How Setting Your Goals Leads To Success
This site’s focus is to help you blog. But, these principles on setting your goals can apply to any aspect of life. They are simple, action-oriented, steps to make sure you stay on top of life.
We will dive into the top ten steps to creating a blog in the coming lessons. But for now,let’s think realistic, yet challenging goals to achieve. To start they will not focus on traffic volume or an amount of income; those things take time.
A big step in making an income from a website or blog is setting your goals. Without goals, we will get off track and lose focus on what we are trying to achieve. This is difficult, and anyone telling you otherwise may only be out for your money.
“Everybody has their own Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.” – Seth Godin
Why Set Goals?
Setting goals is very important if you wish to achieve anything. Certain tasks take only a small amount of goal setting. Such as riding every roller coaster in an amusement park. A goal to set could be to ride a specific number of coasters by a specific time of day, or a certain number of coaster each hour.
Others, like creating an awesome blog, take a good deal more in setting your goals. This because the larger tasks have more moving parts, so to speak, then the smaller ones. For blogging, we need to plan out every post. Think about what content and images we will use, and what keywords we are trying to rank. Those are a few of the goals you may choose. What about our social media? Our email newsletter? The bigger the task the more goals you will need.
Two Types of Goals For Your Blog
Step 1: Setting Blog Lifetime Goals
Lifetime goals for you blog may include a certain number of visitors each month, a set income produced from the blog, or taking what you know on a speaking tour. There are many long term or lifetime goals you can set for your blog. Sit down and flush this out, it will help you align your smaller goals with those bigger, lifetime goals.
Step 2: Setting Smaller Blog Goals
These goals will help you achieve your big, lifetime blog goals. Examples are, getting your first ten email subscribers, hitting fifty followers on twitter, or writing your first twenty-five blog posts. These are not huge, adjust them once you reach the goal. Example, once you write your first twenty-five blog posts set your sights on the next twenty-five. Made it to one hundred twitter followers? Now shoot for two hundred!
3 Goal Ideas For First Time Bloggers
1. Total Amount of Time to Give to Building my Website?
This is big, any legitimate blogger will be honest and tell you, the more you can give the better you will be.
Whether you are unemployed or working a full-time job there needs to be a set number of hours per week you will devote to your new online business. The majority of successful Internet Marketers will tell you to put in at least 10 hours a week for six to twelve months.
I’d prefer to see something around fifteen or twenty hours a week, but I know this may be hard for someone working forty hours at a ‘real’ job. So make sure you can devote at least 10 hours per week. That is only two hours a day five days a week, add two more days and you are already at fourteen hours per week.
2. How much money am I able to invest?
Internet Marketing takes cash to get started even though it’s inexpensive.
So making sure you have a set number you can commit to your new online business is a superb idea. Somewhere between $100 and $300 should be good to put aside for things like a domain name, web hosting, and useful tools or advertising.
3. Where do I want to be in a year?
Do you want to be doing this full-time or part-time?
It’s a big question and if you put dedication, time, and effort, this could turn into a full-time job. For now, we are aiming for extra income on the side. But, that does not mean you can’t make your goal to be a full-time blogger.
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis
Stick to Your Path
- S – Specific
- M – Measurable
- A – Attainable
- R – Relevant
- T – Time-based
Let’s use SMART in an example. First, we need a specific goal, we’ll use “reach 500 twitter followers.” Now we check if we can measure said goal. Yes, the total of twitter followers is measurable.
Is the goal attainable? Yes, many people have 500 followers and the biggest names have millions of followers.
Is the goal relevant? Yes, this goal is relevant, the more followers we have the more connections we can make with readers and potential readers.
Is this goal time-based? Nope, to make this time bound let’s change our goal to be, “reach 500 twitter followers in 3 months.”
Key Points to Setting Your Goals
Set Lifetime Goals
Have a few lofty goals to keep you aiming where you want to be. Use these lifetime goals to shape your smaller goals.
Set Smaller Goals
These goals are attainable but make you work. Set them up, it will help you work towards your lifetime goals in a stair stepped manner.
This framework for setting your goals is awesome for getting goals onto paper that are actionable and attainable. Use SMART to stay focused and centered on knocking out those small and lifetime goals.
“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” – Napoleon Hill
What is your main goal for you new blog? Keep it specific and not “make money”.