Blogging is a great way to share what you’re doing with the world and earn money online. But it can also be overwhelming if you don’t have a plan for achieving your goals, or even if you don’t know where those goals should be going in the first place! The good news is that there are plenty of ways to set short-term and long-term blogging goals so that they’ll help you stay on track throughout this journey.
Set 1 – 3 year goals.
Setting a short-term goal is great, but it’s also important to have long-term ones too.
For example, I’m currently working on my ebook “Blogging ebooks” series and one of my upcoming projects will be to write an ebook about starting your own blog.
Setting long-term goals takes time and effort—you have to make sure they’re achievable so they don’t overwhelm you or become overwhelming if they fail.
You also want them challenging but realistic so that you’re able to keep pushing forward when things get tough!
Have a plan for achieving those goals with smaller milestones.
You should have a plan for achieving your goals, but it’s also important to set smaller milestones along the way.
For example, If you want to reach 10,000 views by the end of this month, you might set yourself up with a goal like: “I will achieve 20,000 subscribers by December 31st. 2023”
Then once that date rolls around and you’re still at 7000 views, tell yourself: “OK! I got halfway there!”
Then once again on January 1st—and still only at 8000 views
Tell yourself: Wow! I really surprised myself with how fast my blog grew!
It was great!
Now let’s say that instead of focusing on getting more subscribers per day through traffic generation strategies like ads or PPC campaigns that cost money. You decide instead that my goal is simply adding 10 new readers each week over several months until I reach 1000 total readers by August 2023.
Plan how often you will publish new posts.
The next thing to consider is “How often you will publish new posts”.
You don't want to publish too frequently or your readers will forget about you, but you also don't want too infrequently that they get bored and stop coming back.
In general, the best practice is to post once or twice every week—this way readers have time between their last visit and the next one, If they come back.
Create a schedule and keep to it.
Now that you’ve got your blog set up, it’s time to make sure that you’re actually doing the things that need doing.
- Set a schedule and stick to it. This may sound obvious, but it’s easy for us bloggers who are used to working on our own schedules (or those of our partners) to forget this step entirely. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from blogging as well as other jobs in my life, it’s that schedules are incredibly important—and if they aren’t followed then everything else falls apart too!
- Be realistic about how much time you can devote to blogging each day/week/month. Especially if your goal is long-term; otherwise, all those goals will go out the window when something comes up which requires more attention than usual or prevents hitting a deadline altogether.
In order for me personally not just start but keep going with my blog posts every day, I needed at least two hours every day available for writing or researching new topics before work began each weekday morning at 6 AM sharp!
Set long-term goals.
If you’re not sure how much time you’ll have to work on your blog and what the next step should be, set some short-term milestones that will help guide you in the right direction.
- Set a goal of reaching 20 new readers per month by October 2023.
- Set a goal of earning $200/month through advertising revenue by December 2023.
Keep long-term goals in mind when planning short-term tasks.
When you’re planning your blog, keep long-term goals in mind. The most important thing to remember is that your short-term tasks should be driven by the long-term goals you’ve set for yourself.
Long-term goals should be specific and measurable. If a goal seems too vague or imprecise, then it's probably not worth pursuing at all because no one can tell whether or not you have achieved your stated objective!
If you have an idea of what success looks like but aren’t sure if it’ll happen in the next year or two, ask yourself whether this is really something worth doing right now?
Set both realistic and aspirational goals for your blog at all times.
Your goals should be realistic, but also aspirational.
If you’re setting a goal to do backlinks building and guest posts together, then that’s probably not going to happen unless you have lots of spare time on your hands.
On the other hand, if you want people to think about what they could do differently in their own lives and businesses, then setting an aspirational goal is much better suited for your needs.
It’ll help keep up motivation as well as inspire others around them!
Connect your blog to your life’s purpose or mission.
If you don’t know what your life’s purpose is, start by reflecting on what you want to achieve in the next year.
Once you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve, write it down and put it somewhere where you’ll see it every day such as on an office wall or fridge door.
This will help keep the focus on why we are doing this blog in the first place!
Review and make necessary adjustments to your plans as needed.
It’s important to review your progress on a regular basis and make necessary adjustments to timelines or plans as needed.
- If you’re behind on a task, don’t be afraid to change your plans.
- If you are ahead of schedule, don’t be afraid to double down on the effort!
- Take someone else’s help to keep tabs on what’s going on with your blog posts.
This way, they’ll know if one of them is taking too long or needs some tweaking before moving forward with another post idea.
You may need to brainstorm new content strategy with that person. It may help you come up with some fresh ideas that would work well within your niche audience!
Don’t be afraid to adapt plans or change them completely.
You can always change your mind about what you want. This is a good thing!
It means that as you progress, your goals will also change and evolve, adding new elements to them that weren’t there before.
In fact, it’s essential for long-term success on any goal-setting journey.
- Don’t be afraid to make changes when necessary!
- Don’t be afraid of adapting plans that aren’t working for you.
- Don’t be afraid of changing your mind about what it is that YOU WANT!
You need to focus on where you want your blog to go short term and over time.
Blogging is a rewarding experience, but it can also be an overwhelming one.
You have to set goals and make sure that you’re working towards them consistently. If you don’t have a plan, then your blog will just be another thing on your list of things that you haven’t done yet.
Setting short-term goals is critical because they help keep your mind focused on what needs to be done next and how much time remains before those deadlines pass.
Longer-term goals are important too—they give motivation for continuing onward with the project even when there are difficult times ahead because they’ll show how far along you have come as a professional blogger!
If you want to succeed at blogging, you need to keep your goals in mind at all times. Don’t get so wrapped up in the minutiae of your day-to-day life that they don’t come through on the blog!
This can be hard when things aren’t going well in real life, but remember: when things are going well and everyone is happy, there may not be as much time left!
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