A Daily Blogging Schedule That Will Actually Help You Make Money

I get questions about this a lot.

People want to know what my daily blogging schedule looks like, and how I manage to stay focused and make money.

So, I’m going to lay it allll out for you! This is a long one, so grab yourself a drink and kick up your feet.

**Side note: I personally work about 25 hours each week. Sometimes less, sometimes more. It just depends on my sponsored work schedule and my product launches.

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First things first…

Let’s talk about how bloggers make their money.

Before you can create a strategic blogging schedule, you really need to think about how you want to make money from this business. You’ll build your daily blogging schedule around these revenue goals.

Bloggers typically make their money from these two things: Creating and selling your own stuff, and/or promoting and selling other people’s stuff. So, what are you going to focus on?

Would you like to create and sell your own stuff (digital/physical products or services)? Would you like to promote and sell other people’s products or services (sponsored writing, affiliate marketing, ads)? Maybe some variation of the two?

If you need help turning your blog into a money-making business, check out THIS TRAINING COURSE.

Once you know what revenue streams you want to focus on, you’ll have a better idea of what needs to be done on a daily basis to reach your goals! Personally, I focus on sponsored writing, affiliate marketing, and selling my own digital products (like my online course). I have a few other side projects that I make time for every month, but these 3 revenue streams are my focus.

The important parts of a daily blogging schedule

Your daily routine will look a little different than mine. It will depend on where you’re at in your business, what revenue streams you’re focused on, and what other obligations you have.

But there are a few important things that every blogger needs to do on a regular basis to make good money in this biz. Here are the big ones:

  1. Write, edit, and publish content.
  2. Create blog graphics and social media graphics.
  3. Engage with others on social media.
  4. Do some marketing of your blog/products/services.
  5. Do regular administrative tasks for your website and business.
  6. Network with others in your field.
  7. Grow your social media accounts and email list.

I’m going to break down each of these important blogging tasks right now, and then I’ll share my personal daily blogging schedule with you!

Write, edit, and publish content

I got into this business because I wanted to be a writer. I love to write, I love to simplify complicated topics for people, and I love to educate and inspire. So, this one is a super important part of my blogging schedule.

I do a little writing every single morning before my babies wake up. I’ll write using my iPhone app, my laptop, or a notebook. It doesn’t matter. I just lay out some thoughts and concepts that might be helpful to my readers, and I work them into outlines.

If you want to make money blogging, you have to write every single day. You’ll need content on your website, on your social media platforms, in your emails, in your courses…writing will be an important part of your job. You’ll also need to edit your content and optimize it for search engines, which takes a little time and effort.

You don’t have to publish every single day, you just need to get into the habit of writing every single day…even if it’s just for fifteen minutes.

Create blog graphics and social media graphics

The online world is an incredibly visual place. Pinterest is full of images, Twitter users get higher engagement when they include images, Google indexes images.

You need to create visuals for your blog and your social media accounts if you want to stand out and make money from your blog. Standing out = more readers = more authority = more potential clients = more actual clients = more income.

You can use a completely free resource like Canva to create all of your graphic images for your blog and your social media platforms. There are more advanced systems if you have a higher budget, but Canva works just fine if you want to go the inexpensive DIY route.

Tips for your visuals:

  1. Use consistent fonts, colors, and background images. This is part of your branding, and it’s helpful for growing your fanbase. People will start to recognize the images you share and associate them with your blog.
  2. Create multiple images for Pinterest pins. You should be sharing your content to Pinterest every day, and a variety of attention-grabbing pins will make it easier for people to find, follow, and pin your stuff!
  3. Put your website URL on every graphic image you create for social media. You don’t have to do a big spammy website link across the image; you can just create a small text box with your website address at the bottom of the image. DAILY BLOGGING SCHEDULE

Engage with others on social media

This is a tough one for a lot of my students. They get frustrated with their lack of traffic and followers, and understandably so…but when I ask how much focused, engaged time they spend with their audience and their peers, the answer is usually “not a lot.”

If you want to grow your blog and make money, your daily blogging schedule has to include some genuine engagement on social media.

And I’m not talking about browsing Instagram, playing with Snapchat filters, mindless scrolling through Facebook videos. Nooooo.

All of that is just a time suck that distracts you from your business. You need to make connections with real people and help them solve their real problems.

In my opinion, the best way to do this is to read blog articles in your niche and comment genuinely.

