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12 Extremely Effective Productivity Hacks For Bloggers And Freelance Writers

Profile photo of Hafiz Akinde Submitted by Hafiz Akinde December 14, 2016

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Productivity is the key ingredient of success when it comes to blogging and freelance writing. That’s why you find many bloggers and freelance writers trying to learn the best available productivity hacks that they can use to supercharge their online businesses.

It is not about how many articles you write that makes you successful; it is more about effectiveness and the result your articles bring to your blog or website. What better way to do this than to have a productive way of doing things.

From the conception of an idea for a post to the publishing of the post, you need to develop a productive way of getting things done efficiently.

But you might be wondering what these productivity hacks for bloggers and freelance writers are. I’ll share some tips with you on how to be productive when blogging or writing as a freelance writer.

1.     Planning and Outlining

We can add organisation to this. It is important to plan and be organised, because an idea can strike when you least expect it. Be prepared to jot things down as you work.

Use sticky notes, Evernote or similar applications to jot down important ideas. The last thing you need is beating yourself up about something you can’t remember.

If you speak to any influential writer out there, they will tell you about how important it is to outline before writing. Just like jotting down stuff, outlining helps you develop a chronology for whatever you are writing about.

It helps you know what comes first and what comes last. Without an outline, you will struggle to have any structure in the article.

2.     Keyword research

Keywords are important to help your blog rank high on search engines. Before you choose a topic, it is important to carry out keyword research.

Google Keyword Planner is one of the greatest free tools out there to help you with keyword research. If you are on a budget, then Google keyword planner is your best option. However, if you require premium value, you’ll get that through tools such as SEMRush or KWFinder.

When carrying out your keyword research focus on keywords with low or medium competition, these keywords are those searched by people but without much information on them.

So you might want to provide quality information on such keywords to help you rank high on Google.

3.     Topic research

If you have been blogging or writing in a particular niche, then you probably know quite a lot about your niche.

But, it is important to continue to expand your knowledge in your niche by reading what other bloggers in your niche are writing and also reading further about your niche and new ways to improve your knowledge and understanding on various topics in your niche.

For freelance writers, you may find yourself constantly researching about various topics. It helps you know a lot about different subjects and expands your knowledge bank.

It is vital to research topics before you start writing so that once you start writing, you won’t be interrupted by a lack of knowledge or understanding of the topic. Here’s the process: research-outline-then write.

Google has almost everything about almost every topic. It is a nice place to start your research. Also, read other similar blog posts and articles on the topic you wish to write about.

4.     Blog title generation

If you have been reading blog posts or are a blogger, then you are no stranger to the impact a catchy title has on readers. Your title has the power to bring traffic to your website or blog.

Everyone wants to read a headline story, so find the best title then write a beautiful content. If your title is not compelling and persuasive, no want would want to read further.

Sometimes people don’t even border to read the entire post; they click on your post just because of the eye-grabbing title of the post. So your title alone has the power to bring traffic to your site.

Consider spending time to pick the best title otherwise the entire post might just be a waste of time. There are many useful titles generating tools out there to help you, such as Link Bait Title Generator, ContentIdeator, TweakYourBiz Title Generator and more. You could also use this powerful headline formula that guarantees a high click through rate.

5.     Writing

I’m assuming you know how to write an engaging piece of content. However, if you’re a newbie, here’s a creative writing guide that you can use.

Of course, you can’t blog or write without a tool to write on. There are many tools to use nowadays besides Microsoft Word that you can use to format your articles or blog posts. They include other text formatting tools such as Notepad, Google Doc, WordPress etc.

Each of these has their peculiar functionalities that allow you to set a predefined format for all your articles, so you don’t need to adjust or modify the format each time you type. You should learn the functionalities of each of these tools, find what works best for you, and stick to it.

6.     Editing Tools

After writing you need to ensure there a no typos, no syntax, and your grammar is sound and sentences structured properly. Grammarly has your back covered when it comes to editing your articles and posts.

It helps you correct everything from punctuations to spelling errors. Plus it gives you educated suggestions of better words and also provides a brief explanation of every correction suggested.

If you used to worry about you English language skills, then you have no need to worry anymore. Grammarly is your confidence booster; it truly is amazing.

