3 Killer Tips To Find More Time For Blogging

Guest post by Bruce Stevens

What’s the one critical asset that every blogger has the exact identical amount of? Here’s a hint. It’s a precious resource and it has a very short shelf life. How you use this asset can make the difference between success or failure of your blogging business.

It’s called time!

Each of us receives exactly 24 hours per day and how we use those hours determines how successful we will be in our endeavors. Time is a perishable resource that you can compare to unsold seats on an airline or hotel rooms that go unbooked or rental cars that never leave their parking space. Every hour that is not used productively is an opportunity to further your business that you will never have again. You can’t stockpile time and use it when you want to.

Obviously I’m not suggesting that to be successful you have to work 24/7 although there may be times when it feels that way. There’s this little thing called sleep that most of us need. We also need family time and private time and time off to remain healthy and sane. In fact there are many demands on our time besides the business and the question is how can you manage those demands.

Great intentions do not guarantee great results.

When I first started in this business I had high expectations and was loaded with motivation. It didn’t take long however, to learn that I needed to manage my work better than I was.

I have a site that does in depth product reviews which require a significant amount of research. I live near the Canadian Rockies and I had a real interest in exploring the majesty of those mountains by camping and hiking. Rather than running out and buying an RV I figured the best way to spend a night or two on the Rockies was getting a light weight tent that was big enough to comfortably sleep my family.

Do you have a clue as to how much info there is online regarding tents? Trust me there is a ton. The research process involved searching multiple sites, snatching snippets of information and pasting into word and saving photos to my hard drive. The net result is I had information scattered all over my computer and it was a real task to get it into some workable form in order to write an intelligent review about my best pick the Eureka Titan Luxury family tent.

It took forever.

Building a productivity tool box

It became painfully obvious that I needed to get better organized. That’s when I decided to take a break from content writing and work on an organizational plan so I could use my time more productively. That effort led me to some pretty cool tools that I think you’ll find helpful in managing your own time.

Here’s a short list

1. Consolidation of resources. My biggest problem was not having a method to keep all my research and notes on a project in one place. I was constantly entering new URLs, opening new documents and spreadsheets and searching for the photos I saved. Then I found a web based service called EverNote.com.

Now there are a number of sites that are similar but I find that EverNote is the easiest to use. Their tag line “Take note of everything” pretty much describes their service. You can copy text to it, audio files, videos just about anything. Every item you save you assign a tag to so when you want to retrieve all info and a given project you just search the tag. Presto…all of your data appears in one place. The basic service is free and that’s another nice selling point.

2. Simplifying repetitive tasks. How much time do you spend everyday going to the same sites? Your login page for your WordPress sites, keyword tools, email, web hosting service, your social media accounts, forums and more. Sure you probably have these bookmarked but even still you have to open bookmarks, find the right folder and then click on the link.

There’s a free “start page” called PageLeap.com that takes bookmarking to a whole new level. You can have up to 20 different categories with unlimited links for each category. The layout is far friendlier than “bookmarks” and the “all in one feature” eliminates the need to open new windows for each visit.

But there’s more. If you are into “daily affirmations” this site will roll them across the top of the page so your goals are never out of site. EverNote is a great place to store content and PageLeap is a fantastic time saving navigation tool.

3. Guest blogging. We’ve talked about ways to work more efficiently now let’s talk about getting more productivity out of your blog posts. You already know that Panda is looking at the anchor text pointing at your site. The more “authority” your backlinks have the better your results in the SERP.

One way to speed up the quality backlink process is to seek out PR4 to PR6 sites that are open to accepting guest content. Comluv.com is an excellent example. By utilizing the leverage of this high ranking site you can get solid “authority” anchor text pointing back to you. In fact if you are accepted by multiple sites you can take the same content, repurpose it with a fresh angle so its unique, and get a much bigger bang for your original research time.

There are obviously more tools that can help you with efficiently blogging but why not start with these three. I think you’ll be amazed at how much more you get done when you organize the way you create and distribute your posts.

Bruce Stevens, an avid outdoorsman, became frustrated at the lack of review sites that were fair & unbiased, and decided to create his own, reviewing products he either owns or has first hand experience of.
Examples are: http://hubzz.net and a personal favorite; http://patiopetdoor.org

Comments

  1. The article was awesome and informative but the headline was very boring. X killer tips to XXXXX. Half of articles on SEO included blogs starts like this.

