Blogging is a very exciting & adventurous hobby that has turned out to be a very lucrative business for many people all around the world over the past decade or so.
I am a living example, I make decent amount of $ every month from my blogging efforts.
But do you know that only a select few people are able to make something out of their blogging efforts in terms of Revenue and gaining Authority with their blog?
Most bloggers just keep putting efforts, keep pushing blog posts after blog posts in the wrong direction and they end up achieving nothing.
In fact most newbie bloggers quit their blog within 1 year of starting their blog.
Do you know why?
Here is the reason 👉 They don’t do proper Blog Goal Setting.
Yeah you read it right. All those Bloggers either have a bad plan or they never plan.
If you are also one of those bloggers who don’t have a plan or a Blogging goal yet, then don’t worry, I’ll show you how you can map out a perfect plan for your blog that will help you take your blog to the next level.
So are you ready? Let’s explore how to create a plan for your blog.
Blogging is a business like any other business, and Like any other business, blogging also requires strategic planning to keep moving forward in the right direction.
You will be shocked to know that most bloggers struggle to earn even $10 from their blog. and many of them don’t even earn money from their blog.
Here’s a graph that shows How much an average blogger earns in a month.
As you can see from the above Graph that most bloggers don’t even earn $10 in a month, that’s all because they don’t have a proper plan.
That’s why creating a plan for your blog is very very important.
How To Set a Goal For Your Blog
Setting goals is very over overrated and underrated at the same time, some people set unrealistic goals and archive those goals effortlessly, while on the other hand some people struggle to even achieve a small goal.
Do you know why some people achieve their goals and why some people don’t?
It all comes down to the level of commitment they have, Their willingness to Achieve those goals, and Setting the right goals.
For achieving your goals, you have to set the right goals. You have to set small actionable realistic goals that will help you to get closer to your end goal.
Now goals can be categorized into various different types, what you wanna achieve with your blog in long term and short term.
Before we Jump on to setting goals for your blog, you should know what is the Purpose of your blog.
What is the purpose of a blog?
You should why you have started your blog in the first place. Is it to make money? Is is it to help others? Is it to gain popularity?
You should always know what is your motive behind your blog then you can set up effective goals for your blog. It will help you to move forward in the right direction.
People start a blog mainly to share their knowledge with the world, gain some exposure, build a following in a specific niche etc.
You should know what is the purpose behind your blog. is it to make money? is it to build following or is it to Educate your niche audience through your knowledge.
You have to know why you are starting your blog.
Remember The End Goal Of your Blog (Very Important)
Different people may have different different type of end goals.
But overall people have these below type of blogging Goals. These below mentioned Goals can also be Called as End goals.
- To Build a Blog Brand and gaining exposure
- To Make Money
- To help other people through their content
- Just sharing their knowledge and experience with the world
- To connect with like-minded people – Networking
- To live a digital lifestyle
No matter what your end goal is, whether it is to make money or to help other people, you should Always have your end goal in mind.
If you keep your end goal in your mind then you will be able to strategically move forward in the right direction.
For Example if your goal is to just make money, then you already know that you have to make money making articles like Review articles, Sponsored articles, Guest posts, And Deals Article on the other hand if your goal is to build your brand then you should focus on educational posts.
OK I think by now you might have figured out what your end goal with your blog is and why you need to have it.
Now let’s move on to our next step.
Figure out what would take you to your end Goal
Now you have figure out or map out all the things that is going to take you close to your end goal.
It can be figuring out what type of content you need to produce, how much time you are willing to invest, What promotional tactics you will use etc, and how you will work on your blog, and also leaving behind all the things which don’t help.
List down all the things that you will need to get closer to your end Goal.
- Find out how much time you are willing to invest.
- Find out who is your target audience.
- Find out how can you help your target audience, what are their needs and challenges, and how you can help them to overcome those challenges.
- Find out what kind of content you need to produce to help your target audience.
