Automating Your Blog – Ways to Make Blogging Easier

We can automate many, many things in our lives. We have automatic dishwashers to wash our dishes – but somebody has to load it. We have automatic car washes to wash our cars, but we still have to drive the car into the car wash. We can make automated payments, but we still have to make sure that we make the money to pay those bills. The point is that when you think about it, in many cases, automated isn’t really so automated. The same is true when it comes to automating your blog.

In theory, you cannot automate a blog. Blogs are meant to be original. They contain your thoughts, information, or your opinions about specific issues or events. You cannot automate your thoughts and therefore there technically is no method for automating your blog. You can, however, make blogging easier. It all starts with organization and preparation.

Next, make a list of things that you can write about. Try to list enough topics to cover you for a year of blogging if possible. This way, you won’t ever have to worry about writer’s block. A great deal of time can be wasted each day just trying to figure out what you should blog about. You should even consider taking several days to write blog entries in advance . You could even write all of your blog entries for the year in some cases, unless your topic is more time sensitive. For instance, if you blog about world events, you cannot come up with a list of things to blog about, because those events have yet to occur.

Providing Trackbacks to other people’s blogs is very important in the world of blogging if you want to build a large readership. Spend some time searching for related blogs, and add them to your news reader. Plan time each day to see what those bloggers are blogging about. This may give you fresh ideas for your own blog, and it their posts may even tie in with a topic that is on your list of things to blog about. You should also add the feeds for your favorite headline news sites to your reader to stay up-to-date on any late breaking news that you can blog about as well.

Look at the options that are available for your blog software or service. Take advantage of any option that will save you time, such as pinging services, filtering certain words, or blocking certain domain – spammers hit blogs often, and removing all that spam takes time. Avoid this by blocking them in advance. Most blogging software and services already have lists of the spammer’s domains, and you can automatically block them with the push of a button. You can also send pings to services such as weblog and Feedster through Pingoat ( in less than one minute after you update your blog.

You might have some ideas about how you can incorporate a blog into your marketing mix but don’t have a hint about how it can be used in different applications. Don’t worry though, if you are still confused about how to do that because you’re in for a treat.

We hear of success stories on a daily basis regarding the use of a simple tool like blog, from micro businesses to large corporations. Yet, despite this, the majority of people running businesses still overlook the myriad ways that a blog can be used in their business.

The good news is that, when trying to find out how you can implement a blog as part of your business website, or as a standalone site, most of the time if you look long and hard enough, you will find a way a blog can fit in. After all, a blog is just another website with interesting features like automatic archiving, commenting, easy management and publishing. And what business doesn’t need those features?

To save you time, though, here are a list of common blog application ideas:

1) Content management system (CMS) – Albeit far from a full blown CMS, a blog is more than enough for small to medium size businesses for managing content. Some blog software allow multiple authors, multiple blogs and static pages. This actually means more flexibility as a usable CMS.

2) Company news and updates – Blog software sort blog entries chronologically: the most recent entry appears at the top of the page. Anyone who can write e-mail can post to a company blog, skipping the tedious workflow.

3) Customer support – Manage knowledge base articles on a blog, allow customers to retrieve information easily by using a properly categorized system or search function. Let users ask question, receive feedback and others to read the conversation. I admit, this is scary for some companies as it knocks up against cultures that aren’t used to being so transparent. Actually though, if used correctly, a blog can increase credibility and customer relations to a higher level.

4) Product development and launch – Keep customers updated about the current development of products, build anticipation and buzz, even before product launch. Do you want a bunch of ready to buy readers flocking to your website? Consider using a blog.

In ancient times people who wanted to stay up on the latest news, trends, or fashions would head to the market place. As time progressed the gossip moved first to the tavern, then to the barber shop and beauty shop. Today the place to find all of the action is on the internet. To be more specific, people’s blogs. There is a blog for every piece of news, gossip and trend today. In fact, new blogs surface every day. The only thing that a blogger needs is something to talk about; however, with all of the blogs that are out there it is easy for a new blogger to get lost in the shuffle. So how do you drive traffic to your blog? The answer is methodically. It takes effort to find the right venues for your blog. It means having to research different high traffic sites and maybe even resorting to a bit of shameless self-promotion, but in the end, it is worth the effort. The first thing to do is get your name out there.

Every blog has an RSS feed and that is your first step of self-promotion. An RSS feed is a live feed that when clicked can bring up to the minute accounts of your blog. This is a great way to drive traffic to your blog, because blog fans, like all news hounds, want up to the minute information. So once you have set that up you can post the RSS feed to some of the higher traffic sites like: