It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie blogger or a long time professional blogger, getting pageviews is going to be your main goal every month. Why you might ask?
The answer is simple- without pageviews, you will not get email subscribers, sponsored post opportunities, affiliate links clicked, clients booked, or ad network partnerships.
Basically, without pageviews, you will not be able to make money. Let’s face it, making money is the main reason people start blogs, right?
I started Moving Mountains With Motherhood to help moms get the most out of motherhood, and after 30 days, I had 11,892 pageviews. I will tell you exactly how I did this, so you can do it too!
Before we start, I just want to tell you, this is not a post that is going to tell you how to start a blog in under 20 minutes, and be able to earn a full income after a few months. So if you are looking for that, you are in the wrong place.
Starting a blog and getting pageviews takes time and hard work. If you are willing to put the work in, I will tell you how to get 10,000 pageviews in your first month of blogging. 😀
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About three years ago, my husband got a job working from home, and being the introvert that I am, I was super jealous.
I was working a physically exhausting job, going to school full time to finally finish my degree, and on top of this, we decided to have a baby.
And so my search began for work from home jobs, but I couldn’t find anything that made sense for me. I came across the idea of blogging, and as awesome as it sounded, I never thought it was something I could actually do.
To make a long story short, after my son was born, I become a stay-at-home mom. Having our family live off of one income, made me want to contribute to our family’s income working from home now more than ever.
I finally made the decision to start a mommy blog in hopes of earning some extra income for my family.
I did this with:
- Zero experience writing
- No tech background (like I seriously can’t even get the printer to work half the time)
- Zero social media followers
- No idea how to work social media. I didn’t even know what a Facebook Group was when I started. And let’s not even mention an Instagram story…I’m still not even sure I know what an Instagram story is, so if you want to help me out, and explain it to me in the comments, we will be best friends forever!
- No help (I’m a one woman show)
- No friends and family sharing my posts to their followers. I have yet to share my blog with my friends and family (only my super supportive husband).
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With Siteground, setting up a domain email address is super simple, which you will want to do so you can use email marketing to get pageviews and sales from your blog (more on that below).
Have Content Prepared
Before you launch your blog (honestly, you should do this even before you purchase your web hosting), write some blog posts.
This will be helpful in a few ways:
- You will be able to tell if blogging is right for you. Can you make time in your life to write a few blog posts?
- You will be able to tell if you picked the right niche. Is it easy for you to write about the topic you picked?
- When you do start your blog, you will have plenty of content to share, so your blog doesn’t look brand new. Your readers will stay on your site longer if they have more pages to click through.
- This will save you time for setting up your blog, social media, promoting, and everything else that goes into blogging.
I would recommend having between 5-8 blog posts ready to be posted before you even think about purchasing web hosting and a domain.
There is a lot that goes into blogging. You cannot just write a blog post, upload it to social media, and hope for traffic. You will be heartbroken when you come back and see that you only have 5 pageviews.
Pinterest is a great place to find advice about starting a blog. Make sure to read the posts, subscribe to their emails, and follow them on social media. You will get a lot of juicy information about starting a blog this way.
I would also advice that in addition to researching starting a blog, you should also think long term, and do research about marketing and making money from a blog.
Follow topics about affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, reviews posts, ad networks, and social media marketing.
Bonus: Check out Suzi’s Start A Mom Blog; she has so many great resources for starting a blog!
Sign Up For Every Free Course
When you are doing your research about blogging, most sites you come across will want you to subscribe to their newsletter or sign up for their free course. And you should do it!
Seriously, just sign up for every single one. If they do not provide you with good information, you can always unsubscribe later.
However, most emails will give you awesome information about starting and growing a blog.
Do not buy courses and ebooks about blogging!!! There is so much free information out there, so take the time to find it.
After you have been blogging for a month or two, you can easily see where your weaknesses are. Once you have some experience blogging, and you see where you need to make improvements, then you can purchase courses.
This will be more helpful, because you can buy courses to help you improve on your own personal weaknesses.
Create An Email Opt-In
From the very beginning, you should create an email opt-in to get subscribers.
Think about this, if someone you are following on social media posts something, there is a really good chance you might not see it. You might just be too busy to log in, or when you do log in, you will see all of the other posts from the thousands of people you are following.
However if you get an email about the post, there is a better chance you will actually open it up and see the post.
There are few reasons for this:
- It is more personal. It came straight to your inbox, just for you.
