Running a successful blog is a tough business. There is so much to do on a daily and weekly basis. You have to monitor and approve blog comments. There are new posts to write, you have to hunt down images and record videos, interact with social media and handle a dozen other tasks. Then tomorrow … you get to start all over again. Isn’t there any way to automate your blog?
Don’t feel like a robot slave to your blog! Here’s the good news — yes, you can automate your blog. There are plenty of blogging activities that you can set on autopilot so you can focus on more important parts of running your business. Automate the following 4 blogging tasks and not only will you have more free time, but your blog won’t suffer because you are burned out and end up skipping important, recurring responsibilities.
1 – Automate your blog posting schedule
The majority of blogs these days are run on the Word Press platform. Even if yours is not, odds are it has the ability to schedule publishing your posts ahead of time. Once you have written a number of posts, you can easily use technology to schedule automated delivery at some date in the future. This saves you the time required to log into your blog and manually post content.
2 – Automate your social media involvement
HootSuite and Buffer are just a couple social media blogging automatons. They schedule tweets, Facebook posts and other social media interactions. When you think about the amount of time you spend on social media trying to attract attention to your blog, you can see how these social media blogging tools can be invaluable.
3 – Use Akismet for comment moderation
Reading, approving and replying to your comments takes time. This is one of the tasks many bloggers know is necessary, but can quickly become bothersome and frustrating. Use the WordPress plug-in Akismet to do much of the work for you. There are filters and settings you put in place to take care of the majority of comment approvals for you.
4 – Stop doing everything yourself
You can hire a virtual assistant in the Philippines for $200 to $300 a month. Those are full-time figures. On a part-time rate, you could spend sign $50 to $100 each month and have a virtual assistant handle much of your time-consuming, recurring blog tasks. Sites like Guru, Toptal, Elance and Upwork are home to talented virtual assistants that you can put to work on your blog to free up your valuable time.
I’d love to hear your thoughts? Do you automate your blog? Let us know how in the comments below. Or maybe you need some suggestions to manage some of your daily time-consuming tasks for your blog. Let us know that, too.
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