  2. Nice article and helpful for bloggers like me.

  3. I think one of the best habits that anyone can get into with blogging is to follow a routine! If you have a plan and a routine laid out there’s a much higher chance that you will actually get stuff done!

  4. Bruce,

    Thank you for the productivity and websites to help.

    I am “fortunate enough” to have a one to one and a half hour commute (each way), much of it by train, and this has become a way to have a daily time for writing and research. I find blocks of time are helpful, I cannot seem to get a rhythm in 5-10 minute increments.

    Still being relatively new to the blogging world, can you tell me what PR4 and PR6 mean?

  5. Bruce,

    Forgive me for clogging up the comment section, but I can’t find a link to your website. Am I just not seeing it somehow?

  6. Interesting links – I only knew about the evernote. Its a nice productivity tool to use. I have one problem with guest posting – After I write a post, I like it so much that I choose to publish it in my own blog!! I know I need to change my attitude, but…. :)

  7. Bruce,

    Some great points you have made here. Time is money as they say, and it is important to value it this way. so many people waste great amounts of time online and things like spending two or three hours on Twitter and think they are working their business. To succeed online you need to be efficient and frugal with your time. Make your time work for you and don’t work for it…

  8. John Keenes says:

    Tom,it’s a good title and a good article, the authot shared good tips on this article so be grateful :-)

    Thanks for the article by the way!

  9. These aren’t tips, rather they are tools. Still, like the PageLeap.com, just hope I can use it productively :) Thank you!

  10. Awesome post. I can always find the time to read other blogs but never to write my own. I must try harder. Thanks for the post. Interesting stuff. Sara x.

  11. Awesome post. I can always find the time to read other blogs but never to write my own. I must try harder. Thanks for the post. Interesting stuff. Sara x.

    Sorry I think i messed up the last post.

  12. I was just needing these tips because I am not getting time for blogging. With these tips i hope I can get more time. thanks for the awesome post.

  13. Awesome Tips. Guest posting can be very powerful. It deserves to be looked at as it provides two necessities; traffic and backlinks.

    Nice post.

  14. Dave Pilgrim says:

    Bruce thanks for the post. I have just gotten into blogging and I am trying to manage my time efficiently. So I really appreciated your post.

  15. Better organizational plan is a great way to make the best use of time that I do agree to your post. I appreciate your suggestion to do guest blogging which is obviously a beautiful source of getting quality backlink. Thank you very much for your nice tips.

  16. Efficient time management is very important in order to have time for the things that matter most in our lives–our family, our work, our passion, ourselves.

    The resources that you have listed down will certainly be a great help in organizing everything down to the letter. It will save me precious time and I’ll surely never run out of patience ;)

    Thanks for the post!

  17. Time management is needed not only in site promotion and optimization, but in general everywhere in our lives as if you work hard every where you need to organize yourself. Thanks for the ideas about the tools. I try to keep everything in my head, but it is harsh sometimes to remember all the points. Even the diary doesn’t help at particular points.

  18. Thanks for a great post. good tips.

    Very useful. is new in the industry and even a few Danish niche sites.

    I think I’ll try to get done some guest posts and see what it can do for my small business.

  19. really killer i must say, finding time for blogging is more critical if you are a part time blogger, but when it comes to be full time i dont think their is any problem with it.

  20. Time management is one of the hardest skills to learn. In running an online business. I struggle with it on a daily basis I try to keep to a schedule. But everyday life keeps on getting in the way.

  21. Good Info. I love your ideas. It is really hard to find time for anything.

  22. Thanks for the info.

  23. Like I always say, time awaits no man. My biggest challenge regarding time management is to actually stick like glue to a schedule. Sometimes I have the best and realistic plan anyone can ever come up with but then when it comes to sticking by it, that’s where I fail miserably. But thanks for pointing out these tools to save more time, I just opened a new tab for evernote. com, I believe that’s something that will be of great utility to me.

  24. I like your first point as blogging requires quite a lot of research and I usually try to do all of this in one go each time I blog. I think a collection of research will really help speed up my blogging.

