14 Necessary Bloggers Administrative Duties

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Bloggers Administrative Duties

Bloggers Administrative Duties should never be ignored! As bloggers we sometimes are so focused on the writing of posts that we ignore all the other things that will make our business run smoothly.

Bloggers Administrative Duties

After a year of blogging I have come to realize that there are certain things I cannot ignore or ignore them to my peril.  Bloggers should never ignore certain administrative duties  and here are 14 items that I consider very important.

Bloggers Administrative Duties

  • Make it easy for persons to share your content
  • Do not clutter your site so it takes too long to load
  • Check the email associated with the account often
  • Minimize the use of popups
  • Figure out what is good On Page SEO

Bloggers Administrative Duties

Bloggers Administrative Duties

  • Know what you are spending each month/keep accurate financial records
  • Know which plugins are most valuable
  • Make your site mobile friendly
  • Decide which social media to focus on/make good use of analytics
  • Follow through on commitments to other bloggers

Bloggers Administrative Duties

  • Don’t make it too difficult to comment
  • Keep abreast of changing rules especially those associated with affiliate marketing
  • Make sure that your information is being backed up and back up often
  • Make it easy for persons to locate policies, and other important information related to your blog

Blogging is a business in my mind and we should therefore treat it as such.  I know sometimes it gets very tedious to pay attention to these less than glamorous aspects of blogging.  After all we would rather be writing fabulous content for our readers to enjoy.  However, these are necessary “evils” that we must contend with at some point in the blogging process. Even if you have someone who is taking care of this, it is wise to check in, now and then, to make sure all is well.

What are some necessary bloggers administrative duties that should not be ignored?

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115 Responses

  1. Ayesha Heart says:

    These are very important things to keep in mind. Great post! Very helpful not only to those who already blogging for years but esp for those who are new in this industry.

    Thank you for these awesome reminders

  2. GiGi Eats says:

    Load time is something everyone should pay attention to. My blog (last year around this time) took roughly 50 seconds to LOAD!!!!!!! Then I took off all the ADS on my blog and compressed all my images and now my blog loads in about 4 seconds. Still “slow” but a lot FASTER than before!!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Gigi thank you for that piece of advice. I did not think about that at all but it is very important.

  3. Colette S says:

    These are very helpful.
    I’m still learning and it’s hard to do the blogging with a young family. I keep wondering how other bloggers do it.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Colette that must be very difficult. Most people have help whether paid or not so perhaps you might want to see if there is a high school student who wants to learn

  4. HilLesha says:

    This wonderful information for new and seasoned bloggers alike! You made a lot of good points. Thanks for sharing your insight! 🙂

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      HilLesha…I promise myself that as soon as I learnt anything worthwhile I am going to share it with others. I will always continue to do so

  5. My personal blog, I don’t think of these things. On my other one, this is on top of everything and I need to make sure everything works well. Great tips!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Kathy yes we all need to make sure everything is in tip top shape because we spend a lot of time on these blogs

  6. Denea says:

    This list is all correct. The SEO is the part of my task I am currently on!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Denea that is the part I am on as well. Ever since I learnt about that part I am on it like white on rice

  7. Melissa Bernardo says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! It’s a great list!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      And thank you Melissa for taking the time to visit to check out this list. I hope it helped somewhat

  8. Heather says:

    This is a great list! Especially the financial records – run your blog like a business and get a separate checking! That helps so much 🙂

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Heather that’s it right there. Register and separate it from your personal stuff so you can see if it is worth the headache

  9. Great tips!! I must admit, I am often guilty of not following all my bogging admin duties. The mains ones I say are checking for old and broken links.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Natasha it is not easy to keep up. If you have siblings or kids who are old enough then it is a good idea to get them involved at the clerical level because that is where most of the work is.

  10. Rosey says:

    There’s definitely a lot that goes into blogging. And it’s one of those things that you always have ‘one more thing’ to do too.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Rosey you have got it right. It can consume your life to the point where nothing else matters. So it makes sense to get it right

  11. Having just started my blog almost 2 months ago, I had no idea what I was getting into. You def have to love doing it because there is so much work involved with it 🙂

    http://www.forblueskues.com

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Jessica welcome to the world of blogging. I hope you enjoy the ride. As a new blogger, try not to re-invent the wheel but take advantage of what has been done before

  12. ron ley says:

    These are great tips and helpful advice. Thanks for putting this up. Learned something new.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Ron I am glad that you learnt something new. If one person learnt something from a post I do then I am happy

  13. Stacey says:

    There is so much to learn about blogging and a lot of management that goes into it as well. I feel like I am always trying to catch up.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Stacey, now I don’t feel so bad because I hear that from so many persons. That they are trying to catch up.

