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3 Productivity Hacks to be a Top Blogger

This post was most recently updated on December 9th, 2018

3 Productivity Hacks To Be A Top BloggerI’m going to give you 3 Productivity Hacks to be a Top Blogger.

They are probably things you’ve heard before, but maybe you haven’t actually put them into practice.

Being a blogger is pretty simple stuff.

But being a top blogger requires that you master a high level of productivity.

If you don’t have your act together, then it’s not going to happen.

And you can’t just fake it.

You have to put out top-quality stuff to be a top blogger.

Not only that.

You have to do it consistently, too.

And that top-quality content has to be perfectly targeted and tailored to the crowd that follows you.

That’s your audience.

And attracting and holding that audience is what will make you a top blogger.

But so many of my clients tell me that they just don’t have time to do all that.

They don’t know how to create a steady flow of content and keep putting it out there.

And that’s especially true if the content has to be high-quality, too.

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Which it does.

Of course there are many, many things that I could tell you if you were concerned about your ability to keep a steady flow of high-quality content in front of your targeted audience.

Here are what I believe are the 3 most important productivity hack to be a top blogger.

1. Editorial Calendar

Okay, so this sounds pretty boring, doesn’t it?

Schedule your blog posts.

Well, of course.

Who wouldn’t do that?

This is one of those things that just about every blogger tells me they know about.

But almost none of them actually do it.

At least, not in the right way.

Scheduling blog posts is not just about making a list of what blog post you will write and the dates that you’ll publish them.

Yes that’s a big part of it.

But the key part of it is to coordinate your blog posts so that they tell a running story, or support your core message in a consistent way.

This is the surest way to connect with your blogging audience.

That’s really why you need an editorial calendar.

You have to make sure that every topic is thought out very carefully.

If my first blog post of the month is going to be about how to bake a cake, then I might want to follow that up with an article on how to find all the ingredients.

Then another one on healthy alternatives.

And yet another on where to find killer cake recipes.

So now I have a little series of blog posts that are going to tell one single story.

Each of those blog posts is pointing to the same thing, and are individual parts of a single end goal.

So your editorial calendar is not just a matter of listing those particular blog titles.

It’s a matter of coordinating them in a way that they make sense to your readers.

Use your editorial calendar to develop themes, not random thoughts.

GetResponseAnd make those themes a part of your overall Core Message… the reason you blog and the reason people should follow your blog.

Remember, the editorial calendar like every part of your business, is not for you as much as it is for your readers.

Because if you’re not putting together your content in a consistent and coherent format, then you’re going to confuse your readers.

They won’t understand what your Core Message is.

You may know what’s going on, but they won’t.

They need to see a steady flow and a drip succession of your content as it pertains to that Core Message.

Then they start getting the big picture.

They start seeing why your Core Message is so important for them to fully comprehend.

And why each of your blog posts are pieces in the puzzle of that Core Message.

2. Repurpose Your Content to be a Top Blogger

So I know it gets tough to keep coming up with content.

And you get to a point where you tell yourself…

  • “Well, I already said that.”
  • “I already talked about that subject.”
  • “I was already on that topic just a few weeks ago.”

It’s true.

You’ll keep coming across the same things that you want to teach your audience because you are focused on one simple Core Message.

That’s how you develop your brand.

And that’s how you build a highly targeted audience.

Top bloggers have to keep coming up with new and fresh content.

So here is one of the productivity hacks that you really have to get good at.

Content Repurposing

Once you’ve created a piece of content like, let’s say that blog post about how to bake a cake… you right away want to come up with some different ways to reproduce that same article on a variety of platforms.

That’s what I mean by “repurposing.”

So here’s what it looks like.

I take my cake article and right away turn it into an infographic.

Pretty cool huh?

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Now I can put that infographic on a guest post.

Or I can put it on Instagram.

How about Pinterest?

You see there’s a bunch of stuff I can do it.

Here’s another thought.

