best time to publish blog posts

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Did you know that that time of day that you publish your blog post articles has a big impact on how well they do on social media, how many comments they get and how many people actually read it?

Yep, the time of day and the day of the week are important parts of your blog posting strategy.

In this post I am going to you when you should post for maximum benefit.

It is actually much more important than you might think.

A stupid experiment

I am doing this because I love you.

Normally I wouldn’t publish a post on a Thursday night New York time because it is one of the worst times of the week.

But by doing so I will be able to show you some of the data that I will have in a few days time – feedburner reach, traffic levels and probably even a smaller amount of comments.

Note that every article I write gets at least 50 comments or so. I am betting that this post will get significantly less than the others.

The reasons this experiment is silly is because, firstly; I am sacrificing a post that I could have used on a good day and, secondly; there is no way to actually know whether it was the time of day and day of week that caused it to fail or just the subject of the post! Even so I am going to do it.

The best time to publish blog articles

Over the years I have experimented with so many different combinations in regard to the best time of day and the best day of the week to publish blog articles.

What you have to realize is that it doesn’t always work.

Sometimes you will write an amazing post and publish it on a Friday and still see it go viral. Sometimes your posts published at the optimal time will do nothing. Posting at the best times is like giving the article a helping hand, its not an actual traffic strategy.

The best days of the week to post

The best day’s of the week to post your blog articles are Tuesday and Wednesday. I have had dozens of websites and blogs and across all niches it seems that the most traffic is around on a Wednesday followed closely by a Tuesday. I think this has a lot to do with people being at work and bored and looking for something else to do midweek.

The best time of day to post

The best time to publish your blog posts, for most blogs, is between 9:30am and 11am USA East Coast time.

This is the time when most people are online or about to come online. The reasons I post at 9:30am and no 9:00am is because at the earlier time people are still reading all their other feeds and emails. I want my post to appear while the are online, I don’t want it to be there when they turn on the computer.

If your blog is about entertainment or provides some sort of entertaining content you will also find that posting towards the end of the East Coast work day does quite well. By that time most people are finished working and are on Facebook sharing videos, funny cat pictures and so on.

Please make sure you test your own blog posting schedule as every niche and blog topic varies little bits here and there.

Social media traction

One of the reasons you need to publish at these times is because it is essential for gaining social media traction. Some bookmarking websites like (which I hit the front page for) and require a certain number of bookmarks in a short space of time to gain traction. If you publish while everyone is asleep you miss out on this traffic in a big way.

What do you think?

In my experience these times are the best for posting. That being said, I’m sure there are other opinions out there. Please leave a comment and let me know when you publish your blog articles and why. Do you notice differences in traffic and social media uptake at different times? I’d love to know.

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  1. Ricardo Bueno on November 19, 2010

    I use as my analytics tool. According to visistat, most people visited my site yesterday at 6am, 9am, 3pm and 9pm PDT. Today most of my visitors came to the site again around 9am.

    I try and wait to publish a post in the morning. Sure I an post-date it. But sometimes I can’t help myself and I’ll go ahead and publish it in the evening. Truth be told, I could probably get better about sticking to a more consistent posting schedule.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Richardo I often do the same thing. I find it hard to wait when there is content that could be published!

      1. Ricardo Bueno on November 19, 2010

        I think my new schedule is going to be Tuesday/Thursday for my personal blog and then Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday for the company blog. Yikes! Lots of writing to get done…

  2. Mark Wolfinger on November 19, 2010

    My blog is stock market related and most traders want to read items before trading begins. That’s 9:30 AM NY time.

    However, half my readership comes from feedburner and it’s difficult to know when they will pick up the blog post from Google. Or when Google will find it.

    I’ve decided that 5 AM NY time works well. I accept the sacrifice of already being published when readers go online, but I get to reach readers before the market opens. At least most of the time.

    I post Mon thru Fri.

    Any suggestions?


    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Mark that is awesome! A blog example that breaks the general rules.

      Feedburner is hard. Did you know you can set the time it publishes in your admin area? I think its under email subscriptions and delivery options. At least that way your email subscribers will get it at the right time.


  3. Interesting article Tyrant! I have never thought about how the time of day can effect the success of your post!

    I’ll try to keep it in mind the next time I publish a post. πŸ˜€


    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      When do you normally publish Ryan? Just whenever you’re finished writing?

