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How to reach your blogging goals

How to reach your blogging goals

You won’t reach your blogging goals by blindly putting one foot in front of the next.

Sure, that will get you somewhere, but who knows where? 

You’ll just keep yourself busy without any real sense of direction. 

In order to reach your blogging goals, you have to first know what your goals are.

Then, you have to have a good sense of how you intend to reach them.

In this article, I’ll show you some very simple strategies that can help you to actually achieve your blogging goals.

Set the right goals 

When you sit down to write down your goals (and you must write them down), there are a few things to consider.

Telling yourself that you want to be “a successful blogger,” or that you want to “make a lot of money blogging,” are not goals.

They’re dreams.

Just because you call something a goal, it doesn’t mean you’ll be able to achieve it.

So make your goals things that you can actually achieve.

Be realistic.

Instead of setting a goal to “make money blogging,” for instance, you might choose to “sign up for 3 affiliate programs to promote.”

You probably wouldn’t even know where to begin to “make money blogging,” whereas you can easily figure out how to “sign up for 3 affiliate programs to promote” on your blog.

And that’s a good way to actually start making some money with your blog.

Even more important, it’s a goal you can readily achieve.

Be realistic, otherwise you’re just wishing, not goal setting.

Become a successful achiever

Perhaps the most important reason to make your goal something easily achieved like “sign up for 3 affiliate programs to promote,” is this.

Every time you achieve something, it creates a pattern that your subconscious mind will be able to follow.

Signing up for the 3 affiliate programs may be a good stepping stone to making money on your blog.

But more importantly, you can revel in your success.

It may be a small success, but it’s a success.

And when you get in the habit of completing small goals successfully, you start regarding yourself as a success.

Habits are hard to break once they’ve become deeply rooted.

The easiest way to get into the habit of succeeding is to keep doing it, over and over again.

Become a habitual achiever

Make your goals meaningful, but easily attained.

It’s not so critical when you start doing this to make your goals big or complicated.

Keep them small and simple.

That way, more than achieving a particular goal, you’ll get yourself in the habit of succeeding.

And all successful bloggers get in that habit.

They don’t see themselves as failures, or even strugglers.

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But they do see themselves as achievers, mostly because they’ve been achieving over and over again over a considerable period of time.

Break big goals into little tasks

This goes hand in hand with creating the “achiever” mentality.

To reach your blogging goals, you should break down your big goals into a string of little tasks.

There are two main reasons for this.

Small tasks are easy to accomplish

First of all, you can get in the habit of success and achievement by repeating the process of accomplishing goals repeatedly.

That may not be so easy to do if you’re trying to achieve big goals, though.


Let’s say your goal is to “get 3 blog posts ranked on the first page of Google search this year.”

That may or may not happen.

No matter how good a job you do, you don’t have any real control over how Google will rank your blog posts.

Meanwhile, you will have invested an entire year trying to accomplish something with a very high chance of failing.

Eventual failure would be rather devastating to your self-esteem, wouldn’t it?

And even if you succeeded, that would only be one success in 12 months.

How to create tasks

Instead of trying to reach big goals, what if you broke down your goals into multiple smaller tasks that are more manageable and achievable?

So, instead of investing yourself in getting 3 blog posts rank to rank high, you might put your efforts into accomplishing a string of little tasks.

Maybe they would be things like…

  • write a blog post this week
  • Link your blog post to 2 authority blogs
  • Email or Direct Message both of those 2 authority bloggers to let them know you’ve mentioned them in your blog post
  • Publish a Youtube video summarizing some key points contained in your blog post
  • Post one key point in your article on 3 different social media sites, inviting comments

Now, I just listed 5 small tasks that you can absolutely accomplish.

And you would be succeeding over and over again, building up an achiever mindset that will stay with you long after this particular goal has come and gone.

Build momentum and ride the wave

To make it happen, all you really need to do is roll up your sleeves and get the work done.

Make your goals attainable

By following a strategy like the one I just illustrated, your success doesn’t depend on Google or anybody else.

And you can experience 5 successes in a week.

You have achieved 5 times more in a week than you could have hoped to with one big goal that you committed an entire 12 months to.

Yes, you will be building the habit of achieving.

But in addition, if you do this consistently over the next 12 months, you will actually increase your chance to rank some blog posts high in Google.

The alternative is to just keep writing blog posts aimlessly and without meaningful follow up actions.

Create meaningful tasks

The key to achieving your goals is to break them down into tasks that are not only simple and easily attained, but that are also meaningful.

Look at the short task list I created in the above example.

Each task is meaningful in terms of reaching your main goal.

So, for instance, consider the task I labeled “Link your blog post to 2 authority blogs.”

That’s a meaningful task.

It helps you reach out to other bloggers.

And not just bloggers, but authority bloggers.

That will help you start building an authority network.

As you develop an authority network, you will be inviting stronger backlinks to your blog posts.

That will help your blog post get ranked higher, since Google ranks partially on the basis of authority backlinks.

