How to Make A Blogging Advice Implementation Plan

This is a guest post by Srinivas Rao who turns surf sessions into life lessons at his personal development blog, The Skool of Life.

I have been noticing a pattern in the blogosphere that I think is at the root of many problems. I spoke with a client the other day about the “analysis paralysis” issue that seems to be common for many bloggers. I’m going to go out on a limb here and I’m going to bet that you don’t implement most of what you read and you’ll even comment on a post with at tip that sounds like a great idea.

So what’s the deal with this? What’s the cause? It’s simple.

People are overwhelmed because they don’t have a plan and they are attempting to do way too many things at once. The byproduct is they end up doing nothing at all.

If you’re anything like me, you read 100’s of blogs every day with great ideas and in many cases you don’t end up implementing many of those ideas. The problem with this approach of trying to do everything at once is that it’s like trying to eat an entire pizza in one bite. It’s just not going to work.

I’ve said before that you should focus on what you can do today. But let’s break it down in the context of implementing advice that you read on a particular blog. Let’s say you read a post called five tips on how to grow traffic to your blog (that sounds like a post you’ll commonly come across). There will probably be an ongoing discussion in the comments about the value of the tips, etc, etc.

But after reading the post, the ideas will be an afterthought and you’re on to the next blog post in your RSS reader or chasing the next distraction. If you stop for a moment and look at the tips and realize that all you need to do is implement one thing a week then you’ll make 10 times more progress then you would. Depending on the complexity of the tips you might be able to do one every single day.

A big part of why I am a huge supporter of mentorship program’s like the ones run by A-list bloggers such as Yaro Starak or Chris Garrett is that they give you some structure and use almost this exact formula. The result is that you make progress every week because you are not trying to do too much. At the root of most of your time management issues is that you try to do too much and you end up getting nothing done. Work less and you’ll accomplish more. It seems counter-intuitive but I encourage you to give it a try.

Creating Your Blogging Advice Implementation Plan

Repeat the following exercise until you have implemented all of the things you have written down from each of the five blog posts you have identified. What you’re essentially doing is creating a strategic plan for how to grow your blog. Every day you’ll be crossing off items on the list and adding new ones to it.

  1. Take Action: The first thing I want to you do before doing anything else or before moving on to another post is to get out a piece of paper and take action on this post. Label it your blogging advice implementation plan.
  2. Identify the Advice You Want to Implement: As you go through your RSS reader, write down the titles of 5 posts that had interesting ideas that you think you could implement. One of the easiest ways to do this is go to the Fetching Friday Resources and choose 5 posts. This work nicely because it’s on a Friday and you can start your plan on Monday since we’re working with 5 posts and there are 5 days in week.
  3. One Tip Every Day or One Tip Every Week: The approach you take here is up to you and it’s really dependent on how quickly you can implement advice. If it’s something like a plugin installation that you read about, don’t use an entire week to do something that takes 30 seconds. This is really dependent on how difficult the advice is to implement.
  4. List the Tips from One Post: Start with the first post you identified and write down the tips in it. Spread the list out over a week or over couple of weeks. Implement one tip each day or each week.

The point is to take a series of small actions that end up creating a big result. When all is said and done you may even have created your first e-book that documents how you did everything you accomplished and you can sell it or create a manifesto to spread your brand.

Your Action Plan

When it comes to all of the advice, tips, and strategies that you read, what do you do to ensure you’re applying the information and maximizing the benefits of what you learn?





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Comments

  1. says

    Excellent post – it is SO easy to get overwhelmed by all the things that you can be doing with your blog. Every article you read tells about something else that you “HAVE” to do in order for your blog to be successful. It can all be pretty intimidating, especially when you’re just getting started with blogging.

    The idea of doing ONE thing, getting it done, and THEN move onto thinking about the next step is a very helpful one!

    • says

      Tanya,

      Information overload is the biggest problem in the blogosphere. I read about 300 blogs a day and i’ve interviewed over 100 people in 8 months. I’ve realized that we try to do way too much, and doing less actually results in more. It seems extremely counterintuitive, but that’s partially because we’ve been conditioned by the inefficiencies of the corporate world to fill our days with things that don’t matter.

  2. says

    You are so right! Some of my favorite posts are those that offer great advice. I comment. I give props to the person. I may even tweet the post out so that other people can go through the same cycle.

    But how many of us are just doing all of those things on automatic pilot? Are we actually stopping to think why those ideas were so great or how they could actually help us?

