Another year has flown by and just like every other year, I'm amazed at just how quick It's over.
2016 is a new year. A new start at getting things right. I've been able to achieve most of the goals I've set myself to. I feel it's due to the way I set them. With that in mind, I'm going to list my process on setting goals and how to go about achieving them.
First of all, you'll achieve nothing by sitting around reading or watching youtube videos. 'Researching' as we like to call it. It's ok to do a bit of it but a large part of your activities must include connecting your idea to your target market. This is true whether it's a product, blog, service, forum, website or anything that requires a customer.
The most successful businesses were brave enough to put their products out there and work on continuously improving them based on peoples feedback. It doesn't have to be perfect, perfection comes over time.
ok, let's set some goals.
Starting with my own goals as an example, I'm going to keep it simple.
- My only goal is to reach 10k/month consistently with my online businesses.
This includes my blog which is around 3-4k/m right now.
Notice how I only have one goal? having only one goals makes it achievable. Having too many goals will confuse your mind and just like every other year you won't achieve any of them.
That's why athletes get so good at what they do. Their sport is their number 1 focus, their only focus.
I know people who have so many damn goals, years go by and they haven't achieved any of them. Don't be those type of people. You need to properly manage your mind and to do that focusing in is essential.
Anyway, so that's the goal. Now we need to plan how we're going to reach it. For starters, I already have a 3-4k/month business. It makes sense to try and grow this as it's already working, has a good reader base and hasn't really been worked on much. I'm going to try grow this along to around 10k.
At the same time I'll be testing tonnes of new ideas and businesses every week till I find something that I'm satisfied I can grow.
By testing, I'm referring to validating my idea. There's a simple way to do this.
Run traffic to a landing page, pitch your idea and track how many people are willing to click the 'buy' button.
Yes, we don't really have a product at the moment so clicking the buy button will just take them to a 'coming soon' type page, but at the most part you'll get an idea of how many people are willing to make a purchase.
Before, I would see how many would 'opt-in' but this is the wrong way to do it. People that 'opt-in' aren't necessarily willing to buy something. You won't buyers not readers so any SaaS or service businesses I want to test, I need to know how many are willing to buy.
I'll be writing a lot more on this method in 2016.
The best way to achieve my 10k/m goal is to see who's making 10k+ in the Internet Marketing blogging world and emulate their process. That's what I'll be doing for the most part.
At 3-4k/month, I'll need to increase my monthly revenue by around $500 - $600 per month till I reach 10k/m by the end of 2016. Seems doable right? I think it is.
My activities for 2016 will include
- More frequent blogging
- Better funnelling
- More of a focus on email capture
- Implementing new ideas for blog and seeing what works
- Testing new ideas every day, (magazine subscriptions, websites, forums, etc).
I'm going to break these into weekly activities and continually work on them at the same time monitoring results.
Anyway, hope everyone had a great Christmas and have a happy new year!
Let's make 2016 the year we finally achieve what we want.