  25. I was expecting to read more from here. But it seems like I didn’t find any that fits my needs. However, I agree to most of what you’ve written here.

  26. Same goes here, I would have agree on most what you have written. It’s the main fundamental thing i would say.

  27. I have used EverNote.com particularly it is very useful to store the digital information. Thanks for sharing the valuable productivity tips.

  28. It’s always hard for me to maintain time efficiently while writing articles as I am new. The tips you provided is really awesome and i think i can make good use of them. Good work Bruce!!

  29. This post is very informative, Thanks for sharing this very useful information. I also use EverNote.com too just like Tessa to store digital information.

  30. Great Article, thanks for sharing this good information.

  31. Hi Bruce,

    I wasted a lot of time on finding things I had saved previously. I too have lots or resources, research content, ideas, interesting urls, videos and so may other things saved up, but finding them is always a headache. Until now I just used bookmarking. I mad different categories and sub categories, but it just doesn’t work. It gets too complicated and too big when you have been doing it for a few years.
    I have heard of Evenotes, but never tried it really. Tanks for the reminder, I am going to give it a try.

  32. Pair it up with some killer time-management skills. Knowing what is more important and getting those done first will definitely help save up some time. Plus it also advisable to set certain hours of our work day where we don’t allow ANY distractions. It will be the time where we get most of our work done.

  33. Discount women clothing says:

    This is exactly what that every blogger should keep in mind and give a time to his blog.
    I have checked the EverNote.com it is great it has many usage for a pro blogger
    I am very glad that i have this link now,all thanks to you and your post.

  34. Thanks Bruce for these tips.Special thanks for the site pageleap.com.I didn’t knew that there is such kind of site which can store multiple bookmarks across different categories.And about evernote I would like to add that it’s the best tool I’ve found to take notes.I use evernote for important things such as blogging,study,SEO etc.It’s easily downloadable and now with their android based version it’s very easy to take notes even if you are away from your computer.And they have different and easy to navigate versions for different smartphone platforms.Would certainly like to hear more from you on the topic of time management.

  35. Thank you for the productivity and websites to help.

  36. William Notherdinger says:

    Great article Bruce.

    You are offering some great insights for you readers here! :-)

    I’d recommend Evernote for organization,it’s the best tool that you can get (free also! )

    Also,be sure to make a scheduler,it will simplify your life a lot.

  37. Some fantastic tips to simplify things, automating and outsourcing is essential if you are managing a blog by yourself. There are just simply too much to do for a single person.

  38. Bloggers need consistency in their postings – otherwise they will just fall behind. Readers love freshly pressed content… not to mention Google!

  39. I agree with the importance of organization. When I started blogging, I admit I was anything but organized. Because of that, I ended up wasting so much time trying to remember all those ideas I got and juggling my blogging with other tasks and responsibilities.

    Just like what Neeraj pointed out, most of the information here focused on various tools rather than tips on how to actually find more time blogging. Still, I’ll check out the links you provided and give them a try to see if they’ll help. :)

  40. Hi…very well written peace of info….time management is important for any business….many people confuse activity with action…. spending a lot of time learning concepts is activity but applying the concept is action….so once the activity is done all efforts must be diverted towards action…..
    regards
    Aniket

  41. Kiana Writer says:

    Really awesome article for serious bloggers !

  42. Great information, those resources sound a lot better then using a word document like I have been doing to keep track of websites, passwords, etc.

  43. Yes I agree with you Bruce, Time Management skills is another asset us entrepreneurs need to learn about to be successful in blogging. I truly believe you cannot be successful in any endeavor if you don’t know how to balance work, family and fun.

  44. William Veasley says:

    I love to guest blog, but it does not do us any good e do not put our best foot forward.

    God bless,
    William Veasley

  45. nice article..very usefull tips blogging..thaaaanks dude

  46. Great tips overall, My two cents: I like to save all my favorite and writing sites unto my homepage tabs, and save them so they load when I launch firefox or chrome. Also, if you use these browsers, usually it will remember most of the login info [if not all of it] which makes it that much easier as well. It’s easy, just open up the sites to the login screen (or other important screen) and arrange a few tabs in order that you like, by dragging them if necessary [too many and it will tell you] then go to Tools/internet options and click ‘User Current’. The process is similar in firefox and google.
    cheers

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