2014 was an interesting year and learning from 2013 actually helped me get better at many things in business as well as on a personal level. In this post (like every year) I will review 2014 and set targets for 2015 accordingly.
If you are a regular follower of SEtalks.com or of me on twitter, this post will surly excite you!
2014 in Review!
Last year, I set several goals on a business and personal level; here is a detailed analysis of every one of them.
Quality of Content
One of the major deficiencies in 2013 was the quality of content on the blog. In 2014, my major focus was to write posts that actually mattered to people instead of writing just for the sake of putting something up on the blog. I saw a significant improvement; this year, not only did my post views and interaction go sky rocketing but I also started getting links naturally back to my posts and emails – like this:
Result: I would call it +1; this kind of appreciation is a super-refresher
Time and Project Management
This was one of the more difficult tasks for me throughout the year. One of the major reasons why clients in 2013 were not sticking with me was because I was bad at time management and often failed at sending them updates and reports on time which eventually pissed them off!
In 2014, I made a huge change by patching up with Pac and Copy Plus and set up a search department with them which allowed me to divide the work among more team members enabling me to work more effeon time and project management.
We have a small number of clients, but we are much more confident about bringing more quality clients in and this is because now we have a structure that allows us to stay transparent with clients and meet their targets accordingly.
Result: I would call it +0.75
Travel Abroad with family
Wops! I honestly wasn’t able to make it this year for two major reasons; 1) my little angel who is just 6 months old was a bigger responsibility than my calculations and 2) patching up with Pac and Copy and setting up a department with them didn’t allow me to take some time off and go on vacations.
I know it sounds lame, but I am seriously planning to take some time off and go for a vacation at some exotic hideout – without my laptop of course!
Result: Straight -1
Hire Full Time Members
Technically I am done with this! With Pac and Copy I managed to set up a department that runs under me and I run my project from their HQ… so yeah I do have quality resources to work for me.
Multiple Writers on SEtalks.com
I planned to do that, but there was a major problems – I had to compromise on the quality as other members were writing general stuff and my blog started saying no to general or not really worthy content.
Though, I still allowed my friends to do guest posting and people like Umar Khan and Venchito did some stuff worth reading on my blog.
Work on Multiple types of content
What I originally intended from this was to go for Infographics and videos but somehow I constantly find myself busy sorting out pending workloads and as a result I have to agree that I completely failed at this.
Attend SEO conference abroad
Failed! I tried but didn’t manage to make it – the new business patch up and my sweet little angel… both were much more of a responsibility then I thought they would be!
Big Brand’s Authorship
I already had some great names and I added SEMRush in the list in 2014. I do have more that I will try to make it in the 1st Quarter of 2015.
Expand my family to three
What do you think what kept me busy throughout 2014? That’s her!
I am so glad that she is with my wife and me. And yes… I do fail to achieve some of my professional goals, but the last 7 months were nothing less than superb!.
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