Caroline's Corner:

How to kick-start 2019 as a blogger with big goals

2018 is the year I took my blog to the next level: I started a blog series here on yoast.com about SEO for bloggers, I made goals, achieved a lot and failed a few as well. I tried to plan, failed miserably and tried again, with success. In short: in 2018 I found my love for blogging (again) and experimented a lot. 2019 is approaching fast though and I want to prepare properly. I don’t want to make the same mistakes I made this year and I’d like to reach the goals and resolutions I’ve set. So, here’s a plan (for you and me) to kickstart 2019 as a blogger with big goals.

Write down your blogging goals

Whether you want to grow to 50,000 visitors a month, want to launch an eBook, get more collaborations, or all three: write down each and every single one of your goals of 2019. By writing down your goals, you’re already way more committed to them than by just saying them out loud. Take that advantage! Write them down somewhere where you’ll see them regularly, for example on your blog notebook or on a memo board in your office. Seeing goals regularly and thinking about them often, will help you stay on top of them.

Please note that your goal should be realistic. If you want to grow your audience and your blog has 500 visitors now, it might not be entirely achievable to aim for 100,000 visitors by December 2019. Especially, if you’re unsure about how to reach such a growth.

Plan time to work on your goals

The biggest thing we all face is time. Particularly, if your blog is a hobby – or just not your main source of income – it’s often the first thing you put aside when life throws you a curveball. I didn’t publish blogs for almost two months on my personal blog as I was very busy with other projects, hobbies and making up excuses why I just couldn’t spend time on my blog.

Because I don’t want this to happen again in 2019, I need blog posts written in advance. That’s why I planned a blogging weekend at the beginning of January. I’ve done this back in September as well and managed to write over 30 blog posts in just three days. So in January, I booked a cottage together with a fellow blogger and we’ll spend our days writing. The goal? To create flow, creativity, and content.

Focus on one task at a time

If you’re in a writing flow, you should continue to write, even if your blog post is finished. Do not fall into the trap of finishing your writing to start photographing and scheduling or promoting the blog post. Continue working on other blog posts! If you combine your tasks, you’ll be much more efficient. That could mean that you first write a few blog posts, then start photographing for all blog posts and then schedule or fine-tune them. You’ll switch less between tasks, which makes your focus and the results that much better.

I’ve spoken to bloggers who link certain days to certain tasks. On Mondays they’ll create their images; on Tuesdays, they’ll focus on their Pinterest scheduling; on Wednesdays, they’ll write new content and so forth. Because you’re focused, you’ll get things done much quicker. You have to find out if this works for you or not, it will help you get the tasks you otherwise wouldn’t do, on your to-do list.

Finish your tasks

If you focus on one task at a time, the biggest trap you could fall in is never publishing some of your posts. While I was writing in a cottage back in September, the internet was horrible. This meant I couldn’t schedule my posts properly, nor find stock photos if necessary. Now, I’ve only published 12 of the 32 blog posts I’ve written back then. Are the other 20 not worth publishing? No, they definitely are! I just never finished them. I’ve never proofread them, took photos, nor scheduled them. And now, I have an issue with even looking at those blog posts, as it all feels like a waste.

Lock up that critic (or befriend it)

Two of my most popular posts in 2018, were about the inner critic we all have inside of us. The first one was about why you should befriend your inner critic, the second one was why you should quit your blog now. Both got a lot of comments. Some of you were annoyed that I even dared say you should quit your blog and with every right so.

Often our biggest critic is within us. If we want to grow, we should befriend it and be willing to silence it every once in a while. You can’t write blog posts in advance if you let your inner critic out too often. You’ll never be able to finish everything if you let the perfectionist in you speak all the time. Often ‘good enough’ really is good enough.

Find bloggers like yourself

To stay on top of your goals, it’s very helpful to have bloggers to chat to. Last year I met various bloggers like me on blogging conferences. I’ve even become close friends with a few of them. We often message each other for help, tips and the likes. Are you unsure why and if networking is something for you? I’ve written a post on the importance of networking as a blogger!

Reflect each month

Whenever you set your year goals, don’t forget you should set monthly goals and maybe even weekly and daily goals that link to the bigger goals. This way, your goal stays within reach and doesn’t feel like something in the far distance. You’ll make small progress with every step you take. By the end of each month, you need to check if you made progress and if it’s the progress you aimed for. If not, find out why you didn’t reach it. Did you aim too high? Or did you neglect to do what you should’ve done? Whatever the reason is, accept that sometimes you fail. You always have a new month and a new day to try again!

I would love to hear from you what your goals for 2019 are, how you want to reach them and what you would like to learn from me in 2019!

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57 Responses to How to kick-start 2019 as a blogger with big goals

  1. Al da Graca
    Al da Graca  • 7 months ago

    Nice article. I just started blogging on word press. I don’t have a blogging template. I’m using elementor. Right now i’m blogging to try to get more traffic and sales for my website. Thanks for all the tips!

  2. techspirals
    techspirals  • 7 months ago

    Today world blogging is a really great thing for earning money. we can start writing a blog on our websites or other websites. Thanks for sharing this post.