      1. Yeah, most of the time. Sometimes I’ll wait a little to space my posts out.

  4. Tom | Oral Answers on November 19, 2010

    Thanks for the article, BT. I post Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 7:30 AM New York Time. My traffic starts picking up every morning around that time and so I figure I should have something new early on so more people see it. That’s also my time zone, so sometimes I’ll be in the library at the University putting the final touches on a post before class at 8:00.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Does your feed send it out at 7.30am? I’d love to see how you’d go if you did it two hours later.

      1. Tom | Oral Answers on November 20, 2010

        Yeah, Feedburner usually puts it out within a couple of minutes of 7:30. I might switch around the times sometime. I don’t get to much “social media” traffic since it’s probably not the cool thing to share articles on dental health πŸ™‚ Although there are a few articles that have been shared a lot of Facebook. Maybe I’ll give it a try, Tyrant.

        BTW – This one’s comment #50; you’d better close the comments!

  5. Tom | Oral Answers on November 19, 2010

    By the way, I think you’ll get significantly more than 50 comments on this post just because you mentioned that you probably wouldn’t and people might want to prove you wrong πŸ™‚

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Damn you for commenting twice! Sabotage. πŸ˜‰

  6. hai.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      What kind of comment is that?

  7. Heather@Family Friendly Frugality on November 19, 2010

    hai…just kidding lol

    I have to agree with those times. When I look at my stats they are definitely highest on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.

    Of course, mine might be a bit skewed because I hold memes (blog hops) on tuesday and thursday, so I get a lot of traffic from those.

    My deal posts HAVE to go out 9am est-11am est or else they get very little traction. If I post a non deal post during that time, it gets passed over very quickly.

    So I’ve developed a schedule of rapid deal posting first thing in the morning. Followed by crafts, recipes, money saving tips, etc in the afternoon.

    If a deal is REALLY awesome and it comes up later in the day, I still post it…but I have to promote it the next morning as well (if it’s still valid).

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Do you do anything in particular to help promote it if its a late post Heather?

      1. Heather@Family Friendly Frugality on November 19, 2010

        No nothing special. I might retweet an extra time or tweet again in the morning though.

        My readers seem to know to come to my blog later in the day for non deal posts.

  8. Grant McAllister on November 19, 2010

    Very interesting read.

    Just started my own web design studio and I’m launching a blog on the new site as well to use social media to build my credibility in the industry as well as drib up work.

    Fantastic read and yeah it does only have 15 comments so far (including this one).

    I normally don’t comment because I just subscribe to your email updates… So maybe your post about people not commenting was reverse psychology to get me to comment I’m unsure…

    Great read none the less, I need to become more interactive on this blog!

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Hi Grant.

      Thanks for sabotaging the small number of comments! πŸ˜‰

  9. Hi BT
    I post every Monday and Thursday at 8am Irish time.

    I don’t want to post Tuesday and then follow with Wednesday. Might try a Monday and Wednesday split and do the 9.30am east coast time as an experiment over the next 2 weeks.

    Your post just came through here in Ireland and it’s just after 4.30pm. I read your posts regardless of when you put them out.

    I’ve been giving myself a break from looking at my stats for the last few weeks … it’s possible to get a tad demented looking at them. I’m spending the time writing posts and responding to comments and drilling down the details of my new online course … lots to do and will go visit the stats next week.

    Thanks as always BT for a practical and useful post.

    Good mentor.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Hi Liz.

      Interesting point about reading the post despite it being 4:30pm but I reckon any bookmarks you might have made (hint hint) would have had little impact.


      1. Hey BT
        Don’t understand about the bookmarks … can you clarify?

  10. Wow-another thing for this Luddite to consider ;).

    Since I’m still gettin’ my blogging wings, I’m experimenting with days, content, post length, etc. I have noted that my traffic is highest mid-week. I like to read posts on Wednesdays, too. Sometimes Mondays are just too daunting re: the social media circus.

    Thanks for the tips on time of day–gonna try this out.
    Have a wonderful holiday :).

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Hi Linda.

      Let us know what works for your blog. I’m very interested.

