Blog Posting Cardio
A few days ago I was reading several blogs I like due to their great content, and I came across a little "helpful hint" that I’ve actually used for years in article writing and have found VERY helpful. Matter of fact, I'd not used it here at WA, yet ... and it’s little tips and tricks like this that make what we do as affiliate marketers SO much easier – and so much fun! SO...now that I've been reminded of my "blog posting cardio" , I want to share it with you.
Here's how my "posting cardio workout" goes.
Say I’m planning to write a blog post on the topic of container gardening; maybe something like “ 5 Simple Steps to Container Gardening Success” (this is just an example). I’d jot down 3 – 5 “things” about this topic that I knew or wanted to know (if I didn’t know anything about it) – just like the guy or gal who is searching Google for answers.
One blog post might be about different kinds of containers for different kinds of veggies; a second could be what kind of soil works best in containers; a third might be what plants grow best in containers; a fourth could be how to use bags as containers; and a fifth might be on watering and caring for container plants. There's so much I'm thinking of right now!! Get the picture?? Your brain can go wild with this!
THEN, instead of packing all five steps (or however many steps you come up with) into one post, create a weekly "series" (think TV shows) by breaking each main topic down and creating a single post for that topic. By doing this, you’ll have developed blog posts for a full week - or more! If you want to post on a regular basis, say once weekly, five steps (each one written as a separate post) will give you five week’s worth of posts.
Here's my little exercise (don’t laugh – it really works): I set an egg timer for 5 minutes. Then I begin flexing my brain, writing one-liners about my niche topic - as many things as I can think of off the top of my head. When the timer goes off, I stop.
I take that list I've just made and break EACH ONE down into 3-5 "segments", like the weekly TV series example above.
If I wrote down only 5 one-liners, and I then go the extra step to break each one of those down into 5 sub-topics, I have 25 blog posts! If I want to post daily, that would mean I’d have 5 whole weeks worth of posts, already DONE! If I'm only planning on posting 2-3 times a week, it’d be LONGER. Just THINK! 25 posts!
Believe it or not, this has been a real life-saver for me when I was doing article marketing. I was able to write quickly and efficiently and the only thing I had to remember to do was take those one-liners and keyword research them to see what's what, lol, before I invested a lot of writing time.
If I got on a "streak" and wrote like gang-busters, I simply used the auto-scheduling option in WordPress and kept on writing!
Hope my little exercise is helpful to you.
Be blessed with success! ~ Gail