This post is for the bloggers looking to grow your audience, interact with them more and start the ball rolling on growing your blog. For everyone else, nothing to see here people. I’ll be back later. Ready to proceed? Let’s go!

I was pleased to find, when reading BlogWise, that I have a fairly decent structure around my blog and blogging in general. I spend a lot of time online but it’s all focused on growing my blog and the opportunities around it. I view it as my second job. The one I REALLY, really like. But I also like my husband. My life. My friends and family. The gym! And if you’re working two jobs something tends to slip. Maybe. Here are some of the things that work for me to keep all the balls in the air;

  • Schedule posts if you want some time off. Guests posts can be great for this but don’t rely on it every time you want a weekend off. It should be fresh, real content from you. But written earlier. Don'[t compromise on quality because you are planning to schedule a post. If you do, you might as well leave the blog without a new post until you get back.
  • Scale back your regular posting. If you are finding way too many gaps in your blog {want to post daily but are only posting weekly?} it might be time to scale back. Regular weekly or  twice weekly posts are better than irregular posts when you are building engagement. Set days of the week you MUST post and stick to it. Then the rest is cream.
  • Know what you are coming online to do. I usually check twitter & facebook on my phone it keeps my laptop for working purposes only. When I’m on my p[hone, I’m playing. When I’m on the laptop, I’m working. It’s all time online but it distinguishes it in your head I think.
  • Reply to comments and visit other blogs every day. I set myself an hour or two after dinner depending on what I have on. This helps build engagement and helps you get to know the people reading your blog. You might not have this much time, so do what works for you, but look first at how much time you waste of an evening or morning… There might be an hour there somewhere.
  • Use an auto link poster. On facebook I use Networked Blogs. On twitter you can use tweetdeck or straight from feedburner. This ensures the links are going out there as they are written rather than in a bundle on your page when you have time. But don’t forget, interaction is key. Link bombing people is never cool. Social media are about interaction, right Kellie.
  • Get a life. If you’re logged off, be logged off. Seriously. Put the phone down and back away slowly. Right Jacqui. No one like a girl that’s too available. Ha. {too many Friends episodes I suspect}. But you know I’m right!

So there you go. Some more tips on streamlining all that there is to do on your blog while continuing to build its audience. Well, my take on it anyway. Or read what the big guns have to say in the ProBlogger BlogWise eBook. Yes, I’m an affiliate, yes I’ll make something like $6 if you buy one. Full disclosure and all. But yes, also, it’s a great read and jam-packed with tips and hints. Well worth the money.  

So do you do these things? Some or all?

What’s YOUR best tip?

  • Jacqui (CRAP mamma)

    Some good advice Ms Suger!! I’d love to say I comment on other people’s blogs every day but I just don’t have the time (except of course when I’m at work :P).

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Ha. Naughty employee. I think it’s an aim. Even if it’s not always possible. Busy is relative. But then, I’ll tell that to your active boys, shall I. 😉

  • Thanks for the great tips my blog is on the back burner at the moment till I learn how to make it look better. Loving your blog & like following you on twitter

    (((( Hugs )))) XXXX Kisses XXXX

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoy the tweets and posts.

      For blog design tips just find the topic called blog building in the drop down list. There’s lots of tips there. Good luck!

  • Rachel from Redcliffe Style

    Thank you, this is all awesome advice. I really need more structure in my blogging. Rachel x

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks Rachel. Structure will enable you to get where you want to go with it. Do it, you won’t regret it.

  • My

    Great tips.  I think I need to take some of these suggestions on board. 🙂

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks! Good luck implementing them, and getting where you want to be. 🙂

  • My Vintage Vow

    Thanks honey, always good advice and recap.
    My main focus at the moment with both of my blogs is developing a regular posting schedule that works for me and the family. It’s a work in progress, but I’m slowly putting all that I’ve learnt recently and more into appropriate context and practice.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks. And great news. Find what works for you. Commit to that, and if extra posts show up, schedule them. OR post extra sometimes. Good luck!

  • Rhonda Hartman

    I’ve just started taking advantage of the scheduling.  I don’t comment or read blogs everyday just because I don’t have time.  But I do sit down at least once or twice a week and catch up, read and comment. 

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      For sure. Setting up a time that works for you is all it takes. A couple of times a week is all it takes. If done regularly.

