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Blogger Routines That Will Make You More Productive

by | Jan 11, 2019 | Business

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Evolving your daily blogging routine as your blog grows can be helpful as you grow from a beginner blogger to a professional.

In this post I interviewed bloggers of all growth sizes, from beginner bloggers, intermediate bloggers, and professional bloggers to see what their biggest struggles are, and what their tasks are that they focus on to keep them moving forward.

 

I’m assuming that most of us reading this started our blogs in order to increase our income.

And I see why, because did you know that the average monthly earnings per blogger is $10,986?

That is according to Brandon Gaille, the author and host of The Blog Millionaire.

Just FYI, he didn’t include the bloggers making less than $2,000.

Those are ‘hobby bloggers’ according to Gaille.


Which, the majority of you reading this are, according to the statistics.

(Even if we’re doing this as a business.)

*raises hand*

Now, being a ‘hobby blogger‘ isn’t a bad thing, in fact, it’s just another word for beginner – but it does mean that we have a long road ahead of us to get to that $10k/month!

And the to-do list of bloggers seems to grow every day, as we fight the struggles, obstacles, the social medias, the constant posting on all platforms – it can be straight up overwhelming.

Which is why a lot of people give up when they’re still in the beginning stage.

So on the never ending search to improve our blogs growth, I set out on a quest to ask multiple blogging Facebook groups a few questions.

What did I hope to find?

I wanted to see if there was some sort of correlation between what actions the beginners take, versus what ones the professionals take.

You know, just to make sure we’re doing the right things to move the needle forward 🙂

But those established bloggers have seen and heard a lot of things.

As they evolved from beginner bloggers to professionals, so do the tasks and the daily routines. I thought we could all learn something from the mouths of them personally, as well as those who just started, so we can compare the two and light that path a bit more!

 

Disclosure: Some of the links below may be affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. This goes to help support and run The Success Mountain website and keep the free information flowing!

 

Here’s the post I posted in my Facebook groups

The questions we asked were:

What do you do each day?

What is your #1 priority at the moment?

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

I asked these in my Facebook groups, and received a ton of feedback that surprised me! Other bloggers also want to know these answers!

To organize these answers, I split these up into three different categories as fairly as I could:

  • Beginner Bloggers
    Those making $0/month, just starting or just launched their blog, or <1 year old
  • Intermediate Bloggers
    Those making a bit of money and have been launched long enough to earn income
  • Professional Bloggers
    Those who are making that $9k+ per month, and have been up for at least 1+ years

This may be a bit confusing on some of the bloggers, and the lines are also blurred because – who is to say if you’re an intermediate blogger or a professional?

But to me, if you’re making ANY money online and having to include it on your taxes you’re a professional!

So label each blogger at your own discretion – each persons growth is different, and as for most things in life – there’s no one size fits all!

Curious to see the difference between pro bloggers and beginner bloggers and their daily routines? Check out this post full of tips from bloggers in various stages of their blogs growth to see what they do each day to grow their blogs - get inspiration to follow their lead and grow your blog!
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Routines of Beginner Bloggers

Name: Jenee

Blog:  havefungetitdone.com

Answers:

 

What do you do each day?

Each day I try to focus on the next activity that is going to bring me the most results. I have been experimenting with time blocks and scrum project batching. I love both for different reasons. Since I am a new blogger each day usually consists of doing homework for a blogging class and implementing that homework into my blog immediately.

 

What is your #1 priority at the moment?
My #1 priority at the moment is creating an opt-in freebie for my readers. That way when I start driving more traffic to my blog I can grow my email list and make my readers happy at the same time.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?
Graphic design is often my nemesis, but I am learning how to put that diva in her place.

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?
I just applied for Media.net in order to start getting ad revenue. I am also focusing on redesigning a paper planner I published years ago into a printable pdf to sell. My opt-in will be the Daily Plan Printable which is one of the most effective tools in the planner.

 

Name: Dela

Blog:  brownskinmama.com

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What do you do each day?

I make sure that each day I’m active on Pinterest. I try to write 2 new posts a week as my blog is fairly new (6 months).

 

What is your #1 priority at the moment?

When I write new posts I make sure that my posts are SEO optimized and that they interlink with my older posts.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

My biggest struggle is reaching out to my mailing list…I’m at a loss as to what to say but I know I need to be more engaged there.

