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. Invoicely is one of my favorite 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.
Download the Monthly Tasks for Bloggers Checklist here or by clicking below.
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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