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Saving time in any part of life let’s you focus on the more important parts. So why not automate parts of your blog so you can focus on the fun parts? 🙂
- Automate Your Social Sharing
Hootsuite or Tailwind are excellent ways to automate your social sharing for your blog. It is ideal for entrepreneurs, small businesses, and independent consultants. It allows you to put all your profiles in one place and set up content to automatically post on the scheduled day.
- Use Email Auto Response
You can use a free site such as MailChimp or Convertkit when creating your automatic emails. It is very easy to set up. By using it, you are creating a way to send out emails on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. This gives you more time to work on your blog.
- Automate Your Postings
Once you have your site up and running and you know what your reader’s like the most, you can schedule your posts. I love this feature of WordPress. I’m a mommy who still works a 9 to 5. I love being able to write my posts when I have time and scheduling them for when I’d like them to go out to my readers. This also lets me carve out some time to write a few posts at one time so that I’m not always writing at the last-minute and posting immediately. When I’m done writing this post, I’ll schedule it for next month. 🙂
- Automate Pinging
If you are like me and new to the blogging world, you may not know what it is to ping in the computer world. Think about ping-pong, when you play ping-pong you are basically pinging the ball back and forth. Well, in the computer world pinging is just that it is a group of networks that work together to distribute connection. When you ping your website, it alerts search engines that your site has been updated which tells bots to visit your site. If you have WordPress, your already doing this every time you publish or update a post.
- Auto Backup Your Site
Like with anything you want to back up your site. If you are using WordPress, backing up your site easy. Just download the WP-DB-Backup. Once you have successfully downloaded this plugin through WordPress, it will automatically save all your posts. I can’t imagine anything worse than losing all of my posts.
- Automate Your Pictures
When using WordPress you can have the same image post with each header you create. This gets the picture of your blog out and gets it into people’s head, so when they see that image, they recognize it and associate it with your blog. On this same topic, pictures take up a lot of space. Use the free version of WP Smush to compress your pictures as you add them to your site. If your site takes too long to load, people will just click away. Compressing your pictures helps it load a little faster.
- Use Market Automation Tools
You can use a market tool like Hubspot, Infusionsoft, or Marketo to automate a wide range of your social media, email, and sales. These are a step up from MailChimp, but are great if you have the finances to back them. They also offer marketing services, so if you have your own products, these are great.
- Use An Automation Outreach Team
You can build an outreach team on Upwork or Fiverr. You can easily hire a data miner. For bloggers, a data miner analyzes large databases to basically come up with an email list. They find people who might be interested in your blog and add their contact information to a list, and then you add their contact details into a system like MailChimp or Convertkit. Then you create a template and fire off an email to all those on your email list.
- Hire Freelancers
By hiring freelancers, you are allowing them to do some tasks for you while you focus on others. This is not entirely automation, but it does help keep you out and save you time. My favorite freelance site is Fiverr. I use it quite a bit for image help because I’d rather spend my time writing.
- Automate your spam
Nobody likes spam and just like anything on the internet, your blog can get spam. When you use WordPress, you can download Akismet plug-in that will automatically scan for spam. I have mine set to allow me to approve all blog comments before they can be seen on my site, and it still only shows me the ones that it doesn’t consider spam. I find that a lot of bloggers in my circles use this plugin and love it.
I love automating parts of my blog so that I can spend more time writing. Have other ways that you automate your blog to save time? Share them in comments so we can all benefit.
Happy Blogging 🙂