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

Right now I’m trying to work on my affiliate sales as I feel I’m a bit weak in that area.

 

Name: Hillary Ross

Blog:  hillaryross.ca

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What do you do each day?
I’m active on Instagram and Pinterest, but due to a Wi-Fi situation I’m uploading less at the moment 😅 I check my emails and reach out to other companies-I’ve made a list and try to email at least 2-3 a day to get some sponsored content. On Instagram, I’ve been commenting, following and liking others post for growth. I capture images almost every second day to accompany blog posts.

 

What is your #1 priority at the moment?
My #1 priority at the moment is expanding and gaining more engagement. I want to earn more.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?
I’m trying to work on more constant posts I’d like to have the same # blog post per week, on a regular schedule

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?
I’d say reaching out has been bringing me forward a bit both by email and Instagram.

 

Name: Brianne

Blog:  frugalminimalistkitchen.com

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What do you do each day?
I don’t spend time on my blog every day, but every week I consistently meet with another blogger for our accountability meetings where we discuss what we’ve learned and set small weekly goals.

 

What is your #1 priority at the moment?
My #1 priority is trying to get more content on my blog since it’s still new!

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?
I honestly find it hard to prioritize working on my blog over other jobs, side hustles and relationships. I wake up earlier in the morning to get some work done, which has helped.

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?
I don’t earn an income from my blog yet so I have a few part time jobs and side hustles to make ends meet.

 


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From The Essential Habits Of 6-Figure Bloggers book:

When you sit back and plan your monthly content around themes and launches, you get a super clear idea of what is going well, plus you can reinforce lessons for your readers. Before I began planning my content, I found myself creating scattered messages. A post on Facebook wouldn’t align with the message I was putting up on the blog or inside of Instagram. It was taking me longer to create the content simply because I was creating new content for every platform instead of repurposing.

 – Terra Dawn (Uncork Your Dork)


Name: Katie

Blog:  living-the-stream.com

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I’m a beginner blogger. Full time stay at home mom with 3 kids. I blog during nap time (about 1.5 hours a day).  Right now I’m trying to balance working on my blog and learning about blogging. I’m on Pinterest daily, answering emails.
2 days a week I focus on going through Carly’s Pinterest course (I just finished on Friday!) and BBC (DTC). The other days I’m working on SEO, updating “old” posts with my new knowledge. I try to post to Instagram and my Facebook group once a week.

 

Name: Carol-Ann

Blog:  AsktheNICUNurse.com

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I’m so beginner that I’m not launched yet 😁 but I have spent 90% of my free time outside of my full time job for the last 3 months working on my blog (definitely full time hours for those 3 months). If you want to hear from a super newbie…

[NOTE FROM TIFFANY: Of course we do! It’s all about learning, girl, you got this!]

 

What do you do each day?
LEARN. In the shower, cooking, and driving I’m listening to podcasts related to blogging/online business. I’ve bought courses on starting a blog, affiliate marketing, Pinterest, and SEO. I’ve taken free courses on similar subjects and on WordPress and such. On my days off (I’m a nurse and work 12 hour shifts so don’t have time for much on days I work) I try to progress through the courses and take notes. I spend time here and there in WordPress just learning to navigate and edit and whatnot. I’ve practiced writing a couple posts. And I’m working on figuring out Pinterest strategies. I’m also involved in blogging Facebook groups and pay attention to questions people ask and screenshot the answers so I won’t have to ask the same question in the future.

 

What is your number one priority?
My number 1 priority, as you can probably tell, is learning. I know some people like to learn as they go but I don’t want to have to go back and fix mistakes I made from a lack of knowledge. I’m treating blogging like a second degree and learning first, with a dash of clinical experience as I go 😅 my thinking is, blogging has the potential to bring in more income than the bachelors degree that cost $30k+ so why wouldn’t I give it the same time and dedication as that degree (obviously I won’t spend 4 years just learning but I can definitely justify a few months). Plus, SEO seems like something to start from day 1 for the best/quickest results so learning a lot about that.

 

What tasks do you struggle with?

Just staying on task and focused. Not following every shiny object I see. There’s so much to read and listen to and learn that I get so distracted. I bought a planner and plan out my days ahead of time which helps a bit but I have to remind myself sometimes to focus on the goal.

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward?
Learning about affiliate marketing. Trying to plan some future posts here and there. I’m planning on monetizing that way first so just learning the best methods for writing that sells.

