How to Create Your Own Blogging Road Map

For everyone who is reading this article today, what do we all have in common? What do I have in common with John Chow? What do you have in common with John Chow? Why are we here reading John’s blog? Whether you are looking to retire at 30, quit your day job, or spend more time with your kids, we are all here to become successful Internet Marketers.

My name is Taylor Thomson, and like yourself, I am striving to become a successful Internet Marketer. Like you, I have had many questions regarding my previous failures running through my head:

“What I am doing wrong?”

“Why am I stuck?”

“How come I am not making more money?”

As we sit here and ponder over questions like these for hours, days, weeks, months, or even years, we eventually hope that a light bulb will go off above our heads, finally giving us an answer to the questions that have plagued us for so long. For many, this light bulb will never go off. For those who work hard, it eventually will, and when it does, you will have a road map to your pending success.

On June 18th, 2010, my light bulb went off, and after 3 years of blogging at $1,000 a month (most recently), I have finally acquired my road map to success. My goal of this article is to show you how to create your own road map, so you can also become a successful Internet Marketer.

Remember, once you have acquired your road map, whether that be my road map, which I will share with you at then end of this article, or that of your own, you must follow it to become successful. A map is only as useful as the one who uses it. If you let your map sit in the dust, your business will undoubtedly perish.

How to Create Your Own Road Map to Success.

This section of my post is going to teach you how to create your own road map to success. If you have already tried creating your own road map, but can’t seem to get a grip on it, the following steps will help you along the way.

Step 1. What do you need to do daily to become successful?

John Chow, Darren Rowse, Shoe Money, Brian Clark, (to name a few) and every blogger who has ever been successful is not so by accident. Each of these well respected individuals are successful because they prioritize their work.

All successful business people have an answer to the question, “What do you need to do daily to become successful?” Do you have an answer?

Take the time to create an outline of what you need to do daily to become successful.

Step 2. Narrow down your daily tasks to those that are most important.

For your business, what tasks are going to make you the most money, and what tasks can be labeled as a waste of time? If your daily tasks include content creation, guest posts, Twitter updates, answering emails, and making friends on Facebook, for example, which of these tasks can you do without?

Essentially, you’re trying to make the most of your time by performing only the daily tasks that will benefit your business. This is often known as, “setting your priorities straight.” I have also heard another Blogger say something like, “Do only the 5% of tasks that really matter.” Everyone who has ever been successful has their priorities organized correctly.

Step 3. Eliminate impossible expectations.

People who are successful are so because they eliminate impossible expectations. Don’t take a bite bigger than you can chew. If you want to be successful, set reasonable expectations to what you can do every day to get there. For example: It’s probably not in your best interest to say that you’re going to publish 10 300-word articles a day, if you only have 2 hours a day to work.

When you take a look at your daily tasks, really think about how long it will take you to complete each task. If you think you’re taking a bite bigger than you can chew, cut your bite down to something that’s more reasonable. This way, you can really focus on the quality and not the quantity of your work.

Step 4. Create a checklist.

You finally know exactly what to do daily to be successful. What better way to stay organized and complete your tasks than with a checklist? Checklists will keep you on track by allowing you to really see and focus on the tasks at hand.

Step 5. Don’t let distractions get in your way.

Without a checklist, many people are distracted by tasks that will not make their business money. For example: You spend the day changing your banner, when you should be writing articles. Of course your web banner is important, but not as important as the top 5% of tasks that are actually going to make you money.

Whenever a side task appears, you can add it to the, “less important things that need to be done” checklist. Many people get so distracted with side tasks, that they forget to complete the tasks that make them money.

Step 6. Perform and make adjustments where necessary.

Congratulations. You have finally gone through the hardships of creating your road map to success. What do you do next?

In order to be successful, you need to follow the road map that you have created.

Furthermore, you need to make adjustments where necessary. There may be many road blocks that appear along the way, and this is where adjustments will be required. If something was previously making you money for example, and is no longer doing so, make the proper adjustments to bypass this roadblock, and continue on with your journey to success.

My Road Map to Success.