So each time you complete this task, you are helping reach your goal of getting your blog post to rank high in the Google search results.

And that’s the second reason to implement this simple strategy.

How to reach your blogging goals

Now, I’d like to hear from you.

Let me know in the comments below about your blogging goals.

What strategies do you think might best help you achieve them?

I  just gave you one quick example of how little tasks can lead to accomplishing big goals.

As you continue completing meaningful tasks over and over again, you multiply your ability to reach your goals.

Take action to become a habitual achiever.

And take multiple little actions repetitively over a determined amount of time.

Those are the strategies that will help you reach your blogging goals.


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Donna Merrill
Donna is a well known blogger and creator of "Blogging Magic" - an intensive guide to blogging. "Blogging Magic" is for beginners who are trying to figure out how to bring their blogs to life with tons of visits, comments and social media interaction. It's even for advanced bloggers looking to reach new levels of authority and engagement with their audience.

8 Responses to How to reach your blogging goals

  1. Nikita Verma June 5, 2024 at 4:13 am #

    Great read, Donna!
    Your insights and practical tips are incredibly valuable. I appreciate the clear and actionable advice you provided. Your dedication to helping others succeed shines through in every paragraph. Keep up the fantastic work!

  2. Sayali June 4, 2024 at 1:48 pm #

    Thank you for such an informative article. I am currently working as an Digital Marketing Intern and this article is so useful for me to write my blogs appropriately.

    Thanks again, Donna Merrill!

  3. Adithya Shetty
    May 12, 2024 at 3:41 am #

    Hi Donna,

    Great points! Working to achieve smaller tasks/goals can help you avoid getting overwhelmed. Also, consistency is the key; making it a habit can help us to attain our goals.

    Thanks for sharing!
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  4. Martin Lefebvre May 10, 2024 at 9:25 pm #

    Hi Donna, thank you for this really informative post! I’m a beginner in affiliate marketing and I’m using blogging to document my journey. What you say here are totally in line with what my mentor Dean Holland teaches us so this comfort me on the path I have chosen. Dividing our goal in smaller milestones is indeed preferred over making a giant leap jump right to it.
    My goal is to make my first dollar in commission and I must say that I see this as a giant step actually. So I divided it into several “small” tasks like posting once per week on my blog, post 3 videos on TikTok per week to grow my audience, use forums like Quora to promote my blog, etc. However this becomes really overwhelming as I have to deal with my day job as well.
    Your post gave me some ideas of things I could do better, like writing my tasks on paper and better define each of them on regards to my goal. In this sense I like the idea you said about using video to summarize the key points of you new blog post. In that way I could save time
    because I”m sharing a single idea between my blog post and video on TikTok instead of having to find two separate ideas. Hence this way I could make a better, more efficient promotion of my blog!😊 Cool, let’s get the job done. I want to read more of your posts too.
    Regards, and best of success!

  5. Phil Ramage April 8, 2024 at 4:53 am #

    Hi Donna,

    I am trying to become a successful blogger to promote the affiliate marketing group of which I am a member, the offers it currently has, and the new ones it will have in the future.

    My tasks as I see them are:

    1) Write interesting and informative blog posts. (I’ve written 10 already)

    2) Promote my blog to the outside world. (which I am doing right now)

    3) Build an email list of people who appreciate my blogs

    4) Send regular emails, say once a week, containing more useful advice and promoting what I have to promote.

    I would be grateful if you could confirm that I am on the right track. By the way, I was directed to your blog, by Glenn Shepherd who told me that you are aware of each other.

    Thanking you in advance



    • Donna Merrill May 8, 2024 at 11:57 am #

      Hi Phil

      It does sound like you’re on the right track.

      The 4 strategies you listed will certainly get you results if you continue on the path consistently for a determined amount of time.

      I would suggest you revisit your strategy at least quarterly and see what’s working and what’s not.

      Adjust your way forward accordingly.

      If you are using your blog to promote affiliate products, you need to be sure they are high quality products that will actually help improve the lives and businesses of your target audience.

      And make your articles, videos and other content, equally high quality.

      Remember to always put helping your audience improve their lives is your #1 objective.

      Everything else will work it’s way out as long as you keep working your way forward.

      Good luck!

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  6. Foster Senu November 19, 2023 at 12:17 pm #

    Creating meaningful task and breaking big goals into little task is the way to go. Without breaking down our blogging goals, becoming a higher achievers will certainly be extremely defficult.

    I like your point made on making our goals attainable.

    Great share, Donna Merrill

    • Donna Merrill May 8, 2024 at 12:01 pm #

      Hi Foster

      Breaking your goals down into steps is the best way to make, and keep your goals attainable.

      There are other ways to help you reach your goals, too.

      I suggest you look into the SMART Goal formula – Specific, Measurable, Achievable (attainable), Relevant, and Time-Bound

      These are the keys you need to apply.

      Thanks for your input.

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