New Look - 2012

New Year, Great Look and Big Plans – Hello 2012!

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Blogging Goals And Resolutions

New Look - 2012I’m pretty excited to post our first article of 2012. HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! We’re starting the year with a brand new look. I spent the better part of yesterday setting up this new theme by wplook($) and all of the work involved with this type of project. Overall, I am pretty satisfied with the look. If it performs as expected, I think we’ll be set for a while. Let me know what you think.

I debated whether or not to write a New Year’s Resolution type post or not but I got caught up in the excitement and decided to share our plans for Hot Blog Tips. I’ll limit it to just a handful of goals for now, we all have work to do, right?

  1. First on the list – Our Newsletter: We have one of the greatest things going right now with our newsletter and I want to build on that in a big way. I’m not saying “Our” newsletter for effect; it’s actually a collaboration of several professional bloggers, working together as Newsletter Partners. Each week we put our best blogging tips together and send them out to our newsletter subscribers. I would like to expand that partnership to around ten highly qualified and dedicated bloggers (we have very high standards) and really start helping a lot of people succeed as bloggers.
  2. Guest Blogging: We recently started accepting guest bloggers and it’s working out beautifully. 2012 will see Hot Blog Tips transform into a very popular multi-author blog. Guest blogging is fine and benefits everyone involved but I’d like to see more of that ‘partnership‘ concept. We’ll find a way for partners to benefit and profit from their work here. That’s a tall order but that’s what I’m shooting for.
  3. Contests – Win Win Win: Everyone loves contests and I’m no exception. I’ve ran contests in the past on other blogs and they can be a blast. They can also be very demanding. I plan on running two, perhaps even three, large scale contests in 2012. I am also considering a monthly contest but the details still need to be worked out. More on that in just a few days.
  4. Networking: I am a big believer in networking and collaborating with other bloggers, as most of you already know by now. I have no problem in sharing the pie. Greedy, I am not. I love social networks and work with a focused and targeted approach rather than going for huge numbers. I’m not setting goals like gaining 20,000 Twitter followers or getting 5,000 new Facebook fans this year. That would be great but this year’s goal will be to develop even closer relationships with more connections. When you see me virtually nudging up to you online, I don’t have anything up my sleeve, I’m not going to ask for your credit card number, I’m just interested in seeing how well we can get along.
  5. Money $$$: Oops, there it is! Yes, we all need money and I happen to be very fond of it. I’ve been very lucky to have earned a steady online income for several years. I have several sites that turn a nice profit and Hot Blog Tips will be added to that list. I’ve been around long enough to know that traffic, trust and exposure must come before pushing for profit in a big way. 2012 is that year for this blog; I have little doubt when it comes to that.
  6. The biggest goal for 2012 is YOU! We want to be of service to you. We want Hot Blog Tips to be a place you come to for blogging answers. I understand there are a lot of great blogs about blogging; we want to be the best of the best. It’s a great feeling when a reader say’s something like, “Good post, I just claimed my site on Alexa” or a Tweet that just says, “You totally rock, Brian!” I love it when I see something like this on our Facebook page, “Am using twitter and fb but never heard of stumble upon. Thanks for the Tip from the Top“. The continuous flow of messages we get remind me why we are here, to help bloggers blog and get the most from it.

Your Plans? Questions? Comments?

I know it won’t take long at all for everyone to get burned out on the New Year Resolutions talk but I’d love to hear about your big blogging goals for 2012. Share your comments, questions and blogging resolutions below.


  1. Adam Boyd says:

    Twitter: adamrboyd
    Hey, we appreciate you guys… You are always providing valuable content here. I like what you’re doing with the new theme, I’m sure it will be very effective with your list building. Guest blogging is really cool, I like the idea of collaborating with other bloggers all in one website. Check out a couple of my posts, I’m interested in doing a guest post if you are looking for other writers. Nice article, happy new year!

    • Twitter: HotBlogTips
      Thanks Adam, I appreciate you saying that. And I have to say I love your intro video. I subscribed to your YouTube channel. I subscribed to your list too but was redirected to another site by James Hicks both on subscribing and on confirming. That’s a little strange and I hope I’m on your list and not someone else’s. Time will tell.

