How to Get 1 Million Pageviews on Your Blog: 10 Things Mega-Successful Bloggers Do

To get 1 million pageviews on your blog may seem impossible, especially if you’re just starting out. How do you do it? What steps do you take first? That’s what this post discusses; detailing 10 things you can start doing — today — to grow your blog to the magic 1,000,000 pageviews mark.

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Why 1 Million Pageviews? Why Now?

As a long-time blogger and SEO writer, I know the importance of site traffic of course. I’ve made money online for years – mostly selling my own products and services (ebooks and ecourses).

In 2017, I got serious about making money from my blog via affiliate marketing. And even though I’d dipped my toes in this “making money online” pond, I’d never made any sustainable headway.

Knowing that site traffic is the key to making money online (via affiliate marketing especially), I knew I had to get more serious about traffic generation — and geting a million page views would just be a cool thing, so I set my sights on it.

I’m a firm believer that any goal you set is won in the mind first. And you might be thinking right about now, “Wow, one million pageviews. I could never reach that. I’m lucky to get a few hundred per day.”

Breaking Down How to Get 1 Million Pageviews On Your blog

I feel ya; I’ve been there — for years at a time. But I’m here to tell ya, it’s possible. So let’s break this down. A million pageviews is just:

  • 83,333 pageviews per month; or
  • 19,380 pageviews per week; or
  • 2,769 pageviews per day.

Seems much more manageable, right? So forget about getting 1 million pageviews per year. Focus on getting just 2,769 every day. And to this end, following are 10 things I’m doing to increase this site’s traffic to 1 million pageviews in one year. You can do the same and the best part is, you can start doing most of it right away.

1. Set Up an Auto-Responder Series

I use AWeber to collect email addresses (grow email list). And, I’ve been diligently writing and sending out newsletters for years. But beyond setting up an initial “Welcome” email, I’d never set up an auto responder series.

What is an Email Auto Responder Series?

Also known as an email follow-up series, this is a set of emails you write to go out on a set schedule. I schedule a new email to go out every three days. Why this interval?

To be honest, this is not based on any scientific research; I went with my gut here after doing a bit of research. To explain … I belong to a few lists of big-name online biz / affiliate marketing biz owners. Most of them email you EVERY DAY. I found this to be a bit much – even though I’ve stayed on some of these lists for years.

You see, if the info you dispense is good, many won’t unsubscribe – for fear of missing out on that “one” email that’s going to change their life.

So, I figured a three-day interval was enough to stay top of mind without being too annoying. FYI, here’s some great info on how to set up a super-effective auto-response email series.

Relevant info = happy subscribers = fewer unsubscribes. #ListBuidingTip Click To Tweet

4 Benefits of Setting Up an Email Follow-Up Series

  • It keeps you front and center with subscribers on your email list (cuz you’re constantly in their Inbox);
  • You can get more page views from your blog by linking to existing pages;
  • You can write less (by linking to old posts); and
  • You can increase affiliate income practically on auto pilot by linking to affiliate products and services.

Almost as soon as I started doing this, I saw increased page views to my blog, and more sales of affiliate products and my own products.

2. Email MoreLearn How to Monetize Your Site Traffic with Affiliate Marketing

I read somewhere that a majority of subscribers to your email list like to hear from you like … every day! I was shocked! Hmmm … maybe that’s why so many big internet marketers do it. #ThinkingOutLoud

I’ve always been very timid about emailing my list. I didn’t want to contact them too much for fear that they’d unsubscribe.

But like I said above, I’m on the list of a few highly successful bloggers / affiliate marketers. And most email regularly; a few daily.

I would usually only contact my list when I was putting out new content, eg, a new newsletter. This could be anywhere from one to two times a week, to once every one to two weeks.

Well you know what? I upped that. In addition to setting up an email auto responder series, I also pumped up the number of times I emailed my list.

Before we go any further, one of the things I want to say is that I do segment my list.

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What Does It Mean to Segment Your Email List

Segmentation enables you to target content to exactly the right audience. For example, my biggest list is composed of aspiring and/or existing freelance writers. But, there are also subscribers who are interested in affiliate marketing/blogging (another segment). Then, there are those who are interested in romance writing (yet another segment).

So I send emails based on reader interest; ie, the list(s) they’ve signed up for. And yeah, sometimes they overlap, which is okay, because they (the subscriber) have chosen which list(s) they want to be on. Now let’s get back to why/how I upped my emailing frequency.

I still sent/send out valuable info because – for the most part — I’m still not comfortable emailing just a sales pitch; although, I have sent out a few of those, too. Like, for example, if I’ve run a special promotion on an ecourse, and the expiration date for the course is winding down, then I might send out a reminder email.

Usually though, I’ll repurpose existing content (eg, update it) and send it out. Or, if a reader emails a question, I’ll send the answer to that specific person as well as forward the question and answer to the list, disguising confidential details of course.

