How I More Than Doubled Traffic For My Blog
January 2018 Income Report
I’m writing this income report not to show off my earnings or to brag about my blog, but to provide resources for people who are also thinking about starting a blog of their own ( not that there is much to brag about ).
When I was first starting out to think about having a blog of my own, income reports were a HUGE thing I read up on. I wanted to see the possibilities of having a blog of my own and how other people were doing it successfully.
They gave me so much hope that I could one day live life the way I wanted to live, not some corporate boss that tells me how my schedule is made!
I hope with this information, you can see how you can apply some of the strategies and work ethics to your own blog to grow in the same way or better than I did! If not, comment down below or email me directly if you have some questions that could help you out on your own blog!
My goal for January was to hit 1k page views on ClimbingToward.com (what can I say, I aim high). I didn’t hit it. Not even close sadly.
However a positive came out of this, I more than doubled my traffic on my blog.
Last month I got 173 views total on my blog, but as you can see this month brought in more than 400 views!
That’s a huge jump! Although it didn’t reach my expectations, I still doubled my traffic and I am super happy about that!
Learn how I did that in the strategies section down below!
This month earned a total of $65.44 over multiple income sources!
Total Income: $65.44
Total Expense: $143.88
NET REVENUE: -$74.44
So this month still ended with a loss but less of a loss than last month, which was -$128.38! PROGRESS
Goal – 80 followers
Achieved – 128 followers
Goal – 40 followers
Achieved – 21 followers
Goal – 30 followers
Achieved – 5 followers
Goal – 20
Achieved – 27
Goal – 10
Achieved – 1 (My girlfriend)
Goal – $65
Achieved – $65.44
As you can see a lot of my goals were missed. I am taking corrective action that will be listed in the strategy section, but this is still a huge loss for me.
However I am considering cutting out Twitter, simply because I have no use for it. I don’t add any extra value to readers through Twitter and I recognize that so I will be dropping that social media.
What I used:
Disclosure and quick interruption – I started my blog on Bluehost and have now partnered with them to get you a huge discount rate. If you purchase hosting through the link on this post, I’ll earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. They are a great service and I’m happy to promote them!
I used BlueHost as my Self-Hosting service company. Honestly they helped a lot because I thought it was going to be SO HARD to start my blog. I had believed that I was going to need to start learning to code to get my own website if I ever wanted to make a business out of it.
When I first heard about BlueHost, I was skeptic about it because it was so cheap! $3.95 a MONTH! How could they possibly provide a quality service for so cheap??
I’m so glad I read up more about their service because they make setting up your website SO SIMPLE.
They have it set up to where you purchase and create your account ( you pay on a yearly basis, just a heads up! ) and you can connect to WordPress with a few simple clicks if you don’t know coding! Perfect for people excited to start a blog, but not wanting to learn code!
For people who don’t know what WordPress is, WordPress is a website building program/software that already has thousands of styles to choose from! It gives you a lot of opportunity to make your website your own!
I highly recommend BlueHost to anyone thinking about setting up a website of their own! You can click here or click the banner below to get started NOW!
Convertkit is an email newsletter service made simple. I’m not completely aware of how mailchimp or other email newsletter programs work, but this one is amazing.
Convertkit is also SUPER simple to use, it allows you to send emails, set up sequences, create forms to apply to your posts, and set up landing pages. This is vital to bloggers, because the goal is to have reoccurring readers to your blog.
Convertkit makes this possible. It helps create loyal readers and possible future clients/customers.
If you are thinking about starting a blog and need an email newsletter program, I will always highly recommend Convertkit!
Disclaimer and quick interuption – Tailwindapp is what I use to schedule pins throughout the day and I am happy to promote them. If you use the link provide on any mentioning of Tailwind, we will both earn one month free of their premium service.
Tailwindapp.com is a great scheduling service that provides a lot of tools.
Tailwind has tribes, which are free-to-join groups and help promote your content among other bloggers who may have a bigger following. Tribes have Increased my reach by 10k monthly viewers within days! Not exaggerating!!
However Tailwind is the expert in scheduling, it has optimized times for scheduling pins, interval scheduling, and related pins menus that help you find content quicker that your audience would love!
The optimized times allows you to get your content out to the most amount of people at the best time of day. You have the option to stay at the standard amount of pins or choose how many you want to post in a day and it finds all the best times for you.
Interval scheduling is something that helps your exposure tremendously! It puts your content out at different times, and something about pinterest’s algorithm loves that! It increases the amount of people who see your content immediately.
Related pins is a menu that pops up after you schedule a pin. You either love or hate it, but I definitely love it. As I am pinning hundreds of pins a day, related pins helps find pins quicker to get this quota reached faster!
Disclaimer and quick interuption – BoardBooster is what I use to loop pins throughout the day and I am happy to promote them. If you use the link provide on any mentioning of BoardBooster, we will both earn 5$ (500 pins) of their premium service.
BoardBooster makes you create separate secret boards to schedule to your normal public boards and it makes everything confusing. Don’t use it for scheduling, save yourself the hassle.
Looping takes your boards with hundreds or thousands of pins, and re-pins your old pins you pinned many months ago to that board. From oldest to youngest, your followers will not see repeat pins simply because they are so old.
This is an awesome tool because it is automatic and you just adjust the settings, and it loops as much as you schedule it to. Unlike Tailwindapp which you have to manually schedule things.
Now onto the nitty gritty of how I actually worked on a day to day basis to double my traffic.
My number one priority was promoting my pins. This meant sharing my pins to all my group boards and keeping my public boards active so people would see my content.
I grew my number of group boards from 2 to 7, which increased my total potential views from followers to over 30k.
Pingroupie.com is an awesome tool to anyone looking for a way to find group boards quickly and specifically. I use this to find new group boards and try to join.
I also used my combination of Tailwindapp and BoardBooster. Pinterest’s algorithm works well with around 15 pins a day to a board to make it active and make it a priority for people to see on their feed.
I worked on interacted with other bloggers on Instagram and their blog itself.
I look through my likes I get on each post on Instagram, to check people’s bio to see if they are a blogger. If they are, I tend to comment and/or share their content.
What this does is increase your presence on the internet, as well as increase your relations with other bloggers. When you comment on other blogs, your website is with your comment.
When people are interested in what you commented, 9 times out of 10 they will check out your site. It’s free promotion on other people’s site who has more traffic than you!!
I also networked with a few bloggers, and joined a Facebook group. This Facebook group shares their content and their social media to help get interaction on each other’s blogs and get their content to new viewers.
I highly recommend finding Facebook groups that are similar so you can do the same, it honestly increases your traffic greatly.
Working on my content was a huge focus this month.
I am working on getting my content to add the most value to people’s lives as possible, so people find the reason to come back and read my blog more often. When you have good content, you can finally start earning loyal readers and that’s really how you earn a living blogging.
Although I don’t think I am reaching my expectations of value, I am getting better. This is ultimately why I ask people to comment on my blogs with their input/questions.
That way I can get an insight of what information should be provided and is wanted more than some other information.
More on strategies to be successful blogging coming soon!
Goals for Next Month:
Traffic – 2k page views
Instagram – 160 followers
Pinterest – 80 followers
Facebook Likes – 40
Email Subscribers – 20
Income – $200
Let me know in the comments below if you wait to see more in depth strategies and how to use the tools to the best level or if you have any questions you want answered, I’d be happy to help!
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