How To Set Realistic Blog Goals you’ll ACTUALLY Achieve
Goal setting is a very important part of life (both personal and professional) as it helps you stay motivated, be more productive and so much more.
Blogging goals are no different!
They motivate you to keep going and working on your blog.
You feel so much more productive as you have something to “work” towards.
Setting blog goals is the best motivator to work smarter and better to reach your blogging dreams.
But only if you set the RIGHT goals.
Goals that will actually MOTIVATE you, NOT make you feel like a failure.
And that’s what this post is about!
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I’m here to help you set the right goals for your blog and show you how to reach them, step-by-step.
Also, I just wanted to mention that these tips aren’t only about blogging goals, you can apply them to any area of your life.
I just wrote this post with blog goals in mind and used blogging examples.
Beginner blogger’s guide to setting realistic blog goals
What is your main blog goal?
(aka your fundamental objective)
Before you start thinking about setting your blogging goals, answer this question:
What is your main blogging goal?
Why did you start your blog? What do you want to achieve with your blog?
You need to figure out your WHY.
What the main purpose of your blog is.
And then go from there.
Everything you will ever do on your blog and every goal you will set should be done with your fundamental objective in mind.
To bring you closer to it.
How to achieve your blog goals
Now that you know exactly what your main blog goal is, it’s time to work on achieving it.
Here are the steps you need to take in order to achieve your goal sooner and in the most effective way possible.
Turn your goal into a SMART goal
The first step is to turn your goal into a SMART goal.
If you aren’t familiar with the term “SMART goals” it’s simply an acronym and it stands for
- S: specific
- M: measurable
- A: achievable
- R: realistic
- T: timely
For a goal to be a SMART goal it needs to fit within all of these 5 criteria.
SMART goals are here to help you set better goals so you have a higher chance of achieving them.
Here’s s an example goal:
Make money blogging.
Now let’s turn that goal into a SMART goal.
Make $1,000 a month blogging within 24 months.
Do you see the difference between these goals?
Do you see why “make money blogging” isn’t a good goal?
When you know exactly what your goal is and have a time frame, it’s so much easier to work towards reaching that goal.
Create a plan
After you set a SMART blogging goal it’s time to start working on that goal.
Create a plan for the exact steps and tasks you need to do in order to achieve your goal.
Write everything down to a T.
Because the moment you write down your goals they become more “real” and, in a way, you feel obligated. achieve them.
Having your blogging goals written down keeps you accountable and prevents you from forgetting them.
Just think, how many times did you set a goal and two weeks later completely forgot about it? yeah, same…
That’s why it’s so important to write it down and put it somewhere where you can see it to remind you everyday.
Break down your blog goals
When it comes to your main blog goal it’s a goal that takes time and work.
It’s not something you will reach fast.
That’s why it’s important to break down your goal into smaller goals.
Break it down into daily, weekly, monthly, yearly goals.
Otherwise, you will feel overwhelmed and disappointed that you “still” haven’t reached your goals.
Manage your time wisely
Do you ever feel like there are not enough hours in the day?
Yeah, me too!
There are so many blogging tasks to do everyday, from doing research to writing content to promoting your content, to social media, to emails, and so much more.
But not all of those tasks are equally important.
As the Pareto principle (or the 80/20 rule) says, 20% of the input creates 80% of the result.
The 80/20 rule can be applied to blogging as well, meaning that only 20% of the work you put into your blog will give you 80% of the result.
How do you know what that 20% is?
Write down everything you need to do in order to achieve your goal.
Figure out which of those things will get you closer to your goal in the least amount of time.
And spend the majority of your time on those tasks.
What’s left spend on other tasks.
Track your progress
Tracking your progress is another important part of achieving your blog goals.
That’s where setting smaller goals comes in handy.
At the end of every week/month/year look at the goals you set and see where you are.
Which goals you achieved, which ones you almost achieved, which ones you weren’t even close to reaching.
Tik off the goals you achieved (is there a better feeling than that? ), the ones you were close to transfer to the next cycle and expand.
For the goals you weren’t even close to achieving, think about why that was.
If they were maybe too big and too ambitious try breaking them down a little bit or spend more time on them in the future.
It’s so important and helpful to revisit your goals and track them to see how far you’ve come and how much more you have until you reach them.
How to set and achieve your blogging goals -conclusion
Achieving your blogging goals starts with looking at the big picture and setting your fundamental objective.
You need to figure out what you want out of your blog, your why.
And from there you set yourself blogging goals that will get you closer and help you achieve your main goal.
Once you figure that out it’s easier to determinate what things are worth focusing on and what will bring you the most value.