How I'm Growing My Blog in 2016

How I’m Growing My Blog in 2016

Yo yo Debt De$troyers! I hope everyone is enjoying their spring breaks! I took a couple days away from this site to spend time with my wife on her break. If you sent emails for blog advice or general money questions, I’m back in the saddle and will get to you shortly! Also, today I want to talk about how I’m growing my blog this year.

As many of you know, I quit my job last June to work on this site full time. I had made $3 total from M$M, so you wouldn’t be wrong if you called it a leap of faith. Or stupid. Or risky. It literally may have been all of those things.

However, YODO (you only die once).

 

Now that things have settled in a bit this year and the site actually makes some $$$, it’s time to plan for the future! A few weeks ago I shared a popular post about how I had grown my blog so quickly, so I want to keep sharing some of my growth strategies with everyone.

In addition to this blog, I started Stellaris Marketing (which has been awesome BTW)! Between my marketing company and this site I’ve been able to double my monthly income in less than a year compared to my teaching salary, and could very well triple or quadruple it in 2016. Pretty sweet if I do say so myself! 🙂

How I’m Growing My Blog in 2016:

MILLENNIALMOND04aR01aP01ZL-Jefferson1a

My goodness I love this website. It literally has changed my life in a way I could have never imagined. It also grew a lot this past year! 14,000 Twitter followers, 100,000+ unique visits last year, REAL income, etc.

Here are a few things I’m focusing on this year to grow M$M even more in 2016:

SEO

The coolest thing that happened last year was that my organic search traffic overtook my social media traffic – which should be a goal for all bloggers! Write with SEO (Search Engine Optimization) in mind, and focus on getting links to great sites. I’m going to continue with my same SEO strategy this year because it’s working, which I will detail in another post later down the road.

Social Media

Twitter – I want to hit 20,000 Twitter followers this year. It’s a superficial goal, but I get a lot of sponsorship opportunities and traffic from the 14,000 that I already have. I highly suggest getting active on Twitter if you are just starting out.

Facebook – I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook. Page likes are basically dead from a traffic standpoint (although they do bring legitimacy to your brand), and the organic algorithm isn’t effective enough for me at all. However, sponsored ads are kick@$$ traffic drivers. I’m going to double my sponsored post budget from $50 to $100/month for this site and see what happens.

Instagram – I’ve heard Instagram is a great way to reach an audience; I just haven’t focused on it. I met with a social media coordinator for a financial company the other day, and he has me convinced to up my Instagame. You can follow me here to see pictures of me doing cool stuff and living the blogger life!

Pinterest – Truth be told, I despise Pinterest. But here is the kicker – it’s a ballin’ traffic driver, so I need to devote more time to it. I’ll be employing my wife (which is a clever tax trick for an S-Corp like my company BTW :)) to manage and grow the Pinterest page!

FinCon

I’m going. That’s 100% more than I did last year. Maximum effort.

421900_1

Millennial Money Gal

As not so subtly mentioned above, my wife is getting more involved with this site in 2016. Let me brag about her for a second:

  1. She is actually more frugal than I am. She saved up and paid CASH MONEY for our wedding. She keeps ME from wasting money fairly often.
  2. She’s easy on the eyes if you know what I mean. That helps the overall aesthetic of the brand (it would definitely struggle if it was just me).
  3. She knows the secret ways of the Pinterest, which is a total mystery to cave dudes like me.

Bringing Coral into the fold isn’t just for funsies. It’s a strategy to reach a totally different demographic than what I am already reaching. We want to provide content that helps women with personal finance much more than me complaining about cars and man stuff.

She will most likely start doing some guest posts on the site, and she is already getting started on our Pinterest page and made Twitter and Instagram accounts of her own!

It’s also seriously a tax strategy. Would you expect anything less from me? 🙂

Those are some of things I’m doing to grow this year! How are you growing your blog in 2016?

 

Want to start a blog of your own? Check out my how-to guide by clicking the picture below! 

How To Create A WordPress Blog With Bluehost

 

Don't miss another M$M post.

Sign up for the M$M newsletter to get new posts sent directly to your inbox when they go up on the site. As a bonus - I'll send you reviews of my favorite free personal finance tools and ways to make extra money with a side hustle!