 

Name: Tiffany

Blog:  thesuccessmountain.com

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As one who also loves to constantly learn and soak up knowledge, I’ve learned that I’m going to change much more than what I expected after I started just by adjusting.
In fact, one of the biggest lessons I think I’ve learned is that most of this is trial and error, so you’ll be changing a lot (most things) as you go – which was different than my perspective when I first started for sure! I definitely wanted to get as much knowledge before I started but it’s impossible haha (I think I’ve tried 😂😂)

 

What do you do each day?
It depends on the week. Right now I am using a batching planning process where I do something each week. I hate doing the same thing every day and like variety, so having different tasks to do each week helps me get a lot done while keeping my restlessness at ease 🙂

Week one: Blogs, videos, and content

Week two: Promotion and marketing

Week three: Newsletters and opt-ins

Week four: Monetizing and monthly tasks

 

What is your number one priority at the moment?

Right now I’m focused on writing great content, and getting traffic. Okay that’s two things because I’m a rule-breaker 🙂

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

Keeping away from shiny object syndrome, getting started writing blog posts, staying focused on the task at hand.

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

Right now I am writing blog posts and promoting affiliate products, and for the first part of 2019 I am going to be focusing on creating a ‘tripwire’ product! Baby steps.

 


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From The Essential Habits Of 6-Figure Bloggers book:

Systems help you take the required action no matter what happens. Systems aren’t just about automation. They also include daily or weekly routines, outsourcing, accountability, measuring progress, investing in education, and more…If you don’t have systems, then you must rely on willpower to get things done….In short, we have limited willpower and repeated decisions erodes what willpower we have.

The answer is to create systems that reduce the amount of decision making and willpower needed to achieve our goals.

 – Sally Miller, author


Name: Renzi

Blog:  rmikazuki.com

Answers:

What do you do each day?
I still have a full time job, so that’s part of my every day. At the same time though, I’m always looking for nice things and experiences to possibly share on my blog, and I spend time reading articles and watching Youtube videos to get inspired.

 

What is your #1 priority at the moment?
For the blog, my priority right now is to get some momentum in terms of posting on my site and on my socials. I just relaunched so there’s not much on the site, but on Instagram, I try to post every other day.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?
I’m struggling to finalize my schedule to be able to post regularly. I’m worried I’ll run out of ideas, or that I’ll be overwhelmed with things and miss out my blog.

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?
Right now, I’m just trying to build my blog’s portfolio and viewership because it’s new. I’m also still trying to look into income possibilities.

 

Name: Megan

Blog: meganslifewithlittles.com

Answers:

I am a beginner blogger. My blog is 3 months old. My main priority right now is creating consistent quality content so that I can get more traffic. I struggle with traffic right now, but any new blog takes a little time to grow traffic. I am also focusing on using social media platforms to the best of my ability since social media is the place to be! I have spent time creating optimized bio’s and descriptions.

 

 

Name: Mary

Blog: crazygorgeouslife.com

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I am a beginning blogger in my 6th month. I have an 8 month old baby so I haven’t been able to put in as much time as I would like to, but I’m making progress slowly but surely!

 

What do you do each day?
I try to work on content & editing while my baby is napping everyday. I will do keyword research on my phone laying in bed at night. I also participate in Facebook threads from my phone to promote some days, and use my phone to make sure I have pins scheduled on Tailwind throughout the week. I do as much as I can from my phone little by little, but when my baby is napping, that’s when I sit down at the computer and actually write.

 

What is your #1 priority at the moment?
I’m trying to get better about posting at least once a week so I can gain more traffic and get accepted to MediaVine. In the meantime I’m focusing on monetizing through affiliate marketing.

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?
Time management! I will spend too much time trying to create the perfect pin or come up with the perfect title. I’m trying to remember that while quality is important, done is better than perfect!

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?
I have been accepted into several affiliate programs so I’m writing posts that make sales. I’m promoting those posts as much as I can to gain traffic and grow my affiliate income. I hope to build up enough traffic over the next few months to get into MediaVine. I’m also starting a second blog about how to make/save money as a stay at home mom. I think now that I have been able to take some courses, this one will start off on the right foot.

