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Being a blogger is a tough job, especially these days. It’s over-saturated, which makes it hard to separate yourself from everyone else. And without being different, you don’t stand a chance. Add to that the fact that social media algorithms keep changing and every platform seems to be making it as difficult as possible for you to share your stuff. I’m sure sometimes it’s hard to believe that bloggers are even still making full-time incomes.
I definitely felt the same way. And I still sometimes do. But these days, it’s getting easier and easier to believe that this little blog of mine really is capable of being something. Of standing out. And of making a full-time income. It used to be that I couldn’t even fathom the day, which was still light years away, when I would be able to afford to quit working and stay at home with the little guy. You know, when we could just hang out and make stuff all day. At this point, that dream doesn’t seem quite so distant anymore.
Are you curious what changed my mindset once and for all?
Here are the three things that have made all the difference in taking my new-ish blog from 4k page views a month to approximately 50k a month and of course creating a part-time income too.
1. Learn Google Analytics inside & out – This is the absolute most important thing I’ve done for my blog. Not even kidding. Why? Everything you need to know to substantially increase your traffic is contained within this seemingly endless list of reports. SKYROCKET Blog Page Views Using Google Analytics* is $20 that you absolutely can’t afford not to invest in yourself and your blog. After all, you’re only as good as what you know. It’s insane to think about what I’ve already learned from this ebook. For example, there’s a setting you can enable in Google Analytics that gives you access to demographic information about your audience. Who would’ve thought? They show you how to do this as well as how to utilize that information to update your posts. Can you say pure genius? Actionable tasks. Things I never would’ve thought of to take the traffic you already have and increase it exponentially. You have to check it out!
2. Create or join a mastermind group – You know what they say about finding your people, strength in numbers, and all that good stuff. It’s true, you know. If you haven’t already created or joined a mastermind group, you’re missing out. This is how you’ll keep yourself grounded, focused, and accountable. You’ll also work together to share and promote each other’s content. It’s a win-win, especially with social media algorithms being what they are these days. There are so many things that you can do within your tribe. Everything from weekly accountability threads to daily share posts… If you haven’t already joined a mastermind group (and for that matter, even if you have), I’ve created a brand-spankin’-new Organizing Your Blogging Time & Space Facebook group. It’s a space for sharing our stuff as well as holding each other accountable. You’re definitely not going to want to miss this!
3. Be a sponge and soak it all up – You need to learn as much as you can. And I don’t mean by wasting your time reading random blog posts. Sure, there are a lot of awesome income reports out there that reveal all, but make sure you’re seeing a return on your investment and not just using it as an excuse to put off writing. One of the best resources I’ve found thus far for learning anything and everything you ever wanted to know about blogging has definitely been watching and/or listening to Learn To Blog Hangouts. I stumbled across these a while back and they’re awesome. They’re my go-to while I’m doing housework. And you know what? It’s made all the difference for me. I’ve learned so many things I had absolutely no idea about just from listening to these. And the crazy part? They’re absolutely free.
I can’t even begin to wrap my head around the growth I’ve seen in the last few months. And to think that I could’ve accomplished it so much sooner had I just followed my own advice from the beginning. Instead, I wasted too much time doing a whole lot of nothing. Lesson learned.
If you take one thing from what I’ve said, then let it be this. Treat your blog like a business and invest in yourself. That’s what will separate you from everyone else. I once had a pro blogger tell me that they invested everything they made back into their blog until they were consistently making $1000/month. And I totally agree. I have yet to take any semblance of a paycheck and most business owners don’t for at least the first year. I’ve heard this same advice over and over again.