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 perhaps even… dull? This website 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. Don’t get me wrong — I still have thousands of hours to learn more from, 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 (yes, you also will be attempt-hacked), properly cite and credit my work, become a google analytic specialist, 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 completely and utterly passionate about this line of work.

How Nialogique Got 30,000 Monthly Users Within 4 Months

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Stats

Feb 1st – 29th (1st month):

Feb 1 - 29 Nialogique Traffic

Mar 1st – 31st (2nd month):

Mar 1 - 31 Nialogique Traffic

Apr 1st – 30th (3rd month):

Apr 1 - 30 Nialogique Traffic

May 1st – 31st (4th month):

May 1 - 31 Nialogique Traffic

 

How I Reached 30,000 Monthly Users

Read Read Read

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 maximize my blog’s success. However, 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, thus, it doesn’t seem like a chore, but excitement! I guess it’s true what they say: when you love what you do, it will never feel like a burden.

80/20 Rule

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. Lately I haven’t written much and my reader numbers have been climbing higher and higher by the day. Guess who only wrote 2 blog posts in all of May? This girl right hur. Hoooowever, I would like to note that I will be aiming for at least 3-4 blog posts per month for future’s sake. As time goes on, I’d like to focus on becoming a sharper writer and create cordon bleu content whilst still being able to pump them out weekly. Your audience would much rather prefer to read (and stick around) on blog posts which are lengthy and informative, than come across a poor, 150 word blog post with improper formatting and insufficient content. What I’m getting at, is that if you’re not super sonic bionic creative writer supreme, it’s important to focus on creating quality content vs just getting content out there, until you get better. And don’t worry — You will! With consistent practice you’ll eventually become a blogging ninja.

Pinterest

Over 90% of Nialogique’s monthly users come from Pinterest. Pinterest is not only a form of social media, but it’s also a massively powerful search engine. This works to your advantage immensely, bloggers. Do not underestimate the power of a pin! In between participating in multiple group boards, pinning my content regularly via Tailwind (more below), optimizing my pins to the max, and being an active participant, my content has been able to go viral and I’ve been receiving loads of traffic (from cool peeps like you)! Here are my stats via Pinterest analytics:
Pinterest Analytics for Nialogique

Tailwind

Scheduling your posts is so important. If you ever see my posts circulating through my group boards 24 hours out of the day and think to yourself that I’m on Pinterest all of the time — You are very mistaken! I’ve tried various schedulers and Tailwind has by far been my favourite one. 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. Keep in mind, that although there are optimal peak times for posting, your readers are on Pinterest at different times of the day. Sometimes when they can’t sleep at 3AM, during their work break at noon, 4PM on their bus ride home, and 10PM while they’re scrolling during the commercials of their favourite TV show. Do not miss the opportunity of reaching more audience.

Tailwind Stats

Writing Everything Down

This step has been huuuuge for me. I’m a very clumsy, easily disoriented type of person, so writing things down has been crucial in my blog’s growth and success, and I know it will continue to be so in the future. Owning a blog is constant work. There are always issues that come up, there are always emails to be answered, always something to be fixed, always something to be monitored, always something to improve… Like clockwork. Whoever told you running a blog was easy, wasn’t running a blog! Due to the endless amount of work to be done, it is absolutely mandatory that you write everything down (with a pen or pencil – not typed out on your computer)! Write your to-do list, write your hopes and aspirations, write what’s bothering you and how you’re going to fix it, just write. Get your head on straight and work your way through each item. It is a huge relief, especially if you get overwhelmed with a lot to do like myself. I promise!

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Next Steps

Perfect SEO

As you read above, 90% of my traffic hails from Pinterest, but I’d also definitely like to work on improving my SEO so more of my traffic can come from search engines like Google. I love using Yoast WordPress SEO, as it’s been tremendously helpful and user-friendly. Seeing that green light makes my toes curl! Lol.

Monetization

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 blogging resource ebooks and ecourses for you guys as well.

Improve my Content

I’d have to pat myself on the back for how much I’ve already progressed with my writing. My recent posts have been fairly lengthy, informative, and SEO friendly. I’ve even gone back and “revamped” some of my old blog posts because when I first began blogging a) I didn’t have my blogging voice and b) Well, I didn’t know much in general. I was writing as if I didn’t have anything special to offer. I mean, the topics definitely had potential, but I didn’t do them justice because there just wasn’t enough content in them. No introductory paragraphs, no deep links, no heartiness. However, looking back, these posts are great reminders to see how far I’ve come, and it’s always definitely a good laugh. In fact, check out one of the first Pinterest graphics I’ve ever made…

First Pinterest Graphic Ever Made by Nialogique Lol

Horrible right?! Lol! (Here’s a short how-to on making bomb pinterest graphics, by the way.)

