It's time again to review my blog goals. Somehow the second quarter has ended and it's time to see if I hit my goals. I also like to share what worked, what didn't work and what my goals are for the third quarter.
Let's review my blog goals I set for the second quarter. I kept my goals short and sweet, lol.
- Write better email funnels
- Release my Pinterest course
- Try to not be so private
I also read and signed up for all these free blogging workbooks and worksheets:
- How to start a blog tutorial
- Goal Setting Workbook
- 120+ Awesome Blog Post Ideas Cheat Sheet
- Blog Template Layout Worksheets
- 7 Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight
How did I do? Let's review.
Related: First Quarter Blog Goals
Write better email funnels
Success…kinda. I purchased a course on how to write better funnels and it really opened my eyes to what I was doing wrong. Email funnels are essential to run a more passive income for my business. I also use ConvertKit, which is essential for creating amazing email funnels.
Basically this is how it works:
- Reader opts-in to receive my free mini Pinterest Presence course.
- Over a 2 week period, reader will receive 7 emails from me educating them how to use Pinterest, mistakes to avoid, how to make great images, etc. In those 7 emails, I'll mention my Pinterest Presence course.
- Reader decided to purchase my Pinterest Presence course because they are tired of BS'ing with Pinterest and just want to crush it. Success!
- Reader isn't sure they want to purchase Pinterest Presence. If they decide not to, they are rolled into my regular newsletter after the free mini course ends. *However, if I am working on anything Pinterest related, this reader has been tagged that they are interested in Pinterest, so I will include them on a special newsletter I send out.
The best part of creating email funnels is that everything is automated. I literally don't have to do a thing, which makes all my sales truly passive. The funnel theory works and I am getting sales, which is awesome. I just want to get more sales, which means I need to work on my strategy a bit more.
Release my Pinterest course
Success! I am very happy with my Pinterest Presence course.
- 25 lectures
- 8 video tutorials
- 2 in-depth tutorials
- Cheatsheets and worksheets
- Bonuses galore
- 2 webinars, each over 60+ minutes
I held two webinars with my girl Allison at Frugal on the Prairie to share our courses, educate viewers and answer questions.
Both were a success and really helped me grow my business. I'm kinda shy, but the webinars are a blast. It's really fun to connect with other people online.
I'm also enjoying being able to talk to so many people at once and let people hear me! Reading blog posts are great, but I like that viewers can see some of my personality and be a little more relatable.
Try to not be so private
Success! This blog goal is a goal that I wanted to carry over into real life. I've become more active in my city's community. I made a couple new blogger and business friends, which has really helped my work productivity and motivation.
Once or twice a week, I meet up with a couple of other ladies at a coffee shop. We all work on our own projects, but are there to support each other, vent, share our success stories, and more. Working solo from home can get lonely, and this has been great!
I also participated in a local event put on by the Chamber of Commerce, as well as spoke – yes, you read that right – SPOKE into a microphone – at a local financial event for entrepreneurs.
Incase you were wondering, I spoke about how I was able to walk away from my full time job to blog full time thanks to side hustling and starting a Pinterest management company. Yup, I got real and shared my journey with a room full of people. Eek!
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What I care about… and what I don't
This is going to sound weird, but the more I blog, the less I care about things that I thought mattered. What does that mean? Well, I used to be obsessed with numbers. I thought numbers were the end all, be all, and it turns out – do numbers really matter?
Case in point. Here's a few numbers:
- Alexa score. For the record, I used to check this
weeklydaily. Of course, the lower the rank, the better. Here's my goal from the first quarter: Get my Alexa US rank under 350,000. I am currently at 488,000 Today my US rank is 84,000. Today's stats: Global rank is 373,547 and US rank is 78,447. These numbers make me happy, but honestly, I haven't checked these stats for a few months and only did so because of this blog post 🙂
- Social media following. Nothing crazy to point out here. I rely on organic growth and don't have time to play those games of following 1K people in hopes that 100 people will follow me back. I recently hired a VA to help manage my Facebook page for BIAB. Honestly, I'm not that into FB and it's worth paying her to handle all of my scheduling so I don't have to deal with it. I've got Twitter and Pinterest under control, but Facebook was a struggle. I feel much better having someone handle this.
