May 2017 Blog Traffic and Social Media Update

Increasing your blog traffic can be difficult and frustrating. In our monthly blog traffic update we will walk you through the steps we took to double our blog traffic the last three months.

Hey $avvy readers! Last month we set out with a goal of finally reaching 5 figure blog traffic. Once again we were able to crush our goal, very exciting! We beat our goal by more than 4,000 page views! This was the first month I (Kelan) started working on the blog full-time and the growth certainly shows. Below we will layout exactly what we did last month to almost double our page views from 8,664 to 15,994.

Increasing your blog traffic can be difficult and frustrating. In our monthly blog traffic update we will walk you through the steps we took to double our blog traffic the last three months.

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May Blog Traffic

Increasing your blog traffic can be difficult and frustrating. In our monthly blog traffic update we will walk you through the steps we took to double our blog traffic the last three months.

Being that we worked on this part-time up until this month we are excited about the overall growth. A few blog traffic reports back we had the goal of 10,000 page views by the end of summer. Well, obviously we have changed that goal. We are now going to shoot for 50,000 page views a month by the end of summer. A lofty goal, but one we think we can achieve with hard work. Don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter so you can follow our journey along the way.

Writing these blog traffic updates have been very beneficial in our growth. They allow us to publish our goals publically so we are held accountable for them (kind of scary).

We also believe it’s important to share our success and failures for others to learn from. Life is MUCH more rewarding when you give back! If you find these helpful please share with others.

 

Goals from Last Month

  • Grow blog traffic to 12,000 monthly views
  • Increase our Pinterest followers to 1,600
  • Twitter following to 6,000
  • Grow Facebook page to 800 likes
  • Increase Instagram to 2,300 followers
  • Guest post for another blog (Kind of, got featured on multiple sites)
  • Continue to grow affiliate sales from multiple companies
  • Get a paid sponsored post (in the works)
  • Upgrade our site to X Theme (going with Genesis)
  • Live more frugal & free <3 (Lake Life and Trip to Florida)

 

May Articles

We had some very popular posts in May that drove a majority of our blog traffic. We again stuck to our weekly blog schedule (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). This strategy has been huge with growing our email list. Consistency is so important with blogging.

We continued to reach out to people who live “unique lives” (RVing, Sailboating, Boondocking). It’s fun to learn about all different types of lifestyles! We will try to get one of these interviews in once a month.

In May we were able to publish thirteen articles to our blog. We were also featured on sites like The Diabetes CouncilRockstar Finance DirectoryZero Day Finance, and The Butler Journal.

 

If you missed any of our articles from last month they are all listed here:

Spring Break Virginia Beach Vacation for Two

April 2017 Blog Traffic and Social Media Update

Important Lessons to Learn About Investing in the Market

6 Easy Mother’s Day Card Ideas to Save Money

Why Renting as Newlyweds Can Be Better Than Buying

8 Personal Finance Books to Make You a Money Mastermind

100+ Easy Ways to Save Money Today

The Truth About Keeping up with the Joneses

How to Switch Jobs When You Hate Your Life

How to Organize and Make Money in One Weekend With a Garage Sale

5 Important Tips That All Beginning Investors Should Know

Why Aggressively Paying Off Your Student Loans May Not Be Smart

Stockpile Review – Buying Your Favorite Stocks By The Dollar

 

Social Media Following

This month we really wanted to focus on Pinterest as we know how valuable it is to bloggers. Once again we dropped the ball with learning about Pinterest. Since I (Kelan) am running the blog full-time I feel most comfortable with Facebook. Once Brittany is done teaching for the year her goal is to learn everything there is to know about Pinterest over the summer.

Facebook groups have still been a big traffic growth hack for us. We are in over 30 Facebook groups and we regularly comment, like, engage within those groups. Once we have an article we think will be beneficial for the group members we will post it in the group. Always make sure you follow the group rules, admins have no problem kicking you if you don’t.

This month we got a fair amount of traffic from Twitter. We have been using Buffer to schedule 10 tweets a day. It’s a pain to have to go in each and every day, but it’s working. We will most likely start tweeting out less than that, but Twitter is a high content social media platform. Tweets last an average of less than a minute so sending out lot’s of tweets is important.

We started submitting our new articles to Stumble Upon and saw some traffic coming from there. Never spread yourself too thin. Pick 1-2 social media platforms to dominate and put the other ones on autopilot.

