Since the moment I decided to implement blogging as a part of my growth strategy, I've been on a journey of finding blogging resources and techniques for increasing my traffic and income.
The biggest lesson I've learned so far as a blogger is that not everything works for everyone. What works perfectly for one person, may not work at all for you. I strongly believe in trying everything until you find what works for you.
For me, the hardest part about trying new techniques is the time it takes before you know whether or not your strategies have worked. If you feel the same way, just know that eventually luck and hard work will meet up, and everything will pay off.
It's been a little over a year since I began blogging seriously, and in that time I've been able to more than double my traffic as well as my income. These results have been achieved with a combination of reading books and blog posts, taking online courses, testing out new tools, and actually implementing the things I've learned.
In this post I'll be sharing with you the techniques, tools, and blogging resources that have helped me the most in growing my business and blog.
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Here are a few blogs/bloggers that post great content, as well as motivate and inspire me to grow my business and blog.
- Making Sense of Cents: a personal finance and lifestyle blog.
- Neil Patel: filled with advice on growing your business and blog.
- Lucky B*tch: all about changing your mindset and manifesting what you want in life.
- Social Triggers: on this blog, Derek Halpern shares internet marketing strategies.
- Marie Forleo: inspiration for creating a "business and life you love."
I’m a big fan of Get Rich Lucky B*tch by Denise Duffield-Thomas. In this book, Denise talks about the importance of releasing your money blocks in order to manifest the first class life you desire. I’m a huge believer in the power of the mind, and the ability to manifest the life of your dreams.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing (This is my interview with course creator, Michelle Schroeder-Gardner)
If you want to increase your affiliate income, learn how my friend Michelle went from $0 in affiliate income to over $50,000 per month with her course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. In this course, Michelle teaches you everything you need to know about making affiliate income. I purchased this course, and have successfully implemented her tips and techniques to increase my affiliate income.
I decided to invest in this course after reading the book Get Rich Lucky B*tch. I was hesitant to join due to the price, but more than made my money back within a week. I strongly believe in the power of your mindset. If you do too, I highly recommend this course.
Techniques for Increasing My Traffic
I Use Pinterest
In my post How I Drastically Increase My Traffic With Pinterest, I share the exact steps I've taken to increase my traffic with Pinterest. I update this post whenever I find a new technique that works for me.
I Work on SEO
I've been working hard at making sure I'm getting traffic from multiple sources. I don't want all of my traffic coming from any one source (like Pinterest, for example). Remember, you never want to put all of your eggs in one basket.
Because I've that, I'm constantly working to make sure my content is search engine optimized.
In my post The Beginners Guide to SEO: How to Craft the Perfect SEO Blog Post, I go over everything I do to optimize my blog posts.
I Participate in Facebook Groups
Being active in Facebook groups has been a great way for me to connect with other bloggers and get more eyes on my content.
I don't use Facebook groups to directly promote my content, however, by connecting with other bloggers, you'll find that naturally, you'll start getting more page views from Facebook.
Be sure to check out my post 73 Facebook Groups for Bloggers and Business Owners to find groups to join.
My Favorite Social Media Tools
I've used my fair share of social media tools. At this point, the only toolI'm using is Tailwind to schedule my pins on Pinterest.
Allows you to schedule your pins on Pinterest. Tailwind saves me so much time when it comes to pinning on Pinterest.
For my Facebook posts, I schedule them directly through Facebook because I've heard that you get less engagement when using third-party schedulers. I'm not very active on the other social media platforms, so there's really no need for me to use social media schedulers for anything other than Pinterest.
I hope these resources will help you just as much if not more than they've helped me. Remember, when trying to grow your blog, throw everything at it until you find what sticks. With hard work, and patience, you will start to see results.
My Blogging and Business Solutions
My eCommerce plugin. Highly recommended for selling products (physical and digital) on your blog or website.
The plugin I use for my affiliate program.
What I use to create forms on my website. I love gravity forms, and can't recommend them highly enough.
My Top Plugins for Increasing My Traffic and Income
Social Pug is a premium social media sharing plugin. This plugin includes tons of awesome features. I've tried my fair share of social share plugins, and Social Pug has been my favorite.
This is the popup form I use to grow my email list. OptinMonster has helped me significantly increase my daily email email subscribers.
What I use to search engine optimize my website and blog posts.
I use this plugin to cloak and track my affiliate links.
I hope you've found this list of blogging resources helpful. What are your favorite resources for increasing your traffic and income? Share your favorites below.