My 2011 Goal Post

2011 Goal PostAs many of my long time followers will know, I love to announce what I’m up to here on the blog. It’s one of my “tricks” for getting me to take action and reach my goals because I feel like if I tell you what I’m going to do, I’ll do whatever I can not to let you down.

In 2010, it worked for starting my newsletter, finally delivering a podcast, my record traffic numbers, the Niche Site Duel and P90x (among other things) – and I’m sure it’ll work in 2011 as well.

Some things in 2011, naturally, will happen unplanned, but I have a lot of great things on the horizon I’d like to share with you today. Per my latest podcast episode, Mind Hacks, Physical Hacks and Work Hacks For Better Productivity And Getting Things Done, I’ll be creating S.M.A.R.T. goals which, as a reminder, are goals that are:

  • S = Specific
  • M = Measurable
  • A = Attainable
  • R = Relavant
  • T = Timely

Goal: Coach 20 Students to 20 “1st Page of Google” Niche Sites by March 31st, 2011

If you haven’t heard already, Tyrone Shum and I will be leading a very limited coaching program for 20 students who want to stick with us for 8 to 10 weeks and develop a niche site from scratch. I want each of our students to be successful and obtain a first page ranking in Google by March 31st, 2011. We’ll also aim to have each of these sites making some kind of money by then too. We’ve got a ton of applicants already, but if you’re interested in working with us the deadline to apply is tonight, December 31st, 2010 at 11:59pm EST – click here to read more about our coaching program.

Goal: Launch My First Premium WordPress Plugin by February 15th, 2011

My first premium WordPress plugin was scheduled to be completed by December 15th, however the holidays delayed the process and my developers tell me it should be finished by the first week of January. At that time, I’ll have some testing to do and also need to create the website, integrate the shopping cart and all of that good stuff, but I’m aiming to launch before February 15th. Although I usually preach to just “get something out there and worry about perfection later”, when it comes the actual sales experience I feel it’s important that the process be as seamless as possible right from the get-go.

What kind of sales volume am I looking for? As I mentioned in The No Fail Approach to Product Creation, all I’m hoping for is to launch, which is why the launch and the launch date is the primary goal. The plugin is something I personally need myself so even if it bombs it’ll still be worth the effort to build. Don’t get me wrong though, I’m obviously hoping to make some sales – who wouldn’t?

Goal: Launch My “New Business” by April 30th, 2011

I haven’t announced this yet, but for the last 3 months I’ve been working on a high-end product that I’ll be revealing early next year for the blogging and podcasting niche. I’ve been working on it for the past 5 months and I can’t wait to share it with you. Unfortunately, that’s all I can really say about that right now.

You can accuse me of leaving you in the dark about the specific of my projects just to create hype…but not if I accuse myself first πŸ˜›

Goal: 40,000 Subscribers by December 31st, 2011

My goal for the end of 2010 was 10,000 subscribers, which I easily met mid-September. I changed that goal to 15,000 and as I write this post I am only 19 subscribers away from meeting that goal.

Feedburner has a weird habit of going up and down randomly so I can’t say how accurate the counter is on my blog is, but it would be sweet to see at least 15k tomorrow, the last day of the year. I guess I’ll see when I wake up in the morning.

A huge thank you to those of you who have subscribed to my blog in one way or another. It means the world to me.

40k is a lot, but I don’t think it’s out of reach. My blog’s is definitely growing exponentially so it could happen sooner than expected.

Goal: 12,000 Facebook Fans by December 31st, 2011

Facebook has been a major player in the success and viral growth of my blog. Google Analytics tells me I receive a lot of traffic from Facebook, although much of it is not unique traffic.

This is actually good news because it proves that Facebook is perfect for exactly what I said it was good for in THE Blogger’s Guide to Facebook – keeping in constant contact with your existing fan base and building on those relationships. It keeps my audience coming back to my blog, which definitely can’t hurt my brand.

Currently, I have 4,542 awesome fans, but I’m hoping to nearly triple that by the end of next year.

If you’re not a fan, I would love for you to become one by clicking here.

