Have you started planning for 2017?
Do you have specific goals that you want to accomplish with your blog in the new year?
In this episode, I will walk you through some actionable steps to help you plan for a successful blogging year in 2017.
Before taking the journey of planning for 2017, it’s important to look back at 2016. I recommend asking yourself two questions:
Think through all of the successes you’ve had during this year – big or small.
Write those things down. Doing this will help you prioritize what you will focus on in the new year.
In addition to doing some simple brainstorming, I recommend looking through your Google Analytics to see what traffic sources were effective.
In Google Analytics, go to “Acquisition > All Traffic > Channels”.
This will show you which traffic sources are responsible for the bulk of your traffic.
Then, click on “Social” to determine which social networks have sent you the most traffic.
Lastly, go to “Acquisition > All Traffic > Referrals” to find out what other sites or blogs have sent you traffic.
When it comes to growing your blog, one of the easiest ways to get leverage is by focusing on what’s already working, instead of moving on to something new.
What didn’t work in 2016?
Let’s face reality. Everything you try won’t work. And it’s time to let some of those things go.
Think about what didn’t work and make some of the tough decisions.
One of the things I work on with all of my coaching clients is creating SMART goals.
This is an acronym that goes as follows:
Once you’ve determined what your goals are, it’s time to break them down. I highly recommend taking your yearly goals and breaking them down by quarter, month, and even week.
If you want to get all intense, go ahead and break it down by day. Losing 30 lbs sounds like a whole lot. Losing 7.5 lbs per quarter sounds way easier. And losing 0.6 lbs/week sounds like a walk in the park.
Breaking down each goal will make your goals seem more achievable.
Now that you’ve set goals, it’s time to plan exactly what you will do to achieve each goal.
I recommend coming up with 3 things that you can do to help you accomplish each goal.
This is where the magic happens. It will give you an action plan for turning your dreams into reality.
The year is almost over, and 2017 will be here in no time. Don’t go into the new year blindly.
Instead, take the steps I outline in this episode to help take your blogging business to the next level.
Go ahead and leave your answers in the comments section below.