The quick blogging tips, 10-minute tasks series is tackling blog newsletters this week. Here are 10-minute tasks for blog content you can do today to move your blogging business forward.
To me and most of my clients, it’s blogging in the margins time – fitting in just a bit of blogging here and there. We’re not going to discuss why you should follow an SEO checklist for blog posts or why you should investigate using timers (my favorite is this free online timer).
10-Minute Tasks for Blog Content
This focus is quick blogging tips for blog content. Stay tuned for the rest in the series of quick blogging tasks which move your business forward.
Because we need boundaries, I chose tasks which can be done in just 10-minutes but would love to hear from you. How do you fit writing, editing, and fine-tuning blog content into the margins of your life?
- outline posts regularly and keep a running list of ideas?
- purchase content to help you with article preparation?
- optimize for keywords before or after your write a post?
Inarguably, a blog’s content is its most valuable product. Optimizing your time to fit in more 10-minute tasks for blog content creation will be time very, very well-spent.
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Dump the Excess
Creating a link system within your content will yield more than the plugin at the end of your article advertising 6 other sites. Those links take YOUR reader off YOUR site and give them to someone else. #notthebestgrowthstrategy
Linking to your own articles will help improve your bounce rate (a Google algorithm metric) and it will help build authority with new visitors.
Remove any ‘fluff’ in order to focus on having your reader go from one article to the next.
SEO Keyword Research
I don’t think I’ve ever completed my SEO research for a new blog series in 10-minutes, however, I’ve made headway (or started).
A search for keywords, whether you’re using KW Finder, SERPStat, Pinterest, or just the Google search engine, will never be wasted time.
Outline a Blog Post
This is beneficial for you, your reader, and your income. If you outline, you’ll write a more cohesive post which takes the reader on a journey and that’s a good thing. Give it a try and develop a post just like your 3rd-grade teacher taught ya: intro, main points, and summary and call to action.
This format works well for most articles, however, all of the DIYers and crafters will need to make sure the step-by-steps will move the post to completion.
Fill-In or Sketch Out a Blog Post
If you’re like most of my clients, you have between 5 and 50 posts in draft. It doesn’t matter where you write or on what device – set a timer for 5- or 10-minutes and just write a single section.
The draft is there for a reason. Your goal in 10-minutes is just to move it towards completion.
If you don’t think it’s a good enough idea to finish, delete the draft.
Learn to Write Better by Doing This!
The number one tip to write better is to write more. More.
Take just 10-minutes a day and do the most important aspect of blogging: write.
If you write a non-fiction blog (most bloggers do), seek out tips on writing. One of my favorite books is Zinser’s “On Writing Well.” I’ve gone through three copies – it’s a classic for a reason.
If you think your blog structure could use some work, try to write using these SEO tips. They’ll help you structure your blog post to allow for a) SEO optimization, b) structure for ‘skimmability,’ and c) consistency.
Many of us can improve our grammar or do what I do and cheat. Keep yourself off the grammar police’s radar and use Grammarly.
Write a Better Title
Did you have a post fall flat or are you considering updating an older post? Give it some title and headline love using a free tool like CoSchedule's headline analyzer.
Another method to improve your title game is to analyze the titles of your popular posts. Do they contain numbers? Are they written in a certain style (snarky, informative, listicle, etc.)?
If you’re new to title and headline creation, use Google and Pinterest to search for similar articles. Study the popular posts and their structure.
Stand on the shoulders of giants and learn from successful titles and headlines to make yours better.
Mentioned in the 10-minute blog tasks for blog strategy, working on content expansion helps your readers and your site’s SEO. #winning
Some ideas to work on this valuable blog activity are:
- create a promotional video for your post using still images, music, and subtitles
- rework an old sponsored post into an affiliate article
- use Google Analytics to search for top keywords
- update an old link party post into a themed resource for readers
- link or embed a YouTube video (even the 30-second promotional videos for Facebook will help)
- add in new content links to relevant, older content
Sadly the clean-up fairy has yet to make a visit to either my home or my sites, so let’s dish on some ‘tidying-up’ 10-minute tasks for blog content. Some ideas to quickly perform some blog content housekeeping:
- test site speed (on mobile)
- run a report and fix broken links
- check for missing, short, long, or duplicate META data
- refresh a landing page or optimize it further for SEO
- backup your database (if not automatic), document plugin updates via a change log, and run one update
Get More Tips
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Takeaway and Action
Use at least 2 of these 10-minute tasks for blog content this week and move your business forward in the time you’ve got to work with.