Do you dream of creating your own blog, but fear that you’ll never be successful because you spend so much time working a full-time job?   A lot of the successful bloggers seem to work their blog full-time, rather than working a separate full-time job and blogging on the side. If creating and monetizing a blog is your goal, a separate job can be a real distraction for you. So how will you ever compete?

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According to financesonline.com, “even bloggers at the low-end of the scale are making $42 an hour on average. Most of these are part-time bloggers who have a 9-5 job.”

This means you can still run a successful blog capable of monetization, even while doing it only as a side hustle.   Maybe you can even use this time to scale your blog to eventually replace your full-time income!

With motivation like that, let’s jump into my top 5 blogging tips, from a fellow blogger with a full-time job.

I wrote this and realized I was making it sound like it’s easy to do. I’m going to be honest with you-it’s not.  It’s a lot of hard work with little reward in the beginning, but you can do it.

.01 Use a Planner

 

Planning out my content ahead of time, is VITAL in maintaining a successful blog, while working a full-time job.  When I finally get time to work on my blog, I don’t waste it with brainstorming.

I already have a list of blog post ideas to choose from, so I can quickly choose one and start writing.  Planning out my content ahead of time, takes out the guesswork of what I’m going to write about.

Using a planner is an easy way to stay organized with my keyword research, blog post ideas, and to-do lists.

Along those same lines, I try to stay several posts ahead, so that if life happens, I still have content to post.  A planner helps with this too.

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.02 Use Pockets of Time

 

If I have five free minutes (like when I’m waiting in the school pickup line), I still use that time to be productive, even if I’m not writing out a blog post.  Every seasoned blogger knows that promoting your content is as important as writing it.

I use small pockets of time for small tasks, like designing a Pinterest pin in Canva, on my phone.

I also use the notes app on my phone to record any ideas that I come up with during the day, so I don’t forget them.

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.03 Batch Create

 

When I have longer periods of time, I try to batch create content that I can. For example, you can easily batch Pinterest pins by changing the text, colors and image on the pin.

 

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.04 Work with the Time you Have and Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

 

Your blog is not going to grow as quickly as Susie Q’s blog, which has made her blog her full-time job.  You can get there one day, but it is what it is for now, and that’s okay.

I work 12-hour shifts, mostly on my feet, and sometimes I just don’t have the energy anything other than getting in bed when I get home.  The key is to not waste your time, dwelling on the impossible.

Working now will get you to where you want to be in the future.  This is just a part of YOUR journey, and mine too.

 

The price of entry is just not giving up

Faith Mariah

Be as consistent and work as hard as you can with the time you have.  Don’t make excuses for yourself, but you are allowed to give yourself a little grace.

So do it.  I know this is so much easier said than done. I am my harshest critic. Sometimes the only thing standing in my way of checking another task off my to-do list is ME.

But I’ve come to realize that I just have to buckle down and do what needs to be done.

 

 

.05 Invest in Yourself

 

I don’t have the time, energy, or patience to research what works and what doesn’t in marketing and SEO.  My guess is, you don’t either if you have a full-time job.

However, I do believe that you should never stop learning if you want to be successful. Learn as much as you can!  Some excellent courses that I have taken, that I recommend include:

    1. Pinteresting Strategies: Carly Campbell teaches you her strategy of how she increased her blog traffic to 200K page views per month, just by manually posting pins on Pinterest.
    2. Stupid Simple Blogging: Mike Futia teaches you SEO (Search Engine Optimization), pinning, AI, Facebook, list building, niche selection, keyword strategy and competitor research.
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Both of these courses explain their topic, with so much more detail than I have seen anywhere else on the internet.

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