- Most people get notified every time they get an email (you don’t get notified every time someone posts something on social media).
- Emails seem more important, because you took the time to give someone your email, so you must be interested in what they have to say.
Start growing your email list, so you have a strong following to be able share new blog posts that you write.
Write A Lot
When doing my own personal research about growing traffic for my blog, I found some advice that said to post as much as possible. While others advice was to post less often, and focus on promoting.
I had to do some testing for this to see what worked best, and what I found is, you want to write as many blog posts as you can.
During my first month blogging, I wrote about 3 posts every week. I started with 7 blog posts written before purchasing my web hosting, and ended the month with 19 blog posts total. For the upcoming months, my goal is to post 3-4 times every week.
You also want to spend quite a bit of time promoting your blog post as well (I will talk about this later in the post).
There are some bloggers who can post 1-2 times per month, and still make a full income, but keep in mind, they have been blogging for a long time.
When you are just starting out, you want to get as much quality content as you can on your blog, and there a couple reasons why:
- You want Google to recognize you as a reliable source, so you can get traffic from Google searches. Google will not see your site as reliable if it is new with only a few posts.
- You will have a hard time trying to promote only 1 or 2 posts for an entire month. Your followers will sick of seeing the same post over and over, and social media sites could mark you as spam and close your accounts.
The Type Of Content You Write
Of course you always want to choose quality over quantity. If you don’t have time to post 3 quality blog posts every week, then post 1 high quality blog post. 1 high quality blog post will get you much further than 3 blog posts that were thrown together last minute.
Finding out what content to write about is actually a lot trickier than it seems at first.
Sure you could write about anything that comes to mind, but if you want to get a lot of pageviews, you need to write about what your audience wants to read, not just what you want to write about.
But how do you know what people want to read about?
That’s such a great questions, I’m glad you asked.
You want to use keywords that have a high search rate every month, but you also don’t want to have a lot of competition.
Let’s think about this for a minute, if you write a blog post about a baby cow toy.
My daughter has a cow toy, and the batteries are dying, so it won’t stop mooing. It’s getting hard to concentrate, but it gave me inspiration for this post. 😝
So anyways, how many people are searching for the keyword ‘baby cow toy’ on Google each month?
You can use Neil Patel’s Ubersuggest Tool to help you find the answer.
As you can see, only 210 people are searching for this each month, so this is not a good keyword to use to get pageviews on your blog.
Now let’s think about something popular that people are searching each month. If I search the words ‘baby stroller,’ you can see that a lot of people are searching for this every month.
Now you might think this is a good topic to write about, but take a look at the competition. The SD is 71, meaning you are in competition with 71 other sites to rank in Google.
Chances are you will not rank with this keyword, so even though it is a popular topic, it will not bring traffic to your blog.
You can play with the tool to find a keyword that has high searches, but low competition.
This is what happens when I search ‘clogged milk duct.’
As you can see, the keywords ‘clogged milk duct,’ get a good amount of views each month, but the competition is low, and there is a good chance that if I optimize for SEO I could rank for this word.
You want to make sure that every post you write is optimized for SEO. Download the YoastSEO plugin before you write a single post (the free version is all you need).
Take your time to make sure you see two little greens lights with Yoast (at the bottom of your post) before you publish. The plugin will tell you what you need to work on in your post, so fix anything that needs to be improved before posting.
You should definitely make social media accounts on every platform for your blog, but only focus your attention to 1 or 2 of them.
Once you have gained a lot of followers and mastered these social media sites, then you can move on to mastering the next one.
You should start with Pinterest no matter what you are blogging about. Although, SURPRISE- Pinterest is not a social media platform, it is a search engine, just like Google.
This means that people are going on Pinterest, searching for something and coming across your pin. Because they are searching for the topic you are writing about, there is a better chance of your pin will get clicked.
We have established that Pinterest is a search engine like Google, so you need to optimize your profile, boards, and each pin for SEO.
Put keywords in your profile description. What are your main keywords that explain your blog?
Next, you want to add keywords to each and every board description. All of your boards should be related to each other, and related to the keywords you use in your profile description.
Your pin descriptions should also use keywords that are related to the the boards you are pinning them to.
Pinterest is a visual platform, so make sure you create visually appealing images. You can use Canva to add text overlay to stock photos.
If you get stuck on making pin images, head over to Pinterest, and start scrolling until something catches your eye. Ask yourself what do you like about the pin? Why did you stop scrolling to see this pin? Was it the colors, picture, size, font?
