Hey $avvy readers! Last month we set another difficult goal with our blog traffic. We wanted to reach 20,000 page views and we did it! This is the 5th month in a row we have reached our blog traffic goal. We have some awesome tips and tricks we learned this month that we want to share to help you grow your own blog.
Brittany finished her year of teaching and is now joining me during the summer in running our website. We have some big plans for the blog and are so excited for our savvy readers to follow along with our journey with us.
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Below we have laid out exactly how we reached 20,000 page views this month.
June Blog Traffic
We are so excited to continue to see growth on our blog. We have seen more traffic and page views each and every month since we started our site. It’s crazy to think that 11 months ago we were excited to get 100 page views a month. With more growth, we have more opportunity to help others, which is the real reason we started blogging in the first place.
Writing our blog traffic updates have been huge in our growth. Publishing our monthly goals publicly makes it so we have no choice but to work hard and try to reach them every month.
We believe it’s also important to share our success and failures for others to learn from. We would not have gotten as far as we have without other helping us along the way. Life is MUCH more rewarding when you give back! If you find our blog traffic update articles helpful please share with others.
Goals from Last Month
We had some very popular posts in June that drove a majority of our blog traffic. We again stuck to our weekly blog schedule (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). Having a content schedule is a must when growing a blog.
We continued to reach out to people who live “unique lives” (RVing, Sailboating, Boondocking, Tiny Home). It’s fun to learn about all different types of lifestyles! We will try to get one of these interviews in once a month. We are also planning on starting a podcast! This is another big venture to try so we’ll keep you updated on everything.
In June we were able to publish thirteen articles to our blog.
Social Media Following
Finally! We think we have figured out Pinterest, at least starting too. We got a good amount of daily Pinterest traffic this month. The two things we changed this month compared to last were making better pinnable images along with posting to group boards each and every day.
Making good pinnable images takes the time to learn. We are still figuring out which pictures, styles, fonts etc., work best for us. Once you get that down it makes making pinnable images much quicker. We actually learned a TON about Pinterest from taking the course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. There is a whole section on Pinterest and that along would be worth the cost. Our blogging income has tripled since taking the course! You can check the course out here.
Facebook took a huge turn in June unfortunately. We signed up for a Facebook course that we found was not geared towards bloggers. After trying some of the methods taught, we found we were losing our engagement on our page and decided to quit the course. Fortunately, we were able to get a full refund. A word of advice after going through this is always to make sure you understand what you will get out of a course before signing up. Our Facebook page is back up with awesome engagement from our followers.
Twitter continues to grow at a good rate and we should hit 10,000 followers this summer no problem. We continue to use Buffer for scheduling posts and plan on upgrading to the paid plan this month.
Instagram continues to grow slowly but we are not focusing on it. This is our “behind the scenes” social media platform so be sure to follow us there!
We have started three Facebook groups that we would love for you to join.
Facebook: 777-page likes (3.6% increase from 750)
Twitter: 7,370 followers (23% increase from 6,000)
Pinterest: 1,590 followers (35% increase from 1,175)
Instagram: 2,255 followers (1.5% increase from 2,220)
Email List: 525 subscribers (69% increase from 310)
What Worked to Grow Our Blog Traffic
Same answer as last month, marketing and lots of it! A good ratio we use in running our blog is 30% content creation and 70% marketing it. It’s great if you can make good content, but until you learn how to get it in front of the right people it’s hard to get any traffic.
Networking with other bloggers continues to be huge in growing our blog traffic. We love subscribing to others in our industry of personal finance and reading their blog posts to get inspiration from. Learning is something we really enjoy, so reading others blog posts about personal finance, money, investing, budgeting, retirement, is a no-brainer.
We have taken 2 blogging courses and are currently in a personal branding course. By far the best money we have spent so far in blogging is Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. It should honestly be a prerequisite in setting up a blog. Michelle’s course is top notch and the return on investment is ten fold. We got our money back within the first month of taking the course. If you are blogging with the goal of making money you need to take this course ASAP!
Have you heard of HARO? If not go check it out. We signed up for their free newsletter that comes out three times a day. It’s basically a way to get in front of top ranking companies in your niche. We have been able to land a few interviews on larger sites that we hope to be featured on this coming month. As far as getting backlinks and SEO juice; Haro is a great tool to look into.
We actually started our blog! Last September we finally made the jump and put ourselves out there. It’s completely changed our lives for the better. If you are on the fence shoot us an email at [email protected] we would love to talk to you about your reservations and how to go about getting started.
What Did Not Work to Grow Our Blog Traffic
The biggest mistake we made was signing up for a Facebook course that was not geared towards bloggers. I spent a lot of time and effort in going through the content and implementing the practices that they were teaching. In the end, it was all a waste of time and I was only able to take a few nuggets of useful information from the course.
Procrastinating and putting things off! Now that Brittany is off for the summer we are trying to get ahead on our content schedule. We would love to get a good month ahead so we can relax a little more during the summer. Having a good schedule and sticking to it is very helpful. I like to wake up early and knock out a couple hours of work. By doing this I am very productive the first couple hours of the day and the rest of the day I can choose to work around the rest of my schedule.
We made the mistake of not buying a premium WordPress theme from the start. We actually changed themes three times the night we launched our blog haha! It’s impressive we have been able to grow our blog this much with very little investment. This month we spent a TON of time researching themes and designs that we want to upgrade our site too. We should have a revamped website very soon!
Email marketing is still a big challenge for us. We finally switch to ConvertKit. The only reason we made the jump is that we found a code for 2 months free! After “purchasing” the basic ConvertKit plan you can email support with code “Email1k” as the subject line. Ask them for a refund for the first month and the second month free. Nothing like being Savvy AF and getting to try a service for free.
Blogging Goals for July
Looking forward to what July has in store for our site! We cannot thank our readers enough for the support and motivation to continue to grow.
We have started offering blog coaching! If you are just getting started and overwhelmed with the process we would love to help. Shoot us an email so we can start growing your blog together.
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