Goal: 10 Money Making Niche Sites by December 31st, 2011

Following the same process as I did with my Security Guard Training niche site from the Niche Site Duel, I’ve since created 2 more niche sites that are making money on the front page of Google. I would love to have 10 niche sites (tota) in 10 totally different niches to add diversity to my passive income portfolio.

It might seem impossible with all of the other projects I have going on, but I have a VA working with me on these and I may add on a few more to make the process almost entirely hands-free.

Goal: Speak in a Panel at Blog World Expo 2011

I would love to do a presentation at Blog World Expo 2011, whether it be alone or with a few other people.

I plan on being there either way, so maybe I’ll see you there!

Hopefully you’ve got all of your S.M.A.R.T. goals set for 2011 too…so with that said…

Happy New Year everyone, thank you for your support and here’s to your success in 2011!


What are some of your goals for 2011?

  • Jerry

    Good luck Pat, it looks like it’s going to be an exciting year following your blog.

    First of many comments btw =)

    • Pat

      Thanks for your first comment, Jerry! Hope to hear from you again, and best of luck to you next year! Cheers!

  • wasim ismail

    One of my main goal is to get my business to a level which will give me more freedom of time.
    Doing less work, and earning a full time income. By the end of 2011.
    Happy new year

    • Pat

      How much less work? How much is a full time income? Define those and you’ll definitely have a better chance of getting there, I promise. Goodl uck!

  • Onibalusi Bamidele

    These are smart and realistic goals, Pat, and I’m sure you can achieve it.

    I’m also certain you already have over 15k subscribers (feedburner fluctuates and under records subscriber number a lot).

    Wishing you all the best in 2011.

    Keep up the great work,

    • Pat

      Thanks Onibalusi, and I do see that feedburner is showing 15,109, so I made it!

      All the best to you too! You’re so young so you have lots of times on your hands, so use that to your advantage and keep doing what you’re doing! Cheers!

  • Chris Green

    Very curious about the ‘new business’. One question about the niche sites. If they are so easy to set up and you have a solid stategy robber them on the front page of Google… why only 10?

    • Pat

      Because they do take a little bit of time to manage and I like to test things for maximum results, and I think 10 would give me the right amount of work to make sure these are all done to the maximum level, without spreading it all too thin.

      • Chris Green

        Cool, that makes sense.

  • Vinay

    Great goals for 2011 and excited to hear about the new product! happy new years!

    • Pat

      Happy New Year to you too Vinay! Thanks for all of your comments and support. Cheers!

  • Juuso Palander

    Hello Pat! I’m commenting the first time but been following you like 6 months.

    This particular post is one of my favourites because I blog about setting goals and achieving them (in Finnish).

    The S.M.A.R.T. way of setting goals is a very good guideline, and I’ll start to use it myself also :)

    Keep up the great work Pat, your blog has made a huge difference to my thinking and life in this short period of time alone! Can’t wait to see your goals becoming reality πŸ˜‰

    • Pat

      Hi Juuso – thanks so much for your first comment! I hope to hear from you again sometime in the future.

      Keep up the great work yourself, and here’s to achieve your goals in 2011 as well. Cheers! :)

  • Franck

    All my best for 2011 Pat!

    • Pat

      Right back at you Franck!

  • Victor

    It says 15109 for me. Well done!

    I’m goal for today is to get hold of 110 of your subscribers and then make them unsubscribe.

    • Pat

      I see that! Yay! I know it wouldn’t make a huge difference if it didn’t show it, but it is nice to see it before the end of the year. Glad to see your priorities are in the right place πŸ˜›

      Happy New Year Victor!

  • Marlee

    Hi Pat!

    Thanks for sharing your goals with us. You’ve been both an inspiration and incredible resource to your many readers this year. I’m amazed by what you’ve accomplished. I first came across you via your LEED website – I can’t remember why or how, but that was back in 2008. You are a true testament to the power of determination, dedication, and discipline. Rock on friend. I hope your 2011 exceeds all of your expectations!

    • Pat

      Hey Marlee – thanks for sharing that you found me through my original site back in 2008 – I love that! Here’s to both of us rockin’ it in 2011! Cheers!

