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Two Weekend Blogging Projects

What are your plans for the weekend? If you’re looking forward to spending some time on your blog, then this weekend’s posts might help.

Improve blog security and control

Today, we help you boost your blog’s security, and gain more control, with a tour of WordPress user roles.

This is an often-overlooked area of WordPress blog security, so if you have a clear hour to dedicate to reading and implementing the advice in this post, your blog will be the better for it.

Boost your blog’s searchabilty and rank

Tomorrow, we’ll present the learnings of one blogger whose blogs suffered the effects of Google’s Panda update. Her tips and advance provide a solid to-do list that you can use to improve the quality and search-appropriateness of your blog.

The time it’ll take you to implement this advice is up to you—you can take it as far as you like. But a couple of hours should be enough to let you make some headway with the key tactics that are presented.

What’s your weekend project?

With a family of four and five days a week to devote to my blog, I tend to keep my blogging to a minimum on the weekends now. The most I usually do is check emails.

But when I started out, the weekends were my blogging time. They gave me valuable headspace to write, experiment, plan new ideas, and implement some of the advice I’d read during the week.

If you’re in this camp, I’d love to hear what you have planned for your weekend of blogging. Let us know in the comments.

About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Comments

  1. Kalen Smith says:

    Thanks for the tips Darren. I am going to be spending part of my weekend working on a new informational product. Rankings are going okay for the moment, despite the fact I had a disheartening moment when rankings for my most competitive keyword fell off the index completely for a day. They immediately recovered, but I saw that many bloggers didn’t recover at all. Scary stuff. I look forward to reading your thoughts on the new algorithm update and tips for getting through it.

    Thanks,
    Kalen

  2. Thanks for the post Darren, This weekend I’ll be working on a ‘treat your start-up business like… ‘ article that I have had in the back of my head for a while. Also I’m working on a case study article on how a site that once provided regular industry blog posts can quickly see a negative impact in it’s searchability when it stops blogging.

    Have a great weekend

  3. Dan Thornton says:

    I’m planning to make some big changes to the ad networks and monetisation for my sites – since starting my own business it’s been harder and harder to justify time on my own sites rather than clients, meaning that progress has slipped on all of them…

  4. My most of the projects are over like theme development, now my blog runs on my own designed theme. I am just gonna focus on my new posts and blog’s traffic.

  5. I plan to put up more content. I have new ideas that I would like to begin implementing. I also want to work on my categories and the overall theme. Lastly, I have some guest blogs to finish and link the ones I’ve done to my website. I look forward to reading everyone else’s plans! Happy blogging!!

  6. Thanks for the tips Darren. I am going to be spending part of my weekend working on a new informational product. Rankings are going okay for the moment, despite the fact I had a disheartening moment when rankings for my most competitive keyword fell off the index completely for a day. They immediately recovered, but I saw that many bloggers didn’t recover at all. Scary stuff. I look forward to reading your thoughts on the new algorithm update and tips for getting through it.

  7. I plan to work on some new ideas I have been developing these past couple of week. With that, I will then need to develope better categories for each blog post. This will help me to better cultivate the overall theme of my blog. I have some guest posts to work on too! ~Happy Blogging~

  8. Bobby says:

    I’m going to be writing up some more content and scheduling it for release during the week as I’m now back at work part-time. I’ll also be going through my labels and tidying those up to make the user experience easier and more rewarding.
    Have a productive weekend!

  9. Kristin says:

    I do a lot of writing on the weekends. I do most of my crafts and recipes, with photos during the week, then get them loaded and typed on the weekend.
    I’m currently maintaining 2 blogs and one needs some design help, that’s on my to do list this weekend too.

  10. Marc Ensign says:

    My plan is to write a killer guest blog post for problogger.net that is going to blow your mind Darren. Look for it on monday. You have been warned! Have a nice weekend! :)

  11. Sounds like a great weekend of reading at problogger, will look forward to it.

    :)

    Talk Soon
    David

  12. Clarabela says:

    I want to do more guest blogging. So, I plan to work on that goal by researching some blogs that might fit my niche.

    I like to create my weekly to-do list on the weekends. I make a list of all the projects, deadlines and tasks for the week, then I schedule according for each day.

    I am also attending a WordPress meet-up.

  13. Christina says:

    I plan to write at least a couple of posts- my goal in the next few weeks is to be scheduled at least 10 posts in advance. Two different bloggers have been bugging me for guest posts (makes me feel loved!), so I’ll try to get one of those done over the weekend as well. One guest post has already been outlined and mostly composed in my head. :-)

  14. Stephanie says:

    This weekend, I’m going to continue getting used to blogging. I only have a personal blog right now that I focus on so I try to find interesting things to post to it.

  15. Thanks for all the great tips! They work – well, a little too well! I have the too many failed logins plugin, which is set to block an IP for 48 hours. Then, after reading your post on user accounts this morning, I added an editor account. I somehow wrote my password down wrong, and am now locked out of my blog from either account for 48 hours! So my blogging plans this weekend are null and void! Thank goodness for scheduled posts!

  16. This is perfect timing. I just purchased but have not installed yet a security feature for my blog. I will see what you have to say first. Also, I will be contacting friends to let them know that my blog is live, since it is new. I worked for two hours with tech support on Wed. to help me with my database problem. Also, I will be writing more content, to try to get ahead of the game a little. Thanks for all the continued help with your posts!

  17. I’ve already spent a few hours this morning working on little Indiana–just like every morning but Sunday!

    Somehow, I have left some pumpkin social media icons up on my site since, oh, last October? It’s probably about time to get this down and switched out! There’s always email in there to respond to as well. My readers don’t like to comment as much as they like to send email.

    I may try to kick out an extra post or two but at this point I’ve got things scheduled out one month in advance. Instead, I’ll probably refocus that energy into the Tumblr blog for little Indiana, and get that all polished and prettified seeing as how I just had it go live yesterday!

  18. Kylie says:

    I’m working on searchability – looking at Google’s webmaster tools I’m surprised what I’m ranking well in and not so well. Plus to get some ebook/printables ready for the next couple of weeks. The fun stuff!

  19. Wayne says:

    I try to set 1 hour per day after my job to work on my blog :) It is going well.

    It is all about effective time management and not leaving things tot the last minuete where you will start to panic.

    Regular posting also keeps me sane haha :)

  20. Hi -

    I usually write/edit during the week, and then publish in the weekend.

    This weekend was different though. I had a post published already that I was dissatisfied with. And really, the entire blog. So my week-end project turned out to try and find ways to make my (inspirational) blog much more specific and creating results (inspired by Derek Halpern’s at SocialTriggers.com recent webinar by the way!). So basically I spent all Saturday in frustration and then today Sunday something finally became clear. I’ve implemented it on my Danish blog today, and need a few more days to translate it to the English version – but what a feeling… wonderful!

    Wishing you all a joyful week

    Halina