Daily, Weekly + Monthly Business Tasks for Bloggers (free checklists my friends)

Business Tasks for Bloggers: Daily, Weekly, and Monthly Checklists for Bloggers

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.

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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.

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Download the Daily Tasks for Bloggers Checklist here or by clicking below. This blogging checklist download is a printable PDF with daily, weekly, and monthly tasks all in one document.

Daily Checklist for Bloggers

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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.

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Download the Weekly Tasks for Bloggers Checklist here or by clicking below. The download is the same as the one in the “Daily” section above since daily, weekly, and monthly lists were all included in the one document.

Free Weekly Checklist for Bloggers

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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.

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Download the Monthly Tasks for Bloggers Checklist here or by clicking below.

Monthly Tasks for Bloggers Checklist

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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.


Photo: (c) keeweeboy

45 Responses to Daily, Weekly + Monthly Business Tasks for Bloggers (free checklists my friends)

  1. Kelly Brito says:

    When you put everything down this way, it’s just so much work, isn’t it? Or so it seems… I tend to not even notice. But truth is, it is a lot of work and can take loads of my time if I don’t plan it right (and interferes with other tasks). So planning it is so important! :)

    • regina says:

      I agree with you Kelly. I’m so used to some of the tasks that I don’t realize how much work they are . . . and because I’m so used to the tasks, I don’t always make an effort to plan them out or check them off, which means I forget stuff. My calendar and checklists are meant to keep me focused, and I hope they work for others too.

      Thanks for taking time out of your day to visit, read + comment. I appreciate it.

      • Darlene says:

        Too funny!

        I was moving down the page to add this very same comment, when I paused to read y’alls comment. :)

        As I read Regina’s post, I could literally feel the anxiety rising because it looked SO, SO overwhelming. Then I realized, I do this all the time.

        Sidenote: Regina, did you use Canva for your awesome graphic? That’s all I use anymore. Even when I outsource I have my VA create in my Canva account just in case I want to tweak the design. haha

        ~ darlene

        • regina says:

          Darlene, thank you for your comment + I’m a big fan of your domain name, BlogBoldly.com. << Just thought you might want that random info.

          I didn’t realize until I published the post that it would look overwhelming, but then you’re right, you discover you do it all the time. It’s more of a “don’t let these things fall through the cracks” for some people, and a “hmm, I guess I should add in those three things” for others.

          I actually used Photoshop for this graphic, but I have used Canva for similar ones on my blog. It is so ridiculously packed with features. It levels the playing field for everyone–for people who have literally never touched a graphic design program in their lives. I love Canva. Deeply.

          Thank you for reading Darlene.

  2. Ciera says:

    Dang girl, this is serious! Can’t believe how organized you are, props!

    • regina says:

      Ha. After years of disorganization and fly by the seat of my pants-ness, this is my way to make sure I don’t forget important things.

      Thanks for stopping by Ciera.

      • Laura says:

        I’ve been doing seat of the pants for years and it’s not working. I’m burnt out and stuck. I’ve loved writing, publishing and even the marketing – but it stopped being fun somewhere along the way. Good for you to have made a plan and stuck to it. That isn’t easy.

        • regina says:

          Welllll Laura, this is not to say that I do all of these things as I should–this is just my guide and it helps me a lot. If something didn’t get done, it was a choice, not an instance of simply forgetting.

          What do you think could help you get unstuck? Do you use an editorial calendar of some sort? Have you tried other creative things to give your brain a break at times? Do you just find it a bit challenging to post regularly?

  3. omg Regina you are so organised! This is my new favourite blog resource. You have a new stalker! Thank you for the downloads. They should hopefully kick my butt into action xo.

    • regina says:

      Claire, yes! Thank you so much. Okay, your blog is just the prettiest thing I’ve seen in a long time. I just love it. I know I’m going to find some great projects there! Thank you for stopping by and for commenting. The post being released today are some more checklists that may interest you–what to do before and after you post!

      • oh thank you! ^_^ I’ve got them already downloaded! I’m going to print them out and attach them to my editorial calendar (i’m a pen and paper gal) I got a great little 6 month planner that is divied weekly, quite like an editorial calendar but it is much easier for me to manage in smaller chunks. It’s a little less daunting! Thank you so much for all your advice posts. I’ve been reading them for ages now! I need to go and actually do some blogging :p xo.

  4. Deidre says:

    BRILLS! ;) Love these lists. Super helpful & thorough. “Update my Google+ and Facebook pages with original or useful content” is a tough one for me… I struggle with Google + and am wondering if you’ll be posting some how-to-tips on how to use and maximize use of Google +?

    • regina says:

      Deidre, I do feel you on Google+. I’ve used it a bit in the past under a different brand to connect, join groups, share content, and do video Hangouts, but I just joined this weekend for my byRegina.com brand. It does seem highly useful so far. Definitely a great place to write the thoughts/content that is somewhere in between Facebook length and blog post length . . . at least that’s what I see a lot of smart people doing.

