66 One-Sentence Time Saving Tips for Bloggers

time saving tips for bloggers

I’m a follower of Jeff Bullas’ blog and sometime ago he published a post titled: “50 One-Sentence SEO Tips for Bloggers”. Thanks to his post, I figured that I could write a one like this, but focusing on time saving tips for bloggers instead.

That’s why I came up with a list of 66 one-sentence time saving tips that you can use in your everyday blogging. I know that this list is just a start and in the future I’ll focus on just one particular area at once (e-mail marketing, SEO, social media…).

Anyway, here is your list and be sure to leave your favorite tip in the comment area as well!

WordPress:

  • If you are suffering from Trackback spam, just disable trackbacks altogether by going to Settings > Discussion > “Allow link notifications from other blogs (pingbacks and trackbacks)”.
  • Ask yourself, if you really need all these plugins in your WordPress and uninstall it/them if it’s unnecessary.
  • Install WP-Optimize to speed up your blog.
  • Install a plugin called Duplicate Post, which makes a copy of your previous post and then you can use it as a template for your new post.
  • Update your plugins at once with this special URL.
  • Don’t waste your time with slow webhosts – sign up with a host like WP Engine instead!

Social Media:

  • Automate your social media promotion with dlvr.it.
  • If possible, know on which social media platform your visitors are mostly hanging out and just focus on that one.
  • Limit your social media usage with a timer, to two 15-minute time blocks per day.
  • Use a social media tool like Hootsuite for managing your social media activities.
  • Use BufferApp to schedule your tweets at optimum times.
  • Use a tool called Social Metrics, to figure out what posts get shared most on your blog.

SEO:

  • Use ClickBump SEO (affiliate link) to speed-up your SEO efforts.

Browsers and Tools:

  • Install SpeedDial2 for Chrome for accessing your favorite sites easily.
  • Install DropBox Shortcut in order to access your DropBox account with a single click.
  • Install Evernote Web for accessing your EverNote notes fast.
  • Enter your destination URL directly, instead of going to the home page of a website first and then clicking through the links to your destination.
  • Install LastPass for managing usernames and passwords.
  • Use InstaPaper to transform your unread blog posts to your Amazon Kindle.

Videos and podcasts:

  • If you are recording video tips for your blog, record multiple videos at once.
  • Use SpeechPad for transcribing videos and podcasts into text.
  • Create content easily by conducting an e-mail interview.
  • Outsource the voice-overs for your podcasts through Fiverr.
  • Buy Enounce MySpeed and listen to your podcasts and videos faster.

Blogging:

  • Have an editorial calendar for your blog posts.
  • Use a “Drop Area” for capturing your ideas when on the go.
  • Define the core areas of your blogging and pick your three.
  • Upload your blogging files to cloud (DropBox, Google Drive), for better accessibility from various computers.
  • Use a timer when writing a blog post.
  • Repurpose your existing content.
  • Batch process your comments twice per day.
  • Create commenting policy and post it to your blog.
  • Make comments automatically closed after X amount of days by going to Settings > Discussion Settings > Other Comment Settings > Automatically close comments on articles older than X days
  • Slow down your blogging pace.
  • Create a lot of content up-front, so that you can focus on other blogging-related projects.
  • Don’t just read a post – take action on them.
  • Figure out your most important traffic sources by going to Google Analytics and focus on them.
  • Crowdsource your next blog post.
  • Outline your blog posts before writing them.
  • Have a blog post checklist that you go through every time you publish a post.
  • Create a blog post promotion checklist to go through every time you promote a post.
  • Create topics for future blog post quickly with Title Generator.
  • Take advantage of effective time blocking when blogging.
  • Hire a blogging coach.

E-mail:

  • Do not hesitate to unsubscribe from e-mail lists if you never read the messages anyway.
  • Use UnRoll.me to unsubscribe from several e-mail lists at once.
  • Batch-process your e-mail twice per day.
  • Create a habit of extracting tasks/assignments from your e-mail messages and then store them on your task list instead.
  • Do not keep your inbox as your to-do list.

Guest posting:

Generic productivity:

  • Schedule a time block for when you check the stats of your blog.
  • Define when a task is really done by creating a special checklist for it and avoid perfection that way.
  • Ask yourself continuously, how you can get more done with less effort.
  • Get a good night sleep before you start working.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Take power naps.
  • Take time off from your computer.
  • When you are sick, just rest and take good care of yourself.
  • Figure out your best working times and your favorite environment.
  • Track your time with Rescue Time and figure out how you spend it.
  • Focus on the most important tasks first in the morning.
  • Before you start working, know what tasks you are supposed to do and in which order you should be doing them.
  • Jot down a task list every day before going to bed.

Conclusion

A lot of time saving tips related to blogging for sure :) Now it’s your turn – how do you improve your blogging productivity?

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About Timo Kiander

My name is Timo Kiander aka Productive Superdad.

I want to show you how to improve your productivity when working at home and find time for the fun stuff in your life!

Comments

  1. Awesome post :) I must say you got a nice inspiration from Jeff and it has really worked well. Seriously I have to bookmark your post for later reference (not like the spammer say, you know – for REAL).

    The tools I use to save time include Evernote, Semrush, Hootsuite, Lastpass, Springpad, Producteev and SERPs Redux. In particular, I cannot live a day without Evernote, Lastpass and Producteev – they’re great time savers.

    I’m off to check out your recommendations and yes I have to bookmark this post so I can take action one at a time :)

    Thanks for the wonderful post Timo :)
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  2. thx for remembering wp-optimize plugin and guest blogging. excellent article, i wrote a lot of notes from it :)

  3. I will have to sit down and let my mind feed on properly on this one. Great knowledge and it is true you can see a post and get hundreds of topics to write about from it. Great post there Superdad ~ Anetta
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  4. Hey Timo,

    My goodness, great job. Glad Jeff inspired you so.

    When I read the title I was thinking how is he going to come up with 66 but as I started to read I was thinking to myself okay that’s a good idea. Need to share how to unplug from the trackback spam. Oh yeah and let’s not forget to optimize our blogs. Buffer and Social Metrics are two of my favorites too, good job and on and on.

    You did a really great job, kudos to you my friend.

    Oh, I’ll throw one in there… Save your unread posts to Pocket and you don’t have to transfer them anywhere because you can read them from any device. A recent find for me and I’m loving it.

    Great job Timo…

    ~Adrienne
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  5. “Hello Timo!

    What a superb post you got here! Thank you for sharing these tips for us bloggers. I really like your tip on guest posting that we need to accept guest posts on your blog, use a system to follow when creating guest posts and lastly, I guess it is just very important that we create a guest posting policy for our blog.”

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