  14. Lisa Rios says:

    I very much agree that administrative duties are so important to run your blog smoothly. Making it easy to share & a proper SEO based content will take your blog to new heights & avoiding or atleast minimizing the popups will be a great thing to do.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Lisa I had no clue about SEO until a few months ago. I am going back over all my blog posts and applying the things I have learnt

  15. Kelly says:

    I’d also add that you need to keep your server cleaned up, making sure you don’t have a bunch of unnecessary revisions saved. Keeping your WordPress and plugins updated to the most recent update is also important. I’d also suggest using a plugin like WordFence to keep your blog secure.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Kelly, thank you for that very valuable piece of information. I agree with you one hundred percent, totally forgot about that because not doing so can really slow down things

  16. Thanks for the reminder to get back on top of backing up! I find that some blogs have way too many pop ups. I also don’t like being automatically signed up for a newsletter.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Bella I totally feel you on that one. To automatically sign up anyone fora newsletter will not let that person read anything you send. So I think we should let people decide what they want to do instead

  17. rain says:

    i think tracking what your spending and bringing in is soooo important. we lose site of the time it takes to do a post coupled with photos, supplies etc…it’s all important in determining whether it even makes sense to create certain posts.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Rain exactly what I say. If you are just spending and not getting anything in it might mean going back to the drawing board

  18. It seems like I spend more time on upkeep than actually writing posts. Everyday, something goes wrong on my blogs. The devil is a liar and I persevere and overcome.

  19. All good things to remember! It’s amazing how much effort goes into “upkeep!” Thanks for sharing these – good reminders!

  20. It’s vital to have social share buttons and optimize for SEO! I love the Yoast plug in for SEO, makes it easy to structure your post with practical suggestions!

  21. CourtneyLynne says:

    So much goes into a blog!!! I just remodeled my page a few months ago and it was the best decision I ever made! My page is so
    Clean and easy to navigate now & it’s really paying off!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      CourtneyLynne I just remodeled mine as well. Just sorry I did not do it earlier. Now I enjoy blogging even more

  22. When I read a pop up about subscription I am like “ok I haven’t even read the post “. Very very great tips

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Ana in our haste at times to win people over we turn them off instead. We need to listen to wise counsel and listen to the persons who actually visit our sites and then make the necessary changes.

  23. Bernadette Callahan says:

    I have to agree with some of the others when it comes to pop ups. I was actually just on another blog and they had one pop up on top of another, that was just too much. I can fully understand how and why the bloggers put them there and I try to just continue on what I went there for but it has to be done in moderation.
    These are some great tips to stay organized and some great ideas on what to do with your blog

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Bernadette I think bloggers have a close relationships with their popups and once they get them is like they can’t bear to part with them. But, it is in their best interest to minimize them or only those who have to will visit your site eventually

  24. Amanda Love says:

    You are so right. Blogging is a business and should be treated as such although a lot of people use it as a hobby. Once you start working with companies/networks then you should take it seriously. BTW I’m one of those who just hate popups and I tend to stay away from sites that use them a lot because it sometimes slow my computer down.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Amanda you are so right….even if you are not so professional once you start getting those sponsored posts you have to step it up

  25. Psychic Nest says:

    Hi Mardene,

    You are spot on with this post! Something very important – I actually learned it from a friend because it happened to her – is not to install plugins that have not been updated the last months. Why? Because you can easily have your blog / site hacked. It took her 3 months to set everything up again and 3 more months to start ranking in google.

    Thank you for all the advice, much appreciated! Great post indeed! 🙂

    Zaria

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      OMG Zaria are you serious? Thank you for that very great piece of nugget about the plugins being updated. I will add that to the post I am now doing..