  11. I try posting three articles a week. naturally, that brings me to monday, wednesday, and fried-egg. Posts in the 9:30am-11 hour tend to get more reads that first day than those posted in the afternoon. Not just because it’s more time in the day but it’s that “online time” for people.

    Friday postings are very hit or miss on the traffic. I try pushing more “how-to” articles on Friday so any new visitors to the site over the weekend are greeted with a practical application article, not a feel-good piece or a news bit.

    As a reminder to everyone, many blogging platforms offer scheduled postings so you can write a blog any time and have it auto-posted on a specific time/day.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      What happens if you post on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Chris?

      1. Good question. Of course next week is Thanksgiving so that’s probably not the best time to try for any comparison. But the week after that, I’ll have had time to add some posts into the hopper and I’ll schedule them for tues, wed, thurs.

        Thanks for writing the article!

        1. the Blog Tyrant on November 20, 2010

          Is Thanksgiving a public holiday Chris?

          1. …thus I’ll assume you’re not from the USA… πŸ™‚ Yes, it’s a public holiday. Most everyone is on vacation on Thursday and Friday.

  12. I think you are on the mark about the best times to post. I always schedule my posts to come out between 9:30 and 10:30 am EST.

    A Tues / Thurs posting schedule has worked well for me for my main posts, but I haven’t analyzed this in detail like you. I also have a short Sunday post that I put up around midnight EST on Saturday.

    Do you actually suggest posting on Tues and Wed or do you think it’s better to leave some space between your posts – like Monday and Wed or Tuesday and Thurs?

    Your articles are terrific. Thanks.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Hi Sandra.

      Tuesday/Wednesday does seem like too much doesn’t it? I guess it depends how many comments, etc. you are getting.

      One reason it could be good is if your Tuesday post goes viral and you want to add a killer follow up on Wednesday. Thoughts?

      1. Yes, it does seem too close together especially for the personal development niche and for people who subscribe by email. I’m still a relatively new blogger but I do get a decent number of comments. My feeling is that it’s better to leave space, but I also like your suggestion of staying flexible in the event it’s beneficial to do a follow up on Wed. My sense is that Tues and Thurs are better for me than Mon and Wed, but I may play with that. Thanks for the great article.

  13. ” I have had hundreds of websites and blogs and across all niches…”
    Hundreds, really? Could you elaborate on this? Just playing the numbers, or been blogging since you were three? I’m kidding of course, but I’m quite curious about this statement.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Hey Surly. Have you read this: ?

      Imagine building 20 at once?


  14. Justin P Lambert on November 19, 2010

    Great article, Tyrant! I’ve been making a habit of releasing my posts (which I write daily, so day-of-week isn’t as much of an issue) between 8:00 and 9:00 pm with the thought that I could catch the late-night Twitter-users with my post announcment and be near the top of the early-morning RSS-reader crowd also.

    But, at the same time, I’ve been alerted to some dumb mistakes I’ve been making with my headlines and my permalinks that probably skewed my results pretty badly, so I can’t tell if my timing has been much of a factor.

    Thanks for bringing to top of mind, though!

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Justin how have those late posts been faring? Would you put a couple up at 10am and tell me how they compare?

      1. Justin P Lambert on November 20, 2010

        I’ll definitely switch it up and let you know how they fare. Thanks!

  15. Hi There.
    Thank you for your post. I’m quite new to blogging and it never occured to me that there’s a best time to put out a post and it makes sense.
    Because I work part-time in my ‘day job’, I’ve been putting posts out as and when. Ooops! Now I know better. I’ve checked my stats and I’ve noticed that a lot of people have their ‘play’ at the times you mentioned, at lunch time and later in the afternoon (UK, London time).
    Thanks for the insight.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      No worries Shirly.

  16. Marcus Sheridan, The Sales lion on November 19, 2010

    Great topic Tyrant, as always. Personally, I release all of my articles at 9:48am eastern time? Why 9:48? Well, because it’s the best hour of the day (as you mentioned) for traffic and I doubt many choose to do it on the 48th minute πŸ˜‰

    One question I do have though is this:

    I typically post to my Feed readers on one day and then the post goes out to email readers at 9am the next day….Is this a good strategy or would you suggest they both occur on the same day?

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Hey Marcus. Good to see you here.

      I have some thoughts on that but first of all may I ask why you do that? Is there a reason behind it?


