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End of Year Plan

Updated from Nov 17, 2018

Business Organization

Will you reach your goals for the year?

This year 2021 or the next decade?

10 year business

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What’s My Future?

Looking back over the decade…

What do you want to create,  or achieve over the next 10 years?

What do you want to feel or accomplish in terms of your…

  • Health and well being?
  • Finances?
  • Relationships?
  • Career or business?
  • Community ?

Think about how you want to feel on a more consistent basis in the next year?

Do you want to experience more freedom and flexibility — if so, to do what exactly?

The goal is to be as specific and concrete as you  possibly can. Envision the best possible coming decade of your life and let yourself really, really dream.

A surprise gift at the end of this post. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Don’t underestimate what you can achieve.

To Start -Brainstorm for 5 mins, writing without stopping all the things you want in your life for the next 10 years.
My Top 3 Most Important Goals For Next Year are…

  1. …..
  2. …..
  3. …..

Once you’re done, go back over your list and answer these questions:

What are the three most important goals you want to focus on over the next 12 months?

  1. ……………………….
  2. ………………………
  3. ………………………

Some prompts you can experiment with:

Write as your self 10 years down the line telling the you  what you should know.

  • I’d love you to start…
  • I’d love you to remember…
  • I’d love you to focus on…
  • I’d love you to relax and enjoy….

1.  Be Crystal Clear About Your Goals
If you are selling an item,  whether it’s an idea, or your company’s product or your own service. Writing content that adds email subscribers to your list is the way to go. Each email is a potential client or sale so you see how important this tip is.

How well did you do with your email list?

Currently working on building my email list using  Convert Kit. Features are built by bloggers, for bloggers. They know what it takes to grow a successful online business. They have an app with features tailored to our needs as bloggers.

Too many email marketing tools get in your way. I have tried many different types of tools, you can see my recommendations page and yes they do make it complicated.  For email I have tried aWeber, Constant Contact, FloDesk, and many others.   Business organization for the end of the year

2.What Is The Fastest Way To Grow Your Traffic?
Post somewhere, and then link it back. Like on a quest post.

Social email and direct traffic will form your basis for a consistent traffic stream. However, the best way to attract a large number of new readers is to post on other sites with more traffic than your blog and then it link back.

A good source of this type of traffic is done on something called a Round-Up post. You can do one yourself, simply email your list of blogger friends and ask a simple question that they all answer, about how they achieved something.

Compile their answers with their pics and 1 or 2 lines from them. They will distribute your article to their friends. Bringing in new readers is critical, without traffic your business will only be on your screen -alone!

Another idea would be to join a blogging community. These are very helpful for new bloggers just starting out, or even for bloggers with experience. Everyone comments on your blogs in the community.  I was associated with a large blog community, I was the welcome coordinator for almost 4 years. PAC now closed.

3. Life Time Marketing Tools – Your BLOG or  your Facebook Page (s)
It doesn’t really matter what you may be selling, you should design your content to guide potential customers through a buying process. This is referred to as a buying funnel. Educate your customers about a product, cultivate people as an expert and convince them to buy your product or service and close the sale internally right on your site or re-direct people to your blog in the case of Facebook.

Some people use the personal page that Facebook gives to you when you join for business. It says in the TOS that the personal page is NOT for business use. They have Facebook Business pages that you create for doing business. These pages also have analytics so you can see what traffic you are getting. I do not post about business on my personal page, but others do share my articles, and they show on my personal page. I thank them for sharing.

4. Resources – How To Find Awesome Content Sources
For Facebook posts try linking to them from Pinterest. The search tool helps find traffic content using hashtags.

I find subjects for my articles, using Google search. I also use another search engine  -Pinterest. Use of keywords for both works very well as well as hashtags. A business listing with Google My Business is also a great idea. More on that next time.

5. A Marketers Group
Another source of business organization to use is Inbound.org. https://inbound.org/top  Content on the website is based on votes from users. You can receive email daily or weekly to your email box. Subjects on Inbound such as Marketing tools, Search, Social Media Tips, Content Marketing, Conversion, Analytics, Mobile and Startup Marketing. Google sends you information based on the keywords you ask.

6. Photos or Images
I use Free Digital Marketing.com – With a very large inventory of pics that you can use. It has paid photos or a pic free if you site the source including the artist’s name in your post.  Also, can use Flickr for photos or I use a lot of my own photographs.

