Many people get into blogging dreaming of unending cash and millions of readers. If blogging is really your thing, then these are certainly dreams worth having. Of course, you don’t just get there, especially, if you’ve only started.
People don’t just get born and start walking. Like babies, before we can run, we need to take a few steps first, and we need to make these first steps count. Of course it’s possible to build a wide readership and to make tons of money off blogging, but if you’ve just started, it would be a good idea to spend more time working on these baby steps first and establish a good foundation.
For example, on top of the big dreams you have for your blog, you might also want to have several, realistic short-term goals that can help you establish that good foundation, like:
1. Get a friend to tweet about your blog.
2. Get at least 10 of your posts published.
3. Get a complete stranger to leave comments about your posts.
4. Get another blog to link to yours.
5. Get at least 20 people to read your blog every day.
6. Get at least 20 RSS subscribers.
7. Acquire Google to index your site.
8. If you eventually want to make money off blogging, get your blog to earn at least $1 a week.
9. Guest post on somebody else’s blog.
10. Make your blog easy to navigate through.
These goals may seem a little small, maybe insignificant even to new bloggers. There’s certainly not a glamour in any of these goals, but hey, unless you already have millions of readers (or you’re Kim Kardashian), there really isn’t a lot of glamour in blogging. Getting from 20 readers to a million involves a lot of steps in between, most of which are not glamorous at all and may seem insignificant. These small goals, however, are a good place to start because if you can achieve them, then you can identify the next few steps you need to do.
So once you’ve reached these goals, increase them. From 20 readers, try getting 40. If your blog is earning $1 a week, try $2. Of course, numbers will be different for every blogger. The important thing is increasing them after you’ve reached them. Who knows? Some day, you might just be doubling a million readers and you won’t even notice it.
Can you think of a few other goals that will be good for bloggers who are just starting out?
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