If you want to know how I got 1 MILLION PAGEVIEWS during my first year of blogging, here are all my secret blogging tips.

If you want to know how I got 1 MILLION PAGEVIEWS during my first year of blogging, here are all my secret blogging tips.

 

If you want to know how I achieved 1 MILLION PAGEVIEWS during my first year of blogging, you have come to the right place for blogging tips!

 

So last year – in 2018 –  I embarked on the exciting adventure of becoming a blogger after launching my blog in December 2017.

Back then I was still working part-time and raising two kids and it seemed like a far-off dream that I could seriously become a full-time blogger.

 

If only I could be that lucky!

 

But a girl can still dream so I set a crazy goal in 2018 to get to 1 million pageviews before the end of the year.

Yep, it was a totally ambitious goal to set and my kids both told me that there was no way I could achieve it.

I mean, who would want to read their mom’s little ole blog?

Mom is crazy for dreaming so big, they thought!

 

Well I cannot tell you the pride I felt when I achieved that amazing goal on the very last day of the year.

 

On December 31, 2017 I officially hit 1 million pageviews!

After only one year of blogging.

I know!

I almost had to pinch myself because it felt so surreal.

Here's a pic of me at the beach on New Year's Eve whilst away camping, finally getting some reception and discovering my total pageview count had just clicked over to one million.

 

If you want to know how I got 1 MILLION PAGEVIEWS during my first year of blogging, here are all my secret blogging tips.

 

So how exactly did I achieve this amazing goal?

What are my secret blogging tips?

 

Well it wasn’t without a lot of determination and hard work.

My post on how I got to 150,000 pageviews a month after only nine months of blogging is a must-read for all newbie bloggers.

It highlights the top 10 tips that contributed to my blogging success.

 

I should note that I invested a lot of time and money into blogging courses, more than what was necessary unfortunately.

 

Plenty of these courses were only so-so or a total waste of money (sigh!) while others, I felt, were the real gems that are integral and essential learning to anyone hoping to make a career out of blogging.

In the end I joined the ad management agency Mediavine after only four months of blogging.

And my blogging and ad income skyrocketed along with my pageviews, allowing me to leave my part-time job within nine months.

Crazy!

And just like that I was a full-time blogger.

 

After all is said and done here are the tools, courses and blogging tips that I feel are absolutely must-haves for bloggers.

 

Please note I would NEVER, EVER recommend ANY courses unless I 100% felt like they were life-changing tools that will take you to the next level.

As a blogger who wants the best for her tribe, honesty and integrity are part of my moral fiber.

I would love for you to also succeed in this career.

 

If I could do it, anyone can!

 

I can’t think of a more amazing privilege than being able to say goodbye to formal, out-of-the-house employment and instead earn an income from home, while sitting in your PJs in bed (if that’s the way you like to work – I know I sometimes do!)

 

So here's a quick rundown of the blogging tips and courses that helped make my blog a success so quickly:

 

* This post contains affiliate links. Please note I would never recommend anything that I don’t use and love. Please see my disclosure for more information

 

THE BEST INVESTMENT FOR AN ALL-ROUND BLOGGING COMMUNITY

 

You need to belong to DTC Dare to Conquer (formerly known as BBC Billionaire Blog Club).

I explained here why having a teacher like Paul Scrivens, who runs DTC, is the best.

Scrivs, as we like to affectionately call him, runs numerous successful blogs and makes money from these blogs without blogging about blogging.

As a blogger, you quickly realize how rare this is!

 

The moment I joined DTC was the moment I started to treat my blog like a business.

 

I finally put my money where my mouth is and I cannot tell you how instantaneous and amazing the change in my attitude was.

I signed up for DTC on February 26th and my final stats for February were 17,284 pageviews. 

One month later I ended March with 37,000+ pageviews (in GA) and by the end of April I had reached 65,000 pageviews.

A few months later in August I hit 150,000+ pageviews for the month and I have consistently stayed above 100K+ pageviews every month since then.

As they like to say, the proof is in the pudding!

 

CHECK OUT DARE TO CONQUER HERE

 

 

THE BEST FRIEND BLOGGING TOOL THAT GOES WITH THIS COURSE

(TO GET THE BEST WEB-HOSTING)

 

For web-hosting I have used and loved:

 

> I started with Siteground – and used them for up to 100K pageviews. They were seriously the BEST and most affordable webhost, WITHOUT COMPRISING QUALITY.

> I then moved to Lyrical Hosting once I was consistently over 100K Pageviews. Technically I could have also used Lyrical from the beginning but I didn’t even know they existed a year ago!

