How to Attract 25,000 Visitors a Month to Your Blog (and Earn BIG Money!)

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attract 25,000 visitors a month to your blogHave you recently started a blog? Or, have you thought about starting a blog, but you’re afraid that your only readers will be Aunt Suzy and Grandma McDoogle? To be honest with you, it’s entirely possible…That is, IF you don’t have a plan going in. It’s a big world of websites out there and if you want to attract 25,000 visitors a month to your blog, you’ve got to do your research.

Lucky for you, I’ve already done all the research AND accomplished the 25,000 visitors a month! So how about I just teach you the details you need to know in this one single post? 😉 Shall we?

How to Attract 25,000 Visitors a Month to Your Blog

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In my last blog income report, I reported earning over $1,600 and showed in detail how easy it really was. The key, as you may have already guessed, is to have more than 25,000 visitors a month to your blog. This is what I call the “tipping point” of every blog – the point where blogging struggles, late nights, and banging your head against the wall turn into smiling days, writing for fun again, and earning your windfall of cash! It’s crazy what the difference in earnings is from 12,000 visitors to 25,000 visitors. It’s not double the income….it’s over 5 times the income!!

So what do you have to do to attract 25,000 visitors a month to your blog? Well before we dive into that, it’s probably a little easier to first hit the topic of what not to do.

What is it that will absolutely keep you from earning all those thousands of visitors?

1) Your Blog Topic Sucks

What’s your blog title?

  • I Love Beanie Babies?
  • The History of Underwater Basket Weaving?
  • My Personal Health Issues?

Ummm…no one’s going to read that. In fact, they might actually pay you money to keep from reading that!

If you want to attract a big audience and actually make money with your blog, I always point people to my popular post, “Top Paying Blog Topics For Your New Blog“. First, your topic should be interesting to a whole slew of people. Second, there must be companies (advertisers) out there that are interested in reaching your readers. If your topic doesn’t cover both of these, your blog likely won’t attract readers and will never generate an income.

2) You’re Not Proofing What You Publish

I remember reading a post from Budgets are Sexy a long time ago…he was reminiscing about the early days of his blog when he was determined to just write down his thoughts, hit publish, and not worry about anything else.

A few months in, a fellow finance blogger shot him an email, saying something like, “Hey dude, I like your stuff and I think you have some good things to say, but I can’t link to your site because of all the typos and expletives that are in your articles…”

Ha! …And that’s when J. Money started caring about proof reading and editing. 🙂 And then his blog shot through the roof too – into the fame and stardom that he experiences now. 😉

If you want to attract 25,000 visitors to your blog each month, you’ll want to be sure that your posts:

  • don’t have any typos,
  • have no expletives (or at least…not many),
  • have no run-on sentences,
  • don’t have choppy phrases, and
  • avoid too many big, complex words that are difficult for the average person to comprehend.

People don’t hardly read anymore, so stop writing things that require some sort of decoder ring to figure out.

3) You’re Using a Free Web Host

When your site has a URL like, “bestblogever.blogspot.com”…people know it’s not really the best blog ever. If it were, you would have had the where-with-all to pay $24 a month for a real blog. You know…one that actually ends in “.com”, and not “blogspot.com”.

When you use free web hosts, it really tarnishes the brand of your site. Plus, you don’t really own your page – they do. In fact, they’re earning money by putting ads on your site whether you like it or not. And that’s money that could have been going to you for all your hard work developing, writing, designing, and marketing your blog.

Take control of your destiny early and immediately via a webhost like iPage. You’ll own your site and will therefore be the sole recipient of all of your blog profits.

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Related: 10 Ways That Free Web Hosting is Bad for Your First Website

The To-Do’s to Attract 25,000 Visitors a Month to Your Blog

Alright, so the above was the finger-wagging, “Don’t you dare do these things if you want to be successful!” Now it’s time to get into the fun stuff. What is it that you need to do to absolutely slay the blogging world and get people wondering, “How the heck did you grow so fast?? What did you do to start earning that kind of cash in just a matter of months???” Let me tell you, it’s an absolute riot to get these questions. Follow the steps below and you’ll dramatically increase your chances to attract 25,000 visitors a month to your blog.

