Blogging Goals 2012 – #1

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So the aim of the game here at Dollars Per Day is to set goals, and then talk about how I’m going to go about achieving them. This, my first post on my blog here, will be the first set of goals for the website, and you’ll be able to refer back to this to see how I’m doing on my quest to make a living out of my blog.

A bit about me

So, I’m  21, I live at home with my parents at our home in England. “So what?” I hear you cry. Well, I’m fortunate enough to not have anybody relying on me. My only bills are for my phone and transport and money to live on. No rent, no people relying on me. This is an enviable position to be in, and though I realise that people often perform best under pressure, I also realise that to make a living online you have to be in it for the long game. I’m lucky enough to be able to devote a lot of time and not make a lot of money in the early stages.

That said, I do work elsewhere in a photography studio, but the work can be very patchy and I do get time to work on other things. Don’t think you wont be able to relate if you’re trying to fit a blog around a job, I don’t have 12 hours a day to devote to my blogging and try to be as efficient as possible, I want to prove that you can at least get it off the ground working on it part time.

Goals

So for my first set of blogging goals 2012, I’m going to be realistic and conservative. Here’s what I’m looking to achieve for a kick-off:

  • 1,000 unique visitors a day altogether to the blogs I run (of which there are three)
  • $10 a day out of advertising revenue. This will equate to about £6.50 in GBP which, unfortunately is the currency I have to buy things in!
  • A further $5 a day out of affiliate schemes. This will take my daily revenue to $15 or £10 based on the current exchange rate. That’s 3 pints in a british pub. Not that that’s how I’ll spend the money…nosiree…
  • Feedback and guest posts – It’s important to build relationships. I don’t just want to spam people and drive them to the sites, I want to offer value and knowledge while talking to others in the community. Ideally, I’d love to some day guest blog on Problogger.net – I’ve gained so much knowledge already from Darren Rowse and his community over there, of which I’d love to be a part. Also, I’d like my blog to be interesting enough to attract guest posts too. (If you’re reading…cough, cough)

So when’s my deadline? Well a lot of my traffic will hopefully come from search engines, and I don’t think they’ll pick up my little drop-in-the-ocean site quickly. I aim to be achieving the goals mentioned above by the start of August 2012. That’s five months to build the traffic necessary. Yikes, better get to work…

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Ben

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