Road maps are never fancy, but they do help you get to where you need to be. On my road map, which I have been working on for over 3 years, and will finally begin following on the 24th of this month, I have only a small handful of tasks that I need to do daily to become successful.

My road map tells me that I need to work Monday through Friday to bring success my way. I want to now take the time to share my road map with you, and why each of my tasks are important to my success.

Step 1. Write 2 articles on my site.

This isn’t anything fancy, but it’s the only way to succeed as a professional blogger. I will have myself writing 2 quality articles every day, for my website.

This may not seem like much, but I am no longer focusing on the number of articles that I write. This time around, I truly want to write full, quality articles.

Step 2. Contact 3 professional bloggers about guest post opportunities.***

This is my true secret to success. On January 18th, 2010, this is the light bulb that went off in my head, and hopefully, I can get it to also go off in yours. After reading Erica.biz, I new that I needed to add one thing to my road map that I didn’t have in each of my previous versions: friends. More importantly, friends that are professional bloggers.

Since my light bulb went off, I have submitted a guest post to Smart Bloggerz (approved) and Erica.biz (awaiting approval). Since you’re reading this article, you will know that I have also submitted a guest post to JohnChow.com.

Meeting other professional bloggers is extremely important for your ultimate success. With professional blogging buddies, you can bring a website that is literally brand new, thousands of new visitors or even hundreds of thousands of new visitors overnight.

Please don’t misunderstand me, folks. Our goal isn’t to try to “use” professional bloggers to make ourselves successful. Instead, our goal is to submit quality content to websites owned by professional bloggers. In return, the pro blogger does us a favor by allowing us to include an author box in our article.

For the above reasons, I need to contact 3 professional bloggers every day, to ask them if they would allow me to do a guest post on their site. To take things one step further, I have created a document of all of the bloggers that I am friends with. This way, I can keep in touch with my blogging buddies.

Step 3. Write 1 guest post a day.***

This goes with my above secret. After contacting 3 professional bloggers for guest post opportunities, some will approve, and some will decline. For the bloggers that have given me a chance to write a guest post on their site, it’s time to begin writing.

The goal for me is not to spam the blogger. Again, it’s important to focus on quality over quantity. It’s not every day that you’re going to get an opportunity to post on a site like JohnChow.com, so you better make your article the best article that it can be.

Don’t submit useless junk that everybody else is already familiar with. Submit something truly unique. Submit something that will truly benefit others.

Also, it’s important to take a good amount of time writing your guest posts. I’ve been working on this article for about 5 hours now, and counting.

Step 4. Build backlinks.

I’m not as worried about this as I used to be, simply because I am now getting backlinks through quality guest posts. Still, it’s a good idea to get backlinks from other sources. This could mean doing a quality forum post or blog comment with your link attached, or submitting your articles to social bookmarking websites.

Recently, I read a post called, “The Backlinking Strategy that Works.” I highly recommend reading it, if you don’t know where else to look.

Final Thoughts.

Although my road map to success may be different from your road map, we all followed the same 6 steps to creating our road map. Every blogger who has ever been successful has followed each of the 6 steps, whether they realize it or not, and now it’s our turn.

My name is Taylor Thompson, and I teach people how to build muscle and get in shape at Do Strong dot com (My newest blog). I have been blogging since January 3rd, 2008, and have finally developed a strategy that if followed correctly, will bring me success.

I would truly like to thank John for allowing me to guest post on his blog. I have been following John since I started blogging back in 2008. My favorite post here at John Chow would have to be on how to really make money with Clickbank. Although I don’t actually use the strategies presented in this article, if I ever decided to truly promote Clickbank products, I would definitely follow the strategies that John presents.


63 thoughts on “How to Create Your Own Blogging Road Map”

    1. Taylor Thompson says:

      Thank you!

      It comes back down to the basics. You must develop a plan (that you know will work), and then execute that plan.

      I know what I need to do to become a successful blogger. Most people who have been blogging for some time know what they need to do to become a successful blogger.

      Sadly, knowing and doing are two completely different things. One can know how to do something, but if they don’t do it, they won’t be successful.

        1. d3so says:

          It does take hard work and consistency. But people with limited time have to improvise.

