Twins Mommy is over a year old! Wow! During the first year of my blog, I concentrated on two things:
- Building a strong blog foundation for traffic
- Generating income
I tried some strategy tips, failed in other ways, but at the end, I succeeded in growing my blog. Now that I’m in my second year of blogging on Twins Mommy, I know this year will be even better because of the work I did during the first year to build that trusted and strong blog.
To help you on your new blogging journey, here are 16 of the best Twins Mommy posts that will help you grow your blog traffic and blog income!
(P.S. they were also the most fun to write and share!)
There is no particular order, so enjoy!
I love Pinterest! It’s the one social media platform that has totally helped me grow my traffic and invariably my income too!
Before I started Twins Mommy, I didn’t use Pinterest as a marketing tool. I had a business account and I was pinning my pins for my freelance writing business, but it was all manual and very infrequent.
But, once I started Twins Mommy about a year ago, I decided that I was going to put all my eggs in this social media platform….and I’m glad I did!
Pinterest is amazing for your blog’s growth.
For new bloggers, trying to get traffic to your new blog is maddening!
I’m a year in and still working hard on getting traffic because it takes time to grow your blog. You have to make blog posts, find images for your post, email your subscribers, network online and of course promote your post.
If you’re thinking about starting a blog, I have a handy step-by-step tutorial on starting your first blog!
While there are paid and effective ways to get traffic to your site, for new bloggers, this just isn’t an option. We have to rely on free generating traffic sources.
And one awesome place is soical media.
While I talk a lot about Pinterest for new bloggers, my other BFF is…dun…dun…dun….
But, why use Facebook?
Is your blog stuck?
Stuck from moving and not growing.
For a lot of new bloggers, the thought quickly turns from wanting to get more pageviews to wanting to make their first $200 or more blogging.
But, you get stuck. You have no idea what you are doing and why it isn’t working at all. You’re spinning your wheels and getting frustrated at the thought of trying to make money blogging.
I started Twins Mommy a little over a year ago, and in that time, I grew my blog from 0 pageviews to over 35k pageviews, $0 to over $2000 and 0 email subscribers to over 4k email subscribers.
It’s still a progress and journey to monetize my blog, but I’ve realized there are six critical elements bloggers need to position their blog for making money.
Not every blog will make money. So, how can you increase your chances of monetizing your blog?
I started this blog a year ago, and within four months of starting, I was making money.
But, it wasn’t a lot (around $20). But that didn’t matter! I did it! I made an income with my blog, and I was happy with that. For the next couple of months, I made some money, but it never topped over $50.
I started to lose motivation and told myself I wasn’t even focusing on monetizing my blog. This gave me permission to “forget” about it and return to it later.
Does this sound like you?
You’ve decided to monetize your blog, and you hear a lot of ways to make an income, so you try them out but three months later and you only have enough for your Starbuck’s frappie.
I knew what I was doing wasn’t successful so I didn’t put a lot of time into it. It wasn’t until January 2017 hit that I sat down and made a solid and legit plan to make money with this blog.
And it worked! I made my first $200 a month after laying out my plan. So, what did I do? How did I go from making barely $50 to $200?
Have you been hearing a lot of talk about Tailwind lately?
What are those things bloggers are using and how come it’s helping them grow their traffic? What’s the big hype about them?
This is how I thought about it too before I started using Tailwind. See, before Twins Mommy I started Elna Cain.
I didn’t invest in any social media scheduling tools; just pinned when I wanted, tweeted here and there and posted on Facebook when I had time.
No big deal. My traffic slowly grew and in the two years of it being up, I had around 12k pageviews. But, when I started Twins Mommy, I wanted to try something completely different.
I wanted to connect with other mom bloggers and grow my blog and I knew I had to get on the Pinterest train to do this.
Who’s in love with Tailwind?
I certainly am. They are probably the #1 reason why my traffic has exploded for this new blog so early on. And just recently I discovered something even more awesome – Tailwind Tribes.
To me, Tailwind Tribes are like another Pinterest group, but it’s all in Tailwind and they are exclusive, meaning you have to be invited.
When you are a part of tribes you can share your pins and save other pins in your niche. So, just being in one tribe can boost your re-shares and traffic. And if you are 10, 20 or more? Phew! Hold on mama!
This is my re-shares, repins and my reach (that’s the important number) on just one Tailwind Tribe:
It’s a new year, and even though my blog is in its ninth month, I want to start a new traffic and income series. I’ll still relate back to my older traffic series and tell you all about my eighth month since I didn’t publish a report for that month.
Aaah! This month was amazing for blog growth…and I made money!! Stay tuned…
For those of you who are new, my name is Elna Cain, and I’m a blog & biz strategist and a mama to twins (they just turned 4-years-old!).
I started Twins Mommy back last year as a way to engage with a new audience of mommies.
It wasn’t until April that I really wanted to grow this blog.
I wanted to start a new blog and grow my traffic, list, and income and share my story because I know a lot of you are struggling to grow your blog too!
Blogging just for the sake of blogging isn’t going to earn you income. Turning your blog into a biz and then monetizing your blog, well that’s where all the money is. And I’m chronicling that journey with you!
It’s hard, isn’t it?
You block time when your little one is sleeping to write some awesome blog posts that you totally know will get you traffic. You write it, edit, look over it, create the best Pin graphic and hit publish.
