Do you need the perfect working blog post schedule, bonus if it comes with a easy to follow template? Are you stuck trying to grow your blog? Can someone just give you a step by step plan so you’re not floundering around anymore and chasing every shiny object?
Sure! I can! I’m Suzi, a mom of three gorgeous little kids, and I’ve built my blog into a huge success, payed off our mortgage entirely and allowed us to become FI before our oldest even goes to kindergarten. And no, this did not happen overnight, it took a lot of work, early mornings, late nights and long weekends. But it payed off and has been completely life changing.
The Right Blog Post Schedule + Template for Rapid Growth
One of the biggest reasons why I was able to grow my blog into a success was a relentless laser focus and a plan. A month by month blog schedule that kept me focused and working towards my goal.
Below is the plan I followed at a high level to grow my blog from $0 to over $9,000 per month in its first year.
- In a year I replaced my engineering salary.
- In a year I worked in every spare moment I had and built a business.
- In a year I changed our lives forever.
Just imagine how much your life can change in a year from now. Maybe you won’t get to $9,000 per month, maybe you’ll go higher, maybe you’ll only get to $2,000 per month. But by golly, that covers most people’s mortgage!
The Blog Schedule Template to a Full Time Income
Here is the blog schedule and plan that I followed to grow my blog dramatically in its first year. In short, here are the key factors I focused on:
- Grow a solid blog with great content
- Grow my email list
- Create and launch a product
There are multiple methods to grow a money making blog. This is what worked for me and I know this plan has worked for others too.
If you’re serious and want to change your life, you can join my free 12 Month Blog Plan course.
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- Discover what type of blog YOU should start
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- Learn exactly how blogs make money
- Establish a strong foundation for your blog
- Find out what to name your blog
- Stop feeling so confused and lost when it comes to starting your blog
- Grow your blog to a huge success.
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In this post, at a super high level, I’ll cover the month by month blog schedule below. (there are more details and a PDF printable plan in the free course – you can sign up at the bottom of the post)
You can go through this blogging schedule at your own pace. You may move a bit faster or a bit slower – and that’s fine! Progress is progress no matter how small. Also, keep in mind many of these activities are ongoing. You may start pinning to Pinterest in month two, but it doesn’t end there, it’s an ongoing activity.
With that, let’s get into the 12 month blog plan!
What is a Smart Blog Post?
Before you start writing post after post after post, I want you to have a purpose behind each blog post. The more you blog, the more you’ll realize that there are a lot of goals you want to hit. Grow your traffic, build your email list, make money, etc.
Each blog post that you write should have a dedicated purpose.
To help you, I’ve covered a few of the basic smart blog posts below. These types of blog posts are a part of the 12 Month Blog Plan, and like a recipe, I’ve laid out which ones you need to write each month in the Editorial Calendar template.
Now, let’s start your blog and grow it to a full time income!
Start Your Blog
The goal of your first month blogging is to get everything set up. Get familiar with the vocabulary of blogging, setup and customize your site and do research. Take this time to learn and be a beginner. It’s okay! Enjoy being new and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
We all start with a blank blog and work our way up. Embrace that you’re starting a new journey. Use the 12 month blog plan to keep you focused and organized.
Blog Post Schedule
Research and Plan
Research niche and market & brainstorm ideas.
Create Your First Freebie
Create a freebie based on your market research. Don’t know how? Here is how you can create printables easily!
Affiliate Programs in Your Niche
Research affiliate programs in your niche.
Plan a Solid Foundation
In your second month, I encourage you to write three solid pillar posts. Now that you’ve done some research, you should have an idea of what your audience’s key problems are. Write in depth, amazingly helpful articles helping your audience overcome those problems.
Additionally, don’t be afraid to learn the basics of SEO early on. I don’t want you to spend months writing blog posts that aren’t structured correctly. Even if you just know a bit of the essentials, that will give you a good foundation!
Write 3 pillar posts based on market research.
Use the fill in the Blank templates provided in the Blog by Number course.
Write Smart Posts
Learn the basics of SEO to write well formatted posts
Start Growing Your List
Make Money Blogging with Pillar Posts
Add affiliate links to your pillar posts – the Amazon Affiliate course has great tips on this!
Create Great Content
In the beginning few months of blogging, focus on creating great content, growing your email list and promoting your posts. Don’t worry too much about making money yet, that will come. Once you have a solid blog, an engaged email list and traffic – it is easy to monetize.
The hardest part about blogging is not making money, it’s consistently creating great content. So focus on that first. The money will come.
Blogging Plan Schedule
Write 3 posts – for help use the list of 8,000+ Blog Post Ideas
Get Traffic to a New Blog
Promote your pillar posts on Facebook and Pinterest. Learn everything you can about Pinterest.
Share Your Freebie and Grow Your List
Promote your freebie to grow your list
List Post of the Best Stuff
Create a roundup post of the best products for your niche.
Promote on Pinterest
You’re four months in now, congrats! Most beginning bloggers give up around month three. Don’t give up. You can do this. The first few months of blogging is the hardest, but every blog post you write is another brick in the foundation of your business.
Continue to write super helpful blog posts and add content upgrades to each post to build your list. In the Blog Plan I’ve included which types of smart posts you should be writing each month to grow your blog.
Blog Post Schedule
Write 3 posts – stay consistent with publishing on your blog
Join Facebook & Pinterest groups and network with members – use the Blog by Number course for extensive lists of groups to join.
Grow Your Email List with Content Upgrades
Add content upgrades to your top 3 posts to grow your list
Make Money Blogging – Product Post
Show your reader how you personally use a product
BUILD YOUR LIST & Master Pinterest
Now that you’ve been writing for a few months, continue to focus on building your email list and growing your traffic. Like I’ve said before, the more engaged your list and the more traffic you get, the easier it will be to monetize.
