Maintaining a blog can become a time consuming task. Writing post, SEO, Marketing, Ad Networks, Social Networking, ext takes up a lot of time. Depending on how you look at it if you are a full time blogger you should look at it as if you are working full time at a regular job or the same goes for a part time blogger.
How much time you should spend working on your blog and marketing?
No mater which you should have goals and consider working on a long term plan for your blog. Setting up your milestones, time keeping, tracking your stats and other aspects can become an important rule when creating a successful blog. Only working post and less on other parts of your blog like marketing, networking, advertising is not that effective if no one is reading your blog. You may find that setting a few goals and having a good plan for your blog will give you a chance to manage your time. Even with a good long term plan a successful blog will never happen overnight or over a few weeks.
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Building up your blogs success and profit will take time. Staying committed with your blog though the rough period of starting up and staying motivated with your goals will help you maintain a more noticeable blog for your readers. So the next thing to figure out is what parts of your blog you need to work on and how to manage your time and what milestones you need to set to archive these goals.
If you decide you are going to be a full time blogger, try to spend at-least 4-8 hour a day or more on your blog as you would if you are working for a regular job. Set you how much time you are going to spend doing certain jobs around your blogging like time you will spend posting, research, networking, marketing, reading other blogs, etc..
These are a good starting point for your daily goals. Going in to short term and long term goals for your blog you may want to set a few milestones to archive these desired goals. These goals can be anything you would like to archive from redesigning your blog, testing a new ad network or affiliate program, trying out a new marketing strategy, see how many readers you can achieve in a months time, set up a advertising campaign, and so on.
As I did a little research myself I was looking for a tool to help out with managing my time online and how much time I spend doing certain things on a daily basis and other tools to help with achieving goals and found some great tools to help.
Tools to Track your Blog Progress:
Here are some sites and tools you can check out to help you achieve your short term and long term goals while blogging or anything else in your life.
SlimTimer was the software I found to help me keep track of my time online and how long I spend doing things. It’s simple to use and is easy to set up.
All you do is set up your activities and when you are doing one you select it and it will keep your time spent on that project. It also keeps a nice report of all your activities in a report so you can view the time you have spent on each activity though out the day, week, month, per task, etc.
The most important but good part of this software is its free of cost with no charges.
This is an addon that you can use to keep track of your time browsing. You can track your browsing across a time session, pause it, reset the timer, etc. It really doesn’t keep track of anything but your browsing time but this could be good to see how much time you spend reading blogs or doing research.
Toggl is a time tracking service that has a nice free service along with a paid service. The free service offers a lot of great options and the service also has a desktop application that you can install to connect to the server.Time-trackerA simple tracker to keep track on the time you spend on task.
MyProgress is a personal progress manager with a lot of great management tools that help you track and analyze your productivity, success, wealth progress, skills, knowledge, health and more.
With MyProgress you can watch your progress and discover your productivity at any period, any time, any place.
Paid Task and Project Management Servies
There are a few services out there that allow you to keep track of your projects, task and milestones.
They can be used for individual goal setting and keeping track of everything. Most have a price but offer a free account with limited usage. You can check in to a few if you are interested. Few of them are as follows.
There are lots of applications and services that are out there to help you with your time management, achieve and setting goals. All this is great to help you get motivated, but the only person that can achieve your goals is YOU.
You really do not need fancy softwares neither they can assure you the way to success. They only can help, but the old fashion way with a pen, paper, calendar and some sticky notes on the fridge might work just as well.
Do try these amazing Softwares, Applications and Addons and see what works for you. Though traditional methods like pen and paper do a fairly reasonable job too but in this revolutionized era, you may keep yourself ‘Digitalized‘ by using these great applications.
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