As a blogger, keeping a blog running smoothly isn't an easy feat. There are daily to-do lists and sometimes weekly to-do lists. But sometimes, it is the monthly to-do list that important! I have a set list I usually do at the end of every month.
First off, why is it important to have a monthly to-do list? Aside from being organized, it allows you to see how your stats compare from month to month. It also keeps your blog running smoothly. Some people check the health of their blog at the end of the month (especially if they constantly update their CSS and HTML) but even as a seasoned blogger, I have no idea how to do that! Maybe I should learn soon.
What exactly does my monthly-to list consist of?
- Export my blog. I always save it to my two USB drives and Google Drive. You can never be too careful! (Exporting your blog is important should your account get hacked, your hosting goes down, or you have to start over!)
- Update my blog business plan. For creating your own blog business plan, click here.
- Update my organizational spreadsheets. I have spreadsheets for reviews, giveaways, earnings, and expenses. It definitely helps me stay organized and on top of things.
- Export my Google Analytics for that month. I prefer exporting it to a PDF so it's much easier to read. I am not a fan of the Excel or spreadsheet exports. It's hard to read and understand them.
- Update my media kit.
- Check for broken links. I prefer brokenlinkcheck.com because it shows every broken link, the post URL, the code (SRC), and the nature of the dead link (404, 500, etc.). I suggest using the "Report all occurrences..." option. It might be slower (and may take about 30 minutes or more, depending on the last time you checked your broken links), but it reports every single broken link within your blog.
While it's not an extensive list, it usually takes me at at least a day to get it done - especially if I kind of slacked off in blogging housework during the month. Oops!