The money will come, but laying a solid foundation and building an engaged email list is the *key* to your success!
Blog Plan and Post Schedule
Write 3 posts – do a review post of your favorite affiliate items
More Pin Images!
Create additional Pinterest images to your posts to increase traffic
Help Your Readers
Build relationships and email your list weekly
The “How to” Affiliate Post
Write a “how to” post on an affiliate product
Keyword Research and Guest Posting for SEO
Let’s get serious about increasing your SEO rankings. As a brand new blogger, it’s hard to boost your Google rankings because your blog is still only a few months old.
Google doesn’t start to take you seriously until your blog can walk, around 18 months old. That’s what I’ve heard from the experts. 🙂
So yes, it will take some time for your blog to age and look legitimate to Google, but don’t let that stop you from working on strategies to increase your SEO.
The best way to boost your Google rankings is by getting backlinks from more authoritative sites. And guest posting is a fantastic method to gain solid backlinks.
Blog Post Schedule – Be Brave
Write 4 posts – experiment with a video or Facebook Live post
Guest Post to Boost SEO
Guest post on a higher-ranking site to boost your SEO
Email List, What’s Your Biggest Struggle?
Ask your list what their biggest struggle is
Plan Your Product
Brainstorm product ideas based on responses from email list
Join a Small Mastermind to Stay Focused on Your Schedule
Depending on your niche, you may experience a bit of a summer traffic slump. Don’t worry! Your audience may just be out enjoying the summer holidays and not reading blog posts.
For some bloggers, the summer could be their highest traffic month.
If you’re experiencing a lack of confidence or motivation, create your own small mastermind of fellow bloggers and keep each other accountable.
Continue to posts consistently on your blog, engage with your email list and guest post to boost your SEO.
Blog Plan Schedule
Write 4 posts – do a roundup of your top posts if you are low on time
Mastermind and Guest Posting
Create a small mastermind group and help each other grow. Continue to guest post.
Test Different Freebies to Grow Your List
Continue to grow list and test out different freebies
Make Money with Affiliate Links
Share your affiliate links in your small mastermind to help each other out (think: amazon purchases)
Plan and Outline Product Idea
You’ve been blogging for eight months now, by this time you should have a very solid understanding of your audience. You should also know how you can best serve them.
Brainstorm a printable, ebook or course idea that can improve the lives of your readers. Run the idea by your list and get their feedback.
Take their answers and outline your product idea. Oooh, this is exciting! You’re about to create a product and launch it! Don’t be intimated, this is your first product. It’s okay if it’s small.
Make it amazing, super helpful and beautiful. And then offer it for a ridiculously affordable price. This is not only to build your confidence and get sales, but it’s also to build your brand and let your readers know you’re in it to help them!
Blog Post Schedule for the Holidays
Write 4 posts (great time to create seasonal posts for the holidays)
Analyze Your Traffic
Analyze your content on Pinterest – create more of what is performing well.
Ask Your Email List
Run your product idea by your list to see if they like it – adjust as necessary
Make Money Blogging
Create First Mini Product
Take this month to create your product. You can ask a friend or another blogger to guest post on your site so you can free up a bit of time to work on your project. If you need help, here are my best time management tips for moms!
I encourage you to write blog posts that build awareness of your product. So that when you launch it, your readers are already familiar with your expertise on the topic.
Blog Post Schedule and Plan
Write 2 posts about your product and allow 2 guests posts (to give you time to work on your product)
Plan to Promote Seasonal Posts
Promote Seasonal Posts on Pinterest
Grow Your Email List
Let your list know your product is coming, give them a teaser
Make Your First Product
Launch Your Product and Guest Post
This is your launch month! Every blog post you publish this month should have the purpose of building awareness to your product. It also builds trust in what you’re selling.
Launching is a lot of work, so I encourage you to have a few blog posts already scheduled so you can focus on the launch.
Blog Plan Schedule for Launch
Write a series of posts about your product
Guest post and promote your product
Launch to List
Launch product to list
Setting Up the Launch
Create sales page and launch product
Plan, Create, Promote
Congratulations! You’ve created and launched a product, even if it was a $9 printable pack, that is amazing! Your goal with your first product is not to make $10,000 – it is to build your confidence and the trust of your readers.
Over the years I’ve created and launched dozens of products. Each launch and product builds on the one before.
If you made $100 or $10,000 with your first launch, congrats, I am so proud of you for having the courage to do it!
Blog Post Plan & Schedule
Write 4 posts – do a roundup if you are low on time
Get Traffic to Your Blog
Network with your mastermind and promote each others posts and products
Be a Friend
Continue to build relationships with your list
Money in Sales
Run a black Friday special (roundup of affiliates or your own product)
Make Your Blogging Plan for Next Year
Wow! What a year! If you’ve followed the Blog Plan you’ve worked extremely hard. Building a blog, growing an email list, getting traffic, guest posting and launching a product is an enormous accomplishment!
Take a few days and just reflect on all of your hard work. Make a list of what went well and what you can improve on. And put together your plan for the next year! Congratulations!
Blog Plan Schedule
Reflect and work on your goals to start planning for the next year
What to Promote to Get Traffic
Promote New Year / new beginnings posts
Thank Your List
Thank your email list for supporting you in your first year as a blogger
How to Make Money Blogging
The 12 Month Blog Schedule Template to Success
Remember, you can do this. It takes a lot of work. But just imagine where you can be a year from now if you challenge yourself. The time will pass regardless. How will you make the most of it?
… for free in the Blog Plan course and get the 12 Month Blog Schedule Template to help you stay focused and accountable.
I’m curious, do you follow a blog schedule or do you have a month by month plan? I’d love to know in the comments below!