I love blogging. Do you love blogging? Great! Then we’re on the same page!
Blogging can be amazing and fun. It can be a hobby, such as an online diary, or a full-fledged enterprise, i.e. Huffington Post.
When you’re a solo blogger though, especially starting out, things can be tough. You need to learn how to set up a blog, promote it, find the best times to promote it, promote it again, play with widgets, install plugins, and the list goes on and on and on.
Beyond all this, you also need to find the time to read other blogs, comment, and start your next post. With all this being said, if you already have a day-job or obligations elsewhere, this can seem quite overwhelming. It’s easy to see why so many people can get frustrated and just give up.
When you get frustrated, you need to remember why you started. Once you can do that, then you can make a plan and put your nose to the grindstone to get it done.
Here I’m going to give you some tips on how to knock out some of your blogging “to-dos” throughout your day.
Research on the Go
When it comes to doing research on your next blog post, most people either love it or they hate it. Either way, it needs to get done. Even if you’re an expert in your subject matter, you always need to keep an eye out for changes in your industry or new ways on how to promote it.
Kifi is my go-to bookmarking platform. When I have posts I want to read, I simply add them to a kifi library. I downloaded the app on my phone, so I bookmark pages I don’t have time to read and then pull them up on my phone during the morning commute or on lunch breaks. I also use it to shortcut my research a little bit by finding libraries others have saved on a topic and browsing those.
2. Podcast Addict
For Apple users, I know iTunes is popular. However, I’m not an Apple guy. I have an Android and an app I just recently started using is called Podcast Addict. While I haven’t had it for long, I love it thus far.
I’ll listen to podcasts for hours on end while at work and one podcast I recently found that I love is called “Beyond the Hype” by Matt Wolfe and Josh Bartlett. If you’re serious about turning your blog into a business, I definitely recommend listening to it.
GoToWebinar is an app I use to catch webinars throughout the day. With so many bloggers and online marketers hosting webinars every week, I try to catch as many as I can while on the go with this handy little app.
Promotion on the Go
Throughout the day, using social media apps such as Twitter, Google+, Facebook, and others can help you keep up on promotion of your latest posts as well as stay in-tune with your audience. However, there are some other apps I like to use to help me promote a post throughout the day.
Twitter is such a fast paced platform that the chances of your entire follower list seeing your latest tweet are astronomical. Be sure to promote your latest post more than once.
Throughout the day, I’ll get an idea on what I think would make an awesome tweet or I’ll come across a page that I want to share. Rather than just sending out 15 different tweets on a lunch break, I’ll open up my Buffer app and schedule all the tweets there. Also, I’ll schedule a few for Google+.
GetResponse is what I use for collecting emails and sending out newsletters about my newest blog posts. I just started using their app, so I can’t describe all the capabilities of it.
I always make sure to email my subscribers before promoting anywhere else. Because of this, I have sometimes held off on publishing a post, due to being in a hurry and not being able send out an email right away. Now, with this handy little app, I won’t have to delay publishing again.
It actually took me a while to realize that there was a WordPress app. I never really thought about it I guess. I don’t typically write posts from it, but I do use it to approve and reply back to comments throughout the day. This allows me to interact with my audience a lot quicker than if I was to wait until I got home after work.
In the busy world we live in today, running your
online business, or blog, can’t always be done from the comfort of your computer chair. Sometimes, whether you’re writing, researching, or even promoting, it’s got to be done on the go.
What about you? Any apps or methods you like to use to stay on top of your online business when you’re on the go? Please comment below and let me know. And, as always, please share this article with anyone you like.