Most businesses online are bought into the idea that blogging can build your business. Many startups (think about Moz, Buffer, and even a lot in a lot of other industries) based online have found that editorial content has many benefits, such as:
- Attracting links to your domain, which helps with SEO
- More content on your domain focused around keywords people search helps with SEO
- Building your authority as an expert in your space, which leads to other marketing opportunities
- More content to promote in other places and for others to share with their audience
One of the lowest hanging opportunities for most businesses is simple – publishing on a schedule.
If you look at the most trafficked blogs on the web, they have this in common. They publish consistently so that their followers know when to expect new content as well as what they will be talking about.
So how often do blogs publish? Let’s take a look at a few.
Smart Passive Income
Smart Passive Income is a blog written by a well known blogger named Pat Flynn, who basically makes his income through different web properties that he owns and operates, most of which he sells advertising or uses affiliate links to monetize. As he goes through the motions of operating this business (and “passive” is a misnomer because he works very hard), he also teaches others how to do it.
Pat has a podcast and does a lot of content other than just blogging (which is a lesson in and of itself in varying the types of marketing you do!), but on his blog specifically he publishes twice a week. Sometimes it’s a blog post and a podcast, sometimes podcast and video, but he publishes twice a week almost without fail.
Michael Hyatt is a blogger, speaker, entrepreneur, executive, and coach who I have followed for a long time. He used to be the CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing, but since about 2011/2012 he’s been blogging and building his business online. Fun fact: I found some old WordPress forum threads with him asking for WordPress code help. How far he has come!
Michael is a prolific writer and content creator, publishing three times per week. One of the things I respect most about him is his transparency around why. He used to publish five days per week but then realized that his audience was likely being overloaded, so he asked how often they’d want content and adjusted his frequency based on that.
Good work Michael!
I Will Teach You To Be Rich
Ramit Sethi’s I Will Teach You To Be Rich is way more than just a blog these days. They have many premium courses, such as around copywriting, finding your dream job, launching a new business, building a consulting business, and much more.
Over on the blog, though, they publish at minimum every Friday and sometimes more often during the week. Look through the archives and you will see that it has been forever since they missed a Friday publishing.
While I seriously doubt that Ramit is still the one writing all of that content, they write it consistently and their domain has received a ton more organic traffic in the last 12 months or so according to SEMrush:
Tim Ferriss needs no introduction. The man wrote The Four Hour Work Week, Four Hour Chef, and Four Hour Body (books link), all of which hit #1 on the NYT Bestseller list. He’s well known for mini-retirements, his #1 business podcast, and his angel investing (Uber, Twitter, etc).
His blog has a lot of gems on it about automation, remote living, learning, and more. These days, it’s mostly centered around his podcast and introducing his guests.
While he has guest bloggers from time to time (all of whom have done amazing things), he (or his team) consistently puts new content on the blog at least once a week, usually Mondays when new podcast episodes come out.
And according to SEMrush, he gets great traffic:
Darren Rowse is an Australian blogger who has been writing ProBlogger for years. As they say on the homepage, they have close to 8,000 posts on the blog covering topics like creating, starting, and monetizing a blog.
ProBlogger continues to crank out an amazing amount of content each week, most weeks publishing every single day. On the front page of the blog I have only found one day that they missed in recent history. And well, their organic traffic could be better (but that’s likely due to some technical concerns or algorithm issues, likely Panda in 2012):
CopyBlogger is the creation of Boulder Colorado-based entrepreneur Brian Clark, who also hosts the Unemployable podcast (and runs a number of other businesses). Brian has been in the content marketing space since before it was called content marketing. As one of the earliest bloggers online, he built a fantastic following and has continued to branch into other areas as he sees the potential for new areas to make an impact.
CopyBlogger the company also has the Rainmaker platform, which I hear is a fantastic platform for publishing and promoting your own content whether you blog, vlog, podcast, or any combination of the above.
CopyBlogger the blog publishes every day of the week except for Sunday.
— Brian Clark (@brianclark) May 27, 2016
They have many various writers publishing on the site, giving it a wide range of voices and topics covered.
Their organic traffic looks pretty solid too:
What about you? How often do you publish and why? Do you want to become more consistent, and if so what are you doing to help that?