Are you a new blogger like me? If so, read below on how I got 20K views on this blog in my second month of blogging!
I started this blog on April 16, and published two posts on the first day. The two posts have been read by all of two people, me and my husband. Yea, I am definitely new to the blogging world.
Since then, I’ve googled a bit for info on new blogger blog traffic and income, but, there isn’t much out there. Most of the blog traffic or income reports are by seasoned, well-established bloggers who have considerable traffic and money coming in from their blog.
This is a hobby/personal-time gig for me, so I’m all about maximizing the time spent on the right avenues. I’m still learning EVERY.SINGLE.DAY. I want to be smart about how I promote my content out there for all of the interwebs to read, judge, or gloss over; (or any combo of the above, haha!).[bctt tweet=”Click here to read about how I got 20K views on this blog in my second month of blogging!” username=”simplyeveryblog”]
Don’t call me out or anything, I’m still figuring it all out and feel like I barely have my head above the blogging waters most days. But, I wanted to write this post for new bloggers to know that it is possible to at least start somewhere, get decent traffic to your blog and even monetize in the early months!
Post Consistently on a Schedule that Works for You
I think the biggest and most challenging part of starting a blog is creating content. Obviously, content is king and without it, you wouldn’t even have a blog! But, taking it a step further, I was mindful of not burning myself out quickly. My goal from the beginning and even now, 3 months in, is to post twice a week. If I do more than that, great, but I’m happy if I get two new posts up on a weekly basis. Quality over quantity is always my motto!
Focus on Your Niche, but Don’t be Afraid to Cast a Wider Net
I definitely stick to two main topics: mom style and parenting. I typically don’t stray away from it, especially since that’s what I enjoy writing about. But, in the same vein, I do think that my blog crosses other people’s views, and not just moms. Even though the topics on my blog are pretty niche-specific, I try to write with a universal tone, something that can be connected to by more than mom readers. Whether it’s 20-somethings that actually find a cute accessory off one of my style posts or someone who hopes to be a parent someday, I really try to be mindful of how I convey my clearly niche-specific topics and posts.
Use ALL THE SOCIAL MEDIA
Like I said earlier, I realize that content is King. But come on, PROMOTION is Queen, and she wears the pants. I have an active social media outlet across most of the major platforms including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and StumbleUpon. Any time I post something, I promote it across all of my SM platforms. You can stare and read your post by yourself, or your can put your words out there! It’s the only way you’ll get traffic to your site! My biggest traffic referrals are Facebook, StumbleUpon, and Instagram. I really need to work on my Pinterest game. I know that is a HUGE factor (especially for mom bloggers) in boosting blog traffic.
Join Facebook Groups for Promotion
The number one factor in boosting traffic to my blog has been joining Facebook Groups for bloggers. I’m an active member in 3 of them and a part of some others that I use if I have the time. Promotion between bloggers is obviously a big traffic source. I also love the knowledge, relationships and camaraderie I’ve cultivated from these groups. I highly recommend you join them:
Don’t be Afraid to Submit your Posts to Bigger Publishers
On a whim, I decided to write Arianna Huffington after reading this helpful post, from my blog goddess friend Chrystie V. I was accepted later that day and given access to the blog platform. I haven’t published anything since my first post. But, I’m doing that deliberately to post something that I feel is HuffPo worthy and something I can promote and get featured on their main page. Regardless, being published on the HuffPo blog and featured on one of their sections was so cool! (And good for blog traffic too!)
Participate in Link-Ups & Guest Post
I’ve participated in a couple of link-ups for style posts and guest posted on other mom blogs. It’s been a great experience both to network and also gain organic traffic to my green blog! It’s been a great way to connect with other bloggers, which is my favorite part of it all!
And the very best for last, here’s an actual snapshot of my Google Analytics:
I was just under 20K views at 19,547 in June, but that doesn’t fit well into a blog post title or graphic. So there you have it! Haha, but seriously though, here’s the snapshot to backup my claims of page views and such on such a green, new blog!
As far as monetizing in the early months, I’m still trying to organize my thoughts into a helpful post for new bloggers. But, please know that monetization IS possible. In the last three months I have made money from sponsored posts, a (big) opportunity from a PR firm, affiliate links, ad revenue, and free products. Be sure to subscribe to the blog (to the right in the sidebar!), there will be a future post to come on my monetization thus far!
Congrats, that’s really awesome! A little bit of networking can make a big difference.
Thank you Theresa! You are my #bloggergoals.
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Yes congrats! Took some of your great suggestions!
Thank you Casey!! Love crossing paths in our groups!
