Contrary to what you may have been told in the past, you don’t have to spend 40-60 hours a week in order to build and maintain a successful blog. Many bloggers, especially those that are students, only have a few hours a week to spend on their blog and still manage to run a blog with thousands of monthly readers.
While it’s certainly possible to run a successful blog part-time, it won’t be easy. To help you with the process of doing so, here is a look at four hacks for running a blog when you’re short on time.
Find and Utilize Valuable Resources
Blogging and content marketing is as big today as it has ever been. The luxury of this fact is that there are also more resources available to bloggers than there has ever been.
Finding and utilizing these resources should be your first priority. Use search engines to find guides on how to make your own blog, generate traffic, and develop a loyal following.
There is plenty of freemium content about these topics available to anyone willing to take the time to search for it. The real key here is to find and utilize the content that is being written by experts that have experience with what you’re about to go through.
Develop a System for Writing and Editing Content
When you’re a blogger, writing is obviously a task that you will be engaging in on a regular basis. But, just like everything else, it takes time to write and generate content.
One of the best ways to cut down on this time commitment is to develop a system for writing and editing content. Figure how much content you’d like to create per week, make the writing of this content a habit, and then create a timeline for editing and publishing it.
It should be noted that you don’t have to create seven pieces of content per week to be successful. The goal here is to create extremely high quality content, even if that means only publishing once per week.
Focus On Traffic
Just about every beginner blogger wants to eventually reach the point where they can generate a full time income from their blog. The problem with this, however, is that most bloggers with this goal focus on money too early in the game.
This is a mistake and it becomes an even bigger mistake when you don’t have much time to commit to your blog. By focusing on marketing and generating traffic to your blog first, you can eventually reach the point where making money from your loyal readers becomes easy.
Some beginner bloggers have even had success with creating a single post per week and focusing the rest of their time on promoting and marketing that post and their blog. Find out what works for you, but be sure that you focus on traffic first.
Create and Stick to Deadlines
The hardest part about writing is to do so on a consistent basis. So, in order to do this, you often need to create deadlines for yourself.
While you certainly do not want to stress yourself out while blogging on a part time basis, deadlines help to keep order with your blog. Consistency is key to any successful blog, and setting deadlines is one of the best ways to remain consistent.