Grow my Email List

I recently just checked my email list, last week actually… And to my surprise, I had 300+ subscribers I’ve been neglecting. Thus, last week I sent out my first newsletter. I’m pretty sure it was hideous (I will get better at those too, okay?!), but I felt a sense of relief because it was another step in the right direction. I’ve read plenty of articles from when I first began blogging 4 months ago, up until today, that building your subscribers list should be one of your main priorities. Not only do mailing lists allow your readers to keep clicking back and scoping out what’s new with your website, but it also allows you to engage and build a deeper, personalized relationship with your readers.

 

All in all, as I’ve learned, growing a blog does not happen overnight, but it sure as hell can come quicker than you imagined with hard work and dedication. I really envisioned having 1,000 monthly users in 4 months, but instead I have 30,000 — which is very exciting, to say the least. I’m definitely looking forward to the future and learning more about the world of blogging and entrepreneurship, that’s for sure.

 

What are your favourite and least favourite parts about running a blog? Let’s chat!

 

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52 thoughts on “How I Got 30,000+ Monthly Users in My First 4 Months of Blogging

  1. Wow such a great post with TONS of information! Hoping to get to 30,000 one day 🙂

    Posted on June 2, 2016 at 8:31 AM
  2. I am in my second month and my numbers are almost exactly what you showed above. .. roughly 200 month one, 578 month 2 and I am over 200 on day 4 of June (on track to keep growing!). I am like you wuth my lists, notebooks full of ideas, to do lists and dreams. I hope to hit 1000 views in June!

    Posted on June 4, 2016 at 3:19 PM
    1. Hi Bethany! You’d be surprised how fast your numbers can grow when you’re persistent. You got this!

      Posted on June 7, 2016 at 2:01 PM
  3. Hey girl 🙂 It’s Anna from Pinterest! I don’t know if you saw my message from a few days ago but this post answered my question 🙂 I just started getting into Pinterest and have a feeling it’s really going to get my blog stats up! I am trying Board Booster but I have a feeling I’ll be switching to Tailwind soon 🙂 Thanks for this post! You’re the best 😀 XO Anna

    Posted on June 6, 2016 at 9:34 AM
    1. Hi love! YES. Tailwind is the way to go when it comes to scheduling your pins. The investment is definitely worth it. If you have any more questions just holler! You’re an awesome possum. xoxox

      Posted on June 7, 2016 at 1:59 PM
  4. Well I’ll be pinning this post! It’s awesome how you’ve grown so fast. I love the 80/20 rule I’ll be taking it that on ASAP. I jumped right into blogging a few months ago and haven’t had huge traffic but I’m hoping things will change 🙂
    Love that you are a Canadian blogger and the Cat pic is pretty amazing.

    Posted on June 7, 2016 at 1:24 PM
    1. Hi Gemma, your blog looks phenomenal! Very clear and easy to read, with of course — Yummy foodz. Keep consistent and your numbers will go through the roof! Also, definitely implement a social media scheduler if you haven’t already, makes a world of a difference. If you’re ever interested in guest posting for the ‘food’ section on nialogique, i’m an e-mail away! Much love :]

      Posted on June 7, 2016 at 1:54 PM
  5. I love how you’re going against the typical advice to ‘find your blog niche’. I’ve been stressing over that whole niche thing for months now, but now I’m thinking it’s time to give it a rest and just write about whatever the hell I want. Right on 🙂

    Posted on June 9, 2016 at 7:05 AM
  6. Congrats on your success! I just started my blog last month and hope to get that many (and more!) someday! I will definitely be using these practices for my own blog. Thank you for the info and keep up the great work!

    Posted on June 9, 2016 at 9:33 AM
    1. Thank you for reading, Lauren!

      Posted on September 13, 2016 at 11:11 PM
  7. I’m so inspired by people who see such success! I am always at such a loss on where to go next on my blog! I’m wondering if you could do a post on Pinterest/Tailwind because I’m struggling on that platform! Glad I found your blog!

    Posted on June 10, 2016 at 8:16 AM
    1. HI Victoria, thank you so much! and YES, I can totally make a post in regards to the ins and outs of the Pinterest & Tailwind world. Much love sis!

      Posted on June 10, 2016 at 7:27 PM
  8. Congratulations. Not surprised that I found you on Pinterest ????

