A few years back when we started out this blog, we did it for the love of writing and for the love of creating content. It’s true. We never thought that we will ever think about making this a full time thing because we did not know that’s even possible.
Fast forward a few years and this little blog that started out as a passion project, is now ready to be made into a business. Yes. It’s getting real. Because I have had it. I quit my job towards the end of 2018 in hopes of making this blog a full time thing. I could only do it because Nitin, my husband, who is the second half of the website called “tonkingaround” is very supportive. I was not happy in my corporate job and I really wanted to make a change. And he supported me in my decision fully. And last year was spent working on some content but mostly it has not worked out for me because I have been treating this blog as a hobby, still. And maybe that’s because I absolutely love writing. And I have been writing content that makes me happy. I have been writing anecdotes from our married life, which are super fun to write and read but not the best if you want your blog to be making you money. Because in order to grow an audience you need to provide some kind of value, right? And I think I have narrowed it down finally.
And I know it’s March,2020 already and some of you might even wonder what I have been doing for the last year. Well, I could say I have been working on my health, but mostly I have been floating. Floating through life and just going with it. One day at a time. And I absolutely hate it. I hate the idea of not being in control. I am usually quite a control freak and I don’t even know how I let this happen. But I am glad I came to my senses.
I can already say that last year was probably rock bottom for me. I was in a bad place in general. But I am ready to make changes and also ready to make this blog into business. I am hoping that by the end of this year I will have turned this blog into a business and be earning close to my full time income, because I am ready.
I have done my research and I have spent days on this laptop reading about blogs and how people grow and how people earn full time income from their blogs. And I have been taking Notes. For real.
So here goes nothing. If you feel like you want to take your blogging career further and turn it into a business, keep reading as I take you through my Goals for March,2020:
Goal 1: Get 5,000 Page views
The first goal is to get 5,000 page views. I know it sounds like a lot for the first month but I think it is not impossible. And I am all about pushing myself. And it’s not like it’s actually my first month blogging. I just want to take this blog and turn it into a business and I am considering March my first month of that process. I have already planned some content and have some strategies how I am going to get the page views, with Pinterest being the number one of course. Of course I shall report back what I tried and what worked for me and what didn’t work for me, at the end of the month report.
Yes, on that note, let’s just discuss this too. I really want to write these Monthly progress reports because I have seen people sharing their income reports but no one really shares what they did before those paying months. And I want to be as transparent as possible because I have always wondered myself. No one talks about their income reports if they are not making any money and in retrospect it always looks easier. So I wanted to start right now, when it almost feels impossible.
Goal 2 : Write 10 Blog Posts
I know I can easily write more than 10, but I want to write really high value and good quality long form blog posts. And I think for that 10 is a good number to start. People argue that pushing out more content is the best way to get more traffic on your blog and while that’s true, I do not want to be pushing out content that isn’t helpful to anyone or that doesn’t provide much value.
And 10 is quite a number. I don’t want to set a goal for 20 blogposts because what is the point of setting a Goal if you can not follow through, right? But then 10 is not going to be easy. It is a big deal. And if you are just starting out, I’d suggest you try with 1 blogpost every week. Consistency is the key. I have seen that when I create content consistently, the traffic increases.
So set a Goal accordingly. You want something that is challenging but not so far beyond what’s achievable that you fall really short in actually seeing through the goal.
Goal 3 : Start Building Email-list (30)
I have been using Mailchimp for some time now and I think I am ready to try Convertkit for Emails. The reason I want to make this shift is because I find Mailchimp a little confusing at times and there is not a lot that you can do. So I am going to be trying Convertkit for the first time this month. And my goal is to create a freebie and an opt-in to grow the mailing list. And I am hoping to get 30 new Email subscribers this month.
Goal 4 : Be a Part of 5 Affiliates
This is super important for me because I am trying to make this into a business. And for most of the affiliate programs you have to sign up separately and apply. So the goal for this month is to sign up for atleast 5 affiliate programs and if possible write a post or two with the affiliate links.
I am already a part of two affiliate programs but I haven’t written any posts to promote my affiliate links yet, so let March be the month where I make my first income through affiliates.
Goal 5 : Grow to 100k Monthly Viewers on Pinterest
Again, this might seem like a big number for someone who is just starting out but I have been using Pinterest for quite some time now and I know the ins and outs of it. i actually absolutely love this platform. And before I even started my blogging journey, I was really active on pinterest.
Now I pin for business and I am well aware with the pinning strategies and I used a combination of manual and scheduled pinning through Taillwind to grow my Pinterest audience from 7k to 40k Monthly viewers in a week or so. But then, again I got distracted and lost all the audience. But it gives me hope because I know I can do it again. If you want to know the pinning strategy that helped me grow from 7k to 40k in two weeks, check out this post.
Goal 6 : Write 5 Guest-posts
Everyone knows that guest posts are the best way to build more site authority which helps you rank better in the Google SEO. So one of my goals this year is to write 5 blogposts this month. These will of course be in addition to the 10 blogposts that I want to write for this blog. Now the way to go about writing these posts is to ask your blogger friends and do it on each other’s blogs and that’s exactly what I am planning too. Guest posts are a great way to get more eyeballs on your content too and the backlinks that you will add to your own blog will help in improving your blogs SEO too.
If you are just starting out, the best way to find blogs to write guest posts on, is to engage in active facebook blogger groups. You could also ask your Instagram friends for a mutual guest blogpost.
It is also one of my goals because it pushes me to be more social with other bloggers and to network with like minded people.
Goal 7: Optimise Pinterest & Group Boards
This is the last goal that I have for March. Of course there are no metrics for this particular Goal but I really want to optimise my Pinterest account. I have been meaning to make the boards more in line with my brand, make covers for all the boards and maybe even start a group board of my own because they do really well.
These are all the goals that I have set for myself for March,2020. Here’s to working towards achieving these goals. 🙂
What goals do you set for your blog on a monthly basis? Let me know in the comments!
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