  26. Pop up and administrative duties is personal choice. What work….Although i am annoy with lots of adds and pop up can’t seem to get to read the blog causing me to move on.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Patrice it is a personal choice but when persons cannot get to the content that you took so much time to prepare it kinda defeats the purpose

  27. Great tips! 🙂 Very spot on.

  28. Bread says:

    Great post – I’ve been lax on some of these – especially the SEO but I’m starting to up my game a bit.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Rhi I have been lax as well because I did not have a clue about SEO…Now that I am getting the hang of it I see how important it is

  29. I HATE popups on websites, so I made sure not to have any on mine!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Shannon I hate them too especially when there are too many. I am working on putting my newsletter sign up at the bottom of my posts

  30. You hit the nail right on its head with those pop-ups. Annoying beyond my comprehension. If I want to like something, I`ll do it, if it`s worth it. More people should read this post. More bloggers.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Sidney that is what I always say. If a blogger likes your content there is no need for any bells and whistles. They will sign up if it is what they need

  31. Great information! Thank you!

  32. Jemma says:

    So many useful tips! I think I need to do some of these myself.

  33. Jessica says:

    Good list, thank you! Cluttered sites make me skip and leave town – I never get a chance to read the content because it’s too annoying with all the junk on the page!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Jessica cluttered sites make me skip town too. I don’t see why I need to fight to leave a comment on your site

  34. Erin says:

    Yes yes yes making commenting easy! I have wanted to leave comments places only to not be able to due to lengthy processes.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Sigh….sometimes I wonder if we think before we do things to our sites. If the process is too lengthy, the average person will just move on and not only that they might not even return

  35. Keesha says:

    I agree with all the points that you have made here, especially the point about not making it too hard to comment. I used to use Disqus for commenting but it really annoyed me that readers would have to sign up and sign in to disqus before they could leave a comment. So I changed it quick, fast and in a hurry. That’s just too many hoops to go through to make a simple comment! The simpler, the better I say. Great article!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Keesha good for you. I hate that Disquis, it is such an inconvenience…if persons have to do all of that to comment, many will just move along

  36. lexie lane says:

    Blogging is really fun yet hard. Great tips and information. Thanks!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Lexie I could not have said it better. Blogging is not for sissies, at least not if you really want to make it work

  37. madi says:

    great list! also – to check your spam folder in email and on comments!! http://www.corner52.com

  38. Kusum says:

    These are some amazing tips, I need to get better at backing up data from my blog for sure. I think pop-ups is a great one, it is so important NOT to introduce one as soon as someone comes to your blog, it is a big turn off for me.
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Kusum a big turn off for me too, strategically placing any popup you have is important and not too many

  39. DANI CC says:

    It’s literally a never ending project. We call it a labor of love.

  40. Karen says:

    Great reminders and advice for blogging! I am totally realizing how important it is to maintain all of these piece and parts and you’re right – its like a full time job! I’m just reviewing how to back up everything (although I think my host does that automatically…) but yikes!
    Karen | GlamKaren.com

  41. Nicole Escat says:

    I agreeing to you. Such a great and informative. Being a blogger is hard yet fun to share out our thoughts. Thanks for sharing!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Nicole it really is hard but a joyful thing to do. We just have to learn how to get things done the best way we can

  42. Great post! I’m also a business blogger so I deal with administrative and marketing tasks every day. It can be fun, actually, even though not as rewarding as writing for my audience (or for myself, on my personal blog). I love how you created a list of tasks that are easy to follow. I don’t mind newsletter popups as long as they have a close button and they don’t take up the entire page (because hey, as a visitor, I want to get to the content right now, not later!). Newsletter boxes at the end of the post are the best option, IMO.

    ~ Luana

  43. Carla says:

    Thanks for these great reminders!

    I agree with Claudette about skipping blogs that make it hard to comment. I think a lot of bloggers don’t realize that WordPress.com and other free sites can make it really difficult. But then again, free sites have to protect their networks. They probably want it to be a little difficult, so they can keep out spammers. It’s a fine balance for them. Your blog makes it easy, by the way. But you probably already know that. 🙂

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Carla well thank you for letting me know because i wonder sometimes if it makes it easy. I try to operate based on how I feel when I go to a blog and it is difficult to navigae

  44. Izabela says:

    There is a lot going behind the scenes when you run a blog. Thank you for the reminder-with a busy life and other comments, I sometimes forget that I’m also an admin of my blog.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Izabela if there is one thing that each blogger takes away from this I would want it to be backing up. We are all guilty of not paying enough attention to that one

  45. berlin says:

