Monday, August 23, 2010

Wealthy Affiliate Progress: Goals & Tasks

My blog posting has admittedly fallen to the wayside as I've concentrated on my niche sites over the summer. A big part of the Wealthy Affiliate approach is to set goals and create related tasks to accomplish these goals, periodically checking in to ensure you're still on track. The goals are an important way to envision success and articulate what you hope to achieve.

Written goals give you a way to measure your progress, and your successes or failures along the way. For example, one of my goals is to earn $800 per month from my three mini cooking-niche sites combined by September 12, 2011. Since they are currently earning just a few dollars each every month, I have a good amount of work to do to see the achievement of my goal. That's where tasks come in.

The tasks related to each goal are the specific ways in which you will work to achieve the goals. Tasks are set up on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis, depending on your level of motivation and time available. One of my current tasks is to add three posts or pages to each of my cooking sites this week, and create one new backlink for each.

My Wealthy Affiliate control panel includes a user-friendly section for Tasks & Goals where I can stay organized, and create or delete these items as needed. Of course, actually doing the work is still up to me ... but having both my goals and self-created tasks staring at me is totally motivating and I am accomplishing much more than I was without a written plan.

An unanticipated benefit to my membership there has been the tools to promote Wealthy Affiliate and earn commissions on referrals made. To date, I've earned $394.50 from WA commissions, just by discussing WA on two of my blogs and in a few emails. Everyone who joins has the ability to see this kind of success and better. With the tools and instruction provided as part of your membership, you can use WA to pay for itself at a minimum, or provide another income stream to further diversify your online income.

What are your current goals for making money online? Have you set up specific tasks to help you reach those goals?

P.S. After writing this post, I noticed that fellow WAHM blogger Felicia at No Job for Mom is dreaming big with a  long term goal in the six figures annually ... I have no doubt she'll get there, and you can, too!


Kidgas said...

First of all, let me say that I think it is absolutely essential to having written goals in order to keep oneself on track. In my latest post, I review my own goals from 2010 and see what modifications I need to make.

Secondly, let me say that I read Felicia's post and was certainly impressed. Six figures is quite an undertaking, but I also believe that she is more than capable.

Finally, let me say that I wish you the best as you work toward your goal a little over one year from now. I will be following closely as you update your blog.

Gayle said...

Maria--I, too, think having goals and breaking those goals into smaller tasks is the way to motivate myself. I am currently taking the 2010 Challenge by Ed Dale.(used to be 30 day challenge) Janet Ford from Ehow recommended this course to me 3 years ago. Every year it is free and every year we learn about internet marketing and article writing and blogging! He also recommends setting goals and breaking those goals into smaller tasks. I admire what you have accomplished at Ehow and at your My Work at Home Blog. keep up the good work. My newest niche is I have just started that and it is pretty pathetic --but I am learning. Thanks for your posts! Gayle