Create a Blogging Calendar for the Year:
More than a few of my posts were cranked out on Friday evening with no thought about how they related to the overall structure of my blog. I'm going to sit down this month and plan a blogging calendar for the year with planned topics for at least a few weeks each month. I can always move topics around but I'd like to do a little more SEO and that doesn't work well on the fly.
Create One or Two Blog Series
On that blogging calendar I'm going to try to come up with some sort of recurring topic or multi-post series of posts.
Publish at Least One Kickfurther Merchant of the Week Post Per Month
I've reduced the amount of money I have invested in Kickfurther so trying to come up with weekly posts is tough. However, if I pursue the vendors I can usually get one per month who is interested. Especially if I offer giveaways, these posts do well.
Guest Post at Least Once
I'm looking for the right blog on which to guest post, and trying to think of topics to offer. I'd be interested if someone would like to trade guest posts.
Approach at Least One Potential Client Per Month About Sponsored Posts, Affiliate Linking or Advertising
The worst they can tell me is no--and maybe I can start making a few dollars from this blog.
Comment On At Least Three Blogs Per Week
I do get traffic from blogs on which I comment and I do usually comment on other blogs; I just need to do so consistently.
Write At Least One Substantive, Multi-Paragraph Comment Per Week; Preferably on a New-to-Me BlogA lot of my comments are short, sometimes just friendly, sometimes more substantive. I'm going to keep my eye out for at least one blog post per week to which I can add a substantive comment, and do so.
Revise at Least Ten Posts Per Month on My Book Blog
I have had a (mostly) book blog for over ten years. Most of my posts have old Amazon Affiliate links. Amazon has changed the format of their affiliate links and the old ones don't work anymore.
Also a couple of years ago Amazon and my state had a disagreement about whether Amazon had to collect sales taxes for my state; therefore Amazon, in an effort not to have a business presence in my state, discontinued affiliate agreements with all residents of my state. Therefore there was no money for me in putting in the new links.
Well, starting January 1, Amazon will start collecting sales tax from residents of my state and will allow us to be affiliates again. I'm not sure whether I'll be able to re-activate my old account or whether I will need to get a new one. In either case, I'm going to start with my newest posts and work my way back, fixing the affiliate links.
Do you think my goals will help me with my overarching goal, which of course is to gain more readers and earn more money from my blogs?