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7 Blogging Experts Share their Productivity Tips and Tools

Productivity tips by experts

Productivity, sounds cool, huh?

Everyone wants to be productive. But how?

I’ve already published a blog post on doing more in less time. I’ve also published a blog post on productivity tools that I use for blogging. That’s Ok, I use them.

However, what other strategies for productivity, influencers are using? What productivity tools they use? How do they manage to do more in less time?

For this reason, I outreached 10 influencers in my niche. I got 7 positive replies, not bad isn’t it?

Expert outreach mail

The awesome people are Neil Patel, Rand Fishkin, Harsh Agrawal, Yaroo Starak, Adam Connell, Erik Emanuelle and Kristi Hines.

So what are the productivity tips and tools?

Neil Patel

Neil Patel

Neil Patel, the founder of KISSMetrics, CrazyEgg, QuickSprout and of course Neil Patel for maintaining his personal brand!

Known for his smiling face!

I asked him: “What are your favorite productivity tools and tips?”

Microsoft word is my favorite tool. By writing in it instead of WordPress, it automatically spots grammar and spelling errors. I also create an outline of my blog post before I start writing as it helps speed things up…

BONUS:
The great thing about Microsoft word is it has add-on support. Ginger is one of the best free proofreaders out there. It offers an excellent add-on for Microsoft Word.

Rand Fishkin

Rand Fishkin Moz

Rand Fishkin! Known as a Wizard of Moz at Moz.

He co-authored/co-founded the Art of SEO, Inbound.org, and Moz

Known for his Whiteboard Fridays on Moz!

If I come across Moz across web, Rand is the first cool guy, who comes to my mind.

His answer,

Hi Akshay – here’s my short list of tips:

Blog less, but better. There’s no prize for hitting publish anymore (as there used to be in the web’s/blogging’s early days). Today, it’s the best content that gets seen and shared, not the blogs that are simply “consistent” about having something new (but mediocre) every day.

Have a list of topics/ideas in your email drafts that you can refer to at any time, and add to easily even via your mobile. You can attach photos to these drafts, insert URLs, the works. When you finally have a couple hours free to blog, these resources are invaluable in giving you the spark/nudge you need.

Talk to people about your blog ideas in person, first. The best posts I write come from conversations I’ve had in person – they’re easier to write, more compelling, and if they resonated with people in real life, they tend to do much better on the web, too.

As you grow, build a team to manage your content. Moz has three full-time folks who focus on making the Moz blog the best in the world for our audience. Their passion and dedication means we can scale quality and be an industry-leader without sucking time away from anyone else on the team.

Cheers!

Harsh Agrawal

Harsh Agrawal

Harsh Agrawal, known as the legend of Indian blogging.

He regularly blogs at ShoutMeLoud.

Known for his blog posts, that are simple, not too jargon, yet highly insightful.

I asked him, what are the best productivity tools or strategies you are using? What are your tips to be INSANELY productive?

Bufferapp: This is social media tool and I use to schedule status updated for my social media channels such as Facebook page, Google plus page and Twitter. An alternative to Bufferapp is http://www.socialpilot.co

Wunderlist: This is an amazing app, which is available for all the mobile and desktop OS. I use this for my task-management and for managing To-do list.

ManageWP: Along with ShoutMeLoud, I have almost 11 blogs running simultaneously and I use ManageWP to manage all of them from single dashboard. They also have a free version for anyone with less than 5 WordPress blogs. Highly recommended tool for anyone who have more than 1 WordPress blog.

oDesk: I use oDesk extensively for outsourcing time-consuming work such as transcript for my Youtube videos, doing research work and almost all the things which can be done by a virtual assistant.

My articles on ShoutMeLoud are solution to my own problems which I face while blogging. At the same time, I offer various blogging related services and what ever I learn over time, I share them as a blog post on ShoutMeLoud. All the articles are based on real-life experience, so it’s easy for me to write such articles and so far they are working great.

To manage posting, whenever I’m into writing mode, I usually write 3-4 articles at one go and schedule them for coming days. I follow one article every-day and publish something to add value and avoid filler articles.

Yaro Starak

Yaro Starak

Founder and owner of the blog, Entrepreneur’s Journey.

He lives the laptop lifestyle!

Hello Akshay,

I focus primarily on three core productivity concepts that guide everything I do:

  1. The 80/20 Ruleto identify the highest value activities given my goals (and discarding the rest)
  2. The Theory Of Constraints, to identify what is missing or stopping me from meeting my goals
  3. The Sprint Technique– small bursts of focused activity, in harmony with my energy flow

There’s a lot you can learn just about these three concepts. I have a free email course about them (http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/mindset-course) where I go into these things in more detail.

Thanks for including me and good luck with your blog.

Yaroo Starak.

Adam Connell

Adam Connell

Adam Connell, is the wizard, blogging at BloggingWizard.

Known for his content that is really unique. He likes to go social rather than being a content writing machine. That’s the cool thing about him.

Some of his productivity tools and tips are…

Hey, Akshay

Blogging is extremely time intensive so it’s important to stay focused on your productivity and use the right tools to help you.

Tips:

Out of all of the tips I’ve tried there are several that I’ve found to work especially well –

  • Start each day the right way – create a routine to inspire and motivate you
  • Eat a frog a day – complete the tasks you’ve been putting off first
  • Write a task list each day – mark off tasks as you go
  • Use a timer to do 30 minute bursts of work – this will keep you focused and alert
  • Set yourself a cutoff point – instead of working till you’re done, set a target time that you’ll stop work
  • Allocate specific time slots to manage your emails – I spent so much time managing emails until I started scheduling blocks of time and spending no more than the time allocated

Tools:

Advice can only get you so far, you need the right tools to help you.

