Creating A Content Schedule
Now that your site is up and running, it's time to start adding some content. I hope you took the time to become familiar with Wordpress and post your first blog post.
Today we're going to make a plan for the coming weeks and months.
Step One - Set A Content Goal
Let's start by figuring out how often per week you're going to blog. I recommend you aim for at least 2 to 3 posts per week. Ideally you want to blog daily.
Take a minute to come up with a goal and write it down. Then post the reminder on your desk.
Step Two - Create An Editorial Calendar
Now that you have your goal, let's come up with an editorial calendar. You can use a regular desk calendar, a spreadsheet or even a simple word document.
Let's assume you're going on all out and plan on blogging Monday through Friday. Grab a notebook and jot down the dates you'll be blogging on. Next to each day, write a topic for a blog post.
I find it helps me to focus on one particular topic or category per week. For example, if I have a parenting blog, I might write a week's worth of potty training blog posts.
I have two great resources for you to make content creation even easier.
The first is a is a weekly blogging calendar that you can download here:
It's packed with various ideas that will help you come up with blog post ideas.
The second is a way to get better at writing content - any type of content, not just blog posts. It's a course called Better Content by Alice Seba. I'm going through the course right now and am loving it.
Step Three - Get Ahead Of The Game
Last but not least, I suggest you get ahead of the game with your blogging. Let's face it, things happen and there will be days when you either don't get around to blogging, or just don't feel like it. For those days, I like to have some blog posts ready to go.
It's very simple to do with Wordpress. You can write your blog posts and then either save them as drafts, or go ahead and publish them at a future date (this is called scheduling).
I regularly schedule blog posts ahead of time when I am traveling, on vacation or know I'll be super busy that day.
I also keep 5 to 10 blog posts ready to go in draft mode to use on those days I didn't expect to be too busy to blog.
A great goal is to write just one additional blog post per week. Now go sit down and create your editorial calendar for this month. Then write today's blog post (and maybe even an extra one).
I'll be with some tips for marketing your new niche blog in the next lesson. There are quite a few simple things you can do to get traffic and readers to your site.
Susanne Myers - Affiliate Fast Track