This is truly impressive and I’m happy for you. I like what you said about promotion being the queen. I always focused more on content creation, and that left me a bit burnt out and without the following I’d like. Great advice! I wish you continued success.
Thank you Rebecca! I am trying to be mindful of the balance between content and promotion. Definitely trying to stay ahead of being burnt out by writing, because that truly is my passion.
Great tips! Promotion is really so important!
So key to getting traffic in to a new blog!
Wow, this is great! Congrats on the success. I’ve been blogging since October, but max views I’ve had in a month is 10k! I just requested to join the FB groups you mentioned so thanks for sharing!
Thanks Sheena, I hope you find it all helpful for your blog!
Great read! I need to find some link ups to take part in…Id love some more organic traffic!
Yes, I’ve noticed that as blog traffic grows, my organic searches and subscriptions has been slowly picking up too!
Great tips. I’ve been at it for less then a year and need to make a schedule. I’m very random. Thanks
Yea my days of the week changes because, LIFE… but I do try to post twice a week!
Wow! 20K is impressive. I loved the helpful tips you gave here. I also find Facebook groups really helpful with blogging life support, tips, and promoting my blog as well.
THank you so much Trish!
Way to go, mama! As a new blogger, I can learn so much from you!
I really hope you find it helpful Leah! I want to help new bloggers and receive it back as we figure it out together!
So helpful and useful! Thank you for sharing, love! xo!
You’re the sweetest my friend!
Great tips! Congrats on the success! 🙂
Thank you so much Sarah!
Congrats! I love that my pod members are doing awesome things. I am going to print this blog post and study it because you have shared some awesome gems for free. Than k you!
You are so sweet and thank you for the support always!! I hope it helps boost traffic to your amazing blog Carla!
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Good job mama! Love the read and definitely will jump on Facebook!
Thanks AJ!! Good luck and hope it works for you as it has for me!!
Great guide. Super useful to me as I am a new blogger and I am always looking for new ways to grow my blog! Thank you!
Thanks Lauren, I really hope you find it helpful to growing your traffic!
Girl – you are such a rockstar and an inspiration! Thanks so much for sharing your tips with us! I’d love to see StumbleUpon tips in a future post! 🙂
You are the sweetest ever Lily! I will definitely be brainstorming a SU use post!!
I’m not a new blogger, but I’ve never had that many page views in a month. I’ll be taking a few of these tips and applying them to my blog. Thank you for sharing this!!
Thanks Alysa, your words are very encouraging and I hope that the tips help for you as well!!
Thank you for the great advice! It can be really hard to cut through all the other “stuff” out there so a new blog can be found. I love that there are communities of other bloggers to help get word out!
Yes, I know it’s a big, big world, but at the same time, being part of these communities makes it feel cozier! 🙂 Good luck and thank you for reading!!
wow!!! That’s so amazing and give me so much hope. I starting blogging this January and my growth is going up and I never thought I’d be where I’m at now. However, after seeing your numbers anything is possible.
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Thank you so much for the positive feedback! It is so amazing what a lil work and elbow grease can do for our blogs! 🙂
That is really cool that you have been able to be so successful in such a short amount of time. Keep it up!
Thank you for the support Michelle!
This advice is so awesome! I only started my blog at the beginning of March, and I’ve been struggling to promote my blog to reach an audience outside of my family. I post three times a week, and am constantly uploading to all of my social media accounts but have barely scraped passed 5,000 views since March! I’m definitely going to join some facebook groups, and maybe even pitch my writing to bigger blogs!
Xo, Rowan | rowanmorrissy.com
Thank you so much for the feedback and encouragement Rowan! I hope we can help each other figure it out as we go! Please email me if you have any questions!! I’m so glad that the post helped!
Fantastic tips! Great advice, and I can’t wait to start putting some of these tips into action for my own little blog 🙂
You are doing so great already Sumer! I pretty much did nothing for April and May trying to figure all the technical stuff (and focusing on my IG following)… and June was my big month of learning and boosting traffic!
So happy to see this! I just started my blog about two weeks ago and would love to get some traffic going. This post was so encouraging, can’t wait to try out some of your suggestions. Congratulations and thank you 🙂
Good luck Kate!! You can totally do it! I literally just woke up one morning and decided to buy a domain and start a blog. Three months later, here I am learning so much every day! I still have a long ways to go, but hope this helps and that I’ll be able to share more as I go!
Oh my word, amazing tips! Thank you! <3
Thanks Hannah I hope it helps you as well!!
Great information for someone like me who is trying to grow their followers!
Way to go! This is so awesome and informational. I will definitely try and incorporate more post weekly. Right now I post every Tuesday. I just don’t want to feel like I’m bombarding people with information. But, I will try to add another post maybe every other week to start off. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Daria! Definitely do what’s good for your schedule! You can always promote the same or old posts as needed!
