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Organizational Tips for Bloggers

  1. Keep an idea journal. When you need to sit down and write a new post you’ll have plenty of ideas.
  2. Have a few backup posts ready for when you have interruptions. Eventually you’ll run into times where it’s impossible to find time for a new post.
  3. Set aside time each week for brainstorming and idea generation. Creating unique content is essential for blogging success.
  4. Limit email to specific times of the day. Email can be a big time waster if you’re constantly checking it. Save some time by reading and replying to all of your email once or twice a day.
  5. Use an RSS reader. Save time and still follow your favorite blogs.
  6. Unsubscribe from feeds that you do not read. If you never read it, why waste time clicking past it each day?
  7. Use a service like FeedHub. FeedHub learns about your preferences and scans your RSS feeds to present you with only the content that you will like.
  8. Visit and comment on other blogs at a specific time each day. Take a certain amount of time each day to surf and comment. I use the “star” feature in Google Reader to mark items that I want to return to at a later time to comment.
  9. Limit the time you spend on social media sites. Social media marketing is important, but it’s easy to waste a lot of time here.
  10. Focus on a few specific social networks, and don’t waste time on others. It’s not possible to effectively use every social media site. Focus on a few that work well for your audience.
  11. Use the Better Comments Manager Plugin, which lets you respond to comments from your admin panel rather than going to each post and replying.
  12. Consider using a blog editing program. Programs like Blog Desk will let you type posts offline and publish them directly to your blog. No more cutting and pasting from word processors and notepad needed.
  13. Use Outlook (or another email program) to keep track of your contacts. Keep an address book so you can easily find contact information when you need it.
  14. Use del.icio.us to keep track of your bookmarks. Save your favorite pages and save time by not needing to search for them later.
  15. Use Google Calendars (or something similar) to schedule your important blogging activities. Keep track of posting schedule or whatever else you don’t want to forget about.
  16. Use Google Alerts to monitor buzz about you and to help detect copyright infringements. Google Alerts will email you pages that match your search queries as they are added to Google’s index.
  17. Create a FAQ page to help visitors and to cut down on the amount of email you receive. With a FAQ you can answer some of your readers’ questions without taking the time to email.
  18. Use spam protection for blog comments. Moderating your comments for spam can take hours if you don’t have a tool to prevent spam.
  19. Know when to say “no”. You won’t have time to devote to every worthwhile cause.
  20. Know what promotional efforts work for you, and focus your efforts on them. Maximize the limited time that you have for promotion by dedicating your time to the most productive efforts.
  21. Know your priorities. What’s important to use as a blogger?
  22. Balance your time. Once you know your priorities, allocate your time accordingly.
  23. Limit the time that you spend looking at you stats. Statistical analysis is necessary, but it’s easy to lose track of how much time you spend on your stats.
  24. Set specific, time-sensitive, measurable goals. Challenge yourself and stay motivated by with goals.
  25. Track your goals to see how you do. Goal setting won’t help very much if you don’t follow up to see how you’re doing.

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