I'm beyond floored with how fast I was able to grow my pageviews this time around on my blog. I managed to hit OVER 10,000 pageviews in 30 days of blogging. I never dreamed my blog traffic would grow this fast. It felt like a struggle last try.
As much as I searched, I always read where people said it would take a good bit of time to be able to hit the “10,000 pageviews” mark in a month. Everywhere I read also said it certainly wouldn't be at the beginning of someone's blogging journey.
But, I found two amazing resources that helped me TREMENDOUSLY and I'm forever thankful to both the women who wrote them.
From Blog Failure to Blog Success: 10,000 Pageviews in 30 Days
Before Simple Little Homestead, my blog was called Momma Works Too. At first, I loved writing that blog. But, then something changed and it wasn't making me happy anymore. I felt like I was writing just to write and writing in order to just make money.
I hated that feeling, so I opted to change to something that I would enjoy more. But, I was scared.
I've seen others succeed with lifestyle blogs, but I knew nothing about writing one really. Most seemed to have over 8 categories and wrote on a million different topics. It felt overwhelming.
Thankfully, I came across two women that were making a dent in the blogging sphere and I loved what they were doing. Both women are homestead bloggers that make a full-time income from their blogs. It made me excited to see that it was possible and that they were closer to my level.
Neither women were in the “I made $20k from my blog this month” realm… yet. I know they'll make it there though. Either way, them being so close to what I wanted to achieve made it seem more real to me. I could connect and feel that “yeah this is possible” rather than feeling like I was lightyears away from my goal.
Making Money From Blogging
Victoria is the first woman I'd like for you to meet. She's the owner of A Modern Homestead. I first found her when I was looking at transitioning my old blog into a homesteading blog. I was really gun shy and wasn't sure if I had what it takes. Trying to dive into an entirely new niche and knowing nothing about growing a blog that was considered a “lifestyle” blog was scary.
I emailed back and forth with her a few times and she mentioned her eBook Make Money Blogging At Any Level. Victoria told me that she outlined exactly how she took her blog from $0 to a full-time income. I was hooked. “You got me, where do I sign up for that,” I asked her. And, she graciously sent me her link.
After reading her eBook, I emailed her another time and she pointed me to another woman, Anna, who had a fantastic tip for growing your blog traffic really quick. She linked me to her eBook and when I read the title I knew I had to get it.
Growing Blog Traffic
Anna is the owner of Celebrating a Simple Life (formerly Salt In My Coffee). She also owns 10kpageviews.com which is the home of her amazing eBook Zero to 10,000 Pageviews… In Less Than 30 Days. This eBook revolutionized the way I worked on my blog.
She gives you actionable steps for how to increase your pageviews on your blog in less than 30 days. Be warned – it takes some dedicated work. If you aren't ready you might get overwhelmed.
In her eBook, she gives tips for using Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Google +, Reddit and Stumble to drive traffic to your site. But, if I'm being honest (and I like honesty), I focused on Pinterest alone and hit 10,000 pageviews.
What I Did To Get Over 10,000 Pageviews in Less Than 30 Days
From April 1st until April 30th I managed to get 14,907 pageviews to my website!!!
I was floored, to say the least. As my traffic kept increasing I just couldn't contain my excitement. I would chatter on about it to my husband and a few friends.
Thankfully, they're very supportive and joined in my excitement.
I had roughly 30 posts on my blog already. Some I added from my old blog, but the rest were written for the new blog. They were all in different categories (homesteading, homeschooling, work from home). Both Victoria and Anna said I needed to figure out which were the popular ones.
Since my blog was getting roughly 1000 pageviews per month even though I wasn't posting I looked at my analytics to see which were driving the traffic. There were three posts that were driving the bulk of the traffic so I wrote down the categories and decided to write more of that category (it was homesteading).
But, I also created new Pinterest graphics at the same time.
I made sure I created fresh graphics for EACH blog post I had… even the old ones that I didn't really want to promote anymore. The thought was that if they're still generating even a small amount of traffic I wanted my images to look the same.
In April I posted the following blog posts:
- 7 Frugal Living Websites You Should Be Reading
- How To Live In An RV Without Feeling Cramped
- Getting Started With Container Gardening
- Top RV Homestead Kitchen Items You Need
- Fun Earth Day Activities For Kids
- Easy Cleanup Homeschool Preschool Activities
- How To Cook A Full Meal In An RV
- Full-Time RV Living With Kids + How We Make It Work
Now, before you say “I can't write that many posts in a month,” let me tell you something… at least 4 of these were previously drafted. Meaning, they were either almost done, almost half written or partially outlined. So, that meant I just needed to finish writing them and creating their images. Thankfully!
Of those posts, there is ONE that is driving 90% or more of my traffic. Just. One. Post. Isn't that nuts?
The post driving the most traffic right now is number 2 on that list. This told me that people wanted more RV living posts and so I'm shifting my blog yet again to focus on what my readers want. These will still fall under homesteading because we're homesteading in our RV :).
I paid for both BoardBooster and Tailwind to help cut down on my pinning time. You don't have to do that though. You can manually pin and Anna shows you how in her Zero to 10,000 Pageviews eBook. She breaks down how she did it in the beginning while trying to save money on her blog. You'll even get a Google Spreadsheet that you can use to track everything.
In BoardBooster, I set up a few random campaigns to use specific pins to drip out. I chose my top 7 pins and have them going to my top 7 boards (whichever they are group boards or my own) and one gets dripped out each day to each board.
In Tailwind, I use it to pin other peoples content and I also use it to pin my new content to all relevant boards. I choose the interval setting and optimize it based on the best time for each board and have them dripped 1 day apart.
I scouted for group boards on Pinterest to try to get added as a contributor. This step was the most time consuming and, really, the hardest. You have to search for boards, qualify them (you want to be on boards that will help you not send you false traffic), and then reach out to them with an email, message or comment.
It took a lot of time to contact many board owners. I still have to follow up with a lot of them. But, I would say I added about 10 new group boards this month. There were many that were gracious enough to add me to their boards really fast.
That's How I Hit Over 10,000 Pageviews
Yep, that's it. That's, literally, all I did. It might seem like a lot, but it really didn't feel like it at the time.
Sure, I was busting my butt, checking my web traffic stat constantly (thanks Google Analytics for having a handy iPhone app –high five) and probably bugged my husband a little much. But, I wrote what I wanted to write about and it flowed pretty quick. The image design process was pretty simple too.
I'm just glad I didn't have hundreds of posts to recreate images for.
Where I'm Going From Here: Blog Goals
- I want to hit 25,000 sessions in a rolling 30 day period so I can apply for Mediavine for starters.
- I'm currently taking a course that's helping me plan out the next 12 weeks of my blog (note: this post is part of my 12-week game plan and I have 23 more posts that are potential topics)
- I want to create a better opt-in offer for my audience
- There's also brainstorming going on for my first eBook offer or printable… not sure yet which it will be.
Those are my goals for the next twelve weeks. Crank out more awesome posts to try to have more viral posts, and creating fun goodies for you, my audience.
Be sure to stay on the lookout for an update!
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