  • sydneyshopgirl

    Great tips.  I should schedule more than I do.

    SSG xxx

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks SSG. And YES! Scheduled posts keep me ticking over when life is hectic.

  • I do a few of these things. I schedule posts, I reply to comments and I visit other blogs daily and leave comments there too. But I’m a slow reader and an even slower typist, (where’s that “j”) so it takes me several hours to get through my list, when I should probably be out exercising.
    Earlier this year I did plan to cut back and visit half of you one day, then the other half the next day. But I found I was spending too much time “catching up” on posts I’d missed by not visiting.  I’ll have to come up with something…

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      River, you’re one of the most dedicated readers and commenter I have. I appreciate it no end. And if you need to cut back, I’ll still love you. Promise. 😉

  • Great tips. Trouble for me is that emails to PR and running around after some things can take up my hour that I used to leave for blog commenting a couple of nights a week. I now generally have a weekend night (often Friday in footy season) where I just spend the night reading and commenting on blogs. If I posted daily, I would need a nanny, I don’t know how people manage it.

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      It’s a balancing act, for sure. I tend to reply to all pr emails with a standard response unless it’s a brand I’ve planned to work with {my Dream Team list}. It seems to free up time and they get the information they need about rates and terms from my kit. Maybe that idea will help? I’d miss reading blogs if I had to deal with emails instead. 😉

  • Brigid @The Inspired Notebook

    I bought BlogWise a few weeks back and was really impressed. Would definitely recommend it too! It’s so encouraging  to read productivity tips from other bloggers who are so successful in what they’re doing.
    Your tips here are great too. I’ve only just started scheduling my days, after far too long of plodding along without a schedule (and being highly ineffective!), but am thinking I need to break down my time even further for writing, commenting, FB/Twitter etc. I particularly like your idea of keeping you laptop for work only. It’s far too easy to get ‘distracted’ online and yours is a great solution!

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Thanks Brigid, it’s always great to have another happy reviewer comment. It sounds like you’re on the right track. Focusing your efforts and blocking out time is just as important for blogging as anything. Good luck with your goals! I’m sure you’ll do GREAT! 🙂

  • Claire Chadwick

    Thanks for the great tips & advice Melissa 🙂 I started my blog 2 years ago and built it up quickly by giving it my all. I had over 160 google followers within the first few months & I loved posting regularly. But….morning sickness with Bub number 2 got me out of action for a while…then the chaos a new baby brings had me posting less frequently. But now…things have settled & I’ve got my bloggy mojo back 🙂 I lost all of my google friend connect followers because Google retired this tool for non-Blogspot blogs. So I’m working my way up again & finding my groove in the bloggy world again. I also lost a little bit of blog-confidence too….so tips like yours, are a big help! THANK YOU!
    x

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      You’re so welcome. Great job getting your blog up and running so wonderfully. I hope you enjoy getting back into it. I’m sure you’ve missed it!

      Check feedburner, you may still have subscribers there and could redirect your feed or something. Anyway, Google it if you’re stuck. Worth looking into.

  • Kristen Me vs Myself

    Thanks Melissa, great tips! I’m a haphazard poster, commenter, tweeter, facebooker etc and really need to start planning some time into my days/nights to manage my social media so I’ll be taking your advice on board 🙂
    Kristen xo

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      Great Kristen! I hope they help you get where it is you want to be. Let me know how you go. 🙂

  • MyLifeAsACake

    I always do more reading of other blogs than posting on mine. Probably why I’ll never be a big-town blogger- but I love touching base with people and hearing about their lives, it’s what got me into blogging and why I stay in blogging. I’d hate to have a situation where I don’t have time to catch up with my ‘friends’. 
    Some great tips here. I’ve been meaning to look into an auto-link poster, I always get better stats when I’ve linked a post to twitter. I’m just too lazy to remember half the time! 

    • Melissa Walker Horn

      I feel the same way. Some weeks are harder than others, but if I haven’t done the rounds in a while it just feels less of a community more of the Melissa show. And in my opinion that’s missing the point entirely.

      Good luck with the link poster, email me if you want more info. xo

  • Haha. Welcome! I’m hoping I rub off on you then, but in a good way. Believe me, I have plenty of bad habits I could share. Let me know if you have any questions. All the blog building posts came from someone asking the question, so feel free to email me if you have any. xo