We won't send you spam. Unsubscribe at any time. Powered by ConvertKit

16 comments… add one
  • Greg Mar 21, 2016, 9:28 am

    Awesome man!

    I know you’ve been working hard. By your Alexa ranking, I can tell you kicking butt. It gets better and better every time I visit the site.

    • Millennial Money Man Mar 21, 2016, 10:02 am

      Haha dang I still never check that! I guess I should start including when I look at my numbers.

  • Brian - Rental Mindset Mar 21, 2016, 1:40 pm

    Congrats on the success. I’m heading to FinCon this year for the first time as well – hope to see you there!

  • Distilled Dollar Mar 21, 2016, 9:15 pm

    Thanks for sharing so many details about your strategy. As a new blogger, there’s so much information out there, but you provide the information along with real time results.

    Keep up the great work!

  • Lindsay @ the Notorious D.E.B.T. Mar 22, 2016, 7:06 am

    What a great post to see! I just started up my blog a couple months ago and I’m still in the hey-my-mom-came-to-my-site-today phase. (Just kidding – sort of).

    I’m going to try and do some guest posting to get my site out to new eyeballs. It’s hard for me to find the time for it, though, since I work a full-time job and I’m also doing freelance writing for clients before and after my day job. I need every cent I get from that, as I’m still breaking out of the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle.

    I like the idea of doing pinterest too, but again, that’s another thing that’d take up my time at this point.

    I really need to do a cost/benefit analysis for my time, methinks.

    • Millennial Money Man Mar 22, 2016, 8:34 am

      Yep I was literally right where you are about 7 months ago! I was working full time, freelancing, AND trying to run this site. Eventually I just quit my job to do this full time because I liked this a lot more. 🙂

      Stay with it and definitely guest post as much as you can (you’re welcome to do one for this site if you’d like)!

  • Broke Millennial Mar 24, 2016, 10:04 am

    It’s amazing to see how much your life has changed in just a year! I remember when you were a band teacher paying off student loans 🙂

    Can’t wait to see what this year brings for the site.

    • Millennial Money Man Mar 24, 2016, 10:23 am

      Haha I know right??? It’s been crazy. Your site was one of the first blogs I started reading. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

  • Quit Work For Life Mar 24, 2016, 7:21 pm

    Hey, looking forward to reading your post about SEO. That’s something I really don’t have a handle on. Must….do….some…research.
    Your success with the blog is really inspirational. I love that you are making serious money 🙂 Although after seeing the deadpool pic I read the rest of the post in his voice…………

    • Millennial Money Man Mar 25, 2016, 11:29 am

      Thanks for the kind words! I’m thinking that the SEO post will happen next month. If you’re on my email list you’ll see it when it comes out! Deadpool was awesome btw!!!!

  • Jim Mar 25, 2016, 10:12 am

    Hey, love your posts and have an idea for a blog site for helping Millennials get noticed, brand themselves and get hired (I am a Gen X Recruiter).. I have started recently as Millennial_Jobs and follow you on Twitter. I started a blog, but was too busy too keep it up, but am rethinking the idea and have one main question:

    My question is did the advertisers I see on your webpage come to you or did you have to seek them out?

    Email me directly if you like… thanks!

    Best,

    Jim

    • Millennial Money Man Mar 25, 2016, 11:30 am

      Sounds like a great idea! Advertisers generally see my content via Twitter, go to my site, and then email me about sponsorship opportunities or affiliate opportunities. Twitter has been really really great for me lately!

  • Janine Mar 30, 2016, 9:44 am

    Congrats on the success, I’ve toyed with the idea over the years of taking my website more seriously, and I think this might be the year I do it! What SEO tool do you use? I’m just starting to update some of my old posts for that. I’d love to attend FinCon but it’s in the midst of my huge designation exam. So no dice. LOVE the calculator, I need a Canadian version of that!

    • Millennial Money Man Mar 30, 2016, 10:22 am

      Thanks so much! I use Yoast SEO, works well for me. You should definitely go for it on the website! I’ve put a ton of work into this one, and now it’s finally paying off.

Leave a Comment

0 Shares
Share
Pin
Tweet
Share
Email
Inline
Inline