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If you are looking for advice on how a fairly new blog can achieve 150,000 pageviews a month in just 9 months and how to increase blog traffic then you have come to the right place!
It isn’t often that I toot my own horn but after achieving 150K pageviews in 9 months of blogging I thought I would share some of the tools and things that helped me achieve this level of success with my blog in such a short time.
I should say on the outset that this road to success as a blogger has been paved with lots of hard work, persistence and an attitude of never, ever giving up.
Here are the TOP 10 THINGS that have helped contribute to my blogging success.
1 A COMMITMENT TO LEARNING
When I first started blogging, I knew I could write well but I had no idea how to market the blog posts I was publishing. I had no idea what Pinterest was about. I had no idea about SEO (didn’t even know what it stood for). I had no idea about anything.
Rather than feel overwhelmed I took advantage of some of the amazing courses that were available and invested in my education. I have paid for more courses than was probably necessary and some were definitely better than others.
I have written honest reviews on only the best of the best courses that I have taken, which include:
CARLY’S PINTERSTING STRATEGIES
LENA GOTT’S TRAFFIC TRANSFORMATION
BILLIONARIE BLOG CLUB
STUPID SIMPLE SEO
Without a doubt I would not be where I am today without the professional instruction and guidance from these incredible teachers, who did all the dirty work for me. All I had to do was turn up, soak up all the information and take action on their lessons.
2 CREATE NEW HIGH QUALITY, EPIC CONTENT CONSTANTLY
On my blog I now have 150 posts published and to have created this amount of content has come at the expense of lots of sleepless nights, stress and commitment.
At times I have felt like a total writing machine, obsessed with making sure I was producing as much valuable, high quality, epic content as possible. I confess, there were days when I didn’t feel like writing but I nonetheless put my fingers to the laptop and wrote anyway.
Always, absolutely always, I was grateful that I persisted because the resulting blog post was something special in the end and the truth is the more content you have, the more chances you have of generating traffic to your blog.
3 UNDERSTAND THAT IF OTHERS CAN DO IT, SO CAN YOU
Rather than allowing myself to feel totally overwhelmed by the idea of succeeding as a blogger, I have opted to take the following approach:
IF OTHERS CAN SUCCEED AS A BLOGGER, THEN THERE’S NO REASON WHY I CAN’T TOO!
I have made sure to study the best of the best. What are they doing that I love so much? How do they market their posts? What content are they producing? What makes these successful bloggers so special?
By studying the best, I have worked out what standard I’m always aiming to achieve. Remember, these other bloggers were once upon a time also newbies – they had to start from scratch just like I did.
Most of them have been blogging a lot longer than I have, which has encouraged in me a sense of patience and persistence. It isn’t a race. I don’t have to surpass my competition in numbers TODAY. In fact, I AM NOW REALLY MY OWN BEST COMPETITION – I aim constantly to be better today than I was yesterday.
And if some bloggers have achieved their success sooner rather than later I ask myself: what did they do that was different? What helped accelerate their blogging success?
Keep asking yourself these questions and studying the best of the best. Write a list of your top 50 competitors and look to them for inspiration and guidance. If you need a push or a shove, they are the ones you want to work to be better than.
4 DON’T PUT YOUR EGGS ALL IN ONE BASKET
I have to admit, when most of my traffic began to come from Pinterest that was absolutely scary for me. What if one day Pinterest decides they don’t like my pins? What if that traffic suddenly disappears?
This encouraged me to diversify the way I market my pins. I started sharing my posts more diligently on Facebook. I decided not to totally ignore Instagram. I began working on my email list which started to rapidly grow the moment I invested time into creating lots of great opt-in freebies.
Even more importantly I began to focus on my SEO strategy because after all, organic traffic from Google is the king – the most lucrative traffic to aim for because there are BILLIONS of people who use Google every day to find things they need and why not tap into that potential traffic sooner rather than later?
5 UNDERSTAND THE FEAR DOESN’T EVER GO AWAY
Even though my traffic has grown consistently over the last nine months I am under no illusion that it could just disappear or decrease the next month. I’m definitely not cocky when it comes to my success. What is popular this month may not interest people next month.
Yes this scares me but that’s also why I make sure that I haven’t put all my eggs in one basket (see above point). And this fear keeps me working hard every month, so that I don’t assume I can ride even on my own coattails forever.
I’ll be honest – at the end of every month I still cross my fingers and hope that the following month brings good traffic. I imagine I will be like that even when I’m achieving 175K pageviews, 200K pageviews and 300K pageviews.
