With how much there is to do as a blogger, it can easily be a full-time job or more. You can spend 60 hours every week bouncing from social media management to graphic design to comment moderation and still barely find time to write content in the first place! There’s no doubt that all of us could stand to shave a few hours off the ever-growing to-do list every week. Thankfully, there are dozens of tools designed to help bloggers do just that. Here are my favorite ways to save twenty or more hours every week.
Boardbooster – Save 7 Hours
Who doesn’t love Pinterest?! Whether you’re a food, DIY, or mommy blogger, Pinterest has huge potential for bringing in new traffic. The only problem? Manually pinning can take up so much time. On one hand, you want to keep your boards updated. On the other, you don’t want to spam your new readers. What’s a girl to do?
With Boardbooster, you can schedule pins far in advance. So rather than being constantly tethered to Pinterest, you can schedule your entire week’s worth of pins in one sitting.
Here are some of the best parts of Boardbooster:
- Can schedule pins for a penny a piece. (Get your first 100 pins for free here.)
- Can schedule how many pins you want pinned per day to what boards. Great if you’re on group boards that have a posting limit.
- Boardbooster can automatically repin old material after so long, making sure that new viewers get to see all of your awesome content. Also removes repins with less engagement, ensuring that you don’t get duplicates (which, as I understand, Pinterest penalizes you for).
- Simple with virtually no learning curve.
- Start campaigns that make sourcing top pins for your board easy as cake.
- Start campaigns that make sharing your pins across multiple boards easy as cake.
- Great referral program that can make your monthly expense virtually nonexistent.
Boardbooster is honestly a lifesaver when it comes to wrangling the social media beast. Why not give it a try with 100 free pins?
Trello – Save 3 Hours
This productivity tool works surprisingly well for bloggers. If you find yourself constantly in a jumble of notes like I used to, then this will not only save you several hours a week, but also free up a TON of mental clutter.
Because as you know, there is no such thing as just writing a blog post. There’s researching, outlining, writing, editing, and finding/creating graphics. By the time you go to hit “publish”, you’ve still only scratched the surface of all the work that has to get done to get your content in front of readers’ eyes.
The solution? Create a streamlined process to simplify the chaos. With Trello, you can easily keep track of potential posts and see at a glance what phase every post is in. Here’s an example board for some inspiration.
Crowdfire – Save 7 Hours
Social media is a big part of the blogging game, and an intimidating one at that. Where do you start? How can you reliably grow your followers? Crowdfire takes you step-by-step on every aspect of growing your social media, no matter what platform you use. And better yet, the whole process takes less than 15 minutes a day. It’s helped me gain around 20 new followers a day, which is fantastic for the free plan.
BuzzSumo – Save 3 Hours
Ever find yourself getting ready to write a blog post, but find yourself staring at a blank screen? BuzzSumo.com helps you solve that problem by finding out what the most popular and sharable content is for a certain search term. Just ten minutes of research on that site can generate enough post ideas to keep you booked up for weeks!
It can also help you develop a smarter content strategy by showing you who the top influencers in an industry are. People who can not only inspire you, but who you may want to partner with in the future. Simple, straightforward, and incredibly valuable.
Take a breath of relief, bloggers, and enjoy your new free time.
What are your favorite ways to save time blogging? Be sure to tell me in the comments or tweet it out!
Happy Thursday! xoxo