HOW I'M GROWING MY BRAND NEW BLOG THIS LAST 2 MONTHS OF 2017
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How I'm Growing My Brand New Blog This Last 2 Months: NOVEMBER-DECEMBER 2017

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HOW I'M GROWING MY BRAND NEW BLOGTHIS LAST 2 MONTHS OF 2017

So this week CreatingMfon(read why I use ‘creatinggrace’ as a signature in all my images and posts) will be one month old. No, I am not celebrating. We will celebrate maybe 6months or one year.

Things have happened so fast and the days are moving fast as well. But I am eternally grateful to be here.

I am a goals girl, a planner addict and now on the move to become a DIY junkie. I set goals for a living.  I get a lot done with goals than without them. And I do a lot better with goals when I break them down into daily tasks.

So in this post, I’ll be sharing with you my goals for these last months of 2017. They are basically centered around how I intend to grow this blog.

I’m writing these goals to:

  1. Hold myself accountable.
  2. To enable me build a reliable track record for what’s working and what’s not so I can make adjustments as needed.
  3. To be able to share my true experience blogging in the future and help new bloggers who are just starting out avoid the mistakes I made/make along the way.

So, without further ado, let’s get started: 

8 Moves I'm makingto Grow my new Blog

NETWORKING

One of the best things about blogging is that other bloggers are so cool! Everyone has an awesome story about how they got where they are and why they decided to blog, and I love listening to/reading them all. I enjoy making new blogger friends, but it’s kind of tricky (at least to me) meeting new people online.

Sometimes I write emails I intend sending to other bloggers to introduce myself, but I never send them because I never know how it’s going to be received. Although I am your classic introvert who is really bad at meeting new people or making new friends, I think I have a tendency to be super friendly (and a very loyal one at that) and I think when you’re like that, some people get the impression that you’re trying to use them to build your business, which is understandable, I suppose. But I’m not. I just want to be friends.

So, I want to make more connections with bloggers in my niche (I’m planning on moving from personal development to lifestyle– more on this later) and other niches that I’m passionate about (books, Christian/faith, productivity, food/baking, healthy/natural living, homesteading, fitness/yoga, etc.).

Goal # 1: Make 2 new blogger friends!

How I’m going to make a new friend:

  • Email 2 bloggers (whose blogs I really enjoy reading) every Tuesday
  • Comment on 5 other blogs every Tuesday
  • Share, recommend, give a shout-out, link back to their blogs and other blogs I follow.

Goal #2: Connect with Nigerian bloggers!

Because I’m a Nigerian.

  • Research and find blogs written by Nigerians.
  • Reach out to the ones whose writing I love.
  • Join groups.

RELEVANT CONTENT

Coming up with relevant content I think my audience would actually be interested in reading is more challenging than I had imagined.

My goal on this blog was to track and keep a record of my progress, lesson learned and moves I’m making to create the life I want, But over the past week, I find that goal changing on me. Sharing knowledge, talking to people about their personal development, teaching, encouraging others etc comes naturally to me. I also love to write (everything– fiction, nonfiction, poetry, etc). I love to bake too and share recipes that work with others.

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So I’ve had a difficult time coming up with content that’s consistent with my person AND what I want to teach people. Is it bad if I want this blog to reflect all of that?

As a result, I may end up rebranding in the future to a name that encompasses more areas of everything I am and love to teach others. And I’d probably change to a lifestyle blog to be all-encompassing. (What do you think?)

But all is well. I’ve recently turned to Quora, Pinterest and bloggers I’ll talk about later for post ideas, and I’m feeling pretty inspired.

Goal # 3: Get 1 month ahead on useful, relevant content.

  • Write a minimum of 3 posts per week
  • Create an editorial calendar and update through the end of December
  • Write and Schedule all post weekly.

INCREASE TRAFFIC/PAGE VIEWS

For now, I use WordPress stat counter to track my traffic sources until a move to a self-hosted blog. And my top referral source so far has been Pinterest, WordPress reader, and Facebook.  I’d like to eventually have mostly organic traffic, but I’m not there yet. This month I’m focusing on growing my overall page views through Pinterest and backlinks to my website (which should also improve my SEO).

Goal # 4: Grow total page views to 2,000 per month.

Action items for growing traffic:

  • Collaborate with and Guest post on 1 blog (if you accept guest posts, please let me know)
  • Create more attractive pins and have 3+ pins per post
  • Apply to quality group boards per week (average repin ≥ 3)
  • Load up Boardbooster and Tailwind once a week
  • Figure out how to use Tailwind + Tribes
  • Create a Pinterest group board
  • Track monthly traffic and write a report.

INCREASE FOLLOWS AND EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS

At the time of this post, I have a whopping 40 awesome followers. It’s not much, but it’s a good place to start.  And it’s really cool knowing that people actually read my blog posts.

Goal # 5: Grow followers by 50%

How I’m going to grow my followers:

  • Write content they love.
  • Blog roundups.
  • Create main content upgrade for top 3 posts and homepage (I don’t know what they’ll be)
  • Participate in link parties.
  • Create thank you pages for all content upgrades.
  • Follow and comment on other blogs.

Goals #6: Start building an email list. 

