When you get to the point that you have slogged your little socks off and have quite a nice little bundle of blog posts you may look at your blog and feel its time to start getting series about growing it. Besides you’ve braved social media and at last got into the swing of it all but your head is starting to swim with all the ‘do this’ and ‘don’t do this’ stuff that your reading. You know you should be doing things daily to grow your blog but you’re not totally sure what and you have this growing feeling of just treading water.
So what could or should you be doing on daily basis to grow your blog? Well, I am going to give you a list but in two versions. The first being the luxury version. This is if you’re in the position of not having a day job for whatever reason. The second version is the more realistic version of blogging as a side hustle when you have a day job, you run a home and a zillion other things shouting for your attention.
The Luxury Daily List
Write a blog post and set it to live, includes graphics, photography, and research.
Pin on Pinterest the day’s new post. Then re-pin from your Pinterest feed to your relevant boards. For a board to be considered active by Pinterest ( and then those pins shown to other Pinners) it needs to have at least 3 pins added to it each day. So simple maths of multiplying how many boards you have by 3 is your daily minimum. Or the other number to strive for in growing your Pinterest account, is to repin 50 to 100 pin a day.
Share an old post on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter and Stumbleupon….oh and any others you’re active on.
Take an exciting and relevant photo and add to Instagram.
Reply to any comments on your blog and social media and pose a thoughtful and relevant question on social media to improve engagement. Don’t forget to pop back and have a chat with the lovely people answering and joining in.
Spend some time on answering emails and tidying your email folders.
Comment on interesting, engaging and relevant blogs.
Work on any eBooks, content upgrades or courses you’re currently creating.
Write a list of newly brainstormed ideas for blog posts and future creatives.
Spend the evening being grateful for living the dream. Add in nutritious breakfast, lunch and dinner with a side order of yoga and sprinkling of glitter.
Now for the more Realistic Daily List.
Get up before the rest of the house stirs to finish the blog post that has been in draft for days. Put it back in draft as household starts to wake up.
Breakfast, shower and get small people out of the house before leaving yourself.
Suddenly think of brilliant blog post idea on you commute to work. Put it in Evernote so that it’s on your laptop.
Whilst at lunch at your day job multitask by adding a photo to Instagram and answering emails and replying to comments on social media.
Tea with family followed by family commitments means you don’t get your laptop out until near midnight. Finish graphics on Canva as so easy on there. Finally, set the post to live.
Climb into bed unable to keep eyes open.
2 minutes later climb out of bed again as now wide awake.
Start a new post and work on an eBook idea.
But wait the realistic version has no pinning to Pinterest or posting posts to social media? How are they growing their blog on there?
Ahh, they may have less time but they have been smart and delegated some things. Pinterest is delegated to Boardbooster* and post posting to Coshedule. Using these 2 means you only have to set it up and update it once a week or month. Leaving you more time to get other things on your blog done.
I’ll explain more….
On Boardbooster* they have a looping function. This basically takes pins from the very bottom of your boards and repins them to the front. But that’s not all . It very cleverly then works out which one has had least action and deletes it. You can set it to do just one a day or up to 12. So if you have 10 boards you have cleared your 100 a day easily. You do need to have quite full boards but you can start using it from about 100 pins to a board.
Coschedule* does work for you. You link up your social media accounts and then spend an evening once a week or month filling up your calendar. The brilliant bit is that when you post a new post live you can set it to go to your social media accounts when it goes live then again the next day, week and month. So you’re effectively constantly filling your calendar. The ability to see what I am posting to social media and when on a calendar is a really useful feature and the ‘best post’ section is brilliant too .
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