  • Lonnie

    Hey Pat

    I’ve been reading your blog since the summer and I finally signed up for your newsletter yesterday! You have been an inspiration and your site has helped shape my goals for 2011. I am brand new to IM and my goals are twofold: to rank my new Amazon niche site on the first page of Google (hopefully by March or April) and to document my experiences with IM on my new blog – (currently w/o any content). Like you, I want to use this blog as a way to share my experiences, hold myself responsible for the goals I set for myself, and do lots and lots of learning.

    Thanks again for doing what you do! 2011 is going to be a great year for all of us!


    • Pat

      Hey Lonnie! Thanks for signing up to the newsletter, I’m sure you’ll enjoy some of the tips and tricks on there. Good luck with your niche site and blog. This blog has definitely helped me take action with other projects. Like you said, it’s perfect for holding you accountable, so well done and keep up the great work! Happy New Year!!!

      • Lonnie

        Thanks Pat. I know I will be linking back to your blog in the upcoming year. I look forward to further communication!

  • Daniel

    I like the mystery about “The New Business” and will be watching for more news on that.

    Many thanks for all the detail you put into the posts about the niche site duel. They’ve been very helpful to me lately as I work on setting up my website\blog to develop a market for my #1 goal for the first quarter of 2011: my first ebook! Since I’ve worked in the IT industry for some time it’ll be related to internet privacy\mobile security. I already have ideas for other sites\products that would follow closely in the steps of your own GreenExamAcademy site (only in the IT certification arena).

    P.S. Just added you to my Google Reader feed so that’s 1 more towards 40,000 :)

    • Pat

      Thanks Daniel – I feel like I keep mentioning my new projects but never reveal them, it’s just they are taking awhile to unfold and I would love to save the announcement until when they are ready. Glad you’re liking the mystery behind it – thanks :)

      Great goal for 2011, and I wish you the best of luck with it. Thanks for subscribing and Happy New Year!

  • Son

    Love this post, Pat.

    When you sit down to come up with your goals (not just for this new year, but with anything you wish to strive for), how do you decide what kinds of things you are actually going to pursue?

    I have so many things that I’d like to do, but how to choose which ones to actually take action on? Almost all the things in my list of “want to do’s” can fit into the SMART structure, and can be done, but how to choose what to do now as opposed to later!

    See you in 2011!

    • Pat

      Like you, I have a ton of things I would love to do, but those that I take action on are the ones that I feel, with some basic assessment based on my own experience, that will actually take me the furthest, and sometimes it’s just the ones that are most fun. Hope this helps!

      See you in 2011 :)

  • Remco


    All the best for the new year, and I will follow your endeavors. I hope to also make some steps to my goals.
    I was listening to an audio of Bill Hartman, and he recommends to replace the word GOAL for PROMISE

    I really like this, as I feel lots more committed to fulfill my own promises, based on my own promise plan πŸ˜‰

    • Pat

      Good tip Remco, especially if you’re the type of person to never break promises. I think it would help even further if we thought of those promises not as promises for ourselves – but promises for someone else, because, well at least for me, a promise to someone else is less likely to be broken.

      Here’s to fulfilling our promises in 2011. Cheers and Happy New Year!

  • jim

    Buy the 100k web site on which i have had my eye on for a long time now.It is within my reach i think considering one of my niche blogs has taken off recently and i see exponential progress next year.

    • Pat

      Good stuff Jim! Good luck with all of that and Happy New Year!

  • Samuel

    Awesome goals Pat. I’m sure you will achieve those goals. Waiting for your product bro. Haha. Wish you all the best. You’re awesome bro. Thanks so much.

    • Pat

      Hehe, sorry to keep you waiting. They’ll come, I promise. Thanks for the support and all the best to you Samuel! Cheers!

  • Christos Chiotis

    I wish you best of luck and to accomplish all of your goals!
    Personally i’m looking forward to see the results of this one: “10 Money Making Niche Sites by December 31st, 2011”

    wish you the best and a happy new year!

    • Pat

      Me too Christos, although I doubt I’ll be revealing all of my 10 niches, but I’ll definitely keep people updated on that particular goal. Happy New Year!

  • Jared Dees

    First of all, congratulations on reaching 15,000! Your growth has been spectacular this year and the help you have given me and your other 15,000 people has been invaluable. You’ve inspired me to get my goals out of my head and on paper (actually Evernote).