I can take that cake baking infographic and turn it into a video.

Simply screen capture a shot of the infographic while I narrate my blog post, word for word.

The I can stick it on YouTube.

How about Vimeo?

I think you’re beginning to get the picture.

Anywhere I can find to share that video will “poke” a new audience.

In fact, I strongly suggest you repurpose you blog content specifically for use in social media.

That’s where you’ll find new people looking for exactly what you’ve got to offer.

Social media sites are where you can really grow your audience and generate new traffic and leads.

Then just send them over to your blog and watch the magic happen.

You’ll get some real good ideas for doing this on How to Repurpose Blogs Into Social Media Content by Sahil Kakkar

3. Invest in Yourself to be a Top Blogger

You could argue that investing in yourself is not really a “productivity hack.”

It’s just “self-development.”

Well I’ve got news for you.

If you don’t invest time and energy into yourself, then you will not be productive.

It will be very hard to maintain a business as a top blogger if you don’t have the time or inclination to invest in yourself.

So what do I mean by invest in yourself?

I mean getting away from your blog.

Getting away from internet marketing.

Focusing, instead, for a while… on yourself, not your blog.

Spend time taking yourself for a walk or run on a daily basis.

Doing some breathing exercises.

Maybe some meditation or reading.

Whatever it is that makes you feel like you are actually becoming the person you want to be.

That’s what you need to be spending some time on.

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I know far too many bloggers who do nothing but blog their life away because they want to be successful.

Then suddenly they burn out and realize that without taking time to be themselves, they cannot succeed in anything.

Especially blogging.

Blogging an intense activity.

It requires that you take time for your own personal renewal and regeneration.

After all… you’re not a machine.

It’s Not as Easy as it sounds, though

Now I realize that to take the time to invest in yourself is not as easy to do as it may sound.

I know you get caught up in having to get out new blog content and then reply to the latest comments on your blog.

You keep sending out emails and connecting on Facebook with other bloggers to land that next guest post gig.

These are just a few things that bloggers have to do.

And frankly, to run a successful blogging business, there are far many more things that you’ll have to be doing.

But you can’t run yourself into the ground in the process.

That won’t help you, and it won’t help your business.

One of the most prolific bloggers I know is Ryan Biddeford.

He’s written tons of blog posts, ebooks, guest posts and for some time now he’s been doing daily Facebook Live presentations for his audience.

He is successful and as I said, terribly prolific.

That means he’s really, really productive.

But he has fun, too.

He loves what he’s doing as a blogger, but he’s also loving people and loving life.

And he never focuses on trying to be somebody that he’s not.

Most important of all, despite all that he accomplishes during his productivity phase, he still takes time to invest in himself.

I suggest you take some time to see what Ryan says about the things that make him so prolific in his article, How to Become a Prolific Blogger.

And notice especially how he uses a specific daily ritual to manage his energy.

This is what I mean by investing in yourself.

3 Productivity Hacks to be a Top Blogger

These are my recommended 3 productivity hacks to be a top blogger.

I suggest you very carefully consider making them part of your business.

After all, if you’re not productive, then you’re not going to be successful.

And being productive doesn’t just happen.

It requires careful planning and dedicated execution.

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So tell me, now.

What do you do to optimize your productivity?

Which of these productivity strategies or tactics speaks the loudest to you?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

Do you agree with me that these are the most important 3 productivity hacks to be a top blogger?


And hey, don’t forget to share this article on your social media sites, too 🙂

Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

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26 Responses to 3 Productivity Hacks to be a Top Blogger

  1. Elvis Michael
    November 26, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    I tend to do my work in batches, which has never failed to skyrocket my productivity. For example, in no particular order:

    1. Gather all post images
    2. Gather all links, if applicable
    3. Compose all the sub-headings, as this gives me a roadmap of where to take my content
    4. Write / publish

    I also use a to-do list, which is probably the oldest thing in the book, but it actually works quite well because i usually have multiple projects throughout the week.

