2016 is here and I assume that you want to make it a better year than 2015. To me 2015 was a year of really connecting with myself and knowing truly what I really want.
I had some set backs and some of my loved ones transitioned over into the metaphysical world, but although it was sad at the time, it helped me find the missing pieces within myself that I found within them. If I would’ve quit, I know it wouldn’t have sit well with them. Especially my grandmother.
But I’ve been thinking things through and been doing a lot of planning. Two great things about 2015 is that I accomplished some goals and had a few epiphanies.
There have been many bloggers who have inspired me, and unknowingly have contributed indirectly to some of the ideas I have for 2016.
And just to tell you, if I commented and shared any of your blog posts, then you are who I’m talking about 😉
So with that said, I like to share with you some of my goals for 2016. I will be making some changes so that I can work even smarter than I did in 2015.
Hopefully my plans will give you some ideas on making some improvements with your blog or home business if applicable. So without further adieu, let’s get into my plan of action.
“The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to know how to live to purpose.” ~ Michel de Montaigne
If you’re a serious solopreneur/entrepreneur, then you’re constantly making new plans.
You always find errors, see places for improvement, and take notice of outdated tools and strategies that needs to be replaced.
It’s an ongoing process of stretching and expanding with your endeavors.
It all stems from new ways of thinking and perceiving the obvious and the not so obvious.
But this is what makes solo/entrepreneurship so interesting and invigorating. It makes each day feel brand new, and one thing I learned is that if you’re getting bored with your routine, then you need a change.
And with each and every new year, there’s always a need for some change.
The one interesting thing about change is the suspense of it.
You really don’t know what you’re going to get but yet you still go through the process which can lead to some surprises.
There may be some strategies you need to add, take away, or put more emphasis on.
When it comes to blogging and internet marketing as a whole, tools and plugins come a dime a dozen and you have to choose which ones works best for you.
With that said, I like to share with you a list of changes I like to make for this New 2016 Year.
Changes To Be Made For The New 2016 Year
At the beginning of 2015 I started a routine which only lasted a few months.
Isn’t that the case for the average person?
But one thing I have noticed is that the only routine that lasted the longest are the one’s I really enjoyed.
Which would you rather have?
Routines and Strategies that you enjoy? Routines and Strategies that work? Or a mixture of both?
I truly believe that if you want to work smarter, then you want to have a mixture of both. Figure out the routine strategies that work for you and enjoy at the same time.
I see this as a way to transfer the feeling of inspiration and trust towards your audience. And when you can do this consistently then your online social status goes up.
I found this to be the case last year, which I drew some conclusions that resulted in the plans for this new year. Here are the following changes I’ll be making:
At the beginning of the 2015 year, I was publishing blog posts 4 times a month. But after my grandmother’s transitioning, I only published about 2 or 3 times a month.
I noticed as far as generating traffic, leads, and sales, I was still getting the same average. My traffic dropped around between the months of September and October, but I was still getting the same amount of leads and sales.
There’s some other activities and projects that I wanted to work on, but I was either too drained to work on them or I just didn’t have enough time (My time is really crunched at the beginning of the school year).
I want to concentrate more on writing ebooks, creating more visual content social media and blog, and creating capture pages.
So with my time crunch and plans, I only want to publish one or two blogs a month which will give me enough time to concentrate on other activities.
In 2015 I was commenting on at least 6 blogs a day, 5 days a week.
I believe this is actually what got me over the 1,000 visitors/month hump and it was great feat.
And there were days I would comment on up to 12 blogs per day.
Although I enjoyed reading other blogs because of the people I’ve met and what I learned, I thought that I push the commenting up a couple of notches and end up on commenting on 60 blogs for the week.
Well since I read most of my blogs on my smart phone, and I walk from site to site at my job, there were a few times where I almost got hit by a car LOL
Besides that, I found that commenting on more blogs doesn’t mean you’re going to get more traffic. Especially targeted traffic.
From this I decided to not overdo the commenting, and only focus on those of you I have built rapport with, blogs I have gained a lot of knowledge from, and the blogs that have the great potential of conveying very useful information.
In 2016 I won’t focus so much on the number of blogs per day to comment on, but more so on other tasks I can benefit even more so from.
Focus More On Promotion
I did a lot of promotion as far as using automated tools, publishing manually on social sites, emailing my list, commenting on blogs with the commentluv premium plugin, and posting in blogging communities.
But I do believe I can do better.
I want to add a a little more diversity by adding more visual content.
There are a lot of tools out there to create it, and I see that with the visual content I have utilized thus far, it does get a better response rate as compared to not posting with any.
So the question is what if I double the exposure using visual content?
What would happen if I add this type of content with quotes with my blog address like I see a few of my blogging friends do?