You are doing great and thank you so much for sharing! I joined a FB group you mentioned that I wasn’t a part of yet.
Thank you Amber! I hope you find it helpful!!
This is awesome! Proud of you 🙂 Keep on movin’ girl!
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Congrats! Your success is awesome and definitely motivates me!
You encourage me! I hope you find it helpful!
I love this post. very helpful tips! Pinning as we speak 🙂
Thanks Kara!! Thanks for the pin too!
Congrats and thanks for the tips!
Thanks Bre! I hope they’re helpful!
Great post full of lots of helpful tips! I need to get better about utilizing Pinterest and I don’t have a StumbleUpon (yet). You’re absolutely right, promotion is queen. Congratulations on all your success!
Thank you so much Naya! I didn’t buy into SU either, but it’s been a game changer!
Congrats! That is an amazing accomplishment! I love what you said about promotion being queen! And thank you for sharing the huffington post article!
Thank you!! Thank you for reading!!
Congrats! I totally agree with promoting being Queen! My top referral is Pinterest, then Facebook and Stumbleupon. I’m really trying to get the hang on Instagram and Twitter, but they are far far behind lol. It’s work!
Let’s switch! LOL I need to up my Pinterest game BIG time. I just am lazy about cleaning up my boards. I’ve just started to make Pinterest friendly vertical images! 😛
This is very helpful! I’m so happy you’re writing about it while you’re still new! I totally agree that all the tips come from seasoned bloggers, and it doesn’t always apply to us baby bloggers!
Yes! I wanted to make sure I jotted down notes as I was going through it! I love to share the info and I think there’s a huge lack of info for newbies like us!
This was great to read and gives me a lot of hope that I can tweak a few things and hopefully drive more traffic to my blog. Thank you for sharing your experience!
Thank you for reading, I really hope it helps!!
My favorite line: You can stare and read your post by yourself, or you can put your words out there!
LOL! This is hilarious to me, because I spend a lot of time staring at my own post, reading it, and saying “What now?!” As a seasoned blogger who has been around for several years (but never worked on monetizing my blog), I find your motivation very refreshing!! I am learning a lot from you, and I know others are, too. Congratulations on 20k in a month and this is just the beginning! Love you, friend! xoxo
Seriously though! LOL I think back to how much things have changed since our old personal blog days! It’s a whirlwind, but fun at the same time. Hopefully I can keep up the energy. Hahahah. Knock on wood. Love you friend!!
Such a great post, even if I’m not a new blogger I’ve found the post very interesting. Thank you x
Thanks so much!! I’m so glad that it’s interesting to all!!
Awesome! You are rocking it!!
Thanks Jessica! You are one of my #momgoals #bloggoals <3
I’m convicted. Gonna work harder on Stumble Upon… tomorrow.
hahahah I tell myself the same thing about pinterest!
That’s awesome! How the heck is Instagram showing up for you? IG traffic doesn’t ever show up on GA for me.
Not going to lie I barely remember, I had to code it in my domain a few months back as its own page (link in bio of my IG) and that’s how it tracks it.
Wow these are amazing tips! Congratulations on achieving your 20K mark! Cheers to more!
Thanks so much Sharon, so lovely to bump into you around the groups 🙂 Your blog is phenomenal!
Great job! You say you are new to blogging but is it just this blog or have you blogged before?
Thanks Kari! I used to keep a personal blog for my friends and family on pregnancy and baby updates on blogger / wp.com! This is my first blogventure into monetizing and publicly sharing! 🙂
Yay! Thank you for sharing your awesome tips! Kudos to your 20k achievement!
Thanks Lynn, I hope it helps you with your blog traffic!
Congratulations! That is an awesome achievement, particularly when only been blogging for two months. Thanks for sharing your tips!
Thank you!! I hope I can keep it up!!
These are great tips! You’re awesome!! #bloggergoals
Thank you Jackie!! You are so sweet! #momgoals!
Great posts and tips! I have great unique users, but my page views are a but low.
Thanks Rachel! I hope it helps!! Your blog is amazing!
tons of great information. Thank you so much. I pinning this and will be referring back to it often.
Thanks Jennifer, I hope you find it helpful for your blog!
Thanks so much for these tips!! I’m a new blogger and am looking for motivation like this all the time 🙂
I hope you find it useful Amanda!! So glad our paths crossed!
Congrats this is a great achievement. Thanks for taking the time to share what you’ve learned.
Thank you so much for reading!
Great post, thanks for sharing!!
I haven’t really used Stumbled Upon. I should check it out. Thanks for the helpful post!