(If you are interested in joining them, feel free to use my discount code INSPIRING10 for 10% off)

 

CHECK OUT SITEGROUND HERE

CHECK OUT LYRICAL HOSTING HERE

 

 

THE BEST COURSE TO HELP YOU CONQUER SEO

 

Stupid Simple SEO is hands-down simply the best SEO course out there.

Honestly I would shout this truth from the rooftops if I had to and I don’t freely rave about courses like that but Stupid Simple SEO is something uniquely special and different.

I explained here why I think Stupid Simple SEO is a game-changer for bloggers.

In a nutshell, I have read plenty of material and taken numerous courses on SEO in the past but not one was as simple yet comprehensive + immediately actionable as this STUPID SIMPLE SEO course. 

I feel like all the other courses preached at me using techy words I didn’t understand. Most of the time half the content went over my head and the bits that I did sort of understand I had no clear idea how to action it.

 

To the contrary STUPID SIMPLE SEO actually made sense for a change!

 

These are SEO strategies anyone can confidently action and understand. Woohoo! I finally felt confident that I could master this SEO thing!


Need some proof?

 

When I started implementing the course strategies in September 2018 organic traffic made up only 2% of my traffic.

In January 2019, only a few months later, organic traffic made up 16% of my pageviews.

Almost 20,000 pageviews came to my website this month from Google alone.

 

Blogging tips

 

 

Blogging tips

 

 

And every month it’s continuing to grow more and more.

I feel like I need to pinch myself again!

 

CHECK OUT STUPID SIMPLE SEO HERE

 

 

THE BEST FRIEND BLOGGING TOOL THAT GOES WITH THIS COURSE

(TO CONQUER KEYWORDS)

 

Everyone raves about SEMRUSH and JAAXY which cost around $99 a month and let’s be honest – most newbie bloggers just don’t have that kind of money to throw around. And when I tested out both tools for a month I didn't find either that user-friendly.

Then I discovered Keysearch and oh my gosh – my mind was blown away.

I feel like Keysearch is the biggest undiscovered gem in the blogging world – why don't more people speak about this amazing Keyword tool?

As soon as I signed up I was in SEO/keyword heaven.

 

I haven’t written a post about Keysearch's amazing merits yet but here are my favorite things:

 

> The Keyword research options:

You can brainstorm post ideas, check the difficulty of keywords and see if you have a chance to rank for particular keywords (I would never even bother writing a blog post without checking Keysearch first).

 

> Competitive analysis:

Oh my gosh, I SERIOUSLY LOVE, LOVE this! Here you can actually spy on your competitors and work out what they are doing that makes their blog so successful!

You check out their backlinks, organic keywords, competitor gaps and URL metrics of any website, including your own!

And it’s only $17 per month (or $169 per year which is what I got as it equals only $14 per month).

A fraction of the price of those other keyword tools and I think this one is even better.

 

If you follow my link below, you can also use this COUPON CODE for a 20% discount: KSDISC

 

CHECK KEYSEARCH OUT HERE

 

 

THE BEST COURSE TO CONQUER PINTEREST

 

If you want to master Pinterest (and seriously who doesn’t – the traffic potential there is seriously a gold-mine) then you need to have Carly Campbell’s Pinterest Strategies course.

No ifs or buts about it.

I find it so weird when I see newbie bloggers in Facebook groups acting all confused about Pinterest because the secret to working it all out is really so simple.

 

“BUY CARLY’S COURSE AND END THE CONFUSION!” I feel like shouting at them.

 

I mean, seriously if you want to understand Pinterest Carly literally tells you everything she did to get over 300,000 pageviews every month to her mom blog in this course.

Why wouldn’t you want to learn from the masters?

 

CHECK PINTEREST STRATEGIES OUT HERE

 

 

THE BEST FRIEND BLOGGING TOOL THAT GOES WITH THIS COURSE

(TO CONQUER PINTEREST SCHEDULING)

 

Tailwind of course!

I don’t know how a blogger could survive without Tailwind to schedule pins when they have time to manually pin stuff.

It is a god-send!

 

CHECK TAILWIND OUT HERE

 

 

THE BEST COURSE TO GET TRAFFIC TO YOUR BLOG

 

Traffic Transformation is actually the very first blogging investment I made in my business and I'm so glad I did!

Unlike many other blogging books which focus solely on Pinterest, TRAFFIC TRANSFORMATION covers EVERYTHING.

It is without a doubt the most comprehensive book that covers all the options we have as bloggers to increase our web traffic.

In her book Lena Gott speaks about having a blog that was getting a consistent 15-17000 page views a month despite working 30-40 hours a week for six months straight.

She decided to drop her bad and ineffective blogging habits immediately and replace them with effective blogging habits.