    I love using the SMART goal method, but there is something to be said about setting BHAGs as well. The term BHAG comes from the Book Built to Last by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. (If you haven’t read it or the more popular Good to Great, then you should sometime in 2011.) A BHAG is a “Big Hairy Audacious Goal.” If you think 40,000 is really attainable this year (and it is for you), then why not dream big and shoot for 80K? The emotional power of a BHAG can sometimes push you more than a SMART goal. What do you think?

    Cheers and happy new year!

    • Pat

      Thanks Jared! It was nice to see the numbers above 15k this morning when I woke up. Definitely a huge motivator into the new year.

      (Yay for evernote, by the way, hehe. I’ve been using it every day since recently discovering it).

      I do remember hearing about the BHAG somewhere before, I think back in College, and it’s definitely something to think about. The only thing about the BAHG is that since it’s so big and hairy, the results are less liekly to be achieved and this could make some people feel they have failed. It should be important to understand that the reason for the BHAG (and correct me if I’m wrong) is to try to achieve as much as possible, as it would definitely push some people more than a SMART goal.

      I think my BHAG goal would be to have a book deal lined up by the end of the year, or at least begin writing proposals to publishers.

      Do you have a BHAG?

      • Jared Dees

        I think you are exactly right. The point is to have goals that motivate. Setting and achieving SMART goals gives the confidence boost to keep going. Guys like you and me who love numbers are more prone to be motivated by SMART goals while people who have strong emotional intelligence tend to have dreams and try to make them happen.

        Actually, my wife and I were inspired this week to set our new BHAG: pay off the mortgage in 5-7 years. As of today we are debt-free and we’re setting our sights on bigger goals (huge SMART goal for us!) We going to make our financial goals a reality by 1) spending lessn and 2) making more (with some passive income streams).

        Happy new year!

  • Dan

    Wow! Way too cool Pat. Looking forward to seeing the roll out of your premium product.

    • Pat

      Thanks Dan – and can’t wait to see you back in SD soon. Balla!

  • Jason Young

    All the best to you in the new year, I have a really good feeling that you will make it most if not all of your goals next year. I been feeling really inspired lately and you have been a great part of that; all the best in once more in 2011 and let’s Crush it!


    • Pat

      Let’s do it Jason! Now’s the time to take action :)

      Good luck and Happy New Year to you and yours!

  • Steve Roy

    You’ve come incredibly far in such a short time frame, I;m sure your goals will be met in 2011.
    You are crushing the blogging world and I will be there to watch you next year as well!

    • Pat

      I hope so Steve! I’m still amazed and feel very fortunate to be where I’m at today, but I’m not going to stop. All the best to you and Happy New Year!

  • Eric | My 4-Hour Workweek

    Love the goals, Pat!

    2011 is going to be a huge year, and it sounds like you’re ready to crush it.

    • Pat

      Indeed Eric. Time to take things to the next level. Keep up the good work my friend!

  • Tobias Lighthill

    Your post stay inspiring to us all!

    My priority goal is to start earning money with e-book sales from my niche sites and I will add a friend inviter to increase my traffic in the new year!

    Besides, I am writing some articles for InfoBarrel, but approval of my articles takes quite long. I wrote 30 articles, but ’till now they just published four of them… I want to experiment with earning money from Amazon, Chitika, Adsense and by adding links to own and affiliate products.

    Patt et all, May all your goals be met in 2011!

    • Pat

      Hi Tobias! InfoBarrel does take some time to approve articles, but they might be busy for the holidays. I am glad they read through each one though, because it definitely makes the site better as a whole, and avoids the spam that seemed to have overtaken eHow at times.

      Good luck with your niche sites – energy is huge so there’s definitely a lot of potential there. All the best to you and Happy New Year!

  • Steven | The Emotion Machine

    Fantastic goals Pat. The nice site coaching sounds like a phenomenal opportunity, I wish I had the money to apply. Wish you the best of luck!

    • Pat

      Thanks Steven, and all the best to you too! Cheers!

  • Devin Elder

    Congrats on a solid year Pat! Can’t wait to see your premium products roll out.

    My goal for 2011 is the same one I started working on in August 2010: Be generating $10,000 per month in passive income from a portfolio of websites by August 2011.