To make the most of Grammarly, you’ll need the premium version which is billed monthly, quarterly or annually. The annual version offers the best value for money, but it is worth checking other free replacements particularly if you are on a budget.

7.     Publishing

Finally, you need to publish your post after writing it. It is important to have a schedule so your readers can know when to expect new content from you and also, you can help yourself be organised and effective with publishing your posts.

There are tonnes of programs or software out there that can help you with scheduling and posting content automatically at the scheduled time. You don’t necessarily have to be present, just write it, schedule it and it will be posted at the appointed time.

How cool is that? One of such tools is HootSuite which has an app so you can do all this on your smartphone. With this tool, you can post items to your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, blog, etc. just at the touch of a button.

There are many similar tools in the market, so do your research for the one that best suits your needs.

8.    Blog promotion

Creating a blog alone does not attract readers. You don’t expect your blog to become successful without some marketing. Most bloggers spend ages writing but forget to market their blogs.

While others spend ages marketing but forget to add relevantly and high-quality content to their blogs. There must be a balance between marketing the blog and adding quality content to the blog to be successful.

Social media is tremendous when it comes to marketing your blog; you can tap into your contacts on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, etc. for traffic on your blog.

Guest blogging is also important when it comes to marketing your blog. It is important to guest blog on high authority sites with one or two backlinks to direct traffic back to your blog. It is one of the best link building strategies.

Other great strategies include blog syndication, social bookmarking sites (StumbledUpon, Reddit, Digg), email marketing, and search engine marketing.

Other Useful Productivity Tips

9. Shun distractions: Use Hiver to manage your emails and block out online distractions with Freedom.

10. Work smartly: At times, we get more work than we can handle. If you want to meet the expectations of your readers or clients, all you need to do is to work smartly. You can do this by simply automating and outsourcing your work.

11. Take breaks: We all get tired and suffer burnouts at times. That’s because we work at long stretches without taking enough breaks. It is recommended that you break from work every 30-45 minutes. This allows you to regain some freshness.

12. Start early: This is a no-brainer. If you start your work early enough, you’ll not only achieve more, you’ll also get the best of ideas that’d make your work blossom.

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Conclusion

There’s no gainsaying that only productive writers can reach their goals. Whether you want to attract more blog readers, make money through blogging, or get more freelance writing clients, making use of these productivity hacks will help you achieve your set goals because you of your ability to work smarter and more efficiently.

 


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Hafiz is an expert freelance blogger and Internet marketer. He helps businesses to build brand awareness, get more inbound traffic, engage their target audiences, generate more leads, and increase sales. He's a contributor at Huffington Post, Business2Community, Tech.co among other sites.

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41 Responses to “ 12 Extremely Effective Productivity Hacks For Bloggers And Freelance Writers” Leave a reply ›

  • Profile photo of Norma Profile

    Hi Hafiz,

    These are very good productivity tips for bloggers and freelance writers. Thanks for sharing them with the rest of us.

    The job of a blogger and freelancer writer isn’t always easy but with productivity tips like some of the ones in this post will help make it easier.

    I have a question regarding the #2 productivity hack of keyword research.

    Do you think the Google Keyword Planner is good enough or the paid options you linked to are better? If you think so, why exactly?

    Regards.

    • Profile photo of Hafiz Akinde Profile

      Hi Norma,

      It depends on your needs or the level at which you work. Google keyword planner is good keyword research tool that helps you get quality insights. But when it comes to long tail keywords, which are less competitive, then you might want to consider the paid options.

      However, a combination of one or more tools will help you get even better results.

      Thanks for taking time to read and comment.

      Regards
      Hafiz Akinde recently posted…The Top 7 Ways To Make Money BloggingMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Carl Profile

    Hi Hafiz,

    These are indeed extremely effective productivity hacks and tools for bloggers and freelancers.

    The fact remains that it is in the discipline of doing what needs to be done efficiently that we get productive result.

    From idea generation to post publishing, bloggers must learn and implement tips that would bring about increased productivity!

  • Profile photo of Celine Profile

    Hey Hafiz,

    The tips and hacks you have shared here are in order. I must add that productivity for a freelancer and a blogger must begin with motivation.

    If the blogger is highly motivated from the beginning to then it becomes easier to follow steps and utilize the tools that would bring about smart working.

