5 time-saving hacks to help you to be a super efficient blogger
May 14, 2018
Before you become a blogger you have no idea just how time-consuming blogging can be. You sit down to write a “quick post” and before you know it a few hours have passed.
If you’re lucky enough to be a full-time blogger then this isn’t too bad as you probably have time to do this, but if you have a job and blogging is just a “hobby” you may find yourself struggling to find the time to fit in your blog writing.
There are many ways to organise your blog (and yourself!) and make more time. We have put together a list of 5 time-saving hacks for bloggers…
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#1 Take photos in bulk
If you need lots of photos for your blog posts, try setting aside some time just to take your photos. If you rely on nice weather, then make the most out of a sunny day by taking the photos for several blog posts in one go. Plan in advance what props or locations you’ll need so you can use your time wisely.
If you use stock images rather than taking your own photos, it’s still a good idea to set aside an hour or two to search online for a range of images for your next few blog posts.
#2 Write a plan
We love lists! Did you know that writing things down makes you 42% more likely to remember information?
Make a note of any ideas for blog posts as and when you think of them, this will help to stop you from getting writer’s block when it’s time to write your next post.
Get your calendar or diary out and block out some time to just sit down and write. Turn your phone off, log out of social media and just focus on writing without any other distractions.
#3 Use your phone
Make use of any free time you get – don’t waste it!
If you commute to work, why not start writing blog posts on your phone. The WordPress app allows you to write, edit and even publish posts straight from your phone.
If you spend a lot of time waiting around or sitting on public transport, use the time wisely and promote your latest post on social media from your phone. Canva allows you to create professional looking graphics for social media and now has a user-friendly app you can access anywhere.
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#4 Install plugins
Installing the right plugins on your blog can save you so much time.
Our favourite WordPress plug-ins are:
- Yoast – helps you set your keywords and meta-descriptions, and make sure your blog posts are SEO ready
- WordPress Editorial Calendar – a really easy way to see all your posts for the month and drag and drop them into your schedule
- WP Smush – reduces image file sizes to improve performance and boost your SEO without you having to compress photos before you upload
- SEO Smart Links – automatically links keywords and phrases in your posts to avoid you having to trawl through old posts to link to newer ones
- Updraft Plus – backs up your blog posts and stores your backup in DropBox, Google Drive, or another online storage solution of your choice
Check out our posts 10 must-have WordPress plugins for bloggers for more suggestions.
Getting on top of your blog by scheduling posts in advance will stop you from scrambling around at the last minute, and will definitely save you some time.
Using the calendar plugin mentioned above allows you to see your posts on a monthly or weekly view and easily move posts around.
You will also free up quite a bit of time by scheduling your social media posts in one go. Use a social media scheduler like Buffer or Hootsuite to schedule posts to multiple platforms in one go – do a few weeks’ worth of posts at a time so you don’t have to keep promoting the same post.
Tailwind is a great tool to schedule your pins to Pinterest and is much quicker than manual pinning. You can schedule a load of pins in one go and literally sit back and watch the traffic roll in. If you want to see what all the fuss is about, you can get a free trial here.
Do you think these hacks will save you some time blogging? Do you have any time-saving hacks for bloggers we haven’t mentioned?