How To Create An Effective Action Plan For Your Blog

This is a guest post by Daniel.

With a proper plan of action, it’s not possible to satisfactorily achieve your goals. You may achieve some goals in the long term without a plan but most of it will be through fluke. Planning is at the core of any blog. Having a good plan means you’ll know what to do to get to your goals, without floundering or wasting time.

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Write Down Your Blog’s Goals

Why did you start your blog? What were your ideas then and what will be your goals now, based on what you’ve learnt so far? What is your goal? Do you want to earn X amount of money per year, attain fame as a blogger, or use your blog to promote a cause?


Write Down Short Term Objectives

For this purpose of this article, we’ve taken the long term goal of attaining sufficient financial success to let go of your day job in 1 year. Here’s a partial list of short term objectives you need to achieve:

  1. Build a loyal reader base
  2. Promote your blog on social media
  3. Build a loyal fan following on Twitter and other networks
  4. Build relationships with your readers

Set A Timeframe Against Each Objective

Remember each objective in your list will take a certain amount of time to achieve. How do you set a timeframe against something like building a loyal reader base? How many readers will be sufficient for you to start promoting your blog? To know the answers to these questions, you must do your research. Make a list of 5 top blogs in your niche and study how they’ve succeeded. Backtrack to the day they started and mark their progress via old posts, old tweets and PR announcements. What strategies did they use to grow? How long did it take them to achieve their goals? This study will help you set tentative timeframes to achieve your short term objectives.


Evaluate your Skills and Strengths

You may not be able to do everything that your blog needs you to do. To know how much you can contribute, do an evaluation of your strengths and skills. Do you have great writing skills? What about your marketing skills? Are you also good with building relationships with your audience? How are your social media skills?


Evaluate Your Assets

Do you know of any sponsor who can promote your blog and help you get there quickly? What do you need to do to get a sponsor? Find out who the top players are in your niche and make a plan to network with them. You can promote their blogs for free and ask for a return favor. Knowing the movers and shakers in any field is a great asset.


Consider Your Options

If you don’t have all the skills required to achieve your goals, do you need to hire someone, or partner with someone who has them? What contacts can you leverage to increase your reader base? Evaluate all your options and decide on how you’re going to proceed.


Evaluate Your Blog

Take a good look at your blog and consider updating its SEO, navigation, user-friendliness and usability. Get someone to test it for you – are they happy with the user experience? If not, set to work on improving your blog.


Create A monetization strategy

A study of the other blogs in your niche should help you understand how you can monetize your blog. There are many options out there – advertising, affiliate programs, selling products and so on. Find out which methods will work for you, given your interests and limitations.


Create A Marketing Plan

Finally, a good marketing plan is necessary to help you achieve your goals. Having a solid reader base is not the same thing as having loyal customers. The conversion is where the money is at. Work out how you’re going to get there.

Its very important to do your blogging with a proper plan as it will help you measure your success as compared to efforts you've put it and will also help you to find out the strategies and techniques that work better than others. Do you do plan your blogging? If yes then please share your experiences with us.

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About the author
Daniel is from GO-Gulf.com, a leading provider of website designing and SEO services in Middle East.

10 comments to "How To Create An Effective Action Plan For Your Blog"

bhojpurigaane May 19, 2012 at 9:51 PM    

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sunil May 20, 2012 at 1:51 PM    

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Website Application May 23, 2012 at 8:56 PM    

Here we will detail a step-by-step guide for creating an effective action plan – with a well-designed plan and daily action, you can achieve virtually any goal you set out to accomplish.

Web Design Beijing China May 31, 2012 at 7:14 PM    

When it comes to social media I never know if I should go for a one-liner with a link to the blog, a summary or just the title of the blog... Picture or no picture ? There are many strategies but in the end everything is a matter of branding and the target audience of the blog.

Dilshard Seneviratne June 14, 2012 at 8:35 PM    

thanks for the helpful tips.

i am really thankful to you because last 4 years i try to earn income money from online blogging and other methods. But i don't know how to work in this industry. AT LAST Today i found how to work and how to planning if i success in this industry. And also today before reading this article i found my own destination. Because i want peoples loves me and care about me. I want to share my fillings and help peoples who not believe our God and crime every-time everyday and destroy this beautiful world. i want to try peoples help each others and create a one good world where, every people think good, work good in his entire life cycle. i know my English skill is very poor. Sorry for bad English writing. Many Many Thanks......

Att Uverse Coupon July 6, 2012 at 7:41 AM    

The most important thing about blogging is creating attention grabbing and highly engaging content. Even if you post 1-2 times a week make sure you write an effective article and engage readers from the opening introduction to the final summary. This way your blog will create public interest and create traffic.

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