    Posted on June 10, 2016 at 2:57 PM
    1. Thanks Sarah! I’m happy you did! :]

      Posted on June 10, 2016 at 7:28 PM
  9. Loved reading this article!
    I quit my teaching job six months ago and gave myself one year to start make a living from blogging! Oops! I’m already at the half year mark and page views are not great! I don’t get lots f the techy stuff too! But your story is inspirational so I’m hoping I’ll get there in the end. Have a look and let me know what you think.

    Posted on June 15, 2016 at 12:54 AM
  10. I’ve been blogging since 2013 and Ive only just hit 34 subscribers on bloglovin. I’ve put a lot of time and effort into my blog and yet my dreams of making it into a career seem to be very impossible.

    Posted on June 15, 2016 at 2:47 PM
  11. This is so encouraging! Thank you for sharing with us. It’s nice to see someone successful who doesn’t focus on constantly pushing out content! I’ll definitely be reevaluating my goals 🙂

    Posted on June 16, 2016 at 7:44 AM
  12. Thank you so much for this honest and insightful article! I just launched my blog on June 7th, but I already started of with 1400 email subscribers pre-launch. Which allowed me to hit around 2500 page views on day one 🙂 For me this is a freaking lot! This was possible since I did a lot of research before hand like you are doing now. And having a coming soon page in place, as well as a nice incentive (free printables every 2 weeks) for everyone who signs up pre-launch. So I only can agree with you that research is super important!!! I also only write one blog post per week, since they take me ages. I’m a perfectionist and want them all pretty, including my ‘voice’ and helpful for my readers. So far it has been hell of a trip and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead of me. I’m super happy I found your blog, since your learning show me that I’m on the right track! Currently I try to get the hang of Pinterest, which I know is super important for bloggers but I haven’t figured it out yet 😀 Thank you again and I wish you a most wonderful weekend!

    Posted on June 17, 2016 at 9:28 AM
    1. Thank you so much for the kind words, Sandra! You’re the best 🙂

      Posted on September 13, 2016 at 11:13 PM
  13. This is fab! I’m a total newbie so it’s nice so see someone’s stats increase. You’ve clearly been putting in the work! I know what you mean about writing it all down – I have a million blogging lists now!!

    Posted on June 19, 2016 at 3:16 PM
  14. Wow! How inspiring! I am speechless! Congratulations on your incredible success thus far 🙂

    And thank you very much for sharing some of your tips and tricks!

    C | http://thisgirlc.blogspot.ca/2016/06/i-am-complete.html

    Posted on June 21, 2016 at 8:11 PM
    1. Hi Charlotte! Thank you so much for the kind words, they are very appreciated 🙂 Much love.

      Posted on September 13, 2016 at 11:09 PM
  15. How inspiring and interesting! Thank you for sharing this post <3

    Posted on June 23, 2016 at 9:20 PM
    1. Thank you for reading! 🙂

      Posted on September 13, 2016 at 11:08 PM
  16. Awesome advice for a new blogger, thanks for sharing!

    Posted on June 30, 2016 at 11:00 AM
    1. You’re very welcome, Emily 🙂

      Posted on September 13, 2016 at 11:08 PM
  17. Thank you for sharing! I also underestimated the amount of research that goes into creating a [successful] blog – SEO, monetizing, analytics, and the list goes on and on! My next step is to try out the group boards, but it seems like finding and joining one is half the battle!

    Posted on July 3, 2016 at 12:12 AM
    1. Hi, Christina! Blogging is definitely a hectic form of art, isn’t it? Lol! I hope you’ve gotten into some well-suited group boards. Thank you for reading! 🙂

      Posted on September 13, 2016 at 11:07 PM
  18. Great post, so hopeful for a newbie – I’m in my second month of blogging! I got 203 users my first month and I’ve already surpassed that in my second month, so I’m on the right track! The 80/20 rule will be good for my mindset because I feel like that’s how I’m spending my time. But sometimes I worry that I’m spending too much time on social media and not working hard enough on writing my posts. Also very helpful to know that only posting 3-4 times per month is still enough. Blogging is not my full time job so there’s no way I could do more than that and still have good quality posts. Thanks for helping me feel like I’m on the right track!

    Posted on July 3, 2016 at 12:53 PM
    1. No problem, Kaitlyn! It’s so easy to get overwhelmed when it comes to blogging — I know I definitely overthink everything, a lot. It definitely takes practice, but as time goes on, the more peaceful it becomes, and you’ll flow right into a routine that fits for you! Thank you for reading 🙂

      Posted on September 13, 2016 at 11:04 PM
  19. Thanks for sharing this babe! Congrats on all your success! Very inspirational and you totally deserve it.
    – Leah http://www.urban20something.com

    Posted on July 4, 2016 at 12:10 AM
    1. So much love your way, Leah! You rock 🙂

      Posted on September 13, 2016 at 10:58 PM
  20. You have provided amazing tips and information! I just started a new blog and although I am not new to blogging, I plan to do my new blog the right way! Thank you for all of your help.

