Now, 30,000 monthly users doesn’t seem like much for some of the big league bloggers, but for me this is huge. I never could have imagined that a handful of people, let alone 30,000 would have absolutely any interest in what I was writing about.
I started blogging out of an attempt to release any creativity I may have not been accessing. I mean, I got to a point in my life where I felt like I was such a creative individual but I had absolutely no creative outlet, and it started to make me feel antsy and dare I say… dull? This blog has allowed me to write and research and constantly look forward to something. No day has been the same.
I began this blog from scratch. I knew absolutely nothing about blogging, let alone being the puppeteer of a self-hosted blog.
I spent hundreds of hours reading and learning the ins and outs of the blogging world. And don’t get me wrong — I still have so much more to learn about, but it’s incredible what 4 months of hard work and consistency can manifest.
I’ve taught myself how to build a webpage, optimize my Pinterest, use SEO, implement security backups, properly cite and credit my work, become a google analytic specialist, content marketer, social media manager, and about 10 dozen more things I never thought I would do, let alone be able to do. Needless to say, I’m super thankful for how much I’ve learned and how much I’m looking forward to continue learning.
Without further ado, here is how I was able to reach 30,000+ monthly users in my 4th month of blogging.
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How I Reached 30,000 Monthly Users
I Read a Ton
Beginning my blog, I knew I would have to do tons of research, but never would I have imagined reading so much. I probably read about 10-15 articles a day now, 80% of which are on how to better my blog.
It’s so funny because if you asked me a year ago to read that much, I would have laughed at you and told you to go away. The difference now is that passion is involved so, it doesn’t seem like a chore at all — only excitement. 🙂
When I first began blogging, I was trying to write 4-5 blog posts a week! Not only were they low quality, but they had no heartiness or soul to them.
With my dedication to self-educating myself in the blog world, I learned about the 80/20 rule. 80% promotion, 20% creation.
Your audience would much rather prefer to read (and stick around) on a blog post that has a sufficient amount of information and proper formatting, vs. skimming through several poor 150 word blog posts.
You don’t have to be super sonic bionic creative writer extraordinaire (I’m surely not!), but do your best to focus on creating quality content rather than just getting as much content as you can out there. Your readers will thank you.
Over 90% of my blog traffic comes from Pinterest.
Pinterest isn’t only a form of social media, but it’s also a massively powerful search engine. This works to our advantage immensely, bloggers!
In between participating in multiple group boards, pinning my content regularly via Tailwind (more about this scheduler below), optimizing my pins, and being an active contributor, my content has been able to go viral and I’ve been receiving tons of traffic (from cool peeps like you)!
Here are my stats via Pinterest analytics:
If you want to learn more about how to grow your Pinterest account, check out my 80+ page e-book, Pincreasing Blog Success! It details absolutely everything a blogger or small business owner would need to know about driving traffic to their website through Pinterest. So, if you’re looking to gain more insight on how to optimize your account to look more professional and you’re looking to grow your blog into a business, this e-book is definitely for you!
Oh, and repeat after me, my friends: Thou shall never underestimate the power of a pin again.
Scheduling your posts is so important.
If you ever see my posts circulating through my group boards at many different hours of the day and think to yourself that I’m on Pinterest all of the time — You’re mistaken. 🙂
I’ve tried various schedulers and Tailwind has by far been my favourite. I purchased the annual membership ($10/month) which allows you to post unlimited pins each month for the duration of your plan. This means you will be able to have a constant presence on Pinterest without working your fingers to the bone.
If you’re looking for a Tailwind tutorial, I have one available riiight here.
My Next Steps
Learn more about SEO
As you read above, 90% of my traffic hails from Pinterest, which is fantastic, however, I’d like to optimize my website for search engines such as Google. This will help expand my reach and bring in more traffic to my blog.
I’m currently using Yoast for SEO and it’s been tremendously helpful and user-friendly. Seeing that green light makes my toes curl! Lol.
I’ve recently just implemented ads on my blog through monumetric. It’s my 6th day and I’ve already made some good ol’ cash and didn’t have to lift a finger. I’m also really excited to create some digital products for you guys as well.
Improve my Content
I’d really like to further explore what my blogging style is and settle into what my blogging voice is, so I can create better content.
I’m discovering that learning and becoming are two very different things. Applying techniques is one part of the spectrum, but settling into where I belong in the blogging realm is a completely different story.
I look back at some of my very first posts and I was immediately able to see that my blogging style was short and my blogging voice came off as shy and colourless. My blog posts didn’t represent who I am at all, so that’s something I’ve definitely been working on and will continue working on in the future.
I hope this has given you some insight on how I’ve been able to grow my blog! If you have any questions at all, feel free to leave them down below and I’ll get back to you.