Hello 2018: Blog Goals & Travel Plans

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Happy New Year everyone! Today is the first day of 2018, so I wish you a great year ahead. As I discussed yesterday in 2017 Reflection, setting goals is really important in blogging. Here are my blog goals & travel plans for this year!

 

1. Learning SEO

I haven’t focused on SEO in 2017, so 2018 is a good start to emphasize on SEO (Search Engine Optimization). My goal is to have more posts ranked on the first or second page of Google search for specific keywords.

How to achieve this goal?

  • Read more documents and guides on SEO
  • Use Keysearch.co platform to find specific keywords to rank
  • Write in-depth article (ideally more than 1000 words)
  • Apply SEO-friendly techniques in articles

 

2. Improving photography

If you read my recent articles, you can notice that I’ve put more pictures and also I edited them carefully. I’m currently taking a photography course at my university, so I hope that I can improve my photography skills & knowledge. Also, as I’m learning Lightroom & Photoshop, I hope that I can create more beautiful contents 🙂

Where to visit in Paris

How to achieve this goal?

  • Take Photography course & practice the techniques in free time
  • Read more photography materials & understand equipment
  • Learn & practice Lightroom & Photoshop

 

3. Increasing pageviews

2017 ended with an interesting news that Expatolife received more than 9000 views in December. I aim at increasing more page views this year, and here is a specific break-down goal:

  • January: 10K views
  • February: 12K views
  • March: 13K views
  • April: 15K views

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How to achieve this goal?

  • Have a specific plan for each month
  • Create more contents & publish frequently based on schedule
  • Focus more on SEO & Social media Marketing
  • Collaborate with other bloggers by writing guest posts & collaboration

 

4. Monetization

I haven’t earned any from my blog, so I’d like to change it this year. I hope to collaborate with more brands & companies, as well as earning from affiliate marketing.

blog goal

How to achieve this goal?

  • Read and learn affiliate marketing
  • Apply for affiliate marketing programs and apply it to posts
  • Write more content that can be monetized: gift guides, city guides, etc.
  • Contact brand & companies to collaborate
  • Build connection

 

5. Social Media Goals

I just made this infographic picture to illustrate my goals for social media in 2018. I strive to improve brand awareness, increasing followers & interaction of each channel.

  • Facebook: 2000 followers
  • Instagram: 10K followers
  • Twitter: 3000 followers

Social Media Goal

 

6. Travel Plans

2017 was an amazing year as I traveled to more than 20 countries and several cities around the world. I decide to take a gap year before studying Master, so I will spend time traveling around Asia. This is the list of the countries that I’d like to visit and discover in 2018

  • Japan: Kyushu area (Fukuoka, Nagasaki & Kumamoto), Kansai Area (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe, Nara), Okinawa, & Hokkaido. I might go back to Tokyo again 🙂
Asakusa Tokyo Japan

I might go back to Tokyo again!

  • South Korea: Seoul
  • Thailand: Bangkok, Chiangmai & islands
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • Vietnam: I’ll explore more places in my country 🙂

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  1. Rachelle Gordon says:

    I love how you not only listed your goals, but have also pin-pointed a few ways how to actually reach your goals. I think learning about SEO will be a great way to help you reach a bunch of your other goals. Have so much fun discovering more about your homeland. Being a tourist at home is always so much fun. Good luck with everything and I can’t wait to read more about your trips!

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  2. Sara Essop says:

    It’s always a great idea to write down your goals and how you plan to achieve them. Good luck with achieving them. And thank you for reminding me that I need to do mine. Re your travel plans, I’ve been to Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. They were all great. I’d love to visit Vietnam though.

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  3. Tom says:

    Seriously when you get your SEO going your pageviews will increase faster than your goals. Reading a lot of relevant articles is important and keep making kick ass content and I am sure you are easily going to reach all your goals! Good luck!

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  4. Dann Castillo says:

    This is such a nice, complete list! I am glad to see we have similar goals regarding our blogs (makes me feel I’m doing something right). I hope you achieve all of them for the end of 2018! Also, your travel itinerary looks amazing! I would LOVE to go to Thailand! Let us know how it went!

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  5. Rob Taylor says:

    Sounds like some great plans! SEO is such a mystery and no matter how you feel you understand keyword research and structure… it’s just a gamble depending on the topic. The travel plans sound fantastic though… and we might just have to reach out for some info around Malaysia. So much ahead!

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  6. Ivy says:

    Good on you for writing down your goals and an action plan for each one. I’ve only been to Hanoi and cruised around Halong and Baitulong Bay. Would love to visit Vietnam again some day and spend more time there!

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  7. James says:

    This is an excellent plan, I hope you can reach your goals. Your page views are growing nicely. I’m sure your IG following will increase as your photography improves. Keep blogging!

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  8. Kevin Del Prado says:

    Seems like we have the same list for 2018 goals. I also tried to invest in learning SEO last 2017, it helped me quite with the page views. Probably focusing more this 2018 and write more posts. 🙂

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  9. Parnashree Devi says:

    These are some practical travel goals. For me, my biggest goal is to launch my Youtube Channel and make more videos. Apart from that I would like to give importance to learning more about SEO and improving it.

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