I’ve started multiple blogs in the past and most of them failed. I currently only have one other blog that is still running and through trial and error, I was successfully able to reach a decent amount of traffic every month. However, I created the website without really any structure or focus. This is one mistake that a lot of bloggers make. A lot of times with blogging people set certain goals for their blogs, but they aren’t realistic. So I plan on setting realistic goals for myself and following through with working up towards those goals overtime. With starting a blog, it is important to set blog goals for yourself and to reflect on the things that you’ve worked on and could focus on.
Here is a list of the 7 blog goals that I’ve set for myself with starting a new blog;
- Use SEO to grow an organic reach for my website.
- Post at least 52 posts within a year of starting this blog.
- Have a mixture of keyword content and relatable content.
- Grow a decent following of collectively 12,000+ people on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, & Instagram.
- Invest in tools, books, and courses to increase my growth.
- Reach a point where I am making at least $500 a month from this blog alone.
- Participate in at least 10 sponsorships.
- Reach at least 30,000 sessions a month.
Use SEO to grow an organic reach for my website.
I keep reading different articles about search engine optimization and how to apply it so that my content can rank on Google. To be honest, I still feel like I am somewhat confused about the ways in which people are able to rank their pages on Google. However I do know that backlinks, the application of keywords, social shares, and content length plays a part in ranking on page 1 of Google for a specific keyword.
Post at least 52 posts within a year of starting this blog.
I am hoping that I can update my blog at least once a week. If I am consistent I will have at least 52 posts by this time next year.
Have a mixture of keyword content and relatable content.
My blog is a lifestyle blog which means I will talk about a variety of topics to help others as well as to inform and entertain. I am going to try to focus on using keywords and helping more so than focusing on other topics that I personally care about. I feel like this was something I didn’t do well with my other blogs in the past. I didn’t really make the attempts to help people in daily life. I was more so focused on sharing things that I liked or wanted which wasn’t really beneficial to my viewers.
Grow a decent following of collectively 12,000+ people on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, & Instagram.
I currently have a somewhat decent following. I am debating on creating and growing pages specifically for this blog. That way people will be able to follow my content on the social sites that they are more comfortable with using.
Pinterest – 5722 followers with 5.4 million monthly viewers
Twitter – I have 2 accounts; 1448 followers & 766 followers
Facebook – I haven’t started my page yet, but I plan on starting it this month.
Instagram – 57 followers
My current social media following total = 7,993 followers
The only social media sites that I have been actively interacting on is Pinterest and Twitter. I have grown a pretty active and engaging following on the both of those and I am hoping to increase that growth.
Invest in tools, books, and courses to increase my growth.
I am a big believer on doing research (even though a lot of times I don’t apply it completely). I used to be extremely cheap when it came to blogging. I wanted to be able to blog for free about whatever I wanted while making money off of it. Eventually I realized that in order to make money blogging, I would have to pay for it. With this in mind, I plan on investing in a couple of books that I have had my eye on involving social media as well as Facebook ads. I also plan on investing in some social media scheduling tools. So far I have only used Tailwind which schedules pins on Pinterest and I have been loving it so far.
I would like to take a course or two on affiliate marketing though. I am hoping that it will increase my income with blogging since many bloggers do make a lot of income from affiliates… which leads me to my next focus..
Reach a point where I am making at least $500 a month from this blog alone.
I know for sure that I should be able to make at least $500 a month from this blog alone. I know that it is doable. I actually created a list of topics to discuss and methods for making money with this blog. I think that planning the income sources ahead of time is extremely beneficial when it comes to blogging because you already know in advance what you need to focus on instead of relying on Google Adsense.
Participate in at least 10 sponsorships on this blog.
I would love to obtain paid sponsorships. In the past, on my other blog I would receive free stuff from websites like BzzAgent and Influenster. However, now I would like to actually be paid for reviews and product focuses sometimes.
Reach at least 30,000 sessions a month.
In the past I would really be obsessed with looking at my traffic on Google Analytics. I would focus on the views and not the sessions. To be honest, I do not really know the complete difference of views and sessions or the similarities. However I found this blog post that explains what it is. My main reason for focusing on that many sessions is to be able to join Mediavine, which is a website that runs ads. The minimal session reach to join is 25,000 sessions a month. It’s similar to Google Adsense, but from reviews I have read… they pay much more than Google Adsense. I hope to reach the minimum amount of sessions so that I will be able to join it.
With these blog goals in mind, I feel like I will be able to maintain a steady approach to blogging and be able to reach my goals. I will write a monthly post of my growth and things I’ve worked on every month to show my progress overtime. I’m excited and I can’t wait to see what happens on this journey of starting a blog.
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