5 Blogging goals for success
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Introduction to 5 blogging goals for success
When I started my blog, I set unrealistic goals. Like $1000 in 6 months.
I kid you not.
I was so Naive. Maybe even a little crazy. I mean, what did I know about blogging to be earning that much in six months? Nothing. I was a total newbie.
And with no real goal setting in mind, I was just drifting along hoping the money would land in my lap without really doing anything.
All I did for my first year was write blog posts. Occasionally. Not taking my blogging business seriously. Therefore not earning a dollar in my first year of blogging.
It’s the second year of my blogging journey and I’m about to do things differently. Which will help me immensely with the growth of my blog.
Now to the reason for writing this blog post.
How to set realistic effective goals for my second year of blogging.
Only you know how much time you have to spend on your blog. That’s important when setting realistic goals. You don’t want to spread yourself too thin and not be able to reach your goals. That will set you up for disappointment and make you give up.
We’re gonna set smart goals this time.
Specific – measurable – achievable – relevant – time – bound goals.
We have to make sure our goals have these five things.
My second-year blogging goals will be different from people with first-year blog goals.
Since I already have a ton of blog posts written (not as much as I would like though) I will mainly be concentrating on.
1. Promoting these posts
Learning more ways on how to promote my posts and get them seen on new platforms. Places that will help increase my blog traffic.
I won’t be concentrating on Instagram for instance. I know my audience doesn’t hang out there. That would just be a waste of my time.
2. Write posts consistently.
I will still be writing posts. Aiming for once a week. If I can. I have been very bad at posting consistently. But I think being consistent will help me grow faster. It will let my audience and Google know that I’m serious about my blogging business.
These aren’t really blogging goals, it’s what every blogger should do daily and weekly to maintain their blog.
Goals for the second year of blogging
Some of my goals for my second year are goals that others achieve in their first year. Everybody’s journey is different and we all focus on different things. This is what I’m focusing on this year.
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1. Start and grow and email list
This has been such a challenge for me. The more I procrastinate, the more it becomes this huge scary thing for me. But this is the year I get serious about email marketing. The money is in the list after all. And if I want to make money with my blog then starting and growing an email list is non-negotiable.
I will be dedicating a week or two to set it up. And writing my email sequence. My freebie opt-ins are already done. All I should focus on is connecting the two. Which is part of my delay.
But enough about that let’s get to tip 2 on my 5 blogging goals for success
2. Get traffic to my blog
Sounds so simple right? I swear it’s the hardest thing to get. My traffic thus far has been abysmal. My goal now is to get to 1,000 page views a month. I’m hoping for more. But setting the bar low will take some of the stress off me. Hopefully, by the end of the year, I will be getting 10,000 page views a month.
To do this I’m…
1. Writing high-quality blog posts once a week.
2. Promoting more on Pinterest. Pin 80% of my pins. Right now I only paid 20% of my own.
3. Add one or 2 more promotion strategies.
While doing research for this post I saw a goal for 25,000 page views in month 6! That is probably achievable depending on the niche. I’d be lucky if I achieved that in year three of my blogging business. That doesn’t mean that I’m not gonna try and work hard to achieve these goals. I’m just going to be very realistic about it.
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3. Earn my first hundred dollars
Again $100 in my second year of blogging seems too small of a goal to set. But, everybody’s journey is different.
To be able to make $1000 a month, you first have to make $100 a month.
To do this will require putting all those goals to work. And having a clear monetization strategy in place.
1. Getting enough traffic to get into a good ad Network
2. Marketing affiliate products
3. Create and promote my own product
4. Getting into freelancing advertising my blog
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4. Join affiliate marketing programs
Right now I’m a part of just one marketing program. The plan is to join more affiliate programs that will help my audience, not just bring in commissions.
This blog is about helping stay-at-home moms. Most of us don’t have the money to invest in expensive blogging tools. Finding good affordable products to recommend to my audience that will actually help them build their businesses is key.
Fortunately, there are amazing affiliate marketing products to choose from. And the more products you offer, the more chances you have at earning commissions. Finding the best courses at the best affordable prices is my aim when it comes to affiliate marketing.
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5. Create a small helpful eBook
Creating a product can seem very intimidating when you have never done it before. Therefore I’m giving myself a whole year to reach this target. I will be working on it a little bit each month.
Making sure I create something that is useful and relevant to my audience. When I started my blog I started thinking of a product to create and sell to my audience. The problem with this is you don’t really know your audience until you talk to them. Until you find out what their needs are. How you can solve their problems and yours at the same time.
Conclusion to 5 blogging goals for success
There you have it. The goals I set for my second year of blogging. The bar is set very low. Making sure I reach my goals and more. I’m aiming to exceed all of these numbers. But this is the minimum I have to reach to keep my blog growing.
- Start and grow an email list
- Get blog traffic
- Earn $100
- Join affiliate marketing programs
- Create an Ebook
Depending on how well I do this year, I have another goal of starting a second blog. It might happen at the end of year two or three, based on how well I manage all of my blogging tasks and goals on this blog.
I will have more time on my hands next year, which will give me more time for my business.
I hope these 5 blogging goals for success inspire you to start and grow your blog. It doesn’t matter how slow you go or how much you feel you mess up. The cool thing is you can always get back up and start again and the nice part is you still learn and grow no matter what.
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