    Take care, Donna 🙂

  2. Emenike Emmanuel
    November 22, 2018 at 8:14 pm #

    That aspect of investing in oneself is what I have decided to pay more attention to in this coming month. I have listed 5 amazing yet expensive copywriting books that I’m going to purchase from Amazon. These books meant a lot to me.

    I set editorial calendar too but I think I’m guilty of not following it religiously. But when it comes to coordinating my articles in a way that it can be an upgrade to what I already have, I think I’m good in that area.

    Thanks for sharing. Like you said, these are things we already know but not paying close attention to.

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  3. Bikram Kalsi
    November 19, 2018 at 5:16 am #

    Hello Donna Ma’am

    Being a blogger is not an easy job and some of us get lucky and some of us had to go through mistakes and downs to reach a certain point.

    Brilliant article.

  4. Bhawna Kaushik
    November 19, 2018 at 5:12 am #

    Hey Donna,

    I think it is really important to have a pipeline and to have stuff planned for at least a week. Initially, I used to be like what topic should I write about every morning but Now I have 5 posts scheduled and I am working on new stuff and I am ahead of it.
    In the meantime, if there is something which needs to be published on short notice I can also make that work
    Repurposing old content is a brilliant idea.
    I have found that Pinterest is the way to go.

    • Donna Merrill November 25, 2018 at 6:52 pm #

      Hi Bhawna

      Isn’t it a great feeling to have content just waiting to be used?

      No hassles when deadlines arrive.

      Just dip into the bucket and pull it out.

      But you’ve got to be scheduled to do that, and then put your productivity hat on and create what you’ve scheduled.

      Sounds like you’re firing on all cylinders 🙂


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  5. Janice Wald
    November 18, 2018 at 1:11 pm #

    Hi Donna,
    On my blog, let’s say I post about SEO and it gets a boatload of page views. (Yay!). Thinking readers like that, I post another SEO Tips post. The next underperforms. I then think they’re bored with that topic.
    What is your opinion?

    • Donna Merrill November 20, 2018 at 10:03 am #

      Hi Janice

      It’s always hard to say what will be popular.

      You’re really talking about a sort of A/B test where you are pitting one blog post (A) against another (B).

      The problem is, with any A/B test, that the more variable you are testing for, the less reliable your comparison results.

      So, if you are testing a squeeze page where the caption is red in A, blue in B, but EVERYTHING else is the same, you can get a good idea as to whether people respond better to red or blue captions.

      But if you change 5 things from A to B, it gets difficult to know exactly why A performs differently than B.

      In the case of a blog post, there are an enormous number of variables, beginning with the title, and then just about everything else.

      The best way to test a topic is not one blog post vs. another, but one group of maybe 10 blog posts on a topic vs 10 blog posts on another topic. Then you’ll start getting some more reliable comparison of which topic people like better. But remember, within each topic there is wide variation. Do people prefer your short articles, long ones, one with videos, images, etc etc.

      Good luck. You and every other blogger and marketer struggles with publishing content that their readers will devour 🙂

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  6. Gaurav Kumar
    November 17, 2018 at 9:42 pm #

    Hi Donna,

    Editorial calendar is where most of the bloggers fall asleep. It is really good to repurposed the content to boost engagement and traffic. When it comes to invest in yourself people just think about money or time but in reality you have to do everything to invest in yourself to boost your skills and productivity.

    Glad you have shared these tips.
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    • Donna Merrill November 20, 2018 at 9:56 am #

      Hi Guarav

      Really, the editorial calendar is to keep you on track with publishing your blog posts, but you can run a second one for your repurposed content.

      So if you schedule a blog post about fishing for the first week of October, maybe your schedule 3 repurposed pieces to that content for the first week in November… etc. Not blog posts, but social media posts, or videos etc.

      That way you keep your topics in front of your audience on an ongoing basis… that’s what scheduling is all about.