 


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From The Essential Habits Of 6-Figure Bloggers book:

I think showing up every day ready to dig in and do the work is my “secret to success.”
A lot of people say they want to build a successful business, but most of them don’t want to actually do what it takes to get there. They may try for a while, but the first time life gets in the way, they stop and then have a hard time getting going again. The difference for me is that I don’t give in! I keep trucking despite the (business or personal) setbacks.

 – Gina Horkey, HorkeyHandbook.Com


Name: Jennie

Blog:  fourtolove.com

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What do you do each day?

I am a beginner blogger. My blog is only 2 months old. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a rhythm or consistent schedule, so here are the activities I regularly engage in, in no particular order.

1 – Training. I have subscribed to numerous free courses and bought the Genius Bloggers Toolkit and one other paid training. I am learning all I can from the experts!
2 – Content marketing. I am developing a Pinterest strategy and also use my Facebook page to market my content.
3 – Content creation. I keep a log of ideas and also pose questions to my Facebook page to generate content. I aim to post once per week. I try to optimize for SEO.
4 – Social media engagement. I post once per day on my Facebook page and work on cultivating an invested community of followers! I also try to engage with the blogging groups I belong to.
5 – Creating opt-in freebies. I launched an email course and have a few PDFs available for download.
6 – Emailing my list once per week. It’s not a big list, but I treat it like it is!
7 – Obsessing over metrics. (Hope to get rid of this one soon!)

 

What is your #1 priority at the moment?

My #1 priority is (or at least should be) content creation, with Pinterest and email list growth close behind.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

I struggle with balancing my time and creating an actual schedule I can stick to. The only thing I have down pat is my Facebook page posting strategy.

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

Writing quality content that includes affiliate links drives traffic for ad income and affiliate income. I am not earning much yet but feel confident I am putting the right pieces into place!

 

Name: Marjorie

Blog:  stashingdollars.com

Answers:

What do you do each day?

I am beginning blogger. My blog is less than 6 months old. I work full time outside of my blog. What I do each day varies and I would like to be better at having a weekly schedule that I follow.

 

What is your #1 priority at the moment?

My number one priority is to grow traffic to my blog.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

I don’t stuggle with tasks as much as keeping a regular schedule. My biggest struggle is finding enough time to do everything.

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

My biggest focus right now is SEO and more content creation.

 

Name: Mindy

Blog:  adeclutteredlife.com

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What do you do each day?
1) Pinterest
2) respond to email
3) respond to my blog’s Facebook group posts

 

What is your #1 priority at the moment?
Creating more income, which requires all the things: content creation, Pinterest, SEO.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?
Content creation. I feel like I spend so much time doing little things that I can’t make time to do some of the more important things, like write more blog posts.

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?
I’m working on turning my online course into a different type of product.

 

 

Routines of Intermediate Bloggers

Name: Morgan

Blog:  tylkadesignco.com

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What do you do each day?
The work of 4 people. I have two kids, one is 5 and one is 3 months. I blog, run an e-commerce website, run an eBay business and do freelance writing/graphic design☺️

 

What is your #1 priority?
More collaborations with other bloggers + going back through old blog posts and doing some SEO optimization.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

Putting out fresh blog posts on a consistent schedule! It’s difficult to do when you’re raising kids and running other businesses, but I am a type-A personality… so I feel like I NEED a schedule!

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

SEO optimizing my store and blog, and actively seeking new revenue streams every day.

 


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From The Essential Habits Of 6-Figure Bloggers book:

My advice is to know what your strengths are. Know what you don’t enjoy and which task doesn’t lie in your zone of genius.

 – Meera Kothand, MeeraKothand.Com


Name: Dale

Blog:  bloggingherway.com

Answers:

I would classify myself as an intermediate blogger running three blogs and earning $2,200+ a month!

  

What do you do each day?

Respond to emails, create content for Blog #3, create fresh Pinterest graphics for all my blogs, participate in Pinterest promo threads on Facebook, work on email marketing/sales funnels for Blog #1

 

What is your #1 priority?

Increasing traffic on Blog #3 to get into Mediavine ad network and marketing my online course on Blog #1.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

Balancing all three of my blogs! All are profitable, so it’s tough to figure out which ones to focus on in a given week. Right now Blog #2 is kind of on the back burner.