  17. I’m commenting just because you dared me to! You might have to do the experiment again — this time without publishing your hypothesis πŸ˜‰

    In the past I’ve had the best luck on Tuesday mornings.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Leigh I was going to be mad but your Avatar is too pretty.

      BTW – Your landing page is absolutely amazing! Did you make it?

  18. One funny thing I noticed when I started blogging is that people are definitely fooling around on their work computers and not at home, which was quite unexpected. Weekends are also a wash, I use these times to do my targeted SEO posts rather my informative posts

    1. Marcus Sheridan, The Sales lion on November 19, 2010

      Hmmm Rachelle, I’d never really thought of using weekends for target SEO posts….dang good idea, thanks!!

    2. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Rachelle, there was a study released by the Govt. here in Australia saying that blogging and Facebook costs our economy around $2 billion a year in time wasting. People definitely do it at work!

      1. Well this may not be the same for all industries, for instance an adult site might see more traffic in the evening or at least I’d like to think so.

        I believe the Australian study except it’s probably 4 billion.

        1. the Blog Tyrant on November 20, 2010

          Ha ha. True.

  19. Thanks tyrant,

    I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. Can’t wait to see your results, but this has helped already. Some great comments in here too!


    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

      Looks like its getting a lot of traffic actually…. ;-(

  20. Sukhraj Beasla on November 19, 2010

    This is very helpful. I’ve always wondered when to post. I’ll try and follow these guidelines to see what kind of response time I get. Thanks!

    1. Ricardo Bueno on November 19, 2010

      Hey Suki!

      I use Visistat (a paid solution). Based on the stats from this week, people tend to read my content at 9am, 3pm and 9pm. Google Analytics is ok, Woopra is better and then there’s sitemeter (all free solutions). I think sitemeter will tell you a bit more closely the time of day people visit your site.

      1. the Blog Tyrant on November 19, 2010

        Very good suggestion. Thanks Ricardo.

      2. Why do you choose to pay for something that other solutions do for free? How did you settle on Visitstat? I never heard of that until now.

  21. SOOOO interesting as usual. I blog in my “spare time” – have a Mon. – Thurs. job and so usually post Thurs. Fri. and weekends. Probably not the best! It’s so hard for me not to post after I write something though…but I bet it would be better for my stats. Google Analytics doesn’t seem to give you time stamps though…will have to try others mentioned in your comments.

    As a reader, I usually read my blogs in the a.m. to…um…settle into work (OK avoid work).

    1. Tom | Oral Answers on November 20, 2010

      Hey Erika, To get time stamps in Google Analytics, click on “Visitors” then on “Visitor Trending” then “Visits.”

      Then, above the graph you’ll see “By Hour” as an option to show the graph by. That way you can see at what time people come to your site most often.

      1. the Blog Tyrant on November 20, 2010


      2. Tom – thanks!! Just learned a bunch of new stuff.

      3. ChromaticDramatic on November 25, 2010

        Thanks for that… can already see that people are hitting the blog about 4hrs after I’ve been posting…

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  24. Brian Welch on November 20, 2010

    Interesting post. It’s funny because when I used to sell a lot of stuff on ebay I obsessed over when to post and what day and time would be best to have an auction end but it never occurred to me to apply that same concept to blog posts.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 20, 2010

      What was the best for eBay auctions? That is interesting.

      1. Brian Welch on November 21, 2010

        For me, it was consistently Sunday early evening. I used to get a bunch of items prepared, images, descriptions, etc.. and then post them at Sunday between 6 and 8 (EST). It performed the best for me. Interesting that it’s completely different to when people want to sit and read content. Would love to see a survey that breaks down what activities online are most popular on specific days and times.

        1. the Blog Tyrant on November 21, 2010

          That is a freaken great idea! Study coming up.

  25. Great post, BT! I started blogging about a month ago and I post once a week, so I don’t have many posts yet, and I probably don’t have enough data to make a call on what day and time works best for me.

    But I need to figure out a posting schedule for me, and I’ll probably start posting twice a week when I’m done with my final tests in three weeks. I guess I’ll just follow your advices!

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 22, 2010

      Good luck!

