If I haven’t already said this to you yet, Happy New Year!
Wow, 2017 is finally here, a brand new year and a host of new opportunities in the waiting.
And I’m sure you’re eager to start making this year the best year yet as a blogger. I’m sure you’re totally armed and ready to rock with your new goals and objectives.
Most importantly, you’re in good health and in good spirit, nothing is going to stop you this year, right?
If that’s the way you’re feeling right now, that’s awesome, I admire your good vibes, passion, and determination.
Because, hey, I feel the same.
To help boost your motivation, 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 on my goals.
OK so let’s get cracking with this.
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 great help to you.
#02. Focus on “one thing” at a time.
I know that it’s not as simple just aiming for one goal when you probably have so many things you want to achieve with your blog this year.
That I understand, but my advice is to try and focus on “one thing” at a time.
This could be one thing that will help you move forwards towards reaching your ultimate blogging goal.
I didn’t realize just how powerful focusing on one thing at a time could be before I read The One Thing book by Gary Keller and Jay Papapsan.
I would highly recommend reading this book yourself if you haven’t already 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 took the liberty to renovate 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.
Take a look, what do you think?
#04. Create realistic deadlines for your goals.
Just as it is important to create SMART goals, it’s also 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 or procrastinating!
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 Ultimate Blog Planner Workbook should definitely help you with this, if you’re interested.
#06. Look after yourself.
This is often overlooked.
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 low.
I know this because of many moons ago when 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.
I also recommend you check out Tim Ferriss’s 4-Hour Body book here on Amazon.
#07. Read educational and inspiring books.
One of my other goals this year is to read at least 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.
Some of the stuff I’ve already read in 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 useful guest post schedule calendar templates you can print off and use immediately.
#09. Outsource smartly.
Just accept the fact 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 or business, 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 chaotic challenge.
Figure out where you need help and get it.
#11. Connect, reconnect, interact, build relationships.
You’ve probably read this piece of advice a million times before already.
Well, I apologize if you have.
But, stop putting it off and take action, start connecting, engaging and interacting with other people in your blogging 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 by them.
#12. Improve your writing skills.
The more you write, the better you’ll become at it, simple, right?
So write every day! You don’t need to publish a post every day, that’s not what I mean.
Just write something every single day. Be it an email template, post ideas, podcast script, or anything else.
#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, think of 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 your 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 straight away.
#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, and it can spread to others too.
As a blogger or solopreneur this can affect your output. I know this because I’m talking from experience.
I know it’s much easier said than done, but really f*ck what others think or says, and focus on what really matters, reaching your blogging goals.
Once again, you have to read this book to really understand what I mean.
#17. Always think of ways of providing 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 valuable 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 not competing against 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 new, 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 in front of the camera more often is me actually 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.
Check out this post to get inspired and started with your email 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 up for them up on your mobile device.
#23. Listen to your audience.
If you don’t listen to them, how can you learn about their problems and serve them the best you can?
#24. Become a problem solver.
Help your readers find solutions to their problems. Create problem-solving content.
#25. Focus more on creating great content, and less on trying to make money.
The problem with some bloggers these days is that they’re obsessed with making money, money, money.
You see that kind of trash on social media every day, some guru in a video ranting on about how to make X amount of money doing this, that, and the other, blah, blah, blah.
Focus more on creating content that will blow everything else out of the water.
Create content that will help you earn your readers trust, give your blog a good reputation, increase 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 humor, don’t be boring!
A sense of humor 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 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 else.
If you want to become a more organized blogger. If you want to become a more efficient blogger, then please grab my Blog Planner Workbook. It will help you.
#30. Delight others with your smile.
A smile can go a long, long way, even online. You are the face of your brand, so don’t be a miserable git.
Any more ways to rock next year?
Yeah, yeah of course! There are 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 organized”.
Without organization, 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.