How to Make Blogging Less Time Consuming

Many of you may want to blog, but you want to see how you can make blogging less time consuming. If you can get pass this, then you’re all for blogging to build your business.

But one thing you don’t want to miss out on is how much better your business can be with a consistent blog. You’ve seen all of the stats, and probably most of your friends who are solopreneurs are taking action and seeing some results while you on the other hand are sitting on the fence.

The fact that you have very limited of time doesn’t help either. You feel that can possibly squeeze in at least a half an hour a day to blog. You’re schedule isn’t like most of your peers who could put in a couple of hours a day, or even crank out an informative, engaging blog post in a day.

So what gives? You keep asking yourself how can you make blogging less time consuming and you have yet to find any answers that resonate with you. Well look no further because I will reveal with you some tips on how you can achieve blogging with less effort but yet attract results that will soar!

 “Time management is an oxymoron. Time is beyond our control, and the clock keeps ticking regardless of how we lead our lives. Priority management is the answer to maximizing the time we have.” ~ John C. Maxwell

I bet you thought about how much effort it takes to put into a blog a few times after you were told how beneficial it will be to your business, right?

You see your blogging peers putting all the bells and whistles on each post that they create, and you think to yourself that it must have taken them a lot of time to do so?

But is this true?

Do you have to over-deliver each time you write and publish a blog post?

That will depend on how much you want your audience to succeed. But I tell you that if your audience can feel that you want them to succeed, then success will reciprocate back to you.

Now you’re probably thinking, “Aha, so it does take a lot of time.”

To be honest with you, it does take some time, but not to the point to where you don’t have a life.

Working smart can get you to places that you thought you couldn’t get to.

Now working hard is a different story. You don’t want to convert into the hamster in a wheel. Working hard but not getting anywhere.

But yet you do want to create enough value that will keep you progressing forward.

Quality and value directed towards your target market is key, and there are ways to make blogging less time consuming than what you may believe.

Let’s talk about a couple of misconceptions of growing a successful Blog

Also Read: How To Build Trust And A Loyal Following With Your Blog? and How to write GUEST POST for SEO

Misconceptions That Won’t Make Blogging Less Time Consuming

I’ve notice from chatting with a couple of people that there are some misconceptions that keep them from blogging.

Yes, these misconceptions wont make it easier for you to make blogging less time consuming when you get into a routine.

As a matter of fact, these misconceptions can be the reasons that most people quit blogging all together.

But one point that I want to make clear that although this is contrary of what I’m trying to get across and that is blogging isn’t for everyone. There’s people that just hate writing all together which I don’t recommend they start doing if it’s on that haterism level.

Then there’s people like me that grew to like blogging. Especially when they started getting better results as they improve their efforts.

So lets get into some of the misconceptions that you’ve probably heard that can keep you from making blogging less time consuming.

You Have To Publish A Blog Post Everyday To See Great Results

At one point in my blogging journey I was publishing every other day, and you know what? I was getting comments and shares, but the posts I was putting out wasn’t of quality to my audience.

Now I’m not saying that it’s to your disadvantage that publishing a blog post everyday or ever other day is bad since some people can crank out great content effortlessly. But for people like myself and a lot of others, this can hinder us from progressing, improving our results with each step.

I now put out a post once a week and I’m getting more traffic than I did when I was posting every other day. Plus I’m getting just as many comments, if not more, as well as more opt ins.

Should you blog once a week? No, but the best thing to do is to come up with a schedule that works best for you. Some bloggers blog everyday while others blog once a month. In a way, blogging itself is just the beginning when it comes to your marketing plan.

In my case, the difference is that I’m putting out content that my audience finds valuable, I’m promoting my blog post more so than I did before, and I’m engaging with more bloggers that are within my niche or in a similar one.

You Have To Come Up With Brand New Content Each Time

Everyone has their own opinion about certain topics. As a matter of fact, there’s some blog posts that I prefer reading versus others that talk about the same topic.

With that said, you don’t have to come up with brand new content, or should I say a totally brand new idea to publish on your blog each time.

In fact you can see what your other blogging peers are doing and come up with your on spill of the same topics!

Also Read: How A Good Bounce Rate Is A Great Indicator Of Targeted Traffic?

You Have To Use SEO On Each Of Your Blog Posts

Although I’m all for incorporating SEO with each of your blog posts, I do know that you don’t have to use SEO each and every time you publish a blog post.

It can be time consuming to figure what keywords to use, where to place them, formatting each blog post, and so on.. but it can be beneficial for you in the long run.

Yes, I know you want to be found on search engine, but there’s also this thing called social proof. Growing a community of your own (through social media, blogging communities, word of mouth etc.) and building rapport with other bloggers should be your main focus.

When other’s see that your blog post is being shared by a high influencer or they see that there’s a lot of comments on your blog, then this gives them a budge to get on in so they won’t be left out! We all want to be with the cool kids, don’t we?

