How To Manage Your Blog Writing Workload Without Going Crazy

When you started out blogging, it’s likely you could think of nothing better than higher viewer figures and soaring success. When you’re only getting ten views on each post, it can seem like having hundreds of hits on each article would be heavenly. And, if you work hard enough and know how to promote what you’re doing, there’s no reason that can’t become a reality.

 

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It’s fair to say that increased viewer numbers feel every bit as good as you would imagine. Finally, you’re not shouting into the void anymore. You’re shouting at your readers, and they’re hearing what you have to say. What’s more, they seem to like it! Over time, you may find that you’re making enough through those increased figures to blog full-time.

But, there is one small problem with seeing success like this. Suddenly, there’s a real pressure to post more content. On top of which, you now have to deal with paperwork and company queries. And, when that happens, the blog you set up as a hobby could well become a business you don’t know how to deal with. If you aren’t careful, you may spend more time on the technical stuff than you do on your content. After all, it’s the companies that pay the way. But, not posting often enough will fast lose you that viewer count. And, when that happens, those companies won’t be half as interested in doing business with you.

So, how can you keep up with the extra writing demand without driving yourself crazy? The main thing to bear in mind is that you don’t have to struggle to keep on top. In fact, there are many steps you can take to keep your workload manageable. And, we’re going to look at a few of them here.

 

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Schedule your posts

 

When you have a lot of on your plate, scheduling posts could be a lifesaver. This allows you to ensure you upload on a regular basis without having to think about it. You can make sure you get this right by following tips like those on www.cocochicblog.co.uk. Each week, get into the habit of setting aside specific days for writing posts. Don’t touch your accounts or emails for the duration. Instead, write enough posts to see you through for the coming week. Get them ready to go and then schedule when you want them to be published. That way, you can focus on all the other stuff during the remianing days of the week. And, your blog won’t suffer a jot for it.

 

Employ staff to help



Admittedly, employment won’t be an option from the start. It’s unlikely you’ll make enough money to consider this straight off. But, as the business builds, you may find that you can afford the cost. Bear in mind that you need to prepare for employment. Even if that team member is working in your home, you need to protect the pair of you legally. And, that may mean registering your blog as a limited company. This would ensure your blog is a separate legal entity and can be the best form of employment protection. What’s more, it’s simple to register for this on sites like www.yourcompanyformations.co.uk. Registered status like this also brings a legal responsibility to operate within employment laws. And, that can put your employee’s mind at rest. Once you have someone on board, you can either leave them to deal with emails or entrust them to write and edit posts. Either way, sharing the burden will make your life much easier.

 

Collaborate

 

It may also be worth collaborating with bloggers who inspire you. This a fantastic way to keep relevant content coming when you don’t have time to write it yourself. Bear in mind, though, that you need to be clear about your purposes here. Some bloggers are happy to collaborate for the exposure or a small fee, but others may expect a post in return. If that were the case, though, you won’t lessen your load. What’s more, not writing a post if a blogger is expecting one can sour relationships. Instead, make sure to keep this official. Write a contract outlining what you can both expect from the deal. Once that’s out the way, this is the ideal solution for keeping the content coming while you focus on other aspects. Plus, the fact you’ve hand-picked these bloggers makes it likely they’re going to help you produce some quality content. It really is a case of the best of worlds.

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4 EASY STEPS TO GET SPONSORED POSTS FOR YOUR BLOG

I felt the need to start writing this series which I have called The Secrets to Successful Blogging Revealed to share with you the knowledge I have acquired up to this point in my blogging journey.

 

A word of caution though, I’m not a big successful blogger and I don’t make millions or thousands blogging.  Also, I don’t know everything and never will – for me each day is a learning day.

 

So why am I writing this?  Well what I am able to offer and share with you is the information I have come across over the course of starting this blogging journey.

 

This blog post is about one of the ways you can monetize your blog – sponsored posts.

 

What is a Sponsored Post?

In a straightforward term, a sponsored post is when a blogger is paid to publish an article which includes a link to a particular company or product.  Notice I say that the sponsored post is paid?  Well, this can be a fee or products in lieu of a fee but more about this later.

 

Is there such a thing as a free sponsored post?

Well I suppose technically you could say if you receive products in lieu of a fee then the sponsored post is free but it really depends on what you are looking for.  Let’s face it if you are asked to review a product which costs £1.99 would it be valuing your time to test the product, write up a view and include a link to the product?  Remember, each post requires your time and if the post includes a link you are benefiting that company.  It really does depend on where you are in the journey of your blog as you may want to offer some sponsored content for free.  Head over to The Bloglancer, where the lovely Jenna discusses why she thinks there are times bloggers should work for free.

Please remember that a Guest Post is not a sponsored post.  While it can be beneficial to accept and write guest posts please be wary of receiving emails offering to guest post as these are often from people trying to get a free link!

 

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Where do I get sponsored posts?

There are a number of ways to get a sponsored post.  The most useful places I have found are:

 

Bloggers Required:  A place to register your blog.  You will receive weekly emails letting you know which companies are looking to work with bloggers.  There are a few paid assignments but it’s mostly writing a blog post in return for a product.

 

The Bloglancer:  Sign up to Jeanna’s email list and each Sunday she will send you an email highlighting all the companies who are looking for sponsored posts.

 

Facebook Groups:  There are a few Facebook Groups where Public Relations companies will post seeking bloggers.  Check out UK Blogger Opportunities,  Blogger Assignments and Opportunities,

 

Twitter:  Another great place to find sponsored posts is on Twitter by searching for specific hastags.  The ones most used are #bloggerswanted, #bloggersrequired, #bloggerrequest, #prrequest

 

What should I charge for sponsored posts?

This is tricky but the rule of thumb is to charge your Domain Authority x 4.  However, you need to take in to account your analytics, traffic to your site, Twitter reach as well as all other social media platforms.  Many people will argue as to what you should be charging but sometimes it is often down to what budget a company has and whether you are willing to accept it.

 

Thinking of setting up a blog?  Head over to my post 5 Easy Steps to Set Up a Blog to read all about it.

 

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Want to know how to get sponsored posts for your blog? Follow my easy steps and head over to www.elfeelgoodsvintage.uk to read how.

 

 

 

 

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3 LESSONS I HAVE LEARNT FROM BLOGGING

 

It is coming up to a year since I started blogging so I have decided to dedicate this post to the three most important lessons for me this year…

 

Nothing is set in stone

Before starting to blog I read a lot of “how to” blog posts.  From this I concluded that sometimes I can know and read far too much!  One of the first lessons that comes to mind is being flexible.  I started my blog off with all good intentions but I now understand that life gets in the way and while I would love to write 5 new blog posts per week, it’s not realistic for me.  My current schedule is realistic for me and I’m very happy with it.  Although if there are times I don’t stick to it I’m not too hard on myself.

 

Continue to be inspired

I still find time to read other blogs.  I find them truly inspirational.  When I think I’m getting too hung up on my own schedule,  I take time to relax and read other blogs.  There are some days when I’m a little fed up with my blog, taking the time to read other’s posts is a fantastic way to feel inspired again.

 

Be open to learn something new

I am a 40+ blogger.  To be honest, I had thought I was too old to start this blogging malarkey!  Not so.  I love learning new things and blogging has taught me so much.  I am fascinated with bloggers, I’m interested in what they are up to, what they are creating, what they are sharing.  I also love bloggers who share their top tips on various topic.  I always learn from them and appreciate the time they have taken to share with me.  You too can learn something new by continuing to read other blogs and you can also teach others.

 

 

What have you learnt from blogging?  I’d love to hear from you.

 

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