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9 First Step Goals for New Bloggers

baby-steps.JPGMy youngest boy will take his first steps any day now. He’s been watching his older brother (and his mum and dad) run around the house for 12 months now and you can just see in his eyes the desire to be up and doing it too. This week he’s started pushing around the block trolley (right) and is practicing his standing up without the aide of anything to pull him up.

It’s not been a fast process and by no means do I expect to see him running around the house soon but he’s almost ready for his first steps.

Many bloggers start blogs these days with the dream of millions of readers and making large amounts of money.

While it is possible to build blogs that are widely read and profitable and there’s nothing wrong with dreaming big – the reality is that it takes time and a lot of work to build these kinds of blogs.

New bloggers would do well to spend more time thinking about their ‘first steps’ than just the big picture dreams and goals that they have..

Yesterday while chatting with a brand new bloggers who had some very lofty goals for this blogging I reflected back to him that I felt that in addition to the big dreams he had that I wondered if he might also benefit from having some realistic goals for the short term.

Here’s a list of 9 first step type goals that I suggested to him that might be a good place to start:

  1. Publish 10 Posts
  2. Getting your first comment from someone you don’t know
  3. Get your first link from another blog
  4. Build your readership up to more than 20 readers a day
  5. Hit a level of 20 RSS subscribers
  6. Getting your blog indexed in Google
  7. Get your blog earning $1 a week (update: only if making money from your blog is one of your goals – it’s not for everyone
  8. First guest post on another blog
  9. Having someone (not you or your mum) tweet about your blog

Note: Others goals might include goals more to do with setting up your blog including those related to design, platforms, setting up metrics/stats etc.

To someone who has been blogging for a while these kinds of goals might seem rather small and insignificant – but for a new blogger they’d be where I would start.

For new bloggers these goals might also seem a little insignificant also (in fact the blogger I was talking to told me I was thinking too small and dismissed my idea) – however I’d argue that to get to your big dreams there is a lot of steps in between – many of which might not be glamorous or as fun to think about. However sometimes it’s helpful to visualize the very next steps that you need to take in order to move towards your goals.

Tangent: I once had opportunity to meet a guy who had travelled the world climbing some of the highest mountains. When I said to him that it must be an exciting thing to do he told me that there are moments of exhilaration and excitement but that the reality is that much of what he does when climbing a mountain is pretty boring. It’s one foot in front of another type activity through foothills, carrying a heavy pack and not feeling like you’re making much progress. Of course once you make it to the top or conquer challenges along the path you have moments of excitement but it all starts with setting out from base camp and with the goal of getting to a point where the climb starts in earnest.

Once you’ve achieved these first goals start to increase them. You might want to double the numbers for the next step (although for different bloggers the numbers will no doubt be different) – then double them again and so forth.

What other ‘first step’ goals would you suggest to a new blogger just starting out? If you’re a new blogger what are your first goals?

About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Comments

  1. cdr vierge says:

    I’m still in the planning stage to launch a blog-for-profit, and it’s nice to be reminded not to try to jump too far ahead. The business I sold 7 years ago took me 20 years to build and started with 2 other people and 2 clients.

  2. Pascal says:

    I am going to publish my blog on October 5. My goals are

    1. 100 RSS readers in 30 days.
    2. 100 posts in 30 days.
    3. 100 backlinks from blogs and sites in 30 days.
    4. 1000 facebook fans, 1000 twitter followers etc in 30 days

    I will post again here on November 5 about what i achieved.

  3. Eric says:

    A good post! Starting out small is always a good idea with anything that you do. I’ve just started my blog recently, and I would say I’ll have my hands full for a few months just trying to accomplish some of those goals.

  4. muntthee says:

    Great post. I just started a blog about a month ago and I have been looking for very specific goals to follow. The 10 list is a really great start for me. Thank you!

  5. moonwalker says:

    im start 3months in blogging and not achieve my goal,yet, i will practically follow your 1st 9 steps

  6. jeux pokemon says:

    Hi Darren, I just became a fan of your club here….and yes I would have to agree with you on this, I think anything in life that we propose to achieved, there is the requirement to taking baby steps, before we want to walk and then run…. the challenge is to be consistent with the plan….I’ve seen this kind of connection happen in my kids too, and is such a lovely experience for any parent to see,…. I love this thread or post… :-)

  7. David says:

    goals 1 and 2 = done
    currently working on 3 and 4.

    Im glad this post was written because I was looking for some goals to strive towards and was getting only 2 or 3 in my head. Thanks for giving me and many others goals to look forward to.