      What you don’t schedule, probably won’t get done.

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  7. Enstine Muki
    November 16, 2018 at 2:22 am #

    Hack #3 is spot on Donna.
    In a recent training I had, I spoke on that point to some details because that’s what most of us lack. It’s not just a “self improvement” tip. It’s a huge boost to productivity.

    This comes in many ways as you’ve leaned towards the refreshing and relaxation part of it. I keep telling my students in blogging that people don’t network or connect with blogs. They connect with bloggers. There is no successful blog by a failing blogger. Your blog is a success because you (the success) are behind it.

    Trust me you got this one nailed and thanks for making it awesome.
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    • Donna Merrill November 19, 2018 at 5:53 pm #

      Hi Enstine

      I appreciate your insights which you’ve shared.

      I think it’s so important to get to the “relaxation” stage of your development every day.

      We do so much pushing and trying and stressing to reach our goals as bloggers.

      But real growth can only happen when we are in a relaxed state.

      It’s like working out your muscles in the gym.

      It’s important, critical to do that.

      But muscle growth and development don’t occur WHEN you are working out, but when your body is totally relaxed, usually during sleep.

      To be massively productive, you have to “let go” of the effort from time to time, and just let yourself “be” who you are.

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  8. Anil Agarwal
    November 15, 2018 at 11:22 pm #

    Hi Donna, top productivity tips and I follow all of them. Having an editorial calendar gives your blog a momentum and you will feel that there are couple of drafts to work on whenever you see your editorial calendar.

    So that’s a top productivity tip almost every blogger must follow to be able to create contents consistently on their blog. As you said, content repurposing is definitely an underrated tactic but works like a charm (which also saves time) to reach out to wider audience with your content.

    My top #1 productivity tip would be this: use pomodoro technique. While writing, work in 25 minutes break without any interruptions. Take a 5 minute break and repeat the process. You can get so much done that way.

    Thanks for the tips Donna.

    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2018 at 8:55 am #

      Hi Anil

      The Pomodoro technique is a great one to follow. I like that and have used it, but not religiously. It really improves your productivity, though, when you do. I usually use it when I’m creating a training course, an ebook or some other info product. It really helps me get the job done in a short time, instead of dragging it out for months.

      I think an editorial calendar is so misunderstood. People think it’s just to schedule your blog posts, but it’s so much more. It really gives you the Big Picture of where your blog is heading, and what kind of an audience you are trying to appeal to.

      Thanks for the pomodoro suggestion. I think readers would do well to Google that.

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  9. Lisa Sicard
    November 15, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

    HI Donna, speaking of that I’m heading out to yoga to get away and rest and get some exercise. I love taking walks on most days. A few days get too hectic with clients and blogging but most days I do get that hour or 2 away.
    I’ve been attending more networking events and training myself as I am gearing up to give more training. Isn’t that funny? We are like a big circle, we get trained more, we train others.
    We pay others that we delegate out to and we get paid by others that delegate to us. That concept has me thinking more lately.
    Anyway yes, we must take time away in order to stay productive in our businesses and our blogs. It really is a lot of work but can be rewarding at the same time.
    Thanks for the tips Donna! Hope to stop by on our way up North by February this year – it’s been a while!

    • Donna Merrill November 18, 2018 at 6:00 am #

      Hi Lisa

      Taking time to regenerate is really critical.

      I don’t think a lot of bloggers understand how much.

      Especially if you’ve been blogging for a while.

      Time to catch a breath, right?

      I love that you look to do this daily because just weekends or “vacations” really doesn’t cut it.

      You have to make it part of your life.

      Besides my online businesses, I still do a lot of intuitive consulting via telephone.

      Even though it’s still work, it’s kind of a break from the computer, and gets my head into the “real world” of human interaction.

      So sometimes, even other type of work… yard work, telephone work, etc… can be a bit of a break, and a chance to explore yourself and grow.