What is going on? If you just started a blog and want to get more traffic to it, then this easy peasy tip will totally help you out. It did for me, and my blog isn’t even a year old.
Don’t be wrong, I’ve been trying to grow my traffic and used other things like this and this, but for a while my traffic has been slow and steady. Which is great! Every day I get more traffic, but it’s not that much.
So, the more and more tips I use totally helps me bump my traffic up each month. And this little trick – I started just in the new year – and I can already tell it’s working.
But first, let me tell you a little bit about what Google likes.
Are you a blogger or mom blogger and just can’t figure out how to make money with your blog? It’s so aggravating and no matter how much you read blog posts or watch free webinars, you’re not generating barely anything.
I totally hear you. See, I’m sort of on both sides of the camp here. On one blog, I’m making a killing. For the month of November I sold 53 courses. Yowza!
But, for Twins Mommy? Not much at all. But, that’s okay. Do you know why? Because I know the smart ways to make money as a mom blogger.
Twins Mommy is a passion project of mine and I can sit on it for a while until I I’m ready to do something about it. For now, I’m having fun with any income that comes my way but my focus is on building my tribe and email list.
I know for a lot of you though, your blog is your side hustle and you want to one day say goodbye to that 9-5 job and say hello to blogging for good. So, I’ve rounded up 10 smart ways to make money as a blogger.
If you’re a new blogger then you know trying to generate traffic is freakin’ hard. And it’s not like you’re trying either. You know exactly what to do to drive visitors to your blog.
You know Pinterest is the way many bloggers are growing their blog so what do you do? You jump on the Pinterest train and start pinning the crap out of your content.
You also heard that Facebook groups are a goldmine for traffic, so you start joining every and any group you think your target audience hangs out.
What are you dong wrong?
Let me ask you a question, mama:
Do you think you’re a good writer?
Oh, wait, another question for you:
Are you making less than $100 a month with your blog right now?
If you answered yes to both of these questions, then have I got a great way to help you make money now. While there are ways to make an extra income online, a lot of those ideas mean you have to actually start a business.
Wouldn’t it be nice just to make some extra cash on the side and like go buy that pair of shoes you’ve had your eye on?
Well, if you’re a mama blogger did you know that you can get paid to write a blog post? Yes, you can get paid to guest post!
I can’t believe how fast my site is growing!
Okay. Maybe it’s not super fast as other sites, but for me – a fairly new blogger in a new niche – this is pretty neat.
Here is my traffic growth comparison from end of March to April and from end of May to June:
Do you know that one of the best work at home gigs you can have as a stay-at-home mom is freelance blogging?
I’m a stay-at-home mom with twins and I’m a part-time freelance writer, but all I really do is get paid to blog. I average around $300 per post and I have several high-paying clients.
How did I stumble into freelance blogging and can any stay-at-home mom succeed?
The answer my friend, is yes you can! And what’s great about this freelance service you can offer, is that you don’t need a journalism degree or experience blogging.
Before I was a freelance writer, I never read blogs and I had no idea what WordPress was. I just went onlinetor Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest!
It was an understatement when I tell you I was a full-on noob when it came to blogging
Okay, if you’re a stay-at-home mama or working mom that just wants to earn some extra cash on the side, let me give you the low down about freelance blogging for complete beginners.
Ever since I’ve been putting my focus on Pinterest to grow my blogand traffic, I never thought in a million years I’d be making money from it!
Okay, I have a confession to make. It might not be a confession, but, I have another site (gasp!). It’s my freelance writing site where I talk about all things related to freelance writing.
I also have a course out for new writers. And I recently learned I made over $200 from course sales directly from Pinterest.
15. How to Triple Your Affiliate Earning on Your New Blog
Raise your hand if you’re a newbie blogger and you’re doing some affiliate marketing?
For me, I didn’t start promoting products or services until after a year of doing freelance writing. My focus online – at the time – was to build my freelance writing business so that I can earn a living from it.
If you have no clue what affiliate marketing is that’s okay! I had no clue what it was at the time I started my biz.
If you’re new to blogging, affiliate marketing basically is promoting other people’s products or services and earning a commission from it.
And it doesn’t have to be other people’s things; it can be business’ products. For example, many new bloggers join affiliate programs for hosting companies like Bluehost or SiteGround.
Typically, you become an affiliate because you fell in L-O-V-E with the product or service.
Do you have a new blog?
It’s frustrating, isn’t it?
You’re putting out all this great content, you’re involved in Facebook groups, Twitter and Pinterest and still no one is coming to your site.
How come it’s easier for other people? They start a blog and in three weeks they have 100 subscribers and about a million comments. What gives?
TwinsMommy is a new site for me. I have another blog where I’ve built a good following, but I wanted to create TwinsMommy so that I can learn how to make money blogging – and also teach others.
I’m a freelance writer so I never went the whole affiliate marketing/ads/sponsored posts route. I figured I can give that a go on this blog. You can follow my blog growth if you want!
Get More Eyes on Your New Blog
I know how hard it is to grow your traffic. For the first year I did have struggles and lulls. But, I persevered and discovered the blog traffic recipe that is exploding my blog traffic!
Tell me, what’s your big blog challenge right now? Tell me in the comments!