I asked some of 2007’s top bloggers (that I personally know) what their plans and goals are for 2008. I received some pretty interesting responses from some of the most well respected names in online marketing and blog design. Here are their responses…
David was one of the first people to comment on my blog back in January of 2007. David is, of course, the 13-year old mastermind of TechZi, a web portal for tech news. In February of next year, David will probably be the youngest person ever to release a premium affiliate marketing product line, called Affiliate Defined.
David’s plans for 2008, in his own words::
2008 is gonna be a big year for me… At the moment I’m working on finishing the development of Affiliate Defined which admittedly kicks butt. You know as well as I do, Nate… 😉
I’ve got a few more major things planned too. That secret project thing I talked to you about? That one’s gonna be good. Oh hell – who am I kidding. First things first though, the Affiliate Defined launch in February. Then that oh-so-secret-will-rock-this-world project we discussed. A pleasure working with ya’ Nate, as per usual.
Christine OKelly and Create Business Growth were two of the first people to advertise and take a serious business and personal interest in my blog. Christine is a freelance copywriter and a very talented one at that. Christine started her personal blog, SelfMadeChick.com in September of 2007, and in the past three months, she has already amassed well over 700 RSS subscribers! Christine interviewed me back in June. I am excited to work with her more in the future.
Christine’s plans for 2008, in her own words:
My plans for this year, in addition to continuing my copywriting business, are to build my two new companies, Hybrid Media Marketing and My College Fundraising. I also have a goal of publishing a book. And of course – I plan to keep on blogging!
David Airey is not only the UBD logo designer, but also a fantastic blogger and a super nice guy. David’s blog saw an exponential increase in readership this year from just about 100 readers at the beginning of 2007, to over 2700 active RSS readers now. David writes some of the most detailed and insightful articles on graphic and logo design I know. David recently went through a much-followed saga of having his domain stolen from him, and later utilizing the collective efforts of Digg to regain his stolen domain. Congrats to getting your domain back, David, and here’s to a fabulous 2008!
David’s plans for 2008, in his own words:
- Improve my design portfolio
- Launch a new logo-design specific website
- Travel somewhere I’ve never been before
- Spend more time with the family and less time working
- Keep hold of my domain names
I first stumbled upon Carl’s blog before he even had his own domain. That was less than a year ago. Today, Mr. Kidblogger has accumulated over 700 subscribers in the past 7 months. Now he is releasing a new exclusive report entitled Kidblogger’s Master Plan.
Carl’s plans for 2008:
Honestly though, I thought I’d make this long, but that’s what everyone is doing – so… my main goal is: do better than 2007 😉
The prelaunch is now live, Nate, here’s the url: KidBlogger Master Plan
Josh Buckley is an Internet entrepreneur extreme. Earlier this year, Josh developed, monetized and then sold an online avatar community that amassed over 15,000 members in 9 months. In total, Josh has grossed over $100k in revenue this year. Not bad for only being 15, huh?
Josh’s plans for 2008, in his own words:
My plan is to release a new online project that i’ve been working on. If all goes as planned, it should start profiting low $xx,xxx by mid-’08.
Adii is UBD’s Exclusive Themes designer and a great friend too. Adii’s blog exploded in 2007 when he released the Premium News Theme, which you can find at the UBD Exclusive Themes Store. Adii is not just an incredible blog designer, he is also a fantastic blogger. Adii publishes some excellent articles on blogging, blog design, and the WordPress blogging platform. I am honored to have Adii as a friend and as a partner for the UBD Exclusive Themes store.
Adii plans for 2008, in his own words:
2008 is the year, in which I will attempt to continue building my online reputation from the solid base that I have created in 2007. I plan to do this by establishing myself as a “WordPress Rockstar” within the community – and a big part of this will be my focus on my Premium WordPress Themes. I’d also like to evolve my blog to become more design-oriented, to shape my image as a design guru and serious blogger. Ultimately, my aim is to set up steady passive income streams through my premium theme sales & advertising sales on my blog. I’m excited about 2008 and if last year was any indication, this year will be an awesome journey indeed…
Neil Patel is best known for authoring Pronet Advertising and as the founder and CTO of Advantage Consulting Services. ACS works with some of the top blogs on the Internet, including TechCrunch, Mashable, and an impressive 22 of the other Top 100 Technorati blogs. ACS also produced over $2.5 million in revenue in the 2007 calendar year. Earlier this year, Neil launched his personal blog, QuickSprout. I met Neil at Blog World Expo earlier this year. Not only is he is extremely knowledgeable, he’s also very down-to-earth and approachable.
Neil’s plans for 2008, in his own words:
Over the next year my main two goals for Quick Sprout are to increase my posting frequency as well as to build up my traffic. In early 2007 I used to blog once a day, but now I barely blog once a week. I would like to at least blog a few times a week. As for traffic, Quick Sprout does not get more than 30,000 pageviews a month and I would like to get it to 100,000 pageviews a month by the end of 2008.
Shoemoney’s blog made over $200,000 in 2007 and he successfully sold one of his web main properties, AuctionAds, to Media Whiz. I met Shoe at Blog World Expo and Pubcon. Despite being so obviously successful, he is totally unpretentious and easy to relate to.
Shoemoney’s plans for 2008, in his own words:
We are focusing a lot of money and resources into the Mixed Martial Arts area. We have already purchased fighters.com and will be launching that within the next couple months. We also have an interesting dating product that I do not want to talk too much about yet that will be out sometime around Q2 of 2008, and our Q3 product is a new interesting system that people can do reviews for products and websites
John Chow is pretty much a living legend now. He has copycats, mascots, imitators, loyalists, haters and quite the flock, indeed.
I discovered John’s blog over one year ago, in November of 2006. At that time, he only had around 1000 RSS subscribers and he was making $1k/month from his blog. Today, his earnings are well over $27,000/month on his blog, and he has over 14,000 RSS subscribers! I was honored to have the opportunity to redesign his blog earlier in August, when he had just 7000 subscribers. Do the math – in the past four months, John has doubled his RSS subscriber count! It was great meeting John in person at Blog World Expo last month, where I learned he is just as much of a fun character in person as he is on his blog.
John’s plans for 2008, in his own words:
Continue to build the blog, revamp The TechZone and add more affiliate to TTZ Media. However, the number 1 goal is to have fun doing it. My number goals are 25,000 RSS readers, 10,000 TTZ Media affiliates.
Now that we have heard from all the above, what are YOUR goals for 2008? I’ll tell you mine in my next post!