This year I’ve been really focused on growing my blog traffic and income from blogging. While my first income report from June wasn’t much I already have big numbers coming in for August. Why? Because I’m treating my blog like a business.
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What that means is that I’m focusing on learning as much as I can about the things that matter in blogging and running an online business. That has been learning Pinterest and how to grow my email list.
I’m sure you’ve heard it before but growing your email list is a SUPER important for your blog traffic and if you want to make your blog a business. It will help you grow your blog traffic, engage your followers and gain clients.
Your email list is the only thing you own. You don’t own Pinterest or Twitter or Facebook. So you could get a million fans on a social media platform that drives millions of pageviews to you each month and tons of business.
Then next month that platform may decide to change things up and switch up their algorithm and suddenly your traffic and business does a nose dive. You have zero control over it.
Not with email though. Your list is yours, you can send what you want when you want and all decisions are made by you. So if you grow your list and take care of it you will have tons of fans getting your messages in their inbox when you want. Not maybe catching a tweet or an image every once and awhile.
How I’ve been growing my email list.
I wish I had known the importance of an email list at the beginning of my blog. I didn’t though and was blogging for almost four years before I really started putting effort into growing it. I took an online course in March and started working more consistently on growing my list.
Which puts me at 600 because I had less than 100 when I took the course. Now my list is still pretty small and I hope to get it over 1000 by the end of this year. I know I can do it because I’m trying more of the tips and techniques I learned in the course.
I’m trying to be careful with my blogging expenses but I know that education is so important. If you want to grow than you need to learn from people who have done what you want to do. So investing in your blog and business with courses is an investment worth making.