Well my friends, you’ve probably figured out by now that running a blog as either a marketing tool for your business or as a money-making tool for your life is a lot of work. There are multiple “tasks” that exist outside of writing and publishing quality content. And since I love you, I put all those businessy tasks that deal with marketing, maintenance + accounting (for your blog) into some nifty blogging checklists. I hope everyone loves checklists as much as I do.
DAILY TASKS FOR BLOGGERS: THE CHECKLIST
- Review my day’s “to do” list and craft a plan of attack.
- Brainstorm and outline a blog post idea or work on writing a post.
- Create and pin original content to Pinterest.
- Pin or repin content from other people that is of interest to my audience.
- Tweet a post from my blog.
- Tweet or retweet useful content from other people.
- Follow/tweet one new person who is an ideal reader of my blog.
- Update my Google+ and Facebook pages with original or useful content.
- Post useful content to my LinkedIn, Instagram, and any other accounts.
- Respond to comments on my blog and social media accounts.
- Respond to email inquiries or comments. Reply with some free tips.
- Prepare any images or text for tomorrow’s social media promotions. Canva is a great tool if you’re new to graphic design.
- Edit and schedule any blog post(s) being published tomorrow.
- Record any income or expenses in a spreadsheet or accounting software. Wave Accounting is great, free accounting software.
- Review my day and reflect on positive accomplishments.
- Set my schedule and “to do” list for tomorrow.
WEEKLY TASKS FOR BLOGGERS: THE CHECKLIST
- Clean my email inbox. Make sure I’ve responded to all reader/client emails.
- Check my website analytics for any important changes or statistics. Google Analytics is an excellent + free tool for web statistics tracking.
- Review my blog for any pages or images I need to tweak.
- Verify that all income and expenses for the week are recorded.
- Check business bank accounts and affiliate account balances for accuracy.
- Send or re-send any invoices for blog ad space or freelance work. Invoiceable is one of my favorite, free providers of customized invoices you can send online.
- Record any mileage I drove for my blog business this week. [tax deduction, and it's major y'all]
- Start promoting, or continue to promote, any major upcoming events/items.
- Plan, or continue to develop, any promotions, giveaways, or special features for next week and next month.
- Plan and write content or create images and products for my email list.
- Schedule/queue key social media updates for next week. Buffer is my favorite, free tool to schedule social media updates with.
- Research and read other sources in my niche.
- Research or read articles that will help me grow as a blogger.
- Think of one new way to promote my blog and brand next week.
- Set a posting schedule for next week on my editorial calendar.
- Review my week and reflect on positive accomplishments.
- Set blog goals and schedule related tasks for next week.
MONTHLY TASKS FOR BLOGGERS: THE CHECKLIST
- Audit/clean my blog of old posts that don’t fit my audience (+ here’s an ideal reader survey for you) or brand anymore.
- Audit/clean my blog of any links that don’t work.
- Audit my blog for any old posts that should link to newer posts or affiliate accounts. Only add links that are relevant and valuable to my readers.
- Print a monthly web traffic report to track changes and set new blog growth goals.
- Review any popular posts to see if they make a good fit for a series.
- Change blog ads, banners, or promotional images as necessary.
- Set a guest posting plan for next month and contact applicable people.
- Read through and modify my blog business plan (here’s a guide on how to write a blog business plan if you don’t have one) as necessary.
- Restock all office supplies and/or get myself a treat for blogging so hard this month.
- Review the month’s budget and income to make sure I’m on track.
- Pay all monthly expenses and set a budget for next month.
- Set aside a percent of any income for tax and savings purposes.
- Plan and continue to develop any promotions, giveaways, or special features for next month.
- Solicit feedback as necessary (once every few months) from readers and clients on ways to provide the utmost value from my blog and business.
- Plan a surprise or unexpected gesture of kindness for at least one reader or customer.
- Set my editorial calendar for next month.
- Reflect on my month and any positive accomplishments.
- Set blog, brand, and business goals for next month.
Ooh, how about printing and laminating these so you can use them over and over again with a dry erase marker? Brills! [brilliant]
Leave me a comment below with other ideas of what you do each week. And please, please take a moment to pin, tweet + share with other bloggers you love.
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