Today I want to tell you how to hit 1,000,000 visitors in a year of blogging. I did this and so can you. Now, in year three, I am at over 3 million a month. It is amazing what you can do when you put your mind to it. You are here because you are ready to do it, too… so let’s go for it!
Let’s start at the beginning… I’m Becky Mansfield, the blogger behind Your Modern Family. Your Modern Family is a blog about family life (my husband and I have four kids, so there is always something to blog about!) I earn a full-time six-figure income on that blog.
I also run this blogging site with Paula. (here I am with Paula… I’m on the left):
Your Modern Family is where I earned enough money for my husband to quit his job. It is where I grew my blog to 3 million readers a month and grew my online presence. Paula has grown her blog, Beauty Through Imperfection, & her social media as well. So… we decided to come here, to BeckyandPaula to share our tips with you… because if we can do it, so can you!
So, now that we have that taken care of, let’s move onto how to hit 1,000,000 visitors in a year of blogging…
(I am currently at 3,000,000 a month so these tips will really work! REALLY!)
I am NOT going to say that I believe in the “slow & steady wins the race” when it comes to blogging. Yes, this is the advice that every blogger has given me. It is what I was told when I first started blogging. I don’t buy it and here is why…
It’s a great way to gain a loyal following, so if you are writing a blog about your family or your kids, it’s perfect. If you are writing to make an income for your family or to share new ideas daily, it’s probably not going to cut it.
That’s not to say that it isn’t right for your blog, because it might be. It’s just that you PROBABLY won’t reach 1 million (or WAY more) UMV in a year this way. You probably won’t triple your page views this way, but you never know!
As far as blogging goes (or any job):
You get out what you put in. It’s a little luck & a lot of hard work!
I work hard at blogging (I’m sure most of us do if we are planning on making it our full-time income). I work about 4 hours a day, most days (some more, some less), starting when our kids go to bed and working until 1:00 am or later. I squeeze things in during preschool hours, too (but that’s when I go to the gym, so usually I just do some FB or Pinterest during that time… it ends up being about 30 minutes of free time for me before I go back to get them, after the gym.) I could honestly work all day long & still have more to do. Blogging is like that… never really done.
I used to take the weekends off, but now that Mickey is home, I work on the weekends, too (just at night) but not nearly as many hours as during the week. Just 1-2 hours a day.
- I post every single day. Posting frequently will bring more readers.
- I schedule Facebook and I have at least 50% of the FB shares leading back to either me or my husband. The rest go to bloggers that I trust – where I know they will get good reach on my page. I do this with my blogging tribes & share groups a lot.
- Paula & I have a share-spot on each other’s pages, too. (do this with a friend… a blogger BFF)
- Work hard at the beginning and you will be smooth sailing.
- Re-use old content to cut back on your work time. Go back in & edit old posts, change the images & re-post it. 90% of your readers won’t even recognize it. (My mom can’t even tell & she is a loyal reader!)
- Keep your family first. Remember that you can’t devote 100% to your blog & 100% to your family, so set times for each thing. (You can even blog about your family, so do something fun with them & create a great post from it.)
- Take a day off now & then. A full day. At the very least, get off of FB for the day. It can steal your time.
- Write in your notes section and not online. Then copy it to your blog. You will get much more done.
- Pin every single day. I use Tailwind and I loop my pins, so it keeps re-pinning for me, but we also have heard great things about ViralTag.
- Get together to do masterminding with friends! I have done this via Google Plus, Skype & in real life. Make plans & projects together.
- Use a powerful company, like ConvertKit to grow and manage your e-mail list.
- Think about how you can add a money-making link to each post. If it isn’t sponsored, add an affiliate link in there.
- Make your images your #2 priority (after your content.) grow your ad earnings. – I can’t stress this enough!
- Remember that if you don’t promote your blog, others won’t either. They aren’t going to magically find it. You have to share it! We have a lot of share groups on Facebook.
- Connect with other bloggers and share your things. Relationships matter a lot in blogging. Create good ones that you can help & will help you in return.
- Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket (social media, that is!) Spread your content around! Post it everywhere, not just to one source.
- The same goes for making money- find new ways to make money. Sell oils (I make about $1,000 a month), sell books (I make around $5,000-$15,000 a month), sell content (sponsored posts!), grow your ad earnings (last month I made $15,000 in ads).
-Yes- blogging to make money takes work. It’s a real job.
-Yes- blogging to gain page views takes work. It’s a real job.
-Yes- it pays off! Put the time in and get results.
-Yes- you can do it all.