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Written by David Jones on June 15, 2014
When you decide to make the shift to freelance blogging, you might quickly discover that there’s a vast difference between the work expectations of casual vs. professional blogging. Your time becomes an extremely precious commodity, and you can’t spend days agonizing over your content strategy, affiliates, and prospective clients. Take a look at these four web and software-based systems that freelance bloggers can’t afford to ignore.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM)
When you become a freelance blogger, you’ll find yourself making dozens of significant contacts online. However, it can be easy to lose track of who’s who, especially if you only know them by a small avatar or screen name. A CRM can help you keep track of your business contacts, affiliates, and clients. You can even start building opportunity pipelines as business picks up. These files can help you keep track of the most valuable relationships you build through your blog.
Content Management System (CMS)
A CMS like Drupal or WordPress should be at the heart of your blog. These systems can help you quickly sort entries by categories, tag items, change SEO keywords, and manage your content in batches. It is vital that you get to know the inner workings of your CMS, since it is the framework that your blog runs on. You can also branch out and do guest posts on platforms like Medium, which can expose you to a significant audience.
If your website was accidentally erased right now, would you have a backup copy available? If not, then you seriously need to consider a blog backup strategy. This might consist of downloading server files to your computer on a regular basis, or perhaps you will decide to invest in a cloud backup system. Regardless of the route you choose, your backups should be ready at a moment’s notice. You never know when you’ll need to restore your blog from these duplicates.
A cloud calendar can help you plan content and backup schedules. One of the biggest advantages to using a cloud system is that you can access it from any computer or mobile device. Once you get this final system into place, your overall blogging process will be much faster.
So what do you plan to do with all the extra time these systems free up? Maybe you can take longer breaks in between blog post writing, dedicate a few minutes to health and beauty, or catch up on some much needed relaxation. You’ll find that online and software based tools, such as cloud technologies, backups, CRM, and CMS systems can go a long way in making you a more effective blogger