Howdy folks, it’s now 2009 and like many out there in the world, I’m digging myself out of my Holidays and New Year’s feasting and over-consumption bunker to reflect on the past year and set goals for 2009. Looking over my resolutions from the past couple of years, I now have a chance to see what has worked, and what has not, and specific goals and actions I want to set for 2009 to assist me in succeeding in these goals.
- In 2008, I wanted to blog less and concentrate on churning out more thought provoking and educational posting on Search Engine Journal instead of simply producing more and more search engine news. Although we really put out a lot more tutorials and quality postings this year, in 2009 I want to live up to my commitment by transforming the site to more of a social and educational hub, while continuing to produce well thought out posts and articles.
- In 2008 I launched a couple of new companies and an online & search marketing consultation firm. In 2009 my goal is to continue to grow our client and partner base, while further optimizing the more tedious publisher outreach and research initiatives. My resolution is to double our client base and bring in and train new employees (along with expanding relationships with current contractors) to service our clients in the best way possible.
- In 2008 I lost a very good friend and business partner in a horrible auto accident, but I also gained a wife who has taken on a larger role of assisting me with day to day operations and who I’m also training. In 2009 I want Janna to master specific SEO oriented research and coding tasks (she’s a programmer) and for her to become a new face on Search Engine Journal, sharing her training and experiences with other newbie readers.
- In 2008 I made some very good friends with Dave Snyder and Jordan Kasteler of Search and Social and together we launched IMBroadcast.com and the IM Events mini-conferences, which started with Scary SEO (a Halloween themed search marketing conference). In April we will be expanding on the success of Scary SEO with the launch of IM Spring Break in Deerfield Beach Florida (near Ft. Lauderdale). Our goal will be to grow our conference offerings while continuing the educational, networking and sharing feel of these events. I’m also going to make it a point to take some public speaking classes 🙂
- I want to have a kid, or I mean I want Janna to have our first child (or atleast get her knocked up this year).
- I also want to begin working with depressed kids who turn to overeating as a form of escaping issues in the home, and helping them overcome their childhood obesity and lead a healthier and active lifestyle, which will lead to a longer life and develop a new form of camaraderie and trust which they may not be experiencing.
Those are my resolutions and goals, I also pinged some others in the search marketing industry for theirs via Twitter, and here’s what they had to say :
- w2scott to make Search Marketing as easy to buy for small business as Yellow Pages used to be.
- weboptimist Resolution is to find the time to do more SEO writing & teaching! Love to do both but a nasty thing called WORK gets in the way!
- danperry inhouse training for the entire company. That’s my resolution
- eddings to fix as many bad/wrong marketing campaign efforts as possible
- DazzlinDonna my seo goal for 2009 is to produce an enormous amount of kickin’ content that just can’t help but rank well. 🙂
- katemorris To dedicate more time reaching out to businesses at conferences and transfer all my domains and hosting to one spot.
- gethiphy My SEO Resolution. Easy. All automated. 90% done thanks to programming, math, and bots. Let the monkeys do my work 🙂
What’s your business, SEO, search marketing or life New Year’s Resolution or Goal for 2009? Please feel free to share them below!