    Therefore, I would say that every freelancer or blogger must have clear reasons they blog. Goals and objectives must be clear so that actionable and productive steps are implemented to achieve goals.

  • Profile photo of Sunday William Profile

    Hi Hafiz,

    From the details of this post, you have highlighted the important steps that one can take to research, write and promote articles for online marketing. The ideas and hacks you explained are clear and practical.

    It is now important for any blogger or freelance writer that wants to make a difference to take action and become efficient.

    These hacks readily help the blogger to work SMARTER!

  • Profile photo of Black Profile

    Hey Hafiz,

    To be extremely productive as blogger or freelance writer, one must work smart!

    This involves accessing and using the tools and strategies that will save time, cost and energy.

    At least, the details of this post have revealed the tools that can be used as hacks for effective productivity.

    Thanks for sharing this awesome post!

  • Profile photo of Sarah John Profile

    Hi Hafiz,

    Every blogger and freelance writer must determine the best ways to be productive when creating and promoting a content.

    It becomes important to consider the ‘hacks’ such as those discussed in this post to become efficient and effective.

    Goal setting and planning are needed for each step yield productivity!

  • Profile photo of James Ling Profile

    Hi Hafiz,

    It is great you have shared these productivity hacks. I guess the proactive blogger and freelance writer would now take action steps to accomplish them.

    When writing, publishing, and promoting any piece of article, we need inspiration and the productive hack to achieve the best.

    I have been implementing some of the hacks explained in this post. Its now time to do more so I can achieve more.

    Thanks for this great reminder of how to become productive!

  • Profile photo of Paul Profile

    One of the most important hacks for me in this post is on keyword research. I believe that if keyword research is properly done then it becomes easier to write for both humans and the search engines.

    This is a profound lesson for me: “When carrying out your keyword research focus on keywords with low or medium competition, these keywords are those searched by people but without much information on them.”

    • Profile photo of Hafiz Akinde Profile

      Hi Paul,

      That puts it succinctly!

      Keyword research is a fundamental step in your overall Internet marketing strategy. It gives you a direction and helps you to make a meaningful impact.

      Having said this, one of the ways to get low competition keywords is the use of long tail keywords. This should be complemented with your on-page and off-page SEO strategies.

      Merge these with the productivity hacks that I have highlighted, and watch the amazing results as they start rolling in.

      Thanks
      Hafiz Akinde recently posted…The Top 7 Ways To Make Money BloggingMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Amit Sharan Profile

    Hi Hafiz,

    This is one of the best articles I have read in recent times. The hacks are so real and practical that anybody can implement them.

    Freelance writers and bloggers must ensure that the tools that are mentioned in each of the hacks are used to increase productivity!

    I am going to step up with the new insights I have learned from this post!

  • Profile photo of Terry Profile

    Hello Hafiz,

    At first I thought the title was hyped up and the article wouldn’t deliver on the title, but was pleasantly surprised when I read through to the end.

    The body of the article really delivered on the title.

    Great title and great content. These productivity hacks can help bloggers and freelancer writers for sure.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Profile photo of steven Profile

    Hi Hafiz,

    Bloggers and freelancers need some push to increase productivity. These could come as change in ideas or the usage of some tools.

    In this post, I can align the productivity hacks to the ideas and tools mentioned therein.

    The steps and suggestions made are in order . It beckons on the freelance writers to work smartly in doing the right research, utilizing the right tools and helping the audience solve their problems!

  • Profile photo of Winford Moore Profile

    Hey Hafiz,

    Your post is revealing. Productivity in content creation and publishing requires smart action. This can be redefined in the strategy and tools used.

    You have taken time to explain productivity hacks for bloggers and freelance writers in this post. The ideas are worth bookmarking for good!

  • Profile photo of Hafiz Akinde Profile

    Hi Winford,

    Your comment summarizes the import of my article:

    “Productivity in content creation and publishing requires smart action. This can be redefined in the strategy and tools used.”

    Bookmark and share!

    Thanks
    Hafiz Akinde recently posted…The Top 7 Ways To Make Money BloggingMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Krystsina Profile

    Hi Hafiz,

    it is a great list of productivity tips for bloggers I must say!

    I’ve never used the Google Keyword Planner before, so I think I must check what it is.

