Growing Your Blog as a Business: A Daily Checklist

This is part three of my Blogging 101 series. By now, you should be understanding the basics of creating a niche for your blog, as well as the process of building your community. Now it’s time to analyze your Daily To Do’s in order to continue to grow your blog into a business.

This daily checklist will help you keep your blogging schedule on track, and take it from a hobby to a business.

Below is a checklist of things you will need to do daily (or as much as possible) to grow your blog business.

Blog Business Checklist

Blog

Post a blog/vlog daily.

Twitter

  • Tweet 5 articles and/or posts from others (relevant to your niche for the most part)
  • Tweet at least one interesting thing. A quote or something happening in your life that is relevant to your niche.
  • Tweet one question to your followers. Make this as relevant to your topic as possible. Sometimes I do a “complete this sentence” tweet. Sometimes I ask a question with multiple choice. You get the idea.
  • Follow at least 10 new people per day. One easy way to do this is to creep your favorite tweeps “Following” list.
  • Tweet out your blog post. As soon as I finish my blog posts, I schedule three tweets spread throughout the day.

Facebook

  • Post a daily question then tweet out the question with a link back to your Facebook page.
  • Post your blog post.
  • Follow other blog pages on Facebook. You can tweet out this question daily to find them, “I would love to follow your blog on Facebook. Tweet me the link.”

Google+

Same as Facebook.

Pinterest

Every post should have a pinnable photo and you should EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. pin your daily post.

Emails

Respond to all emails you get from a PR agency. I have created several stock email responses that I can just cut, paste and personalize.

In Addition to Your Daily To Do’s:

  1. Keep an ongoing list of post ideas either on your phone or in a notebook that is always with you. You are busy and post ideas will pop in and be forgotten just as quickly unless you track them.
  2. Create Google Alerts for your niche and check in daily. You will get news and blog updates in your niche that will inspire post ideas.
  3. Create an editorial calendar. You will have categories within your niche and it will help you create post ideas and will help your readers know what to expect.

So there you go! Tell me, how many of these items do you actually accomplish on a regular basis? Are there any that I am missing? Let’s discuss in the comments below! Be sure to leave your additions to my blog business checklist.

About the Author:
oophStefanie Mullen is the co-author of Chicken Soup for the Girlfriend’s Soul and owner and founder of Ooph.com, a site devoted to the parenting of tweens and teens. She is the co-host of Your Family Matters on WSRadio.com. Stefanie has been featured in the New York Times and has appeared on NBC, Fox, KUSI and NPR. Connect with Stefanie on Twitter @Ooph.

About Francesca

One of two behind The SITS Girls and Bloggy Boot Camp. Believer that this community is a movement, and not just a website. Currently on a quest for unending free WiFi & stronger caffeine. I'd love to get to know you better: Find me on Twitter @FranBanducci and on Google+.
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Comments

  1. says

    I love reading tips like these! Very helpful and a great reminder for the frequently scatter-brained, like me:) thank you!!

  2. says

    Love this list; now to find time to fit it into my schedule! That’s the thing I have the most trouble with–scheduling work, blog, life and everything else into that little 24 hour time slot. I just don’t know how people manage to get it all done (because I drive myself crazy trying!)

  3. says

    This is a great list, thank you!

    One thing I noticed, you didn’t mention commenting on other blogs. Do you think commenting is just not necessary for building up your base?

  4. says

    I am at work all day and keeping up with Twitter is just impossible. I never had time to check it since we can’t have it on our work computers. But I will try my best to start using all the ideas in the post. Thank you so much!

  5. says

    I love this! I plan on printing it out and posting it up in my workspace.
    It looks like some changes are a’comin’ on my blog. :)

  6. says

    So one thing I thought of that could be added is that beyond pinning your own blog posts, it’s also great to pin other bloggers stuff, assuming that they are okay with their images being pinned.

    I’ve gotten some of my biggest traffic spikes from when another blogger pins something of mine and I love them for it.

  7. says

    Great ideas. I regularly use twitter to share resources but need to do a better job of using it for blog posts. I would be glad to help anyone too.

  8. says

    Just when I’d become comfortable with my blogging routine, I read this list and now overwhelmed by all the work. At this point, I’m thinking making a business out of blogging will be a tough hill to climb. Please tell me part 4 of the Blogging 101 series will be sharing tips on how to successfully complete this checklist while juggling home, kids, hubbie and full-time job.

  9. says

    Really great advice. Thanks especially for the Pinterest link, was at a bit of a loss on how to use that to engage with my readers, at the moment it’s purely for my personal enjoyment. Blogging daily would be a challenge, but I’ll definitely aim to do so more regularly :-)

  10. says

    This is such a great, and very helpful list. I’m going to print this out!! Some of it I do now, but there is definitely room for improvement.
    Thanks!!

