Organize Your Blogging Schedule

Organize Your Blogging Schedule

I have seen huge success from my blog in a short amount of time and all it took was getting seriously organized when it came to scheduling my time and social shares. If you are hoping to get organized in your day to day life, I highly recommend the Simplify + Planner and you can read my full review on it here: Organize Your Life for the New Year. If you want to know what it takes to get seriously organized when it comes to your blog’s content, then read on. This post has all the best things to consider when creating your blog as well as how to organize your blogging schedule itself.

*This post contains affiliate links through which I may make a commission. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

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I promised myself I would never blog about blogging until I had started making an income from it. Any information I share is tried, true and something I completely believe in. The reason I share about blogging is in order to help other bloggers see success on their own blogs.

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Plan content in advance

Getting a calendar organized for your content is the best way to keep track of what you have coming up.

It’s also important to use your calendar to keep an eye on upcoming major events and holidays. Take Christmas for example. Planning content for Christmas at least 1 month in advance is a sure way to make sure that your content gets seen and shared before Christmas has actually passed.

I have a calendar here that easily allows you to write down your content for each upcoming month. Learn from my mistakes and actually use a pencil! Things will change, stuff will come up and you will have to change your calendar so be sure to use a pencil. blogging, blog calendar, blog organization, blog schedule, schedule organization, blog content, create quality content, blogging content, blogging printout

Click here to get the calendar printout

Plan internal links

The best way to continue getting more views on your blog is to make sure you are sharing your internal links. That means linking to other blog posts of yours that relate to the one you are currently typing. For example:

Related posts

All these posts are related or similar to the one I am currently writing. Now I have given people with an interest in blog schedules and organization a chance to click through to other links on my site that may of interest to them.

When you are creating and planning your content, it’s important to also be mindful of past content to share that might interest your readers. This also helps with search engines and gives people the chance to click through and read more content on your site.

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Plan affiliate links

Affiliate links are super important when creating a blog post. Once you have a topic in mind that you want to write about, figure out which affiliate links you’ll be using.

Instead of trying to completely wing your post and your links, it’s a good idea to get it all down and prepared. This is a great way to keep your post clear, clean and direct. No one likes a spammy post filled with tons of affiliate links. Don’t make that mistake by not planning ahead.

Tips for using affiliate links

There are two important things to remember when working with affiliate links.

  • Always tell your readers that you are sharing affiliate links.
  • Don’t use affiliate links just to try and make a quick buck.
  • Make sure your links genuinely fit with your content.
  • It’s important to build trust with your readers by being honest with your affiliate links .

Just like it’s wise to plan your internal links, it’s also important to remember to get a strategy down for your affiliate links as well. There is a super easy printout I use that helps keep these things easily together and you can get your own copy here.

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Track social shares

After you have created a quality post that everyone wants to read be sure to share it across all your social medias. Once you have done that you can cross it off your check list! It’s a simple way to keep track so you don’t forget.

Start blogging!

The best way to figure out how to keep your schedule is to just go ahead and get started! Be patient with yourself, blogging is definitely a thing of trial and error!

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About The Author

Renee

Renee is the blogger behind The Fun Sized Life. After downsizing with her family, she also took the time to get serious about he finances. Now she is sharing the wealth with all of her readers.

64 COMMENTS

  1. Michelle | 1st Feb 18

    I never thought about making a separate calendar just for blogs – I usually keep the information in my regular planner. But being such a visual person, this definitely seems like a better way to stick to it. Thanks for the tips!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 1st Feb 18

      I get that. I am a very SEPARATE person. If I put too many things together my thoughts get jumbled…my head is already full of too much!

  2. ShootingStarsMag | 1st Feb 18

    Thanks for all the printables! I definitely need to get more organized with my blog. I do fairly well with when to post, etc. with my planner but I need to focus more on social media sharing and the like.

    -Lauren

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 1st Feb 18

      Yeah I plan to share more on my social media sharing strategies later! Once I got that down, it was amazing to see the huge change!

  3. Imogen @ I'M HIRED | 1st Feb 18

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I love a good print out so I’ll have to use these to keep me organised

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 1st Feb 18

      Glad you liked them. Starting a blog really taught me organization!

  4. Nicole | Glamorously You | 1st Feb 18

    This is a great resource! Pinned 🙂

  5. Erin / Sincerely, Erin xoxo | 1st Feb 18

    This is a really detailed post and great ideas to keep you organized. I definitely agree that Internal Links are extremely important especially for SEO purposes!! Thank you for sharing!!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 1st Feb 18

      Absolutely! Probably should throw that lil tid bit in there!