    Even more, I am struck by your point about how we can structure our blogs to help people not feel overloaded. I’ve tried to do that with a recent series of tutorials I’m working on – just 1, every Saturday. I hope that it is helping people while not overwhelming them.
    Marjorie Clayman just posted Kumbaya and Making Money

    • says

      Margie,

      Thanks for your comments and the linkback on your blog. We’re definitely on an autopilot cycle to do this. Even though I wrote this post, I’m guilty of the same thing. But I make a point do a strategic plan every quarter.

  3. says

    Hi Srinivas,

    I’m with you 100%. The biggest challenge for most bloggers and online business owners is dealing with information overload and learning how to manage your time effectively.

    Being strategic is key otherwise you are trading in one rat race for another. Everyday I decide how long I plan to put on my Webmaster hat and create content and develop my business and how long to put on my Marketing hat and get out in blogsphere and market myself and my business.

    It’s a slippery slope sometimes but find I’m getting better at it every day. =)

    Thanks for the great tips!
    Michele Welch just posted Creating A Custom 404 Page Not Found Page

    • says

      I think the entrepreneurial ADD is something that’s quite normal. I have it and anybody who has tons of ideas tends to. That’s why I try to do very little every single day and let it add up over time. Amazingly that works :)

  4. says

    I am quite guilty about trying to implement everything I learned/read at once. And yes you are right about it Srinivas, most of the time, I ended up finishing nothing. I may say that I am in the information overload state as I write this comment and it is time for me to really list down everything I learned online and then set some time for me to implement or test that tips/advice I got out.
    Ron Leyba just posted Online Games Dominated By Girls

  5. says

    Definite plan is the number one thing in order to accomplish something. However, regarding the implementation of the strategies you get from blog posts – well, I think that without some outsourcing it will be hard these days to make full time income online. If this is your hobby, then sure – you can implement one idea every week, but if this is your business – you should move fast and implement fast, as things are changing all the time.
    Peter from Blogging Mechanics just posted Online Video Marketing as a Source of Huge Web Traffic to Your Blog

  6. says

    Hi Srinivas,
    Thanks for the solid advice. It is no secret – we all procrastinate sometimes, and most of the time it is completely unintentional though very conscious.
    In my opinion, it’s all about managing a “to do” list, while not overloading it. If your list has over a 100 entries, even if you do manage to squeeze one a day you’d still end up frustrated with that never ending, constantly growing list.
    Dan just posted Long Tail Keyword Misconceptions-SEO Pro Style

    • says

      Dan,

      This is such a great point. If you have a to do list that never ends you’ll never feel like you’ve accomplished anything. So putting less on the list would be way better.

  7. says

    I agree with everything, Very useful tips and , i just see that in time we get to know that it’s not about effort we make , it’s about the decision we take , and how wise or experienced we are !! Nice topic ;)

  8. says

    Hi Srinivas,
    Good post. You’ve actually hit on my plan implementation scheme. I try to do at least one thing a day related to traffic building: either some SEO on an old post, or blog commenting, generally the things that don’t take as much time. Then I try to implement a new technique or skill once a week, such as learning how to create and promote a video.
    Richard just posted 5 Reasons to Work From Home

    • says

      Richard,

      One thing every single day is one of the most effective things you can do. One of the other things you could do is take one blog in particular like Kikolani and find maybe 5 articles with tips and work on that for a week. Then do the same with Problogger, and other blogs as well.

  9. says

    This is a great tactical way to take charge of your entire bloggin experience! Think about it..you go to a blog looking for advise or a good laugh, and we don’t always get what we needed to out of it. Not because the content wasn’t rich, but because we chose to walk away empty handed. I always try to impliment a goal of 1% in everything I do. I want to be 1% better at this today, and next thing you know, I’ve reached my goal!

  10. says

    Hey Srinivas,

    I’m definitely with you on the first paragraph. Even though I’m going through dozens of blogs and reading quite some articles each and every day, I rarely get to actually utilize some of the tips written there. In most cases I say myself something along the lines of “I should do that and that” or “Great tips! Definitely worth implementing”. In the end with all the commenting, voting, tweeting, etc. the day has passed and I am yet to actually apply something. That is definitely a wrong approach and changing that attitude can probably do miracles.
    Daniel Sharkov just posted 3 Tips to Squeezing the Most Out of Your Articles

    • says

      Daniel,

      Just one tip a day will add up over time and you’ll see some massive results as byproduct. The difference between people who succeed with all this and the ones who don’t is action.

  11. says

    I do agree with the “analysis paralysis” issue addressed by the poster. The more we want to do, the less we get it done. And this happens most of the times…I found particularly keen to focus doing a tip every day or so and then moving on. Achieving just a small percentage of what we should be doing is always better than staring at the pc feeling overwhelmed.
    Sandro just posted Andrea Bocelli &amp Giorgia – Vivo per lei 1995



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