  3. Sergio Rodriguez
    Sergio Rodriguez  • 7 months ago

    Excellent post, these tips are exactly what I needed. My main goal for 2019 is to become more focused and consistent. With so many distractions online, it’s a challenge to stay on course building my website. This upcoming new year, I’ve decided to turn off all social media for certain times throughout my work day to help me get the most out of my time online. Is there a Chrome extension that would help with this?

  4. Theresa Harding
    Theresa Harding  • 7 months ago

    Thank you for this.
    My weakness is finishing one task at a time.
    I can work all over the place at times. I have found that I get more done when I dedicate my time on one complete task. Even if it means I spend 2 days just proofreading with only 1.5 hours to do it each day, I still complete it if that’s all the time I put in my blogging work.
    Thanks for this article.

  5. Kevin Pauls
    Kevin Pauls  • 7 months ago

    Thanks for this. Blogging seems to be such a large part of creating an online presence now and can become consuming. Having goals set out as a reference point to keep your sanity is so important!

  6. Owenayuk
    Owenayuk  • 7 months ago

    I feel like you are in my head. As a blogger, I am already in 2019, making plans on how to hit it big and with your tips, I feel like I am in total control. Thanks for this useful tips.

  7. Karthi Sekar
    Karthi Sekar  • 7 months ago

    Hi Caroline, had given wonderful ideas for the bloggers to kickstart with new goals to the upcoming year 2019. Set goals and do influencer marketing to generate target leads. Tips are extraordinary for bloggers, thank you.

  8. Amiih
    Amiih  • 7 months ago

    Thanks so much, I always learn something new from these tutorials will consider and implement these ideas in the coming year…

  9. Dominus Owen Markham
    Dominus Owen Markham  • 7 months ago

    I quite recently picked up Yoast for my portfolio of sites and to be fair, I didnt quite “get it”, having used some other similar services…..BUT, quite quickly I realised the value of Yoast and find it to be the most user friendly and Google friendly :)

    My blogging has spanned many years, one way or another, but for 2019 I aim to buckle down and be more consistent. The Kick Start As A Blogger post has given me new fuel :)

  10. Sylvester Othuke
    Sylvester Othuke  • 7 months ago

    Caroline, thanks for the vital information you shared with me. I actually wanted more information (useful) to keep me going in this field of human endeavour, but as a beginner, it becomes difficult to get along.

    I know that 2019 has a lot in stock for me but I would request your help to get me off my fears and worries as a blogger.

    I started my blog (www.runways.com.ng) in December 2017 and I have not been able to reach the maximum visitors (traffic) over time. I love what I do a lot but I really do not know how I can annex the power of social media to engage people with what I am doing. I will be very grateful for any assistance rendered in this wise and more.

    Thanks once again for the eye-blowing information.
    Sylvester

  11. Jane
    Jane  • 7 months ago

    That graphic with the wildlife is the cutest on your site.

  12. Awais
    Awais  • 7 months ago

    Great tips for bloggers!

  13. Franklyn Fosu
    Franklyn Fosu  • 7 months ago

    Thanks for sharing Caroline.

  14. virendra barwar
    virendra barwar  • 7 months ago

    very nice article, definately i will write my blogging goals for year 2019.
    thank you

    • Caroline Geven

      Good luck! Let us know how it goes!

  15. Naveen Thota
    Naveen Thota  • 7 months ago

    Thanks you for the wonderful information. As a web developer and blogger personally I was looking for the information of about blogging and web development on the market. Thanks again for encouraging the bloggers to create a proper plan. Will consider and implement these ideas in the coming year…

    • Caroline Geven

      Do you mean you want to blog as a web developer? I would highly encourage you to do so! Good luck!

  16. Danica Marie
    Danica Marie  • 7 months ago

    Thank you for the great info since i am just starting my own blog. Can you recommend me some tips for blogs like socialfollows.online sir? Thanks and looking forward hearing from you.

    • Caroline Geven

      I would definitely follow our blog ;) other than that, I usually google or search around on Pinterest for topics that interest me.

  17. gabby
    gabby  • 7 months ago

    my goal for 2019 is to get traffic to my blog

    • Caroline Geven

      Good luck! How much traffic do you have currently?

  18. Sudhakar
    Sudhakar  • 7 months ago

    my next goal is improve my blog ranking in next year and this is good article thank you

    • Caroline Geven

      Thank you and good luck! Are you using Google Search Console for that? I love that to check my ranking and see the improvements.

  19. Shelbi
    Shelbi  • 7 months ago

    My next goal is to make a new site in a new language. Thank for sharing, hoping to achieve the goal in mid-2019.

    • Caroline Geven

      Good luck! Let us know how it went! :)

  20. Vidar Pedersen
    Vidar Pedersen  • 7 months ago

    How to grow when you have a small language like Norwegian?

    • Caroline Geven

      I blog in Dutch for my regular blog, so all facts shared here are based on that. You do the exact same thing as you would do for an English blog. I would really advise our Academy courses, especially keyword research training. That’s a great one to learn how to grow within your language! Good luck!

