change the colors, text, or backdrop, while keeping the layout exactly the same.

With Canva, it literally takes me two minutes to create a new image for my blog. And cutting down on that time allows me to focus on more important things, like writing new content, developing products, and promoting myself online.

  1. Keep running lists of ideas

There’s nothing worse than spending hours trying to think up an idea for your next blog post and coming up blank. Especially when you upload on Mondays and it’s now midnight on Sunday.

Here’s a simple way to make sure that never happens to you again:

Whenever an idea for a blog post comes to mind, no matter where you are or what you’re doing, WRITE IT DOWN. Keep all of your ideas in one place – whether that’s the notes section on your iPhone, the Evernote app, or in an actual notebook. Then, the next time you sit down to write a post, pull out your list of ideas and choose the one that you feel most passionate about – and there’s your topic for the post.

There are so many places you can gather inspiration for your blog posts from. Some of my favorites are:

  • Pinterest

  • Social media

  • YouTube

  • Magazines or books

  • Friends/family

  • Current events

  1. Use web diagrams to hash out ideas

Flashback to fifth grade, hey? But seriously, web diagrams are the most amazing way to bang out your ideas and get your thoughts down in an organized but efficient way.

What I love most about web diagrams is that you don’t have to create any sort of “order” for the points you’re writing down, like you would with a regular list. They also allow you to connect certain ideas that are related, and to see which points stand out most and should be your main topics and/or headings.

In case you need a quick refresher, here’s an example of a web diagram I created for this very post:

Web Diagram example - Imka Glamorous Glitter
 

See how my five main points (headers) branch out from the centre? Then each key point I want to hit branches off from those five. It’s simple, but it works really well. If you’ve got your diagram laid out ahead of time, writing your blog post will be a breeze – trust me.

  1. Do tasks in bulk

One of the worst time-killers is switching back and forth between tasks again and again and again. Multi-tasking is actually scientifically proven to be worse for your productivity and efficiency. You might feel like you’re getting ahead by doing everything at once, but it’s actually just slowing you down.

A better method is to “batch” your tasks. Basically, batching is a fancy way of saying “doing things in bulk”. So instead of spending 20 minutes writing, then 20 minutes editing, and then 20 minutes taking photos, you devote a larger chunk of time to each task, and don’t move onto the next one until you’ve made big progress in each category.

If you only have an hour a day to spend on your blog, you can also try delegating Mondays as your “Writing Day”, Tuesdays your “Images Day”, and Wednesdays your “Editing Day” (or something along those lines – whatever works for you and your blog).

Whatever you do, don’t try to do two things at once – especially writing and editing. When you write posts, you just want to get everything out without thinking about your grammar and spelling and if it all makes sense. Let everything flow out of you as it comes to mind, and save the editing for a late date.

  1. Divide your time accordingly + set time limits

Leading off that last point about doing tasks in bulk, you also want to make sure you’re dividing your time accordingly. You want to focus the most of your effort on the tasks that bring in the biggest rewards for you and your blog – whether that’s followers, page views, social media interaction, comments, etc.

Split your time up into chunks, with the highest Return-on-Investment (ROI) items getting the largest chunk of time. Here’s an example of how I might choose to break up my blogging time:

25% writing content

20% editing content

15% creating graphics/taking photos

40% social media promotion

Next, you’ll want to take the amount of time you have set aside for blogging, and actually break that up into portions of time for each item on your list. Just be approximate with it – it doesn’t have to be perfect.

Using the example above, I might divide my blogging time into 1 hour for writing, 45 minutes for editing, 30 minutes for photos, and 1.5 hours promoting the post on social media.

Now here’s where the good part comes in: I don’t want you to just try to stick to those guidelines – I want you to actually set a timer for each portion of time. Nothing will make you work faster than feeling like the clock is ticking and you’re racing against it. Once the timer goes off, it’s time to move on to the next task.

But don’t worry – the timer doesn’t have to be a death sentence. If you’re really in the groove with something, keep at it even after the timer goes off until you get to a point where you’re comfortable stopping. And if something isn’t working, don’t sit there struggling until the timer’s up – just move on.

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By putting these 5 tips into action, I know you’re going to see a huge improvement in how fast you can get things done for your blog. I hope you found this post helpful and interesting, and a big thank-you to Imka for letting me come here and guest post for you!

Have a lovely day,

x Krista

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5 Ways to Drive Traffic to Your Blog

 

As a blogger, no matter how much traffic your blog receives, you’re always going to want more. That means finding ways to drive traffic to your blog will always be an important aspect of your blogging journey.

In this post I’ll go over 5 ways to drive traffic to your blog.

 

5 EASY WAYS TO DRIVE TRAFFIC TO YOUR BLOG
 

 

1). Create More Content

The first thing you want to do to increase your traffic is write more.

Did you know that on the average blog, only a few posts account for the majority of a bloggers traffic?

It’s simple really. The more content you have on your blog, the better chance you have of getting more traffic. Having more content also increases your chances of having a post go viral, which is something a lot of bloggers hope to achieve.

I recommend adding high quality content to your blog at least three times per week if you want to see results.

 

2). Search Engine Optimize (SEO) Your Posts

In my opinion, search engines like Google and Yahoo are one of the best ways to increase your blog traffic.

With a high ranking blog post, you could find yourself getting traffic from that post for years to come.

If you haven’t been writing with SEO in mind, don’t worry. There’s a good chance that your content is already SEO friendly, simply because you’ve been writing high quality, and useful content.

As you continue to blog however, why not increase your chances of being ranked higher in search engines by using simple techniques to search engine optimize your content.

 

3). Join Facebook Groups

With one billion active users, Facebook is the largest social media network. If you’re not utilizing the power of Facebook to grow your blog, you’re missing out.

In the past few years, we’ve seen a huge increase in the number of people participating in Facebook groups. By joining Facebook groups that are relevant to your niche, you have a chance to get your content in front of people who otherwise wouldn’t have seen it. The best part is that the creators of these groups have done most of the work for you by putting your targeted audience together in one place.

While there are Facebook groups that are created for the sole purpose of promoting content, I think it goes without saying that when you are a part of a group that isn’t like this, you shouldn’t use the group to only promote your content. Instead, interact with the other members, be friendly, and be helpful.

 

4). Give Ads A Try

If you have the budget, don’t be afraid of using ads as a way to generate blog traffic. I’ve heard a lot of great things about Facebook ads, but I haven’t been able to master them just yet. I can however vouch for promoted pins. Simply put, promoted pins are pins on Pinterest that you’re paying to have seen by more people. I’ve been using promoted pins with great results. Whenever I promote a pin, I see an increase in repins, and traffic to my website.

Aside from social media networks, you can also find blogs relevant to your niche offering ad space, and place your ad on those blogs.

 

5). Become Friends With Other Bloggers

I’m sure you’ve heard this time and time again. Bloggers constantly stressing the importance of making friends within the blogging community. Well, I’m here to tell you that you hear this all the time because it truly is important. It doesn’t matter how hard you work on your blog, you can’t do this alone. When you become friends with other bloggers, you support each other in multiple ways. Whether it be through emotional support, collaborating, or sharing each others content.

I hope these tips have given you ideas for increasing your blog traffic. What is your favorite way to drive traffic to your blog? Share your comments below.

 

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