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


Post a blog/vlog daily.


  • 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.


  • 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.”


Same as Facebook.


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


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, a site devoted to the parenting of tweens and teens. She is the co-host of Your Family Matters on Stefanie has been featured in the New York Times and has appeared on NBC, Fox, KUSI and NPR. Connect with Stefanie on Twitter @Ooph.

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  1. says

    I used to try to keep a daily checklist of blog and social media maintenance years ago, but I must admit I didn’t stick to it. I find that it’s much easier for me to just read and respond to articles I like when I have down time, because otherwise I feel like I drown myself online and lose hours of time that I could be spending doing more income specific activities. If checklists are your thing, though, this is a very useful list!

  2. says

    What do you do when you’ve maxed out the number of Twitter follows? How do you weed out who to stop following?

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  6. says

    Some other promotion stratergies should be included in the lists:
    -Infographic design and promotion
    -Youtube Video traffic to the blog
    -Guest blogging on high traffic site
    -Providing Special offers on the forums
    -Using Outbrain content syndication network
    -Social media promotion…

  7. says

    Great tips! I plan to print them out. I also find commenting on other people’s blogs to be very effective in gaining more traffic. Hence… :-)

  8. says

    Incredibly awesome/useful advice here. Thanks so much for this! I really need to keep up with a blog schedule; you’re absolutely right. And it makes sense to follow a few new people here and there daily who are in the same niche. I’m definitely printing this out to remember for later :) Thank you!

  9. says

    I love lists, so this is right up my alley… I think I maybe need to come back to this when I’m a little less overwhelmed, though- haha! :) Right now posting a few times a week and updating twitter and FB once a day (and keeping up with etsy orders) are about all I can reasonably get to. 😉

  10. says

    Thank you so much for this helpful tool to keep me in check. I recently started working from home full time for the time being and I can’t tell you how productive I was today by having this checklist. I can’t wait to read more on your site!

  11. says

    I love this!!! I actually do a lot of these already…just because I get antsy and end up spending way too much time on social media *lol* I haven’t done the Pinterest thing, though…something to consider. Thanks for posting. Love this!!

  12. says

    This is a great list! i’m going to bookmark it and try to stick to it. I need to get my page rank up and get more regular readers. Thanks for the tips!

  13. says

    These are great ideas. I’ll be including these in m daily action plan and hopefully will remain consistent enough to see progress.

  14. Nayeli says

    Amazing check list!

    But how can Create Google Alerts for me niche and check in daily.
    How can i will get news and blog updates in my niche that will inspire post ideas.

  15. says

    I totally agree with you here! The most important thing about blogging in my opinion is keeping the connection with your readers. Readers long to be social and heard, and interaction with thoughts and opinions is the ultimate goal for establishing a strong and long brand identity!

    If only I had the time to update as often as you recommend!

    Thanks for the insight!

  16. says

    Thanks for this post. Its good to know I’m heading in the right direction and even going beyond what you have listed. I just struggled keeping up with this when I had just had a baby and was in the middle of a move. My alexa ranking went so far down I couldn’t believe it. But I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. I now have an office with a baby gate! I have no excuse!! 😉

  17. says

    Great tips. What I’m still trying to figure out is how you grow your following on Twitter etc to the point where it makes a difference in your page views when you tweet about your posts. Is the key to get published in mainstream first?

  18. says

    Thanks for this post. I’ve been doing my best just to post regularly for about two years, but as my daughter is getting older, I now have more time to explore social media methods of growing my blog. I just didn’t know how to start. Twitter totally fluxoms me! Thanks for the guidance!

  19. says

    These are great! I’m just getting started and I needed a daily checklist! I’m searching now for any info on comment security—it seems everyone else has me entering in one of those odd looking code letter words to ensure that I’m not a spammer. Do I need that on my little blog?

  20. says

    Awesome checklist! Seriously. I know I do all of these things … but not in an organized way. This is a great way to make sure I check off the basics each day before I get distracted online …

    Thanks for sharing! I’ve pinned and now I’m printing out and literally pinning it onto the fridge!



  21. says

    Great tips. My one question is this: I get several emails from PR agencies. How can I tell the legit ones from the spam? Maybe I’m not savvy enough to see this difference, but most of the time I hesitate to respond because I truly don’t know if it’s the real thing or not.

  22. says

    Fab tips in this checklist, especially since I’ve fallen off my Twitter game recently (if I was ever on it) and also need a proper Facebook page boost. Great series so far.

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