      Guest blogging? Absolutely, we have different niches but you are a blogger and I’m sure you have a lot to offer other bloggers. Check out our Guest Post Page and I’ll be happy to look at whatever you have in mind.
      Brian Hawkins recently posted..Guest PostMy Profile

      • Adam Boyd says:

        Twitter: adamrboyd
        Hey thanks Brian! You’re definitely on my list, looks like I have a glitch in my system…James is my sponsor. I’m gonna address that today, thanks for letting me know. Right after I commented I realized that you have a guest blogging post that you already put together, I’m gonna check out out now. Thanks, I look forward to working with you in the future.

  2. Michael Chalmers says:

    Your blogging tips have really helped begginers in SEO like me. Looking forward to posts of this type in 2012. Wish there’ll be more to come.

    • Twitter: HotBlogTips
      Absolutely Michael, we’re glad to help and have much more planned for you. Be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss anything. SEO is a huge topic in Blogging and we’ll be all over it. Thanks for letting me know. 🙂
      Brian Hawkins recently posted..NewsletterMy Profile

  3. Shanky Sahni says:

    I started blogging in mid november and I am addicted to it now.I have started gaining some traffic not so huge.My goals for 2012 are not so high.Just want to build my network with bloggers and readers,move to self hosted wordpress,Google PR of 3 and alexa rank below 100000 are my goals for the year.

    • Twitter: HotBlogTips
      That’s great Shanky, we have another one now. lol Another blogger that is, once you’ve been bitten there’s no turning back.

      Those are nice goals and I know you can meet them way ahead of schedule. Is that all your content? You post a lot and that’s perfect; now you just need traffic. I’d move to your own domain as soon as possible so you can start securing feed subscribers right away.

      I like your blog and you have talent as a blogger. It reminds me of one of my blogging buddies, Justin @ Dragon, and he’s a pro. He does very well with the gadget and tech products. I really enjoy reading his posts and you have the same thing going on.

      Stick around, we’ll help you get there. If it helps any, 5 months ago we had 0 PR and an Alexa of like 10,000,000 and no one was visiting, much less commenting. That’s normal and only temporary.
      Brian Hawkins recently posted..NewsletterMy Profile

  4. Twitter: quickblogtips
    Hi Brian. Happy New Year 🙂 Good luck with your resolutions. I’ve set a few, too. I may be submitting a guest post to you once I can come up with something 😉

    • Twitter: HotBlogTips
      Thanks Ben, Happy New Year too. You are always welcome to guest post here, I’d like that. I see a Trackback from your blog below, I’m getting ready to jump over there and see what you’ve been up to. Thanks 🙂
      Brian Hawkins recently posted..Guest PostMy Profile

  5. Twitter: bloggersethics
    Great to hear you are also starting a newsletter. I am also planning to start one and sure will be needing some tips from you
    Tushar recently posted..10 Things to Do in 2012 to Become a Better BloggerMy Profile

  6. Hey Brian, I would love to tell you all about my goals but I don’t have any 😀

    Of course being one of my loyal readers you already knew that 😉

    I like the new look and I can see how your plans can set you up for 2012 and having a group of great bloggers behind you will only cement your place in the blogging world. All the best for 2012 Brian.
    Sire recently posted..How To Change The Header On Your PagesMy Profile

  7. sai krishna says:

    Twitter: saithegeek
    very nice plans and hopes i hope you will reach your goals .new theme is really awesome like mine 🙂
    sai krishna recently posted..Hostgator 25% Discount Coupon Code January2012My Profile

  8. Isabel Singh says:

    I love your site’s new look Brian, When i first opened it, i was a little bit shocked because i am thinking that you moved your site to another, however, after browsing it, i am impressed that you present it at a new image and its fantastic!

  9. Michael Chalmers says:


    A Happy New Year to you! Your blogging tips have been very useful and helpful to beginners like me. I, together with the rest of your audience look forward to more useful content and interesting topics. Your new look is great. Good luck on your plans for 2012, I am sure that you will achieve your goals without any hitches. Cheers 2012! 🙂

  10. I like this theme far better than the previous Brian as there’s more space and I wonder what you’ll put in the big space under the header after New Years?! I too recently made some big changes at MSB including the color scheme.

