Are you looking for ways to plan your content for the upcoming months? Do you find that you forget about a lot of your good content ideas because you don’t have a centralized location to keep them all together?
One way you can consolidate content ideas and plan for future blog posts is to create your own content planning spreadsheet. Unlike some content management systems you can purchase, using a spreadsheet is free, easily customizable, and created by you with your needs in mind.
Using a spreadsheet gives you a centralized location to keep all of your content ideas. If used regularly, it gives you a consistent way to plan and helps you build the habit of working ahead.
Many bloggers create a spreadsheet using Excel, but if you’d like to be able to access your spreadsheet while you’re on the go, using Google Docs is a great option. You’ll be able to access your spreadsheet from any computer, and you won’t have to worry about losing your ideas if your computer crashes.
To start your own content planning spreadsheet, it’s best to start with something simple. As you gain experience using your spreadsheet, you can add more to it. Here’s a basic guide for building your own content planning spreadsheet:
How to Build Your Own Content Planning Spreadsheet
- If you haven’t already, set up a Google account. Once your account is set up, access your Google Sheets by going to https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/.
- Create a spreadsheet, and name it something that you’ll be able to easily remember.
- Make the following columns for your spreadsheet:
- Day of the Week
- Post Title
- Resources (you can use this section for links, notes)
- Fill in your columns with the information you’ll need for the next three months. This way you’ll be able to plan ahead far in advance. If you are feeling very ambitious, you could fill out your spreadsheet for a year.
- Add in notes about monthly themes or holidays you want to write about.
- Fill in the post ideas you already have. That way you’ll be able to see where you have gaps to fill.
- Start brainstorming. As you think of good post ideas, type them into your spreadsheet.
- As you use your spreadsheet, it’s easy to modify your content schedule by copying and pasting your post titles and information.
- Print out your spreadsheet. The nice thing about using a spreadsheet is that it’s easy to print. I like to keep a copy of my most current content planning spreadsheet on my desk so I can easily reference it when I’m working.
- Make changes as needed. As you use your spreadsheet more and more, make modifications. You may decide to add another column for affiliate links to include in your posts, or you may find that you don’t need a resources column. Modify your spreadsheet so that it works for you.
Having your own content planning spreadsheet can help you stay more organized. If used consistently, this content planning method will help ensure that you never forget one of your great blog post ideas again.
How do you organize your content planning process?
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