- Pageviews. Ok, I still care about this. I'm always working on increasing my page views. While I've always preached that you can still be really successful with any amount of page views, higher page views can increase your chances of selling more products, higher ad revenue, etc.
- Google Analytics. I'm still a big fan of GA. Outside of tracking my top blog posts, traffic, and traffic sources, I don't really care about bounce rate and all those stats.
One major thing I've noticed is that once I stopped caring about stats and numbers, I felt a lot more comfortable and less stressed out. The first year or so of blogging I was obsessed with numbers, like they defined me, and now I'm like, eh, whatever.
I say when, where and how long
Maybe because it's summer, or maybe this is how things are supposed to go, but I find myself blogging less but still making more money than before. How is weird is that? I've been kinda tracking my hours, but when it comes to the blog itself, I'm working like four to six hours a week on my website.
Most of this time is spent writing a weekly blog post, a newsletter, then responding to comments (I respond to every comment on this site, it's my fave part of blogging) and finally doing back end stuff, like adding an affiliate link or something.
But that's it. I feel like that's a ridiculously small time to be on my blog and it's making me money.
Compare this to a year ago when I was still at my full time job and spending like 3-4 hours a day on my blog trying to grow it and make a profit.
Maybe that's how things are supposed to go? I mean, I've been working for months to have a system in place, work on passive income and that's happening. It's just weird because I feel guilty like I should be doing more.
One way I am staying is busy is working on projects, aka courses. Right now I'm wrapping up the finishing touches on converting my Ultimate Resource Guide ebook into the Side Hustle to Success course.
I'm also working on a million other projects that are keeping me busy. It's so nice to have the blog being self-operating right now so I can work on my own thing and be creative.
The best part about all the above? I've been doing a lot of this while on the road. I've been traveling and staying busy, and I love that I can work when I want to, from anywhere and can do my own thing.
Third quarter blog goals
I have big goals happening for the rest of the year. The first and second quarter were a lot of prep work – now I feel like I'm in the action zone.
Create a product every quarter
This was a goal I set for myself at the beginning of this year. Yeah, it was a lofty goal. But I knew I wanted to hit it big this year. I'm on pace and am going to accomplish this. I can't share everything I'm working on yet, but I'm pretty excited about it all.
Find new ways to interact with my audience
Writing is my least favorite thing, ha! Unlike many bloggers, I am not a writer. It takes me a while to put together a blog post. Since I'm only writing one blog post every week or every other week, each blog post is crazy long, usually around 2,000 words.
While writing a blog post is great, I want to be more interactive. I have no desire to start a podcast or anything like that, but I'm working on ways to share my voice with my readers so they can get to know me more. One of the best things to come from doing two webinars were the emails I received after each one.
It was really surprising to get emails from readers saying they liked how fun it was to actually see me, and how much they liked watching the webinars because of my personality. This is great, because sometimes how others interpret a blog post is totally different than how I feel writing them. It's nice that readers can see how I act and then can relate to my blog post a little more.
Revamp the website
I plan on spending August updating my website. I really want to make some changes and have been making a list of things I like and don't like about my site. Right now I'm using LeadPages and ConvertKit with my blog, as well as the Teachable platform.
I need to focus on creating a consistent brand with all these different platforms and tie it all in together. It just feels too scattered right now and all over the place.
I'm ready to change things up that will
stop annoying me provide a better experience for readers. Get excited!
Focus on Side Hustle to Success
I am so excited with this course. Back in January I released my side hustle book and now I'm ready to convert it into a course. In addition to the exiting material, I've been able to add several new areas of side hustling that will really be beneficial to others.
- Mystery Shopping
- Panel Studies
- Medical and Research Studies
- Analytical Studies
- Cell Phone Apps + Surveys
- Unique Ways to Make Money
- Referral Programs
- and more!
My favorite part about the course is that it doesn't just give you ideas – it provides you direct links to all the companies I have worked with.