If I haven’t already said this to you yet, Happy New Year!
Wow 2017 is finally here, the brand new year and I’m sure you’re eager to start making this year the best year yet with your blog.
I’m sure you’re armed and ready to rock with your new goals and objectives. You’re in good health and in good spirit, nothing’s going to stop you this year.
If that’s the way you’re feeling right now, that’s awesome, I admire your passion and determination.
Because I feel the same.
To help boost your drive even more, I want to share with you 30 ways to make 2017 your best blogging year ever!
I’m just as stoked as you are right now, I can’t wait to get started with reaching my goals for this year.
OK so let’s get cracking.
Make 2017 your best blogging year ever, here’s how…
#01. Set SMART goals.
Don’t just create goals, create Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic Timely goals. If you’re unsure how to do this, my brand new Blog Planner Workbook should be of help to you.
#02. Focus on “one thing” at a time.
I know it’s not as simple just aiming for one goal when you probably have so many thing you want to achieve with your blog this year.
That I understand, but my advice is try and focus on “one thing” at a time. This could be one thing that will help you towards reaching your ultimate goal.
I didn’t realise just how powerful focusing on one thing at a time was before I read The One Thing book by Gary Keller and Jay Papapsan. I would highly recommend reading it yourself if you haven’t done so.
#03. Create a clean and distraction free working environment.
Not just online, but offline too. A clutter free work desk and a clutter free desktop (computer) can be a great starting point.
Recently I renovated my home office space to create a more relaxing working environment, though I have to admit it’s starting to get a little bit cluttered again.
#04. Create realistic deadlines for your goals.
Just as it is important to create SMART goals, it’s important to create deadlines for your goals, and realistic ones too.
This will help you stay on track with your goals and ensure you don’t end up slacking!
One of my personal goals this year is to compete in (and hopefully complete) the Tough Mudder Obstacle Race.
Although the event isn’t until August, I have 8 months to prepare both mentally and physically for it.
You can apply the same principle to your business or blogging strategy. Set a date for a deadline and make sure you reach your goals well before.
#05. Plan out your year.
Grab yourself a year planner from Amazon, or a simple day-diary will do and start planning your year in advance.
If that sounds like too much of a chore, plan a month at a time instead.
Once again, my Blog Planner Workbook should help you with this if you’re interested.
#06. Look after yourself.
Eat and drink smartly, sleep right, get plenty of exercise and take time out for relaxation.
Seriously, if you’re in bad shape, always tired and stressed out, this will affect your output, and your motivation for blogging will be crap.
I know this because many moons ago I used to work on my blog on the graveyard shift (During the night hours).
I did no exercise, my diet was poor and I was always tired and unwell.
#07. Read educational and inspiring books.
One of my other goal’s this year is to read 10 books. I know what you’re thinking, pathetic right?
You know what? I could probably read more, and I will if I have the time to do so.
I do enjoy reading books when I can, currently I’m reading “The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck” by Mark Manson.
This book is really helping me to put things into perspective both in my life and in my business. I recommend it so far.
What books are you currently reading, or plan to read this year?
Check out the books I recommend for bloggers here.
#08. Make use of an editorial calendar.
An editorial calendar can be very useful for planning your blog writing and publication.
If you run multiple blogs, or guest blog on many blogs including your own, keeping everything organized can be challenging.
My workbook has some great calendar templates you can print off and use immediately.
#09. Outsource smartly.
Just accept that you can’t possibly do everything yourself.
When the tough get’s going, it’s time to call it in and get some help.
Consider hiring some freelance writers to create content for you.
Get a virtual assistant to take care of your day-to-day blogging duties, so that you can focus on other important things.
#10. Hire a coach or mentor.
If you’re struggling with anything particular with your blog, don’t beat yourself up blindly about it.
Consider hiring a mentor or business coach to help you out with what ever it is you’re struggling with right now.
Another one of my aims this year is to get some coaching on “business management” in particular.
I’ve become exceptionally busy with website design projects recently, and managing my business has been a bit of a challenge.
Figure out where you need help and get it.
#11. Connect and interact, build relationships.
You’ve probably read this piece of advice a million times before already.
Take action, start connecting, engaging and interacting with other people in your niche or industry.
The more connections you make, the more you’ll get noticed. And it’s not just about making connections, it’s also about building relationships with your connections.
Go and connect with another blogger right now. Start sharing their stuff, comment on their blogs, ask questions until you get noticed.
#12. Improve your writing skills.
The more you write, the better you’ll become at it, simple right?
So write everyday! You don’t need to publish a post everyday, that’s not what I mean.
Just write something every single day.
#13. Focus on solving one problem for one person at a time.
Don’t try and solve everybody’s problems all in one go, that would be impossible anyhow.
Just pick one, provide a solution, write about it then move onto the next one.
#14. Get a kick ass blog design.
If your budget will stretch this year, consider getting a unique design for your blog. I can help you with this by the way.