  26. Peggy Baron on November 22, 2010

    Thanks for posting this article. I find I’m one of those who simply can’t wait… if I’ve written it, I can’t wait to post it. I’m like a kid with a present!

    Having said that, I do notice on one of my family cooking sites I get more eyeballs on the weekends. Oh wait, that has to do more with my emails than my posts.


    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 22, 2010

      Peggy I know the feeling well. You have to resist!

  27. Nicely put Tyrant, about how what time you write content can affect the response. I usually write my content in the morning, as it’s the best chance I get when I’m free for a little while, and also because I’m definitely an early bird by nature.

    Also, because I’m English, most Americans are usually still in bed when I type away, so it’s a nice surprise for them when they wake up πŸ˜‰

    Thanks Tyrant πŸ™‚

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 23, 2010

      No worries man.

  28. I experimented with 9AM and 3PM with feedburner and they both seem to be equal for me. I have no set schedule for which day I post but middle of the week seem to work the best for sure – Tues -Thurs.

    My question is which feed companies to use. I had problems with feedburner (maybe I didn’t know how to maximize it) with feeds not going through on some days and posting two on one day (I hate that). I also didn’t know how to use instant feed. If I missed on the feed I wanted to push the feed instantly, but I didn’t know if FB can do that. And there’s no customer service that I can rely on.

    So, I switched to Mail Chimp – free version. I’ve been happy so far. It’s alot more felxible and it imported all my readers from FB so I didn’t lose anyone. And when a new subscriber signs up, I can receive notice with a “Yippee!” message. Cute.

    Great post! You can add my subscription to your growing list. (Came over after reading your post on ProBlogger this morning)

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 23, 2010

      Karen I really don’t know about this one.

      I use Feedburner mostly because I am too lazy to use another one. I use Campaign Monitor a lot in my other business and it is fantastic. A lot of people use Aweber but it seems to expensive to me.

      Did you know you can set the time that Feedburner delivers? That being said it is often still late.

      1. Yeah, I used the scheduled time on FB – 9AM and 3PM to experiment. But there were glitches sometimes and it wouldn’t send the feeds. I wish there was a way to send it manually but I didn’t know how to do that.

        By the way, unlike some blogs, I’m so glad you reply to every one of your comments. That’s kewl.

        1. the Blog Tyrant on November 24, 2010

          I’m not sure how long it will last… getting very busy now!

          1. Heather@Family Friendly Frugality on November 24, 2010

            Not to pile more on your plate, but it really is a BIG draw for your blog over all the other ones. You make it clear you don’t just write and leave!

  29. Melissa Brumback on November 23, 2010

    Interesting article. I post 2 times a week– Tuesday and Thursday. Tuesday is lighter (I have “Tuesday Tips”) and Thursday posts are heavier on legal issues etc. I schedule posts to go online around 6 or 7 am, since many of my readers are contractor-types who are up and working already by 7 or 8. However, I do want to grab more architects and engineers as readers, and they tend to work more traditional 9-5 type hours. Wondering if I should push the time back for awhile?

    Also, if Thursday is bad, do you think maybe I should try Tue-Wed back to back posts? That seems too much all at once? Thanks for any feedback.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 23, 2010

      Thursday is okay Melissa, just not Thursday night.

      If you’re targeting workers then definitely go for around 10am when they’ve read through all the other stuff but might be taking a break from work.

  30. Super Wordpress Themes on November 23, 2010

    About the day, I see my web stats(google analytic n another tools), Wednesday and Thurday the best

  31. Jen Whitten on November 24, 2010

    Hi BT.

    I haven’t been able to find a good posting schedule that works yet. I try to post three times a week and lately the schedule has been (in New York time) Sunday 11p, Wednesday 2a and Friday 2a. The Sunday night is a bit odd, I know, but I write Dexter recaps and they get the most hits when I post as fast as I can after the episode ends.

    The rest of my posts are, um…lunatic fringe? Paranormal phenomena, conspiracy theory, psychic gifting, urban legends, etc etc. I guess you could say it doesn’t matter when I post because people have to *really* want to read me to come to the site in the first place. (Not really…it probably matters. I just don’t know what time everyone else dons their tin foil hats to get online…)

    I’ve always felt like it was better to spread out my content instead of lumping it up, but…I’m not so sure now. The post Dexter finale plan is to go to Monday/Wednesday/Friday, saving the most bizarre of the lunatic fringe posts for Friday. What do you think, BT? Would it be better for me to lump posts to capitalize on the Tuesday/Wednesday potential, or would it be a turnoff for readers who keep coming back the rest of the days with nothing?