    2. I also have to do the same works to get most of my blogging goals and after reading this article I would like to become a little of miser in creating article for the other bloggers.

    3. The best thing is always to find out what is most important, what generates the most income for you and then concentrate on that.

    4. You can never do enough link building.

    5. Bob says:

      I need this road map to success in my blog business. Thank you john for publishing this article.

  1. Very nice article Taylor,

    This is the first time i’m reading something which you have written and i liked it.

    Keep up the good work bro

    1. Taylor Thompson says:

      Thanks! Your kind words are much appreciated. 🙂

      1. Yeah man you deserves this appreciation !
        But I think you are more better and looking original here.

      2. Fairooz says:

        Thank you Taylor for this awesome article 🙂

    2. You deserve it bro

      Good luck

  2. Great article and very motivating Taylor – OFF TO BLOGGING 🙂

    1. Taylor Thompson says:

      Hey Roseli,

      I just received your Facebook Friend Request and accepted it. 🙂 Thanks for your kind words. Keep in touch, Roseli. Maybe we’ll do some work together in the future.

    2. Fairooz says:

      Totally agree with you! 🙂

  3. Very Informative post John! I would like to add one more very important thing to it.
    People go on purchasing product after product to discover the next short-cut for making money online. Instead, just follow the ROAD MAP laid down by John and you’ll be on your way to making money. Remember guys, money is not made overnight. We are not gambling over here, it’s a proper business. Treat it like one

    1. Taylor Thompson says:

      This is actually a guest post that I submitted. But you are 100% correct, and I never even thought to mention this in my article.

      Over the past 3 years of blogging, I have learned to steer clear of almost 95% of ‘make money’ products. Over the years, you learn to really sift through products and find ones that are truly useful for your education.

      If I can recommend 1 product to anybody, One Week Marketing by Pot Pie Girl would be my #1 choice, especially if you’re a beginning blogger.

      Aside from that, blogging is about learning the basics: AdSense, SEO, Content Creation, etc. Once you learn the basics, it’s about developing a plan, and executing that plan, just like you said.

      1. I apologize for the stupid mistake I made here. Am generally a very quick reader, skip the intro to get to the main point very often but hey, I’ve learnt a good lesson here 🙂

        So people, it’s Taylor Thompson’s road map that you’d want to follow. It’s no rocket science. Just step by step ways to do it right.

        Keep up the good work Taylor

        Cheers

  4. That is great you mention checklist. I do the same! Because there are so many tasks in promoting a site, place to write articles to, place to send content for bookmarking, ebooks to write, to guest posts and the like.
    Great post, Taylor. And some great advice.

    1. Taylor Thompson says:

      Hi Christine,

      It’s crazy, right? There are really a lot of tasks that a blogger must do daily to become successful. Most average bloggers will go by the rule, “I’ll build it, and they will come.” Of course, we all know that for 99.9% of us, this strategy will not work.

      Like you say, blogging is way more than content creation. It’s also site promotion, article submissions, and so much more.

  5. David Ng says:

    I find the list to be quite helpful and very true. Often times setting goals that are extremely difficult pose a great challenge but you risk the chance of not completing it.

  6. Donny Gamble says:

    This is funny that you mentioned creating a blogging roadmap because that is actually the name of my blogging that i created to help newbie bloggers start their blogging journey.

  7. Great post Tayor, it will help many people here and motivate them

  8. My biggest mistake is not producing guest articles and that’s the only need my blog is waiting to do and get the traffic for switching it all in the next level.

    1. What about links and article writing, don’t forget that.

        1. You have to do all. Don’t exclude anything.

  9. Kirk Taylor says:

    Taylor, your dedication to building your business shows. You’re taking it seriously and working with a plan. Congratulations and keep up the great work.

  10. nintendo 3ds says:

    Hey Taylor,

    Very well written post! Well hey guys, this is it. All you need to succeed. If you follow this everyday, I think we are on our way. Remember one step at a time. That one dollar is very important. Once you earn your first dollar, you will be well on your way if you follow these steps as if they are your daily necessities.

