Hello and Happy New Year!
I can never get enough of saying that. 2017 was pretty rough, especially towards the end of the year. Now that it’s 2018, I’m looking forward to a fresh start. I’m still recovering from the holidays and my savings took a huge hit. I’m so looking forward to better planning this year and to boost traffic to my blog.
So let’s start off the new year a with a new report on how I want to fix my blog and how I want to boost traffic to my site.
I decided to change up my reports a bit. I wanted to concentrate more how I could boost traffic to my site and how I’m progressing each month. I’m pretty sure other bloggers would appreciate it that as well and see how to improve their own blogs. Traffic can be such a huge mystery BUT, it can be solved.
Before I continue, I’d like to share that links below may contain my affiliate links. What it means is that I could receive a small commission if you click on a link to the product or service that I use myself and recommend to you.
WHY I STARTED BLOGGING
Can you believe this is actually my third blog? Third time’s the charm right??
I remember when I first started this blog, I was so inspired by Millennial Money. His site even inspired me to write a post about a post he wrote on SEO traffic. I felt like God had a way of giving me signs that would help me. At the time I was stressing about financial stuff. We bought our own place and after surviving one year on our own, it made me realize that it was super hard to save money. It brought me to searching online for answers on how I can make money on the side.
I wanted something that I could do on my own time where I could still spend time with my family.
I was totally against getting a second job as it would really burn me out.
My searches somehow brought me to Millennial Money, the debt-free blogging community, starting a blog and the rest was history.
I started this blog as a way to hold myself accountable while sharing some cool tips about money, family, and life in general.
For reference, my blog is 8 months old.
I couldn’t believe how cheap it was to get hosting through BlueHost! I had GoDaddy as hosting for my first blog and I was paying way too much. I’m pretty happy with how simple it is to navigate their site and I always got quick responses back from their customer service support. The best part? Their hosting can be as cheap as less than $3 per month for their basic plan. A total win for me!
Like I mentioned earlier, this year, I’m strictly concentrating on improving my blog traffic and of course, how I write. Let’s take a look at how my traffic was like in 2017. I had a lot of good traffic in September but that’s only because I was posting 3 times a week. It was pretty awesome but at the same time, it was exhausting.
Jetpack Traffic Stats – 2017
What I’ll be doing differently – I’ll be posting once a week but I will also work on building new posts up to where I am able to post twice a week.
How will my writing change to help boost traffic?
I’ve been studying a lot of big-time blogs and how they write. I wanted to see what it was on their blogs that attract readers and how they were able to boost traffic to their sites.
Here is what I found:
- As a blogger, writing more meaningful posts that helps solves problems will attract readers. People don’t care about my problems, what they want are answers to their OWN problems. People search online because they are looking for answers.
- Create captivating titles that draw a reader’s attention to click. To help me with this, I use a Headline-Analyzer from https://headlines.sharethrough.com/. It really helps you focus on keywords that pique a readers interest.
- Keyword research goes hand in hand with creating catchy titles. But how do you find keywords to aid in SEO? Go to Google’s search bar and type a question. You’ll most likely see a list pop up with other suggestions. It’s Google’s predictions and this little feature will help you come up with a catchy title on a topic that you want to write about. Cool huh?
I haven’t been on my social networks as much as I would like to. Because of it, my interaction with my followers dropped significantly. I usually try to spend a few minutes each day to connect with followers and fellow bloggers but the holidays and work overload made it a lot harder. Now that the holidays are done, I’m going back to using my scheduling tools!
Pinterest: I finally dipped my feet into the Pinterest pool! After playing around with pins in Tailwind, I was able to understand how the process work. I also didn’t realize I was a part of a tribe as well. Its another type of group that I need to take advantage of in regards to building traffic.
Commenting on other blogs: I wanted to read at least 5 blogs a day during my lunch break. Well, that’s hard to do now. I eat my lunch at my desk just so I can go on the internet, but because people see me at my desk, I get interrupted a lot. I’m seriously debating if I should buy a keyboard for my son’s iPad and eat outside of my building during my breaks. I would do it, I just don’t want to pay for a compatible keyboard lol.
Responding back to comments: I want to network with others so I will definitely take the time to respond back to comments. This could be a comment that was left on my blog or a comment that was left elsewhere.
Staying active on Twitter: I tried to spend a few minutes a day on Twitter but I realized that it wasn’t my number one preference when it comes to socializing with other people. I preferred Instagram in this arena. To help me stay active on Twitter, I signed up for Viral Content Bee for Twitter. It’s a free scheduling service where you share other people’s tweets to receive points. As you build points, you can use it to submit your own content for other people to tweet out. It’s a win-win situation for me where my content is being shared and I’m keeping active on Twitter. I spend some time once a week to schedule posts randomly throughout the month.
Deactivated my FB page: I had a page for my blog but when people I know started popping up in my Suggested People feed and my Mommy Finance started popping up in their feeds, I quickly deactivated anything that would connect the two together. I already had 3 people I know find my IG page and I didn’t want more people to find out lol. When I’m ready I’ll share my blog with everyone. For now, I just want to be anonymous to my family and friends.
MONEY SPENT ON THE BLOG
Here is a list of everything that I had invested in creating my blog and to keep it running. I haven’t bought anything new, so this section will stay the same.
Bluehost: $95.40 (One-year hosting)
Tailwind: $208.88 (One-year subscription total for Pinterest and Instagram)
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: $197.00 (one-time payment for course)
Blog Traffic Transformation: $50 (Regular price $79 – one-time payment for course)
PicMonkey: $47.88 (One-year subscription)
PREVIOUS INCOME REPORTS
Feel free to check out my previous monthly reports below:
- Looking Back at November and Improving on a Failed Month
- How Work Life Affected My Blogging Goals and How to Overcome It
- September Was A Month of Wins and Challenges – A Monthly Report
- Debt Report and Goals – Current Debt $6,637.20 (July 2017)
- Debt Report and Goals – Current Debt $7,163.80 (June 2017)
- Debt Report and Goals – Current Debt $6,717.51 (May 2017)
Here’s my list of things that I want to concentrate on for this month:
- Post once a week
- Get back to scheduling Instagram posts using Tailwind to help boost traffic
- Get back to scheduling Pinterest posts using Tailwind to help boost traffic
- Leave comments on other blogs to help boost traffic through backlinking
- Improve blog writing that hits pain points and offers various solutions
- Be and eat healthier
What goals have you planned for yourself?
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