Happy Friday, everyone!
So, this is a bit late and we apologise for that. We’ve had family over from another country and were obviously doing the grand tour. We do love getting visitors and showing them around our litte patch of paradise.
The dismal weather notwithstanding, we had a fantastic time spending time together and exploring the many beautiful sights that Scotland is just famous for.
Anyway, our writing was squeezed in here and there but since it was still getting done, I’m not complaining.
This is going to be a short post anyway because it’s really the first Friday of the month and remember what we said in August? The first Friday of the month will be dedicated to our goals- sort of like an electronic vision board in blog form.
This September, what exactly are we going for?
Blogging goals for September 2019
Well, now that we have a better plan after the result of last month’s experiment, we can streamline our goals and really prioritise what we need most.
1. Churn, churn, churn content
Our accelerated publishing schedule is a big hit as far as our readers and Google Analytics is concerned so our goal this month is to keep publishing every day.
This is ideally totally new content either written by ourselves or submitted by guest posters.
So, if you’re interested in writing for us, you can take a look at our submission guidelines.
If you’re working from home (or anywhere, really), own a business or just basically create an income without being bound to an office and a 9-5 routine, then perhaps you’d consider being interviewed for our Beyond The 9-5 Series and help people live life on their own terms.
Anyway, I think this month – with the exception of guest posts and interview posts, we’ll be creating a schedule based on Niklas Goeke’s foolproof plan to boosting your blog traffic by publishing daily – and not succumbing to insanity due to the accelerated publication pace.
So, do we have a number?
Well, it’s September so our goal for this month is to publish 30 brand new posts on the blog.
Now, in August when we started this, we gave ourselves a safety net in that if we didn’t get the chance to write something brand new and we ran out of time, we’ll just republish and old but thoroughly revamped post.
We’ve had much luck with these changes, particularly with the monetisation bit of it.
But, in September, we’d really love to publish at least 30 brand new posts so we can hit 100 posts sooner.
Wish us luck – this is going to be an intensely exciting time!
2. Build a month’s worth of articles easy-peasy
In the Niklas Goeke’s post that I reference above, he showed a technique that will allow someone to basically build a month’s worth of articles.
Yeah, we sort of circumvented that a little bit so, on some days, we’d find ourselves scrambling for what to write.
Luckily, our hard work in previous months – especially when it came to blogger outreach – came through and most other bloggers we talked to before had submitted their guest posts and interviews.
This month, we’re going to actually follow this part to the letter and we will use the Excel sheet that’s conveniently provided for us to plan our month’s articles so we just sit down, write and publish.
3. Answer questions on Quora
We used to be active on Quora, answering 5 questions every day.
However, that sort of fell by the wayside when other blogging things started taking our attention.
This month, we aim to answer 1 question a day, 5 times a week.
That’s a tall order, we know but hey, aim for the stars, right?
We don’t mind if we fail and just end up on the moon.
4. Adjust publishing schedule to include Pinterest
Since Pinterest can be a game-changer for most content creators, we can’t just ignore it.
So, whilst the post was talking about just spending 15 minutes promoting our post, we can’t do that.
Based on personal experience (and the fact that we have a lot of places we can promote our published posts to), we need about an hour (at least) to complete all of our promotional activities.
This doesn’t even include creating an engaging, drool-worthy pin and looking for the right keywords so that said pin shows up in other people’s feed in the first place.
The whole process takes about an hour or so, depending on whether we use a Pinterest template or not.
We’ll strive to use a pre-existing template to cut the time but no guarantees, unfortunately, as it all also depends on the quality of the photos we find.
5. Double our monthly traffic
For obvious reasons that we’ve already explained before, we want more quality traffic.
The more the merrier right?
Our current pageviews (at time of writing) are at 12,186 with 10,268 sessions so the goal is to end the month with double these figures.
Another tall order?
We’re aiming for the stars, remember?
Finally, we aim to increase all of our social media followers by the end of the month.
This month, we’re aiming to see an increase in our influence across the board (at least 10 new followers for each of these).
7. Finish WA Online Certification
This is an unmet goal from August that we’re bringing forward.
All we really need to do is set aside some time for us to finally finish Wealthy Affiliate’s Online Certification and get that sorted.
Obviously, these goals are meant to encourage us to reach out for greater things.
We’ll do our best to get them but we’re no longer attached to the results. Based on personal experience, that attachment is a recipe for disaster.
To recap, we’ll be publishing 30 brand new posts in 30 days (that excludes any republished post).
We’ll actually build a month’s worth of articles so we can streamline the writing process.
Quora will see its prodigal children return as we answer at least 1 question 5 days a week.
We’ll adjust our publishing schedule to accommodate all Pinterest work we need to do for each post.
We’ll double our monthly traffic and increase followers on social media.
Finally, we’ll finish our pending online certification with Wealthy Affiliate.
Wish us luck!
How about you? What are your goals this month? And why did you choose them? Drop them in the comments section below!