    Also, Mr. Thompson, I completely agree with the book you suggested in one of your comments, you were talking about the One Week Marketing by Pot Pie Girl, same author who also has written a squidoo guide, right? Indeed a good one for beginners.
    Thank You
    I wish you all the very best for your future

    1. I will take a look at that ebook

      I didnt heard about it

  11. Craig White says:

    Very nice post Taylor,
    Truly inspiring and motivational. I have been neglecting your suggestions of guest post up until now. I will get right on this today.

    Craig
    P.S. I think I will start with your blog Taylor….I’m on the way over right now

  12. GTA 5 says:

    Great post Taylor ! This is very motivational and inspiring to work hard on my new blog project, thanks a lot for all these useful advices! I’ll check your website too 😉

  13. Roger says:

    Thanks for the great post! It shows if we work hard, write good content, build quality backlinks, among others we can be successful. Inspiring!

  14. Fred Tracy says:

    Great stuff. I need to submit more guest articles myself!

    1. Im also thinking about that

  15. PPC Ian says:

    Great post! There really are no secrets. It all comes down to execution. That’s what the blogging road map is all about. 🙂

  16. ikki says:

    nice tips, i will folllow them

    1. Fairooz says:

      Yes! me too love those tips 🙂

  17. fas says:

    Another good source of back links is article marketing.

  18. Rob Merlino says:

    Very inspirational and informative post.

    The problem most folks starting out (myself included) have with the “roadmap theory” is they have no idea where they’re going! I think the single most important thing for a newbie blogger to do is create unique content. Without the content, you just have dead space. Most people fail because they try to create content that doesn’t align with their passions or areas of expertise-they get into blogging because they see people can make some money with it. If that’s the primary reason for starting a blog, failure is nearly 100% guaranteed.

    I agree with the steps in the roadmap- just know where you are going first. After a few weeks or months, once you have something of value and you can see what your readers respond to, then you can take steps to monetize and rank your site.

    The most important step of a journey is the first one.

  19. Paolo Volpi says:

    This is good stuff. Most people I talk to complain about not getting anywhere with their blogs. But if asked, I realize they don’t spend that much time on it, and wonder why they get no results. Persistance does pay off. That’s what I’ve been doing since Jan. 1, and I’m starting to see some results better than I expected.

  20. My problem isn’t that I lack a roadmap, but that it gets bigger every time I have a new idea, concept that I want to build into my website.

    At the current rate, I’ll be finished in 3 years or so!

    1. Taylor says:

      I know what you mean. It comes back down to doing the tasks that matter. What tasks take up time, but don’t really make you money? Get rid of these kinds of tasks, and do the tasks that are only worth something to your business

        1. I don’t link to it in the comments, because it is linked to in the post. 🙂 But I have gone ahead and linked to my blog in this comment. 🙂

  21. Bayseec says:

    Great article. I love the phrase “Quality more than Quantity”. And the post “The Backlinking Strategy that Works.” Thanks for sharing.

  22. Gyanguru says:

    Nice article, will try to implement on own

  23. Abhik says:

    Awesome post man..
    Really inspirational. 🙂

  24. ikki says:

    Thanks again for this tips 😉

  25. Hi Taylor this is really nice post! I really like your writing style and I always follow your blog also!

  26. Terrel Smith says:

    Hi Taylor, yes I agree with you. To be successful you need plans to follow. First plan and find what works best for you. This blog is truly inspiring and has opened my mind to be more efficient in blogging.

  27. Fairooz says:

    Really great tips ! I am really inspired by this article! 🙂

  28. Many bloggers are very good at creating a good road map, but maintaining the blogging timetable in accordance to that is pretty hard.

  29. Neon SRT4 says:

    Doing a Quality Forum Post with Signature Link is the best way to get a quality backlink.

  30. Great post. Building backlinks is a must! When you first start, you need a good amount of backlinks to give you the first real boost then you can concentrate on your marketing and content efforts.

  31. I like your outline brother and I respect your work ethic. I agree it’s easy to do the easy stuff everyday, but you really need to focus on the tasks that will ultimately build your business to the level you want.

  32. ibnujusup says:

    thanks for the roadmap…:-) plain simple

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