You Have To Write 3,000 Words Or More To Have A Successful Blog

I’m also an advocate of writing longer posts based from my own experience. But one thing that’s going to swallow up your time is writing those really long ones that end up being 8000+ words.

Are most of people in your audience going to read these really long blog posts. For the most, no they’re not. At least in my own experience and judging the way I pick and choose the posts I want to read.

I choose them on the basis of the limited of time I have. And unless you don’t have a full time job, or any other type of full time schedule, then you or your audience isn’t going to take too much time to read the really long ones.

So depending on your time and your audience, adjust the length of your blog posts that correlate with the average person in your audience as well as the type of person you’re writing for.

4 Ways To Make Blogging Less Time Consuming

Now that we got the misconceptions out of the way, one thing I do like to say is that blogging does take some time. But one thing that I want to point out is that it doesn’t have to take all of your time.

There are a few reasons why many solopreneurs put “too much” time into blogging to the point where they don’t make time for anything else.

Yes, you do have to think about delivering, and in many cases over-deliver, great quality content to your targeted audience.

Now it’s one thing when you have all the time in the world to create blog posts, but there are people like myself who have very limited of time to do this while at the same time making those efforts to grow a home business.

You may be one who works full-time and a full-time parent that don’t have a lot of time to put into your business.

Now do you have to be creative when it comes to blogging? Yes it does help, but the most important thing to think about is to be a smart blogger. You want to be smart enough to craft posts that your target audience find valuable and use the time that it takes to create them wisely.

So without further adieu, lets see why you can make blogging less time consuming by following these great ideas to get the best out of blogging!

Also Read: Why your BLOG’s Traffic is Dropped What to do and Top 6 Blogging Tips for Beginners

Have A List Of Ideas Ready To Go

When it comes to conjuring up ideas I have three tools that I use

  1. Evernote
  2. Google
  3. Coschedule’s Headline Analyzer

If you have a smartphone and haven’t installed the evernote app yet, then I suggest that you do this! Whenever I think of an idea, I write it down in evernote so that I don’t forget it.

As a matter of fact, I usually write down 2 or 3 ideas for posts so that I have some topics to work with for the up and coming weeks ahead. This gives me a backup plan for each week so that I can have something I can work with.

Then I turn it over to Google. Based on what I wrote down in evernote, I focus on the long tail keywords and put it in Google to see what it comes up with as far as searches and stats of the keywords.

Here’s a great post by Freddy Gandarilla that shows you how to Optimize Your Blog Posts Using Google and as well as other methods

Once I find the keyword that I want, then I turn to Coschedule’s Headline Analyzer to see what would be the most engaging headline that will draw attention to my target audience.

Break Each Post Down Into Sections

A smart way to ease up the time is to break up your blog posts in sections and go from there. One thing that I do that helps me to make blogging less time consuming is by writing out an outline before I put in the meat of the blog. The outline will include the following:

  • Intro
  • Headings/Subheadings
  • Lists (Bullet Points, Numbers, etc.)
  • Conclusion
  • Call To Action

Whenever I do it this way, it gives me some type of direction and order to organize my thoughts. In this manner, the blog post doesn’t come out so convoluted to my readers and keeps them focused on the topic.

I usually go in this order, but I have read on other blog posts that sometimes the bloggers will start off with the Conclusion and work their way back to the Intro. So sometimes not working in the traditional order does help you get your ideas out to beat writer’s block.

Write In Batches/Delegate Time

One thing I’m constantly practicing is writing my blog posts in batches and delegating time. Yes it does take longer as in days, but in this manner I’m able to squeeze in the time that I have

Going back to writing in Sections, I always write each part of my blog on different days. So I may do an Intro on Monday, then Subheadings on Tuesday, fill out the subheadings and list on Wednesday, draw up the conclusion on Thursday, and write my call to action on Friday for example.

With that said, I’ll allot time from 30min to an 90 minutes for each day to focus on each section depending on how busy I am. This may sound tedious to some, but the rewards from it all does pay off when you take your time with crafting engaging blogs.

Write Roundups, Guest Posts and Interviews

Sometimes we all can get what is considered “writer’s block” or just don’t have enough time to come up with great posts. But one thing you definitely want to do is to work smart.

I just realized about a little over a year ago how writing roundups, accepting guest posts, and doing interviews can amount to even more traffic based on the bloggers and other successful entrepreneurs that you bring to your blog.

I did one roundup post where I talked about 6 different blog posts that I thought would be of value to my audience and it panned out quite well. Not only did my audience share this post with their audience, but also the bloggers within the posts I mentioned shared it with their audience.

Another way to work smart is to be like Ileane Smith  What she do? Not only she creates a lot of great content that all of us solopreneurs can use, but also she accept guest posts from different successful bloggers.