  6. Bryan | 1st Feb 18

    I usually just blog about whatever news or event comes up at the time and that catches my attention. But having some organization is certainly a good idea and the calendar printout you provide is a positive first step.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 1st Feb 18

      That’s awesome that you can keep up with that. I used to blog that way and my attention span just didn’t allow it! haha. I needed to hold myself accountable otherwise it wouldn’t get done.

  7. Keri | 1st Feb 18

    I think I need to start placing more internal links in my posts. Thank you for the tip!

  8. Jenny | 1st Feb 18

    Great reminder on the blog calendar. I have one, it is filled in….but I often just blog on what is on my mind. Using the planner is a much stronger way to grow my blog and social shares. Thanks!

  9. Melissa Javan | 1st Feb 18

    Planning is key. I agree with your advice. The only thing I’ve been doing is saving links I can add to my blog posts.

  10. Michelle | 1st Feb 18

    Planning internal links is so smart! Since they effect SEO so much. Great tips

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 1st Feb 18

      Thanks so much!

  11. Lindsay | 1st Feb 18

    Planning is so important and is something I struggle with. I work a full time job, so it’s hard to fit everything in. I need to be better at specifically planning out my content. Thanks for the tips!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 1st Feb 18

      Yeah that would be tough! I have to keep flexible for sure but definitely need a way to keep my focus! Hope you found some tips that will help!

  12. Angie | 1st Feb 18

    You lay everything out so nice and clear. You take so much of the guess work out of getting started. 🙂

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      Thanks so much, Angie!

  13. Laura @ The Mindful Mom Blographer | 1st Feb 18

    This is such a great post. I have an excel document that I’ve turned into a blogging calendar/checklist, but you have reminded me there are a few things I need to add! I also appreciate the reminder to link ‘old’ posts back into some of my blog posts. I feel like I do a decent job of doing that with new posts that I write, but not going back through older posts and adding links to some of my newer stuff.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      January was a big month for me “revamping” old posts! It really helped boost traffic too! Because I felt like I was promoting stuff all week long!

  14. Tangela | 1st Feb 18

    I’ve been blogging for exactly 2 months today. I’ve been struggling with creating a schedule and sticking with it. I’ve created a blogging planner type notebook and still haven’t used it as planned. I’m hoping that I can create a schedule and follow thru with it.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      Give yourself time! It takes a while to get the hang of this blogging gig…it has for me!

  15. Ginger | 1st Feb 18

    I feel like I’m running in a bunch of different directions right now trying to get everything in working order. I know that I need to sit down and get a better schedule for blog posts. I think if I do that it will help me manage my time better to accomplish the other things on my to-do list. Thanks for the printable’s!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      You bet! Hope you can get everything in one place!

  16. Nicole Allard | 1st Feb 18

    I always say I’m going to plan out my blogs, but never end up getting around to it! I’m one of those people who like to go with the flow and it’s hard for me to stay on track if I feel called to post something else. You have great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      I definitely get that! Lately I have gotten really good about sticking to everything but there are definitely times I have had to scratch something from the list!

  17. Melissa | 2nd Feb 18

    I also used Building A Framework (listed in your resources at the end of the post). It is such a great investment. It’s really not that expensive for the quality of the product. After blogging for several months, I still go back to it as a reference tool!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      Just went through it again yesterday!

  18. Kristin | 2nd Feb 18

    I really struggle to plan my posts in advance because I am very much a “write when inspiration strikes” kind of gal, but I know that I need to in order to be more successful!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      I very much had to overcome this as well. 2017 was a big year of discomfort…pushing my limits and such but it has paid off huge!

  19. Rebecca Rice | 2nd Feb 18

    This is exactly what I need right now! With working full time and going to school full time I need to make sure I am keeping my new blog on track as well! These are some great tips and I am definitely going to be checking out your printables!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      Oh my goodness! You are doing awesome and I’m glad I could help you out you busy lady!

  20. Erika | 2nd Feb 18

    I just saved this so I could read over it again. Thank you so much for gathering all of this information.

  21. Alexandra | The Happy Life Formula | 2nd Feb 18

    Great post and I signed up for your blogging bloopers course- can always learn something new!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      Absolutely! I love reading fellow bloggers content because there is usually some knowledge to gain!

  22. Bailey | 2nd Feb 18

    Thank you for the inspiration to bring more balance and intentionality to my scheduling!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      So glad I could be a little help!