I can definitely see a future of more traffic and leads as I’m doing this more consistently.
It’s a great way to show your diversity, to show how approachable you are, and also to show that you are the right person for the audience you want to attract.
So with that said, it would be a great idea to double up the visual content in my promotional efforts in order to get more self exposure in this sense.
Focus More on Networking
The Basic fundamental ingredient to building a blog and business is networking.
The more people you connect with, the better leverage you’ll have to grow your blog and business.
I’ve met quite a few people, and they are the one’s who have been very helpful and more supportive more so than the peers I have in the offline world.
When you find people who are like you and have similar goals, then that’s when the magic start to happen.
You’ll start to attract more opportunities and you’ll have stronger social proof so that other’s will be more trustworthy of you and your worth.
I’ve also learned a lot from the different bloggers I’ve met and I have applied many of their suggestions. They know who they are and they have seen the growth. No words can express how grateful I am to have met them.
Networking can come in different facets such as emailing, sharing and mentioning, and commenting on their blog posts.
But I also want to do more of networking on social media and using Q&A sites like Quora, which definitely push your reputation up the ranks.
Incorporate Paid Advertisement
I have used a lot of Paid Advertisement in the past which worked out great despite the little details and testing.
I’ve come across bloggers who are against it, but yet they found their rhythm only through blogging.
You have to do what works best for you, and above all, find enjoyment in it.
I love learning about new marketing paid strategies and tools that correlates with what I want to do, and I do make time to put some of them to the test.
In the past I found that Facebook PPC and Solo Ads worked the best for me. I will incorporate this, but this time, I will be smarter about their use oppose to how I was using them in the past.
But through these paid methods, I was able to grow my list pretty fast and had gotten some sales every month.
There are other paid strategies I have yet to try out which is the exciting part.
Will Accept More Guest Posts
One thing I wanted to start doing last year is to accept guest posts.
I feel that it would be great for my audience to be exposed to other bloggers who they can relate well with and offer some sound advice that they can take from.
Well in the Fall, I got an email from a fellow blogger I’ve been following to do a guest post and offer an incentive that would benefit my audience.
The post went well although we didn’t get as many comments as we expected but the effort was great on his part. Check out the post here!
About a month later I got approached by another fellow blogger who’s blog post idea was the message I’m getting across to my audience.
This post also went quite well and I had got even more comments on it. Click here to read the post!
Now it’s 2016 and again, at the beginning of the year I got approach by another blogger who’s looking to write a guest post!
So with all of these great bloggers approaching me to write guest posts, I will come up with a guideline of what I’m looking for and how to contact me.
And of course, I will be making changes to the guideline as time progresses with all the changes that consistently goes on within the internet and blogging community.
Still Write Guest Posts
I also plan on writing guest posts
This was one of my goals last year, and it was great that some of my blogging friends have approached me to be their guest on their blogs!
I really appreciated that! Thats the power of networking as I previously mentioned!
Here are 4 Guest Posts I last year in 2015
- My Guest Post on Shamsudeen Adeshokan’s Blog – Are You Promoting More Than You Blog?
- My Guest Post on Sylviane Nuccio’s Blog – How To Engage and Build Trust With Your Audience
- My Guest Post on Adrienne Smith’s Blog – Who Should You Really Connect With In The Blogosphere
- My Guest Post on Andrew M. Warner’s Blog – 5 Simple Surefire Ways To Increase Your Blog Subscribers
Since I will be making more time for myself, I plan on writing more guest posts this year than the previous year.
I see this as a great way to keep building my reputation as well as writing skills, showing my competency and to win more people over.
It’s a great way to grow your social proof among the blogosphere because this is one aspect of your reputation that people take strong notice.
The one thing that I want to do is start requesting to guest post on different blogs. I’ve gotten some really great ideas last year on how to approach bloggers, and I like to start applying them.
2016 will be the year that I put myself out there more.
But I want to be smarter about it.
I want to show how anyone can still succeed even though they have a busy schedule. All it takes is the right combination of tasks and you’re good to go.
The problem is a lot of us who lead busy lives don’t know what the secret combination is.
Although we may read blog posts that have great tips or get on insightful webinars, we still have to figure out what really works for us.
As I did last year, I will be posting different strategies and routines that are working for me focusing more on how you can promote yourself even better.
I’ll also be promoting different tools and systems that will help you get on your way to succeed.
So yes, I’ll be more about Pareto’s Principle, sharing how anyone can get 80% of great results while only doing 20% of the work!
Now It’s Your Turn!
What are your plans for the New 2016 Year?
Are you going to make any changes?
How was the previous year for you?
Please share your comments below and share this post with your friends. I look forward to read them!