I know when I first started blogging I had all kinds of goal-oriented questions. What should I do first? What should I do next? This is where I’m at now – is that good, or bad? Where should I be tomorrow? While each blog and each blogger’s goals are different, it does help to have at least a few milestones to help gauge your progress. So here are 9 first-step goals for new bloggers to help you get started.
Set The Following Goals
1/ Blog Posts – Have 10 published and 10 more written and scheduled to publish. This gives you time to work on some other goals.
2/ Comments – Get that first comment from someone other than your mother, spouse, or friend. This may mean tweaking your posts to include a stronger call to action and you may have to get out there and promote your posts in social networks. You want one comment from a stranger.
3/ Links – Get that first link from another blogger. First, you’ll need a post that’s worth linking to, and then you’ll probably have to go find a blogger to give you that link. Again, promote your post in social networks if you don’t already have connections with other bloggers.
4/ Traffic – Get 20 unique visitors a day. Don’t try for 100, or 1,000 or 10,000 because that’s unrealistic and you’re setting yourself up for failure. Your first goal is to do what it takes to get 20 unique visitors a day.
5/ RSS Subscribers – Get 20 RSS subscribers. Again, keep it at 20 so it’s attainable. Use a call to action at the bottom of your posts, write a post that tells your readers the benefits of subscribing and how to subscribe, and start a series post – it’s one of the best ways to build subscriptions.
6/ Google – Get your blog on the Google index. This should be easy. If it’s not, if you find your blog isn’t appearing on the index for any of your URLs, then look at your privacy settings on your dashboard to make sure you’ve made your blog visible to the search engines.
7/ Money – Your first goal is just to make $1 per week – consistently – for a month. That first sale is the toughest, and it’s sometimes a fluke.
8/ Guest Blog – Get one Guest Post published on another blog. This sounds easy but a lot of bloggers are afraid to even try. Step out of your comfort zone, find a relevant blog, and send them a guest post. Trust me, it gets easier.
9/ Sharing – Get one person to Tweet your post on Twitter or Share it on Facebook. These are the two most popular social networks. Use a call to action at the end of your post to encourage sharing and make sure your Twitter and Facebook sharing buttons work.
This is just the first round of goals you’ll want to set for yourself, although you may come up with several more. Once you’ve accomplished one, set another. For example, once you have 20 unique visitors arriving consistently every day, bump your next goal up to 40 or 50 and do whatever it takes to make it happen.
Beginning bloggers often make the mistake of setting unrealistic goals to start with and when they don’t hit those goals right off the bat they think they’ve failed. Instead, choose smaller, more manageable goals, and set yourself up for success.