Things You Should Do Before the New Year

Written by Zac Johnson
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The year is quickly coming to a close, and while it’s mostly just a psychological change, there are some tasks that need to be taken care of before year’s end. Not only is this a list of tasks that you should take care of, but most of them are relevant to myself as well.

2011 GOALS & PROJECTS

It’s amazingly easy to start new projects and get side tracked while running a business online. How many times this year did you lose focus on your main projects, or want to start something new. With the new year right around the corner, it’s a great time to make a list of your top goals and new projects to work on. I know I will be weeding out the smaller sites/campaigns and tasks that got me side tracked in 2010 and will either let them die off, or outsource their management.

DOMAIN NAMES & RENEWALS

I’m sure most of you have your domains on auto renewal, but it’s always a good idea to take a good look at your domain names and still have a good idea on when they expire. I have several hundreds of domain names and they are pretty much all over the place, mainly with GoDaddy, NameCheap and eNom. Before crossing over into the new year, I’m taking some time to consolidate and transfer my domains names into one large account with NameCheap.

CLEAN YOUR INBOX & OFFICE

I’m guilty of always having a messing inbox. No matter how many times I find myself clearing out my GMail account, it’s loaded up with hundreds of unread emails within days. The same holds true for your desk or office room. head into the new year with a fresh start. A clean inbox and office will get you started on the right track!

SALARY, BONUSES, PAYMENTS & STOCKS

Manage your finances and make any necessary purchases, employee payments or stock sales before the year ends. Head into the new year without any pending debts or payments looming over your held. Also make sure to make your final contributions to 401k/IRA accounts are made. You never know what the new year will hold for you and your company, so make sure your finances are in order.

Other quick ideas you should take action on before the new year include… updating your DMCA/copyright/privacy policies, back up your site and data, clean out your social accounts of “non friends” and change your passwords. Feel free to leave a comment with any ideas I may have missed, and what you’ll be doing to make 2011 your best year yet!

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17 Replies to “Things You Should Do Before the New Year”

  1. I am definitely going to be setting a lot of short term goals that lead to accomplishing my long term goals. This is something that I failed to to the last couple of years, but I am going to make it my #1 priority this year
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  2. I'm doing the same thing. I'm moving all my domains over to Namecheap., They are really cheap and quality service. I wish you the best in 2011!
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  3. I always review & clean out my RSS subscriptions. Some feeds/blogs are not as interesting (personally) anymore each year that passes. This usually inspires me to add a few new ones too once I have done the chopping.

    1. Exactly, and lots of blogs actually die out over the course of a year too. Either bored with the topic, no new content to write about or just quite blogging all today.

  4. I'm curious why Namecheap over GoDaddy or other registrars? Is there SEO value of some sort or just the GoDaddy sucks (which I certainly won't argue with!)?

  5. It's easy to get side tracked. A list that you keep active and visible through out the year definitely helps a lot

  6. I'm definitely focusing on my goals. I have so many that I want to come into effect this new year.
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  7. Before the year end, I evaluated what I did for my site and what works. With that, I've created a business plan for year 2011 highligting what works for especially in marketing and attracting quality traffic.

  8. I just made a simple plan to make my blogging career more a priority this coming year instead of just an additional income. Thanks for your suggestion of auto renewing domains. And you definitely confirmed my decision to back away from GoDaddy.

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