Facebook: 750 page likes (52% increase from 495)

Twitter: 6,000 followers (35% increase from 4,455)

Pinterest: 1,175 followers (27% increase from 925)

Instagram: 2,220 followers (0.8% increase from 2,202)

Email List: 310 subscribers (75% increase from 177)

 

What Worked to Grow Our Blog Traffic

Marketing and lots of it! We have gone away from using Buffer to schedule our posts on Facebook. Through taking Moolah Marketing Facebook course we learned that using 3rd party schedulers reduces your reach on Facebook.

We love using HootSuite to engage and interact with your social media followers, especially on Twitter.

Networking has really been HUGE in growing our blogging traffic. We love subscribing to others in our industry of personal finance and reading their blog posts to get inspiration from. Learning is something we really enjoy, so reading others blog posts about personal finance, money, investing, budgeting, retirement, is a no-brainer.

We signed up for 4 blogging courses to help our blog grow. 2 of them (Branding & SEO) were completely free just by networking with other bloggers. We both highly recommend if you plan on starting a blog is to put yourself out there! Start networking right away you will be amazed at how helpful the blogging community really is.

The other two courses we are currently taking are Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing and Moolah Marketing. Both of these courses come with a price, but they are worth their weight in gold! If you plan on making a full-time income from blogging or even digital marketing these courses are a MUST.

 

What Did Not Work to Grow Our Blog Traffic

SEO has been a struggle for us. We are slowly getting some organic traffic from Google each day, but not enough. Going to continue to work on SEO as it is critical in really taking off as a blog.

Pinterest is a pain in the butt! For some reason, it’s a huge learning curve for us. We have finally started making decent looking Pins on Canva which should help. We see very little traffic come from Pinterest. Pinterest can be a HUGE traffic driver so we know how important it is to fix this. We are continuing to learn and improve each month. By the end of the summer, we will be masterminds and be able to teach a course on it.

Since we are taking a branding course, we are getting new ideas about branding each and every day. It’s hard to sort through these and make the best decision. We know our logo and site need a significant update, but our branding is slowing us down. Our goal for this blog is to help others get money savvy so they can live a frugal & free life. Basically understanding how money works and how to not let it control your life. Living a fulfilling life on your own terms. With so many ideas going around it’s hard to sort through. Any suggestions? Please leave them in the comments or reach out to us.

Decision making. With owning a business like a blog decisions have to be made on a regular basis. These decisions take time. Being as efficient as possible is important in running a business. At the same time, it’s tough to be efficient when your business relies on your making sound decisions along the way. We always remind ourselves that a decision is almost never a “final” decision. You can always adjust along the way.

 

Goals for June

  • Grow blog traffic to 20,000 monthly views
  • Increase our Pinterest followers to 1,500
  • Twitter following to 8,000
  • Grow Facebook page to 1,000 likes
  • Increase Instagram to 2,250 followers
  • Guest post for another blog
  • Continue to grow affiliate sales from multiple companies
  • Get a paid sponsored post
  • Upgrade our site to Genesis
  • Create Opt-In
  • Switch to Convert Kit
  • Create new logo
  • Live more frugal & free <3

 

Looking forward to what June has in store for our site! We appreciate the support and it motivates us to bring the best content we can to our readers.

FYI for anyone interested we have started offering blog coaching. If you are just getting started and overwhelmed with the process we would love to help.

If you’re interested in starting your own blog we highly recommend using Blue Host as your website hosting company! Through our exclusive link, you will get a free domain name for an entire year and monthly hosting starting at just $3.95 per month! If you have any question on how to get started or are looking for some blog coaching shoot us an email at savvyklines@gmail.com, we will be happy to help point you in the right direction.

 

 

How are you growing your blog or small business?

 

Kelan

Kelan is a born entrepreneur! While in college studying business and finance Kelan was able to grow his e-commerce business to over $50,000 a year. After being an Insurance Salesman, UPS Driver, and Jail Deputy Kelan has come full circle with his burning desire to be 100% self-employed. Kelan currently runs The Savvy Couple full time with a passion for helping others get money $avvy.

30 Replies to “May 2017 Blog Traffic and Social Media Update

  1. Really wanted to set Money Tree Man & myself some goals for our blog. Definitely got some good ideas from here thank you!

    Do you find doing it month on month goals useful to see the progress in smaller steps? & where do you document more long term goals?

