2013 Goals: What’s Next for Me?

At the end of every year I like to write about my goals for the upcoming year.  I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not great about revisiting my goals throughout the year to make sure I’m on track, but I still think it’s better than not setting goals in the first place.

While you obviously want to fully accomplish your goals, I also like to create goals as a way to motivate myself in the new year.  As I’ve said before, even if I don’t reach any of my goals (at 100%), I often find that the simple act of setting goals gets me to do much more than not setting goals.

Without further ado, let’s get to the 2013 goals!

My 2013 Goals

I didn’t accomplish everything I wanted to in 2012, so you’ll notice that some of these goals may be repeats.  I like to keep my goals both simple and easily measurable, as you’ll notice below. These goals represent my online business goals – I may have other goals for 2013 in my personal life that don’t really belong on this list. :)

#1 Earn $100,000 between my online projects and offline “9 to 5″ job.

This goal still remains on top of my list (now for the 3rd year in a row) because I think it’s a good overall income goal that should be attainable (albeit difficult to accomplish).

This income milestone would require massive growth in my online earnings, but I still think it can be done.  I’d love for this to be the last year I have this specific goal, so we’ll see what I can do to reach it.

#2 Get back on track with the slow carb diet and get my authority site to 10,000 unique visitors per month.

As many of you know, my slow carb diet site is the primary authority site I’m working on.  In order to make the site successful, I need to stick to the diet. Much of the site’s content and recipes are directly related to my own dedication to the diet.

I’ve taken a short break during this holiday season because to me, food is at least half the fun of the holidays. Starting right after New Years Day, I will get back on track.  I also just received a digital SLR camera as a gift from my girlfriend, so I’ll now be able to take some amazing food pictures for my recipes on the site.

10,000 unique visitors per month isn’t anything crazy, but it would be a substantial increase over what I receive right now, and would be considered a solid accomplishment in a niche that is wildly competitive.

Along with this goal, I plan to better monetize the site.  Right now, because there isn’t a ton of traffic (usually 20-30 unique visitors a day), there isn’t much I can do to earn money on the site.  I have set up an e-mail list, so I can at least capture some e-mail addresses while I grow the site.

#3 Create at least 200 Squidoo lenses.

Squidoo LogoThis may seem to come out of nowhere, since I really didn’t previously discuss my efforts on Squidoo.  Ever since I lost my AdSense account, however, it’s been difficult to do much with my InfoBarrel project.

On Squidoo, however, there are a lot more ways to earn money (especially with Amazon’s affiliate program), and I’d like to diversify my online income sources a bit. This will require a lot of work, but if I can accomplish it, I should have a nice source of income to complement whatever I’m able to do with my authority site.

Initially, I’m not going to outsource any of this content.  So, aside from my time, creating these lenses (or articles) won’t cost me anything.  For a project where I’m not sure what the payoff might be, I prefer to keep my costs low until I have a better idea.  Once I’ve created, say, 100 lenses and I’m earning a decent amount of money from them, I will likely use those earnings to outsource new content.

To break the goal down even further, I’m trying to create 10 lenses per week.  Working at this pace will allow me to skip some weeks when needed, considering I don’t need to do 10 lenses/week to reach 200.

That’s All!

I know three goals seems a little bit weak, but I’d much rather have three goals that I think I can accomplish instead of 10 goals, where I end up failing on 7 of them.  Sometimes it’s just better to keep it simple.

Now it’s your turn: What are your major goals for 2013?  Feel free to leave a link to your goals post in the comments.  

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26 Responses to “2013 Goals: What’s Next for Me?”

  1. I just got done writing my 2013 goals yesterday. I like to make 10 goals each year with 2-3 of them being business oriented. This year my goals include publishing 500 Squidoo lenses (I actually started on this goal 2 weeks ago), creating a $500 emergency fund and finding health insurance.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Wow Ally, 500 Squidoo lenses is very ambitious. If you can manage to accomplish that goal, you’ll probably have a really nice source of passive income set up. Best of luck to you on the goal!

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    Financial Samurai Reply:

    Wow indeed! 500 is huge! I wrote around 250 posts on Financial Samurai, and that took A LOT of work. Good luck!

    Sam
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  2. All the best for your 2013 Eric.

    More than anything else I look forward to seeing how you get on with you Slow Carb Diet site. I feel sure you could create a great little community around that topic.

    Good luck :)
    Dan recently posted… How 2012 went. How 2013 is going to go.

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Dan – I really hope to take the Slow Carb Diet site to much higher levels in 2013. Good luck on your 2013 as well!

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  3. Hey Eric,
    I am new here. Thanks for publishing your goal for 2013. I am also setting up goal for my blog. This post is inspirational. Will publish similar article on my blog too. :)

    Cheers!
    Shahzad recently posted… I Bought This Blog! What’s Next?

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Shahzad. I look forward to reading your goals post!

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  4. Good luck Eric.

    There’s nothing wrong with epic goals because they motivate the crap out of you.

    Just curious: what are your goals for this site?
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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s a great question.