    Happy New Year!!!

    • Pat

      Great goal Devin! Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and timely :)

      Keep up the good work and Happy New Year!

  • Manikandan

    Congrats PAT. Wish you Happy New Year..You are one of the Best man which I got inspired and I am starting my Online Entrepreneurship in 2011. Hope All iz Well! Have a Wonderful Year! Cheers :)

    • Pat

      Thanks Manikandan! I appreciate the kind words. Have a great new year and all the best to you!

  • Tim Conley

    Those are awesome goals. I like the audaciousness of the RSS subscribers & Facebook fans. You didn’t mention you email list. Why is that?

    • Tim Conley

      Also, Izzy and I are also working on Content Creators model since we are bloggers and podcasters. We are going to be talking a lot about this in 2011. We’ll have to have you back on the show when you’re ready to launch your new venture.

    • Pat

      Hmm..I guess I just overlooked that in this post, maybe because I had already talked about RSS subscribers. But anyways, can’t wait to see what’s in store for your podcast and brands in 2011! I’d love to be on the show again, you guys are great! Happy New Year!

  • Elias

    Great post Pat! Everyone should follow suit with their own goals for 2011 and stick to them. I have learned a lot by visiting your blog and just recently decided to take action. I would love to be part of the 20 students for the niche sites program. I will give it a try and apply today! I wish you a very Happy New Year and a lot of success with your projects. And most important: May you and your family be blessed with health and love during the new year!
    God first!

  • Carmen

    Pat, congrats on an awesome 2010 and good luck going big in 2011! I’m following your example and just jotted down my 2011 goals. – I’m going big too. I first learned of you through the Foolish Adventure podcast and just started checking out your website and must say – awesome content! Hope to catch you on the Foolish Adventure podcast again! Happy New Year – god bless!

  • Brett

    Hey Pat!
    Awesome list of goals. I have loved following you for the past 4 months or so and can’t wait to see what the next year brings! I think those goals are a bit modest for you though. Except for the niche sites, I’m sure you’ll be able to blow through most of the metrics way sooner than you think. Happy New Year!


  • Tobias Lighthill

    Perhaps not the place and time to ask this question or make this remark…
    Patt you have learned my so much about the art of blogging and generating traffic.
    What is your opinion about Viral Inviter to increase traffic? Are these services worth the investment?
    Happy New Year (only 4hrs before midnight here in England)!

  • Lisa

    Your success has motivated me to publicly declare my goals and go after them with everything. So starting now I have officially started my blog to chart my progress and to share the things I learn. You have a lot of great stuff in the works. It definitely inspires me! It’s going to be an exciting year! All the best to you!

  • Nate

    Great post Pat!

    I know my plans for tonight…going to post my goals for 2011!

    Good luck to you and everyone else in 2011!


  • Joseph

    Love it, can’t wait to see your products. I’m sure they will all be awesome, keep up the good work. And good luck in 2011!

  • KimP

    You have some very ambitious and measurable goals that I know you’ll achieve in 2011, Pat!

    I have a goal of getting at least 8 niche sites up by the end of this year, a few mobile apps, 2 e-books and a workout DVD, lol.

    Here’s to 2011 and passive income!

    P.S. Will you post an end of the year income report like you posted at the end of 2009?

  • Cory

    Awesome goals, Pat. I love to see your thought process and determination, and I know you are going to crush every one of these goals! You’re an inspiration!

  • Charles

    Pat, do you have any 2011 goals related to iPhone programming?

    My 2011 goal is to create 10 iPhone apps this year (each with projected lifetime income of at least $500). I created four in 2010, but I only outsource some of the graphics, not the coding.

    Good luck everyone with your 2011 goals!

  • michelle

    Way to Go Pat! Looks like I’m going to be watching you a lot this year. Very exciting. I hope to see you at the Blog Expo this year!

  • Dean Saliba

    I only have three goals this year.

    1. Set myself a minimum amount that I should be earning a day.

    2. Each 5,000 unique visitors a month.

    3. Spend more time writing and less time mucking about on Facebook.

  • Krzysztof Byczkowski

    I’ve also set my goals for 2011, but I think my goals are a little too amitious… I’m all with this alone, but I want to achieve such a great success, as you do.