1) Write About Your Passion

I started this blog 8 years ago. Ever since the beginning, I’ve been writing at least three articles a week, which means I’ve published over 1,000 blog posts on this site! Do you think that I’m maybe just a little passionate about personal finance and helping people get out of debt?

If I wasn’t so passionate about my blog topic of choice, I would have bagged this whole thing seven and a half years ago…you know, back when I only had six subscribers and 1-2 visitors a day. But, since I absolutely love what I do here, I just keep writing. And you know what? When you pour that much passion into something, people tend to notice…and then they start showing up in droves.

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My original site design in 2010! Lol. Humble beginnings…

You’ll hear it from many wealthy people — Success usually happens right after things get rough. If you don’t have the passion, you’ll never know what success looks like because you’ll probably throw in the towel right before it finds you.

Not sure what you’re passionate about? Here are some money-making blog topics: 10 Top Paying Blog Topics For Your New Blog

2) Write Amazing Content

It took me a while to learn this one. In the early days, it was a stretch for me to write a 500 word article. It typically had only three main points in each article (meaning, just three paragraphs…Ha!) and my “teachings” were about things that 99.9% of the population already knew. Not very captivating…

Today, my goal is to write an article that’s:

  • Captivating – It’s like a movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat and when it’s done you’re shocked to find out that 3 hours went by! My goal is to have people read my articles from start to finish every time because the read is easy, fun, and they’re actually learning something they didn’t already know.
  • Complete – I don’t ever want my readers to leave my site and search the same topic elsewhere. It’s my goal to be a complete source. Either I tell them everything they need to know on my site or I provide helpful links to other sites that know a heck of a lot more about a particular sub-topic than I do. At a minimum these days, most of my articles are over 2,000 words (and Google loves it).
  • Full of Character – If you want your readers to come back again and again, you’ve got to be genuine and honest. If you think an advertisement on your site is sketchy, so does your reader. Get rid of it or you’ll detract from your user’s experience…and you’ll therefore lose that reader forever. Promote what you believe in and nothing else.
  • The Best Out There – If you were going to write about “the best paying side hustles for single moms”, I would recommend that you search that topic, read everything you can about it, and then write a killer post that’s twice as good as all of them put together. THAT’s how you get people’s attention and THAT’s how you get people talking. And that’s exactly what I did, which is why I get over 50 views EVERY SINGLE DAY on this post alone: “50+ High Paying Side Hustles for Single Moms“. Be the best, and you’ll get the best traffic.

I found that if devote myself to creating amazing content (instead of sub-par filler articles), my ability to attract 25,000 visitors a month becomes a whole lot easier!

attract 25,000 visitors a month to your blog3) Nail the SEO

The first two “to-do’s” (write about your passion and provide amazing content) are incredibly important, but without #3 and #4 on this list, they’re completely irrelevant. 

If you want to attract 25,000 visitors a month to your blog, you first need to get the word out that it exists. So first, you’ve got to learn all about Search Engine Optimization (SEO) and then nail it again and again with each amazing article you write.

Here are the basics:

  1. On-site SEO – This is where you download a plug-in like Yoast and get green lights for…
    • targeting a keyword (actually, it’s a key phrase) and using it throughout the post,
    • linking to other solid sites,
    • linking to your own site,
    • writing long content,
    • providing images, and
    • writing clear, easy to read content.
  2. Off-Page SEO and Link Building – If you have a kick-butt article, but nobody links to it, Google isn’t going to care about it at all…no matter how good your on-site SEO is. So how can you make your site more credible?
    • Consistent history of newly-published articles on your site
    • Critical pages like: “About”, “Contact”, “Terms of Use”, and “Privacy Policy”.
    • Set up social media to drive traffic (and links) to your posts
    • Actively and passively acquire high-quality back links to your site
  3. Site Design Optimization – Your content could be out-of-this-world awesome, but if your site looks like it was designed by a 5-year old then no one’s going to stick around or recommend it to anyone else. Take your time and make your site look clean, unique, and easy to navigate.

Want to know more? Check out this amazing guest post that the owners of Dollar Sprout wrote for my site a little while ago: “How We Built a 6-Figure Blog in Just 8 Months“. It’s a HIGHLY valuable read.

4) Get the Word Out That Your Blog Exists

While SEO is a bit of a mystery sometimes (for whether it’s really working or not), doing the physical leg-work by getting the word out yourself is absolutely not.

