With the recent influx of new users at BlogJob I decided that I wanted to take my writing and earning here more seriously. With the new members’ arrival I’ve enjoyed an increase in traffic to my blogs and in interaction, both on the blogs and on the main BlogJob interface. This is the ideal time to focus on writing here. I hope that I can sort of ride the wave to even greater success, if I work hard now to take advantage of the upwards momentum.
So how can I make the most of this increased activity on the site? I decided to take a two-pronged approach: goal setting (backed up by accountability) and networking.
How to Set Writing Goals
I can earn up to 150 points per day on BlogJob, but up until recently I didn’t usually get much past 50 or 100 points on any given day. Even if I published two posts (100 points) I would tend to leave quite a few points unclaimed. And of course that means I farther away from reaching my cash-out.
If I were to earn all 150 points reliably, I could take the $100 PayPal reward after roughly 68 days of activity. I’d like to aim for that, and as I write this I’m actually just over one quarter of the way to that goal. If I’m disciplined, I could cash out around the first weekend of June.
So my goal is to consistently earn at least 80% of my maximum each day, or 120 points. I will make a serious effort to publish at least one blog post in the process – sometimes two in a day. But the main goal is to come as close as I can to earning the maximum 150 points, each day.
To that end, I’ve started a daily accountability thread in the Writing Content section of the BlogJob Forum. I will post every day this week to say what my specific writing goals for that day are, and I will return to the thread later in the day to give a progress report as I accomplish items on the list. I hope you will join me in using this thread as a means to keep honest about your writing goals. And I think as several of us begin to check in regularly, it will soon become a source of encouragement and support.
Which brings me to the other strategy I want to use to boost writing success.
Networking with Other Writers
Social media sites are “the” place to promote your blog posts and other writing projects. But social media has changed so much, even in just the past year or so. Most of us writers were just getting used to Tweeting and pinning and sharing on Google+. And now there seem to be all these changes to the winning strategies, and people with used to network with just don’t seem to be active online anymore.
A lot of web writers are still kind of in the doldrums, after the spate of writing site closures, but there are still folks wanting to network and support one another’s writing. Now I’ve been working on trying to create more of an online presence by repinning and commenting on pins, by commenting on blogs, and by increasing my activity on sites like Twitter and Google+. But I’m also getting good results from my Facebook groups right now, so I’m taking extra time to network with other members of those groups. And wouldn’t you know it, I’m bumping into them on other social media sites as well as right here on BlogJob!
Facebook Group for Writing Support
One really useful group that has recently changed its format is The Writer’s Symposium. While a lot of other Facebook writing and blogging groups are closed, and people tend to just use them as a place to paste a link and run.
But this group wants to be more of a writing support group, where people can talk about writing and take the time to visit and promote other writers’ content. And because the group is public, links shared on the group page will have a greater visibility across Facebook and the web. So there’s an extra bonus to taking the time to participate in the group!
So these are the strategies I’m going to use to give my writing more exposure, and to keep myself on track towards earning that next cash-out. What are your plans to keep yourself honest and take advantage of the increased activity in our blogging community?
Remember to check in at the daily accountability thread, right here on BlogJob, and let me know what your writing goals are this week!
The Writer’s Symposium has decided to take a brief hiatus while the group migrates to a new home
The group will not be accepting new members for the time being, but I will post a new link as soon as I have one
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