Well as the year is coming to an end the resolutions are starting to turn up and as this blog has grown tremendously, we saw a 500% growth from 7511 unique visitors in January 2007 to 44000 unique visitors as of December 2007. I am quite happy with the growth and want to give more attention to the blog and my readers in the coming year.
I missed out on making any specific goals last year due to my personal ambitions that I had to fulfill, but, now that has been done over with I wanted to set some goals for 2008, though I am firm believer in setting short time goals I want to plan ahead and achieve smaller goals that will eventually lead to the big goal.
Looking at the past this year has been really fulfilling taking into consideration that I lost interest in blogging for about 6 months and after making a come back got lots of love and made lots of friends, there were disappointments too where few of my ventures failed as I could not give much time for it, blogging aside I have set personal goals for them too so that I can make them a success.
Here are my Goals For 2008
Increase Traffic and Subscribers
Every website owner has a dream that they get lots of traffic and feed subscribers, I am not unlike them and have the same ambitions. Though I almost tripled my traffic and subscribers in 6 months I still want to set new standards in 2008. Currently I sit with around 1500 unique visitors per day and around 450 feed subscribers.
In 2008 I want to quadruple the traffic to at-least 6000 unique visitors per day and 1000+ feed subscribers. Many may think it is impossible but I did triple in 6 months so I have certain plans in place which I hope will work out and fulfill my ambitions.
Though this will not be possible without you readers I Thank You and hope you get more out of the site than ever next year.
More Quality Content
Techie Buzz has always been about quality content and original tutorials and how to’s, but I am still unhappy with what we are providing to the users. We definitely want to provide more quality and unique content to readers so that they can find useful information from this site.
There are a host of articles on this site which are useful and buried deep in the archives, as of this year we have started to showcase those articles in one place for readers to easily find them, we plan to update the list regularly to make it easier for users to find information.
Also with the introduction of 4 new great authors who will lend their expertise that a single author (read me) lacked we aim to give you the best from across the board. We are still looking for one more author and if you think you want to join the team please contact us.
More Online Revenue and Direct Advertisements
At the current stage I am quite happy with the blogging revenue I make but that said there is always a dissatisfaction at whatever you get. On a whole I make approximately $500 a month.
Google AdSense, Kontera, BurstMedia and affiliate sales constitute my current revenue. I have a very marginal income from direct ad sales which I would definitely want to improve upon rather than depending on other sites.
Though I am happy with the revenue I definitely want to increase it as I have to pay more now and in order to that I have to start earning more. Though I do not want to quit my job and become a full time blogger I do intend to make at least $2000-$3000 per month by next year. If I make more I can pay more to authors who help us generate more quality content on this blog, so it’s a part and parcel that if the family grows everyone of them grows accordingly.
Before the Google crackdown on paid links and reviews I used to do paid reviews which added more gloss to that income but now have decided to only do direct reviews that are ordered from me. A review on this blog earlier cost $350 but if you directly order it you can get it for $200. If you are interested in a direct review contact us. For more information on advertising options you can check out our advertise page.
More Posts and Comments
Currently this blog has 441 blog posts excluding this one and 2510 comments. These are definitely rocking numbers but I want to get out at least 500 quality posts next year and gain at least 5000 comments from users, that’s averaging 10 comments per post. I want to build a community that readers find useful. For that I urge every one of our readers to comment and share their views and experiences so that any other reader can find them useful.
A post is just a post every comment is a huge contribution towards making it better and that cannot be achieved without your active participation in it. If there is a post of a software we reviewed and you as a reader use it too, your experience in using it would mean much more than the post itself as it acts as a much more unbiased opinion than we provide in the post.
As a author and the owner of this blog I urge everyone of you to share your views and comments to make the blog posts more useful. Without your comments the post would turn out to be less useful to the user.
One WordPress Plugin Per Month
The biggest aim for me other than blogging is to release at least one plugin per month both time and ideas permitting. Though I have released 4 plugins this year I am to release at least twelve plugins next year.
I hope to make those plugins both useful and bug free so that every WordPress user can make use of it. I have set a goal of dedicating at least 40 hours in a month to churn out quality plugins for the community.
I have 4 WordPress plugins in development right now, one of which will be released in the new year. That said your annoyances and requests for plugins are highly appreciated and requested, do contact me so that I can turn them into reality. Though I do not promise to convert every idea or annoyances into plugins I will do my best wherever I can.
The most important contributor to this blog is you as the reader and we want to hear you opinions on what we need to improve upon in the coming year. Without your feedback and appreciation this blog would not reach its goals.
We welcome every feedback you give us and appreciate it as it helps us grow better. Your queries are our concern so if you have any question or are having a trouble with a software please feel free to contact us we will definitely try to resolve us.
That said a big Thank You to everyone once again for making this blog a success and bringing me back to blogging, look forward to next year where we will surely entice you to stay with us for a long time to come.
Keith – Techie Buzz Editor and Owner.