No longer a beginner but definitely not an expert. That is where I stand today in my blogging journey. Are you in the same stage of trying to grow your blog traffic?
There are so many courses and ebooks for the first stage of starting your blog. One of my favorites was How I Grew My Blog from 17K to 350K Monthly Visitors in 9 months by Lena Gott. The beginning courses are great but I am beyond that stage. I want training to get to a new level of making consistent money.
Investing in training is important. I do spend lots of time with free training provided by multiple bloggers but sometimes you need to easily gain the in-depth training a course can provide. Also, it is true that when you actually pay for something you are more likely to use it.
My struggle is always to implement what I learn. I have a tendency to read about new ways to gain subscribers and traffic and not actually implement it on my site. I have learned that I must have a To-Do list each day to make sure I don’t just flounder around the internet looking at the next shiny object.
It has been hard to find courses that aren’t for beginners and that aren’t thousands of dollars. Some of the masterminds and courses are a real investment that I just don’t have the money at this time. Here are the courses I recommend once you have your blog up and have several posts under your belt.
Training for the Intermediate Blogger
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner – I have continued to make more money with affiliate links than any other method of income (Yes, this is an affiliate link.). This course lays out the foundation of how to make the most money without annoying your readers. Michelle is the expert as she makes over $90k a month in affiliate income. One of my favorite things that comes with this course is the Facebook group. It is not for beginner questions. Twice a month Michelle even will personally look at something on your blog that you have a question about and give you her advice. This is better than paying for one on one coaching.
Elite Blog Academy – This is expensive no doubt. At least sign up for the free emails and free webinars to gain that information as it can be valuable. I did purchase the program and it definitely helped me take the blog from hobby to professional business. It goes from the basics of having a plan to the advanced theories of affiliates and email lists.
I learn so much from reading other bloggers income reports and emails that I want to share a few of the things I have tried in the past couple months where I have actually seen results.
Latest Tips that I have Used to Increase Income on my Blog.
1. Changing my Pin descriptions to keywords instead of a written description. I saw an immediate jump in traffic in December when I started changing my new pins and redid my top 10 pins. Several bloggers discussed this but I especially believe Kate Ahl of Simple Pin Media. Here are 2 examples of my pin before and after:
2. Don’t forget to share your older posts on Facebook. I had forgotten to cycle through my older posts and share them along with my new posts. I had a big increase one day on my Amazon affiliate links due to sharing an older post of mine that I had forgotten about. Now I have a schedule that each week I go to my blog 6 months ago and share the posts from that particular week. This way I am always recycling my content as well as adding new.
Building a blog is takes consistent work. Just when I get the most frustrated it seems I get a big win or a new level of traffic. I wrote another post when I tripled my traffic in 3 months with different tips. Building this blog feels like a roller coaster but I am thrilled with the ride so far.
Do you have any tips that have helped your traffic?
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Tineke - workingmommyabroad says
Great tips! Have just started with changing my Pinterest descriptions to keywords, let’s see what it does! Also need to get better with sharing old posts on FB
It is hard to remember with all the things on our to-do lists. 🙂
These are such great and helpful tips! I will try these!
Belle | http://www.OneAwesomeMomma.com
Janel Berchielli says
I’ve been clogging on/off for 10 years now and I still don’t feel like an expert on the subject. I only this past year really started to use suggestions and finally see the number grow but nowhere near the 10k views a month, maybe one day!
Thanks for the tips!!!
Love your tip on sharing older posts on Facebook – I really need to do that! I have a lot of great content just sitting there!
It is so hard to remember but when I do it regularly I definitely see the benefits without much effort.
These are all really great tips. I’m definitely going to try the Pinterest tip. Thanks for sharing!
Jessi Joachim says
These are great tips, even for a newbie like me. I have been wanting to take both of the courses you mentioned! I really like the pinterest advice as well, I need to try that out.
Amanda Love says
No matter how many courses you buy, you will always need to have a plan that works for you and your blog. Sharing your posts old and new is very important though.
Vicki @ Babies to Bookworms says
I have been working on revamping my Pins and this is really helpful! Thank you!
Nicole Feliciano says
Great tips for learning to establish yourself as a blogger. The second year is when a lot of people drop out.
Great tips. Heading off to learn more about the Pinterest keyword changes…
I will have to try changing my Pinterest Keywords!!
Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries says
Such awesome ideas! I pinned so I can refer back to them 🙂
Nicole | The Professional Mom Project says
Thanks for these great tips! I have to remember to post my old posts on Facebook maybe that would help with engagement as well.
These are wonderful tips! I have been blogging for many years on and off and am still no expert! I am in year 4 on my current blog and am just now paying attention to Pinterest. So many people have great success with it!
Tabitha Shakespeare says
These are awesome tips! I feel like I’m in the same place, not a beginner but totally not an expert!
Maybe no one feels like experts. 🙂 I would like to get to consistent monthly income though.
Karina Pacheco says
So many great tips for new bloggers and veteran bloggers 🙂 Thank you for sharing!
Krystle Cook says
Sharing your older posts is definitely a must. A lot of bloggers forget to recycle old material to new eyes that may have started to follow along.
Veronika Sykorova says
I like that keyword pinterest tip! I’m always looking to grow my blog!
OMG i Am going to use this pin tactic soon. I wanna do the new method because I have been doing hashtags a lot but I like the way you do it.
I have been blogging for 6 years, and I really need to go back and start sharing some of my old posts. I have so many old recipes that need to be updated with “pinterest worthy” pictures etc. But…always daunting!
I need to update some Pins too!
Great advice!!!! For me it’s all about tweaking my social pages!!! The more I tweak to protection l, the more traffic I get
Jennifer @ Enjoying Our Days says
Thanks for the tip about keywords for pinterest descriptions. I had not heard that before. I am currently working through EBA, and just finished Michelle’s course. I’m getting ready to add some affiliate programs, so that’s exciting. I blogged for a year before I even thought about making money, and I think that was a good choice. I would have been way too overwhelmed if I hadn’t. I enjoyed your post…I’ll stop back soon!