    Main goal – earn money online being at home.

    But first, I need to learn English – that’s my first goal.
    Second – relate my effects of learning English alone on my blog, but I don’t think it’s a good option, rather it would be about discipline, learning and how to pick up another useful skills via Internet… I want to prove that anybody – even European without good English – can achieve something…

    …and you inspired me to think about that…

    Thank you!

  • Karen


    You have had an amazing 2010 and I know that you will even top that year in 2011. These goals sound really awesome and I want to be at Blog World to hear you speak. I think you have it in the bag this year to be a great speaker, after all, you are sharing your wisdom and knowledge here with incredible success.

    Best of luck to you for your new business endeavours in 2011. I can’t wait to see what else you have in store :-)


  • ShaswatPatel

    Well I was reading blog for last 2 weeks and I’m really inspired from your posts as well your reports which also guide us to do some hard work and archive your goals! Before coming to this blog, I was clueless to make money with good traffic but since last 2 I honestly say I increase my earnings by 30% and most amazing thing is I got my first affiliate earning which is $0 for almost 1 month!

    I wish a good luck to you and wish you will archive your goals! I also setup my small goals in 2011 and I will try to archive it! You had excellent 2010 and I’m sure you will have best year coming ahead! Best of luck for 2011.

  • Jeff Beer

    My goal is simple, Pat — take action! …2010 was more of a ‘year of deciding and planning’. Therefore, 2011 is going to be a ‘year for action & follow-through’.

    I’m working on & — just trying to make an opportunity for myself is the main focus!

  • Jennifer


    I have been following you for a bit now, anxious to jump into making money from home passively! What would be your one piece of advice on where to start for a newbie with no money and needing to learn how to break into this?

  • Sunil from The Extra Money Blog

    a very busy but rewarding year coming up. congrats on your success to date, and wish you continued success going forward. happy new year to you Pat.

  • Philip geneman

    these are great goals Pat. I know that you can reach them. you have made it this far and you love what you are doing and that is what is impotent. i just started my site not to long ago not making anything yet but I know I will. I love cooking and that is my passion. I do have a culinary degree, but I do not like working in restaurants i would much rather provide the best recourse for cooks every where. I can’t believe, that people like what I have to say, but they do and that is what gets me motivated. I have big goals too and I know I will reach them you have inspired me so much to do a blog and to keep on truck-in. I am having so much fun too!

    Thank you so much and I wish you a happy 2011.

    • Pat

      Keep going Philip! Keep doing what you love and people will listen. Read “Crush It!” by Gary Vaynerchuk if you haven’t already – I think it would be perfect for you.

      All the best! Cheers!

      • Philip geneman

        thanks pat!

  • Johnny Fain

    Hi Pat,
    I have been a long time follower… On the sideline though, So this is my first comment
    Usually by the time I read your posts Everything i have to say it’s already been said.
    This is the first time i believe i have something worth saying after all the comments I read i have a little of a critic on your goals…
    If i remember correctly The R (Relevant) on SMART, includes the fact that this goals need to be big enough so you really have to work to get there… And as far as i see it, the work for goals 2 and 3 (Your plugin and new business) is mostly done…
    I know you probably set these goals earlier and only published them now, But let’s be honest you did most of the work for these goals already.
    I wish you share with us (in retrospective) the experience of these 2 big project in the future.
    Wishing you lots of success!

    • Pat

      Thanks for the comment, Johnny! I love when those on the sidelines leave comments on the blog. :)

      Regarding the “R” in S.M.A.R.T. goals, I see what you’re saying, although I think it’s more about how relevant is the goal to what you actually want to achieve in business and/or life. Even so, my plugin and the initial part of my “new business” is almost complete, but it’s FAR (really far) from launch-able. There’s a LOT of things that go into it, now that I’m going the process, which I why I made it important to be a goal for 2011 at the time I specified. Even though it may seem like it’s almost done, I really have a lot of work left to do. I did not do most of the work for these goals already – and I did just define these goals as I wrote this post.

      Thanks for the comment, once again, and I wish you all the best! Cheers!

