Shattering Goals – 2008 in Review and Looking Forward to 2009
January 1, 2009 - Written by Gyutae Park
Happy New Year! 2008 has gone and 2009 is already upon us. It’s a new year to establish challenging goals and to grow your business to unprecedented levels. In these times, it’s important to keep moving forward, to innovate and to come up with unique ideas that will give you an edge – otherwise, be prepared to get run over.
It’s been an incredible journey here at Winning the Web. This blog was started just over a year ago, and in that short time I managed to grow the blog, make a lot of great relationships and connections, and build the beginning of a successful Internet business. Most importantly, I’m having a ton of fun and I can honestly say that I’m passionate about Internet marketing and all that it has to offer. Hopefully it shows in the way I write my posts and run things around here.
2008 Goals – Did I reach them?
In late December of 2007, I wrote a post that described setting smart goals for your website. In it, I laid out 3 goals for Winning the Web in 2008:
- Attain 1,000 RSS subscribers and $1,000/month in advertising revenue by July 2008
- Post at least once a day with each article having an average of 25 comments each
- Be cited and linked to from all top resources for making money online and Internet marketing
Well, I’m happy to say that I’ve pretty much shattered those goals in 2008. As of today, the blog has 1920 RSS subscribers, earns me over $1,000 per month, and has been featured on a lot of different marketing sites that I only dreamed of being included in in the past. I don’t quite post everyday, but I realized that it’s not always just about quantity. Quality matters more and will help to grow your readership in the long run. How did you do with your goals?
Here are some of my stats for Winning the Web in 2008.
Traffic (in unique visits) has steadily gone up, with some major spikes from social media and special promotions.
Top content (by pageviews) on Winning the Web in 2008.
- Internet Marketing Top Blogs – 37,277
- How to Be a Top 100 Online Marketer in 2009 – 8 Lessons in Personal Branding – 9,354
- How to Build the Best Natural Links – Revealed by 6 SEO Experts – 5,277
- Craziest Internet Marketing Contest You’ve Ever Seen – 4,302
- How to Build a Brand Today – The Future of Your Online Business Depends on It – 3,767
- Time is Your Only Limited Resource – 5 Ways For You To Use It Wisely – 3,503
- The Google-Digg Prophecy – 5 Ways a Deal will Change the Internet – 3,029
- 14 Steps to Transforming Your Career Path to Super SEO Status – 3,003
- How Google Chrome Will Win the Browser Battle – 51% Market Share by 2010 – 2,475
- The 3 Strategies of Link Building – Why & How You Build Links – 2,365
- The Secret to Making Every Link Count For Your SEO Rankings – 2,354
Some very interesting findings here. My Internet Marketing Top Blogs list has paid off to be a great investment. In just 2 short months, it has easily become the most viewed page on the site ALL YEAR. Not only that, but it has gained a ton of links – enough to get a PageRank of 5. Also, 4 of the top 11 pages above were written in the past month. This just goes to show you that you can improve on your blogging and learn to work your sweetspot after gaining some experience. What’s your favorite Winning the Web post of 2008?
Top traffic sources for Winning the Web in 2008
- (direct) / (none) – 19,849
- stumbleupon.com / referral – 19,688
- google / organic – 13,698
- sphinn.com / referral – 5,311
- google.com / referral – 4,423
- shoemoney.com / referral – 1,758
- johnchow.com / referral – 1,685
- tylercruz.com / referral – 1,659
- twitter.com / referral – 1,541
- yahoo / organic – 1,372
There’s nothing to surprising here. StumbleUpon sends me a ton of social traffic as does Google search. My branding efforts also seem to be working well because most people access the site by directly typing in winningtheweb.com into their address bar. Sphinn has been a great source of traffic for me and my connections with other well-known bloggers in Internet marketing have benefitted me as well (e.g. Shoemoney, John Chow, and Tyler Cruz). Twitter is also a traffic source that cannot be ignored and will become increasingly important in 2009 as it gains more mainstream adoption. Be sure to follow me on Twitter @gyutae.
Goals for 2009
For the most part, I’m happy with my progress and the way Winning is Web is growing. However, I have big plans for 2009 and I hope to accomplish even more. Here are some of the things I have in mind.
- Reach 5,000 RSS subscribers by the end of the year. It’s more than double what I have now but I think I can reach it with the game plan I have in mind.
- Finish writing my e-book. I’ve been working on an Internet marketing resource that I know the community will embrace and find extraordinarily useful. It should be out in the next month, so stay tuned for that.
- Release premium content. I also plan on releasing premium content here on Winning the Web for paying members. I won’t disclose all of the details here, but I think it’ll provide tremendous value to Internet entrepreneurs and marketers of all levels.
- Grow other projects. Obviously Winning the Web is a big part of what I do online, but I also hope to expand on some of my other projects in the drum set, iphone, fitness, and education industries.
I don’t care what they say on TV about an economic recession. These are exciting times for Internet marketers and there is plenty of money to be made online. What are you doing today to be successful? What are your goals and strategies for 2009?If you like this post, subscribe to the RSS feed. Get the latest updates delivered straight to your email or news reader.