A few of the tools I find particularly useful include:

al processes and social messages (integrates well with Buffer)

  • Evernote – synchronize notes across multiple devices
  • Dropbox – access your files anywhere
  • Lastpass – the last password you’ll ever need

There are so many tools that can help you save time on various tasks. I’ve covered them in more detail in this post.

Let me know if you need anything else for your post.

Erik Emanuelle

Erik Emanuelle

Erik Emanuelle, a passionate blogger, at NoPassiveIncome. The blog deals with surefire methods to earn money online.

Let us know, what are his favorite productivity tips and tools.

For freelance writers, I suggest Trello. It’s a free project management tool, very simple to use. It allows you and your teammates to create boards and manage people or resources to associate to each task.

My blogs are built with WordPress, so I always work to be organized for at least one week, scheduling posts and writing articles whenever I’ve free time.

I do not make use of particular tools to manage my time. I prefer the old school. Sticky notes on my desktop to remind me urgent projects and different folders in my PC and email.

For social media, I love HootSuite Pro. It’s a great tool if you want to easily manage several social media accounts with few minutes a day.

Kristi Hines

Kristi Hines

Kristi Hines, a freelance writer, ghostwriter, and copywriter. Known for her writings in American Express, Bigcommerce, Capital One, FreshBooks, HubSpot, KISSmetrics, Search Engine Watch, and Social Media Examiner!

She has her personal blog at Kristi Hines.

Let us know how he manage to be such productive in creating high-quality content.

Hi Akshay,

My favorite tools for managing all of my writing projects, including my own blog and freelance writing clients, are Trello and Remember the Milk. Trello allows me to log blog post ideas, sort them by topic, and move them to a “done” list when I have used the idea. Remember the Milk allows me to quickly log when tasks are due, so I can get client posts out on time and remind myself to do something for my own blogs as well.

Best regards,

Kristi

Let me know…

Some of the bloggers (two of them) are busy with their schedules and projects. Sadly this post missed all those.

That’s Ok, once the post is updated with productivity tips and tools from other bloggers, I will update the post and republish it on the homepage.

Hope you are benefited by these productivity tips and tools.

Let me know in comments.

Akshay Hallur
 

I'm a professional blogger with 5 years of blogging internet marketing experience. I'm also a internet marketing trainer and a consultant.

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Erik Emanuelli - November 19, 2014

Hi Akshay,
what a great list of tips from experts here.

There is so much to learn,
I’ve noted few productivity tools I’ve never heard before.

Thanks for including me,
it was such a pleasure!

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    Akshay Hallur - November 19, 2014

    You are welcome, Erik.
    Glad to hear that you noted some of the productivity tips!

    Have a nice day ahead!
    Cheers.

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Ryan Biddulph - November 20, 2014

Hi Akshay,

Rocking tips!

Rand speaks the truth. Right now I’m writing my next blog post. Won’t be due until next week. I bounced the idea off of my fiancee, and she dug it. I’ll be explaining why Gollum should be your blogging role model. I don’t publish now, unless it’s publish worthy. I may publish 1 post weekly or every 2 weeks.

6,000 words or more. I’m cramping my fingers lol….but darnit if I’m not publishing eBook style posts. My eBooks are 15K words so these are a little short but not bad advertisements for my eBooks, these posts are.

I don’t do the blogging schedule thing anymore. I write from an inspired space and publish when I’m clear on my post. Also, bouncing the idea off of folks – ala Mr. Handlebar Moustache and brilliant mind – up top, gives you a neat glimpse into what people want to hear….then, you write them there words.

Move away from publishing to publish, and move toward publishing to knock the freaking socks off of your audience. Today/yesterday – in Bali now, big time difference – I published a 6,000 word post, and I genuinely felt I was publishing it, to inspire, because I felt inspired writing it.

It’s that or nothing.

Akshay thanks for the awesome resource here! Great to see Erik, Neil, Rand, and all other pros sharing their tips.

Ryan

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    Akshay Hallur - November 20, 2014

    Ryan, great to see that you are actually enjoying my blog posts.

    As you said, Rand is Damn true.

    Your strategy is great Ryan, you publish 6000 words, single post a week or a two? That’s great. I am sure that those posts return colossal value to your readers.

    Your posts definitely knocks the socks off your audience. I can smell it by looking at a plethora of comments on your every blog post. That’s resonating.

    Mr. Handlebar Moustache? Are you talking about Rand? His posts at Moz are enough to get inspired and blow up in a position.

    Meanwhile, in a certain angle, sticking up to schedule, compel you to publish unfinished posts or publish posts that can be made more insightful.
    You are the BOSS, it’s your blog, your way, your schedule! That’s the reality.

    Meanwhile your eBook is really is really penetrating, man.

    Have a thoroughgoing weekend.

    Cheers.

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Mazid Irshad Umar - November 21, 2014

Hi,

Very interesting post, I enjoyed this and I have bookmarked this page for future. I am going to implement all things soon.

A big thanks to share this awesome post with us.

Regards,
Mazid Irshad

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supreeth ps - November 24, 2014

really precious tips!
thanks akshay and all other great bloggers for tips and for replying to akshay
i am also time conscious
thanks
regards

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Beth - November 24, 2014

Thanks for reaching out to a great gang of pros and compiling their .02. Much appreciated!

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Shreya - November 27, 2014

Really glad to see some productivity tools used by experts.. I was not aware of few tools now these tools will help me to increase my productivity.

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Kuldeep - November 29, 2014

Hi Akshay,
Awesome share indeed, Got to know about some new tools after reading this post.
Thanks for sharing this post 🙂

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AAmir Awan - December 1, 2014

Thanks for providing some tools that increase our productivity and i must some of them in feature. Today i got to know some more information, keep it up.

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