If I’ve learned one thing about blogging, it’s this:
Blogging is a longterm game. It’s thousands of tiny actions that, when put together, make a huge difference.
It’s not just about writing blog posts and hoping that people will like them. It’s about learning from your readers, building relationships with other bloggers, sharing your stuff, and on and on.
And it can feel really overwhelming when you look at the big picture.
Blogging takes a lot of time. So it’s easy to get discouraged, to throw your hands up and go, I can’t do all of this.
But you would be surprised at how much you can do for your blog in a short amount of time.
You don’t need 5 hours. You don’t even need 1 hour. Sometimes, all you need is 5 minutes to connect with another blogger or share your post.
15 Things you can do to grow your blog in one hour
- Write an outline for a blog post. (Or write the whole post, if you are a fast writer.)
- Create an editorial calendar for the next month.
- Edit your “About Me” page.
- Create a new free gift for your readers.
- Write an email newsletter.
- Schedule social media posts to go out for the week.
- Interview a reader to see what she really cares about.
- Create a survey for your readers.
- Research places to guest blog.
- Listen to a podcast about improving your blog.
- Brainstorm 15 blog post ideas.
- Participate in a Twitter chat.
- Set up an opt-in box for people to join your newsletter.
- Set up a giveaway on your blog using the King Sumo giveaway plugin.
- Create an infographic for one of your blog posts.
15 Things you can do to grow your blog in a half hour
- Write a guest blogging pitch email.
- Create a branded image for one of your blog posts.
- Write the introduction for a blog post.
- Edit and improve one of your old blog posts.
- Research and ask to join 5 Pinterest group boards.
- Schedule pins to go out with Tailwind App.
- Do keyword research to see what people want to read about.
- Do some “forum stalking” on Quora and in Facebook groups for post ideas.
- Optimize for SEO by installing the Yoast SEO plugin and writing meta-descriptions for 3 posts.
- Pitch podcasters to get interviewed.
- Send out emails asking people to contribute to a “roundup post.”
- Email a blogger you respect letting them know they’ve improved your life.
- Go on a photo shoot for your blog around your house or neighborhood.
- Update your Facebook or LinkedIn profile.
- Record a YouTube video to go with one of your blog posts.
15 Things you can do to grow your blog in 15 minutes
- Compose 5 tweets to go out after your blog post is published.
- Add a Call to Action at the end of a blog post.
- Comment on 3 blogs you love.
- Write down 3 post ideas in Evernote.
- Have a short conversation with another blogger on Facebook.
- Do an informal poll on Facebook asking people what they are struggling with when it comes to your blog topic.
- Post your blog post into a Facebook blog challenge and then comment on others.
- Add your blog post to a link party.
- Change the colors in your blog to better reflect your brand.
- Install the Use Any Font plugin and choose a custom font for your blog.
- Checking your Google Analytics to see where your traffic is coming from and thank anyone who has linked to your blog.
- Adding social share buttons to your blog. Affiliate link
- Improve a blog post headline using the CoSchedule Headline Analyzer.
- Submit a blog post tip on the SITS Girls.
- Republish a blog post on LinkedIn Pulse.
15 Things you can do to grow your blog in 5 minutes
- Write a “click to tweet” for one of your blog posts.
- Retweet a blogging friend’s post.
- Answer a question in a Facebook group.
- Tweet about one of your blog posts.
- Write a comment on one blog post you like.
- Repin 3 pins to group boards on Pinterest.
- Respond to a comment on your blog.
- Post an inspirational quote on Twitter or Facebook.
- Subscribe to get updates of an influencer’s blog (so you can be the first to comment later).
- Share a blog post in a LinkedIn group.
- Add some people to a Twitter list of VIPs you want to connect with.
- Update your WordPress plugins.
- Make a backup of your blog.
- Ask for feedback in a Facebook group.
- Tell yourself how awesome you are for blogging.
The next time you have a few minutes to spare, instead of using them to play a game on your phone, do one small action that will build your blog. You would be surprised at how quickly those little actions add up.