My daughter just turned five.So now there’s a little less nap times and lap times.Cuddle times are as before.What’s changed is she has school for three to four hours in the morning and an evening or afternoon activity.
What this means is ,when I am not busy with professional obligations ,I have at least 3 hours to dedicate to my blog.
- More reading and writing
- Less typos
- More useful work
- Interestingly even though Alexa is fluctuating madly its still okay.
- I am getting ready for the A to Z challenge in April .The theme reveal is on 20th March.Many people Blog a book during this time.Definitely food for thought.But before blogging a book dont forget to read this.
- Plus I host two blog hops every week .So life is busy but good.
So what helps me get all this done?
The 3 Things I do,to manage my time well
- I write down or dictate whatever ideas strike me.I use Google doc app on my phone,evernote,or even my Gmail to send myself the idea.So I have 3 idea backups.
- I schedule like mad .
I use ,Recurpost ,Hootsuite Buffer,IFTT and a special formula available to my mastermind group.
- I post on relevant facebook groups and a group I manage with my friends Blogging friends and blogging moms.Supporting women bloggers has been the goal from the first .So meeting like minded friends online made the implementation easier.
Another thing that has made the journey this year ,a lot of fun are the blog hops.
I love participating in blog hops and hosting them myself.
I host #MondayMommyMoments with Deepa (Announcement of prompt every Sunday evening 8pm IST)The linky opens on Monday and is open till Saturday 23.55pm
With Tina ,Mayuri and Deepa we host #ThankfulThursdays.(Announcement of prompt every Wednesday 8pm IST)This one is from Thursday till Tuesday.
Both linkys encourage writing by giving prompts and linking up your other posts .
What happens when you participate in blog hops?
The links though nofollow help.You will get a lot of people telling you different things.But the blogs content and Alexa both helps in making a blog earn.Definitely.
It helps improve your alexa when people click on the link and visit your blog.This might appear like a “you pat me ,I will pay your back”.But believe me everything in life is this way .Its how you look at it.The perception.Its the best way to socialize your blog ,get subscribers and readers for your blog. Linkys get attention and the hosts promote them regularly on social media.
Other people tweet and pinning your posts help get them in front of their followers.So linky is great for promoting your blog,your expertise.
On both our linkys we read,comment,share and encourage the participants to do the same strongly.Read 5 blog posts per day.That will help you get ideas,socialize,learn and do your part to make blogging awesome.
Other favourite blog hops are :
- #Fridayfotofiction hosted by Tina and Mayuri
- ClickAndBlogAstory hosted by Dew and Zainab
- Shalini hosts #shalzmojosays a linky which has unique prompts.
- #Bloggerspitstop by Kathleen and the pit stop crew
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I recently read the Building a framework by Abby Lawson
It was one big inspiration behind starting the linky. Abby recommends participating in two to three active blog hops.hops where the hosts like reading sharing and otherwise help promote each others content.The review will be up soon.
The point of hops,linkys,whatever you call them is it gives exposure. For you ,your blog and your products(services/books/courses) in a different area to your usual haunts.This means socializing in blogosphere. If you do not blog much,not able to do more and are not able to spend an hour a day on it ,its not a good idea for you.
Blog hops work. You not only you read ,share comment the hosts/cohosts post, but you also have people visiting you from the linky. You may have your ideal audience among these readers .
Advantages of blog hops:
- It improves your exposure and its free
- It lets you reach people you otherwise had no way of connecting with.
- It garners traffic to your blog and this can help get you brand attention.
- Its a great way to assess which posts are working well specially if you are a new blogger.
- It improves your Alexa. Yes it does.It definitely does!
How to get the maximum benefit from blog hops
- Keep a schedule of the hop starting.
- Try to be ready to be one of the first ones.Best way to get hosts attention.
- Definitely tweet the post tagging the blog hop hosts,
- Never forget to follow the rules of the hop.Its your best chance at getting featured.
- Comment on the host post for inviting you
- Leave comments on other participating blogs with relevant # hashtag (like #MMM) of linky
- Answer any comments left for you.Avoid too brief comments(spam)
- Writing please follow me back’ is not a good idea.
- Tweet about the linky or post on Facebook ,pin post whatever .When you do it ,do it well.
Do you want visitors to your blog?
Do you want people to buy your book?
Do you want people to take your course?
Do you want new subscribers?Do you want to work with brands on your own terms ?
If it’s a yes you cant wait anymore.Start today.
Join our blog hops(shameless promotion) but remember the bottomline.There’s no easy way out for mompreneurs who are bootstrapping
You need a plan ,hard work, dedication, participation and full reciprocation.
Do you like linky parties?Let me know what you think.