Blog goals SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound) goal setting concept presented on blackboard with colorful crumpled sticky notes and white chalk handwriting

[dropcap]S[/dropcap]etting blogging goals is something I have wanted to do for a while. It is scary to put out in public my backlogs and failures, but as a new blogger, I am learning a lot by making mistakes and rectifying them. This might be helpful for me to keep a track on my progress as well as to other bloggers who are trying to make it big like me.

I am a goal oriented person and I strongly believe if I set targets, I will be more driven to accomplish what I need to achieve. This will also help me keep a track of my failures and learn from them.

Progress till now – A Recap

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I had started from wordpress.com. My site went live in January 2017. I was doing pretty ok driving traffic to my page. The best I did was in the month of April where I could reach nearly 3800 views. But soon I realized if I needed to be in the blogging business, I will need to migrate to wordpress.org. Hence my site was migrated and reborn on 7th May 2017.

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Stats on wordpress.com from Feb 2017 to April 2017

Till now my journey has been pretty ok for a new blogger. I am still struggling to bring traffic to my page and I can do much better on that front. The month of July has been a memorable month of my life as I got engaged. But that took a toll on my blog as I could not promote it much on social media.

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Stats after site migrating to wordpress.org

Also from last 2 months, I could not concentrate on writing much with everything going on so I need to focus on increasing number of published posts from this month. Before going further just an overview of articles I have published till date.

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JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJuly
1943521

August Blog Goals: A Look Forward

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When I started blogging, I thought it was just writing and publishing. With time and experience, I realized there is much more to it. Apart from writing, promoting on social media and SEO is a time-consuming task. In fact, I would say it needs to be 20% writing and 80% promoting.

Few of my immediate goals would be:

1. Increase the frequency of publishing post:

I need to publish at least 2 times a week. 3 times a week is ideal, but with promotions it becomes difficult. Lemme start publishing twice a month, then later months I will increase the frequency further.

2. Improve SEO of 5 existing posts:

When I started blogging, I hardly knew anything about SEO. Now I have read a lot and learned a lot about it and I am still learning. I do the required SEO of the new topics I write, but the old posts need improvement in terms of SEO. Out of 25 published articles, I will improve SEO of 5 posts.

3. Verify if all images have proper copyrights:

Copyright laws are quite strict and when I started blogging I was not very sure of the source of images. To my knowledge, I have used stock photos with proper usage rights, but just to be sure of it, I have decided to recheck all images I have used. I will check these for 5 blog posts this month.

4. Optimizing images:

I have recently learnt about image compression and that improves the page load speed. I will optimize images for 5 of my old blog posts.

5. Improve traffic:

I have reached nearly 4000 views in the month of April which was the best month when it accounts for traffic on the page. I need to focus on driving more traffic this month. I aim for 5000 views at least.

6. Engagement in Social Media threads:

I need to be more active on social media and engage in a number of follow threads. Also, I will promote my posts more frequent on social media. That would be at least twice a week.

7. Engaging with followers:

I need to reply to the comments by followers on articles. It is time-consuming but they need to feel related to me and as they are kind enough to take the time to comment on my topics, I need to engage with them more.

8. Social Media Goals:

SOCIAL MEDIA ICONS

Social Media FollowersTill July 2017Aim for August 2017
Facebook551700
Instagram468600
Twitter401500
Pinterest406500
Google+129200
StumbleUpon62100
Bloglovin’83150
Email Subscription89150

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Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.