I will do this instead of waiting to do a whole blog post on the query, which is what I’ve done in the past. This works, because if one person has a question, then others likely do, too. So it gives me a fresh, valid reason to contact my list – with info they will likely find useful.

And you know what happened when I started to email my list more? I got MORE sign-ups, not fewer. Now I don’t know if this will happen for every niche and/or every blogger, but it did for me. And I think it’s because of the first-hand, insightful info, and because I work with segmented lists.

Bloggers who email more, earn more. #BloggingTip Click To Tweet

FYI, here’s a really good post that explains why you should email more frequently — like daily.

3. Update Old Posts

In the linked-to post above about why you should email more frequently, the blogger said the following:

“…post new stuff to the blog less often, but when you do, make it count. And then circle back and update those posts over time to be major authority posts that gets shared, get search placement and more. Then, as for your email… THAT’S where it is more appropriate to be more frequent, more personal.

In other words, you treat your email list like many people treat their blog. You “blog” to your email subscribers and your actual blog turns into a super-useful library of truly “knock it out of the park” pillar posts.”

Affiliate Marketing Advice for Newbies: How to Beat Procrastination & Build a High-Earning BlogWhen I read it, I had a eureka moment! It’s what I’d been feeling since I did some research into how often to email my list, but I hadn’t been able to articulate it. This changed how I will forever look at blogging and email marketing.

I’ve been blogging since 2005, when I set up my first blog on blogger (obviously, my blog has come a long way baby!). I have published over a thousand posts. And you know what that means from a reader standpoint?

Content gets buried; it goes out of date; it needs to be deleted, and it needs to be updated. In short, old posts always need something done to them to stay relevant.

So instead of constantly pumping out new content, I now have about a 50/50 content focus split focus – adding new half the time; and updating and/or deleting old content half the time.

FYI, this latter part is known as doing a content audit on your blog. Doing this can significantly increase your rank in search engines, so it’s definitely worth doing, even though it is a major pain in the patootie.

Deleting old posts can dramatically increase site traffic. Proof? Google 'Content Audit.' #BloggingTip Click To Tweet

Another good reason to do a content audit is it helps you identfy which content on your blog drives the most traffic. This way, you can create more of that kind content and stop writing about what your readers (obviously) don’t want to know about.

4. Add a Pop-Up / Exit Overlay

I haven’t done this as of this writing, but one thing I plan to add is an exit overlay to my blog. And in case you’re wondering what this is, it’s …

What is an Exit Overlay?

It’s one of those pop-ups you see when you visit a blog asking you to subscribe. They can come up when you first land on a page, after you’ve been on a page for a certain amount of time, or when you’re getting ready to leave a page/site.

I hate the ones that come up when you first visit a blog because it’s like, you haven’t even given me a chance to see the info I clicked on yet; don’t bug me to subscribe. When I do get mine, it’ll be one that pops up either after you’ve been on a page for a while, or when you’re about to leave. To me, those are less intrusive.

Here’s some great insight on how to effectively use exit overlays to get more site traffic.

5. Create Strategic Relationships

As stated above, one of my income streams is ecourse creation. In 2016, I bundled my most popular course (at the time) with the course of another freelancer, six-figure writer Laura Pennington. It was one of the best things I did for my business that year. Why?

Because not only did I introduce Inkwell Editorial’s ecourses and ebooks to a new audience (hers), it meant two people promoting the course, instead of just one (me). Also, it allowed me to add value to potential students.

My course teaches them how to write SEO content; Laura’s course teaches them how to land jobs on Upwork. I nicknamed the course, “Learn then Earn.” Learn SEO via my course, and start earning via hers by landing gigs on Upwork. Win win!

6. Guest Post

Piggybacking on the last point, I also guest posted on some popular blogs, eg, Caitlin’s at ProofreadAnywhere, and Gina’s at Horkey Handbook. These were mostly for them to promote my ecourses as affiliates.Learn How to Start a Highly Successful Freelance Proofreading Business

Gina Horkey is mostly known online for creating a few highly successful courses on how to become a virtual assistant. Her Pinterest VA course is especially popular. If you google her, you’ll see that she hangs out with some pretty impressive company in the “make money online” world. Hence, her blog is very popular.

Caitlin is the creator of the Work-at-Home Summit, which teaches others how to make money from home. She runs the highly successful ProofreadAnywhere website, and turned her side hustle of proofreading into a $200,000 – per month! — media empire.

Needless to say, she’s well-known in her niche and her blog gets great traffic. This means more traffic to my site because I’ve guest posted several times there, as has my partner in the SEO writing course, Laura Pennington.

I’m always on the lookout for more of these types of opportunities, as well as appearances on podcasts, etc.

