How to grow your blog fast? Everybody and they mama has different advice.
Write this style of content. Do X, Y and Z. Get links. Become a guest posting slut. Research keywords. Suck off Google. Make YouTube videos. Blah, blah, blah.
In fact, all of that stuff helps, sans the whole fondling big daddy Google thing. But the fact of the matter is these things alone won’t ensure your blog sees explosive growth.
The Exponential Nature of Blogging
Blogging, like nearly every form of online business, is exponential. You type away for months on end with little results.
Then you see things pick up. One month you make a few extra sales. The next month traffic nearly doubles. Before you know it, your little blog starts bringing in some cash due to solid traffic.
But it’s never linear. You may publish 30-40 articles over a few months and then see traffic skyrocket six months down the road. It just doesn’t happen immediately.
You need time and consistent effort. But what’s the secret sauce? Well…
What Happened to Nomadic Hustle?
Why listen to me? In February of 2017, this little site was getting absolutely no love, traffic, or attention. None.
The whole month Nomadic Hustle saw 1,605 visitors. A little over 50 sets of eyes grazed this site each day. Not much, especially when you consider billions of people have access to the Internet.
I was discouraged. I had published roughly 70-80 articles by then. Maybe my writing blew. Maybe my voice wasn’t strong. Maybe I wasn’t connecting.
Doubts filled my head. I began thinking about giving up on the site. Maybe I should move on to niche sites or YouTube.
Nomadic Hustle exponential growth. July will make it curve upwards.
I almost did. But I decided to give the site a true effort one last time. In April of 2017, I published 11 articles. In May, I kicked things up a notch. I told myself that if July rolls around and the site still isn’t doing much, I’d move on. But for the next few months, I’d give a great effort.
If you’re ready to publish like a mad man, then there’s still a few more things to consider, including:
Don’t think you can just scribble some text on your site and Google will dig it. You have to play the SEO game, too.
You must do keyword research and optimize your site for the search engines. Without a little SEO, you’re leaving views on the table – and lots of them!.
Now, I’m not going to get into the details of keyword research in this piece. To start, make sure you have the Yoast plugin installed on your site. Next, check out Keyword Eye – it’s a great free keyword research tool.
And yes, backlinks lives matter. You need to get more backlinks to your site. This means two things. First, write content people actually like. If your writing connects with someone, then there’s a solid chance they’ll find a way to link to it sometime.
Next, you’ll end up having to do some guest posting. This is a good thing. Guest posting not only gives you some link juice, but you get to build a relationship with a fellow writer and expose your ideas to a new fan base. A true win-win.
How to Grow Your Blog Fast
If you came here looking for a “hack” or some other Internet marketing bullshit, then you’ll be disappointed. That’s fine. I’m here to tell you how to grow your blog quickly and honestly.
Do SEO. Write More. Publish Every Day. Have Patience.
If you follow that plan, your blog will grow quickly – eventually. Point. Blank. Period.
Travel junkie turned blogger. Location independent. From the Midwest, but often based in Latin America. Big on beaches, rumba, and rum. Addicted to the gym. Committed to showing a different style of travel - one that involves actually interacting with locals and exploring different cultures.