So how can you take the bull by the horns and start driving traffic to your site today? Simple:

  • Comment on like-blogs and fill in your name (like this: Derek@LifeAndMyFinances), email, and website URL. Leave a comment that’s so solid, people are going to want to check out what else you have to say.
  • Write free content for other blogs. Though it might take you a lot of time, write your BEST posts for other established blogs. Think about it. You could write the post on your site and maybe drive a hundred viewers your way (if you’re lucky). OR, you could write a kick-butt article for their 200,000 viewers, get 1% of the traffic to click through your links, and therefore you’d get 2,000 visitors! Not only will this help drive traffic, but it will help with your SEO off-page linking as well. BOOM!!
  • Network with fellow bloggers. People like to help people, and in the blogosphere that’s also the case…times 10. Bloggers that have built traffic over time know how tough it can be, so they’re often willing to go above and beyond to give you advice, let you publish a guest post on their site, and maybe even send you some advertisements once in a while! Seek out a network. If one doesn’t exist, start making your own!
  • Give away free stuff for new subscribers – It’s important to not only have new visitors, but also to have a fan base that visits your page again and again. To build this up, start hosting some giveaways once in a while for those new subscribers. The best giveaway right now? Gift cards (and if you can figure out a clever design…T-shirts).

5) Be Patient

I can’t leave this one off the list in good conscience. Sure, Dollar Sprout built up a 6-figure income in just 8 months, but that was also after they failed at another site for 18 months… Whether you think you’re the next hot writer or a newbie just dipping his toe in the water, it’s going to take some time to attract 25,000 visitors a month to your blog. That’s just the reality of it.

Be patient, keep writing, and have a ton of fun along the way.

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Alright, so you’ve drank the Kool Aid and you’re ready to dive right in with your blog. What should you do first?

Simple.

Just follow the steps above.

First, avoid the three things you should never do:

Next, work your way through the five “To-do’s”:

  • write about your passion
  • put out content that’s so complete and entertaining, people will share it with friends without even thinking
  • work on your SEO
  • get your site’s name out there by commenting, writing free guest posts, networking, and giving stuff away
  • practice patience

This is good stuff, right? But I bet you’re still wondering… “How can I ensure that all this stuff will help me attract 25,000 visitors a month to my blog?”

Like I said, I’ve been there, done that, and the steps above are exactly what I’ve done to accomplish my blog’s success.

To give you even more info, here’s my typical breakdown of my traffic out of 25,000 visitors a month:

  • Organic Search: 11,000 visitors
  • Direct (subscribers): 9,000 visitors
  • Referrals (from other sites linking to me): 3,300 visitors
  • Social (mainly Facebook and Twitter): 1,700 visitors

Your numbers could be totally different (I’ve known sites that rely heavily on social media for most of their traffic), but this at least gives you an idea of what’s important. Since there’s billions of people in the world that are searching Google every day, I’d encourage you to nail the organic search (ie. SEO). It’s definitely not the easiest thing to master, but you’ve got the most potential for growth there!

Alright, so now you’ve got all the tools! Are you ready to take your blog to the next level?

Are you ready to attract 25,000 visitors a month to your blog? You can do it! Start today!!

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4 comments to How to Attract 25,000 Visitors a Month to Your Blog (and Earn BIG Money!)

  • This is really good advice. I’m am just now really starting to network with other PF bloggers. I never knew there were so many people writing about personal finance. I just started in June so I am just getting going. Lot’s of work to do but I am enjoying it.

    • Yeah, and it can really pay off financially, too! Get those 25,000 visitors and you’ll probably start making bank! Best of luck to you Danell. I look forward to your future comments! 🙂

  • Great advice.

    In your case how long did it take you blogging before you hit the 25k threshold?

    I just started my blog in April 2018 and the bigger bloggers I have shared my data with have been impressed with the google analytics but I had thought I was behind (no one really publishes a great timeline for how a successful blog analytics grows).

    • Phew, good question. I got close at about the 2 year mark…but then a Google algorithm killed me. After taking quite a while to bounce back….it took me about 7 years in total. I wish I would have known that 25,000 readers was the magic number back in the day. I was between 15,000 and 20,000 for many years and got a little overly content with that. Getting to 15,000 visitors is possible for many. Getting to 30,000 is a whole other level.

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