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  10. Moss Clement
    November 15, 2018 at 7:56 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I love this article because the points are simple and easily understood. For example, self investment is the best way to up your blogging game and achieve success faster. Instead of all the trials and errors, your pay someone to mentor you, hold you by the hand and walk you through. Repurposing content on the other hand helps you create epic blog content that gets share more on social media, as well as drive traffic. For instance, my recently repurposed blog post saw an increase in traffic and engagement.
    Further, I want to add that engaging with your audience is also a good way to be productive, because while engaging with them, you’re in a better position to generate content ideas from them, with which you can create more engaging blog content (UGC). It’s also great to outsource when the work load is too much or when you’re constrained with time. If you do not have the budget, simply invite bloggers in your niche to contribute content to your blog.

    • Donna Merrill November 17, 2018 at 7:28 pm #

      Hi Moss

      You’ve said so much here that really points the way to high levels of productivity.

      I really like the idea of getting a mentor or coach because a good coach will help you stay focused on a very clear process for you to follow.

      This can really, really make you so much more productive in your blogging business.

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  11. Ryan Biddulph
    November 14, 2018 at 9:28 pm #

    Let me tell you Donna; following tip #3 helped me grow light years. No joke. My productivity went through the roof when I got super serious about working on my energy. Folks do not realize I train to blog; 80 minutes of deep yin yoga, 60 minutes of cardio and I get ample sleep too. Toss in an icy cold shower regularly and you have the recipe for moving our of your comfort zone to be super productive. Excellent post.

    • Donna Merrill November 14, 2018 at 11:32 pm #

      Hi Ryan

      Your routine has certainly worked well for you.

      Naturally, each person can craft his/her own specific routine, there’s no one size fits all here.

      But the key is to move out of your comfort zone, as you find new and challenging ways to invest in yourself.

      I love your story of how your “productivity went through the roof” when you started working on yourself in this way.

      We learn so much more from true stories than lectures and theories, right?

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  12. Marquita Herald
    November 14, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

    Excellent advice as always Donna. I’m good to go on the first two, the third is the tough one for me. I get away to learn, take courses and expand my knowledge, but despite the fact that I harp to everyone else about the importance of self-care, I rarely take my own advice. Which is why I’m taking a month off starting the second week of December. Working hard now to make sure that I totally unplug during that time. Thanks for the tips and inspiration, always appreciated!
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    • Donna Merrill November 14, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

      Hi Marquita

      Congrats on your time off… coming soon 🙂

      It’s great to take those big breaks, but it’s also good to make a daily practice of investing in yourself… a walk, a nap, a mediation in the middle of the day.

      You need a steady diet of self investment, not just a periodic binge.

      Make it happen.

      Hey, this time of year, it could even be a New Years resolution 🙂

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    November 14, 2018 at 11:15 am #

    Great information as always. I love the part where you suggest investing in yourself. I think there is no better investment.

    • Donna Merrill November 14, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

      Hi Sharon

      Investing in blogging is important, of course.

      Autoresponders, landing page creators etc.

      But you can’t overlook investing in yourself.

      Without that, you just can’t be productive over the long haul.

      You’re right… there is NO better investment than investing in yourself.

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  14. Vishwajeet Kumar
    November 14, 2018 at 8:19 am #

    Hello Donna,

    Awesome tips you have shared here. Being a Blogger you must have to be productive in order to leverage your skills and knowledge. You definitely need to invest money to become successful in blogging. Content repurposing is also a great way to drive traffic using your content on various platforms. Thanks for sharing these helpful tips here.

    Have a Great Day 🙂
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    • Donna Merrill November 14, 2018 at 12:58 pm #

      Hi Vishwajeet

      Being productive means really letting people know not only who you are, but what you have to offer.

      If they see you as a valuable asset to their lives or business, they will follow you.

      That only happens when you stay visible to them, and that mean producing content and marketing it aggressively.

      Nice to have you here today 🙂

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