Think about it. Someone posts on Instagram and says to follow the link in their bio. Most people scroll right past it and don’t give it a second thought. Imagine if you read their post and left a thoughtful comment, mentioning that Instagram led you here…that person will remember you and your kindness, the time and effort you spent commenting on their blog. And then other readers will see your comment and be intrigued by you as well. Commenting on blog posts in your niche is HUGE…so start doing more of it.

You should also go to networking events, ask your followers engaging questions, tag people on Instagram and give them a thoughtful shout out without expecting anything in return.

It’s easy to get sucked into the social media vortex, so tread lightly here. Come up with a social media routine, set an alarm clock, dedicate some time each day to genuine social engagement, and then move on. No mindless scrolling.

Marketing your blog/product/service

My daily blogging schedule includes some marketing, and yours should too! Marketing is the long-term game plan that is connected to your sales. It includes doing research to see what people want/need from you, developing products, and actually presenting them to your audience.

If you don’t have a product or service that you’re offering at this point, that’s okay. Marketing your free blog posts is important if you want more blog traffic or ad income. Marketing your social media accounts is important if you’re a social influencer.

And if you want to create and sell your own products, well that rocks too!

A marketing strategy takes a little time and effort to develop. You have to listen to your audience for a bit, figure out what they need and how they like to consume information. Then decide what you’re going to offer them, whether that means developing your own product to sell, or promoting someone else’s product.

Administrative tasks

Every business requires some admin work…and running your own blogging business is no different.

Before I jumped into the blogging world, I was actually an administrative manager, so I’ve got this one on lock. I do my daily administrative tasks pretty early in the morning, because I want them to be over with before my kids wake up.

Here are just a few of the basic admin tasks that most bloggers will encounter in a given week:

Email/text responses
Conference calls
Content organization
File organization
Website updates
Managing customer support tickets
Scheduling appointments or blog features
Editing images
Data entry
Managing social media notifications
Scheduling social media posts
Moderating blog comments
Sending invoices to clients

It seems like a lot, but you won’t have to complete all of these tasks in a single day. You’ll start to find your business groove and you’ll learn what needs to be done each day, each week, each month etc.

If you have the budget for it, you can always hire a Virtual Assistant (VA) to help you with the tasks you want to outsource.

My general rule of thumb is: respond to people (students, group members, readers) within 24 hours, handle important projects within 48 hours, and handle all secondary tasks within 72 hours.

Networking

We touched on this under our social media section, but I have to reiterate that networking is super important in the blogging world. You can do online networking, in Facebook groups, Telegram groups, Instagram groups, Twitter trains, etc. AND you can go to in-person networking events, which can be absolutely life changing.

Just google the term “blogger networking event” and you’ll get a ton of search results with events near you. I know it takes courage. But dig deep and force yourself to attend some of these networking events. You won’t regret it.

Grow your social media following and email list

Let me preface this with some real talk: numbers are not everything. When I say that you need to grow your following, I’m simply saying that having a fanbase of loyal customers is super important when you’re a blogger. People can’t find you or buy from you if you’re non-existent online.

Here is an article for growing your Pinterest account and your Instagram account.

Take a little time each day to focus on growth. You’ll have to engage with others, post helpful content, share your story, use clear/bright images, get your face in front of your audience more, provide a ton of free value, and prove yourself to be an expert in your field.

All of these things combined will help you to find your people, earn their trust, and lead them to your social accounts or email list.

It will take a little time, so don’t get discouraged. If you have a specific niche market and you’re helping them with their specific problems, you’ll be able to grow much faster.

My daily blogging schedule

And now, onto the good stuff! Here is the personal blog schedule that I follow every day. This system has allowed me to leave my day job, start my own business, and raise my own kids. It took some time and effort to get here, but I truly believe that consistency and dedication make it all possible.

For what it’s worth, I work about 25-30 hours each week.

Monday-Friday Morning Routine:

I do my daily writing and important admin tasks before my kids wake up. By the end of the week, I have at least one blog post completed and one blog post drafted. And I publish new posts on Sunday.

My morning usually looks like this: 30 minutes of writing and editing, 30 minutes of social media responses and engagement. Up to 1 hour of admin tasks, including payment/invoice/emails. 30-60 minutes in my Facebook group and working with my students. I try to work for about 3 hours before my babies wake up!