    One of my plans was to create products and I managed to produce one just before the New Years at

    The more we learn the more we can do 😉
    Caleb recently posted..Building An eMail List Using Google Search ResultsMy Profile

    • Twitter: HotBlogTips
      Thanks Caleb, I appreciate that. I switched back to the default image for now. I’m leaning toward a big opt-in form there but still undecided. I like your sales page, very nice. Off to see your new look now.

  11. Your new design of blog is just rocking brian. I love it.

  12. good resolution.

  13. Magento Web Design says:

    Happy new year to you too keep it up.

  14. marieljackson says:

    Hello Brian… Happy New Year! Hope for your continuous success in this 2012.

  15. Twitter: Ileane
    Hi Brian, the new theme looks awesome! I liked the old one too, but this one seems more spread out. You have some great goals for 2012 and I plan to build on my email list and use it as an engagement platform like you. Thanks for all the support in 2011 and I look forward to a fantastic 2012 for us both!
    Ileane recently posted..HootSuite Apps for YouTube, Tumblr and SummifyMy Profile

    • Twitter: HotBlogTips
      Thank you Ileane, I appreciate that. I like this new theme too. I was going to go with Thesis again but I think I’ll see how this one performs for a while. It’s Full HTML5 and CSS3.

      Happy New Year, I see both of us going a long way in 2012. 🙂
      Brian Hawkins recently posted..BloggersMy Profile

  16. Hey Brian, New design is awesome. wish you all the best for the new year. Keep up the good work.

  17. Twitter: HotBlogTips
    Thank you Atish, I wish you all the best too. Happy New Year.
    Brian Hawkins recently posted..AboutMy Profile

  18. my resolution is guest blogging.
    nidhi recently posted..2012 New year resolution for bloggers to get successMy Profile

  19. I am always in trouble with the resolutions for the next year. Some call them goals. I am afraid to plan big things, because I don’t want to feel disappointed. I only want to reach my goals with baby steps, but many of them. My first baby step for 2012 is to clean up:)

  20. Happy New Year to you too! Liked your new theme. Its very attractive. Like you even I have scheduled my whole year with posts, networking and many more.. You have always posted good content. Looking forward to posts my articles according to your suggestions. Good luck for your plans!

  21. Ganesh J Acharya says:

    Twitter: ganeshjacharya
    New year resolutions are to be broken!!!
    Ganesh J Acharya recently posted..Tips on proof reading a blogMy Profile

  22. I loved the colors specially of your new theme. Happy new year 2012

  23. First of all i’d like to say great job on the new theme! I like how it looks Brian. It seems like you have a great taste in style. Anyways, I’m pretty sure that you’ll achieve your goals this year. I’ll sign up to your newsletter! Goodluck!

  24. marieljackson says:

    Hi Bryan! This is perfect more especially with the newbies who not comfortable in making successful plans for their business.. Goals can be achieved positively if we have great plans ahead.

  25. Hi, Bryan. The simple fact that i found your blog proves you’re on the right track, because it’s definitely true there are as many blogs about blogging as there are stars in the sky.
    I’m eager to see how you’ll manage the money part for it this year, see you around!

  26. Hi Brian,

    It’s been nice to see you writing this year. I hope you have a more rewarding year ahead and thanks a ton for this awesome reminder for the new year. I hope to write new and awesome guest post on this awesome blog soonest. Please be expecting the draft from me soon.

  27. Marc Derikx says:

    Even I was thinking of changing the look of my blog. Thanks for your suggestions! Liked the contest concept. It will help in readers getting more attached with the blogs. Never tried in my blogging life. Looking forward to try it! Thanks for posting!

  28. My resolution this year is to increase the number readers, subscribers and followers to at least a thousand this year. We’ll do that by increasing the number of our blog posts and optimize social media to draw attention to them.

  29. JennyGreyson says:

    I wish these 2012 that all of resolution of my brother blogger will serve’s them as inspiration in attaining there all goal’s in life especially in blogging.

  30. I Enjoyed reading your list of 2012 goals. I am especially impressed with the last one[ :). My, more modest goal is that of popularizing my new website on my experiences with anxiety attacks.

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