Now you have your blog set-up and in place, what are your next steps?
Let me manage some expectations, first.
Blogging can give you an income, it can give you freedom but it doesn’t come for nothing! It takes hard work, commitment and persistence.
If you have all 3 of those traits, you are vastly improving your chances of success.
However, even if you have those 3 traits you can still go wrong.
Some of my personal clients have the 3 traits in vast abundance. But they are so keen to progress they actually lose focus.
That’s a bit of a conflicting statement, isn’t it?
Keen to get on but lose focus?
They are keen to get their blog design just perfect before launching.
Then they are keen to write and publish blog posts every day.
Then they are keen to montize their blog and start making a blog income.
All that sounds great, doesn’t it?
And it is great, don’t get me wrong, but they tend to be blinkered and only concentrate on one thing at a time, all day and sometimes for many days.
For instance, they may spend all day on their blog design or all day writing blog posts or all day writing a free giveaway.
I’m not saying they are not working hard. I’m not saying they are not committed. But what I am saying is they should break up their day into different sections.
For instance, if you work a 7 hour day, split your time into:
Content Creation (3 hours)
Spend 3 of your 7 hours on tasks like these:
- Writing and posting blog postings
- Creating videos
- Creating products to sell
- Changing your blog structure
- Being interviewed, doing interviews
Marketing (2 hours)
Spend 2 of your 7 hours on tasks like these:
- Article submissions
- Blog carnival submitting
- Video uploading to YouTube
- Blog commenting
- RSS links
- Directory links
- Social book-marking
Learning (2 hours)
Spend 2 of your 7 hours learning about posting, blogging, social bookmarking, design, RSS, SEO, tweet, link, affiliates…
That way you are progressing in all areas that make a blog successful, each day.
Of course, there are times when you do want to concentrate and focus on a certain task but that is normally for short periods of time.
And that’s exactly what I am going to be doing during the next few weeks.
You see over the last months I’ve been creating my next course. I’ve asked some blogging friends for some feedback on the course and they want me to go live with the product now! They can’t wait to offer it to their visitors/customers. I must admit the feedback has been much better than I expected.
Problem is, it’s nearly Christmas.
That means shopping, visiting relatives, relaxing and enjoyment, doesn’t it? Oh and my favourite, eating!
That might not sound a big problem but the course I’m putting together is huge – weekly lessons, step-by-step screen images, videos, bonuses, prizes for affiliates, more free giveaways, squeeze pages, sales pages, blog set-up, design plus the actual launch.
Somehow I’ve got to find the time because I want to offer the course. I really hope I can pull it off but I still want to write and publish blog posts, I still want to do marketing and I still want to learn.
Wish me luck and I’ll keep you posted on progress.
How do you plan your day? Share your views in the comments below.