    Apologies for the rambling…I’ve got maybe a week left in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), so my brain is thoroughly fried. I promise to leave a more coherent comment on a post in December. πŸ˜‰

    Your Dark Passenger,

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 24, 2010

      Oooh conspiracy theories. I think you and I are going to get on just fine Jen.

      1. Jen Whitten on November 24, 2010

        You say that now, but will you still sing the same tune once I start talking about the ghost who usually pulls my hair while I write? (half joking…maybe)

        1. the Blog Tyrant on November 24, 2010

          Ha ha.

          I’d be interested to hear your take on all this UFO stuff going around lately. Disabling nuclear facilities.

          Sometimes I wonder about these people…

          1. Jen Whitten on November 24, 2010

            I actually haven’t kept up with any of that lately. (Novels haven’t figured out how to write themselves yet…) What’s going on with them?

            Regardless, the answer is simple: 2012. It’s always about 2012…Until December 22, 2012 – if it comes – the answer to anything out there is 2012…though I’m a bit concerned by the Mayan calendar’s silence regarding time zones. Does the world end an hour at a time or…what? Perhaps the UFOs are here to explain that bit to us…

  32. the Blog Tyrant on November 24, 2010

    Jen 2012 is such a crock of capitalism.

    When I did some research in to it I found out that the original archeologist counted the date totally wrong anyway!



    1. Jen Whitten on November 24, 2010

      Seriously. The galactic alignment everyone’s freaking out about already happened, or so I’m led to believe. I’m putting as much stock in a 2012 apocalypse as I do that the world will end every December 31st. (Wouldn’t mind a consciousness shift though.)

      Although…it does make for a synchronous time to release a book on Doomsday Scenarios.

      But back to the UFOs…I’ll have to look into that in December. Are they popping up primarily in your neck of the woods, or is this a worldwide thing? The only oddity I’ve heard about lately was the thing that happened off the coast of California, I think, last week.

      1. the Blog Tyrant on November 24, 2010

        Jen, come one. Only in America! Ha ha.

        1. Jen Whitten on November 24, 2010

          Ugh. You took that the complete wrong way. I was asking specifically where you were hearing about them because local media only reported the California thing.

          Please. I’m not stupid.

          1. the Blog Tyrant on November 24, 2010

            Hi Jen.

            Sorry, I was only joking.

            I heard about it on Twitter and Youtube. The main guys were on Larry King a while back.

            Interesting topic.

  33. Dwayne Huggins on November 24, 2010

    Hey BT

    Now here is something I wondered about once before, then totally forgot all about it.

    However. I now have my serious blogging head on and I can see the benefits in publishing a post at the best possible time.

    Working out the right time for me (as I’m in the UK and have a varied international readership (not meaning to sound bigger than I am ;-))) I imagine, will entail figuring out where my main readers are, then aim my timings at them.

    Great stuff as always


    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 24, 2010

      Thanks man!

  34. Master Scott on November 24, 2010

    I am looking forward to testing this out, thanks for the info! I have found Sunday morning posts bring me the most feedback, but I am going to try for Wednesday morning. Uh oh, that’s right now!!

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 24, 2010

      Sunday morning! Wow. That’s a new one. Wonder why that is?

  35. Dean Freelance Copywriter on November 24, 2010

    Thank you, that’s useful info. I’d got it in my head that Monday morning was the best time to publish. So I was wondering why my mid-week posts got better responses. Now I know.

    By the way, I’m enjoying other articles here – in particular,

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 24, 2010

      Thanks Dean. Glad you like it.

  36. Amy @ Frugal Mama on November 24, 2010

    Hmmm, I found this debate very interesting. For some reason I was convinced that the best time to publish was 9 at night.

    As a stay-at-home mom — I’m assuming many of my readers are the same — I am usually on at that time, but not at 9 in the morning. If something appears in my email inbox (a feedburner subscription) at 9 pm, I’ll usually read it. However, if I look at my email in the morning and it’s piled with a bunch of subscriptions, I’ll plow through, deleting most.