    It’s really ironic – I don’t make much of an effort to make money with this blog, yet it’s my highest earning online asset.

    The only goal I really maintain for this blog is to be consistent and publish a post at least once per week. Otherwise, this blog is all about discussing what’s working (or isn’t working) for me and documenting my progress. If I make money in the process, it’s a bonus for me.

    Obviously, I’d like to have more readers, but I don’t actively focus on it. Here’s an example of how terrible I am at trying to progress this blog:

    My e-mail list has over 5,000 subscribers, and I probably lose money by having the list. While the list is great to get traffic to certain blog posts, I generally don’t try to make any money with it.

    Even worse, I accidentally deleted 100 active subscribers from my list yesterday, in an attempt to only delete OLD subscribers (i.e. those who had unsubscribed). Stupid, I know, and unfortunately there was no way to undelete them. At the same time though, it doesn’t bother me too much.

    Anyway, I probably should have more goals for this site, but right now, I don’t. :)

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    Backlinko Reply:

    The reason I ask is because I see a ton of potential with the site.

    5,000 subscribers is no joke and a way to establish a rabid fan base. That is, if you send them valuable stuff on a regular basis.

    And considering that you already have the traffic, it’s just a matter of monetizing it a bit better. Obviously Pat Flynn is a grand master of monetizing without being spammy…

    Either way best of luck in 2013 Eric!
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  5. Those are some lofty goals, but certainly not unattainable. I need to go ahead and make my list of accomplishments for the year, I have a had a hard time getting back into the work groove after the holiday.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Shane. I think reflecting on your 2012 accomplishment and putting together your 2013 goals will help you get motivated for the new year.

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    Shane Reply:

    You are right about that. I started this weekend really looking into things and I think I have a good set of goals. Its nice to be able to look at others goals to reference and get some ideas.
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  6. $100K is a great goal. I think you can do it with your day job and online focus.

    I have yet to write my 2013 goals b/c I’m waiting for the budget negotiations to finish to do my 2012 Predictions Recap!

    S
    Financial Samurai recently posted… The Best Of Financial Samurai 2012

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks! It’s going to be tough to hit the 100K mark, but I’m hopeful I can pull it off this year. Looking forward to reading your 2013 goals.

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    Financial Samurai Reply:

    Eric, if you make the 100K mark, make sure you SAVE half!

    Sam
    Financial Samurai recently posted… Financial Samurai Predictions And Goals For 2013

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  7. how many years of full time working experience do you have (post college)?

    as a CPA in Chicago, you should surpass or nearing the 100k mark in W2 income alone in year 7+. this elusive goal is very near!

    all the best buddy
    Sunil – Extra Money Blog recently posted… How Negotiating With Groupon Increased My Sales by 48%

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    Eric G. Reply:

    I wish that were case, Sunil. :) Yes I agree that around the 7th year working for a Big 4 firm, one would probably be at or nearing the $100k mark.

    I worked for a Big 4 firm for about 2.5 years and then left accounting for a year to work as a recruiter. Now I’m back in accounting at a smaller firm (for the past year), so unfortunately my accounting experience is somewhere in the 3.5-4 year range. Not to mention, I think the income climb at a smaller firm is a much longer path.

    Nevertheless, I think I can reach this goal if I can scale up my online income.

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  8. Very Nice, Eric!

    Squidoo Lens rock. Recently, I am learning about how to set up Lens and know there is a lot of potential.

    I have read many WSO and gonna create profitable lens in 2013.

    See you in the Finish Line. :)

    Amazon has paid me more than $2000 in 2012. I know the potential is unlimited.

    Wish you all the best in 2013! I know you are reaching Goal #1
    Kent @ Make Extra Income recently posted… Happy Thanksgiving 2012

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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Kent, best of luck to you too in 2013!

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  9. Whoa Eric.. your Goals seems to be High.. But i think You will achieve more than it as you seem to be confident.. Anyways best of luck and happy new year
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Ravi. Good luck to you too!

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  10. Hi Eric,

    Thanks for sharing your 2013 goals. 200 Squidoo lenses is quite ambitious! Good luck on achieving all your goals. They’re definitely doable!

    For me, I plan on doing fewer projects with higher payoffs.

    1. Launch 2 products (one is almost ready)
    2. Release 5 more Kindle books
    3. Launch my first iPhone app

    That’s all. The iPhone app is going to be new territory for me so the next 2 months I’ll spend researching the process.

    By the way, which DSLR did you get?
    Harlan Yee recently posted… Fotodiox FD to EOS Lens Adapter Review on Canon 7D

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  11. Good luck on your authority site goal of 10,000 visitors a month. That would be a very nice level of traffic and should put you closer to earning your 100k per year! Good luck in 2013!
    David Landen recently posted… December 2012 Monthly Income Report

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  12. Good luck in 2013–I like your Squidoo goals and how it is broken up into a smaller more attainable goal. I just found your site and I love it. I’d love to see your progress. I follow Pat Flynns blog as well and I’m inspired by you who share online. I am new to the article and niche site market and am learning from everywhere that I can how to generate passive income.

    Again good luck and I’ll be reading
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