This clever strategy not only exposes these guest bloggers to their audience, but also their blogs get exposed to their guests’ audience which results in extra traffic back to their blog.

With that said you may also want to interview successful bloggers and entrepreneurs on your blog. I’ve listened to audios, seen videos, and read some written interviews that were quite interesting which lead to getting a lot of comments and shares.

In all just like guest posts, doing interviews is a win/win/win situation where you expose your audience to the interviewee, the interviewee gets exposed to your audience, and also you gained traffic from the interviewee’s followers when they share the interview.

Also Read: List of Guest Blogging Sites and Strategies for Growing Communities on Your Blog

Concluding How To Make Blogging Less Time Consuming

Blogging can be very time consuming unless you work smart. There are some clever ways where you can get the most out of blogging without the arduous tasks and misconceptions about writing consistent, quality blog posts which a lot of us were lead to believe.

But with all the ideas, tools, and helpful resources that can make your blogging journey easier, you can always make blogging less time consuming whether you have all the time in the world or if you’re on a time constraint. Blogging smarter is key to all of this!

Now It’s Your Turn!

If you’re not blogging, was timing the main reason why you’re not? Did the misconceptions I listed here aligned with what you believed about blogging? Is there any other reasons?

If you’re blogging, how often do you blog? Everyday? Every other day? Once a week? twice a month? Once a month?

Do you promote more than you blog? If so how are you promoting? How are your results?

Is there anything you would add to make blogging less time consuming?

Please leave your comments below and share this post with your friends! I look forward to reading them!

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14 thoughts on “How to Make Blogging Less Time Consuming

  1. The point about guest posts and roundups resonated with me. I’ll be putting together my first roundup post shortly. Would you like to participate?

    Also, funny enough, I definitely don’t come anywhere near 3000 words on my blog posts. In fact, some of the best posts (most organic traffic, comments, shares, etc.) are < 500 words.

    Quality is much more important than quality, as you pointed out.

    1. Hey Brent,

      I’m glad that you like the quote Brent!

      I would definitely be honored to be a part of your first roundup post! As a matter of fact I plan on doing another one and I like for you to be a part of it too.

      But yes, the length of your post matters with your time and your audience! A lot of people write under 3,000 and even more so under 1,000… for me writing between 1500 and 2500 works the best, but what’s more important is the quality!

      Thanks for stopping by Brent! Have a fantastic weekend!

  2. Great advice as usual! I blog once a week and get comments every day. I like to do it that way so I can answer each comment, go to their blogs, read it, leave a good comment and share it on social media.

    I only accept good comments, and not those one liners from people who try to use my blog as a back link. I do however let a one liner in here and there because I know that is a new blogger.

    Evernote is my best friend. I get ideas all the time and jot them down on this. It is amazing how much information I can get to do a post just by taking a walk.

    The other ideas I get to write a post is from questions people ask me. One question can lead to a pillar post lol.

    As for the length, it all depends. I try not to make it too long because I know people don’t have the time to read the entire post. I do try my best to give good content that is actionable. An idea, or a method and make it simple to understand so a reader can learn and apply quickly.

    I have a new blog that I started in April where I do interviews with product creators, and others in the field of marketing. Some are my affiliates, and some are not. What I aim to do with this blog is to find some great deals out there from good people and spread the news.

    I won’t introduce anyone I haven’t already either purchased their product or they have given it to me to review. I’m finding that that blog is being very helpful to may people already.
    It is more time for me, but it is a 15 minute interview and a few words on each post. So far so good.

    Thanks for bringing up this topic Ovais. It is one thing people need to make a choice on. Blogging is a commitment and either one chooses to do it or not.


    1. hey Donna,

      I’m glad that you like the advice here!

      Yes I can understand about the comments. I don’t usually accept those one liners either unless it’s someone I already know. I also got into the habit of not accepting those without a gravatar.

      I don’t know where I’ll be without Evernote! We might be fighting over who’s best friend is who when it comes to Evernote LOL .. but it definitely has helped me to remember those great future blog posts I plan on publishing.

      Thats great that you don’t make your blog posts too long for all of us that crunch for time. You definitely give great advice on your blog posts with a spin of your great personality. This is why I’m always on your blog every week you put something out.

      I like the idea that you started a blog to find great deals for all of us to and spread the news about them. We all can definitely use some great tools we can leverage to help us with our blogs and businesses.

      I still have yet to visit the blog, but I will soon get to it!

      Thanks for stopping by Donna! I hope you have a fantastic weekend! And thanks for those wise words!

  3. Hey Ovais,

    Great article, surely blogging can be easier than most bloggers make it look like!

    I agree with most of your points, regular blog posts can be around 800+ words with decent SEO – the longer 3000+ flagship content can be posted occatinally to keep the quality levels up. No point targeting every article to be that long.