You can use these ideas to start creating your own pins.
When you are first starting out, joining group boards is a great ideas!
Chances are, these group boards have more followers than you do, so a whole new audience will have eyes on your pins.
As your Pinterest presence begins to grow, group board with a smaller following might not be worth your time, because your personal profile might have more followers and more engagement.
You will need to track what boards are giving you the most impressions, links clinked, and saves in your Pinterest Analytics (make sure you have a Pinterest Business Account to do this).
Tailwind is my absolute favorite tool for gaining pageviews, and it is super easy to use.
This awesome tool allows you to schedule pins to be pinned to Pinterest ahead of time, so they are being pinned at the most optimized times.
You can also join Tailwind Tribes to get more shares and repins. You simply add your pins to your tribe and repin other member’s pins. In return, other members will repin your pin.
Pick tribes that are very closely aligned with the topic of your blog, and you should see a lot of new traffic coming to your site from Tailwind shares.
Facebook groups are a great way to get your content shared when you are first starting out.
There are a ton of Facebook groups that have daily threads to post your link and share others content.
Keep in mind, this is a great way to start getting your content out there and gain your first followers, but this is not a method of gaining traffic you want to rely on in the long run.
If you do participate in Facebook sharing threads, make sure it is a group that is related to your niche. If you join sharing threads in groups that have blogs about a different topic than yours, when they share your pin, their followers will not interested in the topic of your pin.
Whether you participate in these threads or not, join as many blogging group boards as possible, because you will find blogging friends, be able to ask your blogging questions, and see what other bloggers are doing.
Promote, Promote, Promote
So you poor your blood, sweat, and tears into your blog post, you post them to your social media sites, and you cross your fingers that you will come back tomorrow and have a ton of pageviews! Have you ever done this?
When you are just starting out, you need to spend just as much time promoting your blog posts as you spend writing them, if not more.
Post them to social media multiple times- for days, weeks, and even months. Make sure to change your pin images, descriptions, keywords, and time of day you post.
Post your blog to other sites aside from your social media.
Here is a list for you:
Things You Shouldn’t Spend A Lot Of Time On
Obviously, you need to spend time on your site setup, and take some time to make your site visually appealing. Just don’t take weeks trying to set your site up perfectly, and spend too much time tweaking every little thing.
I can tell you, I do not leave sites, because their image is slightly off centered (to be honest, I probably wouldn’t notice).
I do leave sites that run slow, have too many pop ups and ads, and are just overall hard to read.
Once you do set up your site, have your main focus be on the content you are writing and how you are promoting it.
Don’t spend too much time stressing about your domain name.
There is this bloggers, and I follow her blog, I am in her Facebook group, I get her emails, I know her name, and I can recognize her face. One day she posted a really catchy title, and wondering what it was, I clicked on it, only to be taken to her blog.
I immediately realized, I have been following her for quite some time now, and I never knew the name of her blog until now.
My point is, it doesn’t matter what you name your blog, if people are interested in what you are posting about, they will click your link no matter what your blogs name is.
Things To Keep In Mind
It is not easy
If you are new to blogging, setting up a blog and getting pageviews is not an easy task. With many things you will have to try a trial and error method, and see what works best for you.
It take a lot of time
If you want to work on your blog for 30 minutes every day, don’t expect to gain a lot of traffic very quickly. It does take time to get everything set up, write quality posts, and get your contain out in the world for people to see.
I am a stay-at-home mom of two kids under two, so I have my hands full during the day. During my first month blogging, I spent an hour during the day when my kids were napping, and about 3 hours every night after they went to bed working on my blog. If you do the math, that is a minimum of 28 hours each week.
There were some days when I was first starting out, that I was searching high and low for the very best information and free courses I could find about blogging, and I would stay up until 3:00 am watching videos and reading blog posts.
If you are willing to put in the time, anything is possible!! 🙂
Anyone who makes it look easy is either lying or has a lot of experience.
I am so sick of seeing pins on Pinterest that make blogging look super simple, and make it seem like anyone can earn thousands and thousands of dollar after only a few weeks, with very minimal efforts.
I hate to tell you this, but this is just not true. Anyone who thinks setting up a blog is fast and easy, either has experience or is just making it look easy, so you will read their post.
I hope you found this helpful, and I want to wish you goodluck on your blogging journey!
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