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Are you pumped for the Year 2020??
I know I am!
2019 was good, but 2020 is about to be the BEST blogging year ever!
If your blogging progress has been slow in the past year, don’t be discouraged.
Look at it as a year of learning and experience!
Are you ready to take your blog to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL in 2020?
Well, we better set some goals then, shouldn’t we?!
Below are some examples of blogging goals to tick off for a productive year of blogging!
1/ Set up your blog the right way
Start the year with a BANG by making sure your blog is all set up properly, ready for success.
If you are serious about treating your blog like a business, you need to make sure that your blog is self-hosted.
Why is this important?
Well, the main reason for having a self-hosted WordPress blog is you have more control over it. You’ll have total ownership of your blog and therefore, there is no risk of losing your blog to any platform.
You also have the freedom to do what you want with your blog. You can add affiliate links if you want to, customize your blog however you see fit and can blog about whatever you choose!
Readers (and Google) also prefer and trust bloggers with their own domain name.
Making the switch to self-hosting is not as complicated or scary as you think!
I have transferred my websites a few times between different self-hosting servers before settling with Siteground. They are an extremely reliable and fast-loading hosting company. They make it easy to transfer and have great customer support to guide you every step of the way!
2/ Create a solid content marketing strategy
Make sure you get a steady stream of traffic this year by perfecting your marketing strategy.
If you don’t know already, the best and quickest way to get organic traffic to your blog, is from Pinterest.
There are lots of information out there about Pinterest, but if you don’t want to waste any more time trying to figure it all out on your own, I suggest you invest in a quality e-course specifically focusing on generating traffic with Pinterest marketing.
The one I always recommend and LOVE is Ana’s super affordable e-book Making Pinterest Possible. It’s perfect for beginners and lays EVERYTHING out for you so you can stop being confused and overwhelmed, and actually start seeing good Pinterest traffic going to your blog.
3/ Step up your SEO game
The one thing I regret with my first blog, was not focusing on SEO sooner.
Getting traffic from Google certainly won’t happen overnight, but it is so rewarding, so make it a blogging goal in 2020 to step up your SEO game!
4/ Diversify your Blog Income
There are so many ways to make money with your blog!
It’s always a good idea to diversify your blog income and have different income streams.
If you are currently just making money with ads, try dipping your feet in affiliate marketing.
This course helped me when I wanted to step out into the affiliate marketing world.
Or you could try collaborating with brands.
Or selling your own products.
Your earning potential is limitless in blogging! It’s all in your hands, so make it worthwhile in 2020!
5/ Make Self-care one of your blogging goals
Working hard on your blog in 2020 may be a big goal of yours, but what is equally important is taking care of yourself!
Sometimes it’s easy to get carried away with doing blogging tasks, and you can sit for hours without taking a rest.
But don’t do this!
Make sure you are taking regular breaks, eat healthy meals, drink lots of water, exercise, sleep well and keep your social life active.
If you don’t look after yourself, physically and emotionally, it will eventually catch up to you and you don’t want to get to that point!
Besides, you will perform better when you are your best self!
Your health NEEDS to be your priority this year, got it girl?
6/ Set plans to reach your blogging goals
Let’s stop thinking and start doing this year!
Are you one of those people that have tons of awesome ideas, but then you research and think through every possible step and outcome? And by the time you do so, it just seems like you’ve missed the boat or you jump onto another idea… and then the cycle starts again??
Yeah, that was pretty much me as well.
But not anymore!
The best way to combat this over-thinking is just to write it all out.
Write out all the things you want to achieve and the actionable steps you need to take in order to ACTUALLY achieve them. Then, prioritize the goals in order of importance. After you have done that, get to it!
Don’t toss and turn over an idea, just do it. Trust me, you will be WAY MORE productive that way.
7/ Revamp your brand image
As a beginner blogger, you may not have your brand or image all worked out yet (and that’s okay).
But as you get deeper into this blogging world, you start to feel more comfortable, you find your own voice and you start to get a sense of who you are as a blogger.
You can make it a blogging goal this year to figure out your “look”.
There are many WordPress themes out there, free and paid.
When choosing a theme that you like, make sure it is functional and responsive. It also needs to be mobile-friendly, easy to navigate, simple and pleasing to the eye.
Then you might want to decide what you want as your brand:
Remember, don’t over complicate things. Keep it simple and clean!
8/ Grow your tribe
If growing your tribe and your subscriber list was not a priority in the past year, make it one in the new year!
Yes I know many bloggers go on about how important it is to grow a following and have an engaged email list, but it’s because it IS important.
Your email list subscribers belong to you. You have full control over your list – it’s not owned by any platform so you don’t have to be worried about your followers being all wiped out one day.
The people who take the extra step to subscribe to your email list like you and trust you. That’s why your subscribers are more likely to be action-takers, and therefore, customers!
Having email subscribers also allows you to form a close relationship with your audience.
You need to nurture your list and continuously provide them with valuable content.
9/ Invest in self-education to keep learning
If you know me, you’ll know what I think about self-education, and that is, do NOT be afraid to invest in self-education.
As a blogger, you need to be responsible for your own success.
Bloggers wear many hats – there are so many things that we need to know about. We need to keep learning so that we can keep relevant and not get left behind.
Sure there’s lots of free resources and information out there these days. But nothing beats a GOOD quality paid course. It’ll save you so much time and confusion, which to some, is more valuable.
If the paid resource is good, you’ll recover the expense in the form of income anyway!
So make it one of your blogging goals to learn more this year!
10/ Audit your blog and update old content
When was the last time you went through your whole site and did a little tidy up?
It is important to go through your site every once in a while to make sure everything is still how you like it.
Make sure there are no broken links, expired affiliate links/discounts, old information, unnecessary plug-ins and widgets.
You may even want to spruce up your about me page a little more!
If a reader finds a broken link or out-dated information, it makes your blog seem unprofessional and unkempt. You don’t want that image!
With some of these blogging goals in place, I am confident that you will be able to take your blog to greater heights in the new year.
You just need to buckle down and focus.
The year 2020 is going to be a huge year for you, I can feel it!
What are your blogging goals for 2020?
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