How I'm Planning to Take My Blog to the Next Level in 2019 (and How You Can Too)


It's the end of the year (how, exactly?) and I've been thinking about where I want my blog to go in the next 12 months. In March 2019 I will have had this blog for four years, and for most of that time have just treated it as a hobby. However, in 2019 I'm planning to get a little more serious about blogging and hopefully take it to the next level.

In this post I'm going to let you in on five of my blogging goals for the next year and how I'm planning to achieve them - it'll be something to look back on next December and see how many I've achieved. And I'm even going to give you a few tips on how to improve your own blog. 

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1. Post consistently. 
I'll be honest, I'm not the most consistent when it comes to publishing blog posts. I can go for weeks without writing anything, then churn out a load of posts in one go. My plan is to commit to a schedule in 2019 - ideally I'd like to start posting three times a week. 

Tip: If you're wondering why your blog's not growing, it could be because you're not posting consistently. If you're serious about blogging, creating a schedule where you upload on certain days could be really beneficial. It will help to increase your page views, make you look more professional (which is important if you want to work with brands) and your readers will know when to look out for a new post from you. 

2. Get my DA score to 30.
Even though I've had this blog for four years, it wasn't always called Nic's Healthy Life and used to have a different domain name. I bought the URL nicshealthylife.co.uk at the beginning of 2018 and had to start building my DA (domain authority) up again. In the last 12 months I've managed to increase it to 22 and by the end of 2019 I want it to reach at least 30.

Tip: If you also want to increase your DA, you'll need to put a little time and effort into learning SEO, writing guest posts for other sites (especially ones with a higher DA than yours) and leaving meaningful comments on other people's blogs. Also make sure to have plenty of internal links on your site - when creating a blog post, link to other relevant posts you've written. This will have the added benefit of keeping your bounce rate lower as your readers will be more likely to stay on your site longer and read more of your content. 

3. Achieve one million monthly views on Pinterest.
This is probably my most ambitious goal. It's the one I really want to achieve, but a million unique monthly views seems so far off at the moment. I only started taking my Pinterest account seriously about halfway through 2018 and as I write this post I'm currently receiving around 57,000 unique monthly views. I have a lot of work to do if I want to reach a million but I know that with dedication, hard work and the right strategy I can make my Pinterest take off.

Tip: Pinterest can be an amazing source of traffic for your site, and so many bloggers swear by it. I purchased this affordable Pinterest e-course a few weeks ago - it's so detailed and in my opinion is one of the best out there. By following the tips I'm already noticing such a difference with the amount of traffic my blog is receiving from Pinterest - it's just climbing and climbing. [Update: I've reviewed the course in more detail over in this post if you'd like more information about it.]

4. Grow my socials.
I'm currently sitting at 4,200 Twitter followers and 878 Instagram followers (I've only had Insta for about two years and don't pay nearly enough attention to it). My goal for the end of 2019 is to reach the big 10K on Twitter and 2K on Instagram. I really need to start putting more effort into my Insta - I love scrolling through and liking other people's photos but rarely upload any of my own. I also want to figure out how to use Instagram stories more effectively.

Tip: The main tip for growing your social media accounts is to be active...and interactive. Don't just scroll through your feed - actually take the time to engage with people. Wanna be besties? You can follow me on Twitter here and Instagram here - I follow back all bloggers and will regularly engage with your posts.

5. Make £1000.
This blog isn't my job so I haven't really been putting much effort into monetising it so far. I take on a sponsored post now and then, and have just started using affiliate links in some posts. But in 2019 I'm going to see if I can push it a little bit further and start making a little more money from it. My ballpark goal is £1000 - I might make more and I might make less, but I just wanted to give myself a figure to aim for, to stay focused.

Tip: There are many ways to monetise your blog, including having ads displayed on your site, writing sponsored posts and reviews, using affiliate links, selling your own products or offering a service. If you're looking to work with brands in 2019, have a read of my post A Blogger's Guide to Finding Brand Work for some helpful tips.

I'd love to know what your blogging goals are for 2019. Leave me a comment with what you hope to achieve and we can cheer each other on throughout the year!


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Comments

  1. This is a terrific post. I'm always at somewhat of a loss when I see people talk about goals for their blog. This is really helpful to me. I am a new blogger, so I am learning so much! This will help me take my blog up a notch! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I love these blogging strategies you're implementing in 2019. Hope your DA score will go up! It's hard to make content sometimes, that's why it is important to plan in advance. Making some $$$ sounds like a good plan as well. Good luck! Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas!

