When I started this blog 6 months ago one of my goals was to reach 100,000 monthly pageviews. This number was never a huge deal for me. However, I wanted to set a goal that would force me to work hard.
I remember writing this number down on a notebook and even laughing about it because I thought it was crazy. My crazy big goal was to reach 100K per month within a year. To my surprise I reached my goal in less than 6 months. It was somewhere between my 4th and 5th month to be exact. Here’s a screenshot of my blog growth:
How did I do it? Here a some basic things I did during my first few months of blogging:
How I Reached 100,000 Monthly Pageviews
I learned ALL that I possibly could about blogging
One of the first things I did and continue to do today is educate myself about what’s going on in the blogging industry. Here the three things that helped me the most:
- I read and implemented what I learned from Ruth Soukup’s book *How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul. Ruth’s book is hands down one of the best blogging books out there and gives you actionable tips on how to grow and monetize your blog.
- I also watched the Learn To Blog Hangouts by Kelli and Crystal. These ladies are super helpful and offer their blogging tips for free. They also have a Facebook group for bloggers of all levels and a VIP forum that offers in-depth blogging information.
- I researched and researched some more. Not everyone is going to be willing to share their blogging secrets. A few will, but in the blogging world some topics like traffic or money are taboo. It personally doesn’t bother me and I’ve shared what little I do know with my colleagues, but not everyone is the same way and that’s OK. So when I needed an answer to a question no one would answer, I simply researched until I found what I needed.
I established relationships with other bloggers
Bloggers read blogs. We are our own audience and biggest supporters. So when I started out, I joined Facebook groups for bloggers, commented on blogs, showed support via a tweet or a like when asked, and tried to help whenever possible. I hate to say it, but if you only think about yourself you’re not going to get very far. Taking the time to grow your online relationships is crucial for blogging success. Don’t just try to befriend the “bigger” bloggers, some of my highest traffic referrals have come from smaller bloggers with loyal readers. We’re all in this together (insert cheesy High School Musical song here).
I treated my blog like a business
Prior to this blog, I had a blog that was more of a personal journal. I would share about family and faith with some homemaking tips sprinkled in. It never took off because at the time it wasn’t my goal. That blog was a hobby for me so I only posted once or twice a month when I had time. However, when I decided to start this site I knew my goal was to monetize it. So my approach was very different from the very beginning. The first few months I blogged 3-5 times per week. My goal was to build my content and traffic quickly. That meant working while my family slept or waking up super early. My efforts payed off and I saw my traffic grow consistently each month. What I’ve learned is that I have to treat it like the business that it is if I want to continue to see growth.
Now there’s more to this equation and I do plan on sharing more in future posts. In the meantime, I would love to hear from you. Do you blog? What are some of your blogging goals?
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