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

Creating and launching new products for Blog #1, marketing current products on Blog #1 (through Pinterest, email, sales funnels, etc.), and writing blog posts containing affiliate links on Blog #3

 

Name: Adriana

Blog:  mappingabetterlife.com

Answers:

I’m a intermediate blogger, online since 2000. I built blogs from scratch, sold a few blogs (one for a very good amount, after only 18 months online), and recently started buying abandoned blogs that have been online for 7 years or more, in order to fix them and eventually sell them.

I currently have 5 blogs at different stages of success.

 

 

What do you do each day?

My daily tasks include keyword research, updating old posts, creating Pinterest images, and brainstorming new ways to monetize these sites.

Most of all, I am flexible enough to enjoy my family and be there when they need me.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

My biggest struggle is time. I’ve tried unsuccessfully to find a VA that’s affordable, yet can do what I need them to do. Another struggle is finding good writers that will follow my post guidelines to the letter, so I can concentrate on more important things.

 

If you are new to blogging, I would recommend you stick with one blog only until you bring it to profit and figure out your work flow. Running several blogs is HARD! This is new to me too, and I was having difficulty until I looked at these blogs as a long term investment that doesn’t need to be profitable overnight. Now I keep up with my main blog which I started almost 3 years ago, and as the time permits, I alternate working on the blogs I’m fixing. I will write about my journey on my blog above (again, as time permits).

 

Name: Niki

Blog:  tootsmomistired.com

Answers:

I’m intermediate. I quit my job because I was making enough money that I didn’t need to work, and I’m almost averaging what I was making.

 

 

What do you do each day?

I have days that I don’t do anything. Mondays are for promo threads. Tuesday is my big work day because my mom takes my 3 year old for the day. I will either batch create blog posts, work on a project like setting up a sales funnel, or update old posts. Every day I check my stats just to make sure there aren’t any anomalies.

 

What is your #1 priority?

At the moment I’m formulating a strategy for 2019 to add more products and sales funnels.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

Anything requiring abstract thought like strategy planning. lol It’s hard to think big when you have a 3 year old asking you questions every 5 minutes.

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

Create content, promote, apply for sponsored campaigns, update old posts and republish, analyze data to further optimize conversion.

 

 

Name: Jen

Blog:  mnmomma.com

Answers:

I would say I’m somewhere between a beginner blogger and an intermediate blogger! I’ve been blogging for just short of a year now!

 

What do you do each day?

Pinterest is a focus every day. Otherwise, my weekly schedule includes creating 1 blog post, creating pins, promoting my posts, and working on my freebies and products.

 

What is your #1 priority?

I’m working to improve my SEO and build backlinks to my site.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

I currently struggle with my email list! I’ve built it up to a few hundred but don’t reach out to them as much as I should.

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

I focus on creating great content for SEO and traffic from Pinterest. I create new pins weekly and am trying to come up with new product ideas!

 

 


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From The Essential Habits Of 6-Figure Bloggers book:

learned early on to set my most important task based on goals, then buckle down and actually do it. It’s hard to build that discipline because the task is usually difficult and sometimes it’s boring, so it’s easy to get distracted or caught up in busywork.
Scheduling a pile of updates to Facebook is easy, but will have a negligible effect on my income. Spending an hour working on a sales page, a new product, or an event is difficult but will increase my income, so I have to do this instead. I’ve ignored any number of shiny new things so that I can focus on the core of content, email subscribers, and customers. It’s difficult not to jump on the latest bandwagon, but the effort has paid off.

 – Kelly George, KellyGeorge.Net


Name: Ashleigh

Blog:  smartcentsmom.com

Answers:

I am probably an intermediate blogger. I’ve been blogging for 2 years now and last month I made $2700.

 

What do you do each day?

Each day I work on keyword research for either old posts or searching for keywords to create new posts. I’m also daily searching for backlink opportunities and working on Pinterest. Weekly I write 1 new blog post, update 1 old blog post, and engage in my Facebook group.

 

What is your #1 priority?

Now I am focused on creating content with a strong SEO focus. I’m also tracking my affiliate links to see which ones are performing well. 

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

Writing! I think writing is so hard and it’s really time consuming. I’m hoping to hire my first VA in the next couple of months to help me get more done!

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

Tracking my affiliate links has really helped my income grow over the past few months. Someone told me that when you track you grow! 

 

 

Name: Renee

Blog: reneethewanderess.com

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What do you do each day?