This new focus helped increase her income from $300 per month (in March 2015) to nearly $3,800 (August 2015) and ended the year in December with 434,000 monthly page views and $7,612 in income.

Anyone that can do that deserves our attention.

Lena knows her stuff and she shares it all freely with you in her book.

I consider TRAFFIC TRANSFORMATION to be the blogger’s bible and must-have handbook for anyone hoping to increase traffic to their website.

 

CHECK OUT TRAFFIC TRANSFORMATION HERE

 

 

THE BEST COURSE TO LAUNCH AN EMAIL LIST


Jennifer Maker is an amazing blogger and she really did crack the code on turning visitors into subscribers to build a mailing list from 0-10,000 subscribers in under 6 months on a new blog.

Now she’s at 80,000 subscribers within two years and her income that she generated in 2018 from her mailing list was well into the six figures!

Her course LIST LOVE is nothing short of genius and it is quickly helping me build my email list to numbers I didn’t even think were possible a year ago.

 

CHECK OUT LIST LOVE HERE

 

THE BEST FRIEND BLOGGING TOOL THAT GOES WITH THIS COURSE

(TO LAUNCH YOUR EMAIL LIST)

 

I both used and loved Mailerlite up to 3,000 email subscribers before moving to ConvertKit.

The best thing about MailerLite is that it’s free up to 2,000 subscribers and is the easiest platform to learn and use.

ConvertKit is on the other hand is the bees-knees of email providers but it’s also more expensive.

I waited until I reached 3,000 subscribers before moving over to ConvertKit (purely because I wanted to take advantage of their next level features such as tagging.)

Definitely worth the investment!

As they say, the money is in the list!

 

CHECK OUT MAILERLITE HERE

CHECK OUT CONVERTKIT HERE

 

 

OTHER BLOGGING RECOMMENDATIONS

 

COURSE CREATION

 

Okay here's another love of mine – I truly love Teachable!

This platform is so easy to use and I have created 9 courses with them (with no technical expertise whatsoever).  

You can check out my courses here as an example of what you too can create.

 

CHECK OUT TEACHABLE HERE

 

 

THE BEST COURSE TO LEARN AFFILIATE MARKETING

 

If you want to be a profitable blogger you absolutely need to master affiliate marketing.

There are a lot of affiliate marketing courses out there, all a little bit more expensive than the standard blogging courses, mainly because you stand to make SO MUCH MORE MONEY as a blogger from affiliate marketing.

 

Hint:

 

There are many bloggers making in excess of $10K per month from affiliate marketing (I won't even quote the crazy successful ones who say they regularly make $25K or $50K or $100K per month) so I understand why this investment might be a little more than the usual courses.

 

Anyway:

 

The tightass version of Frances doesn't like to part with my money unless I do A LOT of meticulous research beforehand.

Even then I need to be 99% confident that I can making the best pick before I press the PAY button.

I ended up choosing Carly Campbell's AFFILIATE MARKETING FOR BLOGGERS to help me grow in this area this year because:

A) It covered everything about affiliate marketing and more in this course

B) Carly is so incredible warm and likeable

C) And finally, my favorite point: it was * reasonably priced * and not artificially inflated in some crazy way for no good reason. To the contrary AFFILIATE MARKETING FOR BLOGGERS was jam-packed with value – win, win! 

 

CHECK OUT AFFILIATE MARKETING FOR BLOGGERS HERE 

 

 

MUST READ BOOKS FOR BLOGGERS UNDER $20

 

Here are three book recommendations that I think every blogger MUST read.

 

They are:

 

1. BLOGGING FOR PROFIT WITHOUT SELLING YOUR SOUL BY RUTH SOUKUP

 

Why you should read it? 

 

All bloggers rave about EBA but rather than paying close to $1000 for the course why not buy the book instead that the course is based on for less than $10?

 

2.  SHOE DOG – A MEMOIR BY THE CREATOR OF NIKE BY PHIL KNIGHT

 

Why you should read it? 

 

This book will teach you all about ruthless determination and how to grow a business.

 

3. HIGH PERFORMANCE HABITS – HOW EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE BECOME THAT WAY BY BRENDAN BURCHARD

 

Why you should read it? 

 

This book will show you how to GET that ruthless determination, achieve your dreams, and live a successful life filled with clarity and purpose.

 

 

So there we go! These are the tools and courses that helped me become a full-time blogger and I look forward to hearing your success stories!

 

I sincerely wish you the best of luck on your blogging journey.

 

 

 

 

For anyone who wants to grow their blog or publish a book (remember I have published 20!) check out my courses:

 

Boost Your Blog Traffic Course

Write A Non Fiction Book course

 

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