      As I learn to use it more and more I’m going to try to break down Google+ so brands can see where they fit in and how best to use it. I’d recommend anyone check out these two articles by Peg Fitzpatrick + Rebeka Radice, respectively, as a great overview of its potential and how to use it: http://pegfitzpatrick.com/2014/04/07/seriously-boost-google-plus-strategy/ + http://rebekahradice.com/google-plus-engagement/

      I’ll definitely be sharing some tips as I learn more about it!

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  7. Jon King says:

    These suggestions are great! I agree with some of the comments that it could be a little daunting to get them all done but once you get in the groove ya just go!
    Best part of the post was the last paragraph. Almost fell off my chair!

    “Ooh, how about printing and laminating these so you can use them over and over again with a dry erase marker? Brills! [brilliant]”

    Great stuff!

  8. Teri says:

    What an eye opener…I knew I had a lot to learn and this has confirmed it. I know practice makes it easier but I also see I have a lot of work ahead of me and it will take great focus to stay on track. These lists are great and give me the bigger picture. You have a new fan.

    • regina says:

      Teri, thank you for taking the time to read and leave a comment. Hopefully it doesn’t feel too overwhelming, but you’re right, it does take focus and work. You have the right idea though, to get the big picture in mind and then jump in with the smaller, well-planned tasks that make the bigger goal real.

      Good luck and please let me know if you ever have any questions.

  9. Naomi says:

    Can you provide some insight into the gestures of kindness that you do? I love the idea, but I’m drawing a blank as to how you practically do that … thanks in advance!

    • regina says:

      Naomi, that’s an excellent question. I typically try to take notice of any frustrations or wants that people communicate via email or social channels then send resources I’ve developed that I can quickly modify for that person. So I’ve sent things like my content planning worksheet, social media worksheets, and some of my digital workbooks. Other options might be sending a small digital gift card to clients on their birthday or as they reach important goals (ex: 100 Twitter followers or their first sale–of course these are just examples for biz/blog clients).

      On a simpler level it could be promoting other people’s content regularly, extending personal invitations to free online events that may help them, or collaborating with them in some way you think would help them with their goals.

      When possible I think it’s best to opt for something personal that relates to something you know they need or want. I hope that I’m explaining myself well. Forgive any typos. On my phone rt now.

      Thank you for commenting though. Will you let me know if that didn’t make sense? I’m gonna take another look at your blog tomorrow too, maybe I’ll have some more specific ideas then.

      • Naomi says:

        Perfect answer. Makes total sense. I’m beginning to realize that I DO have something to offer in the way of worksheets and helpful templates, etc. and that gives a perfect boost for me to start since I love to encourage and remember birthdays, etc. — thx a million.

        • regina says:

          You’re more than welcome. I hope you let me know what you come up with, because I’m sure I’ll love it. Thanks again for spending time with me here on the blog.

  10. Lee J Tyler says:

    Thank you so much for creating this. You are golden. Now I must figure out how to make money from my blog so I can pay the bills for it! Sneaking suspician tht you have posts for that. ;p Going to find them now. Bless you!

    • regina says:

      Lee, thank you for taking the time to read and to comment on it. I appreciate that. Good luck as you monetize your blog. I actually think it is a lot of fun and so rewarding. Making that first few cents or dollars is this awesome confirmation that all your hard work + passion can actually make money too.

      Ha. You’re sneaking suspicion is spot on. If you haven’t already found my main post on it, it’s here. I also have a series that talks about how I (specifically) make money blogging and grow my traffic.

      Thanks again for the visit.

  11. Patricia says:

    Regina, just wanted to say THANK YOU for these checklists. I actually did laminate them and use a dry erase marker. I just started using them, that is.

    I stumbled onto your blog (from pinterest?) and it was cosmic serendipity. I have been creating my own systems and processes and checklists for my business and blog, so finding you has felt reassuring (that I’m not the only one being so… ahem… anal retentive. At least that’s how I feel with all of my spreadsheets and calendars and lists :) ).

    And also inspiring. Love seeing how you work.

    xo

    • regina says:

      Patricia, wow, thank you for taking some time to check the post out and for commenting. I’m beyond excited that you laminated them. Thanks for sharing that.

      Okay, we’re probably “systems twins” in that we’ve both probably invented or modified 1.5 million different spreadsheets and calendars and lists . . . in the last year. Ha. Glad to find you too. Your site is excellent. Definitely identified with the freeing power of saying “no” with grace. I’m sure I have a lot to learn from you in that area.

      Thanks again for the support + encouragement.

  12. Great tips & I agree, laminating these is a brilliant idea. I’d been using a calendar for months but had not method to the madness of how I shared my content or followed up on maintenance on my blog. Love these checklists & def going to go take your advice.

    • regina says:

      Kellie, thank you for your great comment. I apologize for taking so long to reply. How ridiculous of me.

      P.S. I love your blog header. Wishing you continued success + luck with your blog. I appreciate that you took some time to read and comment.

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    Wow!
    I’ve been looking out for something like this…
    I’m certain it will go a long way in helping me stay organized & remember what needs to be done.

    Thank You for sharing this. (especially the downloads!)

    I’ll stick dem to the wall front of my work table.

    Thank you again!

    MH Gideon

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