I spend most of my time learning all of the tools needed to be a better blogger! I have about 20 quality posts up and now my focus is figuring out how to get people to see them and engage with them.

 

 

What is your #1 priority?

Driving traffic, using Pinterest, Instagram, and other social media, getting a cadence going and balancing all the tasks bloggers need to do.

 

 

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

Balance! there is so much to do and learn.

 

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

Focus on quality rather than quantity of connections to drive sales. I don’t have the traffic yet, but I do have a lot of knowledge to share and that comes across more easily with 1-to-1 interactions with people.

 

Name: Heidi

Blog: budgetingbliss.com

Answers:

I consider myself leaving beginner and entering intermediate.

 

 

What do you do each day?

Work, then work more!
Here are my daily tasks.
– Write something, anything everyday
– Make a new connection, Pinterest, Facebook, etc.
– Learn something new
– Help someone else

 

What is your #1 priority?

Grow my email list.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

Graphic Design

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

– Adding affiliate marketing
– Writing an online course
– Writing a cookbook
– Networking on Facebook
– Pinning pins regularly on Pinterest
– Adding Instagram

Sleep is overrated! Success is priceless! 😊

 

Name: Alicia

Blog: soberish.co

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What do you do each day?

I focus A LOT on SEO and maintaining my Pinterest to drive traffic. I’m writing about 2-3 blog posts per week, so depending on the day, I may also be writing and editing. Each day I am also spending time creating and designingimages for my website, Pinterest, and more recently Instagram (I’m giving it another go)

 

What is your #1 priority?

Traffic. I need eyeballs to get to 25K/month and qualify for Mediavine.

 

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

I feel like I waste a lot of precious time doing the more tedious side of Pinterest maintenance, but I don’t have any money coming in so I can’t hire it out. I will in the future. I’m also struggling with information overload. There’s just so much to learn and do and I don’t always have a great sense of how to prioritize it all.

 

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

I have made a whopping $11 lol. I’ve tried pinning on the side for affiliate marketing links and have had zero luck with that. Part of me thinks I need to just focus on building an audience before I can really focus on monetizing. Eventually, I am going to do an e-book and am considering offering Pinterest management to my repertoire.

 


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From The Essential Habits Of 6-Figure Bloggers book:

It’s okay if it takes a while to get it right. While some are lucky enough to hit the right combination from the beginning, most people need to experiment and learn before they become successful.

 – Kelly George, KellyGeorge.Net


Name: Laura-Lee

Blog: laleelifestyle.com

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I’m a beginner++ blogger. I spent the better part of 2 years creating an epic line of products, growing my social presence and experimenting with my blog. The most important part for me starting up was a solid plan for monetization (this may differ for others, usually the main idea I hear starting out is to grow traffic).

I started with a business plan.

Now I’m blogging full time and my days are spent in content creation mode.

 

I work monthly: I plan out themes and SEO keywords I’ll target with different content, then create the various content top-down (squeezing out what I can for the different platforms) from big content to images, quotes and pins/graphics.

 

My mainstays are activity on social media and some sort of content/product creation every day. I also take a good deal of attention to my health and energy levels. It’s the biggest investment in success you can make!

 

[NOTE FROM EDITOR: I had to ask Laura-Lee about her content creation schedule – it intrigued me! I had started using her method just days before I talked to her, and it’s amazing! Here’s what she said…]

 

Yes, I definitely get quite a bit of content out of this strategy… I was struggling for YEARS to keep up with social demands (they consume soooo much content!!!) It was a chore. Now I’m PUMPED! I don’t necessarily repurpose, just squeeze as much as I can out of it. I focus on a BIG theme, then break it down into smaller ones, then smaller again (I work by hand for this and keep a clipboard of notes). Then I choose a weekly focus, then keywords associated with that focus (I’m just starting on YouTube rn, but have ranked on page 1 for my last keyword/video! I choose 2 sets of keywords, one blog, one Youtube).

 

 

 

 

 

Name: Swati

Blog: hearmefolks.com

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I‘ve been blogging for over 3 years at hearmefolks.com and I consider myself at the intermediate level (income & DA wise).

 

What do you do each day?

I make sure I spend at least a little time on Pinterest and Facebook and also complete microtasks on my blog like comment moderation, updating plugins, and responding back. I also make effort to learn new things each day either from groups or other blogs and (if possible) help other bloggers.

 

 

 

What is your #1 priority?