  • Stuart

    Great goals to set you up nicely for 2011 Pat! I wish you the very best with these, and it will be interesting to see how you fare with them. Certainly be motivating to hear how you progress :-)

  • Gabriel

    Pat, I sincerely wish you to achieve all of these goals. I am positive that you will manage to obtain the success you want this year because you write so awesome content and promote high quality products. I am a daily reader of your blog and also subscribed to your newsletter. You inspired me to create a similar list and continue working to achieve my goals as a freelance web developer. Good luck!

  • David

    I love the specific goals, Pat. They all sound really exciting and I hope you have fun accomplishing them. I know you said that you have a lot of stuff on your plate for this year, but I know you’re very passionate about your work, and I know you’re going to Crush it! My main goal for the beginning of 2011 is to get my first niche site up by the end of February.

  • Rory Mullen

    Pat all of your goals are feasible. I am going to try to blog so I can pay for college. Follow for good things to come

  • DB Baker

    Hi Pat,

    Amazing progress in 2010 and I am sure you will surpass your goals for 2011. Waiting to see your plugin and new business… :)

    One tip – if you want more Facebook fans try moving your Facebook Widget up in sidebar… I think that will help and in any case, it sure wouldn’t hurt.

    Best of luck.

  • Deborah Richmond

    I love that you tell us what you are up to, as a way to teach us how to do the same. I’ve adapted that same idea. I write about social media marketing. So I tell my audience my metrics each month as far as the size of my social media audience. I show my audience that I’m using the tools I teach.

    Thanks for all the inspiration!

  • twentysomethingmoney

    These are some very ambitious goals! It sounds like you’ll have to work pretty hard to reach them, but it makes them even better — goals that help motivate and drive success.

  • Steve

    Hey Pat….Happy New Year !! Great article and thanks for the inspiration..! I sit down every quarter and hash out my SMART goals as well..hopefully we both hit our marks. I look forward to learning, sharing and achieving with you in 2011..Let’s Get’Em !!

  • Guganeshan.T

    Proud to be a part of your 15000+ subscribers… I wish you a great year Pat!

  • Billy Bambao

    Happy New Year Pat! Excellent post as always.. 2011 looks like it’ll certainly be another breakout year for you. Your goal of achieving 10 money-making sites is the one especially inspiring part of your post for me personally (you’re a true example of how diversification leads to a truly strong, stable passive income) as I’ve come to realize that type of portfolio growth needs to happen for me this year!

    Leaving my job in Sept 2010 to jump headfirst into entrepreneurship, then start my own app development company (thanks large in part to the ebook your buddies wrote!) has been an awesome ride thus far. I’ve learned a ton in the process, but now need to start setting sights on other areas as the app revenue builds, etc.. The one challenge I’ve got is knowing which ideas to run with, and which to lay off of!

    Is there a post or book you’d recommend for where I’m at right now?


  • Jeff

    Good stuff Pat. It’s cool you’ve got this blog to keep yourself accountable to the THOUSANDS of people who read your blog. I know you’ll reach your goals.

  • Nicole S. Cooper

    Your my inspiration Pat! I actually just wrote a similar post like this on my blog today, but I’m very inspired by you and your transparency!

    I too, have very ambitious goals, and I’m mapping them out so specifically to ensure that I see them through!

    I’m looking forward to experiencing your success with your various ventures as I know they are as good as done if you have them on your “To Do” List;)

    Keep raising the bar for us all as we need an Authentic, Genuine Voice to follow and btw, Blog World would be remissed if they didn’t have you on that panel this year. It’s on my list to be in attendance so I look forward to meeting you in person my blogging mentor;)

    Cheers to you too!

    Nicole S. Cooper

  • Sheila Atwood


    Wish you the best on your SMART goals. They are much bigger than last years and yet they look very attainable. Bringing what you started in 2010 in to fruition is a smart idea, it part of looking ahead and creating into the future.

    I will be going over my goals for 2011 and applying your SMART formula. Thanks

  • Ireti Paul

    Great and daring goals for 2011. I have no doubt that you will over achieve and deliver this year. Your blog is growing fast and i believe you’re growing faster. Wishing you a remarkable 2011.

  • Ralph Quintero

    Pat, thank you for sharing your goals with us. You are a true inspiration to me. I have been a fan of yours for some time and you have motivated me to follow my passion and start my own blog. Thanks again and all the best for 2011!