And that isn’t the worst thing in the world because it constantly keeps me on my toes, always motivating me to do better.
Embrace the fear and befriend it. It’s real. Maybe it will never even go away. But that’s okay. Feel the fear and do it anyway.
6 SOW THE SEEDS NOW SO YOU CAN REAP THE REWARDS LATER
You need to have lots of patience as a blogger. Amazing posts you write today can take months to get traction. Work you do today on your SEO strategy may not be obvious for 6-12 months.
Whenever you get annoyed that all your hard work is not paying off as quickly as you like, just remember The Hare and The Tortoise fable. Slow and steady always wins the race.
Don’t give up too soon because you never know what amazing things are waiting for you just around the corner. Keep sowing the seeds now, even when you don’t feel like it (note: just make sure you are sowing the RIGHT seeds and not useless ones) and eventually, you will reap the rewards.
7 BE PREPARED TO MAKE PLENTY OF MISTAKES
Yep, I’ve made plenty of mistakes as a blogger. I created plenty of ugly pins before I worked out how to create gorgeous ones. I’ve written heaps of blog posts that served no purpose but to offload some whimsical thoughts from my mind.
I’ve wasted time on things that didn’t matter and ignored things that should have been a priority (much apologies to my poor email list whom I ignored for way too long.)
But mistakes are how we learn. Don’t stress about them. Move on. Assume there will be more mistakes ahead of you because hey, we are human. Don’t forget the lessons we learn from them are invaluable – they make us older and wiser. We also learn to do better when we know better.
8 SERVE YOUR TRIBE FIRST AND FOREMOST
I’m still in the process of building my tribe but this is a big step up from a few months ago when I didn’t even think about having a tribe. Your tribe are the people who love what you do. They are the ones who listen when you have something to say.
Even if your tribe is still little or non-existent, you need to imagine what your future tribe of loyal fans will be expecting from you. What sort of content will they be hoping to see? What are their daily struggles and how you can help provide a solution to them?
I used to write for myself but now I always think about what my tribe will want. I keep them in the forefront of my mind. What amazing freebies can I create for them to show my appreciation? How can my blog help make their life a little bit better?
Build a tribe and they will spread the word of your amazingness.
9 CONNECT WITH OTHER BLOGGERS
I don’t know where I would be without this Facebook group. I religiously check to see how other bloggers are going. These follow bloggers make me feel at peace when I know I am not alone in my blogging struggles. I celebrate their successes as if they are my own and feel their pain when they are stuck on something.
If you are a lawyer, you would connect with other lawyers regularly to make sure you are on the right track, up to date with all the latest news and simply staying abreast with things. The same goes for bloggers.
I have made blogging friends who are dear to me even though we have never met, but they still support me often with their online presence. By staying in touch I have learned firsthand about the trials and tribulations of blogging and saved myself from making even more silly, unnecessary mistakes.
This is without a doubt the most important thing that has helped propel me to a position where my blog has now scored almost half a million pageviews this year and finally helped push me over the 100,000 pageviews threshold this month.
10 TREAT YOUR BLOG LIKE YOU WOULD ANY OTHER BUSINESS
Some bloggers make the mistake of treating their blog like a hobby. They don’t invest the time or money to take this hobby to the next level. They don’t make a commitment to their blog and think that “things will just happen” instead of realizing IT IS UP TO THEM TO MAKE THINGS HAPPEN.
Start keeping an eye on the time you spent blogging. Do you work on your blog every day? Do you sometimes sacrifice sleep or TV time to get things done? More importantly, are you really TAKING BLOGGING SERIOUSLY?
The moment you begin to make blogging a priority, you start to get really precious about your time. You aim to learn from the best so you begin to study blogging tips consistently and try to implement what you can to see if it will work.
Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t but you keep moving forward anyway.
When you are a serious blogger (even if you are a newbie) you put your own heart and soul on the line and into your work because you know that that is what it will take you to the next level. Anything less may not be enough.
Sometimes luck plays a part in blogging success – right time, right content and right place. I still think that no matter what your niche you can find a way to make your blog a success if you keep studying those already successful in the business.
Remember what I said before: if they can do it there’s no reason why you can’t too.
I wish you the best of luck on your blogging journey and would love to hear all about your struggles and successes because once again, always remember this:
YOU ARE NOT ALONE
YOU ARE NEVER, EVER ALONE.
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER
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