How I will do this:

  • Sign up for free MailChimp (until there is money for Convert kit)
  • Create signup forms and place them on the blog.
  • Sign up for Hello Bar and Sumo me.
  • Create freebies to offer in exchange for email.
  • Create thank-you pages for all content upgrades (option to share the upgrade)
  • Create landing pages for best content upgrades
  • Write email welcome series (7 total emails)
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INCREASE SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWS

My social media following is not so hot right now. I mean, it’s not as bad as it could be, but it isn’t as good as it could be either. Here are my current stats:

Twitter: 383 followers (I really don’t know how this works. I’ll learn someday)

Facebook: 5243 likes/follows (thanks to my deleted blog of 4years)

Pinterest: 203 followers

Instagram: 497

I have no idea how I got 383 followers on Twitter. I guess you just follow people and most of them follow you back? I seriously haven’t been doing anything to promote this account, and all my posts there are automatic from WordPress. 

The Facebook likes were gotten through ads, no interactions on the page (I long for this).

Lately I participated in an Instagram follow for follow thread in a Facebook group I joined. And my follows went from 150 to 497 isn’t that awesome? I’ll be doing more of that.

I’m now focusing on Pinterest since its the #1 traffic source to this blog.

Goal # 7: Figure out how to work Pinterest. Grow social media accounts to: 

  • Twitter: 800 followers
  • Facebook: 7000 likes/follows
  • Pinterest: 500 followers
  • Instagram: 800 followers

Here are my social media action items:

  • Find a way to increase engagement on my Facebook page.
  • Create a linked group for my page (first, learn how it works)
  • Sign up for Buffer free trial
  • Post to Twitter + Facebook 3x daily
  • Figure out how to use Boardbooster, Tailwind + Tribes
  • Add a Pinterest popup widget to my site
  • Create a Pinterest group board.
  • Participate in threads on the Facebook group I belong to.
  • Create threads for the linked group.

INCOME

Goal # 8: Make $50 through Affiliates and sales of my blog products. (Small right? Lets experiment first)

How I intend to do this:

  • A lot of research. Research other bloggers to build a decent idea of my monetization strategy.
  • Sign up for affiliate courses and implement lessons learned.
  • Sign up on Affiliate Marketing sites
  • Create ebooks, courses and planners for sale (not all at once. But will start somewhere).

dream big

There it is friends.

We’ve got a lot of work to do, so we better get started.

I don’t know about you, but I feel a lot better, definitely more organized! Hopefully, I’ll look back on this blog post one day and laugh at what a silly newbie blogger I was. Until then, I’ll be unraveling the mysteries of social media one platform at a time.


So,

What are your blogging goals? Would you mind sharing?

Got any suggestions, recommendations that’ll help accomplish these goals? I’ll really love to hear them. Please let me know in the comment or by email (uwakgraceATgmailDOTcom)

Cheers.

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17 Comments

  1. These plans are massive darling, keep working towards them.rooting for you

    1. Thank you, dear. I’m really encouraged.

  2. Great post. I really like how you have specific measurable goals on everything. 3 posts a week is alot. I tried to do 2 a week but I couldn’t meet up. So I schedule 1 a week amd promote it on social media. My Facebook is just not growing and I don’t know what to do, but my instagram is almost 5000 so I’m happy about that. Great strategy. All the best!

    1. Yea, I know 3 or more post a week is a lot. But for now, I’m focusing on putting out contents (a certain number) first. Probably by next year, I reduce it to 1 a week. But writing ahead and scheduling my posts makes it a lot easier.
      Instagram of 5k? How did you do it? Gurl I envy you right now.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Hi! Fellow Nigerian blogger here. I’m Lara. So nice to stumble upon your blog. I’m looking for Nigerian blogging friends also. My blog needs a lot of work atm, I need to post more contents, especially non book related, I just need to post, been so lazy these days. But find and looking at other peoples blogs give me inspiration, so thank you.

    1. Hi Hi.. that makes 2 of us (looking for blogging friends), I’m guessing we can start something up right?
      Maybe scheduling your posts ahead of time might help you deal with that. I love your blog (had to go check now) the reviews, etc. But if you feel you need to shake things up, then you should. We’ve got ya back.
      I enjoy reading other peoples blogs too and that’s what I do most of the time.
      Thanks for stopping by.

      Cheers!

      1. Yes we definitely can start something. I do need to shake things up, I’ve just been feeling detached this day, I know if I focus I’ll get my groove back, so today, I’m spending the day infront of my laptop. Planning blog posts. Thanks for checking my blog lol. Not a lot of people check out other blogs, especially when most Nigerian bloggers, focus more on fashion, make up and life style and I’m a book lover.

  4. Great post.! Thanks for sharing.! At the moment i am posting twice a week.

    1. Twice a week is great. Thanks for coming around.

  5. Massive, impressive, inspiring, exciting, truly amazing.

    Koko!! Super proud of u

    1. Such beautiful words… Thanks you very muchhhh

  6. […] Follow the blog goals I had earlier shared  […]

  7. Hello Grace.
    I am an Edu-preneur.
    I also run a very silent blog ( covers face)
    Can we both grow together?

    1. Ohh yes of course we can.
      So sorry for the late response. Setting up my new self hosted blog has taken a lot from me lately.

      Thank you for dropping by.
      P.S. I can’t find the link to your blog. Would love to stop by.
      Happy New year!

  8. Lots of work to do in the coming year Grace. I just nominated you for Liebster Award. Kindly visit my blog for more details. Thank you!

    1. Ooo My! Thank you so much for the award. Will check and respond accordingly.

      1. You’re welcome Grace. Happy New Year!

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