  21. Ada
    Ada  • 7 months ago

    You ‘ve really made my day! Doing too many things at the same time and at the end of the day, one has nothing to show for, no positive result..I believe being focus and doing just one thing at a time is the way out to over come such habit.
    I learnt something from this.Thanks for sharing!

    • Caroline Geven

      Thank you for your message! I’m glad I helped you. It’s very hard to stay in focus, but it often gives the best result!

  22. felipe1
    felipe1  • 7 months ago

    Thank you for the inspiration offering encouragement in 2019 I plan to up-my-game monetize content, became an Amazon affiliate, run live video streams the yoast service forcing me to improve my writing. Hopefully in 2019 I will sign up for one of those yoast courses because this content is not a topic the typical college offers.
    Happy New 2019 Yoast and people.

    • Caroline Geven

      Happy new 2019 to you too! Our courses are often not typical college offers, but I can assure you that 90% of my SEO knowledge came from the courses. The other 10% came from me nagging my colleagues ;) Good luck!

  23. Manal Shaikh
    Manal Shaikh  • 7 months ago

    I would just like to thank Yoast for making me a blogger. Yes, I am now a intermediate blogger and knows much more about dos and don’ts during blogging. 65% of my blogging’s success credit would go to Yoast! I will continue using Yoast in 2019 too! I hope they remain the best in upcoming year.

    • Caroline Geven

      Congratulations! That’s so great to hear.

  24. Giorgia
    Giorgia  • 7 months ago

    This is very useful. Just like writing down your goals, some if it might seem obvious, but it just really isn’t!
    Thank you for writing this down for everyone!

    • Caroline Geven

      It’s often the small steps we forget that make the big change. Good luck!

  25. Amith
    Amith  • 7 months ago

    Your explanations of this stuff are the best on the web!
    Thanks so much, I always learn something new from these tutorials

  26. priya
    priya  • 7 months ago

    i am starting my new blog an this post really helped me alot

    • Caroline Geven

      I’m glad to hear! Good luck and let me know how it goes!

  27. Archit Patel
    Archit Patel  • 7 months ago

    NIce content, I will try all the points on my blog to get more traffic and get some good traffic on my blogs in 2019.

    • Caroline Geven

      Good luck!

  28. Zola Johnson
    Zola Johnson  • 7 months ago

    This is excellent! Just in time for goal setting for 2019. I am a new blogger, and I’ve found your guide extremely helpful. I will focus on setting quarterly and monthly goals in order to achieve the bigger ones for the entire year. I guess everything will be critical to grow my audience in 2019. Thanks a lot!

    • Caroline Geven

      You’re so welcome! You could even break your goals further down to weekly goals too. That’s what got me into gear a few times when I was being lazy haha. Good luck!

  29. Ayodele Lekan
    Ayodele Lekan  • 7 months ago

    I have been thinking of how to get my shit together in 2019 and this helps a lot.
    I have a blog but I find it difficult to focus on a niche, but after reading your post, I write down my goals for 2019 and made up my mind on a niche I would love to focus on.

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece of information.

    • Caroline Geven

      I’m so glad I was able to motivate you! would you mind sharing your goals? I’m curious haha

  30. Shyamakaran Dubey
    Shyamakaran Dubey  • 7 months ago

    Great idea! your all suggestions are very helpful for all who are new and old bloggers. We must focus on our goal and should finish our work at right time. Punctuality is good for work. Thanks for this motivational blog.

  31. Wijdan Shahid
    Wijdan Shahid  • 7 months ago

    Well yoast blog again many many thanks for motivating the bloggers to write with a proper plan. Well, when i started blogging i did not know anything but with time to time I came across with many ideas to implement and with the help of famous SEO blogs, I learned alot from these.

  32. Abdul Awal
    Abdul Awal  • 7 months ago

    Highly effective article for bloggers.

  33. Peter
    Peter  • 7 months ago

    The content of this blog is really great, Like any other endeavour blogging requires planning and setting of goals. Thanks for the great tips

  34. Paul Hayman
    Paul Hayman  • 7 months ago

    These are certainly the great tips for the Bloggers to have Blogging goals. This term is really catchy it goes tremendously with the objective for content marketing. One need to be really precise about the topic they gonna choose for writing. Indeed great post!

  35. Kunjal
    Kunjal  • 7 months ago

    Thank you so much, this article was really helpful for me as a newbie blogger I really needed this.

    Isolating & writing a bunch of blog posts at once when you are calm & left undistracted, that sounds like a great idea.

    I will definitely put that to use, I can spare weekends & holidays for writing.

    • Caroline Geven

      You’re very welcome! I love my weekends in solitude to focus on writing.

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    servicenow scripting training  • 7 months ago

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    Nez Yerlikaya  • 7 months ago

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  38. Rose Hazeltine
    Rose Hazeltine  • 7 months ago

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  39. Raby Dong
    Raby Dong  • 7 months ago

    This article is not only the informative this is all about the motivative to readers. Thank you very much for sharing such a great post.

    • Caroline Geven

      Thank you!

      • smacc
        smacc  • 7 months ago

        Great post.I was checking constantly this blog and I’m impressed!