Have you ever felt chained to your blog? Like you’ve somehow landed yourself in content creation jail?
Even if you really love writing, it can get tedious. Here’s some strategies to help you free yourself:
1. Learn to Love the “Schedule” Feature
If you’re blogging with WordPress you can easily write posts in advance and schedule them to go “live” at the date and time of your choice with the scheduling feature.
2. Start with Templates
This is a “Top 10” or “10 Tips” style post. I chose the headline and format before I started blogging. It made this post much easier to write.
Here are some free blog post (and article writing) templates you’ll find helpful:
3. Invite Guest Bloggers
You don’t have to write all of your content by yourself! Bring in your colleagues and friends to help.
Brainstorm other topics your readers would be interested in and then brainstorm a list of who you’d like to have guest blog — then match ’em up and start sending invitations.
4. Use EzineArticles.com to Find Content
One of my favorite strategies is to search sites like EzineArticles.com for topics or people I’d love to feature on my blog.
Here are some articles I’ve shared on my blog over at MichelleShaeffer.com that came from EzineArticles.com:
- Is the Cheshire Cat Your Marketing Consultant?
- Color Outside the Lines
- It’s Monday, Do You Know Where Your Focus Is?
- Create Your Own Audio or Video Tip Series
Just go search for your topic and you’ll find lots of possible blog posts just waiting for you to share. Step by step this is how I do it (with screenshots of what you’re looking for).
5. Bring in Regular Contributors
One step beyond featuring guest bloggers from time to time is to use regular contributors. CWAHM.com uses this strategy effectively. Each of their contributors shares 2 posts a month on a specific area of expertise.
Could a similar strategy work for your blog? Is there someone you could bring in once or twice a month consistently to share on a topic your readers would love?
6. Create Series
Have you seen Wordless Wednesday floating around the blogosphere?
There are lots of ways you can create a series for your own blog.
- What about an inspirational post every weekend?
- Or a “fun” post every Friday?
- An infographic one day a week?
- A question and answer (Q&A) day?
- Video blog day?
If you know that every Tuesday you’re going to share a video, you can sit down and create your next 3 or 4 Tuesday posts in advance!
7. Incorporate Videos
It’s easy to share videos from YouTube or TED.
8. Repurpose Content
What do you already have that you can use as a blog post, or turn into a post with some editing?
How about these content types…
- newsletter articles for your ezine or list
- articles for reprint you’ve shared on other sites
- your FAQ page
- customer welcome kit
- instruction sheets
- forum posts
- autoresponder series
- ebook (for sale or free)
- short report (great for getting list opt-ins)
- press release
- you tube videos of you on camera
- you tube video of a slide show with narration
- webinars of your content
- audio blogs
- short audio tip series
Social Networking Content:
- Facebook fan page content
- Facebook profile notes
- LinkedIn discussions
- slide shows
9. Share a Visual
And while we’re on the idea of slide shows and infographics… the web is flooded with amazing infographics on every topic under the sun!
Find some you can share on your blog: 3 places to find infographics you can share.
10. Start with PLR
PLR = private label rights – like the content you can grab here at PowerUpPLR.com
PLR is (usually) written content that you purchase which you can then use as your own. A great way to use it is as a “jumping off” or “brainstorming” starting point. It can save you time on research and give you a great outline for your blog content.
Here’s a fantastic video that explains more about how it works:
There’s my 10 suggestions. What do YOU do to make it easier to keep up with your blog? Do any of these 10 tips work well for you or have you discovered other secrets to share?