7. Invest in Knowledge

As I said in the beginning of this post, in 2017, I got serious about online marketing. And the reason I did it, in part, is because I finally admitted to myself that I didn’t know what the hell I was doing when it came to affiliate marketing!

I’m Clueless!

Oh, I thought I did. But the proof was in the pudding. I essentially said to myself:

“Yuwanda, you’ve been dibbling and dabbling in affiliate marketing for 8 or 9 years – and you still haven’t stabilized your income. The proof is in the pudding girlie – you don’t know what the hell you’re doing!”

And you know what, once I admitted that to myself, I felt better. Half the part of solving any problem is admitting there is a problem. Heck, I’d say 90% of solving any problem is admitting there is a problem.

Once I admitted that I didn’t know what I didn’t know, I looked for a solution. And what I found was the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing ecourse. It literally revolutionized how I think about and approach affiliate marketing.

There were 7 things I did immediately after finishing the course that I hadn’t even thought of. FYI, I wrote up a report telling you what those are. If you subscribe using my affiliate link, you get this report for free.

I’m frugal by nature, so I will research, hem, haw and procrastinate on plunking down money before buying something in a heartbeat! But, this has been to my detriment. So nowadays, I spend money to make money.

If I know I need help with something, I don’t hesitate (at least not too long). I find a reputable source and pay for the knowledge and/or help I need to get to the next level. This brings me to my next tip.

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8. Hire Help

Now if you can’t do this right away, don’t worry. But, do work with the info in this tip in mind.

In December 2017, I hired a Content Manager. To explain, I write for a living … mostly for myself (ecourses/ebooks/blogging), but for others too sometimes. My business has grown to the point where I can’t do everything.

Sometimes, it’d take me all day long (4-8 hours) to complete, upload, proofread, create graphics for, and do marketing for a blog post — especially since most of my posts are like this one; ie, long-form content.

Just so you know, long-form content is not only popular with Google (as discussed in the link just above), but it forms the foundation of a successful blog because it’s the kind of useful content that readers refer back to over and over and over again.

I work a lot; luckily I love what I do, so it doesn’t seem like work 98% of the time (that 2% can seem like torture at times though, I ain’t gone lie). But there are only so many hours in the day, and I know that you’ll never get ahead trading hours for money.

I knew I needed to use my time more wisely, and that meant hiring help to do the tasks that didn’t directly earn me money, eg, uploading blog posts, creating graphics, pinning to Pinterest, etc.

So I hired someone to do all of that for me – that way, I could focus more on the things that would propel my blog traffic (and earnings) to the next level, eg:

  • creating traffic-generating content (yeah, I still do all the writing for this blog), barring guest posts);
  • creating more products (ecourses/ebooks);
  • reaching out to other influential bloggers; doing more keyword research;
  • fine-tuning my social media strategy;
  • etc.

In short, I freed up time to work ON my business, instead of IN it. A bonus of this is I felt like I was on my way to building the business I always knew I was capable of building. I’m naturally confident by nature, but I swear, I felt myself grow in confidence by about 6 feet.

Yes, I CAN do this!” my mind screamed. And I answered myself back with a, “You are doing it. You go girl!” So never hesitate to spend money to make money, especially if you can see the benefits of doing so.

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Tip: Hire Affordable Help Quickly

Fiverr is a great place to find giggers to do all types of blogging jobs you might want to outsource, eg, web design, proofreading, editing, graphic creation, etc.

9. Use Pinterest

One of the most effective things I did to increase site traffic was leverage the value of Pinterest. Before investing in the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing ecourse (MSOAM), I had no idea how effective the site is for increasing site traffic – NO IDEA! And, I’d had a Pinterest account for a few years.

Now, behind organic search via Google, it is the number 2 referrer of traffic to this site – and growing. How to use Pinterest to increase site traffic is one tidbit of knowledge that was worth the price of the MSOAM course alone for me.

I never would have dreamed that I could even aspire to grow my site to 1,000,000 page views per year. But that course opened my eyes to so much. See how paying for knowledge can pay off – big?

In this post I go into grave detail (with graphics) about how I increased my site traffic using Pinterest. I use Boardbooster and Tailwind – Pinterest pinning tools – to schedule pins, but you can get started without using these tools, as the linked-to post in this paragraph explains in detail.

Also, you can get started with Boardbooster and Tailwind for free using these, my affiliate links.

Did You Know This about Pinterest?

Pinterest is actually NOT a social media site. It’s more of a visual search engine.

Once you think of it this way, then you start doing all those things you do when you want to get found by Google, eg, SEO your posts/pins. So make this mental switch; come on, repeat after me, “Pinterest is a search engine. It’s not a social media site. Pinterest is a search engine. It’s not a social media site.

10. Study & Implement Insights from Successful BlogsHow to Make Money Blogging: A 3-Step Plan for Beginners to Earning $10,000 Per Month (or More)

This is such a simple thing, but it’s not effective for the vast majority because they don’t implement. And implementation is what makes the difference between reaching a goal like 1,000,000 page views, or not.