  23. Becca | 2nd Feb 18

    Great tips! My google calendar has been my go to for blog planning. Now I think I need to up my game and plan out the affiliate links and do more social shares. Thanks!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      You bet! Glad I could give you a few new ideas!

  24. Nicole | 2nd Feb 18

    This is a great list. I am new to blogging and I am trying to figure out how to have enough time to start making some money from it so it is worth my time, but also I love writing and so I want to make sure that I am posting things of value and substance and not just to post or make money. Plus getting started is a lot harder than I anticipated.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      Absolutely! I tried too hard to make money right away. It took me a while to fall into my natural talents…it’s like I was working against myself.

  25. Sarah | 2nd Feb 18

    This is really helpful! I have been loving your blogging series, it has been really helpful since I’m trying to get my blog up and really running this year. One thing that has helped me a lot was planning my schedule and posts for the whole first quarter of the year at a time, and then jotting down ideas and changes as I go!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      So glad you are liking the course! You sound like you are definitely on top of your schedule! That’s awesome!

  26. Caitlin | 2nd Feb 18

    Really great tips! I’ll be looking into some of the links you posted too like Share a Sale. I don’t believe I ever heard of it but it sounds like a great idea. So helpful – thank you!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      Share a Sale has been awesome especially when it first came to starting working with affiliate links.

  27. Laura | The Yellow Birdhouse | 2nd Feb 18

    I’ve been much more consistent in my blogging habits since I started creating a schedule and a plan. But I never thought to plan out my internal and affiliate links before. I’m still trying to figure out the best way to have effective affiliate links.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      It helped me a lot getting a clear plan for them! Hopefully you can find something that works for you!

  28. Rachel @ day2dayjoys | 2nd Feb 18

    This is great… I could totally use this idea for my YouTube channel!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      Great! I’m sure it definitely can help with many different things!

  29. Hilary | 2nd Feb 18

    What an awesome post! I sure took a lot of advice and encouragement from it. I’ve noticed that when I plan my posts and links aheaad of time they do better and I’m less stressed!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      Same here! I’m so glad you feel encouraged. I really hope to help others as they work to improve their blogs.

  30. Christine | 2nd Feb 18

    Great ideas! These printables are awesome! Getting organized can be the biggest hurdle for so many things.

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 2nd Feb 18

      I 100% agree!

  31. Joelyne | 3rd Feb 18

    Thanks for sharing lovely. I used to blog previously without using a schedule, and this didn’t work very well for me. You’re absolutely right – planning is so important to stay organised. I now have a hard copy planner *just* for my blog, and I am so much more productive. It really keeps me on track!

    I use a pink pen that rubs out. It is THE best! 😀 Totally agree things are always changing and getting shuffled around!

    Joelyne xo

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 3rd Feb 18

      A pink pen that rubs out?!?! I don’t think I could be more excited! I’m going to have to find that STAT!

  32. Rebecca | 3rd Feb 18

    Setting a schedule and keeping it is so important. It just keeps you organized. You have some great ideas and visuals to keep it together and not forget anything. Thanks!

  33. Cherie @mymamamusings | 4th Feb 18

    Hi Renee

    I have just created a planner to try and organise the 2 posts a week I am trying to publish to a schedule. Sounds pitiful, but I am hoping to start small and grow. I haven’t even done an affliate link but may look into it. I am definitely going to look into the resources you have mentioned and am going to start planning my internal links more.

    Thank you for all the useful tips.

    Cherie @mymamamusings

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 4th Feb 18

      That is awesome Cherie! Doesn’t sound pitiful! We all have to figure out what works for us!

  34. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul | 4th Feb 18

    I need to plan content in advance! That’s my biggest downfall!

    • heartsoulwhole@gmail.com | 4th Feb 18

      It has helped me SO much!

  35. Cori - Sweet Coralice | 5th Feb 18

    I love this post so much, I pinned for reference! I seriously need to get back to a scheduling routine. I used to schedule my posts but then I got sick…then one by one, everyone else in the family did too, so I completely botched it all up after that lol ? New year means I’m getting back on track!

  36. Shani | Sunshine & Munchkins | 5th Feb 18

    I first started blogging almost 10 years ago just as a place to update family and friends but started my current blog a little over two years ago. Now that I’ve been at it for a little while, I definitely have some things I want to change (like moving from Blogger to WP) but I’m just trying to take things one step at a time. Thanks for all the great tips!

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