It’s officially 2018 which means there’s a brand new year of blogging ahead! 2017 was definitely a crazy year because I officially launched Broke Young And Scraping By in September not knowing anything about the blogging world and here I am almost a year later with a list of goals and a hell of a lot of motivation!
The new year comes with new years resolutions and if one of yours is to start a blog and earn some money to help out with your bills, there is no better time to get started!
I still can’t believe the impact blogging has had on my life (and my bank account!) in such a short amount of time. I love being able to encourage new people to go after their blogging dream and give it everything they’ve got!
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Previous Income Reports
7th Month Blogging- How I Made $248.41
8th Month Blogging- How I Made $315.46
9th Month Blogging- How I Made $291.54
- First Month Blogging Crash Course For The Newbie
- Step By Step Blog Setup Guide
- The Road To Becoming A Full Time Blogger
Monthly Stats Goals
Now usually I go through and tell you how I did for the month with my number goals compared to the previous month. But since this is a new year, I thought I would set my overall goals and see how well I do by the end of the year!
2018 Monthly Page Views Goal– 30,000
2018 Unique Visitors Goal– 20,000
Depending on where you’re at in your blogging journey these numbers may seem low or high to you. But that’s okay!
Choose numbers that feel right to you. I don’t have any particular reason for choosing the ones that I did other than the fact that I want to see substantial growth in my blog this year.
Social Media Goals
I’m really excited to take all my social media platforms by the horns and make a major effort to grow them this year.
Social media is huge when it comes to bloggers and can help out majorly when it comes to getting sponsored social media posts and blog posts.
Pinterest Goal– 5,000 Followers
Twitter Goal– 2,000 Followers
Instagram Goal– 1,000 Followers
I left Facebook blank because I don’t totally know exactly how I’m going to go about growing this platform. It’s not my favorite method of blog promotion so I will have to see how this one goes throughout the year.
I choose to share my income as it is earned, not necessarily when it hits my bank account (although some of it is right away). This helps me gauge how well my strategies are doing and where I can improve.
Blue Host– $170
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Sponsored Posts– $138.32
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This is also a great network to join for the newbies.
This is my favorite affiliate network so far! There are so many different companies like Checkout 51 and Grammarly within this network that you probably already use some of them on a regular basis and could be getting paid to talk about them! This network is great for bloggers just starting out because you don’t need a huge following to join and start making money.
This network is great for bloggers just starting out because you don’t need a huge following to join and start making money.
Media Net– $.07
A great ad network for the blogging newbies because you can start placing customized ads that fit your style throughout your blog without a huge following and make money from them.
No expenses this month!
Total After Expenses– $325.39
Woohoo! I had an increase! This one is especially exciting because my blog definitely got buried beneath all the Christmas festivities. This only motivates me even more to really go after a higher income for 2018!
Overall Blog Goals
$1,000 Monthly Income– I’m putting it out in the universe right now! I want to hit $1,000 in monthly blogging income by the end of 2018. I plan on going through old blog posts to find new ways to monetize them, as well as finding new affiliate programs to join.
Do More Sponsored Posts/ Work With New Companies– At the end of 2017 I started doing some sponsored content and I want to make an effort to reach out and work with new companies whether that be on my blog or on social media.
New Theme/Layout– This one is probably 80% of the way achieved! I’ve added a new blog theme and begun updating various things throughout my blog. There are still some things I’d like to change, but I’m already liking the new look!
New Approach To Email List– The end of 2017 was extremely busy for me and I wasn’t nurturing my email list quite as much as I wanted to. I want to get a new rhythm down with the content that I send out to my readers.
Use More Visuals– I didn’t previously use many images on my blog but I’m changing that up this year! Reading a ton of content can be kind of difficult when there aren’t some images to break up all the wording. So I’ll be working through older posts to add more visuals.
Make 2018 Your Best Year Yet!
This year we’re going to be fearless! We are not going to let lack of knowledge or fear of failure or the word “no” keep us down!
This is the year that you either take your blog to the next level, or officially start out on your blogging journey.
My blogging crash course for newbies post is a great way to get started if you’re new and need some help learning the ropes.
It’s time to be the fearless person you’ve always wanted to be and kick some blogging a**!