One of the blogs I studied is Michelle’s, the creator of the aforementioned Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing ecourse.

And one reason I decided to study Michelle’s blog is she had started to consistently earn over $100,000 per month (not a type or extra zero; yes, that’s 6 figures per month) by the time I enrolled in her course (December 2016). Also, she:

  • Was just in her mid-20s;
  • Had only been blogging since 2011;
  • Launched her first product (paid course) in 2016; and
  • Had been blogging for a few years before she started an email list (I think that was in 2013 or 20114).

I was like, “How the heck did she do that and she didn’t even have her own product in place or an email list?” These are two things most who make money online would advise that you do before it’s possible to make that kind of money.

What I Learned by Studying Successful Blogs That Helps Drive Site Traffic

A couple of things I picked up from studying her blog are that she: (i) links a lot to other posts on her site within each blog post; and (ii) she links to affiliate products frequently – but in a natural, non-spammy way.

Now, I have a “Related Posts” plug-in on my blog, so at the bottom of each post, you’ll find other posts that are relevant to the one you’re reading. But, much like blinky blinky pop-ups and other common things you’ll find on a blog, I think readers have become kinda tone (eye) deaf to them.

But if a relevant link – especially if it has a good title — is sitting right there in the middle of a post, then you’re much more likely to click on it. So, that’s what I started doing (ahem, ahem).

Some other things I incorporated by studying successful blogs is:

  • Creating content upgrades;
  • Creating shaded boxes to highlight content upgrades and affiliate offers (see this post for an example of what I mean); and
  • Creating linkable graphics (people love to click on graphics, and mine usually go out to another post or to an affiliate product).

While these may seem like small things, they can add up to big results, especially as your site traffic grows. Every page an existing visitor clicks keeps them on your site longer, which increases the chance that they will take some kind of action, eg, subscribe to your newsletter, refer it to a friend on social media, and/or buy something.

Not to mention, it grows your site’s importance in the eyes of Google, which means it’s even more likely to be returned in search results (because it’s getting more page views). Before you know it, your blog will have a million page views, or more – and it’ll keep growing with less effort on your part.

That’s because it’s kinda like being famous, eg, you get stuff for free (more page views) – just because you’re famous, even though you can well afford to pay for it!

How Much Is 1 Million Page Views Worth?

  • How many page views per month is good
  • How many page views to make money with Google Adsense
  • How much does Adsense pay per 1000 views

At the heart of all of these questions is the question, “How many pageviews do I need to start making good money as a blogger?” And one of the best answers I’ve read to this question is here. This experienced blogger and affiliate marketer wrote:

“… if you have no idea what you’re doing or how to blog as a business, you could have hundreds of thousands of pageviews a month and be making just a few hundred dollars a month.

On the opposite spectrum, if you’re very experienced and know exactly what you’re doing… You could have 50,000 pageviews a month and be making $10,000/month from blogging easily. The truth is, it’s not the pageviews that matter, it’s how you use them.

So it’s not about how much site traffic, but how you monetize it. I know how I’m monetizing my blog, and see how it can benefit from more traffic. And if you seek more traffic with a defined plan for monetizing it, you’ll definitely earn more.

It's not the number of pageviews that matter, it's how you monetize site traffic that counts. #BloggingTip Click To Tweet

The Real Reason I Set the 1,000,000 Pagviews/Year Goal for This Blog

I receive a lot of emails from readers – inspiring emails like this one. It’s from a freelancer who earned six-figures self-publishing ebooks – all because of information she read on this blog.

Early Life Lessons 

I’m passionate about getting people to see their potential; to see that life is too short to spend it stuck in a job you hate. I learned this lesson early in life because I lost my parents early.Why HostGator Is the Best Web Hosting Provider for Online Biz Owners

I was 23 when my dad died, and 24 when my mom passed away the very next year – almost a year to the day. My parents were young; my dad was 47 when he died and my mom was only 45 (breast cancer).

I’m older now than both of them were when they passed, which felt weird when it first happened. But I’m thankful because losing them so early taught me that you think you have all this time; that there are decades stretching before you to make all your dreams come true.

But you don’t, and even if you’re lucky enough to live to be 80, 90 or 100+ years old, you’d be amazed at just how fast those decades past.

So in the words of the Tim Robbins character (Andy Duphrane) in the movie Shawshank Redemption,“You can either get busy living, or get busy dying.”

A million page views per year on my blog … although I have plenty that makes me happy enough to hop out of bed each morning, that’s extra incentive for me to “get busy living” — from the kind of success this milestone will bring.

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    1. This was so good I read it three times! Chock, chock full of solid info here! Thanks for such an epic post- I’m definitely trying to grow my audience, too!

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