Blogging is a great way to make money online, but it’s also time-consuming. For many, blogging can be a full-time job – and then some. Working for yourself isn’t always easy, and if you don’t find ways to increase your efficiency, you will easily find yourself burning the midnight oil night after night and saying goodbye to your weekends.
Fortunately, there are a number of great tools that can help you streamline your blogging so that you spend less time on it without sacrificing the quality of your site. Here are a few tools to try:
Sure you can write your posts in your word processor or directly in your blog dashboard. However, if you use this tool for writing and editing your posts, you can use many features to help you do it faster. For example, you can identify commonly used phrases and words to auto-populate and help you write faster. You can upload and edit pictures without having to open a separate photo-editing program. You can automatically upload files when you link to them in the text. Blog Desk support multiple languages and blogging platforms.
If you write a blog about current events or news in a specific industry, you can cut down the time it takes to research and write your posts by using this service. Read your RSS feeds alongside your blog editor, and publish posts remotely. You can also use it to set up and maintain multiple blogs.
Don’t waste time typing out posts – just talk into your phone and have your ideas automatically transcribed. Dragon Dictation can help you cut down the time it takes to blog by allowing you to “write” your posts virtually anywhere you go and whenever you have a few minutes to spare. You can fit in a blog post while you are out for a power walk or while you are watching your little ones at home.
Keeping yourself organized is one of the best ways to stay productive and make sure you’re not wasting any of the time you have (and, therefore, taking longer to do what needs to be done). This editorial calendar can help you to schedule and keep track of all your posts. See at a glance what you plan to publish and when it’s “due.” You can also use it to manage posts from multiple authors. Just drag and drop for easy editing.
Social media is a great way to promote your blog, but it’s just as time-consuming as blogging (if not more). Instead of sitting around watching your social media accounts all day, waiting to respond to comments or to share posts, you can monitor all your accounts from one dashboard on Hoot Suite. Not only can you see all your streams – including private groups to which you belong on social networks – but you can also publish your posts. This allows you to spend an hour or two a week doing what you might have spent many hours on during the course of the week.
What other tools do you use to make blogging easier or more efficient? Share your picks in the comments!
About the Author:
Bridget Sandorford is a freelance blog and culinary writer, where recently she’s been researching garde manger salary expectations. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, painting and working on her first cookbook.