My #1 priority, for now, is increasing my search engine traffic by at least 10-20%.

 

 

 

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

Finishing my ebook and time management struggles

 

 

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

Publishing and promoting more content on a consistent basis to increase ad income, Incorporating Affiliate Products wherever possible, and test out new products * strategies to see how they perform with the current model.

 

 

 

Name: Janet

Blog: mytwentycents.com

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Janet says she considers herself to be a beginner blogger, but because  she’s making a few hundred steadily over the few months I figured I’d put her in the intermediate section!

 

I launched my blog in March 2018 and earn a couple hundred every month.

 

What do you do each day?

I’m still a full-time student so school is my number one priority. When I’m not busy studying, I am constantly working on my blog. Writing blog posts, making new pins, posting on social media, and finding ways to engage my audience and get my content out there!

 

What is your #1 priority?

My number one priority is to get my traffic up so I can get into a premium ad network and also to launch my own product.

 

 

 

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

I struggle with staying motivated and finding time to write and create new content. Especially with my product. I prefer writing blog posts because it’s “easy” but I should really spend my time on more “income-generating” activities which I’m putting off.

 

 

 

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

I’m writing blog posts that promote my affiliate links for products that I think my readers enjoy. I’m also writing my ebook so I can launch it. My readers have been waiting a while for the book!

 

 

Name: Jennifer

Blog: threekidsthreecatsandahusband.com

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What do you do each day?

Work on creating a new post or optimizing an old post.

 

What is your #1 priority?

Currently, I am trying to get posts to rank better in Google so they get traffic “on autopilot” as opposed to me constantly having to put things on Pinterest. I do not bother at all with Facebook or Instagram, as they don’t have good ROI for me right now and would just sub-divide my time and attention.

 

 

 

 

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

Pinterest kind of drives me crazy, in that I constantly have to give it more, more, more, or the traffic dies. It’s a beast I have to continuously feed, and it’s hard for me to keep up with it.

 

 

 

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

Optimizing posts that have good “buyer keywords” so that not only will they get traffic, but hopefully affiliate sales.

 


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From The Essential Habits Of 6-Figure Bloggers book:

Take it one day at a time. One task at a time. Pick a project, write down every actionable step that needs to be done for that project, and start plugging away.

 – Courteney Slazinik, ClickItUpANotch.Com


Routines of Professional Bloggers

Name: Debbie

Blog:  theflooringgirl.com

Answers:

I currently earn $10,000-$12,000/month (net profit) at TheFlooringGirl.com.

 

What do you do each day?
My tasks vary by day, but are pretty consistent per week (1 blog post, build backlinks, do Pinterest, optimize old posts, work on a project or two, read/continue to learn). But, Pinterest daily.

 

What is your #1 priority?
Getting my SEO ebook completed.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

Finding enough time, so looking into using a VA more.

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

Writing/optimizing post and trying new projects/affiliates, etc. I guess I’m a professional blogger, although I don’t do it full time yet. 

 

Name: Marie

Blog: ladiesmakemoney.com

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I am an advanced blogger with two active blogs!

I try to do something different every day to increase my income. I write one blog post each week for each of my blogs after down extensive research. Email marketing is part of my weekly schedule. Blog promotion (includes social media, paid ads and networking). I frequently update and optimize older posts to bring them back to life. And i am always looking for ways to increase my email list weekly which means more clients. Currently working on adding an online store to one of my online business. All these helps with income.

Time management is my struggle but I work with a VA part time. Looking forward to adding more hours.


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From The Essential Habits Of 6-Figure Bloggers book:

At a core level it was literally getting up every
weekday, making the best decisions I could at the
time, and doing the work that got me to six figures.

 – Cat Leblanc


 

Name: Jeff Proctor

Blog:  DollarSprout.com

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Last month our blog generated over $90,000 in revenue (~$75,000 profit).

 

What do you do each day?

Wake up, eat breakfast, review my to do list, check email, then get to work! Some of the work I do is different than I used to do as a beginner, but I still sit in front of a computer all day just like a new blogger 🙂

There are still many tasks that I do that I was still doing at the $1,000-$10,000 monthly income level. The grind hasn’t stopped.

 

What is your #1 priority?

Scaling content production and reducing my personal involvement in content creation. I’m also focused on developing new projects that will help grow our brand and make our content more valuable to users.