I hope you find it useful Angela! Eek, you’re getting SO close!!!
Congratulations!! I adore your blog 🙂 Keep up the good work!! I love all of these ideas. I need to get with the game on the stumbleupon part!!!
You’re the sweetest Jill! Email me if you have any questions! I did hear though that stumbleupon currently does not work for blogspot!
I’m seriously blown away by you!! Thanks for sharing all your experiences and insights!!!
You are the sweetest! Thanks for reading and helping me learn!
Great tips. I have yet to use stumble upon I don’t understand how to use it lol. I really enjoy reading your blog and wish you much success.
I hope I can get a “how to stumble” post going soon! Thanks so much for reading Justina, so glad our paths crossed in our FB group!
Thanks for sharing, did you make any money off your 20k views?
Thanks Sarah. Yes! I have been able to monetize from sponsored posts, ads, affiliate links, and a post I wrote for a company (PR Firm reached out to me via blog). I’m hoping to get a post on that going soon!
I get 0 traffic from Instagram and not quite sure what it is I’m doing wrong? Any tips and tricks on that?
I had to actually set a code in my website and use a link to track it!
That’s so awesome! That’s my next goal for my blog!
Thanks so much, I bet you’ll hit it in no time Kirsten!
Congrats on your success! Look forward to implementing some of your tips!
Thank you, I hope it works for you as well!!
That is insanely amazing, and I am amazed. I haven’t gotten to that point and I’ve been blogging for over three years! xx Adaleta Avdic
THank you so much! I used to keep a personal blog for journaling/memory purposes years back. This is the first time I’m trying to grow and monetize!
Congratulations thats a really incredible accomplishment! I need to focus on using stumble upon more!
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Thanks Courtney, love that our paths crossed, and love your beauty posts too!
Thank you Melissa!
You inspire me so much!! I am so proud of all that you’ve accomplished in the past two months!! Here’s to more and more success!! xoxoxo
You’re the sweetest my friend!! So exciting to do this together!
Congratulations!! Great job! This post is just in time for me. I have been teetering along for a while and was not sure how to start to increase traffic. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you so much, I hope you find it useful!
This is awesome…thank you for this!
I hope you find it useful, April!
I love the quote “content is king, but promotion is queen.”
I always feel weird about promoting, but now I am definitely going to try to start promoting myself more.
Thanks for the great post!
Definitely promote your blog!! It’s the only way you’ll get visibility in this crazy big world of blogging! 🙂
I am totally impressed by the way you achieved your goal in just the 2nd month of your blogging career. I have been into the same for 8 months and still struggling to achieve what you have done in 2 months. Great job! . Your post will help me somewhere to get traffic further. Thank you!. Keep up the good work.
Thank you so much, I hope you find it hlepful!
I am struggling to get comments on our blog posts – can you offer one tip?
Participate in Facebook Groups! Be active in posting and engage your social media followers, outside of post days as well! Good luck!
Well done! Some really great tips too. I’m still trying to get my head around StumbleUpon. Do you find it effective?
wow this is great, congrats! I have been blogging 2 years and do all of this and I am only getting 3-5 K views a month..I just don’t get what I am doing wrong. I put a lot of time into Instagram, groups, link ups all of it… I have not tried stumble upon it looks so confusing to use! Thanks for sharing your tips
Girl, you are on fire!! Way to go!! Hopefully I’ll be there soon!!
Amber | http://www.everydaydame.com
Congrats on your success mama! Loved your insight and all the suggestions for maximizing visibility!
I stumbled across your blog via a group and congratulations! I have been blogging for a year and still haven’t crossed the 20k threshold so I commend you!!! I hope to post more content. It’s kind of hard to post two things a week for me when I only have time (and money) for one (fashion blogger here). I do agree though, quality posts over quantity. That’s my focus.
Meghan | BeyondBasicBlog.com
This is awesome you are way more ahead of the game than me. I started in Dec/Jan and I too try to post twice a week. I enjoy networking too, but it can be draining and time consuming!
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I just started blogging and like you said, it’s not easy finding information on building your followers for those of us that have just started out. These are really great tips! Thank you for posting this.
Enjoyed your post and learned a lot. I have applied to join one of the FB groups you mentioned (Grow Your Blog), the other two aren’t appropriate for me or my blog. Thanks for the good info!
Wooww, I found new facebook groups. Thank you so much
Great post! Thanks for sharing!
thank you so much for sharing this information… I want to be successful with my blog but have a hard time figuring out how! these tips helped!!!
This was so helpful! Thank you! 🙂
Thank you for sharing these tips! They are really great, I didn’t know about two of the Facebook groups you mentioned so I requested an invite! Thank you and I always love your work!
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