How I Grew to 1K Page Views in 1 Month + My April Blogging Goals
So, it’s been about one month exactly since I started doubling down my time on my blog. Before March 17, 2017, I was literally doing nothing for it except writing posts and publishing them.
No social media. No traffic acquisition. No connecting other bloggers. Nothing.
In almost one month to the day, I have spent so much time here before work, after work, and on weekends. But I get it, no one cares that you’re working hard unless you’re working smart and giving value to other people. So, all I can say is that I’m super thankful that the posts I’ve written have really resonated with you guys and given you some value.
If there’s anything you want me to write about, leave it in the comments because I would LOVE to know.
I want this post to be super transparent on exactly how I grew in one month.
Stayed consistently in touch with some really cool writers I’ve gotten to know. It’s been great to really follow along with their writing and their journeys, too.
Made my first affiliate sale – I was WAY too excited about this.
Did 1,000 page views in a week (aka my 4th week of blogging)
Blogging Goals for April
♡ keep the pedal down on Pinterest
Pinterest is basically 80% of the reason I’ve been able to grow so fast. I’m doing a whole post on exactly how I did this with screenshots and everything for you guys. I got a lot of great feedback on my how to grow your Instagram Guide, so I want to do a whole series of growing different aspects of your social media.
watch me pin multiple shades of blonde hair, blogging tips, + home inspo, here
♡ branch out to Twitter
Twitter is super fun because it feels like direct talking. I wasn’t focusing on my Twitter too much, but the little focus I was doing, I was actually seeing some clicks and traffic to my blog.
Now that I’ve got a lot of my Pinterest automated through board booster, I want to focus on gaining new followers and engaging with people on Twitter.
if you feel like it, follow me here
♡ grow on BlogLovin’
I know tons of people don’t use Bloglovin, but I love it. I think it’s a really smart idea for someone like me who follows a lot of blogs and never really knew how to keep up consistently with all of them.
again, peep me here
♡ do 1-2 guest posts a month
I definitely want to start doing some guest posting, not really for the sake of driving traffic to my blog, but to really get to know other women out there.
♡ interview some really cool bloggers
Even in 3 to 4 weeks of really dedicating myself to this world, I’ve gotten to follow along with some really incredible women who built brands and sites from the ground up, either while they were in college or right after.
I know I find the story is really inspiring, and I think that you guys would too. There are a couple of bloggers I have my eye on for getting them onto Slightly Savvy and having them share their stories of how they did it.
♡ keep following along with the bloggers I love
I never want to get too wrapped up and growing my own blog and brand that I forget to interact with other people. I know it means so much to me when people comment on my blog, so I want to keep doing that for others, too.
My Favorite Blogging Advice in April
Also, I’ve read some amazing advice recently that’s really changed my way of thinking. And this way of thinking really helps me focus on action instead of just thinking or planning.
♡ macro patience, micro speed
The basic idea behind macro patience and micro speed makes so much sense to me.
Macro/long-term? You need to have patience. You have to realize that your blog is not going to see 1000 visitors in one day on your first week. You need to sit at your laptop every single night for hours to subtly build a growth every single day.
If you’re focused on getting 1000 visitors in your first week, you’re going to fail. Because you’re focused on the short term.
Micro/short-term? You have to move fast. And you need to dedicate time to ACTION -not time to reading, not time to learning, not even time to reading this blog post.
I would love if after you finished reading this, go straight to Pinterest and start sending out emails to group boards.
Then, spend an hour going through all your blog post – make them longer, links, format them even better.
♡ stop reading, start doing
Another idea from Gary V that really resonated with me is to stop reading and start doing. I talked about this in “8 Blogging Rules I’m Ignoring”, but I was spending so much time reading blog posts about growing your blog and how to drive traffic… after I spent five hours of reading all that…yeah, I didn’t want to sit there for another five hours and actually post.
I massively cut down the time that I was READING about blogging and started BLOGGING.
♡ 80/20 rule – 80% time spent on promotion and 20% writing
I was the queen of being dumb about this – I was spending hours and hours writing, editing and brainstorming, + then I would hit publish.
And I was so confused – like why did I write this amazing blog post for hours, and now no one’s looking at it?
I read that 80% of your blogging hours should be spent on promotion and only 20% on writing. Once I made the swap, my whole blog and game changed.
Now, if I have 4 hours to spend on my blog from 7 PM to 11 PM, 3 of those hours are spent on commenting on other blogs, growing my Pinterest, joining group boards, scheduling up my tweets…and I maybe spend 30 minutes to an hour editing my actual blog posts and getting them ready to publish.
Lifestyle Products I’m Loving in April
♡ rose candle – LOVE these candles made from repurposed wine bottles; so chic and perfect for bridal showers, housewarming parties, Mother’s Day, etc. –> here
photo via Emily A. Clarke
♡ The Butterfly Garden by Dot Huchinson – when you say a book is a cross between Criminal Minds and Gone Girl…I’m sold. I read this entire book in one night.
Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.
In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.
When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.
buy it here
♡ The North Face rain jacket – you know you’re an adult when you buy…a rain jacket. What, it’s going to rain so much this summer in Florida?? This cute blue one from The North Face fits perfectly. I got a medium –> here
♡ natural yoga mat spray cleaner – super refreshing and clean smell, this spray is so good for wiping down your yoga mat, especially if you’ve been sweating on it a lot or working out outside. Removes bacteria, bad smells, + even extends the life of your mat –> here
♡ Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – LOVE this book. I’ve given it as a birthday gift twice this month already. Really kicks you into gear with some no BS advice –-> here
♡ colorful Nike shorts – so many Nike shorts, so little time. I needed to stock up for getting back into working out + prepping to do lots of moving into our new house in May –> here
♡ rxBars – guys, I discovered these bars this month…and they are game-changer. I don’t even like fruit, and they are AMAZING. plus, they’re whole30 + paleo approved –> here
Anddd that’s a wrap.
I also want to disclaim that I got to 1000 page views in one month by spending HOURS on Slightly Savvy.
At the beginning, I was getting 3 page views a day, and I wasn’t even sure that they weren’t me. An entire month of probably 20 to 25 hours of work a week (allll day Saturday and Sunday & nighttime on the weekdays) and not seeing a dime. I absolutely believe, though, if I can do it, you can, too.
What are your goals for April?? I’ve also heard that April is like the best month for blog traffic, so that’s super exciting.
♡ the best and latest
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