1 Powerful Strategy That Pushed My Pageviews From 2,000 To 27,000 During My Second Full Month Of Blogging

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While JaneSaves.com is about ways to save money in all areas of your life, I’m also going to post about making money as well. Becuase I’m a firm believer that in order to hit financial goals fast, you must use your talents to make extra income. My husband and I made money by buying and selling a home and I’m starting to make money doing something else that I love – writing and blogging! 

I opened this blog, JaneSaves.com, to the public on April 25, 2017 and I was warmly welcomed to the blogosphere by 3 unique visitors. (Probably my husband on his cellphone, laptop, and iPad.) May was my first full month of blogging and by the end June, my second full month blogging, I received 27,435 page views by implementing one powerful strategy.

And this strategy did not involve sharing my blog with family and friends, paying for advertising or figuring out Pinterest. But seriously, if anyone has figured out Pinterest, shoot me an email. 🙂 

Before diving into the most powerful strategy I’ve found thus far, let me start from the beginning.  

April – 242 Pageviews

In full disclosure, I ran a hobby blog at JanesDish.com for 2 years prior to launching JaneSaves.com. JanesDish.com received a few hundred page views a month from friends and family who wanted to peek into our lives of gardening and remodeling a fixer upper. Toward the end of 2016, I decided to narrow my focus to something that I was crazy passionate about (saving money) and turn my blog into a business.

I was able to revamp several posts from JanesDish.com, but for the most part, I worked diligently to create great feature content for my target audience on JaneSaves.com.  

Without any true launch plan or strategy, I slowly climbed up to 242 pageviews through the end of the month by posting comments on other blogs in the same niche and transitioning my personal Pinterest account to a business account for Jane Saves. 

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Starting in April, I consistently wrote 3 blog posts a week to develop a solid foundation of content. It was important for me to give people who came to my site something to read. Plus, I wanted to tell people why I was so passionate about saving. I’m not an expert, and I don’t claim to be, but I did pay off a lot of debt. By the end of April, I had about 25 posts on the site and 242 pageviews.  

May – 2,774 Pageviews

I plugged along in May and wrote 15 new posts. I also optimized all the content that I already wrote. I saw a steady increase in traffic as I posted more content.

I should mention, I had not even shared my blog with my personal Facebook friends or readers of JanesDish.com.

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During May, I started to think about how I was introduced to my favorite blogs. And it all came down to one thing. Not Facebook or Pinterest or any other social media. I was introduced to every single blog I faithfully follow from a guest post on another blog I trusted.

I’m more likely to follow someone if a “friend” (aka a blogger I trust!) vetted them first. So, I decided to write high-quality posts and submit them to other bloggers as guest posts.

As I chugged along on my regular posts, I wrote (and wrote and wrote and wrote) and I submitted my best content to other bloggers. And my posts were accepted!

June – 27, 435 pageviews

I started the month with a major guest post on MoneySavingMom.com and two days later, one on Six Figures Under.

In early June, Crystal Paine of YourBloggingMentor.com included guest posting in her post 10 Ways To Get More People To Read Your blog and she also included a resource of 450 sites that accept guest posting on her Facebook page. (If you want to blog, I HIGHLY suggest you follow her! She gives such great advice for beginner bloggers.) I submitted several other posts to sites on the list and by the end of June, another guest post on AndThenWeSaved.com went live.

I received a huge initial spike of traffic and, best of all, my pageviews have continued to be 5x the amount they were before the guest posts. I also received 250 new email subscribers in June.

And let me tell you, it’s so much more rewarding when you’re blogging to readers who share your passion about a topic. (Opposed to blogging to yourself!)

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3 Tips On Guest Posting For New Bloggers

1.Give other’s your best content. 

It seems counter-intuitive to pour out your heart and soul into a post and then give it away for free. But this is an incredibly powerful technique to get established. If you want your blog to succeed, you need to get your best content in front of other like-minded readers. You already know that readers are scouring other sites right now looking for content to make their lives better. They want the quality content you have too, but they don’t even know you exist.

And sometimes it’s hard to weed through content on social media. Plus, giving content to another blogger is a win-win for both of you. You’re building a working relationship with another blogger by giving them quality content to share and they’re giving you a chance to speak to their friends (or readers).

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2. Submit your content to other blogs with similar audiences. 

Do not submit a guest post to a blog just because it has a lot of readers. If you want to bring value with your guest post, make sure that you are very familiar with their audience. Be very picky with the blog.

3. Create a partner post for your website.

Write an article that adds on to your guest post for your own site. If a reader is interested in your guest post and clicks through to your site, help them even more by covering a topic you know interests them!

For example, when my guest post  What I Learned From Meal Planning From The Most Frugal Family I Ever Met went live, I posted the article Am I Crazy To Think I Can Feed My Family For $50 A Week? And because I was receiving so much traffic from the post, I created a second relevant post two days later Are You Making The #1 Meal Planning Mistake?

Bring Value

My intent with the entire guest post process was to bring value to others to find readers who were genuinely interested in the topics I blog about. I kept telling myself that if I provided great content, I would find “my people” (my blog readers) in time.

I don’t think that after 2 months of blogging I have anything figured out. But I do know that when I focused on giving my best content to other’s, I watched my pageviews soar past 27,000! (And that’s pretty amazing if you ask me!)

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Comments

  1. That’s amazing!! Well done! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

  2. How awesome! Loved the article. I am still in the planning and building stages of my site but I loved your advice. It is one of my goals and life dream to have a guest post on Money Saving Mom. I have followed her site for 10 plus years!
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    • Thank you! Good luck with your site! I’ve been a reader of MoneySavingMom.com for years and years too, so it was incredible to be featured on her site. I hope this post encourages you to submit a guest post too. 🙂

  3. Jane, Thank you for your concrete ideas! And congrats for becoming not just a reader but a guest writer on moneysavingmom.com!! Yay!

    • You’re welcome! I didn’t want to add to the Internet clutter of what works for new bloggers, but I was so blown away by the results that I thought it’d be wrong of me NOT to share. 🙂

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