    I like your idea about posting once in a week, as promoting the content and doing guest blogging on other blogs matters as well. Putting in too much content on your own blog and flooding your readers do not necessarily help.

    Thank you for the tools round up, will check them out now. Coschedule’s headline analyzer is on my things to do!

    1. Hey Shobha,

      I’m glad that you like the article!

      Yes, depending on your audience and your time, is how you would adjust the length of your blog. For me, writing over 1,000 words per post worked well as oppose to some bloggers.

      For me once a week is plenty enough. Most of the other time, I’m spending the time to promote, comment, engage, and educating myself of whats out there. Although there are some successful people that blog everyday, I don’t encourage it. Especially for beginners who are just starting out.

      Thanks for stopping by Shobha! I hope you have a great weekend!

  4. This is a great post. I really like how you broke down the blogging misconceptions and then went on to talk about how you can save time blogging. You are absolutely correct in that you have to post in a time frame that seems right for you and your blog. Writing great, quality content is most important and it all depends on your blog.

    One of the things that I really liked you talking about was that you came up with ideas well before it was time for you to write a post. This is a HUGE time saver for me. I have about 25 ideas right now and because of that I am able to write frequently. I come up with ideas, read books and other blogs to come up with ideas. It does not take much time but 10-20min a day can take you a long way. Great post!

    1. Hey Lawrence,

      Yes, there are a lot of misconceptions and sometimes many believe these misconceptions without even getting the experience for themselves. The most important thing is that you look at yourself like you would your audience as well as though tiny details that are on your stats that will help determine what to do with your future posts.

      Coming up with ideas before you set out to write a blog post is huge. Especially if you’re trying to keep up with a certain schedule. You’ll already have some ideas in your arsenals and figure out a schedule to put in the time to materialize those ideas on your blog! It may sound tedious but it does work quite well!

      Thanks Lawrence for stopping by and I hope you have a fantastic weekend!

  5. Hello Ovais,

    Ever since I started blogging, I make sure I have at least one or two blog posts every week. There are many reasons why I don’t agree with the practice of having new posts every day on my blog, and I will be writing about it in the coming days.

    As for promotion, I ensure I go at it using the 20/80 rule which I think is the best. As much as you may have quality content on your blog, you must promote it, if you are to attract any eyeballs. I prefer taking the course of influencer marketing, though I consider other avenues too.

    I may not be a pro in this but one thing remains true. Blog when you can and promote your posts more. You will finally get there.

    Thanks for your informative post.

    1. Hey Enock,

      That’s great that you have at least one or two blog posts each week. You really don’t need any more of that if you’re promoting, but there are some that publish everyday. I look forward to reading your posts on why you believe you don’t have to publish a post everyday.

      Yes, as far as promoting your blog, the 80/20 rule is one that I believe should be practice… promote 80% of the time and publish posts 20% of the time. I mainly do this through commenting which has helped a lot.

      Thanks for stopping by Enock! I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!

  6. Hey Ovais!

    How you doing? I do agree with most of your points. However, there may be some reader who prefer a short and crisp post. I suppose you cannot satisfy everyone.

    From search engine point of view it would be a great idea yet readers matter the most for bloggers.

    Also, i would like to add a point! Visuals are important to help people connect easily with your content. Don’t you think?

    1. Hey Piyush,

      When it comes to blogging it’s really all about the readers. Yes we want to satisfy the search engines and keep up a routine, but we want to create enough value for readers to keep coming back to our blog and spread the word to generate more visitors.

      Yes Visuals are quite important in the blogosphere. You definitely want to make it a point to have at least one image on each of your blog post. Also you may want to mix up your content sometimes for your readers who may like videos, audios, or other types of visuals.

      Thanks for stopping by Piyush! Have a great weekend!

  7. Nice points Ovais! It is very time consuming for me! I also do promote more than I write. I even have help with promotions because you can never do enough.

    I am definitely just starting to create content in advanced now. Took me 3 months to get to the point where I’m not rushing to finish a post because I needed to release one. That’s really a bad way…I sucked at blogging time management LOL!

    1. Hey Dennis,

      I’m glad you like the points I made here Dennis.

      I can see how it can be time consuming for you. You create those long, quality posts which I do have to put aside some time for me to read some I’m crunching for time. But I tell it’s well worth it and I recommend anyone that want to brush up their SEO to read your blog posts.

      But the more time consuming part of blogging are the promotions. I’ve read how you promote your blog by looking for influencers and the process does look time consuming. But I know how clever you are in doing so, and I’m about to follow the same pattern myself for a roundup post. It’s definitely worth the effort.

      That’s great that you’re creating content in advance! It is a great time savor so that you don’t have to stress yourself out on putting out new content in a rush. This shows that you’re not sucking at blogging time management now

      Have a great weekend Dennis!

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