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4 Ways to Maximize the Time You Spend On Your Projects: Blog Posts

August 23, 2010 By: Yvonne A Jones Category: Business - Entrepreneur, Business - Home-Based Business, Time Management

We know that as entrepreneurs we are responsible for carrying out various tasks essential to our business.  Many entrepreneurs have wisely taken advantage of Virtual Assistants and other professional services to outsource a number of their projects.

Let’s imagine that like the majority of us, you do it all.  For the do-it-yourself person, let’s look at posting to your blog.

  • How long does it take you to do research for each post?  And how long does it take you to write it?
  • If you post to your blog everyday this alone could take significant chunks out of your day. What’s more, you may work your online business only part time so you do need to maximize your time.

Here are some recommendations:

i)  Select a topic you can approach from different angles, do research in one sitting and jot down possible titles you can use from the material you’ve researched.  You may find that you could have a week’s posts from that research.

ii) If you are in a blog challenge, the requirement is usually a minimum of 150 words, but many of us may find  for the most part that’s not enough to provide the kind of content we want to give our readers.  Other marketers are able to do just that with 150 words…it all depends on your writing style.

iii) When it’s time to key in the information, based on your typing speed, decide on how long it will take you to write your post of 150 – 300 words.

iv) Type your information in a Word or Open Office document instead of directly into your blog software. You will need it again in the future.

We’ll look at repurposing blog posts in “Making the Best Use of Your Time” in the next article.

What do you find works best for you to maximize your time when doing blog posts?  Please share.

0 Comments to “4 Ways to Maximize the Time You Spend On Your Projects: Blog Posts”

  1. Daphne Bousquet, CMP says:

    Yvonne, I find that I maximize my time best when I write a series of articles on 1 topic. It could actually be 1 article of about 750-900 words in length, but then I turn it into 3 blog posts. I do it all at the same time, post 1 and schedule the others. Bonus is that I can use the longer article in my ezine and on article directories.

  2. Daphne, you have in essence captured my next post. Brilliant way to use your time that many of us can learn from. Those long articles can also perhaps be divided into two articles as some article directories will take 250 words up while others have a minimum of 700.

    Thanks for sharing your tips, Daphne.

  3. Daphne Bousquet, CMP says:

    Sorry to spoil the surprise of your next blog post. 🙂 Good idea on the chopping up the other articles. My blog posts are generally at least 350 words, if not 500, so they may very well turn into articles for the directories. Thanks!

  4. Daphne, I love it when we marketers think alike because we validate what each other is doing as being correct and our readers will see confirmation that what we’re writing about is factual and the steps do work. 🙂

  5. Sheila Atwood says:

    I am like Daphne. I like to write in a series on one topic. It really saves on research time.

    I also like to work a head. I will get my posts done early and schedule them for the future. I do like WordPress for this ability.

    On some of my blogs I copy and paste the format of the post and use it again. For example I write about herbs. I will use the same format for when I write info blogs on a particular herb. Or the same format for a recipe post.

    I find that the more I have blogged the faster I have become.

  6. Using the copy and paste format or a template really helps. One of the first courses I took when I came online was an Article Marketing course and the teacher stressed the value of using templates as a time-saver and an aid to producing content more easily. I’d take a break from submitting articles and actually forgot about that tips. Thanks for the excellent reminder, Sheila. I know that other readers will thank you for this as well.


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