  11. says

    I do some of these things daily – Blogging daily is a challenge but I try. I just started the FB pages and it’s kind of hard to get those started but asking a question daily and posting my latest blog posts are great starts. Thank you.

  12. says

    This is a great article and I have jotted down my own list of daily things to do. I am a list maker and follower and this one will help so much. I am new to this site and look forward to making new friends!

  13. says

    So many great tips here! I never thought to post a daily question but it makes sense… especially since I love engaging with my readers. Thanks for this!

  14. says

    These are awesome tips! Love them…I love Raquel’s point as well regarding commenting on blog posts. I have been introduced to so many awesome blogs through SITS, this has become a part of my dailing blogging that I really look forward to (Comment Spammers and requests from completely free advertising are the parts that I do not enjoy!).

  15. says

    This was a great post. I love it! :) I have it all written down to remember. Thank you so much for sharing this.

  16. says

    These are great tips! I do some of them, but not as often as I should. One other thing I do try to do is comment on at least 5 blogs every day. There is such a huge community in the blogging world.
    Thanks for the checklist!

  17. says

    Thank you so much for the tips! I have two questions, and forgive me if you’ve already answered these. 1.) If I post every single day, I do worry that my loyal followers will get annoyed with me…they like hearing from me, but I’m not sure about every day…what are your thoughts on this?
    2.) Are cute pictures of my little babe pin-able? (I write a parenting blog…)
    If you do get a chance to answer these questions, thank you in advance!!

  18. says

    Thanks for a great “kick in the pants” post. You know, the kind that gets a gril motivated!

  19. says

    Love your tips. Especially, the ones for twitter which seems like an area, I just can’t quite get comfortable with yet. I do google alerts and post relevant articles, but need to personalize it a bit more.

    I am looking forward to holding myself a bit more accountable with your To Do List. :)

  20. says

    These are really great tips, especially the twitter ones. Thanks so much for sharing. I wish I could give you a BEAR HUG for this.

  21. says

    Awesome! I love a good to-do list, and this one has tons of great stuff. I’ve been really needing some Twitter guidance, so great timing. Thanks!

  22. says

    Great advice. Thank you for this series.
    I have a random question about your blog design. I was wondering how many plug ins you currently have installed? Recently my hosting service shut my blog down because of too many plug ins. I didn’t design my own blog and put my trust in my blog designer. Now I’m not sure what to do. Any advice you have would be so appreciated. Thanks!

    • says

      Sometimes it’s not exactly how many plug ins you have, but some plug ins will cause the server to crash and some are spam and lead to bad links. You really need to get involved in your website or use someone that knows more about servers and SEO. A really good web designer will give you a tutorial and show you how to do the simple things yourself.

      I currently have 7 plug ins on my blog and only two plug ins on my companies website, austinmediaservices (dot) com

  23. says

    This is such a helpful list, and I will DEFINITELY be keeping it for future reference. I do a lot of the things on the list, but I definitely feel like I am a poor Tweeter…I love the suggestions you gave for how to engage your followers. :)

  24. says

    So glad to have found this article in my inbox this morning! I’m fairly new to blogging and is great for someone to basically hand me a checklist and say, “here, do this.” I am definitely going to start doing each of these this week.

    I did have a question about the emails section… do some bloggers just get emails from PR agencies? Am I missing something here?

    Also, since Facebook has added the ability to schedule posts I have been utilizing that so I’m not at the computer quite as much throughout the day – though I am still at it a lot!

  25. Lisa says

    Wow! I had no idea of the potential “to dos” nor how to use social media so effectively! Thanks for this practical post with so many new ideas!

  26. says

    I am so grateful for this article. I did the 31DBBB earlier this year and have fallen off the wagon with many of my daily blog-building activities. I pinned the article, bookmarked the page, and copied the text into a note to myself on the desk top of my computer. I WILL put this to use every.single.day! Thanks so much SITS Girls!

  27. says

    This is a GREAT article! I’ve been looking for something like this for quite some time because I’m someone who sometimes needs someone else to give tips on exactly what needs to be done. This will be extremely helpful to me and I’m sure to others as well. Thank you for sharing!

  28. says

    Loved this article! I am fairly new to blogging and sometimes it’s hard to get a handle on everything you think you have to do to promote your blog and grow your readership. This is an extremely helpful list. I will start implementing the twitter, facebook, & google+ tips right away!!

  29. says

    Such great tips! I tend to do all of my following/Liking at the end of the week, but I think the big takeaway is to do SOMETHING. Every. Single. Day. I think we forget after we have been blogging for a while that the little tasks we do may not provide instant gratification, but rather their impact is long-term.

    Never let a day go to waste. You will have to make up for it eventually. 😉

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