It’s now 2011 and we have a whole year ahead of us to make something of our blogs, so what are we going to do about it? I’m not one to make any New Years resolutions and I’m definitely not one to set any goals, but I know that setting goals can be an important tool for many. I also know that although there are many bloggers who achieve their goals there are just as many, nope that’s not quite right, there’s probably more who don’t.
The question is, why aren’t these bloggers achieving their goals? Let’s face facts here shall we, if you’re not achieving your goals there’s no point blaming anyone else because the fault is entirely your own. Perhaps you’re simply setting your goals too damn high? This comes as no surprise when you consider that the reason so many bloggers dream of financial freedom is because they read of how all these other bloggers are doing it? What they need to realize is that not all of what they’ve read is the truth. A lot is an exaggeration of the truth and some is just utter bullshit! Why do they do it? The obvious answer is that they’re trying to sell you something and that something is usually the idea that they know something that you don’t. That they have the secret to success and they’re willing to share it with you.
That’s right, the key to success and all it will cost you is your name and email address. They will even sweeten the deal by offering you a free Ebook, one filled with enough knowledge to get you started on the road to success but it won’t take you the whole way, for that you will need a detailed map and unfortunately that’s gonna cost you some dollars. Naturally you don’t mind paying for something that works, it’s just that most of the time what you get isn’t all you thought it would be.
Anyway, enough waffling on, it’s time for me to tell what you need to do when setting your goals for 2011.
Don’t Aim Too High!
This is the number one mistake most people make when setting goals. I reckon that this is the main reason why so many blogs disappear from the blogosphere in such a short time. Those who start a blog thinking it’s an easy path to riches are usually the ones that give up when things don’t go the way they expected it to.
Baby Steps Is The Key
When your mom popped you out like a watermelon seed you didn’t just start running trying to get away from that nipple now did you? And for those guys out there who’re saying they never tried to get away because they love sucking on a nipple, get a grip guys it’s your mom for goodness sake. No, from the moment of conception you had to learn in stages, you had to learn to crawl before you could walk. You had to learn individual words before you could form a sentence, and even then it took time to learn how to string a sentence together so that it made perfect sense.
Blogging isn’t any different and so when making goals you should do them in stages. This really goes hand in hand with the first point I made. Your goal may be to become self sufficient but there is no way in hell that’s going to happen in the first year. Shit I hardly made a dime in the first year and if I hadn’t developed a love for blogging I would have been among all those others who had given up.
- Keeping this in mind you first goal would be to make sure that you set up your blog so that it’s the best it can be before you go out there promoting it. As you know I will normally follow bloggers back to their blog so as to reciprocate the comment and there have been times when all I see is the default WordPress theme. They hadn’t even taken the time to do their first post :bigsurprise_ee: :thumbdown_tb:
- Once your blog is up and running with a handful of quality posts, a very achievable goal, then and only then you should set your next goal, to drive traffic to your blog. The best way to do this is to spend a lot of time visiting other blogs leaving quality well structured comments behind. You do this right and not only will you build your brand showing others you’re a competent blogger who knows what hes talking about, you will also build traffic and links back to your blog. Done correctly I’ve found it to be the best way to Get More People To Comment On Your Blog
- Your third goal could well be to start making money but again I think it’s best to do this in stages of achievable goals. Perhaps your first one would be to to make enough money blogging so that you’re actually making a profit. This means that all it has to do is make enough money to cover your hosting costs and such. One you’ve attained that goal you set the next one which is a little higher and then achieving that you set the next one each time increasing your revenue stream.
As you can see each goal that I’ve set out above is very attainable. Every time you achieve that goal you will gain confidence and that confidence is the foundation block that will set you on the right path to attaining all future goals as long as you don’t set that bar too high.