    I would also like to add that social bookmarking sites are very helpful to get ranked higher, but it is crucial not to look too spammy promoting your blogs. Such users are usually get banned, so it is important to feel the balance in it.
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  • Profile photo of Hafiz Akinde Profile

    Hi Krystsina,

    Google keyword planner is a great tool. Although it is free, it gives you very good insights for your keywords.

    With this tool, you can check the average monthly search, keyword competition, and suggested bid.

    Regards
    Hafiz Akinde recently posted…The Top 7 Ways To Make Money BloggingMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Helen Black Profile

    Hello Hafiz,

    This list is really useful. Thanks for covering all of the most important issues that bloggers should use.

    I especially liked that you have separately talked about Editorial: nowadays the majority of bloggers forget about this stage, although it plays a decisive part in the final result of posting the article.

    In case no proper editing has been done, the post won’t be readable and the information won’t look relevant and clear to all readers.

  • Profile photo of darrellantonio Profile

    Hello Hafiz

    Great post man!

    It was very insight and very helpful. I must say all 12 of those tips are really relevant. I am in total agreement with you, bloggers #1 issue should be focusing on bringing value.

    Thanks for sharing this value packed post and being detailed Hafiz and have a great weekend.

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  • Profile photo of Maketta Profile

    Hello Hafiz,

    These tips are all helpful for a blogger or freelance writer. I especially like #1 because planning and outlining is so important. I always make sure to write down my blog ideas as soon as they come to me. This way I always remember and it makes the rest of the process so much easier.

    Thanks for sharing this with us!
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  • Profile photo of Sherman Smith Profile

    Hey Hafiz,

    These are some vital productivity tips.

    I think the one tip that the majority don’t take too serously is #8. Blog promotion should take up much of your productivity.

    I started doing using the 80/20 rule which is 20% of the time I’m blogging, and 80% of the time I’m promoting. This has made a really big difference as far as generating traffic.

    Keywords are definitely important. If you want to generate more organic traffic, picking the right keywords will help do the trick. I recommend purchasing a tool like Long Tail Pro more so than using keyword planner since it gives you more detail on more useful keywords to put in your blog posts.

    Thanks for sharing Hafiz! Have a good one!
    Sherman Smith recently posted…9 Tips For Introverted Solopreneur Bloggers To Create Productive GoalsMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Joe Wilson Profile

    Hello Hafiz,

    I have been staring at my computer screen for the last two hours struggling to be productive. It has been painful.

    Reading this post, I think I came out with 1 big take away, research keywords. Typically I write my post and then try to add in SEO type words.

    However, looking up researching keywords first will at least be a great way to get inspiration. Personally, I have been in a writing trench….it has been a while and I haven’t written anything new. Luckily, I have a few days worth of back log…but…I am coming to the last little bit.

    Let me see what some googling, and researching inspires!

    Cheers,
    Joe
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  • Profile photo of Bruce P. Profile
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    Hafiz,

    Hey 4th banks for a great post. I’m new at all this and you have given me a bunch of very useful info.

    Thank you much!
    Bruce

  • Profile photo of Janice Wald Profile

    HI Hafiz,

    Excellent article. I need to blog about productivity myself again soon. Thank you for the inspiration.

    I had not heard about some of these tools like Freedom and KWFinder. I will definitely check them out.

    Thank you for the information.

    Janice
    Janice Wald recently posted…5 Ways to Be a More Successful Blogger with a Perfect HomepageMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha Profile

    Writing is half the job, editing makes me cry 😉

    Well outlined article and good tips.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha recently posted…Essential Writers Tips – Go Easy on The PunctuationsMy Profile

  • Profile photo of Sarah Kilby Profile

    These are pretty good productivity hacks for bloggers.

    One of the methods I use to get productive is to read other peoples’ posts and articles when I get stuck or experience writers’ block. It helps a bunch.

  • Profile photo of David Profile

    Interesting that most of the hacks come before the actual writing. When it comes to productivity, I think that’s where the gold is – in the preparation.

    While there are ways to promote a post that are most productive than others, and there are hacks that can make promotion more productive, I would not call promotion a productivity hack.

    But preparing in advance the research you need, from subject matter to keywords, certainly makes the writing go faster and require fewer substantial revisions.
    David recently posted…5 lessons from America’s greatest ghostwriterMy Profile

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