    Xoxo, Alethea
    http://www.deliciouslyalethea.com

    Posted on July 25, 2016 at 2:07 PM
    1. oOoOooooomg I just took a look at your blog and your recipes look freakin’ delicious. You’re killing it, Alethea!

      Posted on September 13, 2016 at 10:52 PM
  21. Lovely article!! Inspired me a lot to become a blogger someday <3 So glad I found this blog!!

    Posted on August 6, 2016 at 10:19 PM
    1. That made me so happy to read! Thank you, Cara!

      Posted on September 13, 2016 at 10:50 PM
  22. Inspirational Nia. Well done.

    Posted on September 3, 2016 at 1:04 AM
  23. Great article, I saved it! I’m been focusing on building my content up, because I feel if viewers come to a flimsy blog that they won’t stick around. I’m just starting to look at getting my blog out there and acquiring new readers. Thanks Nia for the inspiration!

    Posted on September 12, 2016 at 1:12 AM
    1. Meredith, you’re definitely on the right track! Thanks for reading 🙂

      Posted on September 13, 2016 at 10:47 PM
  24. I really appreciate your perspective on quality vs. quantity. I know that my blog does not benefit from me churning out daily posts, so it’s a bit of a relief to hear someone say that once every week or 2 is ok. Phew! Thanks for all the tips!

    Posted on September 16, 2016 at 10:57 PM
  25. My favorite part about running my blog is being able to have creative control over my own website!! I also needed an outlet for all my creative juices so my blog was exactly what I needed!! My least favorite part is figuring out how to effectively run and promote my blog to find my audience and make money from my passion of writing!!

    Posted on September 20, 2016 at 9:40 PM
  26. Great post! I am Leti, newbie blogger, I have been blogging for two months now and I felt so identified when you talk about your beginning, I am learning and reading a lot, for example, your post, I have learning SEO and now Pinterest. Also, I have been posting each week since I started but I feel like I spend a lot of time and effort writing the post and then very few people read it, so now, I am focusing on learning to promote my posts. Besides, as I am not earning money from the blog yet I do not want to spend money on it so I am doing all on my own and it is so time-consuming.
    I am glad you are in the next step with your blog and hope to be there soon. Thanks for the tips!

    Posted on September 22, 2016 at 4:07 AM
  27. Thanks for these tips! It’s definitely encouraging to read as a new blogger with an extremely low amount of readers

    Posted on October 2, 2016 at 12:33 PM
  28. I’m finding there’s so much I need to know! I keep reminding myself to have patience! Thanks for your helpful information:)

    Posted on October 20, 2016 at 11:24 PM
  29. Thanks for the awesome article.

    I landed from Pinterest too and yeah you’re nailing it Nia. Im on forth month blogging and actually I’m not yet any close to your numbers but have been growing a decent monthly income from day one.

    I’m using ViralTag as a pin scheduler and it’s doing a great job for me so far but I’m kind of neglecting Pinterest. Thanks for pointing this, I will get to work harder on it.

    All the best.
    Karim
    http://www.grow.cheap

    Posted on November 22, 2016 at 2:55 AM
    1. Thanks for reading Karim! 🙂

      Posted on November 30, 2016 at 2:48 PM
  30. Stopping through from Pinterest! It is encouraging to know that if you put in the work you can see results, as I have recently started using some of the tips you mentioned. Thanks for sharing:)

    Posted on November 27, 2016 at 11:50 PM
    1. You’re very welcome, Shawna! You got this 🙂

      Posted on November 30, 2016 at 2:46 PM
  31. Congrats! Those stats are amazing. I am also in my 4th month of blogging and I hope to see those numbers one day too. I’ll be back to read more 🙂 -> http://www.themindfulrise.com

    Posted on December 7, 2016 at 8:09 AM
  32. Nice job! How many pins do you pin on Pinterest per day?

    Posted on December 9, 2016 at 11:57 PM
  33. These are really helpful. Not really sure how Monumetric may help me as I am just starting out, but pinterest is definitely going to be my best friend. I’m hating this subscription stuff at the moment. Struggling to understand the difference between feedburner and mailchimp.

    Posted on January 6, 2017 at 11:23 AM
  34. Such a great article! Much like you, I’ve spent countless hours reading everyone’s tips and tricks for starting a blog. I’m hoping if I am as persistent as you are that I will reach the same level of success!

    Posted on January 9, 2017 at 10:20 AM