- Find out all the things that don’t help you in your journey in any way, shape, or form and eliminate all of those things.
- Figure out what are all those things that will take you closer to your End blog goal and then start taking small baby steps each and every day because a journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step.
When it comes to blogging these below mentioned points are the most important things for a blog
- Content Creation (Writing Blog Posts)
- Content Optimization (ON Page SEO, Content Updates)
- Content Marketing (Marketing your content on different platforms so that it reaches your target audience)
- SEO (ON Page and OFF Page)
- Paid Marketing, PPC
- Building Engaging Community of people who crave your content
Dividing Your End Goal Into 2 Small Actionable Parts
Now that you have your End Goal In your mind and you also know what would it take for you to get to your end goal, Now it’s time that you strategically develop a strategy for your blog.
And for that we need to Map out Our goals in two different ways.
- Goals under your control
- Goals that are not in your control
Create a Blogging goal for a month or a week for both types of goals stated above i.e goals under control and goals not under control, and mention all those things that you want to accomplish within that time frame.
Write down all the things including how many blog posts you will publish, how much content promotion you will do, what promotion tactics you will use, how much time you will spend in blogging, how much you will post on social media, Write down anything that will take you closer to your end goal.
Write down all the things that you will do for a month, Set a milestone that you have to accomplish those things in a month or a week or whatever the time you set.
Remember: Set small actionable and achievable goals. and as you achieve your goals then the next time raise the bar and set greater number and so on. In this way, your blog will grow a lot faster.
For example – it could be either publishing 4 blog posts a month, posting 10 valuable posts on Facebook groups or it can be anything that moves your blog forward.
Here’s a practical example of a Blogging goal for a month.
|Goals under control||Goals Not in control|
|• No of Blog Posts to publish Per months = 8||No of Visitors per month = 10000|
|• No of Value providing social media posts to publish in a month = 10||No of unique Comments per Blog Post = 15|
|• No of email newsletters to send out in a month = 5||No of social media followers in each Network = 1000|
|• Amount of Time you will spend on Blogging per day = 2 Hours||Money you will Generate in a month – you don’t know how much you will make|
So that’s how you can create small actionable goals for your blog. That will keep pushing you towards your end goal.
Here’s an example goal sheet that i used to have a few days ago.
You can easily design this type of Design in canva.com and the later go ahead and print it in your favorite places.
Now go ahead and create a similar type of blogging goal for your blog.
Write down all that things that you wanna achieve for a month or a week. it could be writing 10 blog posts a month, Sending out 5 email broadcasts to your email list, it could be anything that moves your blog forward and also remember and make sure that those Goals that you set for that month or week actually take you closer to your end goal.
Write down those goals in a piece of paper in the exact same manner as I described In the above table by Creating two different sections – goals under control and goals that are not in kur direct control.
Write down all those goals in a piece of paper and stick it somewhere where you will see it everyday. It could be at the back of your laptop or at the back of your door, or at the door of your fridge etc.
Just make sure that you place your goal in a place from where you can see your goals everyday.
This is how professional Bloggers who blog for a living plan out their blog and make goals for their blog.
If you follow all the steps Mentioned in this article, you will surely and definitely create a Solid Goal for your blog and you will be able to achieve your goal effortlessly.
Now go ahead and get some work done because without putting in the work you can’t expect to get something in return.
FAQs Related to Setting blogging Goals
Is Blogging still worth it in 2020?
Yes and it will surely be in the coming time also, People will still consume textual content in future.
What should be the First-year blog goal?
If this is your first year of Blogging, Consider Putting out as much valuable content for your target audience on your blog as possible, this will attract the most people possible and will also attract some quality backlinks.
Can you actually make money with a Blog?
Yes, Definitely you can. If I can make it possible then you can too. Thousands of people around the people have already proved it too.
What are the most important skills we need to learn as a blogger?
The most important skills that you need to learn as a blogger are:
- Consistency in Publishing Content