When you start to learn how to write a blog post or even how to start a blog from scratch, it might have been inviting and fun. However when starting to do the work already you realize that it is not all fun. It can take up so much of your time especially when you are aiming at just anything and nothing in specific. So in order to manage your time efficiently, you should therefore come up with your own blog goals. These goals will be your guide, like a Northern star, to get you to where you want to go. When you have goals, your focus and resources should be directed towards achieving them. Once you identify your goals, you avoid things that will hinder you to getting to them.
Let’s get you started on how to define your blog goals.
Identify Long Term Goals
First off the list is for your long term goals. These are what you want to see in a few years from now with what you are doing. So if you are starting a blog, then ask yourself how do you want your page to be in the next years to come. Once you have identified your long term blog goals, it would require less effort to identify your smaller and shorter goals. This is because your daily, weekly and monthly goals should be in-lined with what you want to accomplish then in a few years. Ask yourself a hundred times over of what you truly want to do and to happen to your blog. You have to be serious about this if you wish your blog to be beneficial on your end.
Below are examples of long term goals for a blog page:
- Generate an income of at least $3000 monthly.
- Have 10,000 followers on Twitter.
- Have 100,000 views on Youtube vlogs.
- Have 20,000 subscribers on your email list.
- Hit 1 million site visits each day.
Stop selling yourself short and stop thinking negatively that the goal may seem too big and ridiculous. You have a long way to work your way to the top so lay out your best long term goals out there. After all, it is for your welfare so why would you want to limit what you might be able to attain, right?
Have Yearly Goals
After identifying your blog’s long term goals or your vision, the next thing to do is to set yearly goals that will lead you to the fulfilment of those long term goals. If you are just starting up your site, then basically the first year will be dedicated to setting up your blog page and social media platforms. On the next years, it will be more on building engaging content and gaining momentum from site visits and traffic of your viewers.
Examples of what your goals might be on your first year as a blog owner are the following:
- Complete the web design of your WordPress blog page.
- Consistently have one article or post each day or each week.
- Work on your social media presence, hit 10,000 likes or following in Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc.
- Your blog must have at least 5,000 site visits per day.
- Start monetizing the blog already through ads and sponsorships. Make a minimum of $100 a day.
- Be ready with your monthly blog goals.
Set Up Your Monthly Goals
After identifying your annual goals for the blog, strategize your monthly action plan in order to hit the targets at the end of the year. If you wish to have 10,000 likes across all your social media accounts then try to divide the goal on a monthly or quarter basis. Think outside the box of what are the necessary actions you have to do in order to attract followers.
Another example also is finding ways on how you could start making income out of your blog. For example, after your first few months of setting up your website and you started with publishing regular content, you may already want to start monthly income goals. There are tons of marketing strategy out there, and there should be no harm in trying any of those.
Work On Your Weekly Goals
After you have mapped out your monthly goals, your weekly goals should then follow. They are mini versions of the prior and should be aligned with what you want to achieve within that certain month. Say for example, on your first month you want to focus on building your blog. Your weekly goal should include running programs, testing them and tweaking them if there should be any bugs encountered or some things that you want to get modified. Like every any goal, you must maintain metrics so that you will have a basis for comparison later on.
Commit To Your Daily Goals
Lastly, work on having daily goals. Plan your entire week ahead with daily activities that will lead to the completion of your weekly goals. If you intend to publish a blog post at the end of the week, then schedule your week in such a way that you will have a final output at the end of it. Never slack off with your daily goals, commit to completing them and acting them.
Your daily round of activities might look like the ones below:
- Be able to write 200 words or one short article per day. (If you can come up with more, that would be even better.)
- Connect through your social media platforms and post related articles about your niche to keep your audience engage.
- Visualize and review your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly goals.
Whether short term or long term goals, they have to be S M A R T always. Specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bounded. If you cannot measure or quantify the impact of an activity you are doing, then it might be a non-value adding activity. Forget about it and get back to your original blog goals.
Success will never happen in a snap of a finger. Successful bloggers were not born, but they made themselves become one. If you choose to be consistent even when it is not always convenient, definitely you will catch success by its tail.
Have you achieved your blogging goals last year? What are your plans for 2018? Any advice to beginner bloggers who want to start their own blog in the New Year? Share your goals to us by commenting below!
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