When it comes to starting an online business, you need to set goals for yourself, and that’s no different for people who want to be affiliate bloggers.
Setting goals for your business can mean the difference between being successful and being a complete failure, so don’t skip setting goals! They are absolutely vital to your success!
The best way to get started with setting goals for yourself and your blog is to keep it simple but to also challenge yourself.
Your goals will change as times goes on, but at the beginning of your journey make sure that you keep things simple.
You want to make sure that you’re setting goals that you can actually achieve so that you get some “wins” in the beginning. It will give you the motivation to keep going and to push harder.
If you fail over and over again your motivation will take a serious hit, and you will end up quitting before giving yourself even have a chance to succeed.
To get you started, let’s first talk about the “categories” your goals will fit into as an affiliate blogger.
The first is…
When you first get started your income is going to be very small. It takes a while to get to the big money, but once you reach one income goal, then set another one and repeat that process to infinity.
Traffic is something you’re going to need to work on every day for your blog. If you’re not getting traffic, you won’t be making any money, so you want to have goals related to getting traffic.
Then we have…
There are all kinds of goals you can set for content. From creating it to how well it converts your readers into buyers, and everything in between.
Another important one is…
Your metrics will be shown to you through whatever analytics that you’re using on your blog. You should always work to raise your metrics. Things like conversions, clicks, bounce rates, time on your site, etc.
So, make sure you have some kind of analytics on your blog from day 1. If you can’t measure your results, you won’t know if you meet some of your specific goals or not.
There are also…
Focus and actually getting things done is one of the biggest problems that affiliate bloggers face. You should have goals that help you be productive and get all of the different parts of your work completed.
Now having all of these goals is great, but you need to get them down on paper. You can either go “old school” and write them down with pen and paper or you can go digital and put them in a Word document or some kind of spreadsheet, but you must have them somewhere that you’re constantly reminded of them.
The old saying “out of sight, out of mind” is true and if you’re not constantly reminded of your goals you will forget about them.
To help you get started with some ideas for your goals here are some example goals for an affiliate blogging business…
- A timeline for when you will have your blog setup and ready for you to start creating content. (which would be a Productivity goal)
- The creation of X amount of posts per week. (which would be a Content goal)
- Make $100 in a 30 day period. (which would be an Income goal)
- Getting X amount of visitors to your blog in a 30 day period. (which would be a Traffic goal)
- Working on your business for X hours a day. (which would be a Productivity goal)
These are just examples, and you can set any goals that you want, but you need some goals to get started and to keep you focused and moving forward.
Once you’ve gotten into the grove of things and you’ve gotten through the beginning stages of getting your blog going, then your goals will change.
They will get bigger and be more specific.
As you start making money from your blog creating a monthly income report post can really help you keep track of your goals.
This is simply a post you make talking about how much money you made, marketing strategies you tried, traffic sources and how much traffic you got, etc.
Do a Google search for “blog income report” and you’ll see that a lot of bloggers do this depending on their niche.
You could even keep this private just for you, but it’s a great way to help you achieve and set bigger goals.
Here are some examples of other goals you might set for your blog…
- Consistently make $xx,xxx a month with your blog (which would be an Income goal)
- Consistently get X amount of visits to your blog a month (which would be a Traffic goal)
- Decrease the bounce rate overall on your blog. (which would be a Metric goal)
- Increase the amount of time visitors spend on your site by X amount of time. (which would also be a Metric goal)
- Update old content that is on your blog. (which would be a Content goal)
And of course, there are so many more goals that you will have, and you’ll figure those out as you go.
Your goals will show themselves as you build your business!
The most important thing as I said is that you are constantly setting goals, constantly working to achieve those goals, and setting new goals when you do achieve them.
Don’t ever stop learning, getting better, or earning more money.
I recommend that you join some Facebook groups or forums on the topic of affiliate marketing and talk with others about goals that they set and how they’re achieving them.
When you work with and learn from others, you’ll get more ideas for the goals you can set and even achieve them quicker by seeing what other people are doing.
Affiliate marketers are a great group of people and are always willing to “share their knowledge” to help a fellow affiliate marketer succeed. Not only will you meet your goals, but you’ll be learning more too!
Here’s the most important thing though. Don’t be afraid to fail.
Every fail is a learning experience and when you fail to meet your goals, step back and analyze why, and then set a new goal that you can achieve.
After every failure you will be that much closer to success. Just don’t stop going after those goals!
And don’t forget…
If you haven’t already be sure to download our Affiliate Campaign Checklist.
This checklist will keep you on track during all of your upcoming affiliate promotions so that you don’t forget any important steps. You will find this checklist extremely helpful.