Monday-Friday Afternoon Routine:

I do my graphics for all social media posts and blog posts in the afternoon. If my part-time nanny is helping me during the day, then I batch my work and get a lot more done, but either way, I try to create at least 2 graphics for each social platform and blog post. I also do a lot of my Pinterest pinning and Tailwind work while my babies nap. I try to pin AT LEAST 50 manual pins a day, and I do this every single afternoon.

Monday-Friday Evening Routine:

During the evenings, my husband watches the kids until it’s time for dinner, bath, and bed. This gives me time to focus on course creation, email marketing, working with my students, pitching to brands, and completing my blog features and sponsored work. In other words: evening blogging is when alllll the magic happens!

Side note: taking breaks is important when you work from home! I always take an evening work break to enjoy my kids, give them baths, read them stories, and get ready for bedtime. It’s one of the happiest parts of my day.

When the kids go to sleep, it’s back to work for an hour or so, to finish up any tasks that I haven’t finished.

Saturday Routine:

Sponsored work is a big part of my blogging income. I work with companies to promote their products and services to my audience. A lot of times, I get to take my kids with me on sponsored gigs and include them in the feature. Saturday mornings are reserved for blog features and sponsored work. And then I take the rest of the day off, with the exception of responding to important client inquiries.

Sunday Routine:

I work for just ONE HOUR on Sundays. I upload my blog post, share on social media, and schedule a few automated posts for the week. The rest of this day is dedicated to my family.

This daily blogging schedule adds up to about five hours of work each week day, and just a few hours of work on the weekends!

You probably noticed that the most important parts of my work day are writing, editing, creating social media graphics, pinning on Pinterest, engaging on social media, handling admin tasks, and creating NEW content (emails, digital products, sales funnels etc).

If you’re creating a new product or working on a launch, you’ll have to put in longer hours. And if you have most of your content on auto-pilot, you’ll get to work a little less.

My best recommendation is to SILENCE YOUR PHONE and work on your computer whenever possible. Don’t get sucked into mindless scrolling or funny cat videos.

You’ve got work to do, yo. 

If you follow these general guidelines for your daily blogging schedule, you’ll start to notice sooo much growth and progress in your blogging business.

Now, tell me! What does your daily blogging schedule look like? Share in the comments.

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32 Comments

  1. Christina Caul

    April 16, 2018 at 1:38 am

    Nice. I am trying to get a schedule in place. Typically, I try to schedule my posts for the week on Sunday/Monday. My blog posts vary, but I would love to get it set for two posts per week. I am still working on building my blog and social media to drive traffic. I am averaging one post per week now though. I typically do early mornings and late evenings.

    1. Cate

      April 16, 2018 at 6:35 pm

      Yes, I’m an early morning/late evening girl too, just because of the kids and my hubby’s work schedule. One blog post a week is totally fine! That’s what I do, other than the occasional blog feature that doesn’t fall on my publishing date. Thanks for reading!

  2. Allyson

    April 18, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    This is perfect! I was just looking for something like this! I need daily accountability to reach those monthly and yearly goals! Yayy thanks!

    1. Cate

      April 19, 2018 at 1:02 am

      You’re soo welcome! I’m glad this was helpful!

  3. Karis | Don't Dream, Just Travel

    April 19, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    Ahhh this is great! I’m definitely struggling with the “getting sucked in” part. I love researching, so when I need to sort out a task I get distracted by reading tons of articles about it when I really should just get on with it and do it!

    1. Cate

      April 19, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      It is so easy to get distracted and forget about what we’re actually supposed to be doing haha! A schedule and an alarm clock is helpful!

  4. Karley

    April 21, 2018 at 3:11 am

    I absolutely LOVE how detailed this is and how clear and concise your break downs and bullet points are! This is so helpful. I just started my blog so my to-do list is still just literally EVERYTHING and ends up being vague chicken scratch on some paper – so I definitely needed this post! Haha. Thanks! 🙂

    1. Cate

      April 21, 2018 at 8:12 am

      This makes me so happy to hear! Thank you for taking the time to comment 🙂 If you need any help along the way, I’m here to help. And you can join my free blogging group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/becomingablogger/

  5. Severina Panteleeva

    April 26, 2018 at 6:06 am

    Hi Cate! Thanks for the detailed post and awesome tips on building a blogging routine. I still struggle with having an organized blogging schedule as I still work full-time and blogging really comes in between working and parenting. I will definitely make use of some of your tips and try them out. Thanks for sharing your tips 🙂 Severina

    1. Cate

      April 26, 2018 at 8:33 pm

      You’re so welcome! Getting organized definitely takes time and patience, but it’s so worth it. Thanks for reading!