 

What tasks do you struggle with the most right now?

I struggle with writing. I’m not as fast as I want or need to be, but that is why I am working on hiring expert writers to help out! I also struggle with not knowing if I am taking the “right” next steps to reach higher revenue and profit levels.

 

What tasks do you do to move your income forward right now?

Focus on the two main revenue drivers, 1) Traffic, and 2) well monetized content (in our case, with affiliates). That moves income forward, but as we grow further, I am intentionally focusing on more indirect ROI projects. Things like brand building, creating non-monetized content to balance out our normal content, etc.

 

 

Name: Crystal

Blog: mommyisawino.com

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As a beginner blogger I did a lot of writing. As an intermediate blogger I did everything. As a professional blogger I only focus on that which has the greatest ROI of my time.

 

I write one to two posts a week per blog. I create new images for Pinterest as needed. I update old posts SEO to get them to rank. I create products, freebies, and work on growing my list. I would say about 50% of my time is spent growing my list. 25% on Products and 25% on everything else.

 

You have to go through that beginner writing a lot phase and the intermediate try everything to see what works phase before you can get to the sweet spot where it just starts flowing. Each blog is different, two blogs in the same niche are going to have different results. It’s just the nature of the game. This is why I do not look at other bloggers and see competition.

 

How to repurpose your blog content like a machine, infographic for bloggers from Pat Flynn - Smartpassiveincome.com #infographic #bloggers #batching #funnel #blogcontent
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Blogging from beginner to professional: as the blogs change, so do the routines.

Phew! Creating a blog from absolutely nothing and pulling your ideas into existence is hard work!

You can see that our list of professional bloggers is much smaller.

Maybe that’s due to them being too busy now that they’ve got a packed full-time schedule of blogging, or maybe it’s the group, or happenstance – but the reality is that most bloggers don’t make it into the intermediate stage.

And even less of them make it into the professional stage.

Some of these bloggers are further along than others on their journey, but you can see that each blogger still has their struggles.
With that being said, we can all learn from each others successes, and struggles, to reach that dream blog we all imagine having one day.

With each person you read above working through something, whether it be building backlinks, guest posting, working on affiliate products or their own products, prioritizing things, planning, SEO research – what have you, each of those is just one step in the process to that long-term goal.

And as long as you’re working towards those goals, and taking each of those steps in the process, you will get to where you want to go. Make sure to keep your goals in front of you – your eye on the prize as they say – and keep moving forward. If it takes you 6 years, 3 years, or just a few months after starting, you’ll thank yourself when you get to that point.

Here’s a few closing points to help you:

  • Keep your goals in front of you at all times
  • Keep going! Even if it’s hard. Each time it’s hard, someone else has quit. But you’re not a quitter, are you?!
  • One step at a time, every single day
  • Overcome obstacles
  • Utilize your support system, blogging groups, mastermind groups, blogging friends – anyone you can that knows the struggle to help you keep on track on this journey!

It’s all worth it to get to that goal you’re dreaming of!

Now I wanted to say one last thing that would be super helpful to you on your journey of blogging.

Whenever I am feeling down, discouraged, tired, frustrated – or just overall not feeling the whole blogging thing – I read this book:

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Six-Figure Bloggers

 

If you want to read a book that is similar to this post (but MUCH MUCH better than my post, with tons more secrets) I highly recommend getting this book. I got it for free while reviewing it before the launch, and I was surprised by the amounts of highlights that I made in it.

The author interviewed six-figure bloggers over many niches and asked them a ton of questions such as what was the single strategy or habit that had the biggest impact on your business going from zero to $100,000, or questions like how long did it take from starting your blog/online business until you were consistently earning $8,000 per month or more?

Bloggers that have been featured in this book are:

  • Michelle Schroeder-Gardner
  • Monica Froese
  • Gina Horkey
  • Meera Kothand
  • Tasha Agruso
  • Lena Gott
  • Cat Leblanc
  • and more!

For the price of delicious popcorn at your favorite movie theater (wait a second – theater prices are ghastly – entertain yourself cheaper than that with this book) you can learn a lot for your blogging business with this book!

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Curious to see the difference between pro bloggers and beginner bloggers and their daily routines? Check out this post full of tips from bloggers in various stages of their blogs growth to see what they do each day to grow their blogs - get inspiration to follow their lead and grow your blog!
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