The end of the year is a fabulous time to set goals that will help you make more money online in the new year (and beyond).
Here are a few New Year's business resolutions you might want to consider adopting:
Ask for help
We often fail to achieve our goals because we don't ask for help. Don't let ‘not knowing' or ‘not understanding' undermine your potential for success. Reach out and ask for mentoring, guidance and support when you need it. Join a membership site that teaches what you want to learn and has a community forum in which you can get answers to your questions.
Cultivate a positive mindset
Success is nearly impossible to achieve when we focus on our failures, doubts and worries. View mistakes as part of the process. Learn from them and be grateful that no one died. 🙂 Derive motivation and inspiration from the success of others.
Making a million dollars in the next 30 days is unlikely (despite what scam marketers tell you) unless you win the lottery or your rich uncle croaks and leaves you his fortune. Recognize that reward is in direct correlation to effort made.
Learn something new
Do some reading or take a course to improve your writing skills. Read a book to improve your self-confidence or your self-discipline.
Adopt new methods
Investigate different strategies that you can adopt to grow your business. Add product sales to your Adsense site. Add Adsense to your affiliate blog. Offer one-on-one coaching to your repertoire. Turn your blog into an exclusive membership site. And for Pete's sake, quit relying on Feedburner alone and install that Aweber code!! 🙂
Focus on your target market
If you sell medical and health products to boomers, spend more time where they hang out online and less time tweeting about Kim Kardashian's antics.
Know your numbers
Analyze your best traffic sources, best-selling products and blog posts from the previous year. Focus on those to make additional recommendations and sales to your existing audience.
Get more social
Social media marketing will continue to explode in 2012 and is clearly the best way to get free traffic to your blog. Ramp up your Facebook and Twitter activities to grow your reader and customer base.
Respect your time
Learn to automate every process that can be automated. For example, use Aweber's blog broadcasting to automatically deliver your latest blog posts to your subscriber list and Twitter. Be sure that each of your blog posts, Flickr and YouTube uploads also get posted automatically to Facebook. Increase your productivity with simple and inexpensive webmaster tools.
Celebrate your accomplishments
Savor and enjoy every step you take, no matter how small it seems. Give yourself a pat on the back or reward yourself in some way. Success isn't really success unless we enjoy it.
I hope those suggestions help you make more money online during the year(s) to come. My best wishes to you and yours for a happy, healthy and Prosperous New Year!
P.S. Please help out a fellow blogger and add your suggestions in the comments section below.
Note: This post was originally published in 2010 and has been updated for 2012.