    I thought I also read something about Leo Babuata saying that the highest Twitter traffic time is 9 pm, but maybe I read it wrong.

    I publish twice a week — Monday and Thursday — but it looks like I got that wrong too!

    Thanks for the advice,

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 24, 2010

      Hey Amy. If that works best for you then it’s not wrong! Maybe try a two week test?

  37. i’m about to write an article at 11 pm

  38. Well first of all I had no idea when my readers read my blog… and thanks to this blog, I was able to look it up on Google Analytics.

    It appears at least in my case that people tend to be pretty evenly distributed throughout the day, they start reading at the ungodly hour of 5 am through to about 9 pm with a little lull in the afternoon around 2-3.

    I publish a minimum of 5 days a week usually.

    Benevolent Tyrant…how about a post on how to use some of the more hidden features of Google Analytics and Google webmaster?

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 24, 2010

      That’s a great idea! On the list for 2011.

      1. I was hoping for a Christmas present πŸ™‚

  39. done

  40. ChromaticDramatic on November 25, 2010

    Interesting… I’ve always worked on Mondays being the big days.

    I think that is because I ran my local sporting clubs website, and people would be coming online on Monday to check out the results (while at work). So I needed to get a post up by ~11.30am local time (just before lunch), so whatever message needed to be got across that week, would be read.

    I guess a lot of it depends on where your audience comes from…

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 27, 2010

      You know you can queue your posts to appear later right?

  41. Jef Menguin on November 25, 2010

    Very interesting article. I will have to experiment for me to know the best time of the day. As of now, I publish my blog 6am thinking that Google robots will be able to read my blog by the time my readers get to their offices. I have no scientific explanation for this.

    Just like what I said, I think I will need to experiment.

    Thank you for sharing your wonderful ideas.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 27, 2010

      Let us know how your experiments go.

  42. Great article – as always.

    I live in the Eastern European time zone and my blog is mostly visited by US residents which have their own zones, so it’s always a trick deciding when to publish my posts. However, lately I am calculating the times and can prove that most visits come between 10-11:30 in the morning.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 27, 2010

      I wonder if time of the day is actually as important as the actual day for you?

      1. Perhaps you might have a point there. Judging by my stats, Monday, Wednesday and Friday are the days when I get most visits, so I will focus more on these days.

  43. Updated Posting Schedule - What's the Best Day to Post a Blog? | Bootstrapping Independence on November 26, 2010

    […] articles. I haven’t found a definitive and satisfactory answer. For instance, one post claims Tuesday and Wednesday are the best times to post, while another claims the weekend is the best time to […]

  44. This is really interseting. I would have thought that Monday and Wednesday were the best times to publish posts. I’m surprised to see that Tuesday is better than Monday. I’m going to need to experiment between Monday and Tuesday because I was thinking about posting on Mondays and Wednesdays. Hmm…I may need to reconsider.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 27, 2010

      Joseph. Let us know what works better for you.

  45. BeyondTheD-Pad on November 27, 2010

    Great article, been loving the content overall.

    That has been my problem from the very start, indicating and sticking to a strict schedule. I spend more time thinking rather than doing.


    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 27, 2010

      Thanks for the compliment!

  46. BT,

    Thanks for the great tips. I’ve made a couple of changes to my publishing schedule this week and results are showing that you were dead on!

    Mine is a blog for EFL (English as a Foreign Language) students who speak Portuguese. By sending my “funny cat pictures”, that is, jokes, bloopers etc. at 3:00pm I have managed to dramatically increase traffic. Serious stuff though (grammar, pronunciation, phrasal verbs etc.) seems to work best in the morning around 9:00am. Thanks!

    Ulisses (SΓ£o Paulo, Brazil)

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 28, 2010

      Very nice!

  47. Todd@PhitZone on November 27, 2010

    You bring up some interesting points. I schedule my posts on Monday and Wednesday at 7AM ET, with mailchimp sending out an email blast at 9AM ET.

    I’m going to try testing out the schedule that you provided. Thanks.

    1. the Blog Tyrant on November 28, 2010

      Good luck Todd.

  48. I never really thought about the time and had always just posted at 7:30 am like clockwork. After looking I do see more traffic on Wednesdays then Mondays. Interesting.

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