  6. Olivia

    April 26, 2018 at 10:56 am

    Thanks, this is helpful! I just launched and am taking it slow(ish) for now but am working on finding a routine that works. So much to learn! It’s both daunting and a lot of fun.

  7. Olivia

    April 26, 2018 at 11:11 am

    After browsing your site some more, I see how much we have in common (simple living, minimalism, positive parenting, practical approach, plus I’m a writer – mostly magazines and now the blog). I look forward to reading more of your posts. When my site has grown a bit, I’d love to work together!

    1. Cate

      April 26, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      I love working with my fellow bloggers, great to meet you! And yes, reach out to me with your ideas anytime 🙂

  8. Lynn

    May 1, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    This is such a helpful post! As a new blogger, I’m still learning so much every day and posts like this help a lot. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Cate

      May 1, 2018 at 11:56 pm

      This makes me so happy to hear! I’m always here to help if you have blogging questions.

  9. Heather

    May 13, 2018 at 1:31 am

    It’s so helpful to read your routine and see how you schedule your day to fit everything in. Like many others who’ve responded I also work full time and have 3 kids (though I think mine are a bit older!). The piece of advice you gave that stood out is responding and being social. I read tons of articles but I never think to leave a comment. Totally makes sense that when you write, you’d appreciate feedback from your readers. Thank you for pointing out what should have been obvious:)! I enjoyed reading your article.

    1. Cate

      May 13, 2018 at 5:36 am

      I’m so glad this was helpful! Getting social and networking is so great for bloggers, we definitely need support to get through our work week! Thank you for reading 🙂

  10. Geraldine

    May 20, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing these tips and your schedule. I am new to the blogging world and I am trying to learn as
    much as I can.

    1. Cate

      May 21, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      You’re very welcome, thanks for reading!

  11. Andrea

    May 31, 2018 at 1:42 am

    Hi. I found this post very helpful. I’m not a blogger but am interested in starting one. Do you have something on starting a blog that I could read please? Having trouble deciding where to start. Thank you for sharing all of this 🙂 a very comprehensive and informative read.

    1. Cate

      June 1, 2018 at 12:41 am

      You’re very welcome, I’ll send you an email with tutorials and tips for starting your blog!

  12. Andrea

    June 1, 2018 at 12:45 am

    Thank you so much 🙂

  13. Kristi Horstmann

    June 22, 2018 at 11:42 am

    This post was great! I find you very inspiring and I often come back to your site to get blogging advice. I started my blog about 2 months ago and I feel like I’m struggling with it, but I find motivation to keep going when I visit your site. Thanks for all of the great information!

    1. Cate

      June 23, 2018 at 12:18 am

      This makes me sooo happy to hear! I think we all struggle with the ups and downs and it’s nice to have people around us that “get it” and can be here to encourage us to keep going 🙂 Thanks for reading Kristi!

  14. Rebekah Cheatham

    August 1, 2018 at 2:53 pm

    I have scoured the internet for helpful blog posts about starting a blog, and this post has been, by far, the most helpful! Thank you for all the valuable information.

    1. Cate

      August 7, 2018 at 5:51 pm

      I’m so glad it was helpful!

  15. Missy

    August 31, 2018 at 2:37 am

    YESSSS!!!! just what I needed. Some guidance to create my own blogging schedule. I have some work to do tomorrow 🙂
    Thank you Cate for sharing all of your knowledge with us. Your Facebook group is amazing as well.

    1. Cate

      August 31, 2018 at 10:25 pm

      Thank you so much, I’m glad it was helpful!

  16. Michelle Greenwood

    September 12, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    Great post! Seeing your structured day helps cut through the overwhelm I’m feeling. Thank you!

    1. Cate

      September 13, 2018 at 9:32 pm

      Oh good, I’m so glad!

  17. Brittany

    September 16, 2018 at 8:12 pm

    This post was so incredibly helpful I’m going to bookmark it! As a new blogger I often feel really overwhelmed because there are so many things you have to divide your attention between. My focus now is going to be creating new content and interacting with my community. Tailwind and Pinterest groups are going to take a little bit of a backseat for a while. Thank you for all the work you do!

    1. Cate

      September 17, 2018 at 5:47 am

      Thank you so much for reading! I’m glad this post was helpful 🙂

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