Are you just starting out with blogging and running an online business? One of the most common struggles we have is not having enough time because blogging is simply too time-consuming.
I’ve been blogging for almost 8 months on Smart Affiliate Hub and I definitely agree! Writing blog posts requires an exceptionally long time. First, you must conduct research, brainstorm, writing the content, correcting mistakes, adding pictures etc. Let’s not forget marketing which should take up MOST of your time.—That’s why I’ve developed strategies to help me plan out my work days, so I can work more efficiently.
As a beginner, you’re going to ask a lot of questions regarding how you should start a blog. Some answers you get are common misconceptions and should be taken with a light grain of salt.
The problem with giving into misconceptions is that you will be focusing your time on the wrong things which will, in the end, make blogging too time-consuming. In this article, we will talk about the common misconceptions and how you can better yourself to make blogging less time-consuming. Without further ado, let’s dive right into it!
Common Misconceptions For Bloggers
You Must Write New Content
The truth is, you don’t have to write new content! Google had an update known as the Google Freshness Algorithm. What it does is it reward bloggers who are updating their content so it stays relevant.
For example, let’s say you wrote an article on how to make a blog in 2017. Google will view that article as a relevant source for people searching for how to make a blog in the year 2017. Once 2018 (presently is) comes around, your how to make a blog in 2017 will no longer be relevant.
Simply, changing the title to how to make a blog for beginners and updating your content to ensure that it stays evergreen will help it rank better on search engines.—Click here to learn how to write evergreen content.
That’s why I always tell my readers including yourself, to go back and update your old blog posts. Keep it trendy and you will do much better than writing new content.
You Must Blog Every Single Day
When I first started blogging, I was under the impression that I must produce a brand new blog post every single day. To this day I still do because I enjoy it and it’s become a daily routine.
You can do it too, but you want to ensure that you put quality over quantity. Google is looking for helpful and quality content, so you should really focus on producing quality content even if you can’t post every single day. 100 low-quality content will not do you any good! It’s actually more work, in the long run, to come up with so many ideas just to write poor content.—Click here to read my 10 tips to writing quality content.
Note: That doesn’t mean you should slack off and produce a new blog post every couple of months. You see, in the end, the more articles you have indexed, the more traffic you can potentially get. Just do it at your own pace and ensure that you’re producing quality content.
You Must Write Super Long Blog Posts
When it comes to the length of a blog post, it really depends on how well you are at getting your point across. If you can get your point across with 500 words, then more power to you!
I was told by a friend who just started blogging to produce content with well over 3000 thousand words and for me, it was just impossible. Also, when I read his blog posts at the time, I couldn’t get past the first paragraph because he had way too many words. I was wondering to myself, what would my readers do if I produced articles that long!
When you put yourself in the same shoes as your readers, you will understand that the average visitor’s attention span is not that long. Which means, if you don’t hook them on your first paragraph, chances are, they will not finish your article.
My recommendation is to focus on getting your point across. Forget about the number of words that you come out with because that’s irrelevant. Sometimes pushing it to reach your desired number of words will degrade the quality of your content anyway.
Your Blog Post Needs To Be Perfect
Ideally, you want to publish with minimal imperfections, but there’s no such thing as the perfect blog post. If you scroll back up, I talked about updating your old blog posts. It’s not just to keep it evergreen, but it’s also to fix any imperfections you’ve made in the past.
If you read my early blog posts, they were horrible and even at this very moment. My blog posts are nowhere near perfect. I’m still going back here and there to fix my grammatical errors or adding more information. Don’t dwell on writing the perfect content because you’ll be wasting a lot of time.
My Tips To Blogging More Efficiently To Consume Less Time
When it comes to blogging or anything else in life. You should always have a game plan. That’s why I recommend dedicating at least 2 days to work on your blog.
For example, I only blog on Monday and Tuesdays, but I’m still able to publish daily. The way I do it is called batching. When you batch your work, you can relieve yourself from blogging every single day.
You see, when I was blogging every single day, it was quite stressful because I also had other priorities in life. It’s almost like working a regular job, so that’s when I decided to make a change.
Also, if you have money, you can also try to outsource for help, so you can focus on other aspects of your online business. That way, you are maximizing your time to do things that will help your blog or business grow.
Do you have any additional tips and secrets to share with my readers? We would all greatly appreciate it.
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