If you budget won’t stretch to a custom design, why not refresh your theme this year? Check out Genesis or Thrive.
#15. Keep track of your income and expenses.
Create income goals, record your blog income and expenses, treat your blog as a business.
My workbook has some awesome printable income worksheet templates you can use.
#16. Give a f*ck less about the other people’s negativity.
What? Wait! Did I seriously just say that?
Yep, I did.
The problem with negativity is that it will bring you down if you let it.
As a blogger or solopreneur this can affect your output. I know this because I’m talking from experience here.
I know it’s much easier said than done, but really f*ck what others think or say, and focus on what really matters.
Once again, you have to read this book to really understand what I mean.
#17. Always think of ways of providing incredible value.
You create useful, actionable and engaging content for your readers. That’s great, but don’t forget to think of other ways to create value.
Here are some suggestions:
- Write an eBook
- Create a free mini course
- Host giveaways of useful things
- Repurpose your content and create podcasts, videos etc.
#18. Make other bloggers your friends, not your competition.
In my humble opinion, trying to compete with other bloggers is truly a waste of freaking time.
Instead, connect with them, learn from them, help to share their content, talk about them on social media, praise them on your own blog. The rewards are much greater trust me.
I keep saying this but we’re all in the same boat here, so we should be helping each other.
#19. Make it more about them (your readers), and less about YOU.
I’m not going to talk about this again, I already covered this area in a recent post.
#20. Step out of your comfort zone.
The one thing that bloggers sweat about the most is stepping out of their comfort zone.
To step out means to do something different and daring that will get you noticed.
You can’t let fear interfere either, you’ve just got to focus on where you want to go and go for it!
Anthony Robins once quoted:
Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear.
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Recently I decided to launch a new VlogCast series, for me putting myself on the screen more often is stepping out of my comfort zone.
What will you do this year to step out of your comfort zone?
#21. Focus MORE on building your email list.
If you’ve been lagging behind with building your email list, then start paying more attention to it.
Grab the list building tools you need, create some irresistible offers and start building that list.
#22. Update your toolbox
Start making use of more useful apps, tools and services to help you increase your productivity. Check out the tools I recommend here.
Additionally here’s a list of productivity apps you might enjoy using:
- Evernote Scannable
- Outlook Mobile
Just look them up on your mobile device.
#23. Listen to your audience.
If you don’t listen to them, how can you serve them the best you can?
#24. Become a problem solver.
If someone has a problem they need help with, help them figure it out.
#25. Focus more on creating great content, and less on trying to make money.
The problem with so many bloggers these days is that they’re obsessed with making money, money, money.
I see that kind of shit on Facebook everyday, some blogger ranting on about how to make X amount doing this, doing that, selling this, that and the other online, blah, blah, blah.
Focus more on creating content that will blow everything else out of the water.
Create content that will build you trust, reputation, authority and eventually the money WILL come.
Be strategic with your blog monetization, not every single post you put out has to be monetized.
#26. Find new ways to gain the trust of your readers.
Building trust online takes time. It’s not something that’s going to happen overnight.
Just be true to yourself. Be helpful and honest. Be kind and ultimately people will learn to trust you. Especially if they value your content, your engagement and everything else you have to offer them.
#27. Have a delightful sense of humour, don’t be boring!
A sense of humour goes a long way, so if you have one which I’m sure you do, let that baby rip. Let your personality shine!
Tell funny relatable stories, crack a silly joke from time to time… Or maybe not… Just don’t be serious all the time.
#28. Don’t be afraid to share your inspiring stories.
Stories move people in such a positive way, especially inspiring ones.
People can relate to a great story that will urge them to share theirs with you.
I know in blogging it can be difficult to share stories that are relatable, but if you have something worth sharing, do it.
My good pal Ryan Biddulph is one of the most amazing story telling bloggers I know. Check him out here.
Do you have a relatable story that’s worth telling?
#29. Become a more organized blogger.
If you hoard a lot of crap in your work space then there’s no hope for you… seriously.
To me being organized is the very foundation of becoming successful at anything, whether it’s with your blog or your online business or what ever.
If you want to become a more organized blogger. If you want to become a more efficient blogger, then please grab my 2017 Blog Planner Workbook. It will help you.
#30. Delight others with your smile.
A smile can go a long, long way. So I’ve been told, and since I can’t help but smile in almost all of my pictures. Have you not noticed? Check out this post when you can.
Yeah, yeah of course! There’s always other things you can do to make this year epic for you and your blog.
Seriously though, if you forget everything above, just remember to do one thing. Let that one thing be “be organised”.
Without organisation you can’t expect to stay focused, motivated and driven.
If you’re not focused, motivated or driven you’re not going to succeed or make progress with your blog.
Now go and make this year the most awesome blogging year ever! And don’t forget to grab my 2017 Blog Planner here.
Your blogging friend, Fabrizio.