    I am in the process of reinventing or organizing my blog and I have been looking other blogs for inspiration. It disappoints me to click and reclick those pop up boxes. They are something not very helpful to the reader. I hope to apply your tips on my blog.Thanks.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Berlin I just reorganized mine and as tedious as it was, I do not regret doing it. All the best with the reorganization

  46. Sage says:

    I don’t know that these are administrative duties as much as best practices, but I don’t like the turn a lot of blogs are taking, the designs are so busy that often, I can’t even figure out where I’m supposed to click to find content, and that’s saying something because I’ve been a digital marketer for over ten years. And don’t get me started on pop-ups! If I want to sign up for your newsletter, I know how to find a sign-up box in the sidebar.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Sage I think many are forgetting that even though they want to make money, they need to get the customer to also examine the content. If it is hard to do, then people are going to just click away

  47. These are all excellent points. I focused on deciding which social media to focus on this year and ditches a few things that I thought just were not working for me so I could focus more time on the things that were working!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Tiarastantrum, I have to admit that is not an easy one. You kind of feel like if you do not focus on all of them you are missing something but this is so far from the truth

  48. E H says:

    Great advice for bloggers! I need to work on some of these still!

  49. There sure is a lot to do as a blog administrator. I didn’t know that before I started my blog. I am not sure if I had known it I would have started by blog.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      LOL @ Michelle….you are too funny. It really is a lot of work and you wonder at times if it is worth it

  50. Totally agree with these, especially the first one about making it easy for people to share your content. that’s one of the things that I mentioned to my designer when I was going through my rebranding/redesign.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Justine…exactly…nothing is more irritating than spending a long time on a blog trying to find a button to share something.

  51. Elizabeth O. says:

    That’s a very good list of things that bloggers need to keep in check when maintaining a blog. It’s definitely important to keep your site accessible and easier for people to navigate to. Aside from that, a lot goes on in the background as well, from plugins to financial concerns!

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Elizabeth sometimes some persons are paying out a lot of money to keep the blog going. If we document what we are spending then we might see things differently and adjust accorrdingly

  52. Lawrence Hamilton says:

    The admin for a blog is a headache at times. But it is a business and learning all the necessities of your business makes you and our brand more lucrative. I definitely have a ways to go, but I’m getting better with the admin. Comes down to what a particular wants to do I guess.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Lawrence I hear you, it is a headache especially when you work full time and have to do this along with the many other things that need to be done. As hard as it is we have to take time to get it done

  53. I just took down my ads. Everyone told me the ads were cumbersome and I wasn’t making enough to matter. I agree with most of what you said, thank you for such a thoughtful article.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Terri I have been taking mine down one by one. As you rightly say many times you do not make enough to have them clog up your site the way many of them do

  54. Roxanne says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! A great reminder of where I need to get my business organized. 🙂

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Me too Roxanne…we have to start looking at it as a business because there are so many other blogs out there

  55. mardenec@hotmail.com says:

    Claudette of course everyone will do what they think is best. I have no problem with popups but if they get in the way of what I want to do I just move on to the other blog or something else. I am not jumping through any hoops to comment either because we are all busy people. I realize also that some persons are not aware of how these things are affecting their blogs and it helps if someone says it. There are some people I trust and if they say something I will look into it

  56. Carolyn says:

    I think I need to make it easier to share my content. Thanks for reminding me to put that on my to do list.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Carolyn I am glad I was able to help. If we do not make it easy persons will get frustrated and move on to something else

  57. alexandria says:

    I don’t really know much about all this. But I love that you said to look at blogging like a business. I try to. I wish I could do more.

    • mardenec@hotmail.com says:

      Alexandria yes we should look at it as a business. Once we do that, it makes it easier for us to be more professional with what we do

  58. I agree with much of what you have described as administrative duties. However, as it relate to commenting, pop-ups, etc, that is where I feel that each blogger will do things according to the tone of their site.

    Take the commenting issue – I will not comment on a blog that I have to jump through hoops to do so but, the owner must have a reason why they want it that way. The pop-up issue is another one. Some have them, some don’t, some have a few and some have a lot. Personally, while I do not like too many, there are many many successful blogs (meaning ones making serious money) with pop-ups. Again, that is something the blog owner will have to decide for themselves.

    As bloggers, we each have to figure what works for us and do that. Great post. 🙂

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