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

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  3. This are fab goals Nicola, I hope you achieve them all! 57,000 unique monthly views on Pinterest is awesome, thank you for sharing the course you used, I think I need to check that out, it sounds great. All the best for 2019 and I hope you have an amazing year! Have a wonderful Christmas lovely <3 xx

    Bexa | www.hellobexa.com

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  4. These are such well thought out goals - I love them! I'd love to reach DA 25 next year, reach 10k followers on twitter and a few other things. Good luck! :D

    https://www.chloexlizabeth.com/

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  5. Wow, great tips! Totally pinning this. Tip 2 is a big one for me, I spoke to it a post or two ago. Happy holidays 🎄💕

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  6. Fantastic tips. I am still coming to terms with things like SEO and DA! Pinterest seems like a fabulous resource and posts by more 'expert' bloggers like yourself x
    Laura / https://www.laustworld.com

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  7. Working on Pinterest (and learning how to use it properly) are some goals of mine for next year too. Good luck with your goals! x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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  8. Wow number 1 sticks out so much to me, I have been wondering why my traffic is not growing even tho I am following all the Pinterest tips there are. I have so many ideas but then I try to write a post and I get so overwhelmed.

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  9. All these tips are amazing . we will try to apply all these .
    Thank you for sharing .
    https://www.flyhiee.com/blog/success-stories-and-inspirational-views/meet-the-writers-episode-five.php

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  10. I also started working my Pinterest more. Would probably need to get into some course as well, because I don't really know how to grow it.

    Janja | https://seekingwonderful.wordpress.com/

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  11. Good for you. 1 million views on Pinterest is totally doable if you have the right strategy. I think I will join you on your DA goal.

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  12. I love these blogging goals!! I'm setting my 2019 intentions tomorrow and am totally in with the million viewers!!

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  13. Definitely great goals to help grow your blog! I'm with you on the consistency part - I struggle sometimes with working full-time and having a family and trying to squeeze in time to write. But - as my husband puts it if you want it bad enough you'll find time for it. Good luck with your goals! All the best in 2019!!
    -Morgan from http://www.mommyaboveall.com

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  14. I've never heard of DA. I'll have to look into that one.

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  15. I really like your goals! I'm working on blogging consistently, and will start my blogging schedule up again. I'm hoping to collaborate with some brands and grow my following on twitter and instagram! All the best with your goals and happy New Year! <3

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  16. Love this post! So damn motivating and insightful. I am trying my best to do as much as I can to make my blog better x and it's thanks to people like yourself that I discover the ways in which to do it!
    Laura / https://www.laustworld.com

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  17. I have to say I have quite similar goals to yours (my DA is 20, but I dont think I'll be able to get it to 30 in a year, I've been told it gets really difficult past 25).

    My Pinterest is pretty good, so I'm going to focus on SEO more. There are very interesting online courses on Udemy. You should check them out!

    I haven't even thought about monetizing yet because I have a full time job and I'm not sure how they would add up tax-wise. That requires a bit of research I've been too lazy to carry out so far lol

    I wish you and your blog the best for 2019.

    Kate | https://katedaysaweek.be

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  18. From the sounds of the goals you have set yourself, and the four years you've been blogging for, it seems like we're at similar stages of our blogging journey's! I'm aiming for 500,000 Pinterest MUV (currently on 53.1K after a month of taking it seriously again) by the end of 2019, so best of luck with a million! I hadn't thought about setting monetary goals, but I do want to recoup my losses for what I've spent on my blog over the last few years, so I'm definitely going to incorporate that into my goals for next year. Best of luck with everything you have planned; I hope you achieve, and exceed, your goals!

    Rebekah Gillian | https://rebekahgillian.co.uk/

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  19. This is such a useful post, I'm planning on taking my pinterest seriously from now on. It was originally just a side thing, but I've seen so many bloggers get success from it it's something I want to utilise for my blog.

    beth / www.quirksandqueries.com

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  20. This is amazing for inspiration! I've got quite a few similar goals myself, increasing my DA is definitely a goal I have for my blog this year too. Do you have any advice or tips for increasing it? x

    Can't wait to follow along your journey! I'm sure you're gonna kill it ����

    - Milli

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  21. I definitely need to get on posting more even if life is a little crazy just get on schedule. It can be hard to get things moving on your blog but if we work hard then of course we can make it happen. Greatest of luck on your goals and have an amazing 2019!

    Erica Raquel
    https://www.grandfashlife.com

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  22. These are some amazing goals! I hope you achieve them. I want to get to 10k on Twitter and like you, 1 million monthly views on Pinterest. Best of luck.

    Taiwo | alifestylenerd.wordpress.com

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  23. I hope you achieve your 2019 goals and thanks for sharing them! You’ve inspired me to think of my own :)
    Elaine x

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  24. These are great goals and tips =) My goal is to learn more about DA, I'm clueless at the moment!

    I've just hit 2m pinterest views https://www.pinterest.co.uk/educatinghayley using tailwind. Its only a few weeks since I reached 1m so once you get momentum it really takes off! I have a free month code I can send you if you want to try, just let me know and I'll email it over.

    Wishing you all the best for 2019
    Hayley x

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