“Without blogging goal your blog will go nowhere.”
I launch this blog With the aim of making you able to make money blogging. Before start to make money you have to make your blog useful for your readers.
If you don’t setup your blogging goal, it will be difficult for you to make your blog useful.
Blogging is not only writing and publishing content. There are many other things you need to do to make your blog successful. Such as blog design, blog marketing, socializing, blog commenting, engaging with readers, list building, Search engine optimization, etc, etc, etc.
You have to do all these things alone at the beginning. No one will help you at beginning. So, if you don’t setup your blogging goal, you will be overwhelmed at some point. And this can lead you to failure.
But, don’t worry. In this post, I’ll show you how to setup your blogging goal and plan accordingly.
How to setup blogging goal and plan accordingly
I’ll suggest you to do this in a word document. Open a blank word document first.
Set Long Term Goal:
We’ll make this goal for one year. So set the goal for one year.
On the top of the 2nd page of your word document write down “Long Term Goal” as heading. Below the heading write down the deadline you want to achieve the goal by. For example “by June, 2018“.
Now write down 5 goals for the first year of your blogging. Those can be as below:
5 Major Goals to Achieve by deadline
Now write down the 3 major site improvement you want to achieve by deadline. It will be as below:
3 Major Site Improvement I Want to Accomplish by Deadline
As you are blogging professionally you need to setup Traffic and income goal also. Write it down as below:
Traffic and Income goal
Total Monthly Income:
Monthly unique visitor:
Total Email subscriber:
Global Alexa Ranking:
After setting the long term goal you now know that what you should do throughout the year.
In the long term goal you just listed the major tasks which you want to accomplish by the deadline. Every major tasks require other small tasks to do. You can’t do those small tasks in a day or in a month. So you have to plan which small tasks you will do in which month.
Tasks at a Glance:
On the top of the 3rd page of your WordPress document write down “Tasks at a Glance” as heading.
Now separate your small tasks in each month from January to December as below:
January: 1……….. 2…….. 3…….
February: 1……….. 2…….. 3…….
March: 1……….. 2…….. 3…….
April: 1……….. 2…….. 3…….
May: 1……….. 2…….. 3…….
June: 1……….. 2…….. 3…….
July: 1……….. 2…….. 3…….
August: 1……….. 2…….. 3…….
September: 1……….. 2…….. 3…….
October: 1……….. 2…….. 3…….
November: 1……….. 2…….. 3…….
December: 1……….. 2…….. 3…….
Monthly Blogging Goal:
You now know that which tasks you need to do in a specific month.
In the next blank page of your WordPress document write down “Monthly Blogging Goal” as a heading.
Below the heading write down the month’s name and year. Such as “August, 2017“.
Now set the goal for the month as below:
5 Tasks I want to accomplish this month:
3 site improvement I want to accomplish this month
Traffic and Income goal for this month
Gross monthly income:
Monthly unique visitors:
To achieve your monthly goal you have to plan your monthly tasks in weekly basis.
In the next page of your WordPress document write down “weekly planner” as heading.
Below the heading write down the week number of the month. Such as “week 1 of August 2017“.
Now plan for the week as below:
Things to do this week:
Post schedule for this week
For making post schedule you have to decide which day of the week you want to publish your post on. There is nothing wrong to publish only one post in a week. Many successful blogger, like neilpatel, publish only one post in a week. But I publish 3 post in a week. On Saturday, Monday and Thursday.
So, decide first, how many post you want to publish in a week and which day you want to publish it. And plan accordingly.
Do the same for rest of the weeks of the month.
Keep in mind that your weekly planner should be based on the monthly goal.
Daily task (To Do):
Do you remember we left the first page of our WordPress document blank?
On that page, make a “To Do” list for everyday’s tasks. It can be as below:
- Publishing/Scheduling post
- SEO and Traffic (blog commenting, guest posting, Community forum etc)
- Facebook (publish post, participate in Group etc.)
- Twitter (tweeting, following, engaging with follower)
- Work on next post.
If you just plan but don’t track that, you won’t know how you are doing. So track your goal at the end of every month. So that you can plan for the next month effectively.
On a blank page of your WordPress document write down “Monthly Tracker” as heading.
Write down the month’s name below heading. Now write the following things:
Ad network income
Private advertising income:
Freelance writing income:
Direct sales income:
Total monthly visits:
Unique monthly visitors:
Average page views per visit:
Average visit duration:
RANKING & SOCIAL MEDIA
Global Alexa rating:
Us Alexa rating:
You actually completed goal setting and planning for your blog. But I want to include some more thing in your blog planning. That is “Monthly Idea“.
Monthly Post Idea:
In the next page of your WordPress document write down “Monthly idea” as heading. Below the heading, write down month’s name.
I know, you set up category for your blog post. Write them down here as below:
During writing post for your blog, you’ll come up with many other post ideas. You should write those ideas here. Otherwise you’ll forget those ideas later.
You also should keep some time separate to think about your blog in every month. How will you present your blog to your readers? What should you Write? How will you organize your post? Think about it and write those ideas in this section. Do this at the end of every month.
You are almost done. If you want to blog professionally then you have to invest money in your blog. After all, it is your business.
So, keep records of all expenses every month in this goal setting document.
For making your blogging goal setting and planning process easy I’ve made a format of “blog planner” in wordpress document. You can download it here.
Do you have any better idea for setting up blogging goal and blog planning? Please share in comments…