The start of the new month means it’s time to review last month’s goals and set new ones.
As I write down this post, I’m glad I’m able to continue this monthly blogging goals series as it helps stay accountable.
The fact that I know I’ll be writing about my progress pushes me to go after my goals.
So let’s first start with a review of how I did with my goals.
These were my blogging goals last September 2020:
Set up my low ticket funnel
I finally set up my low ticket funnel and launched it using Facebook Ads.
And while I was so excited to set it up because it’s an evergreen sales funnel, it didn’t do as well as I hoped it would.
The ad wasn’t efficient, meaning I was spending more than I was making money.
This month, I want to learn how I can further improve my Facebook Ad and/or tweak my copy for the low ticket funnel.
I’m also thinking of using a third party sales funnel app to improve the effectivity since my current set-up on Podia is very simple.
One thing good about setting up my low ticket funnel is that it has pushed me to update the copy of my blogging business plan workbook.
Make 5 The Content Planner sales.
At the beginning of September, I set out to make 5 affiliates sales for this product.
I didn’t make 5 affiliate sales, but my blog post review on the content planner was one of my top 3 posts for last month.
So that’s still a win in my book.
And it just means that I probably need to promote it more.
Anyway, it was still great to wake up to affiliate sales on the day that the pre-order cart finally opened.
Pre-order period was only open for about a week so I might not have promoted it in all my channels enough.
I’m hoping to be able to continue getting affiliate sales for The Content Planner in November once the product launches.
Sell 20 copies of the Consistent Creator’s Content Calendar.
I also didn’t hit this particular goal, but I’m still happy with my progress.
I think it’s essential that though we don’t hit our goals, we still should be happy and proud of our progress because small progress is still progress.
And just because you didn’t hit your goal doesn’t mean you never will.
Maybe it just means you have more to learn.
What’s important is to keep moving forward.
To have that grit to be persistent with one’s goals & dreams.
I’m still happy that after wanting to launch a digital content calendar to help bloggers and content creators be more consistent for over a year, I finally did it.
Plan my content for the rest of 2020
This was my favourite goal to work on last month, and I was able to finish this.
Not only did I plan out my blog posts for November and December, but I even have a content bank already for posts for January and February.
I’m so excited.
Planning content is my favourite part of blogging and how I organise and write my content.
I’m 90% decided on participating in Blogmas this year, but it all depends if I can write all 20+ posts in time for Blogmas.
We shall see!
And I know that while Blogmas is focused on putting out Christmas-themed posts daily, I’m going for something different.
I’ll keep you posted on this.
October Blogging Goals:
And now for this month’s goals!
Batch write my blog posts for October & November.
I’m half-way through my October blog posts, so I think I’ll be able to batch write my November content too.
What’s helped me in batch writing is to let go of lengthy word count expectations.
I told myself “Write at least 500 words and that’s enough.”
So far, it’s been good.
My latest travel guide, which is a South Korea itinerary: How To See 18 Places in 5 Days (First-timer’s Guide), has over 5,000 words.
Which is definitely more than 500 words ?
This month I’m going to focus on having fun writing.
I think is what I’ve missed most about blog writing – how sometimes I want to write content for me and not have to worry about whether or not it’s in line with my core topics.
As I’ve mentioned in this particular post about creating a content strategy, it’s okay to put out content that may deviate from your core topics once in a while.
And the thing is, when I reviewed my statistics, I was surprised to find out that my top-performing post for September was about the K-drama, Itaewon Class.
My top performing posts for September:
This made me wonder: should I write more about K-dramas? Haha!
Anyway, this October, I’m going to be injecting more fun and personal posts along with my usual core topics of blogging, business and travel.
It’s a way to spice things up a bit and cater to what I’ve been wanting to write, after all, it’s my blog I call the shots. 🙂
Launch blog support service
I wasn’t planning to launch another service after coming out with this content calendar, but I saw a need arise.
While I offer one-off personalised blog audits, I’ve had inquiries about monthly support.
This led me to launch a service where I am accessible to bloggers who need on-going support to improve their blogs.
This means we get 1 call a month to focus on your blogging goals plus on-going email support throughout the month for whatever questions or help you need with.
You decide if you want this support for 1, 2 or how ever many months you need!
And that’s why it’s so aptly called blog support service.
If this is something you are interested in, send me an email at hi[at]izzymatias.com, and so you’ll be on the priority list as I’ll only be taking very limited slots for this so I can really help those who have signed-up.
Do 1 money-making activity daily.
As a commitment to achieving my blog income goal, I am challenging myself to do at least 1 money-making activity every day.
What are money-making activities? Here are some examples:
- Working on launching my latest service
- Promoting my existing product suite (range of products)
- Messaging people who are interested in my blog services
But yeah, so far I’ve been able to do this. Now it’s all about sustaining the momentum.
Learn how you can build a money-making blog with this course:
Grow my social media account following by 10%
The reason why I want to grow my accounts is that I want to be able to expand my visibility and connect with more bloggers.
Blogging can be a lonely road, but it doesn’t have to be.
Back when I was a music blogger, one of my favourite parts aside from going to shows and meeting my fave bands was geeking out with my fellow music lovers and music bloggers.
It’s more fun with friends who share the same passions.
In the same way, if you’re a blogger, blogging becomes so much more fun and meaningful because of the connections you make.
One way to grow your blog is to collaborate with others.
That’s pretty much it for my October blogging goals.
If you want to connect with me on social media, here are my accounts:
October 2020 Goals Summary
To recap, these are my top goals for the month of October:
- Batch write my blog posts for October & November
- Launch blog support service
- Do 1 money-making activity daily to meet my blog income goal
- Grow my social media accounts by 10%
What goals are you prioritising this October and is there any way I can support you to help you achieve them?