This last year has been a big year for Snail Pace Transformations. I entered 2013 with just over 4,000 unique visitors and just over 10,000 page views in the month of December 2012 and I am ending it with over 63,000 unique visitors and over 117,000 page views in the month of December 2013.
I have a lot of people to thank for those growing numbers. So many people who have read or shared my blog, or gave me wisdom on how to improve.
One source of wisdom I tapped into this year that helped me grow were ebooks. Inexpensive and quick to read I found them to be a wealth of knowledge of what it takes to create a growing blog.
Here are 5 ebooks that have helped me grow my blog numbers
For the longest time I struggled with feeling like I was playing with writing and it was holding me back in giving my blog my all. Then I read Jeff Goins “You Are A Writer So Start Acting Like One” and I no longer feel like I am a child playing pretend. I am a writer who operates a professional blog.
Now that the new year is upon us I want to go back and read iBloom in Business again this is a great book for thinking through exactly what you want to do with your blog. It will help you set clearly defined goals and help you lay out realistic steps for those goals.
3. Pinterest Savvy: How I Got 1 Million Followers
At the beginning of 2013 I really had not done a lot on Pinterest. I had a follow button on my sidebar and I had slapped up a few random boards and pinned only about once a week. I was missing out on a valuable source of traffic that I did not fully understand until I read all 3 out of 5 ebooks I am sharing with you.
Pinterest Savvy was the first of the three ebooks I read discussing Pinterest. When I had finished reading it I felt like my brain was going to explode. Not that the content was over my head, Taylor does a great job describing things in a very visual way that suited my visual learning style to a T. No my head was exploding with all the good information of when to pin, what to pin, how to organize your Pinterest boards and more.
I read Pinteresting after Pinterest Savvy and although it does go over much of the same material the added insight I got from Pinteresting makes it well worth its $2.99 asking price; even after reading another ebook on the same topic. Tabitha Philen does a great job in explaining the ins and outs of Pinterest in simple easy to understand terms and includes various free printables to help you grow your Pinterest in an organized manner.
If you can only afford the time to read one book right now that will help you grow your blog, I suggest you purchase How To Blog For Profit Without Selling Your Soul. I read this ebook days after it released in late September 2013 and by following the tips in it for 30 days I doubled my income, doubled my Pinterest followers, doubled my unique visitors and grew my Facebook page significantly, and I am still following those tips months later and still seeing great growth. Ruth Soukup covers everything from content to presentation, to building traffic (excellent chapter on Pinterest) ad revenue, to time management.
(I can’t finish this post without also sharing with you one book that also helped me grow my blog this year. It is not an ebook but a full length book that you can also get in real paper from. The book is Platform by Micheal Hyatt (and the kindle version is currently just $2.99 This book will really help you to set a firm foundation for your blog to grow from)
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