    1. Yes, we certainly find it helpful to check in our on monthly goals each month. It helps hold us accountable and makes us work hard to reach them every month.

      Long term goals we keep on a white board in our office at home.

  2. how do you got a paid guest blogging as i always get free ones? Could you please share? and what are the sites where we get paid for guest blogging. Thanks for all the valuable information. We will also make plans like you. Best of Luck for achieving future goals.

    1. We never get paid for guest posts. These are just posts that other bloggers provide for us. It’s a great way to collaborate and get different perspectives and content on our site.

      Sponsored posts are completely different. These are posts from companies that they want us to promote on their site. We rarely take these unless we fully believe in the product and service they provide and it also lines with our readers.

      So guest posts and sponsored posts are very different.

  3. You guys are doing fantastic! The time and effort is yielding a lot for you two. Well deserved.

    I just started focusing on Pinterest. I still have no clue what im doing there. Pinterest seems to be hard one to crack, but definitely super beneficial.

    Be sure to let me know if y’all figure it out! Haha

  4. Wowww you guys are killing it! Those page views are just rocketing up! 😉

    Pinterest has been my main focus this month – my monthly impressions have absolutely rocketed (like 5k to 30k) since using boardbooster to pin A LOT everyday, but getting those numbers to translate into followers is tricky!

    I definitely need to start setting monthly goals judging by how much you two are acing yours…

  5. Congrats on your progress! SEO is hard work – don’t let anyone fool you into thinking otherwise. But its amazing once it starts going to work. Continue to plug away and you’ll see results.

    Canva is awesome! I don’t think my posts would look half as great without them.

  6. Fantastic growth! Being consistent is key to anything in life. We purchased Michelle’s course and my very small blog (traffic under 4K page views ) has made a handful of affiliate totaling almost $300! It’s insane… I made $470 all last year on my new blog. Yet, so far this year things are moving up.

  7. This is super awesome – you guys are doing a fantastic job! I really need to get organized and set some goals for June. I’m always super curious how other bloggers manage their time. Do you guys designate certain tasks for certain days/times of day?

    1. We did when we were doing it part time. I would work on it for 1-3 hours a night. On the weekends we would both put in a good 10 hours. It’s all about grinding until you find success. Always keep learning and growing. Don’t be afraid to make changes along the way. You got this! Email with any deeper questions we would love to help. Maybe a blog coaching session too?

      1. Do you guys use an editorial calendar or something to plan your content? I’ve just sort of been publishing kinda willy nilly trying to get some content going (my blog is a month old), but I’d like to get ahead on posts so I can focus on marketing, guest posting, etc. I don’t want to take over your comments with a ton of questions. I’ll send you guys an email!

        1. No problem! hahaha. Yes we use the WordPress calendar. We have guest posts lined up until almost the end of summer. We try to stay a couple weeks ahead on our own content. Once Brittany is off for the summer our goal is to get at least a month ahead. Find one social media platform and learn EVERYTHING you can about it, then move to the next one.

  8. This was a great read! Enjoyed learning about your goals. I like the idea of traffic goals and not money goals as I usually see. You gave me a lot of ideas. Like you, I too struggle with Pinterest. One of my big goals for the summer is to have this down!

    1. Staying active in Facebook groups and making quality content that people can share. Reach out via email if you would like more in-depth explanation.

  9. Thank tiy for sharing! Now Im really struggling to get more traffic to my blog! I heard that pintrest is important for traffic although I can’t make use of it well yet.Apart from Pinterest I’m active.

  10. Congratulations on a great month, i am sure you will hit the 50,000 before your set date!

    Love seeing your update each month and it keeps me going along on my own journey.

    Thanks again for sharing this and look forward to next month 🙂

  11. Love the new look of your website and the name change. It’s awesome that you were able to start working on your blog full time. I’m still working on mine a few hours a week because of my job, I hope to be able to do it full time someday.

    1. It’s a huge blessing to have the financial stability to work on our site full time. I would keep plugging away. Hard work pays off. Continue to learn something new each and every day.

  12. Wow you KILLED it in May! Can’t wait to see your June results. I need to make my blog goals more specific each month and really try to stick to them. You have motivated me! I created an opt in and need to start promoting it and also figure out Pinterest. So much to do! Thanks for the motivation !

    1. No problem! There is SO much to learn to blogging it is a never ending task list. Our goals have certainly helped us. Our traffic is about the same as last month. Trying to grind until the end of the month!

Let the discusion begin!