7. Find a Good Mentor
I have found a few that I follow. I get to know them online from something they have posted, such as a blog post linked from Pinterest. I liked the way that they have branded themselves and the products that they have to sell. I have taken many courses that have helped me enormously. For the new year I have found a women that is very good at marketing. I have bought her courses and her book.

There are all kinds of ways of writing website content for your posts and blogs. Next time you have articles to write, gather these resources and you will find it a much easier way to write your content.

Merry Christmas!! My year end gift is Marie Foleo’s FREE Decade Review -for you.

…Sourced from  Marie Forleo  “When you know the things that have made the biggest difference in the quality of your life, you’ll be able to make wiser decisions as you plan the next ten years.

“Take Marie’s decade-in-review-10-year-plan.”

Visit my post on this Decade In Review Plan.

Decade In Review

I hope your year-end business organization brings happiness and joy to you and your business and your family.


About Kathryn R. Maclean  http://www.facebook.com/marketingofflineonline
A certified Social Media Campaign specialist using Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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  1. ikechi
    Hi Kathryn

    You have shared awesome ways to combat wrier’s block. I do agree that there should a resource that will help writers overcome this issue. Thumbs up for a great post.

    Thanks for sharing. Take Care

  2. Robin Khokhar
    Hi Kathryn,
    Very Nice tips for writing content. You really have done a good job. Keep up the work.
    Thanks for sharing.
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  3. Kathryn,
    Thanks for all your good suggestions. As 2017 draws to a close I am evaluating and revising my goals and marketing strategies. One goal has been to speak on summits. After that, my goal was to create summits. Now that I have spoken on about 20 summits and created 5 of my own, I am ready to focus on creating my own products again and revamping my own mentoring program. Feels a bit like a daunting task – and – I do have a few top mentors to assist and bring the much needed inspiration.

    Dr. Erica

    1. Hi Dr. Erica,
      Yes this is the time to revise and evaluate. You reached a goal that you set for yourself and then went beyond it. Now from what you learned you are creating your own products and offering a mentoring program. Having top mentors to assist with inspiration is the way to go. I am on this path just as we all are in the blogging and marketing niche. All the best to you in the new year and as it’s now Dec, Merry Christmas Erica. I appreciate your warm comments.

  4. Useful suggestions, Kathryn
    Good to look at them and find what we are maybe missing. I also use google alert to get news about some of my interests. Joining a blogging community like PAC surely helps every blogger.
    And it is true we always do good to learn new things maybe from a mentor.
    Good suggestions to think about.
    Thank you

    1. Hi Erika,
      Nice to see you visit! Yes this time of year lends itself to looking at what we may have missed. I also use Google Alerts for a few subjects. They do come up with some interesting articles on what you specify. Of course, I love PAC being the welcome lady.(I have a tab on the top about it) Thanks for your comments.

  5. Hello Kathryn! As Dr Erica has stated I to am using this month to revise and evaluate everything that I have going on in my life as well as business. It has been a tough year but I am not giving up.

    Thank you so much for all you do my friend!
    Chery :))

    1. Hi Chery,
      Life is sometimes very tough. A good time to revise and evaluate business and personal life. Never give up my friend. Thanks for your comments.

    1. Hi Dr. Elise,
      That is impressive, “entering 2018 from a position of power.” You certainly should feel really good about that! Thanks for your comments.

  6. Hi Kathryn,

    I always make it a point to set goals when I am blogging. I’ve been guilty of setting unrealistic goals.

    Now that I’ve been blogging for a year, I realize how much hard work goes into growing an online business.

    As long as I continue to see consistent growth, I am pretty happy. Sure we’d all love to see faster growth, but as long as we’re reaching our short-term goals, eventually we’ll reach our overall goals.

    Thanks for sharing and great tips on increasing our traffic.

    Have a great day 🙂


    1. Hi Susan,
      It’s good to set goals, short-term and well as long-term goals. You are right about the hard work, but then, everything worthwhile is always hard work.
      I have seen your work Susan, I’m surprised you only have been blogging for a year! All in good time. Nice to see you visiting my blog. Thanks for your comments.

  7. Hi Kathryn,

    These are great tips for the end of the year.

    We all know how important a steady flow of traffic is, and the roundup post idea strategy is a solid one.

    Thanks for all the great ideas for running a vibrant online business.

    1. Hi Donna,
      Yes, I am thinking of doing a roundup post idea in the new year. Would love to have you as one of the participants. Something along the lines of -what is your best tip for ….. Thanks, I have lots of ideas. Thanks for your comments.

    1. Hi Shaheen,
      I do try to provide valuable content to help others with their businesses online. Thank you for your comment, much appreciated.

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