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. For more information, see my disclosures.
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.
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 look for upcoming major events and holidays. Take Christmas for example. Planning content for Christmas at least 2 weeks 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! Still to this day I continue to use a pen which means a lot of scribbles on my calendar! Things will change, stuff will come up and you will have to change your calendar so be sure to use a pencil.
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 that relate to the one you are currently typing. For example:
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.
I have made mistakes when it comes to affiliate links. If you think you might be doing the same thing, I suggest taking my 5 day blogging bloopers e-mail course. After blogging for almost year I had made plenty of mistakes and I share them all with you and how I fixed them.
If you have your affiliate links all straitened out, then when you are posting a blog post, it’s important to plan out which ones you plan on using for each post.
There are two important things to remember when working with affiliate links. The first thing to remember is to always tell your readers that you are sharing affiliate links. Secondly, don’t use them just to try and make a quick buck. If you are choosing use affiliate links make sure they genuinely fit with your content. It’s important to build trust with your readers and being wise with your affiliate links is one way to do that.
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.
The last thing on the bottom of this worksheet is a small list of some of the top social media sharing sites for bloggers. After you have created your content and it went live, it’s time to share it with the world. When it comes to the worksheet you can simply cross off each social media photo after you have shared it. It’s a very simple way to keep track of what you have already done. Like an easy check list.
Like most things, the best way to figure out the best way to keep your schedule and what works for you is to just go ahead and get started! Be patient with yourself, blogging is definitely a thing of trial and error! Good luck!
Blue Host – Blue Host is my personal hosting site that I have used since the beginning of my blog. Check out my easy step by step guide to get yourself all set up: How to Start a Blog. The best part is, you can get started for as little as $3.95 a month!
Building a Framework – Building a Framework is the best course for getting a new blog up and running. I purchased Building a Framework early on in my blogging career and it completely changed the way I blogged. Abby teaches everything from how to start to how to start making a profit.
Food Blogger Pro – Food Blogger Pro is a terrific online course you can take that was created by the creators of Pinch of Yum. They have seen tremendous growth from their food blog and share all their knowledge with you to help you succeed as well.
JetPack – Jetpack offers so many features to keep your site safe and secure. With backups, site monitoring and spam protection.
Linqia – Linqia is a great way to start working with brands. You fill out your profile and the brands come to you!
MailMunch – MailMunch helps you to create visually appealing e-mail opt in forms to help get people signed up for your e-mail list!
MyTheme Shop – A huge variety of WordPress themes to help you find the perfect look for you blog.
Optin Monster – Optin Monster is the perfect way to help get subscribers to your e-mail list. You can easily creat friendly pop ins that encourage readers to sign up for more!
Pitch Perfect Live – Pitch Perfect is a course I took hosted by successful blogger, Jenny Melrose. She will walk you step by step through how to pitch to brands and what to do once you’ve got them.
Share a Sale– Share a Sale is a great place to find a ton of affiliate programs that fit your niche.
Tailwind – Tailwind is a great scheduling tool to help with your Pinterest posting and Instagram sharing. It takes a lot of time and guesswork out of building your social media so you can spend your time doing other things.
ThemeIsle – ThemeIsle has a huge variety of WordPress themes. You can choose a theme or even sign up for a membership to get 100% access!
WooComerce – The best way to sell your products for an online shopping experience!
WordPress – I have used WordPress from the second I created my blog and have not been let down once. They have a huge variety of themes that are easy to use so that you can be unique without being over-the-top!