January 5, 2011, 5:00 am

What Are Your 5 Blogging Goals For 2011?

by: The Financial Blogger    Category: Alternative Income,Make Money Online
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Hey guys,

During the Holidays, I always take some time off from blogging and ask myself the following question: What will be the 3 things I will do with my blog in 2011?

While doing this exercise, I try to avoid the regular BS resolutions such as:

– writing better posts

– commenting on other blogs

– be more active on forums

– etc.

These resolutions are like the ones we make on New Year’s Eve:

– eat healthier

– go to the gym

– be a nice person

We can’t achieve them because they are too general and because there are no specific objectives. If you want to achieve something, you need to have SMART goals. If you can’t measure, you can’t truly say that you have achieved something, right? Going to the gym is as easy as going once but losing 10 pounds for December 31 2011 is something different!

I’m curious to know what your goals for your blogs will be in 2011.

Here are mine:

#1 Get over 250,000 visits per month with my blog network (currently at 200K)

There are not many ways to increase traffic. The most common are:

–         Writing good content

–         Commenting on other blogs

–         Doing keyword research in order to get more traffic

–         Doing promotion via Twitter and Facebook

With the help of my 2 Virtual Assistants and more time to write, I am convinced that 2011 will be a terrific year in terms of traffic.

#2 Write a free ebook and have 500 downloads

I have been thinking about writing an ebook for several months now. But thinking doesn’t rhyme with writing ;-). This is why I have decided to write about this project on my blog. Now I need to do it! Why write a free ebook? Because I want to share my knowledge and improve my blogs’ visibility. There is nothing better than offering good, free content to do so ;-). The ebook will probably be related to investments.

#3 Create my first product (ebook) and sell 100 copies

While I want to write a free ebook, I also want to increase my revenue! I am accumulating some great content that’s worth paying for access. With the success I recently had with my pillar post, I am tempted to write more insightful content and package it in a way that younger bloggers will find great benefits.

#4 Create 10 niche websites and make a minimum of $100 per month with each of them.

Since we are pretty strong in the PF blogosphere, we want to diversify our business with more specific sites. Several bloggers are talking about niche websites, I’ll give it a try on my end. We are already working on 2 niche websites at the moment and they should be complete within the next month or so. Then, it will be a matter of making a few bucks out of them while getting 8 more great ideas for the other websites.

#5 Switch The Financial Blogger’s direction from Personal Finance Blog to a PF/Online income blog

I think this one is pretty obvious as I have been talking more and more about my venture while leaving several personal finance topics to my other blogs. Here’s how I want to spread my blogs:

The Financial Blogger: passive income, career, make more money with less effort, investment, make money with the internet

The Dividend Guy Blog: all about dividend stocks, investment strategies and stock analysis

Green Panda Treehouse: A young and dynamic approach for beginners in the world of personal finance

Do Not Wait: A reference in terms of retirement planning for DIY investors

Intelligent Speculator: Techno stocks and ETF commentary

As you can see, we have a pretty definite line for each of our sites and I hope that you will find what you are looking for within our network. This is going to be a fun and exciting year!

What About You? What Are Your Goals?

Do you have anything in mind for the upcoming year? What you really want to achieve?

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Comments

sounds like you have a busy year ahead of you. I am looking forward to posts updating us on the status of these goals.

It is important to recognize that each blog will have a certain audience.

What is the difference in length between the free and paid eBooks?

by: The Financial Blogger | January 5th, 2011 (7:49 am)

Jaymus,

those are only the main goals, you have no idea how big this year will be for my blogs ;-D I really want to crush it this time!

We wrote about our goals late last month (link in my name).
We want to increase our readers. We’ve networked pretty well we think, but we will do some things like:
– contests to gain subscribers where we donate in the winners name to a charity of their choice
– attempt the 100 Mile Diet and write about it
– attempt to post a Sustainable Living Tip on a daily basis
We are going to continue to network and start doing and receiving guest posts.
I am going to figure out how to make some money from our blog, but we think that if we keep up our efforts, this will occur – but we don’t want to ignore monetization.
And finally, yes, we have the “BS resolution” – continue to write good content. 😉

Great goals. Sounds like you have your work cut out for you, but you seem to be doing really well anyways. Keep us posted on how these goals pan out.

@ Steve,
I could actually produce 2 paid ebooks but I want to learn from the free ebook experience first and then, be ready to offer a paid product.

Sounds like great and very achievable goals, TFB.

I have a feeling you’ll crush these goals by mid-year. That’s my prediction 😉

Great goals! I’m hoping to do some similar things (setting traffic goals, download/purchase goals, niche site goals). Right now I’m most focused on revenue from my online business. First things first: STARTING the online business officially.

You have some great ideas here… I love your traffic. I’d be happy if I can hit 100,000 a month!

Very inspiring. How many people are you working with in order to create the niche sites? Personally, I’m very conscientious of not getting ‘blogged out” so I think of myself a bit like a tortoise. Slow and constant. I am working on an ebook series to add to my “20 Minute Guide to Investing.” Additionally, I am looking to guest write on some mainstream blogs. And to add to my first You Tube video.

by: The Financial Blogger | January 8th, 2011 (11:06 pm)

I work with my 2 VA’s on the niche sites. 2 of them will be finished by the end of January. We will then wait a few months and see how it goes. If it works, we will jump on it and create others. it will be a great learning experience.

I look forward to reading that e-book. This is the first time I’ve visited your site, but I’m inspired by your motivation to rock the blogworld. How much time do you figure you spend blogging each week?

by: The Financial Blogger | January 9th, 2011 (9:28 am)