  • Deborah Richmond

    I just filled out the Blogworld 2010 survey. I made sure to request you as a speaker for 2011! And I want TO KNOW MORE about the high end product you have coming up this year. Do Tell!

  • Susanne Myer

    Love your goals Pat. I like that you’re picking goals that are a bit of a reach but still realistic. Can’t wait to see where you’re talking this blog in 2011. Been reading it for a while after finding you via Mark Mason through the Niche Site Duel.

  • Alex Neill

    Hi Pat,

    Just finished reading the transciption of your interview about your latest ebook being such a success, well done!

    Looks like 2011 is going to be a busy and productive year for you, wish you all the best.

    I will have to set myself some solid goals now so thanks for detailing yours and giving me a rough idea of what I should base my own upon.


  • John McNally

    I do the same Pat, tell people what you want to do, and it puts more pressure on yourself to take action. I like the way you have set hard but achievable goals, with measurable targets to check on progress.
    Looks like an action packed year. Best wishes.

    Leamington Spa, England

  • Pedro Sanchez Jr

    This is awesome Pat! All the best in this new year and I know that greater things are yet to come for the Flynn family.

    PS: Thank you for all your help and advice.

    Pedro Sanchez Jr.

  • Calloway Green

    Awesome goals for 2011 Pat. You inspired me to document mine too:

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  • Will


    Wow! You are going to be super busy. I know you will accomplish these goals and provide value to your readers.


  • Christina Crowe

    Hey Pat,

    You’ve been a true inspiration for me in the many months I’ve been blogging. I hope you reach all of the goals you have set – and good luck in year 2011! I’m sure you’ll accomplish everything you set out to achieve. :)


  • Bolaji O |

    Well done, Pat!

    Public accountability is a great way to get things done. I’m doing it on my blog this year as well. I won’t share a link here, in case you’d prefer me not to. But I have a review of my 2010 goals, as well as my 3-word goal theme for 2011, on my site.

    One big change I’m making goal-wise, is focusing more on inputs, than outcomes.
    Knowing the desired outcomes is important, but I did find that I didn’t transition from the big picture goal to what I needed to be doing on a daily basis, effectively, last year.

    This year, thanks to books like “The Power of Focus”, and “This Year I Will”, I’ve narrowed down my goals . I have 6 types of work that I need to touch on a daily basis. If I touch those 6 things every day, they will succeed by the end of the year.

    Lots of different approaches to successful goal setting and goal getting.
    The most important thing is to pick one, and stick with it.

    Best of luck – and let me know how I can be of service at any point. It would be an honor.

  • Colin Harrison

    I caught this content on the podcast and juct wanted to say thanks and well done on your incredible 2010. I’m really interested in your move into apps, and would love to hear more about this on the podcast.

  • Colin Harrison

    I caught this content on the podcast and just wanted to say thanks and well done on your incredible 2010. I’m really interested in your move into apps, and would love to hear more about this on the podcast.

  • Dwight

    Great post on your goals for 2010 Pat, really feel that it should be very achievable for you to hit your goals based on your awesome momentum. Keep up the good work.

    Dwight Anthony
    Financially Elite Blog dot Com

    • Dwight

      Whoops, sorry Pat. Meant 2011 in my post above.

      Dwight Anthony
      Financially Elite Blog dot Com

  • Michelle

    What an amazing year you will have in 2011. I am looking forward to your valuable info that you put out.

    All the best.
    Michelle Haku

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    best of luck pat for your success

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  • Vishnu

    you have put up nice mile stones for the coming year…hoping you will achieve those…

    Good luck..

  • Joe S

    Thanks as always for the inspiration Pat. I’ve gone ahead and posted my business goals as well. They are not really as S.M.A.R.T as yours but hopefully I’ll improve them with time. :)

  • Rob

    I really should start setting goals for myself. This blog may be the kick up the arse to do it :0)

    Good luck with everything!

  • Rob

    We learned SMART goals at university, it never incurred to me that they could apply to one’s life. Good blog!

  • Harry Smith

    Wow!!! You put step by step information on setting up Goal >>Such a nice post …

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